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"There's been a lot more momentum around diversity."

Companies like Apple and Bank of America were knocking on the door of VamosVentures when it decided it might as well capitalize on the increasing desire of corporate America to show they cared about diversity. The firm just closed a $50 million fund focused on Latinx and other diverse founders.

Disney's new world order leads to confusion and bruised egos.

TikTok launches a Green Screen Duet feature and tests dedicated 'Topics' feeds.

Uber, Lyft want more public subsidies to meet California's EV mandates.

Spotify signs another exclusive podcast deal, this time with Dax Shepard show.

Lina Khan, a tech critic, is approved by a Senate committee for the F.T.C.

Is the App Store a monopoly? Epic's expert makes the case.

Disney Plus Premier Access will let subscribers buy upcoming movies while they're in theaters.

NHTSA investigating fatal Tesla crash in Southern California.

VamosVentures Doubles Down on Backing Latinx Founders

After closing its first fund in December with $25 million in dry powder, VamosVentures, which bills itself as the first Latinx-owned venture fund to focus on Latinx and other diverse founders, decided it could stretch its ambitions.

Bird makes SPAC Official as it Reveals Spate of Injuries

The Santa Monica unicorn that started the e-scooter craze in 2017 will go public via SPAC at a $2.3 billion valuation. It comes as the startup is mired in more than a hundred lawsuits involving "brain injuries, internal injuries, and death."

'Clickable' AI Startup Jellysmack Joins the Unicorn Club

Los Angeles tech startup Jellysmack has joined the unicorn ranks for its AI-based software that drives viewers to YouTube creators like MrBeast and Brad Mondo.

File and Track Trademarks With These Two New Products From Brainbase

The legal services industry has long been seen as slow to innovate. Two new products that interface directly with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office aim to change that. Both are produced by intellectual property (IP) startup Brainbase.

How Pacaso Makes It Easier for More People to Own a Second Home

The concept of co-ownership isn't new, but unlike "DIY" shared ownership arrangements among family members or friends, Pacaso manages all the details for potential home buyers and then handles ongoing maintenance, LLC oversight, bill payment and scheduling. Read more >>

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Southern California is beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and new job opportunities in advanced industries, including mobility and transportation, are on the way. dot.LA is partnering with CoMotion to host "Motivate SOCAL," a half-day virtual event, set for May 19, 2021. Register here.

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