LA Tech ‘Moves’: Inspectiv Lures New CEO, Game1 Taps Hollywood Producer

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

LA Tech ‘Moves’: Inspectiv Lures New CEO, Game1 Taps Hollywood Producer
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“Moves,” our roundup of job changes in L.A. tech, is presented by Interchange.LA, dot.LA's recruiting and career platform connecting Southern California's most exciting companies with top tech talent. Create a free Interchange.LA profile here—and if you're looking for ways to supercharge your recruiting efforts, find out more about Interchange.LA's white-glove recruiting service by emailing Sharmineh O’Farrill Lewis (sharmineh@dot.la). Please send job changes and personnel moves to moves@dot.la.


Cybersecurity startup Inspectiv appointed co-founder of fraud prevention service Telesign Ryan Disraeli as CEO. Prior to this, Disraeli had served as CEO of Telesign.

Marketing automation platform Phonexa promoted director of engineering Alexey Sidora to chief technology officer.

Biotechnology startup Vivera Pharmaceuticals tapped Guido Jouret as Interim chief technology officer and to the company's board of advisors. Dr. Jouret previously served as Plume Design's chief development officer.

Consumer ecommerce platform Boosted Commerce appointed Martin Dunstheimer as chief financial officer. Dunstheimer previously held the title for TOMS shoes and Lucky Brand Jeans.

Sports content studio Game1 hired Ben Bitoni as chief creative officer and head of unscripted programming. Bitoni previously served as executive vice president, non-fiction television and alternate programming at 101 Studios, and has held positions at Asylum, Entertainment One, and NBC Universal.

IP commerce management platform Rightsline welcomed Melanie Nelson as chief marketing officer and Jason Cheverton as chief strategy officer. Nelson previously served as vice president at Samsung Electronics and Sony Corporation, while Cheverton held leadership positions at Lone Wolf Technologies and Mi9 Retail.

Creative content research platform Pilotly tapped former HBO vice president of content research Kevin Ivey as head of research.

Web3 company Vatom welcomed Steve Machin as global director of entertainment and Vicenc Marti as managing director of Vatom Europe. Marti previously served as the president of EDM event company elrow, while Machin held senior positions at Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

WELL Health, a SaaS digital health platform hired JP Knapp as vice president of sales and Justin Widlund as general counsel. Knapp served as vice president of sales at Vocera Communications, while Widlund has 17 years of legal experience advising various companies including Freshworks, Microsoft, Apigee (acquired by Google), and NetSuite (acquired by Oracle).

Correction: An earlier version of the post misstated Ryan Disraeli's new title at Inspectiv.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

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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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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Former Amazon and Lyft Execs Launch Incubator and Tech Talent Hybrid Startup

Steve Huff
Steve Huff is an Editor and Reporter at dot.LA. Steve was previously managing editor for The Metaverse Post and before that deputy digital editor for Maxim magazine. He has written for Inside Hook, Observer and New York Mag. Steve is the author of two official tie-ins books for AMC’s hit “Breaking Bad” prequel, “Better Call Saul.” He’s also a classically-trained tenor and has performed with opera companies and orchestras all over the Eastern U.S. He lives in the greater Boston metro area with his wife, educator Dr. Dana Huff.
Former Amazon and Lyft Execs Launch Incubator and Tech Talent Hybrid Startup
Photo by Ryz Labs

RYZ Labs wants to be a one-stop shop for startups looking to scale up and add new talent.

California natives Jordan Metzner and Sam Nadler created RYZ Labs, and their résumés make it clear they’ve got the knowledge and experience necessary to help others hit the ground running. In 2006, the pair launched California Burrito Co., a chain restaurant with international reach; in 2013, they founded the “Uber for Laundry,” Washio. Add in Metzner’s five years at Amazon and Nadler’s time at Lyft, and you have a potent combination of industry savvy and entrepreneurial flair.

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