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

Kelly O'Grady
Kelly O'Grady is dot.LA's chief host & correspondent. Kelly serves as dot.LA's on-air talent, and is responsible for designing and executing all video efforts. A former management consultant for McKinsey, and TV reporter for NESN, she also served on Disney's Corporate Strategy team, focusing on M&A and the company's direct-to-consumer streaming efforts. Kelly holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. A Boston native, Kelly spent a year as Miss Massachusetts USA, and can be found supporting her beloved Patriots every Sunday come football season.
Catch Up On This Week's Startup News With Our Video Recap

The L.A. tech and startup community was active as ever this week. dot.LA chief host and correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key points of the top five headlines:

  • Green Rush: The Incredible Rise and Fall of L.A.'s Genius Fund
  • President Trump Signs Order Banning TikTok Unless it Sells to U.S. Company
  • Curative Inc is Bringing COVID-19 Test Kiosks to L.A.
  • dot.LA x Pitchbook: L.A.'s 50 Hottest Startups - Who Made It?
  • Investing Round-Up: Syntiant, GoodRx and Studio Alive Ventures


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      Courtesy of CropSafe.

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      Image courtesy of Maureen Klewicki

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