LA Tech ‘Moves’: Stratolaunch Has a New CEO, Former Apple TV Exec Joins NRG

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

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Aerospace company Stratolaunch promoted Zachary Krevor to president and chief executive officer. Dr. Krevor previously served as the company’s president and chief operating officer.

Marketing collaboration platform Loomly named Katelyn Sorensen as its new chief executive officer. Sorensen is also president of B2B social at Traject, which recently acquired Loomly.

Orthodontics startup InBrace named Clint Carnell as its chief executive officer. Carnell previously served as CEO of BeautyHealth and COO of Solta Medical.

Enspira, an HR consulting and technology firm, appointed Dan Lee as chief financial officer. Lee has previously served as CFO for private equity analytics firm RiskSpan and as vice president of investments for NextGen Venture Partners.

Biotech startup Capsida Biotherapeutics named Rayne Waller as its chief operating officer. Waller previously held various executive roles at Amgen.

Marketing insights and strategy firm National Research Group announced Grady Miller as chief marketing officer. Miller was previously the head of consumer insights at Apple TV+.

Medical apparel brand FIGS announced Jami Pinto as its new chief global product and sustainability officer. Pinto most recently served as Under Armour’s senior vice president of global product supply.

Pearl, a dental AI solutions startup, hired Marc Watenmaker as its vice president of sales. Watenmaker most recently served as Broadly’s vice president of sales.

Ecommerce fulfillment platform Flowspace appointed Jessica Burgess as vice president of business development. Burgess previously worked at Ruby Has Fulfillment as director of business development.

Guidepost Solutions, an investigations, compliance, security and technology consulting firm, hired Yekaterina “Katya” Gozias as a managing director in its Los Angeles office. Gozias previously served as a managing director at FTI Consulting and as a senior consultant in corporate investigations at Control Risks.

Jessica Copenhaver has joined venture capital firm TenOneTen Ventures as operations partner. Copenhaver previously worked at Citigroup’s private banking division.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

When avatar startup Genies raised $150 million in April, the company released an unusual message to the public: “Farewell.”

The Marina del Rey-based unicorn, which makes cartoon-like avatars for celebrities and aims to “build an avatar for every single person on Earth,” didn’t go under. Rather, Genies announced it would stay quiet for a while to focus on building avatar-creation products.

Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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EV Startup INDIEV Links With Foxconn To Produce SUVs

Samson Amore

Samson Amore is a reporter for dot.LA. He holds a degree in journalism from Emerson College and previously covered technology and entertainment for TheWrap and reported on the SoCal startup scene for the Los Angeles Business Journal. Send tips or pitches to and find him on Twitter @Samsonamore.

EV Startup INDIEV Links With Foxconn To Produce SUVs
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INDIEV, a startup based in Vernon, announced this week it will partner with Taiwanese tech conglomerate Foxconn to build its first prototypes of its upcoming electric SUV, nicknamed the INDI One.

The debut makes it the seventh consumer electric vehicle company to enter Los Angeles’s crowded cohort of green carmakers.

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