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- San Diego Comic-Con is this wk! RSVP for our two Digital LA events this week: Our Digital LA - Digital Comics panel today at WeWork Hollywood, and our FREE RSVP Digital LA - Comic-Con party in San Diego on Saturday, 7-9p at Hotel Solamar (photo from our party last year at right). Plus Digital LA founder Kevin Winston is moderating an official San Diego Comic-Con panel on Digital Development and Marketing at SDCC, 7/18, 1:30-2:30, Rm 8. 

- Watch the Silicon Beach Fest wrap up video sizzle reel, created by our friends at 4WT Media. Great 2 min recap including interviews with startup CEOs, VCs, the SBF Demo Day, and the Demand Media Opening Party at the Viceroy

- Dine LA prix-fixe menus at >300 LA restaurants to take out your client, investor, friend who helped on your project, July 15-26

- Launchpad applications for fall class due Aug 11

CES Vegas '14: Register for free by 8/31

- World Series of Volleyball. We're getting a Digital LA team to enter the new competition in Long Beach! Intermediate and advanced players invited to sign up to play on our 6-person team on Sat July 27.

- Upcoming @ Anaheim Conv Ctr
 - SIGGRAPH: 7/21-25, Digital interactive graphics
 - VidCon: 8/1-4, huge YouTuber / video convention
 - D23 Expo: 8/9-11, Disney movie game previews

Upcoming Digital LA Events 

TODAY: Digital LA - Digital Comics Panel. July 15, 7-9:30p @ WeWork Hollywood. Join us for our fifth annual Digital LA - Digital Comics panel in LA on the Monday before San Diego Comic-Con. Our expert panelists will discuss how digital impacts the creation, development, distribution and marketing of digital comics and digital content based on superheroes. We'll discuss writing for digital, development and fundraising via Kickstarter, building an audience online, and u
sing social media to engage fans. 

Panelists include:
- Kyle Higgins, Writer on titles including DC Entertainment's Digital Comics Beyond Batman, Batman Gates of Gotham, Nightwing, Deathstroke. @KyleDHiggins

- David Uslan, Graphicly, VP of Business Development @dmuslan @graphicly

- Anne Toole, Writer, Lion Forge Comics. Also written for comic book sequences in video games. @amely.
- Ron Martino, devianART, Producer and Director, @ronmartino.
- Hal Hefner, Transmedia LA, Catmonkey. Formerly Fourth Wall Studios. @halhefner.
- Cooper Harris, actress, Mighty Woman superhero web series. @cooperharris.
- Moderator: Kevin Winston, Digital LA, CEO and Founder, @DigitalLA @kevinwinston.

Special Offer for Digital LA
WeWork coworking / office space in Hollywood provides open or private offices where you can connect with an inspiring community of entrepreneurs and startups. Mention Digital LA to get:
- One free week of open cowork space 7/10-8/30
- If u become a WeWork member: mention Digital LA to get your $100 setup fee waived.
Sign up for details:

Digital LA - Comic Cocktails, Sat July 20 in San Diego. Join us for our annual Comic Cocktails in San Diego, during San Diego Comic-Con! Meet digital peeps, trade notes on fave panels and parties, and catch up with friends you couldn't find on the Comic-Con show floor! Meet friends from IVY Entertainment. No pass required, just sign up to get on our list! Cash bar unless we find a sponsor.


Our party last year packed the rooftop with more than 200 attendees was the only one with seven costumed superheroes! Check pics

SPONSOR THIS! We are looking for sponsors so we can provide comp drinks! Email with COMICS as subject. Sponsorship includes logo placement on the event flyer, eventbrite, and signage at the event, subject to the venue rules. 
Digital LA - Startup Showcase, July 30.  Looking for 5 startups to 5-min pitch their companies to a panel of judges, plus judges will do a panel immediately after. To apply, email your startup name, 1-sentence description that tells what you actually do, and link to your AngelList to with SHOWCASE as the subject.

SILICON BEACH FEST, JUNE 2013 - Highlights

SANTA MONICA - Investors, entrepreneurs, digital content creators, agencies, and more celebrated LA's burgeoning tech scene at the second summer Silicon Beach Fest, June 19-22 in LA. Article, Video. 


