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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      Shawn Gunn has been waiting for gaming to get to this moment for 20 years.

      He ran e-tournaments from his college dorm in the 1990s, long before esports exploded. Since then, Gunn has worked on Wall Street as a trader, at Nokia as the head of monetization and at HERE Technologies, before founding his first company, GUNN Inc, in 2008.

      All the while, he watched as video games became lucrative for top competitors. And he decided to find a way to make them profitable for average gamers like himself.

      Last year, Gunn founded PLLAY Labs Inc. with Christine Krzyzanowski. The video game wagering app lets users play video games like Fortnite and Call of Duty against each other for money. Since its launch in June, PLLAY has added 10,000 users, bringing its total user base to 60,000.

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      Every year has defining moments, but no one could have predicted the world changing and paradigm shifting developments that have taken place over the course of the past year. They include combatting COVID-19, working from home, waves of social unrest, emerging technologies and more.

      Join us Wednesday, December 16th at 11:00 a.m. PT for the closing dot.LA Strategy Session of the year as we reflect on L.A.'s emerging tech trends, challenges and predictions for 2021.

      Upfront Managing Partner Mark Suster and dot.LA Senior Finance Reporter Ben Bergman will kick off the event with a one on one conversation. More speakers to be announced.

      Register here - space is limited!

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      Virgin Orbit announced plans for its second attempt to shoot its LauncherOne rocket into orbit on Dec. 19 carrying with it small NASA research satellites. The first attempt failed in May after a propellant line ruptured after the first-stage ignition.

      The Richard Branson-founded company said it's run a list of tests and upgraded various systems in advance of next month's launch.

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