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
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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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LA-Based Apex Is Tapping Into the Small Satellite Market by Making Buses for Spacecraft

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Spencer Rascoff serves as executive chairman of dot.LA. He is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire, dot.LA, Pacaso and Supernova, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. During Spencer's time as CEO, Zillow won dozens of "best places to work" awards as it grew to over 4,500 employees, $3 billion in revenue, and $10 billion in market capitalization. Prior to Zillow, Spencer co-founded and was VP Corporate Development of Hotwire, which was sold to Expedia for $685 million in 2003. Through his startup studio and venture capital firm, 75 & Sunny, Spencer is an active angel investor in over 100 companies and is incubating several more.

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On this episode of Office Hours, Apex founder and CEO Ian Cinnamon discusses the importance of investing in space exploration and shares his thoughts on the evolving space ecosystem in Los Angeles.


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This Week in ‘Raises’: Measurabl Snags $93M, Selva Ventures Grabs $34M

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.

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A local data management platform company lands fresh funding to help commercial real estate owners reduce carbon footprint, while one Los Angeles-based venture firm closes its second fund to accelerate the growth of emerging companies across health, wellness, beauty and personal care.

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McKinsey & Company Launches InLA Accelerator To Help Underrepresented Founders Tackle Startup Challenges

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.

McKinsey & Company Launches InLA Accelerator To Help Underrepresented Founders Tackle Startup Challenges
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In 2022, female founders saw a 28% decline in overall U.S. funding, while Black-led startups saw a 38% decline in total capital received. In an effort to increase funding for minority-led startups, global venture firm McKinsey & Company is launching InLA, an accelerator program for underrepresented founders.

“This effort is something that the firm has been really excited about for a long time,” Engagement Manager Elkhyn Rivas Rodriguez said. “There's obviously a meaningful and growing startup community out here and just from a diversity standpoint, LA is incredibly diverse and multi-ethnic and multicultural. So we think that there will be a really great pool of potential companies to partner with.”

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