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"We're at a moment when retail brokerages have been exposed as serving Wall Street oligarchs."

"Going Public," a series that debuts this summer, will follow five companies over 10 weeks, culminating in NASDAQ IPOs in which viewers are encouraged to invest. Aimed at retail investors, the show just got backing from Backstage Capital and others, writes Entertainment Reporter Sam Blake.

TikTok will warn users about sharing misleading content.

Apple and Hyundai-Kia are pushing toward a deal on an Apple car.

Sony says semiconductor shortage makes increased PS5 production difficult.

Amazon's Rivian electric vehicles start making deliveries in L.A.

Toyota positions itself to take on Tesla in high-tech auto software.

Amazon's next CEO says he's committed to making video games.

California court denies lawsuit challenging Prop 22's constitutionality.

Social network Parler terminates CEO John Matze.

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Techstars LA Names Matt Kozlov Its Next Director

One of Southern California's top accelerators has named Matt Kozlov its next managing director, marking a shift to jumpstarting more deep-tech startups. Read more>>

A TV Show Built for the Reddit-Fueled Investor UprisingĀ 

"Going Public" aims to turn living rooms across the country into a network of mini "Shark Tanks." Read more>>

Fund for Female Founders Closes $21 Million Round

Halogen Ventures, the Los Angeles venture firm focused on increasing the woefully underrepresented number of female founders who lead consumer tech startups, has closed a second $21 million fund. Read more>>

LeaseLock Wants to Eliminate Rent DepositĀ 

The lease insurance platform closed a $52 million Series B round, and will use the funding to continue supporting the 1.5 million homes it insures, while looking to expand its insurance types to include individual owners. Read more>>

Upfront Ventures' Kerry Bennet on How to Market Your Startup

Kerry Bennett, who leads marketing and branding for Upfront Ventures, talks to L.A. Venture podcast about how brand marketing has changed over the years. Read more and listen here>>

Strategy Session: The Future of Content Moderation Online

Join us Wednesday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. PT for a conversation about the future of content moderation online, in partnership with our legal partner Fenwick. We are thrilled to announce that Co-Founder and General Partner at Craft David Sacks will kick off the event speaking one-on-one with dot.LA Managing Editor Rachel Uranga. Following, dot.LA CEO Sam Adams will speak with Fenwick Partners Tyler Newby and Andrew Klungness for a legal perspective. Register here - space is limited

Join Us Tomorrow for our Startup Pitch Showcase

Hosted in collaboration with Bank of America, we are excited to announce the L.A. companies selected to pitch: Unarmed, StartupStarter, GLEAM Network and Kilo. The pitches will be judged by Ajay Relan, partner at Slauson & Co, Camden McRae, investor at Industrious Ventures and Redonna Carpenter Woods, senior vice president at Bank of America. Join us tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. PT.

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