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Summer 2021 was supposed to be the time for a post-pandemic romance. Dating apps in Los Angeles had plans to launch, reveal new features and get users back to meeting one another in real life.

Then came news that the U.S. wouldn't hit its vaccination targets and a new wave of infection emerged with the delta variant. As of July, it's still not clear when dating will return to normal. The rapid shift has left a number of new L.A.-based dating apps rethinking their approach.

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College kids have hatched some of the biggest ideas throughout tech history, sometimes before they even finish school. But students who aren't as lucky as Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates usually have to backburner big ideas to focus on earning a degree and getting a job. Only then can they hope that their ideas will someday see the light of day.

California Crescent Fund, a new student-run venture capital firm that exclusively funds student startups based in Southern California, wants to offer young founders the option to turn their ideas into reality while they're still in school.

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Kristen Anderson was four-and-a-half months pregnant when she got a private message on Twitter about a new self-proclaimed "creator house for entrepreneurs" in Los Angeles.

"We've rented out a $35 million mansion in Beverly Hills and have brought in some amazing founders to live together," the message read.

Anderson is no stranger to the world of venture capital and startup accelerators. She landed $8.1 million in funding for her company after finishing Y Combinator, a program that helped launch big names like Instacart and Airbnb.

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