Lots happened in the L.A. tech and startup community this week. dot.LA chief host and correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key stories:

  • Investing: Elementary Robotics Raises $12.7M in Series A, MarsBio Bund Aims to Get Local Biotech Startups to Stay in L.A.
  • Media: Newsology Seeks to Change News Feeds Based on Work Interest, Event Hub Brings Vendor Booths to Virtual Concerts
  • Remote Work: GitLab's Secret to Success, How Office Life Will Change After the Pandemic with HelloOffice

Weekly Recap: L.A. Bets on Biotech, Newsology Takes On Silicon Valley and the Secrets to Remote Work www.youtube.com


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Lots happened in the L.A. tech and startup community this week. dot.LA chief host and correspondent Kelly O'Grady takes you through the key stories:

  • COVID: iFoster Helps Save Semester for Foster Youth, UCLA Projects Economy Will Take 3 Years to Recover
  • Media: Cameo CEO Talks Disrupting Entertainment Industry, Atom Tickets Optimistic About Movie Theaters' Future
  • Startups: 'Anti-Superficial' Dating App S'More Launches in L.A., Relativity Space Gains West Coast Launch Site
  • HelloOffice Bets on Returning to Offices with $20M Series A
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"Fight for simplicity" is a guiding principle at Cameo, a marketplace platform that launched in early 2017 out of Chicago but is increasingly rooting itself in Los Angeles. No surprise, then, that the company's premise isn't too complicated. Celebrities with over 20,000 Instagram followers – which occasionally stretches the limit of what one might consider a "celebrity" – can set up a Cameo account and list a price at which they will record a short, personalized video for customers. Caitlyn Jenner currently charges $2,500. Former NFL MVP Brett Favre asks for $300. Someone who goes by MeesterMario requests a humble $5. Whatever the number, Cameo keeps 25% of the transaction and the talent does what it wishes with the remainder.

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