Thanks to our speakers, organizers, volunteers and our sponsors Demand Media, Cornerstone OnDemand, Media Temple, MyLife, and organizers Radix Collective (PR), Kluge Interactive which designed the SBF site, banners and brochures, TechZulu which organized the TZ Penthouse lounge, PromoJam which organized the Social Media track, Dynamic Synergy which organized the Investor track, and many more. Thanks also to venue partners ROC Santa Monica, Cross Campus and Santa Monica Place.


PICS. Tag yourself in our Facebook pics! - Founder Kevin Winston's pics for Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat.

- Our official photog Laurie Tower's pics for Wed-Thur, and Fri-Sat 


- We're collecting more photogs pics, coming soon!  If you took some, let us know a link and we can add to the list! 




PRESS: Silicon Beach Fest received the following press so far. Thanks to our PR team including Radix Collective's Nicole Jordan and Ryan Blakemore, PromoJam's Amanda MacNaughton, Jennifer Acree and Kristen Martell. 

- National: Wall Street Journal, Yahoo Finance, Examiner, VentureBeat,NextWeb - DemoDay 

Young Entrepreneur,  

- Local: ABC, NBC, LA Times, LA Magazine, LA Weekly, SoCalTech, Huffington Post LA, USC Daily Trojan, Santa Monica Daily Press,Abbott Kinney blogBuzzfeedScenester LA's tech scene




- Keynotes:

- Adam Miller, CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand, described building Cornerstone in LA to a 

publicly traded company. He described the four Ps of entrepreneurship: People, Passion, Persistence, and Place, mentioning LA is a good place for startups thanks to its weather, and less next-big-thing bandwagon-jumping and less developer pilfering than the Bay Area. NextWeb article.  


- Nely Galan, former president of Telemundo and head of Galan Enterprises, gave an inspiring speech describing how she achieved her accomplishments in media and entertainment and real estate. "Buy buildings, not shoes," she said.


- Mark Suster of GRP Partners described entrepreneurship as hard work, but with a good idea and persistence, you can get it done.



Growing Your Audience.  Speakers discussed tips for digital content creators to increase their views, subscribers, and social media engagement. Tips: be authentic, connect with your audience by asking them for input. Speakers included: Yury Polnar of YouTube audience development, Tim Glenn of Ally Digital / SMOSH, which recently surpassed more than 1B subscribers, Oren Katzeff of ZEFR, award-winning Shira Lazar of What's Trending, and YouTubers Olga Kay and Kevin Lieber Vsauce2, moderated by NewMedia Rockstars founder Benny Luo.


Startup Secrets: Tips and Advice.  Investors and legal described what they are really looking for in startups: good idea, passion, persistence.  Thanks speakers David Carter of Amplify, Jamie Kantrowitz of Launhpad LA, Dan Burnham of Latham and Watkins, Jon Bassett of DFJ Frontier, moderated by Rishi Roongta of New World Ventures. 



Social TV and Second Screen.  Speakers discussed ways that social media and second screen can be used to increase engagement with TV shows both during the show and between episodes and seasons. Tools include: social media / on air events, cast tweeting during the show, check-in incentives, and more.  Speakers included: Danielle Mullin of ABC Family (award winning social media Pretty Little Liars), Sean Besser of GetGlue, Robin Bentley of FOX Broadcasting, Aaron Williams of Social Samba, moderated by Lori Schwartz, World of Schwartz.


Fashion Goes Digital and Social.  Speakers from fashion startups and companies shared how they use digital and social media in new ways to sell fashion clothing, engage fashionistas, and partner with brands and celebs.  Tips: Fashion photos and aspirational images work well, partner with celebs and branding where there is a good natural fit.  Speakers include moderator: Allison Beal of StyleSaint, Corrine Crockett of BeachMint, Alisa Gould-Simon of Pose, Ashley Torres of HauteLook, Jeff Biesman, of Little Black Bag, David Beveridge of Shoedazzle, and
Diana De Leon of Free People at Santa Monica Place.


