LA Tech ‘Moves’: Acelyrin’s New CFO, 3Pas Studios Taps Encantos Co-Founder for CBO

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’: Acelyrin’s New CFO, 3Pas Studios Taps Encantos Co-Founder for CBO
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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.


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ACELYRIN, INC., a biopharmaceutical startup, welcomed Gil M. Labrucherie as chief financial officer. Labrucherie previously served as COO and CFO at Nektar Therapeutics.

Multimedia company 3Pas Studios, tapped the co-founder and chief executive officer of Encantos Steven Wolfe Pereira to the new role of chief business officer.

Will Kelly joined engineering firm TheoremOne as chief growth officer. Prior to joining, Kelly served as senior managing director at Cognizant Softvision.

EV manufacturer Fisker Inc., named Alpay Uguz as senior vice president of global manufacturing. Uguz previously worked at BMW's production facility as the general manager of the brand's SUVs.

Warner Records, a record label and entertainment company, added Dionnee Harper as executive vice president of marketing and artist development. Harper served as the senior vice president of marketing at Atlantic Records.

Smosh, a comedy entertainment company, appointed Joel Rubin as the company’s first executive vice president of programming and content; and promoted current team members Lisa Van Lenner to senior vice president of production and operations; and Kiana Parker to director of Smosh Pit. Prior to joining Smosh, Rubin served as the vice president of programming at the SpringHill Company.

Trusted Media Brands (TMB), an entertainment company, tapped former Warner Bros. and Paramount executive Chris Rantamaki as senior vice president of programming who will be working out of the Los Angeles office.

Distributor of independent entertainment Vision Films hired Garrett Thierry as the new director of global digital distribution and marketing. Thierry currently serves as a Partner at Savant Artists.

Terray Therapeutics, a biotechnology company using AI-driven drug discovery, welcomed Fiona Black, PhD to its scientific advisory board. Black previously served as the senior vice president of chief of staff to the chief product officer at Illumina.

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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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Pitbull Ventures’ Brad Zions Is a Seed-Stage Investor and a Web3 Skeptic

Minnie Ingersoll
Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+ Shift.com, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
Pitbull Ventures founder Brad Zions
Image courtesy of Pitbull Ventures

Brad Zions saw Web 1.0 flourish—and he doesn’t think Web3 has the same lasting power.

On this episode of the LA Venture podcast, the founder of Pitbull Ventures discusses his career, from his early work at AOL to founding Lemonade restaurants to becoming an angel investor and critic of Web3 speculation.

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