Los Angeles has the fastest growing startup scene in the US! The startup scene sprouted from Silicon Beach, namely Venice and Santa Monica and expanded to Marina del Rey, Playa Vista and El Segundo areas. The tech/startup scene also exploded in Downtown LA and has spread to Hollywood and Pasadena.
The week brings a host of free events from #DTLA to #SantaMonica. LA Startup Week is described on it’s website as “One week of events to celebrate, recognize and engage the entrepreneurs in our city.”
It also lists stats such as: Incubators & Accelerators at 59 total and Coworking spaces at 38, which seems to be a low number based on how fast coworking spaces have proliferated in the past year alone. It lists a total of 876 startups which sounds vastly underestimated, considering the number of startup conferences the #AKFFblog reports on, daily contact with startups at the coworking space our office is located in, NextSpace Venice Beach, startup related events attended and more.
While it’s unclear how that number was arrived at, it could use a 1 in front of the number. This Editor’s opinion is that there are thousands of startups in LA! Regardless of number, there are plenty of panels and events that focus on LA Startups this week!
Techweek LA 2015 was going off on Monday night, November 9 at We Work, Santa Monica in their brand new coworking space by the Promenade! There were startups, investors, ad agencies and even lawyers at the event. AKFF talked to Marina Lee, Founder of Women in Tech, who will host a panel/presentation (time tba) and saw Brett Lockett, former NFL player turned investor who was in her lively panel last year. Hint: he’s likely to be in the Women in Tech presentation this year, which was this Editor’s favorite of all the Techweek events.
The Techweek LA Conference and Expo is on Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13 respectively on the Santa Monica pier for the second year in a row under a giant tent. It sounds odd, but it’s pretty cool.
See our previous post with more details on Techweek LA 2015.
See the AKFF Techweek LA 2014 Roundup.
Techweek100 LA Celebs are:
Jessica Alba, Co-Founder & President of The Honest Company
Zooey Dechannel, Co-Founder of hello giggles.com
Sarah Michelle Gellar Co-Founder of Foodstirs
Techweek is a Festival Conference and Expo that is a celebration of entrepreneurs in cities throughout the world. Of course, it’s coming to Los angeles, during the week of November 9 – 15. It will be on the Santa Monica Pier, Thursday and Friday, November 12 + 13.
Entrepreneurs, thought leaders and tech partners come together for a week-long festival celebrating the unique entrepreneurial identity of really exciting communities.
Techweek100 is a curated list of local leaders who have made a significant impact on the technology and innovation ecosystem. This year’s Techweek100, aims to highlight the thought leaders and innovators supporting and founding the fast-growing tech companies in LA.
There is a lot of exciting names on our Techweek100 LA List including: Elon Musk of SpaceX (CEO & Chief Designer) who is also Product Architect of Tesla Motors, and Chairman of SolarCity, Beth Comstock of Hulu (Founder), Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy from Snapchat (both Co-Founders), plus Jonathan Badeen of Tinder (Co-Founder and VP of Product).
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Silicon Beach Fest 2015 takes place in Marina del Rey for the first time for this extravaganza of startups, technology, talent and growth in the LA Tech Community, aka Silicon Beach. There are speakers, panels, special events from June 24-27 at the Marina Del Rey Hotel, event headquarters.
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Music, Art, Literature, Silicon Beach and Networking events and more- the AKFF has got you covered for this week!
(Free & in Venice unless otherwise noted.)
July 17 Wed – The Legendary Gerry Fialka’s group, MOM (Meditations on Media,) media discussion from 7-10 p.m. at Beyond Baroque, 681 North Venice Blvd.See more on Gerry Fialka.
July 18 Thurs – Miss Jessica’s new band: SoulSugar & The Funk Collective from 8-11 p.m at Danny’s Venice Beach 23 Windward Ave.
Venice Media District (VMD) “Venice Tech Speaker Series,” at NextSpace @ Amplify 6-9 p.m. Premiere event of this Silicon Beach quarterly series with speaker Chris Raih from Zambizi Agency in Venice. $10 Admission (includes 2 drink tickets and appetizers by Cairo Cowboy Mediterranean Grill)
RSVP by Wednesday, July 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org
July 19 Fri – Brett Woods Art Show at Brick House Kitchen, 826 Hampton Dr. from 4-8pm. Check out this talented Venice Artist’s latest works at this longtime Venice fave restaurant.
July 20 Sat – The Lit Show 9th annual celebration of song and literature hosted by the talented Suzy Williams, the Diva Deluxe of Venice with musician Brad Kay and several other musicians to perform songs based on words by Kurt Vonnegut, Edna St. Vincent Millay and other poets/writers at Beyond Baroque from 7:30 – 11pm. 681 North Venice Blvd. $15 Admission.
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