Making Your Story Stick: Crafting a Compelling Brand Narrative.  Speakers discussed how to use your products, data, stats, and news to craft a meaningful story for your company, new releases, etc.  Secrets: find emotional connections or timely relevance for your startup or project, connect with the right audiences online with content that resonates. Speakers include moderator Amanda Coolong of TechZulu, Renee Topper of Write Click Here, Micah Baldwin of Graphicly, and AdaPia d'Errico brand specialist. There were so many good tweets from this panel w the #SBF hashtag, that it attracted people to leave other panels to attend midway thru!


  Women Developers panel featured women developers discussing issues of women in tech, how they got into tech, and increasing women representation at hackathons, tech events, and more. Moderated by Tara Tiger Brown, with developers from LA to SF including: Rachel Blum of Google, Angie Chang of Hackbright Academy, Shirley Lin of 800 Birds, Amy Hee Kim of USC Women in Engineering Program, Sophia Viklund of BackCode.



- EdTech from STEM to STEAM featured panelists discussing art tech startups and other educational tech programs to increase children learning.  Speakers included moderator Evonne Heyning of EDDEFY, Tina Hoover of Brainrush, Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus, Teresa Gozney and Tara Brown of LA Makerspace.


- Gov - I Just Want It Fixed featured Kurt Daradics of Esri discussing how government use of big data and apps can increase civic engagemetn.



SBF includes lots of cocktails and parties for networking and helping facilitate handshaking-deals getting done.  


- Opening Party by Demand Media at the Viceroy. Hundreds packed the outdoor pool patio at the Viceroy, with energy in the seaside air for the start of the conference. Demand Media offered free Demand Media cupcakes at its cabana, and hosted a VIP pre-cocktails as well. KCRW DJ Raul Campos got the groove on poolside, as attendees checked out the KCRW iPad listenting stations at the KCRW cabana.


- Thursday Night Siemers / Cooley VIP Party packed the rooftop of Siemers to capacity with a band and taco car. Cooley offered amazing views and more networking


- Friday Night Party presented by Cornerstone OnDemand transformed Cross Campus into a club with open bar, free food, and VIP area. Features include Cornerstone OnDemand's interactive video grafitti wall, payvia's table, flashing Cross Campus Xs, light-up clothing by Illuminode, digital art installations curated by Create:Fixate, and the TaskUs photo booth where attendees could take fun photos.  


- Closing Party by Media Temple featured a dance performance with balls and hulu hoops by LA Follies, tarot card readers and fortune tellers. Plus, attendees who took pics at the Media Temple photobooth by Cliques Photos received free SBF T-shirts. Here's a link to Media Temple's Cliques booth pics.  




- Beach Games.  We rallied SBF attendees to network while playing basketball in Venice, surfing in Manhattan Beach, SoulCycle near Third St. Promenade, and volleyball on Santa Monica Beach.  Our volleyball Team Silicon Spikers ranked second in the Vilebrequin games


- TechZulu Penthouse. Efren Toscano and Amanda Coolong did dozens of interviews with speakers and attendees from the ROC roof deck with sun and palm trees in the background. Other highlights include Fireman's Brew offering free beverages, and Callfire's Sprinkles f

ree cupcakes on Thursday and surprise free ice cream at the Sprinkles Ice Cream cart on Friday.  ChargeAll offered free charging stations so busy tweeters could get a charge boost while chatting in the sun.



-The TriNet food taco truck provided freebreakfast, lunch and dinner at ROC and Cross Campus. Thanks TriNet! 



- In-Kind Sponsors. Thanks also to our many inkind sponsors for providing snacks to keep us hydrated and snacking between panels, including ONE Coconut water, KIND bars, Hubert's Lemonade, Pretzel Crisps, PopChips, and many more.  

 Promote your company, product via a 590 x 90 banner ad here, or sponsor one of our upcoming events or create a custom one to reach more than 30,000 digital professionals based in LA.  email with SPONSOR as the subject.

Digital LA - Red Party @TheRedbury

HOLLYWOOD - We had a REDiculously fun time dressing up in red for our Red Party at the Redbury in Hollywood! Attendees from NBC, Universal, startup CEOs and CTOs, singers, app developers, web series actors and more mixed and mingled. 
And we celebrated the birthday of Digital LA founder Kevin Winston with red velvet cake
Check the fun RED pics.



