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I’ve seen my fair share of funding rounds, both as a founder and investor. And at the risk of stating the obvious, it's clear most startups need funding to succeed.

Even the most brilliant businesses with amazing founder-idea fit will eventually hit a dead-end if they do not have (or run out of) money to support their venture. And the unfortunate reality is these dead-ends are much more common than successfully launching an IPO.

Luckily, there are paths in place for founders and new businesses to continue on their journey towards continued expansion and solvent success. And, unsurprisingly, when it comes to raising money for startups, I have a preference for venture capital.

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Too often Los Angeles can operate as a collection of silos disconnected geographically, industrially, culturally and beyond. Santa Monica with its breezy bungalows and Glendale with its blocks of office high rises can feel worlds apart, and the community arising in aerospace hubs in Long Beach and the South Bay don’t get much opportunity to interact with those working on web3.

dot.LA exists in large part to connect those - pardon the pun - dots.

We do it everyday with our stories online, but we at dot.LA wanted to create a succinct visualization of what we meant.

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In 2019, the city of Los Angeles held a one-year micromobility pilot program that prescribed how the city's micromobility companies could operate. The goal was to learn about the dockless transportation model and its impact on urban mobility.

L.A. said it wanted to focus on how safety, equity, access and quality of life were impacted by collecting vast amounts of data from operators and their vehicles.

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