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Amazon set to postpone its Prime Day event until the fall as retailer catches up with backlog
Amazon plans to move its annual Prime Day sales event from summer to fall due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The event, typically held in July, offers department discounts on products for members of the subscription service and has also been used as a promotion for Amazon Studios streaming fare.
The Wall Street Journal reports the shift is part of a broader effort by Amazon to return to more ordinary operations. The company recently started accepting non-essential items from third-party sellers to its warehouses. Those shipments had been temporarily paused while Amazon caught up.
Amazon has been grappling with a surge in demand for weeks as customers sheltering at home turn to online shopping as a lifeline. The company expects to narrow delays in its typically reliable fast shipping but a return to pre-pandemic speeds may not be possible in the near term, WSJ reports. – GeekWire
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Los Angeles is home to around 5,000 startups, the majority of which are in their young, formative years.
Which of those thousands are poised for a breakout in 2021? We asked dozens of L.A.'s top VCs to weigh in. We wanted to know which companies they would have invested in if they could go back and do it all over again.
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Despite — or in many cases because of — the raging pandemic, 2020 was a great year for many tech startups. It turned out to be an ideal time to be in the video game business, developing a streaming ecommerce platform for Gen Z, or helping restaurants with their online ordering.
But which companies in Southern California had the best year? That is highly subjective of course. But in an attempt to highlight who's hot, we asked dozens of the region's top VCs to weigh in.
We wanted to know what companies they wish they would have invested in if they could go back and do it all over again.
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