AUG 11

Venice: the Economic Development of Tech and Culture

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“Los Angeles has been the center of technology and innovation, with the nexus of its signature aerospace and entertainment industries...”

“The high tech sector in LA is large and diverse, reaching across many industries...”

“Technology is the single most important ingredient for building and nurturing a thriving, prosperous, and growing economy...”

“High tech in LA employs more than 368,500 people in 2013, more than any other metro region in the nation.”

-Excerpts from The High Tech industry in LA: Its Employment and Economic Contribution in 2013 by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC).

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Hollywood, The Gold Rush, The Roaring 20’s, The Baby Boomers, and now Silicon Beach. What truly differentiates Venice from the central hub of LA? A combination of culture, innovation, forward-thinking ideas and a globalized economy has created an infrastructure fruitful to the diversity that inhabits the Los Angeles community. Technologists originating from around the world are flocking to Venice. Why?

The best kept secret in town... The Tech! If you aren’t familiar with the economic development of Los Angeles county, the city of Venice was founded by a good sir named Abbot Kinney. He came to the beaches of Southern California way back in the late 1800’s. Kinney saw the paradise as a huge investment opportunity. The city became known as the “Venice of America” because he created a beautiful beach-side resort complete with man-made canals, which you can see today.

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So what does Abbot Kinney, Epoxy, ZEFR, and inMarket have in common? They have all made Venice home. Along with its rich history, the city is known for it’s contemporary, creative and innovative SoCal beach culture. Both Abbot Kinney and these three startups have revolutionized the local economy while staying true to the local culture.

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Like Abbot Kinney, Tech in Motion LA has been inspired by Venice. This month, TechMix - a tech company crawl - along Abbot Kinney Boulevard will highlight the Venice Tech scene and demonstrate how Epoxy, ZEFR and inMarket have contributed to the local economic boom. In the span of a few years, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has transformed into one of the trendiest streets in America. Technology, fashion, food, entertainment, art and most importantly, soul. With some of the best tech startups, high-end boutiques, restaurants and bars, people can be spotted here any day or night out of the week, whether celebrities, techies, artists, hipsters, tourists or otherwise. 


Join Tech in Motion LA on Thursday, August 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for The Abbot Kinney TechMix {Sponsored by WeWork}. The event will kick off at The Otheroom at 1201 Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice, CA for check-in and then circle back for the after party, as well. Get all the details and RSVP on Meetup or Eventbrite.

Not from the Los Angeles area? Find a Tech in Motion event closer to you on our event list.


Comments (2):

  • Venice local

    2015-08-12 22:18:08

    although we appreciate the tech start ups, Venice has been on the upswing long before these companies came to town. Just saying...

  • New techie to town

    2015-08-13 20:18:49

    @Venice local - I believe that's the point. The tech startups are just the next iteration of the upswing, preceded by iterations taking the form of "Hollywood, The Gold Rush, The Roaring 20’s, The Baby Boomers" as stated by the post. Glad you're aware of the historical context, though :D

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