Digital LA - Silicon Beach @ Cannes Beach panel

CANNES - Our Silicon Beach at Cannes Beach panel featured LA startup FilmBreak and a filmmaker making a documentary about LA startup Enplug, at Nikki Beach on Cannes Beach during the Cannes Film Fest.  Check the PICs.

Speakers included:Darren Marble, CEO of FilmBreak, and Vladislav Pasternak, producer of Sex and Breakfast, one of this year's short films in the Cannes Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Victoria Kashtan, who was a photographer for our Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood. Victoria and Vlad also created the documentary film Notes of a Freshman, featuring the story of LA-based startup Enplug (StartEngine accelerator alum). 

We also traded notes on best films, yacht parties, beach parties, and chateau parties with LA peeps and attendees from New York, London, Russia and Singapore.

Digital LA - Digital Moms panel


SANTA MONICA -  Moms are using digital to become "mompreneurs," going beyond blogging and consuming online content, to creating startups and apps, said panelists at our Digital LA - Digital Moms panel. Many moms, realizing gaps in products and services for moms, are becoming mom entrepreneurs by creating sites apps, entertainment content, and online products, panelists said at our pre-Mother's Day panel at ROC Santa Monica. PICS.   

Digital LA - British Boris Breakfast: Google Hangout


SANTA MONICA -  We hosted LA's first-ever three-way Google hangout with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and LA and Silicon Valley VCs during BritWeek in LA.  LA VCs Mark Terbeek of Greycroft Partners,and Ivan Nikkhoo and Jennifer Andreson of Siemer & Associates described Silicon Beach at the livechat with Boris Johnson live from the InnoTech Summit in London, and VCs in Silicon Valley.   Thanks to BritWeek, UKTI LA, and Production Beast, as well as InnoTech Summit.

Watch the recast.

Digital LA - Games Marketing Panel (San Francisco)

SAN FRANCISCO - Game industry experts from Square Enix, agencies, and mobile app companies share tips on console and mobile app game marketing at our Digital LA - Game Marketing panel at Orange Silicon Valley in downtown San Francisco during GDC. Both console games and mobile apps use different strategies, and sometimes can learn from each other. PICS.  

Digital LA - Social Gov: Tweetbank for Eric Garcetti

HOLLYWOOD - Digital LA spearheaded LA's first ever Tweetbank to rally support for LA mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti at WeWork Labs in Hollywood. Attendees used social media - Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, LinkedIn, G+ and more to persuade friends and followers to pledge their vote of support for Eric Garcetti in the mayoral race May 21. See PICS.  

Digital LA - Entertainment Startup Showcase and Investor Panel
SANTA MONICA - Some Hollywood studios are interested in startups, said speakers from Disney and Warner Bros new Media Camp accelerator at our Digital LA - Entertainment Startup Showcase at ROC Santa Monica.

See PICS, many by photog Laurie Towers.  

LA's first Startup Fashion Show by Digital LA and Cross Campus

  SANTA MONICA - More than 25 models and 1 supermodel took the stage at LA's first-ever startup fashion show, produced last night by Digital LA and Cross Campus, during LA Fashion Week. The show featured styles exclusively by LA fashion startups, including: Ellie, Modern Nerd, Me Undies, Style Club, Carbon38, Tailored Republic, Original Tomboy and more. Article. 

PICS of models, fashion show and more: Http://    

Silicon Beach Sunday Funday by Digital LA - Radix Collective

AUSTIN - We brought the beach - Silicon Beach - to Austin, featuring 20 awesome LA companies in the largest-ever LA collection during SXSW.  More than 1,200 attendees from LA, nationwide, and worldwide packed Frank restaurant in downtown Austin to see the spotlight companies, at the landmark event organized by Digital LA and Radix Collective. Check our PICS. 

Digital LA - Digital Women: VCs and Angels

SANTA MONICA - Start with a good idea, pitch it well, insp/hire talent to help develop it, and find investors you like because you're going to be spending a lot of time together were tips from LA's leading women investors at LA's first-ever all-women VC panel at ROC in Santa Monica. See our Article and  PICS.


