Silicon BeachFest UnitesLA Based Startups, Investors and Entertainment
Industry in Hollywood for Panels, Events and Parties
LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcettito Speak at Opening Forum: “What LA City
Can Do For LA Tech”
LOS ANGELES -- November 06, 2012
The Silicon Beach Fest announced that Eric Garcetti, LA City Councilmember and
Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate, will speak at its conference opening forum
entitled “What LA City Can Do For LA Tech” on November 9, 2012 at io/LA in
Hollywood. This marks the first time that a LA mayoral candidate has hosted a
forum asking LA’s burgeoning startup community how the City of Los Angeles can
help support and nurture entrepreneurs.
Los Angeles has seen a dramatic increase in startup and investment activity in
the last year. The name "Silicon Beach" has been attached to the areas of
Santa Monica, Venice, and now other parts of the city, including Hollywood,
Downtown, and Pasadena. Garcetti has long supported digital and technology
initiatives in Los Angeles.
“We’re excited that Eric is joining us for this forum to hear directly from
entrepreneurs,” said Kevin Winston, Silicon Beach Fest director and founder of
networking group Digital LA, which produces the Silicon Beach Fest.
Garcetti joins the Silicon Beach Fest lineup, which uniquely combines
investors, venture capitalists and entertainment content creators in movies,
film, music and games. For example, the headliner “What Accelerators Want”
panel features the co-founders and directors of LA’s top accelerators, which
provide initial funding for startups. Panelists include StartEngine co-founder
Howard Marks, MuckerLab co-founder William Hsu, io/LA’s Aber Whitcomb,
Amplify’s Jeff Solomon, and Launchpad’s Adam Lilling.
The theme of Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood is Hollywood-appropriate: Pitching.
After each panel, select attendees can pitch the panelists on their startup,
web series, film, app, and other ideas.
More details on speakers, panels and events are located at
Silicon Beach Fest, created by Digital LA, is a twice a year event to
celebrate LA’s unique ecosystem of tech, startups and entertainment. The
inaugural Silicon Beach Fest, held in the beachside neighborhoods of Santa
Monica and Venice in June 2012, attracted more than 2,000 attendees. Next
summer’s Silicon Beach Fest is set for June 18-22, 2013 in Santa Monica.
The lineup of speakers from technology, Hollywood, and other industries
*Eric Garcetti, LA City Councilmember and Mayoral Candidate
*Howard Marks, StartEngine,Co-Founder, formerly Activision Founder
*Jeff Solomon, Amplify,Director
*William Hsu, MuckerLab, Co-Founder
*Adam Lilling, Launchpad LA,Director
*Aber Whitcomb, SGN, CTO; io/LA
*Lori Kozlowski, Forbes, writer
*Matt McMahon, Fox Digital Entertainment, VP Mobile
*Eytan Elbaz, Scopely; Applied Semantics
*Ed Fu, Rustic Canyon, Associate
*Lydia Antonini, Executive Producer, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
*Jesse Ervin, EMI Records, Senior Director Online Marketing
*Maria Pacheco, Atari, VP Mobile
*Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO/Co-founder
*Walter Driver, Scopely, CEO
*Jason Crilly, PageWoo, CEO
*Taylor McPartland, FilmBreak, Co-Founder, President
*Alon Goren, Invested.In, Co-Founder, President
*Shara Senderoff, Intern Sushi, CEO, Co-Founder
*Juliana Bolden, Emmys.com, Digital Producer
Garcetti represents the 13th Council District, which is in Hollywood, and
served as Council President. A fourth-generation Angeleno, he has focused on
practical solutions and groundbreaking initiatives in technology and
neighborhood improvements. He tweets regularly from his Twitter account
Silicon Beach Fest evening events include the TechZulu Tech Crawl in
Hollywood, visiting io/LA, WeWork, Live Nation Labs and deviantART, meetups to
see Skyfall and Wreck-It Ralph at the El Capitan Theatre, and VIP parties at
the Hollywood Roosevelt.
Digital LA is the largest digital networking group based in LA, organizing
panels and mixers for industry professionals in startups, technology and
entertainment. Digital LA owns and runs the Silicon Beach Fest.
io/LA is a workspace and incubator in Hollywood. http://iola.la @ioLA
TechZulu is handling press and media relations for Silicon Beach Fest.
TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering an insightful story of
the technology industry by showcasing the very people creating it. A pioneer
in live Web television, TechZulu engages millions of viewers through real time
reporting at conferences and its weekly news show, TechZulu Live.
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