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L.A.-based drone companies are seeing a surge of interest as companies seek to conduct remote work during the pandemic. vRotors' remote platform is available for anyone to test out right now. dot.LA senior reporter Tami Abdollah takes it for a test drive, from her living room.

U.S. House members find Apple, Facebook, Alphabet and Amazon enjoy a monopoly.

The Trump administration will further restrict skilled worker visas.

Facebook will crack down on Qanon conspiracy posts.

Snap announces a new slate of original, short-form content.

SpaceX wins a U.S. military contract to create missile-tracking satellites.

L.A.-based electric vehicle-maker Faraday Future is in talks to go public.

UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez is awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics.

The dot.LA Summit is coming in October, featuring cutting-edge programming, fast-pitch competitions, networking, workshops, social events and a live awards show. See the speakers list and register here!

How to Fly a Drone With One Finger 

L.A.-based vRotors remote drone platform is being used to help automate a Moon landing and race drones from a distance. Read more >>

$25 Million For Blockchain From an LA Venture Fund

Draper Goren Holm says it now has $25 million to invest in seed and Series A raises, aimed at nurturing high-quality blockchain startups in Southern California. Read more >>

Top Women Esports Players Earn Far Less Than Men

A new report finds winnings among the top 10 male gamers ranged from $3.6 million to nearly $7 million. Among female esports pros, that range was just $50,000 to $358,000. Read more >>

Greycroft Closes Two Funds Worth $678 Million

The Los Angeles and New York firm has closed Greycroft VI, a $310 million venture fund with an emphasis on early-stage investments, as well as Greycroft Growth III, a new growth-stage fund with more than $368 million in commitments. Read more >>

How Janice Bryant Howroyd Turned A $900 Loan Into $1B

On this week's Behind Her Empire podcast, hear how as a temporary secretary for her brother-in-law's company, Howroyd saw an opportunity in the market and started an employment agency with a $900 borrowed from her mother. Hear her story >>

The Music Tectonics Conference is Coming

The second annual Music Tectonics conference announced its lineup on Tuesday, with a focus areas poised to see big growth: music in augmented and virtual reality spaces, and live-streamed concerts for remote audiences. Read more >>

Watch Techstars Demo Day with Us

This Thursday, dotLA and Techstars LA are teaming up to present the signature event capping the annual Techstars LA class. Same great startups, community building and networking - just virtual this year. It's free! Watch it here >>

Nominate Innovators for dot.LA's Startup Awards

We are thrilled to announce the first dot.LA Startup Awards 2020, a celebration of the most innovative people and companies in the L.A. startup and tech community, on Wednesday, October 28th. See the award categories and nominate companies >>

Register for the dot.LA Summit!

The inaugural dot.LA Summit on October 27th and 28th will feature a selection of disruptive and innovative L.A.-based startups, keynote speakers and panelists, made up of founder CEOs and C-level executives working in tech, media, entertainment and healthcare. See the growing speaker list and register here!

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