LA Tech ‘Moves’: Former Hulu, Xandr, Snap Inc. Exec Joins tvScientific

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow 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’: Former Hulu, Xandr, Snap Inc. Exec Joins tvScientific
Photo by James Opas | Modified by Joshua Letona

“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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Technology industry veteran Robert J. Farrell was named chief executive officer of healthcare AI platform mPulse Mobile. Farrell previously served as the CEO of GlobalTranz.

Blockchain marketplace Dibbs appointed Ben Plomion chief marketing officer and Bill Plumeri chief compliance officer. Prior to Dibbs, Plomion served as GumGum’s CGO, while Plumeri was the director of institutional compliance at BlockFi.

Appia Bio, a biotechnology company developing engineered cell therapies for cancer patients, appointed Jason Damiano as chief scientific officer and Margo Roberts to its board of directors. Damiano was previously the vice president of biology at UNITY Biotechnology, while Roberts served as the principal scientist and director of immune and cell therapy at Cell Genesys.

ImmPACT Bio—a clinical-stage company dedicated to the discovery of transformative chimeric antigen receptor(CAR) T-cell therapies for cancer patients—named Vikram Lamba as chief financial officer and head of business development. Lamba previously served as CFO at ChromaCode, Inc.

Allen Media Group promoted Christopher Malone from external vice president and head of corporate development to chief financial officer.

Spotter, a startup that monetizes Youtubers’ library catalogs in exchange for cash, welcomed former Collective chief marketing officer Galvea Kelly as CMO.

Creator startup Jellysmack tapped fintech veteran Dov Marmor as chief business officer and head of JellyFi.

Matthew Koontz joined tv performance advertising platform tvScientific as head of product. A seasoned product management executive, Koontz has worked at Hulu, Xandr and Snap Inc.

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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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LA Tech ‘Moves’: HyperDraft Taps LegalZoom Exec

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow 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’: HyperDraft Taps LegalZoom Exec
Photo by James Opas | Modified by Joshua Letona

“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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