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Top VCs Pick LA's Best Founders

dot.LA asked dozens of the region's top venture capitalists who they thought Los Angeles' most impressive founders are.

Emblematic of problems that continue to plague the industry, the list lacks diversity but there are a few surprises. Senior Reporter Ben Bergman fills us in.

EV startup Rivian said to reach $27.6B value on new funds.

Microsoft invests $30B in driverless car company Cruise.

Amazon sold location data from controversial broker X-Mode.

SpaceX bought two oil rigs to convert into offshore launch pads for its Starship rocket.

Netflix tops 200 million subscribers for the first time.

Paramount Plus will replace CBS All Access on March 4.

FAA approves first fully automated commercial drone flights.

Silicon Valley braces for tougher regulation in Biden's new Washington.

LA's Most Impressive Founders, According to the City's VCs

Who are L.A.'s most well-regarded founders? We asked our cohort of dozens of L.A.'s to VCs top weigh in. Here's what they said. Read more >>

Security Startup HiveWatch Comes Out of Stealth 

An L.A. security startup that has already signed on clients in tech, gaming, cannabis and entertainment is coming out of stealth mode just as the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol has brought safety to the forefront. Read more >>

Ahead of Inauguration Day, Snap and TikTok Embrace Fact-Checking

Snap has devoted a task force to check if content is factual, while TikTok updated its community guidelines. Read more >>

Snap Releases AR Lens for Biden's Inauguration

Anyone who wanted to attend Wednesday's Presidential Inauguration but couldn't is in luck. President-elect Joe Biden's team has released a series of Snap AR lenses to bring users to Washington, virtually. Read more >>

SoCal PBS Rebrands to Focus on Streaming

Southern California's flagship PBS stations announced a rebranding effort that includes new logos and a redesign of their websites as they shift their focus toward streaming. Read more >>

Luxury Brand Cuyana's Co-Founder on Why Balance Is BS

Cuyana co-founder Shilpa Shah talks with Behind Her Empire about how her company applied deep quantitative and qualitative analysis to develop the messaging for the brand — "a full ethnography." Read more and listen here >>

Nominate Companies for Our Next Virtual Pitch Showcase

We are thrilled to announce the next virtual pitch showcase, which will be broadcast live at at 11:00 a.m. PT on Thursday, February 4th. We're looking for Southern California startups in any industry founded by entrepreneurs of color and/or women, or by entrepreneurs from low-income or underrepresented communities. Submissions are now open for company nominations to present at the live event. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Please contact annie@dot.LA with any questions.

Nominate your company here >>

Register for the event here >>

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