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Making Your Work 'Essential' in Trying Times

"We had to make some really hard decisions."

It's been a brutal year for retail & startup tech platforms that support them. ⁦Shipsi⁩ recently laid off half its staff and has scrambled to launch a new product to help local shops do delivery. Tami Abdollah reports on lessons learned.

Universal Pictures' "Trolls World Tour" earned nearly $100 million through streaming services alone — more than the original "Trolls" movie did when it was released in theaters. Could it mark a permanent change in viewing habits or is it just a fluke of the pandemic?

The first in our biweekly women-in-tech event series takes place Thursday. Sign up to hear from founders at Blavity Inc. and L.A. Collab.

We're opening up our secret Slack channel to you, kind newsletter subscriber. Apply to join the beta for our community chat here!

Shipsi: Refocusing on What's Essential

It was founded to help businesses deliver goods in unfamiliar markets. Now, Shipsi⁩ is focusing on areas it never imagined, including getting food and diapers to those who need it. Read more >>

Scopely Picks Up 'Scrabble Go' Makers

"The timing couldn't have been better for us to launch."

Culver City-based gaming studio PierPlay launched Scrabble GO just as people needed something to play. Now they've been acquired by Scopely, the mobile-gaming behemoth next door.. Read more >>

Watch: Relativity Space's Mission to Mars

Today's Strategy Session live event with our Co-founder and Executive Chairman Spencer Rascoff and Relativity Space CEO Tim Ellis looked at the Long Beach company's plans to 3D print their way to Mars. Watch the archived discussion here >>

Updates: Gov. Newsom Talks Businesses Opening

In today's updates:

* Newsom eyes how to reopen businesses -- at least in parts of the state

* No concerts? No problem. Wave to host virtual performance series with avatars

* Trolls scores $100 million in revenue from streaming, bypassing shuttered theaters

Introducing wfh.LA, a Slack Channel for L.A. Startups

As a valued subscriber of our newsletter, we'd like to give you an early opportunity to apply to join the beta test of our Slack-based community: wfh.LA. We started it a couple weeks ago with a small group of top investors, founders, and operators to promote community and discussion in the new era of physical distancing. Members discuss events and developments with other decision-makers in L.A. tech, share dealflow, participate in weekly community hangouts and engage with dot.LA journalists and staff.

We're now ready to expand membership. Want to join? Apply here.

Join Us For Our First Virtual Event On Women in Tech

Join us Thursday as we discuss the challenges and opportunities in working from home, with Blavity CEO and angel investor Morgan DeBaun and Beatriz Acevedo, co-founder of LA Collab, an initiative to double Latino representation in Hollywood.

Read more | Register here. Space is limited!

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