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Snafu Records founder Ankit Desai believes the music industry is overdue for a change in how it discovers, promotes and scales artists' careers. His new venture aims to use artificial intelligence to democratize and make the industry more equitable -- and he recently raised $6 million in funding to do it.

🕶️ Hollywood talent agency behemoth Creative Artists Agency plans to buy rival ICM Partners.

🏀 The L.A. Clippers partner with Marina del Rey-based sustainable fintech startup Aspiration.

🪙 One-third of El Salvador's population is actively using its bitcoin wallet, its president says.

🎥 Netflix dominates Nielsen's list of top streaming debuts.

❗L.A. port chief calls for federal help as shipping backlog worsens.

🌞 L.A. plans to invest $30M to add solar storage to city-owned buildings.

👤 Comcast gets a new president of its comedy, gaming and pop culture divisions..

Automating Away Music's Gatekeepers

With offices in Los Angeles and Sweden, music platform Snafu will soon launch a platform to help songwriters find collaborators, and a system that lets users invest in breakout artists' careers.

A New Breed of Clinical Study

The pandemic slowed and halted clinical trials, which are key to helping doctors understand the efficacy and side effects of drugs. El Segundo-based Lightship stepped into the fray, creating a virtual process that allows patients to participate from home -- and potentially reduce a key bias in how these studies are administered. Filings Monday show the company raised $40 million to grow.

JIGGY Founder Kaylin Marcotte Puts the Pieces Into Place

It started out as a way to relax after work. On the episode of Behind Her Empire, JIGGY founder and CEO Kaylin Marcotte talks about how she turned her fascination with jigsaw puzzles into a thriving business.

Nominate Innovators for dot.LA's 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.

Nominate a Company Here!

Register for the Summit Here

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