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

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

  • Diversity in Tech: New Series on Diversity in Venture Capital, Roundtable with Leaders from Upfront Ventures & Snap Inc.
  • ChowNow Seizes the Moment as Food Delivery Apps Struggle
  • Mobile Storytelling App Whatifi Focuses on Choose-Your-Own Adventure Content
  • dot.LA Dives In: CEO & Founder of Struct Club, Amira Polack, Discusses Taking her Fitness Startup Direct-To-Consumer


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    • L.A.-based Artie, which began in 2018 as a platform to help game publishers build AI-enhanced video game characters but shifted its focus to enabling a distribution method that allows game publishers to circumvent app stores, has reopened its seed round.
    • The company plans to go to market later this year with celebrity and IP partnerships, then start attracting third-party game publishers and players to its platform with its distribution technology. In the long run it hopes to grow its user base with its original focus of AI-for-gaming features.
    • Artie has raised $8 million from investors, including the founders of Zynga, Shutterstock and YouTube; Warner Music Group; Jeffrey Katzenberg's WndrCo; and three L.A.-based venture firms including Scooter Braun's Raised In Space.

    In late 2018, Ryan Horrigan and Armando Kirwin set out to bring to life video game characters who could see and understand and interact with the gamers on the other side of the screen. They quickly recognized a problem that has now taken the tech world by storm: App stores create friction.

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    GOAT began as an online sneaker reseller, but the startup's on a meteoric rise, having just landed another $100 million investment round. That gives it a $1.75 billion valuation, sources familiar with the transaction said.

    Launched five years ago by college friends to "authenticate" used AirJordans and other collectible shoes sought by sneakerheads, GOAT is positioning itself to be a global luxury shoe and apparel retailer as the brick-and-mortar model falls into decline.

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    Daring Foods wants to do for plant-based chicken what Beyond Meat and the Impossible Burger did for faux meat: Take it mainstream and, in the process, convert a few carnivores.

    The Los Angeles-based company just raised $8 million and is about to launch its newest product: Plant-based protein "chicken" tenders.

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