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LA Sets the Stage for a Biotech Boom. Will It Work?

Can Los Angeles' bioscience scene compete with those in San Diego and Boston? Next month, BioscienceLA — a nonprofit that supports bioscience innovation in Los Angeles County — will make a 20,000-square-foot campus in Culver City its official headquarters. It's one of several projects that aims to make Los Angeles the next big biotech hub, but will it work?

🏗 1build, an L.A.-based data platform used for construction, raised $19.5 million in funding.

💰 Pasadena-based fintech company Groundwork has sold to Snap Raise, a Seattle-based fundraising platform company.

⬆️ ServiceTitan, the Glendale-based software company, has added two technology experts to its board: Diya Jolly and Sameer Dholakia.

⚾️ The L.A. Dodgers have begun using WaitTime, an AI-powered software that track crowd behavior, as a way to gauge crowd interest in the ballpark's renovated features.

🚲 The Bird app is now allowing users to find and connect with L.A.'s Metro bicycles through out the city.

🐶 Dogdrop, an L.A.-based dog care startup, has raised $2.9 million in funding to scale its dog care service locations.

💉 The FDA on Wednesday authorized the use of a booster shot for people over 65 who have already received their second COVID-19 vaccine.

Biotech Projects All Across LA County

Los Angeles is pouring in a lot of resources to help bioscience innovation thrive. For example, last year, Los Angeles County signed off on research firm Lundquist Institute's 15-acre biotech park at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. And then, last summer, the county also allotted $15 million to a bioscience investment fund to spur homegrown biotech startups.

FuzzyBot Wants to Make Games Without Burning Out Workers

Game development can be a grueling task, with designers and engineers working inhumanly long hours to ship games on tight deadlines. After years of working at EA Games and its subsidiary DICE, the founders of FuzzyBot Games decided the industry needed to do away with crunch for good.

StreamElements Raises $100 Million to Attract More Streamers

StreamElements, an Israeli analytics company whose leadership is based in Los Angeles, on Wednesday raised $100 million led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2. The company, which has seen its user base go from "a couple hundred thousand users" a year ago to now more than one million, will use the funds to build out its platform, add to its troves of data on streaming and recruit more streamers to join its steadily growing count of users.

Behind Her Empire: Noura Sakkijha on the Ups and Downs of Launching Mejuri

Launching a brand new business has its ups and downs, and Noura Sakkijha can tell you all about it. In the early years of launching the fine jewelry brand Mejuri, Sakkijha hit burnout and learned some very difficult lessons that are now part of the story she brings to the latest episode of the Behind Her Empire podcast.

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Nominate Innovators for dot.LA's Startup Awards

Nominate Innovators for dot.LA's 2021 Startup Awards

We are thrilled to announce the dot.LA Startup Awards 2021, a celebration of the most innovative people and companies in the L.A. startup and tech community. The event will be hosted live on Friday, October 29th, during the dot.LA Summit.

Nominations are open for company submissions in six categories. Get involved and nominate a startup or an individual to win an award by clicking here.

Nominations Are Open for Our Summit LA Pitch Showcase

We're looking for Southern California startups that have a product on the market and have raised less than $1 million in funding to pitch at dot.LA's Summit on Thursday, October 28th at 6:00pm PT on the main stage at Fairmont Miramar.

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