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In LA, Virtual Class Enrollments Rise Even as Schools Reopen
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In Los Angeles, the contagious delta strain is making some parents fearful of sending their children to in-person classes. The alternative? A return to virtual learning. Reporter Sarah Favot takes an in-depth look at the virtual charter schools making their pitch to parents — and it's working. Enrollment is ballooning.

⬆️ Women founders are raising more venture capital than at any point in the last decade, according to PitchBook.

🍦 L.A.-based plant diary alternative company Misha's Kind Foods has raised $3 million.

💎 Talent agency UTA has struck a deal with social media monetization platform Rally to help creators launch their own "social tokens."

💲 Happy Money, an Orange County-based fintech startup, has named Jeff Winner as its interim CEO.

💡 DISQO, an L.A.-based consumer insights platform company, has raised $85 million.

🏢 L.A.'s venture-backed proptech company Sugar has raised $2.5 million in a seed funding round.

💸 Creators on platforms like TikTok and YouTube are having a big influence on young investors, who are pouring in money into stocks.

Three Types of Parents Who Choose Virtual Learning

Angela Covil, CAVA's director of high schools, says there are generally three types of new parents who are enrolling their children in virtual learning, even when schools have reopened doors to students:
  1. those who have health worries
  2. those who want stability in case COVID-19 worsens and instruction at district schools goes online again
  3. and those who saw their child thrive in the online environment during the pandemic and want that to continue.

Irvine-Based EV Startup Rivian Files to Go Public

Rivian, the Irvine-based electric vehicle startup backed by Amazon and Ford, has filed to go public through an initial public offering.

Moment House's Livestreams Aren't For Everyone — Just the Real Fans

As the name suggests, L.A.-based startup Moment House is a platform intended for artists to create "moments" between themselves and their megafans. On Thursday it announced that it raised $12 million.

What to Expect at AfroTech's 2021 Tech Summit

On Saturday, Blavity will host its inaugural AfroTech Executive conference in Los Angeles. Blavity CEO Morgan DeBaun speaks to dot.LA on what to expect at the conference.

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