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Why a Former Putin Advocate's Venture Firm is Eyeing LA Startups

"I grew up in a small town in Russia where the average salary is $200 a month and in a way it's a journey similar to something that early-stage entrepreneurs have to go through as they start a new company."

Masha Drokova was a pro-Putin youth activist who led a Kremlin-backed group before she immigrated to the U.S. six years ago. She now runs a venture capital firm called Day One Ventures in San Francisco. Senior reporter Ben Bergman talks to her about her past and the firm's investments in Los Angeles.

SEC proposal lets U.S. tech firms compensate gig-workers with equity.

Netflix to expand production hub in New Mexico.

Disney Plus to debut Taylor Swift concert this week.

Spotify resets up to 350,000 passwords after third-party leak.

TikTok adds epilepsy warning to photosensitive content.

Twitter will relaunch verification program.

Uber, Lyft snag major federal contract.

Peloton's waitlist has some buyers losing patience.

PlayVS Raises $10.5M 

The injection of money comes just as the esports startup is making a push to expand across all 50 states and diversify their offerings. Read more>>

Putin Advocate-Turned-VC Raises Second Fund

The world of venture capital is filled with interesting characters, and Masha Drokova is certainly one of them. Read more>>

Hedley & Bennett CEO Ellen Bennett: 'Start Before You're Ready'

The founder of Hedley & Bennett, maker of aprons and kitchen gear, talks with The Behind Her Empire podcast about how she built her startup, uncertainty, creating her own path. Read more and listen here>>

Why Did Quibi Fail?

Quibi was one of the buzziest startups of 2020. It raised $1.75 billion and had lined up A-list actors and producers for its content. Host Kelly O'Grady goes through the five reasons it failed. Watch here>>

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