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Despite — or in many cases because of — the raging pandemic, 2020 was a great year for many tech startups. It turned out to be an ideal time to be in the video game business, developing a streaming ecommerce platform for Gen Z, or helping restaurants with their online ordering.

But which companies in Southern California had the best year? That is highly subjective of course. But in an attempt to highlight who's hot, we asked dozens of the region's top VCs to weigh in.

We wanted to know what companies they wish they would have invested in if they could go back and do it all over again.

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Matt Danna and Sean Stavropoulos came up with Boulevard when an impatient Stavropoulos couldn't book a hair appointment after hours. They figured, if you could order a burrito on Postmates at all hours, why wasn't there an app to schedule a hair appointment when you felt like it?

The duo interviewed salon owners who were frustrated, too. Many disliked antiquated booking and payment systems that left time gaps between appointments, costing stylists money.

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