On October 25th some of the hottest startups gathered as a testimony to why Silicon Beach is one of the innovative startup ecosystems on the globe.
The conference boasted an impressive roster of women in tech including "The Valley Girl" Jesse Draper and Upfront Venture's Kerry Bennett.
It's a great start to see more inclusion, and we hope next year will feature even more diversity in both the panelists and keynotes.
Check out highlights below.
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LA Mayor Eric Garcetti: Mayor Garcetti announced that he will be hosting TechFair LA, one of the City’s largest technology fairs on January 26 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles. The event will feature more than 200 of LA’s premier technology companies. Garcetti also challenged entrepreneurs to use the city’s open data to solve traffic and homelessness. LA has become the #1 city in open data, and that is a platform that tech can work with to solve deep and abiding problems.
LootCrate has become America’s fastest growing private company – ranking no. 1 on the Inc. 5000 – and accelerating past $100 million in annual revenue in just four years. In a fireside chat with Inc.’s LA Bureau Chief Lindsay Blakely, CEO Chris Davis explained how he secured “Tony Stark” aka Robert Downey Jr. as an investor in the company. A mutual contact at Upfront Ventures connected the two, and Downey Jr. understood the company vision
In a panel on drone technology, Ben Marcus predicted that “one day we’ll take our flying Uber to work.” Marcus went on to explain that the word “drone” sounds more ominous than it should, and that impressions might be different had they been called “stringless kites” instead. When the technology goes from sexy to ordinary is when more people will ask their legislators to make the technology more accessible.
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