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As the electric vehicle market heats up and legacy brands jump in, Southern California startups are trying to compete in a space dominated by Tesla.

Two Southern California EV makers are rolling out electric pickups that run against the traditional macho image of hulking full-size trucks, appealing instead to outdoor enthusiasts with compact versions. While a third EV maker, Faraday Future, is looking to China to grow as it prepares to roll out a luxury car.

Health tech firm Ontrak names a new CEO.

How a metal with a memory will shape our future on Mars.

YouTube TV finally adds Nick Jr. (and the rest of ViacomCBS' channels).

Lucid Motors sees a second life for its EV batteries in energy storage.

Snap acquires Fit Analytics to double down on fashion and e-commerce.

TikTok will make personalized ads mandatory on April 15th.

Amazon built its own health-care service for employees. Now it's selling it to other companies.

The Perseverance rover's first month on Mars has been super smooth, scientists say.

Alpha Motors Opens Reservations For Its Retro-Looking Electric Pickup

The electric pickup truck market is charging up even before the first models have hit the road. The Irvine-based startup and Canoo unveiled their versions that they hope will compete with legacy companies like Ford and General Motors. Read more>>

Faraday Future Pins Growth on Asia, Names Ex-Jaguar Executive Its China CEO

With a new Chinese investor, Faraday Future is focused on developing its market in China, which is over triple the size of the U.S. market. Read more>>

Pixxel Promises to Deliver the World's Highest Resolution Satellite Images

Once deployed Pixxel can beam 24-hour global coverage that could be used by agriculture companies and governments to monitor environmental conditions on Earth. Read more>>

Disneyland Will Reopen With Fewer Rides

More than a year after closing, Disneyland and California Adventure will reopen on April 30 with limited capacity and no screaming. Visitors must make a reservation through its new system that has yet to go live. Read more>>

Unagi Expands E-Scooter Subscription in Los Angeles

Up until last year, the sleek scooters were only available to those who shelled out $990 to purchase one, but COVID accelerated the company's plans to launch a subscription service. Read more>>

 Product Launch Guru Ryan Hoover on What Makes a Successful Launch

Product Hunt founder Ryan Hoover talks with L.A. Venture podcast about priorities for a successful product launch, detailed insights into building community and how he decides what companies to invest in. Read more and listen here>>

Strategy Session: Fundraising for Female Founders, in Partnership with Bank of America

Join us on Wednesday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m. PST for our next Strategy Session: Fundraising for Female Founders, in partnership with Bank of America. We'll explore how female founders are navigating this uphill battle with a group of women executives who'll share their personal experiences, best practices and tips to successfully raise capital.

Register here - space is limited!

Save the Date for dot.LA's 2021 'Intersect' Entertainment Tech Summit

The line between tech and entertainment companies has never been thinner. Top Hollywood players are becoming software behemoths, major tech firms are tripling down on their content investments and a number of startups are finding new ways to blend the two worlds. From the very heart of this convergence between tech, media and entertainment in Los Angeles, we're launching "Intersect," a first-of-its-kind summit, held live virtually on Wednesday, April 28.

Early Access - Register here!

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