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"People have a different value proposition in mind when they pick up their mobile phones."
Fiction Riot, the L.A.-based entertainment company behind mobile streaming app Ficto, raised $250,000 this week. Entertainment reporter Sam Blake caught up with their CEO to talk about their slow-and-steady growth plan and where he thinks Quibi went wrong.
Microsoft is closing all of its retail locations.
Warner Bros. is pushing back the release date for its anticipated blockbuster "Tenet" and Disney is doing the same for "Mulan" as U.S. coronavirus cases rise.
Local chronicler of real estate news and L.A. neighborhood culture CurbedLA is closing.
Curious about what the future of work might look like? Sign up for Tuesday's free event on the office in 2021, in partnership with HelloOffice!
Quibi went one way, L.A.-based Ficto is going another. Here's why the company's CEO says audience engagement and empowerment have to be part of the experience, and how they're baking that into their storytelling. Read more >>
Airvet announced today they've raised $14 million in a Series A round to expand their telemedicine and telehealth veterinary network. Read more >>
Musso & Frank's Grill prides itself on its history. With their reopening, CFO/COO Mark Echeverria says the Hollywood icon is doing everything possible to keep their traditions intact. Read more >>
Lots happened in the L.A. tech and startup community this week. dot.LA's Kelly O'Grady takes you through the week's key stories in our weekly video wrap-up:
* COVID: iFoster Helps Save Semester for Foster Youth, UCLA Projects Economy Will Take 3 Years to Recover
* Media: Cameo CEO Talks Disrupting Entertainment Industry, Atom Tickets Optimistic About Movie Theaters' Future
* Startups: 'Anti-Superficial' Dating App S'More Launches in L.A., Relativity Space Gains West Coast Launch Site
* HelloOffice Bets on Returning to Offices with $20M Series A
Join us at 11:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, June 30th for the next dot.LA Strategy Session in partnership with HelloOffice. How much work will stay remote and how will offices adapt? We'll speak with panelists from Fifth Wall, TEAMWERC and HelloOffice to find out. Read more and register here >>
Our next startup pitch showcase is coming up at 11:00 a.m. PST on Thursday, July 2nd. Leading real estate news source Inman's founder Brad Inman will join us, along with Zillow and dot.LA co-founder Spencer Rascoff. Register to watch here