Catch Up With This Week's Startup News in Our Weekly Video Recap

Lots happened in the L.A. tech and startup community this week, and we have a quick recap so you can stay up to date on the space! In a rundown of the top headlines, I take you through the key stories from the week:

  • Startups vs COVID: SoCal Tech for Hospitals rallies the community and GermFalcon promises to stop COVID in the skies
  • Tech giants are rapidly expanding their L.A. footprint
  • Cornerstone OnDemand's CEO steps down
  • Hollywood on Lockdown: L.A. loses 14,000 entertainment jobs

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