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Hollywood Creators Take Tech's Approach

"The old way of sourcing talent in the entertainment industry is based on who you know, which presents high barriers to entry for the fresh voices we need to hear from."

Modeled after influential Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's program is based on their belief that creating a show or movie is much like developing a startup.

SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink satellites into orbit.

Chinese-based Tencent, a founder of Riot Games and Epic Games, is under NSA scrutiny.

Amazon Fresh opens a store to the public for the first time — in Woodland Hills.

The dot.LA Summit is coming in October, featuring cutting-edge programming, fast-pitch competitions, networking, workshops, social events and a live awards show. See the speakers and register for early bird prices here!

Benchmark Backs Hollywood 'Creative Accelerator'

San Francisco-based venture capital firm Benchmark is investing a Series A round into a new "creative accelerator" founded by film and TV heavyweights Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Read more >>

Boosted Commerce Preps for a Massive Amazon Shopping Spree

Boosted Commerce uses its resources to buy already successful mom-and-pop Amazon retailers, often closing deals in fewer than 45 days. Today, it announced it has $87M more to spend. Read more >>

Reports: TikTok Plans IPO

TikTok's Chinese-owned parent company ByteDance is reportedly planning to hold an initial public offering in the U.S., if President Donald Trump approves a deal with Oracle. Read more >>

After a Brutal Year, Auto-Leaser Fair Shifts Gears

Santa Monica-based Fair has a new strategy to disrupt the stodgy $120 billion used car industry. Read more >>

Online Retailer Behold Uses AI to Help Users Shop

Behold CEO Terry Boyle says his newly launched retail platform aims to solve a major pain point for online fashion consumers: Too many options. Hear his story >>

Register for the dot.LA Summit

The inaugural dot.LA Summit on October 27th and 28th will feature a selection of disruptive and innovative L.A.-based startups, keynote speakers and panelists, made up of founder CEOs and C-level executives working in tech, media, entertainment and healthcare. Register here!

Our Startup Pitch Showcase Events

Join us at 11 a.m. PST on Thursday, September 24th for the first of three qualifying rounds of dot.LA's Startup Pitch Showcase competition. A winner will be chosen at each qualifying event. Each winner will advance to pitch at the finale, which will be broadcast live at the dot.LA Summit with a grand prize and guest judges. Nominate your company and register for the first event!

Nominate Innovators for dot.LA's Startup Awards

We are thrilled to announce the first dot.LA Startup Awards 2020, a celebration of the most innovative people and companies in the L.A. startup and tech community, on Wednesday, October 28th. See the award categories and nominate companies >>

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