Catch Up With This Week's Startup News in Our Video Recap

Lots happened in the L.A. tech and startup community this week. In a rundown of the top headlines, Chief Host and Correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key stories:

  • George Floyd Protests: L.A. Companies Across Industries Show Support, Snap Stops Promoting President Trump
  • Equity Crowdfunding is Thriving During the Pandemic
  • Media: Hollywood Proposes Reopening Guidelines, TikTok Addresses App Glitch
  • dot.LA & PledgeLA -- A Special Townhall on Building Equality in L.A. Tech


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    The age of the creator is upon us.

    After years of gaining momentum, the creator economy has gone mainstream. Payment processing platform Stripe estimates the number of individuals who now see themselves as full-time “creators”—those who use online tools to sell digital content—grew 48% in 2021, while earnings across the industry are expected to soon eclipse $10 billion.

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    Jolene Latimer
    Jolene Latimer has her Master of Arts in specialized journalism and writes about sports, entertainment and personal finance.

    It started as a real estate company for startups. Today, Plug and Play operates what it calls an “innovation platform” that offers young companies office space, an accelerator program and — in some cases — invests in them.

    On this episode of LA Venture, Plug and Play's CEO and founder Saeed Amidi talks about how he evolved the company into an accelerator and investment firm, and how he uses his platform to introduce many of the world’s largest corporations to startups that are re-envisioning their industries.

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    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.
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