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"You know what you're going to get with me...You're going to get an erratic person who's passionate beyond belief."

One of L.A.'s most prominent VCs has become obsessed with COVID, has a terrible memory and is very good at raising money and hyping brands. Senior Reporter Ben Bergman has a fascinating profile of Pham, who was born in a refugee camp and just help launch a $310.5 million SPAC.

Sony is developing a new VR system for PlayStation.

Lucid Motors CEO says it aims to launch a Tesla Model 3 rival in 2024 or 2025.

Reddit posts are driving Tesla shares more than fundamentals, a Barclays study finds.

Square buys $170 million worth of Bitcoin.

With billions spent and 'wartime' declared, why are vaccines still in short supply?

Key Amazon exec Jeff Blackburn leaves, hints at new role elsewhere.

There's a hidden message in the parachute of NASA's Mars rover.

Starlink will hit 300Mbps and expand to "most of Earth" this year.

SpaceX's reported $850M raise is confirmed in new SEC filings.

Disney Plus launches Star channel for international subscribers.

Peter Pham Is Not Afraid to Die

One of L.A.'s most prominent early-stage investors' COVID obsessions have bristled some in the elite investing world, but he likely doesn't remember. Read more>>

Future Acres Debuts New Agtech Robot, Carry

Robots could soon take on the tasks of farmworkers harvesting the nation's food. Santa Monica-based Future Acres, an agriculture tech startup, unveiled its first prototype on Tuesday — a robot named Carry. Read more>>

Archer Aviation Plans to Fly Electric Air Taxis Around LA by 2024

Air taxis traveling 150 mph and quietly ferrying passengers up to 60 miles over the sunny skies of Los Angeles could become a reality in three years. Read more>>

Snap Shares Soar, But Will Advertisers Ever Get How It Works?

Even though most of Snap's potential advertisers have no clue how to use Snapchat, the company forecasts multiple years of 50% revenue growth. Read more>>

Strategy Session: Reimagining Financial Systems

Brex is upending the corporate credit card and cash management system. Founder and Co-CEO Henrique Dubugras has migrated from the Bay Area to Beverly Hills. Join us tomorrow at 11:00am PT for a fireside chat with Dubugras, hosted by dot.LA co-Founder and Executive Chairman Spencer Rascoff.

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Startup Pitch Showcase: Female Founders

Our next startup pitch showcase on Thursday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PT celebrates female founders. We're looking for female-founded SoCal startups in any sector. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Nominate your company here >>

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