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"We want to even the playing field with the goal of exponentially growing the number of Black-owned startups that get funded."

Valence, a tech platform and professional network that connects Black founders, announced its inaugural funding network today.

New plans for contactless payments and a partnership with Snap could mean a windfall for Santa Monica-based ticket-purchasing platform Atom Tickets. Reporter Sam Blake talks with their co-founder about why he's optimistic about moviegoing's future.

"Our approach is a scalpel rather than a jackhammer." A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation targeting how social media companies moderate posts on their platforms.

Soccer star David Beckham is now a co-owner of an esports team.

Virgin Galactic passed another milestone, completing a second flight from Spaceport America. Watch it here.

TikTok has launched 'TikTok for Business' to lure advertisers to its platform.

Curious about what the future or work might look like? Sign up for Tuesday's free event on the office in 2021, in partnership with HelloOffice!

Valence Launches Funding Network to Connect Black-Owned Startups

Valence announced its inaugural funding network Thursday focused on supporting Black-owned startups. The list includes investors at top firms including Sequoia Capital, Accel and Upfront Ventures. Read more >>

How Corporate America Can Help Foster Change

BCG Digital Ventures' Eyana Carballo argues strongly worded statements of solidarity and condolence mean very little without a commitment to tangible steps to enact change. Read more >>

Atom Tickets Sees a Future in Theaters

What would get you back to the movie theater? Atom Tickets says its found reasons to be optimistic that theaters can thrive, even in a pandemic. Read more >>

 Hulu And The Messy Business Of Disrupting Legacy Media

It wasn't easy, but given the choice, Hulu's founder Jason Kilar — now CEO of WarnerMedia — says he would do it all again (but maybe differently) to disrupt the way TV and film is distributed. Hear his story on the Office Hours podcast >>

What Does the Office Look Like in 2021?

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: Real Estate Tech

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

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