Startup News Site dot.LA Launches Today

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News and events company raised $4 million in funding; Newsroom is dedicated to covering L.A.’s startup and tech scene

When I moved back to L.A. four years ago, I knew there was a need for coverage of the unique and fast-growing startup scene we have here, and now we have a source for that.

dot.LA, the news and events company dedicated to covering L.A.’s startup and tech ecosystem, launched its website today. dot.LA raised $4 million in seed funding from dozens of top L.A. investors. Zillow and Hotwire Co-Founder Spencer Rascoff is serving as executive chairman and co-founder.

dot.LA’s mission is to shine a light on innovation in the L.A. startup and tech community. The newsroom currently has five journalists covering all aspects of L.A.’s startup scene, and is actively hiring several more reporters and editors.

Rascoff announced last week that the company was partnering with the Annenberg Foundation to establish extensive coverage of diversity and inclusion in the L.A. startup scene.

Its editor-in-chief is Joe Bel Bruno, who previously held editor positions at The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Other dot.LA journalists include Tami Abdollah, who most recently covered cybersecurity for the Associated Press; Ben Bergman, who most recently worked for NPR and KPCC; Rachel Uranga, who most recently worked at the Los Angeles Business Journal; and Managing Editor for Digital and Reader Engagement Eric Zassenhaus, who most recently worked at Pacific Standard.

Co-Founder and CEO Sam N. Adams, a former financial journalist and strategy consultant, manages business operations for dot.LA. Adams will focus on building a sustainable business driven by events, sponsorships, and proprietary data.

“I’m so excited that dot.LA is now live,” said Rascoff. “I couldn’t be more proud of the newsroom Joe and Sam have built. When I moved back to L.A. four years ago, I knew there was a need for coverage of the unique and fast-growing startup scene we have here, and now we have a source for that.”

About dot.LA
dot.LA’s mission is to celebrate and empower the Los Angeles startup and tech community, fueling innovation around the world. Co-founded by tech veteran Spencer Rascoff, its newsroom reports news about new companies, funding rounds and other aspects of the startup ecosystem. The company will also host events dedicated to bringing together the startup community.
To sign up for updates about dot.LA visit our website at dot.LA.

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