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A Year After a Close Call with COVID, the Montgomery Summit Goes Virtual

"We probably all underestimated the perniciousness of the virus."

When one of Southern California's largest gatherings of tech investors and executives of the year in Southern California begins Wednesday it will be held virtually, just every other event these days. As the Montgomery Summit kicks off, Senior Reporter Ben Bergman looks back at last years, before the pandemic changed the world.

SpaceX slams Dish's "baseless attempt" to block Starlink's FCC funding.

Epic Games acquires 'Fall Guys' creator Mediatonic.

Biden supports Trump's space initiative: the Artemis program and the Space Force.

Uber spins out Postmates' robot delivery division into a separate company.

Tech workers have their first union contract at Glitch.

Lordstown Motors teases endurance electric race truck.

Spotify is poised to surpass Apple Podcasts in U.S. listeners this year.

Beyond Meat signs global supply deals with McDonald's, KFC and Pizza Hut.

TikTok is coming to Samsung smart TVs in the U.S.

Lyft says it had its best week for rides since the pandemic began.

'We Were All Quite Naive': A Gathering of Tech Investors on the Pandemic's Eve. 

Last year's Montgomery Summit, also held during the first week of March, brought together hundreds of tech titans to the upscale Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. It was the last time many people saw each other in the flesh. Read more>>

SoundCloud Will Experiment With a New Way To Pay Artists. 

SoundCloud is upending how musicians get paid on its platform, and some think it could lead to a new paradigm that provides better streaming deals for most artists. Read more>>

Powerhouse of Female Olympic Athletes' New Company Aims to Change Sports Coverage

There's finally a media company that will make women's sports a top priority. Olympic medalists Alex Morgan, Chloe Kim, Simone Manuel and Sue Bird are launching TOGETHXR, created specifically for Gen Z and millennial women. Read more>>

Maestro's Livestreaming Platform Raises $15 Million

Used by pop star Billie Eilish and other entertainers to stream performances, the Culver City-based platform has attracted more investment as the pandemic makes virtual events more attractive to artists shut out of the touring circuit. Read more>>

The influential Montgomery Summit, which since 2004 has been held every year at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica, will go largely behind paywalls next week because of the coronavirus. We look at some of the major themes up for discussion. Read more >>

Startup Pitch Showcase: Female Founders

Our next startup pitch showcase on Thursday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. PT will celebrate female founders. We're looking for female-founded SoCal startups in any sector. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Two angel investors will be judging the showcase hosted by dot.LA's Chief Correspondent & Host and Head of Video Kelly O'Grady.

Nominate your company here >>

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