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Upfront Summit, ads and acquisitions of Mophie and Represent among week's L.A. tech highlights

Upfront Summit, ads and acquisitions of Mophie and Represent among week's L.A. tech highlights

NBA legend Magic Johnson, Amazon.com business development executive Jeff Blackburn and venture capitalist Fred Wilson were among the headliners at last week’s Upfront Summit.

The Los Angeles tech conference, hosted by Santa Monica venture firm Upfront Ventures, brought hundreds of investors and tech executives to the Dolby Theatre over two days.

During one session, Johnson and other racial-minority leaders in tech advocated for hiring Latinos and blacks to bring fresh thinking into companies. Johnson, who invests primarily in real estate and sports, has begun looking to put money in tech as well. He explained how he developed successful Starbucks locations in...

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