Digital LA - Beauty Goes Social

SANTA MONICA - Our Digital LA - Beauty Goes Social panelists described how cosmetic companies, startups, publishers, bloggers, and vloggers use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and more to engage fans and consumers, reach out to influencers, do customer service, and increase sales. See our Article and PICS.

Digital LA - Music for Games

CENTURY CITY - No matter how big or small your project you're working on, make it your best work because it's a reflection of you, said panelists at our Music for Games panel at the Microsoft Store at Westfield Century Mall. See our Article and PICS.

It's been a landmark year for music for games, with composer Austin Wintory's soundtrack Journey being the first-ever game soundtrack nominated for a Soundtrack GRAMMY.

Digital LA - Meet the Streamy Awards Nominees
Streamy Award nominees who create top digital shows including Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, H+, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Epic Meal Time, shared success stories about creating digital content and engaging fans at our inaugural Digital LA- Meet the Streamys Nominees panel at ROC Santa Monica. See Article. PICS. 

Digital LA - Silicon Beach Best of 2012
 SANTA MONICA - Our all-star startup founder panelists said LA the startup scene is very community oriented, where everyone wants to help everyone
else succeed, at our Digital LA - Silicon Beach Best of 2012 panel at ROC Santa Monica. The panel featured startup founders whose companies have had a strong launch over the past year raising funding, developing key partnerships and deals, and press buzz. Article. Thanks to photog Laurie Towers for taking many of the PICS.  

Digital LA - Silicon Beach Fest Hollywood



HOLLYWOOD - Silicon Beach accelerators, VCs, startup CEOS, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, writers, developers, designers and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti, gathered for 17 info-packed sessions and 6 fun parties at Silicon Beach Fest - Hollywood at io/LA and WeWork on November 9, 2012 in Los Angeles.
Eric Garcetti, LA mayoral candidate, opened the day with a forum "What LA City Can Do For LA Tech." This was the first time a mayoral candidate has asked LA's tech community what the City of Los Angeles can do to help support entrepreneurs.  Article. 

Digital LA - TV Goes Social

H picOLLYWOOD - Speakers who worked on digital campaigns for X Factor, The Voice, Mad Men, Walking Dead, X Factor, Emmy-winning Dirty Work and more shared best practices on using social media. Panelists from NBC Digital, Fourth Wall Studios, Fremantle, GetGlue, Shazam, Trailer Park, PromoJam, ConnecTV and Comcast discussed how social media can drive live tune-in, engage fans, and extend the show via cross-platform and transmedia, at our Digital LA - TV Goes Social panel at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, part of Social Media Week LA. Article.   

Watch the recorded livestream free here: 

Digital LA - Startups Go Social

HpicOLLYWOOD -  Startup CEOs, Co-Founders and marketing pros from PromoJam, TicketMob, BuzzMob, Planana and Vyclone gave tips on how startups can both build their businesses on social media, and use social media to reach customers, and decrease customer acquisition costs at our Digital LA - Startups Go Social panel, part of SMW LA, at WeWork in Hollywood. Article. PICS. 

Digital LA - Hollywood Hills Mansion Summer Party
pic pool HOLLYWOOD HILLS - We enjoyed panoramic views, good company and live bands at our first Digital LA - Summer Pool Party at a Hollywood Hills mansion. Attendees from Warner Bros., Universal Music, Live Nation, Maker Studios, Amazon Studios, startup CEOs, digital ad agencies, web content creators, developers, marketing pros, social media gurus, friends from IVY Entertainment, and more enjoyed Sunday Funday.  Check the PICS.
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Digital LA - Job Board
Welcome to the Digital LA Job Board!  We launched with 10 jobs from leading companies.  Post a job for $100 flat fee until the job is filled.

Digital LA organizes events for professionals in online entertainment, marketing, and advertising. Stop on by for informal casual networking. Join the Digital LA group at   Attendees work at Sony Pictures, FOX Interactive, MySpace, Google, Yahoo!, Disney, WB, NBC, EA, Vivendi Games, Napster, and other entertainment, studios, ad agencies, and tech companies.