LA Venture Podcast: Jim Andelman of Bonfire Ventures

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Insurance tech company Sidecar Health raised $120 million in a Series C funding round led by Drive Capital. The latest infusion of funds bumped its valuation up to $1 billion.

The insurance plans let customers see any doctor they wish and pay upfront for services using a Sidecar Health Visa card. A spokesperson for the company told dot.LA in August that Sidecar Health's customers include families, small business and people over 40 — even though the startup initially set out to target millennials.

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On this episode of Behind Her Empire podcast, hear from serial entrepreneur and investor Prerna Gupta. After being at the helm of many successful startups, Gupta is now the CEO and founder of Hooked, an app that is redefining fiction for the Snapchat generation. Hooked has over 100 million viewers across social media, a short form video streaming app called Hooked TV, and has received funding from Ashton Kutcher, Mariah Carey, LeBron James and Jamie Foxx, to name a few.

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Los Angeles residents scrambling to book vaccination appointments by refreshing their web browsers and flooding hotline numbers are out of luck. By Monday, most appointments on city and county-run websites were taken for the week.

It took just 10 minutes for thousands of reservations to get snapped up on L.A. city's appointment site run by Carbon Health last week.

"The experience has been a little bit like trying to get Rolling Stones tickets," said Sujal Mandavia, the chief medical officer of the San Francisco-based company.

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