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The Twitter Bot for LA Vaccination Appointments

"We really want to make sure we're getting this in the hands of the people that need it most. And the people that are currently not served as well by the current system."

A 24-year-old unemployed college graduate frustrated by the tedious process of finding his grandmother a vaccine appointment created Find My Vax LA. The site translates appointment information to any language, searches slots by zip code and now has a Twitter bot. Reporter Francesca Billington takes a look.

United Airlines will buy electric flying taxis from Archer in $1 billion partnership.

New research finds that when Amazon raises its minimum wage, local companies do, too.

Could Jack Dorsey's Tidal deal his way into banking and crypto?

A new California bill would require all self-driving vehicles to be zero emission by 2025.

A new Utah bill would require porn filter software on all new mobile devices.

NASA's Perseverance drives on Mars' terrain for the first time.

Tesla ditches forums and pushes fans to take political action with a new social platform.

California theme parks and stadiums could reopen as soon as April 1.

Virgin Galactic drops 10% after its chairman dumped his $213 million personal stake.

Reddit hires former Snap, Mattel exec as it prepares to go public.

Alerting LA Residents to Open Vaccine Appointments

Find My Vax LA translates appointment information to any language, searches for open slots by zip code. On Friday it released a Twitter bot that alerts followers of availability. Read more >>

When Will SpaceX's Starlink Land in Los Angeles?

SpaceX began receiving pre-orders for the service and its hardware two weeks ago and promised it would be online with limited connectivity by the second half of this year. Read more>>

Pasadena Sci-Fi Pioneer Octavia Butler Is Memorialized on Mars

Fifteen years after her death, science-fiction author Octavia E. Butler has joined an exclusive pantheon of space luminaries memorialized on Mars. Read more>>

Riot Games Veterans Have Big Plans for Their New Startup 

Six gaming industry veterans have created a new game studio, Theorycraft and they're looking to develop 10,000-hour games. Read more>>

The Case for a Seed-Stage VC Partner

There are often good reasons to partner with venture companies that go beyond an infusion of cash and the idea that venture capital isn't necessary is specious at best, writes Bonfire Ventures' Brett Queener. Read more>>

Include Ventures Is a $250 Million Fund For Black and Brown Investors and Founders

Taj Eldridge talks to L.A. Venture podcast about his newly-launched $250 million fund, Include Ventures, aimed at Black and Brown founders and investors. Read more>>

Startup Pitch Showcase: Female Founders

Our next startup pitch showcase on Thursday, March 11, 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 >>

Register here - space is limited!

Save the Date for dot.LA's 2021 'Intersect' Entertainment Tech Summit

The line between tech and entertainment companies has never been thinner; the top Hollywood players are becoming software behemoths, the major tech firms are tripling down on their content investments and a number of startups are finding new ways to blend the two worlds. From the very heart of this convergence between tech, media and entertainment in Los Angeles, dot.LA is pleased to announce "Intersect," a first-of-its-kind summit convening this new super-sector, held live virtually on Wednesday April 28.

Early Access - Register here!

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