The enormous shadow of Hollywood and the entertainment industry has made it challenging for L.A. startups to gain traction, but that is quickly falling by the wayside. L.A. ranked third on Startup Genome's list in terms of entrepreneurial talent, and the city's high visibility on the West Coast certainly doesn't hurt. A hefty portion of L.A. startup founders (29%) once contributed to its neighboring startup scene to the north.
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