LA Tech ‘Moves’: Disney Plus Taps Disney Streaming Exec

Decerry Donato

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LA Tech ‘Moves’: Disney Plus Taps Disney Streaming Exec
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Biopharmaceutical company ADARx Pharmaceuticals welcomed Christopher Prentiss as chief financial officer. Prentiss previously served as Adamas Pharmaceuticals’ CFO.

Ingrid Delaet joined Neurocrine Biosciences, a neuroscience-focused biopharmaceutical company, as chief regulatory officer. Before joining, Delaet served as senior vice president of regulatory affairs at Intercept Pharmaceuticals.

Cue Health, a health care technology company, appointed Suzanne Stone as chief commercial officer. Stone was previously senior vice president at Dexcom.

Plant Prefab, a building technology company focused on sustainable design and materials, hired Agustin Rayon as chief operating officer. Prior to this role, Rayon served as Simple Homes’ COO.

Nutritional supplement brand Cymbiotika named Adam Gislason as chief strategy officer and general counsel. Gislason has served as general counsel for various companies, including Dash Radio, BPM Supreme, BOMANI Cold Buzz, EcoVerse, and Secure Circle.

Capstone Green Energy, an energy technology company that creates microgrid solutions, added Celia Fanning as chief accounting officer and controller. Fanning served as vice president of finance and accounting at Groundwork Coffee Holdings.

Talespin, a startup that deploys virtual reality to help companies train their employees, welcomed Annie Thompson as chief revenue officer, Ram Venkat as chief financial officer and Joe Millward as general manager of Asia-Pacific. Prior to Talespin, Thompson served as VP of global strategic partnerships at Velocity Global, while Venkat served as CFO of Sway Energy Corporation and Millward served as innovation manager at TAFE NSW.

Edtech company Age of Learning appointed edtech veteran Ty West as chief revenue officer. West previously served as Imagine Learning’s vice president.

Disney Plus tapped Disney streaming's executive vice president of global business operations Alisa Bowen as president.

Tango, a company that develops browser extensions to provide "how-to" guides, hired former Clearbit vice president of marketing Nick Wentz to head marketing.

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Mullen Automotive Pays Nearly $20 Million to Settle Lawsuit with Qiantu

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

Mullen Automotive Pays Nearly $20 Million to Settle Lawsuit with Qiantu
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Like a zombie from the grave, Mullen Automotive’s electric sports car grift lives once more. Earlier this week, the Southern Californian company announced that it had resolved its contract disputes with Chinese manufacturer Qiantu and would begin to “re-design” and “re-engineer” the DragonFLY K50 platform for sale in the United States.

On the surface (or if you just read the press release) this would seem to be excellent news for the bedraggled Californian EV startup. But the saga of the Mullen/Qiantu partnership is long, and in the context of their shared history, the deal’s terms look considerably less favorable for Mullen.

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“Millions of Dollars Completely Wasted”: Without Neuromarketing, Tech Firms’ Ads Get Lost in the Noise

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College and previously covered technology and entertainment for TheWrap and reported on the SoCal startup scene for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Send tips or pitches to and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

“Millions of Dollars Completely Wasted”: Without Neuromarketing, Tech Firms’ Ads Get Lost in the Noise

At Super Bowl LVII, advertisers paid at least $7 million for 30–second ad spots, and even more if they didn’t have a favorable relationship with Fox. But the pricey commercials didn’t persuade everyone.

A recent report from advertising agency Kern and neuroscience marketing research outfit SalesBrain is attempting to answer that question using facial recognition and eye-tracking software.

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