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. In a rundown of the top headlines, Chief Host and Correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key stories :

  • Media: Kevin Mayer Named CEO of TikTok, Orby TV Seeks to Capitalize on PayTV Frustrations
  • Investing: United Dwelling Raises $10 Mil Series B, What It's Like Fundraising During a Pandemic
  • Mobile E-Commerce Platform Tapcart Soars
  • "dot.LA Dives In" Launches Featuring Miki Reynolds of Grid 110

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    Here are the latest headlines regarding how the novel coronavirus is impacting the Los Angeles startup and tech communities. Sign up for our newsletter and follow dot.LA on Twitter for the latest updates.

    • With internships cancelled, Valence tries to fill the void for young black professionals
    • Florida is poised to open Disney World and SeaWorld. Will California be far behind?
    • Snap and LAUSD promotes reading during COVID, with an assist from celebs like Alicia Keys
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    Americans locked out of the workplace have been remaking their home offices by adding desks, plants and wall hangings. Some of it so that they look a little more slick on Zoom calls.

    The new interest in a beautiful home office has been a boon to furniture services like Fernish, which sells itself as an affordable option to upscaling your home. The rental service recently closed on a $15 million Series A led by Kosla Ventures, alongside other top investors including Scott Cook (founder of Intuit), Eytan Elbaz (founder of Scopely), and Jeff Wilke (Amazon's CEO of Worldwide Consumer), and Spencer Rascoff (founder of Zillow and dot.LA).

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    HBO Max, the new streaming service from AT&T's WarnerMedia, launches Wednesday. Advertised as the place "where HBO meets so much more", HBO Max will debut with over 10,000 hours of content from a range of brands including HBO, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network and Turner, with characters as diverse as Elmo and Tony Soprano. This marks a culminating milestone in AT&T's massive integration that began in 2016 when it agreed to acquire Time Warner for $85.4 billion.

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