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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      I am super excited about the surge of capital available to start-ups early in their journey. Many would say this is the best time to start a company. Founders today have a much broader range of financing options than traditional venture capital, including from crowd-funding, rolling funds, debt, angel investors and syndicates.

      Some have begun to speculate on whether traditional seed firms are necessary at all.

      If you are a serial entrepreneur and have everything figured out, one of the options above may offer you the best route. In that case, skip the seed stage and get a large blank check from one of the established Series A firms. Hell, if you have worked with us before, we will be thrilled when you carve out space for us because of our prior relationship.

      But there are often good reasons to partner with venture companies that go beyond an infusion of cash, and the idea that venture capital isn't necessary is specious at best.

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      This year's Montgomery Summit – held online this year for the first time - features Eric Yuan, CEO & founder of Zoom, author Deepak Chopra, Darius Adamczyk, CEO of Honeywell, and Jim Whitehurst, president of IBM.

      There will be about 100 hours of content available exclusive to those who have paid and registered, but, for the first time, 12 hours of plenary sessions will be free for anyone to stream on YouTube, opening panels to a much bigger audience around the world.

      See the full agenda here. We'll be watching, and will keep you up to date with takeaways from the conference. Follow updates from the event below and check our Twitter account for more.

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      The livestream shopping craze continues.

      Los Angeles-based Whatnot, an ecommerce app for collectibles and card games, has raised a $20 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz's Connie Chan.

      Whatnot's platform — like other livestream apps on the market — allows sellers to demo products and make sales online. The company specializes in collectibles like Pokemon cards and Funko Pops, and uses real-time video to "capture the excitement of the in-person collector experience," Whatnot said in a press release.

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