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Any Angeleno who’s been duped by a false designer item in the Fashion District understands the value of knowing exactly what is on sale – especially since to the average untrained eye, it’s hard to tell the difference between an authentic and a scam.

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When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Courtesy of Anthony Katz

Anthony Katz didn’t mean to become an entrepreneur. But a chance meeting with Kobe Bryant in 2011 turned his “art project” into a game-changer for his career and the world of sports tech.

On this episode of PCH Driven, Katz talks about his journey from high school history teacher and basketball coach to founding Hyperice.

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