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Pauses, Blackouts, Reflections: What is L.A. Tech's Role?

"Sunday was one of the most distressing days in Santa Monica history..."

L.A. and many surrounding cities announced curfews after another day of unrest, streaming services and startups posted support for protestors, and the music industry said it would go dark for a day to consider what role it could play in fostering change.

Snap's CEO called for a commission on reparations. Airmap, whose Santa Monica offices were destroyed by fire, called for mutual respect and dignity. And the city's largest VCs posted messages of support and understanding.

Here at dot.LA, we're also taking a moment, postponing this week's events, Instead, we'll hold a discussion on L.A. tech's place in fostering justice, equality and inclusion. We'll have more details soon.

Music Industry Vows a 'Blackout' Tuesday

The three major labels and many individual artists called for a "Blackout Tuesday" to pause and consider their responsibility as an industry "that has profited predominantly from Black art," and a "plan of action" for the future. Read more.

We're Hitting Pause on This Week's Events

dot.LA stands for justice and equality, and we stand with those that do the same. We've decided to postpone Tuesday and Thursday's events. Instead, we'll convene a virtual roundtable on Thursday to discuss how L.A.'s tech and startup community can work for change.

A Discussion on Technology, Justice and Inclusion

Join us Thursday, June 4th for the next dot.LA virtual roundtable on justice, equality and inclusion to explore tangible ways to combat systemic racism and inequality. Stay tuned. We'll announce panelists and more details soon.

Here's How Hollywood Wants to Reopen

A task force composed of entertainment companies, unions and guilds sent recommendations for resuming film production to California and New York's governors Monday. Here's what they proposed >>

Swagbucks Owner Is on a Buying Spree

El Segundo-based Prodege acquired its fourth company in just 13 months as it seeks to dominate the digital rewards space and strengthen its consumer analytics business. Read more >>

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