In one of Southern California's biggest holiday events of the year, over 700 people joined us last night at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles to celebrate the region's rising stars, the socalTECH 50. We partnered up with the Digital Family Reunion to bring together the technology community for the night, for a night of networking (and more networking), live music, food, drink, and great company. We also had a small party-before-the-party with much of the 50 on our list, with a panel featuring Chuck Davis (Technology Crossover Ventures), John Greathouse (Rincon Venture Partners), Jeff Stibel (D&B Credibility), Richard Wolpert (Amplify LA, Accel Partners), and Andy Wilson (Innovate Pasadena, Rexter), who gave some words of advice to the 50 about making their companies successful.
Our partners at DFR also awarded their annual Outstanding Achievement Award to Ken Rutkowski, the host of the radio show Business Rockstars, and who runs the MeTAL networking group in Los Angeles.
We'd like to thank the many sponsors who made the event and our socalTECH 50 list possible this year: Premium Sponsor D&B Credibility, and sponsors Cresa Partners, Demand Media, Deloitte, Equinix, Internap, Oracle, PwC, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles LLP, V3, Doublebeam, and many, many others. And we also want to thank you--our readers--who turned out in huge numbers to celebrate the region's rise.