LA Tech ‘Moves’: New CEO for Tinder’s Parent Company; Disney Streaming Poaches SVPs

Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is dot.LA's Editorial Fellow. Prior to that, she was an editorial intern at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

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Dating app conglomerate and Tinder parent company Match Group tapped former Zynga president Bernard Kim as chief executive officer.

Performio, an enterprise-grade sales commission software solution company, appointed former Salesforce executive Neil Graham as chief revenue officer and former Datometry vice president of engineering Dmitri Korablev as chief technology officer.

Sunstone Management, a venture capital firm, added Mike Stone as chief investment officer. Stone previously served as vice president at Morgan Stanley.

Trusaic, a pay equity software provider, tapped soccer icon and social activist Megan Rapinoe as chief equality officer and strategic partner to fight gender and racial wage inequality. She joins Trusaic’s newly-formed “E-suite,” a reimagining of traditional C-suites that acknowledges the role leadership plays in workplace equality.

Former BYD executive Samuel Kang joined Sienza Energy, a Caltech-incubated battery company, as chief operating officer.

Space simulation and analytics products company Slingshot Aerospace hired Erin Defossé as chief operating officer and promoted Dr. Belinda Marchand to chief scientist. Prior to their roles, Defossé served as chief product officer at Aceable, while Marchand served as the director of astrodynamics and space systems at Slingshot.

Disney Streaming added former Netflix director of engineering Devika Chawla and former Meta vice president of scaled operations Arun Chandra in senior vice president roles.

Tanya Lynch joined network provider Boingo Wireless as vice president of human resources. Lynch previously served as director of HR at Mouser Electronics and vice president of HR at the Neiman Marcus Group.

Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment hired Jessica Martinez as its first vice president, head of culture. Martinez previously served as director of strategic operations at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

Health care company The Mighty hiredMatthew Michelson as president. Michelson previously served as president of Genesis AI at Genesis Research.

Talent agency UTA hired Nick Axelrod as vice president in its ventures department. Axelrod co-founded Courtney Cox’s homecare brand Homecourt, where he was the head of creative and product development.

Spotter, a startup that finances YouTube creators, welcomed Monica Khan as head of creator community and Derek Reynolds as executive vice president of legal and business affairs. Both YouTube veterans, Khan was previously a strategic partner manager at the video-streaming platform, while Reynolds served as head of business affairs for YouTube Originals.

Meta Hollywood added three new members to its advisory board: NFT Now co-founder and CEO Matt Medved, Wordpress co-founder Matt Mullenweg and talent agent Jim Toth.

Hyperdraft, an AI-powered software platform for lawyers, added Grindr data privacy and security executive Kelly Peterson Miranda to its advisory board.

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New Lawsuit Takes a Unique Approach To Holding Social Media Companies Accountable

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

New Lawsuit Takes a Unique Approach To Holding Social Media Companies Accountable
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Social media companies are often accused of hosting harmful content, but it’s very hard to successfully sue them. A federal law known as Section 230 largely protects the platforms from legal responsibility for hate speech, slander and misinformation created by its users.

But a new lawsuit blaming TikTok for the deaths of two children is taking a different approach. Rather than accuse the company of failing to moderate content, the complaint claims TikTok is a dangerous and defective product.

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Long Beach Accelerator Set to Welcome Fourth Group of New Companies

Deirdre Newman
Deirdre Newman is an Orange County-based journalist, editor and author and the founder of Inter-TECH-ion, an independent media site that reports on tech at the intersection of diversity and social justice.
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Long Beach has a long history of innovation. It’s one of the densest aerospace hubs on the West Coast. There’s a vital port there, and the city is home to several tech industries—including health care, space tech and cybersecurity. That, along with its colleges and universities, have made Long Beach an enticing destination for entrepreneurs.

It’s within this environment that the Long Beach Accelerator sprouted in 2019 and has grown since. To date, the accelerator has cycled 20 companies through its four-month program, helping them raise a total of over $12 million.

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