So much has changed since last year’s edition of the dot.LA startup map. A couple of companies dropped off (Quibi, we hardly knew you) and many more came on -- from HopSkipDrive to Beyond Meat -- new transformative companies are coming up seemingly on a daily basis. Read more >>
Here's what else we're reading in the news:
- On 12/14 we are hosting the first #LongLA Holiday Party in Culver City with some of our friends, and you are invited! Password: APartytimeHoliday
- Activision Blizzard workers are attempting to form a union.
- Netflix launched its own editorial website, Tudum, to cover series and films on the streaming platform.
- Santa Monica-based AirMap, maker of drone software, was acquired by DroneUp.
- ExxonMobil Chemical acquired Pasadena-based Materia Inc., developer of a Nobel prize-winning technology for making thermoset resins.
- Anna Barber, Ned Daoro and Eva Ho are among those listed as Business Insider's rising star VCs for 2021.
- Instacart president Carolyn Everson is set to step down from the delivery service company after just three months in the role.
How the dot.LA 2022 Map of Startups Came to Be
The original dot.LA map of L.A.'s startups was first conceived at its launch in early 2020. But this summer, we asked our Twitter followers to help us identify emerging startups in L.A. And they did not disappoint. We took that information to our Angeleno illustrator Semira Chadorchi who drew up what is now the 2022 dot.LA map of L.A.'s startups.
The VCs and Angels Cutting Checks in Southern California
If you’re curious about who’s forking over cash to startups in Southern California, this recently updated investor list is a solid place to start. Managed by Greg Bettinelli and Upfront investor Molly O'Shea, their rundown of “#LongLA Investors and Angels” lays out about 300 active venture firms and 100 angels that have a physical presence in Los Angeles or the SoCal area today.
Air Travel on a Hydrogen-Propelled Plane as Soon as 2025
Connect Airlines hopes to start flying passengers around in a hydrogen-powered plane as soon as 2025, thanks to a deal announced this week with Hawthorne-based Universal Hydrogen. Universal Hydrogen plans to begin installations of its hydrogen-electric powertrain kits in the next three to four years, pending regulatory approval.