Watch: The Week in Review - Musso & Frank Fallout, VC Check Writing, Pandemic Pivot

Watch: The Week in Review - Musso & Frank Fallout, VC Check Writing, Pandemic Pivot

We launched in January with a mission to report on stories that impact the Los Angeles startup and technology communities. Now, we're taking our reporting to video.


We'll focus on three key projects:

  • Our Weekly News Briefing, which you can check out above, is our 5-10 min rundown of key dot.LA stories and general developments from the L.A. tech, media and startup space.
  • The dot.LA Daily Digest will get you caught up quickly on stories each day. We'll arm you with breaking news, events and information. Look for it at the end of each day on Instagram, YouTube and elsewhere.
  • We'll also be rolling out regular dot.LA exclusive interviews and event recaps with influential change-makers and dot.LA reporters.
Watch for that programming on our website, on our YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. We've brought on Chief Host & Correspondent Kelly O'Grady to lead these efforts. Follow her on Instagram for updates!

Kelly O'Grady

Kelly is our Chief Host & Correspondent leading video initiatives. O'Grady holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She most recently worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. Prior to that, she served on The Walt Disney Company's Corporate Strategy team, focusing on M&A and the company's direct-to-consumer streaming efforts. She has served as a TV reporter for NESN, New England's premier sports network, launched and managed her own podcast focused on female entrepreneurs and the media business, and guested on news media outlets like Yahoo! Finance. During this time, she also spent a year as Miss Massachusetts USA.




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Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors

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.

Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors
Photo by Red Zeppelin on Unsplash

The Inflation Reduction Act contains almost $400 billion in funding for clean energy initiatives. There’s $250 billion for energy projects. $23 billion for transportation and EVs. $46 billion for environment. $21 billion for agriculture, and so on. With so much cash flowing into the sector, the possibilities for investment and growth are gigantic.

These investment opportunities, however, have typically been inaccessible for everyday retail investors until much later in a company’s development–after an IPO, usually. Meaning that the best returns are likely to be captured by banks and other institutions who have the capital and financing to invest large sums of money earlier in the process.

That’s where Pasadena-based Energy Shares comes in. The company wants to help democratize access to these investment opportunities and simultaneously give early-stage utility-scale energy projects another revenue stream.

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How These Ukranian Entrepreneurs Relocated Their Startups to LA and Found Success

Aisha Counts
Aisha Counts is a business reporter covering the technology industry. She has written extensively about tech giants, emerging technologies, startups and venture capital. Before becoming a journalist she spent several years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.
How These Ukranian Entrepreneurs Relocated Their Startups to LA and Found Success
Joey Mota

Fleeing war and chasing new opportunities, more than a dozen Ukrainian entrepreneurs have landed in Los Angeles, finding an unexpected community in the city of dreams. These entrepreneurs have started companies that are collectively worth more than $300 million, in industries ranging from electric vehicle charging stations to audience monetization platforms to social networks.

Dot.LA spent an evening with this group of Ukrainian citizens, learning what it was like to build startups in Ukraine, to cope with the unimaginable fear of fleeing war, and to garner the resilience to rebuild.

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