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LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti to Speak at Opening Forum: “What LA City Can Do For LA Tech”

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 include:

  • 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,, 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 @ericgarcetti.

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. @ioLA

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