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"The first version we look back and say, 'Wow, what a piece of crap'."

It has been a long road for the makers of PvP, a gaming social network that hopes to match up like-minded gamers for friendly games or professional esports teams. Reporter Sam Blake talks with their CEO about what's next.

Tesla is suing electric carmaker Rivian for allegedly stealing company secrets.

Meanwhile, Rivian is planning to deliver its new EV truck next June.

Epic Games' CEO accuses Google and Apple of monopolizing game sales.

L.A.-based Outer's CEO tells Business Insider the furniture company is having a banner year.

Our final "Female Founders Stories" event will feature Slingshot Aerospace and Toucan. Join us!

PvP, a 'LinkedIn for Gamers'

Gaming's popularity has surged since cities implemented safer-at-home orders. Social site PvP sees itself as a way to connect potential pros or amateurs looking to take their game to the next level. Read more >>

The GovTech Getting Restaurants Opened Outdoors

Los Angeles-based CityGrows has a mission to automate government workflow. It's just met its biggest challenge: Making cities' permitting process for sidewalk dining a breeze. Read more >>

Column: When Should a Startup Hire Its First HR Person?

"Good HR" means thinking of human resources as a way to recruit, retain and motivate great people. "Bad HR" means thinking of HR purely from a risk-mitigation standpoint. dot.LA co-founder Spencer Rascoff breaks down how and why startups should think about making their first HR hire. Read more >

US Hyperloop Technology Moves Ahead

The U.S. Department of Transportation gives the thumbs up to hyperloop regulation and deployment, a crucial step in bringing the technology closer to reality. Read more >>

Watch Our Next 'Female Founders Stories' featuring Slingshot Aerospace and Toucan

Join us at 11 a.m. PT Thursday, July 30th for our final edition of "Female Founders Stories: To Live and Work in L.A." We'll talk with Slingshot Aerospace's co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer Melanie Stricklan and Toucan CEO Taylor Nieman. Register >>

Our Next Startup Pitch Showcase: Entertainment

Nominate your company to take part in our next Startup Pitch Showcase set for Thursday, August 6th. We are looking for Southern California startups in the interactive and virtual entertainment space. Nominate your company and register for the event.

Our Next Strategy Session: The Health & Wellness Market

Join us at 11:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, July 28th a Strategy Session focused on the health and wellness market with reporter Rachel Uranga, Upfront Ventures' Kevin Zhang, Sequoia Consulting Group's Kaleana Quibell and Remedy Place's Dr. Jonathan Leary. Register here >>

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