Tag Archive: Tech

  1. Make in LA Welcomes its First Class of Startups

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    Innovation has a new home in Los Angeles! Make in LA is Los Angeles’ new (and only) tech-focused hardware accelerator: think anything from movement-tracking wristbands to medical devices or even robots. Do you have a great idea for an invention, but don’t know where to go for funding or guidance? Make in LA supports up and coming companies with capital ($75,000 per company in exchange for a 7.5% stake), access to workspace, top notch mentors, and a structured curriculum that will help ensure each company’s success. (more…)

  2. New PERE Report on Equity in San Diego

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    Steady growth in high-tech sectors, including biotech, cleantech, and medical technology, have been a boon to the San Diego region. Between 2000 and 2010, employment in these high-skilled fields increased over 20 percent in spite of the Recession. However, this prosperity fails to reach a majority of San Diego residents. According to PolicyLink’s National Equity Atlas, San Diego ranks #62 in income inequality among the largest 150 metro regions in the United States. Higher paid, higher skilled jobs are increasingly out of reach for a growing segment of the population, and lower skilled jobs in sectors like hospitality and tourism, offer stagnant wages and little opportunity for advancement. (more…)

  3. Diversifying the Tech Workforce

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    It’s no secret that California is a leader in tech employment, with Silicon Valley playing host to the nation’s best-paid technology workers. It’s also no secret that the high tech industry as a whole has a diversity problem, with major companies reporting that around 70% of their workforce is made up of males, while nine in ten employees are either White or Asian. Those statistics don’t bode well for an industry that designs, markets, and manufactures products for an increasingly diverse pool of consumers. But while the tech industry has acknowledged the issue, what’s being done to address the problem? And how are policymakers and educational institutions engaging with the tech sector to change the face of this innovative workforce? (more…)

  4. Cluster Science

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    In terms of economic development, Los Angeles has a lot of elements working in its favor. So why isn’t L.A. doing as well as its counterparts when it comes to building new, viable industry clusters? The area’s emerging biomedical, technology, and clean technology sectors may provide some teachable moments for a region that’s still sorting out how to attract and retain business. (more…)

  5. Case Study #3: Technology Sector

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    The traditional technology sector, like the clean tech and biomedical sectors, is also poised for growth in Los Angeles. A recent Forbes article declared that Los Angeles is set to become the next Silicon Valley. There’s been much talk about Silicon Beach as of late. And L.A.’s penchant for attracting entrepreneurs, venture capital dollars, and software engineering students has some industry watchers excited about the possibilities. (more…)

  6. Cluster Science: New Approaches

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    So what can Los Angeles do to better nurture emerging industry sectors? Entrepreneur and investor Richard Hull offers some solutions that may be applicable. First, he suggests that LA appoint a “performance director” that would be responsible for coordination, communication, and making timely connections to accelerate the startup process. This would connect startups to “local incubators, experienced local entrepreneurs, investors and other local business startup resources.” (more…)

  7. HyperCities Launching

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    Like the popular saying goes, “You have to know where you come from to know where you’re going.” As many cities are anticipating an influx of new residents, it is critical to reflect on the historical trends that shaped the cities that we know today. HyperCities is “a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, and interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces.” This innovative program, designed through a collaborative effort between USC and UCLA, gives the public an opportunity to explore the history of their communities through an interactive program. HyperCities connects digital archives, maps and stories with the physical world. We think it’s pretty cool, and we’re looking forward to the launch at the end of the summer.

  8. Let’s Talk About Job-Doers

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    This month marks the first anniversary of the Sustainable Development Report, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors’ monthly newsletter that spreads the word about ideas, programs and projects that are helpful to professionals seeking to create thriving, healthy, vibrant communities. (more…)

  9. Mapping LA’s Tech Scene

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    Los Angeles is known for its expansive boundaries, but the folks at Forbes Magazine give us a look into just how tightly-knit the Southland’s up-and-coming tech scene is. With the recent launch of Represent LA, technology entrepreneurs now have a platform where they can tag and map their businesses on an interactive website. Users can see the location of these tech establishments and click on the icons to see a business description, address, and website. (more…)