Office Hours Podcast: Can L.A. Tech Learn From Hollywood's Inclusion Mistakes?

Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff serves as executive chairman of dot.LA. He is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, dot.LA, Pacaso and Supernova, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. During Spencer's time as CEO, Zillow won dozens of "best places to work" awards as it grew to over 4,500 employees, $3 billion in revenue, and $10 billion in market capitalization. Prior to Zillow, Spencer co-founded and was VP Corporate Development of Hotwire, which was sold to Expedia for $685 million in 2003. Through his startup studio and venture capital firm, 75 & Sunny, Spencer is an active angel investor in over 100 companies and is incubating several more.

Office Hours Podcast: Can L.A. Tech Learn From Hollywood's Inclusion Mistakes?
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Over the past decade, the entertainment industry has worked towards building more inclusivity into their ranks and storytelling, after coming under fire from the public and their own colleagues. Can Los Angeles tech employ those learnings?

Angela Robinson and Alexandra Martinez Kondracke are film and television writers, producers and directors, known for their work on "Professor Marston and The Wonder Women," "True Blood," "Hung" and "The L Word." They're also founders of Time's Up, a movement that aims to create a safe and equitable society free of sexual harassment.

In this high-energy, frank conversation, hear Angela, Alexandra and I share insight into both the tech and entertainment industry, how far the industries have come and how far they have to go.

This episode was recorded well before COVID-19 hit and the protests related to George Floyd's tragic death.

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