Longtime Democratic political operative Shomik Dutta had planned to travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week to attend the Democratic National Convention. Instead, like everyone else he is watching at home, in his case in Santa Monica.

He'll miss the electricity of the crowd, the reunion and the parties, but the first virtual campaign and now convention make his work at Higher Ground Labs even more urgent. Dutta backs tech startups he hopes will propel Democrats to retaking the White House and the U.S. Senate.

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