Nominate Innovators for dot.LA Startup Awards
Annie Burford is dot.LA's director of events. She's an event marketing pro with over ten years of experience producing innovative corporate events, activations and summits for tech startups to Fortune 500 companies. Annie has produced over 200 programs in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City working most recently for a China-based investment bank heading the CEC Capital Tech & Media Summit, formally the Siemer Summit.
We are thrilled to announce the inaugural "dot.LA Startup Awards 2020," a celebration of the most innovative people and companies in the L.A. startup and tech community. The event will be hosted live on Wednesday, October 28th to close out the dot.LA Summit. We will recognize and celebrate L.A.'s most coveted startup pioneers, rising tech companies and disruptive innovators.
dot.LA readers can nominate people or individuals in six categories; Pivot of the Year, Social Justice Award, Rising Entrepreneur, Rising Startup, Entrepreneur of the Year and Startup of the Year.
Get involved and nominate a startup or an individual to win an award.
Pivot of the Year: This award celebrates a startup's ability to revamp by changing its business model and strategy in the face of adversity.
Social Justice Award: This award recognizes a company or individual who has made the biggest impact on driving social justice to create a positive, significant and sustainable impact.
Rising Entrepreneur: This entrepreneur is new in the LA startup scene and has emerged as a forward thinking innovator and leader. Despite his/her age, the Entrepreneur of the year has a pioneering spirit and a promising future.
Rising Startup: This startup is less than two years of age from incorporation and has shown major development based on market growth, innovation and impact of products and services. This newcomer has the greatest potential to disrupt its market and global tech community.
Entrepreneur of the Year: This entrepreneur has a fearless spirit and inspires their partners, teammates and clients on a daily basis. They have made notable achievements this past year in regards to funds raised, sales, impact of product and leadership in the tech ecosystem.
Startup of the Year: This company has shown the greatest development over the past year based on innovation and impact with goods and services. This startup has the most promising potential to become the next world-changing company.
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Mr. Rogers made the boob tube acceptable television for a generation of kids and parents who had previously seen the small screen as antithetical to learning. Chris Ovitz wants do the same for his new mobile app OK Play, another in a recent blitz of edutainment products for children.
But this one, Ovitz said he has a twist: It's also made for parents. OK Play asks them to put their phones down and play with their young children.
Founding team JJ Aguhob, Chris Ovtiz, Dr. Colleen Russo Johnson, Ken Chung and Travis Chen<p>Originally, OK Company planned to launch their app later this year, but the pandemic left so many families stuck at home searching for child activities that it accelerated the timeline for their launch.</p><p>"We really want to try and help strip away the stress and pressures on parents, remind them that it's okay to just be wherever they are," she said.</p><p>The company will compete in an increasingly crowded multi-billion-dollar edutainment marketplace, but their ambitions are to transcend it.</p><p>"I think the overarching dream for us is to build that once-in-a-generation children's entertainment and technology company, but we can't get there until we really start to build this," said OK Company CEO Aguhob.</p><p>"We are at the starting line," he said, noting there is room to grow eventually adding books, toys and other physical merchandise that traditional media franchises have used to expand their reach.</p><p>"We're not just going to make traditional entertainment because it's the thing that you do," he said "We're going to create a new interactive experience that brings families together. And from that, the media is going to look different." </p><p><em><em>Do you have a story that needs to be told? My DMs are open on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/racheluranga" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">@racheluranga</a>. You can also <a href="mailto:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" target="_self">email me</a>.</em></em></p><p><em>**An earlier version misidentified Michael Ovitz's title. </em></p>
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Amazon unveiled its supermarket of the future, a grocery store without cashiers or checkout lines considered a technological breakthrough in the $800 billion industry. Shoppers get to grab-and-go with a full cart of items that are scanned automatically and billed to their bank accounts.
But don't expect to see it anytime soon in Los Angeles.