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

Lots happened in the L.A. tech and startup community this week. dot.LA chief host and correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key stories:

  • COVID: Jukin Media Takes $2.2M in PPP Funds, SBA Claims Bird Took Funds - Bird Says It's a Mistake
  • Startups: Q&A with Sweetgreen CEO on Their Growth Plan, Get Help Platform Tackles Homelessness
  • Investing: Lots of Deals! Popshop Live, Nomad Homes, Karma and Riders Share All Raise Funds


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The legendary broadcaster Larry King died Saturday in Los Angeles at 87 after being hospitalized for COVID-19. He may best be remembered as the longtime host of CNN who interviewed the most notable personalities of the 20th century, including Vladimir Putin and Frank Sinatra, but he also worked tirelessly to build a bridge for the next generation.

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The largest property technology or "proptech" venture firm Fifth Wall is joining the SPAC boom.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Comission this week, the firm said its creating a special acquisition company (SPAC) and intends to raise up to $287 million by selling 28.75 million shares at $10 a piece to seek out opportunities in real estate tech.

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Electric vehicle charging station provider EVgo is going public, joining a wave of companies in the electric vehicle industry hoping to ride on Tesla's soaring stock growth over the last year.

The Los Angeles-based startup, which operates a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles, announced Friday it's going public through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company that will generate about $575 million in net proceeds.

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