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Hollywood film producer Brian Grazer has one particular strategy that he credits with inspiring him to develop and produce award-winning films like “A Beautiful Mind,” and it starts with getting out of the office.

At this week’s Upfront Summit venture capital conference in Downtown Los Angeles, the Imagine Entertainment co-founder outlined the process he uses to break himself out of a creative slump, which he calls “curiosity conversations.” The essence of it, Grazer said, is finding at least one person to interview each week that has experience outside of his area of expertise; the further from the movie business they are, the better.

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After emerging as one of Los Angeles’ most well-funded and talked-about startups last year, online sneaker and apparel marketplace GOAT now has its sights set abroad.

Speaking at the Upfront Summit venture capital conference on Wednesday, GOAT Group chief operating officer Yunah Lee said international expansion is now the priority for the Culver City-based startup. GOAT opened offices in mainland China last year—its headcount there has already quadrupled, she noted—and also recently cut the ribbon on offices in Singapore and Japan.

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After taking last year off due to the pandemic, the Upfront Summit—the blowout venture capital conference staged by Santa Monica-based venture firm Upfront Ventures—was back with a bang this week. And befitting one of Los Angeles’ biggest VC industry events, the stars were out in full force at the Banc of California Stadium—including an Oscar-winning actress, multiple Grammy Award-winning musical artists and a Super Bowl-winning NFL quarterback.

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