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Weekly Tech Recap: Blizzard Ignored Sexual Harassment Complaints, One Employee Said

Blizzard Entertainment, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, is now at the center of new sexual harassment complaints brought forward by a current employee. At a press conference joined by her lawyer, high-profile attorney Lisa Bloom, the employee accused Blizzard of ignoring her complaints about "unwanted sexual advances" and the retaliation she faced after she complained to higher-ups.

"When I complained to my supervisors, I was told they were just joking and that I should get over it," she said.

LA Startups To Watch πŸ‘€

πŸ‘‰ First Resonance. The L.A.-based startup, which is led by a former SpaceX engineer, has been impressing investors with its revenue growth. This week it raised an additional $14 million to build out its flagship platform, ION.

πŸ‘‰ NZXT. The startup, based in City of Industry, this week raised $103.5 million to keep up with gamer demand of PC components.

#TechLA's Movers & Shakers This Week πŸ“’

➑️ 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.

➑️ dotLA has a new map of L.A.'s startup scene.

LA Tech and Venture Capital News πŸ—ž

πŸ—ž 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.

πŸ—ž The surge for wine might be waning post-pandemic as Winc, a wine subscription service, dipped in sales in its third quarter.

πŸ—ž Blink Mobility is boosting up its fleet of electric vehicles from 60 vehicles to 300 to expand the BlueLA car-sharing program in Los Angeles despite complaints from users.

πŸ—ž While other companies have piloted drone programs that deliver to pickup sites, El Pollo Loco wants to do it differently: deliver food to your backyard.

πŸŽ™ Listen Up πŸ’¬

Need a podcast recommendation this weekend? Here are some new pods we have for you:

πŸŽ™ At the age of 16, Sophia Rascoff is one of the youngest entrepreneurs to launch a social media app focused on food. Listen to her take on social media's evolution and what young users are looking for in a new app on the PCH Driven podcast.

πŸŽ™ From a real estate company to investing in startups. Plug and Play CEO and founder Saeed Amidi comes on to this week’s LA Venture to talk about the evolution of the company. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

πŸŽ™ Halogen Ventures’ founding partner Jesse Draper came on to this week’s Behind Her Empire to talk about betting big on early-stage, female-founded companies. Listen on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart Radio or wherever you get your podcasts.


πŸ—ž Internet users struggled using some of their favorite sites on Tuesday as Amazon Web Services experienced issues.

πŸ—ž Embattled video game publisher Activision Blizzard faced its third work stoppage in the last five months at its subsidiary studio Raven Software walked out to protest layoffs of its quality assurance testers.

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