Monday, April 21, 2014
Report: LA Should Emulate San Francisco, NYC For Startup, Tech Efforts
A new report, released over the weekend, says that Los Angeles should look towards New York and San Francisco and what they have done to help strengthen the community here for technology startups. The L.A. Tech Agenda report, edited by David C. Murphy, says that although LA's tech community "is on fire", the community could learn from those other markets, by addressing funding shortages, retaining engineering talent from loca luniversities, building closer ties with the community, and by addressing housing and transportation challenges. Specifically, among recommendations in the report: asking Mayor Eric Garcetti to become "advocate-in-chief" for the Los Angeles tech community by presenting at conferences in San Francisco and New York; encouraging LA tech leaders to host "road shows" to investors in the Bay Area; by recruiting more big tech companies to open up engineering offices in LA; in addition to addressing issues with traffic and gridlock. The authors of the report are launching a set of events focused on talking about those issues, with the first event being held this evening in Santa Monica.