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Mixer: Reporting from a foreign land is tough – just ask a Brit in LA

Posted July 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For people who are not familiar with Los Angeles – who aren’t from here, but have to report about the things happening around here, particularly from a media and business standpoint – our neighborhood can be a pretty daunting place.  
All the eccentricities, idiosyncrasies, and moving parts behind-the-scenes make for all kinds of drama fit for an epic Hollywood screenplay.
But in real life, Matthew …

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Mixer: Smooth electric technology, bumpy LA roads

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Dave Zahniser reports for the Los Angeles Times. Alan Ohnsman is with the LA Bureau of Bloomberg News, who covers Tesla.
This week the LA City Council nixed their push for a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for more than 8,000 miles of much-needed street repairs.
City Council members Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino dropped their ballot measure proposal that would’ve raised the city sales tax rate to 9.5 …

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Silicon Beach: A hub of inspiration

Posted November 9, 2012 by | 19 Comments | ]

I launched Giant Media from my Brentwood apartment in November of 2009. We’ve come a long way since that time and have moved offices twice since then, but rather than relocate to San Francisco (or for that matter, New York), we’ve chosen to stay in the quickly emerging “Silicon Beach”. We operate out of a gorgeous office on Electric Avenue, just off of world …

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Silicon Beach: New technology and old buildings

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
“Story of Venice” mural by Edward Biberman

This week we’ve been looking at the growth of Silicon Beach, as tech companies move westward to be closer to the sand, sea – and to each other. Many are looking for creative space to work in. KCRW’s Frances Anderton reports on Venice, and the meeting of new technology and old buildings in Venice.
Many tech companies have taken up residence in reused industrial and …

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Why set up shop in Venice?

Posted October 19, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
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We set up our digital media operations in a sun-lit colorful flat above the Brig on Abbot Kinney over four years ago, and now take residency in Robert Graham’s former studio adjacent to the boardwalk. Many of us had prior successful residency up in Silicon Valley, and with entrepreneur mentality, we were not just looking for the next big idea to create, but the right …

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Silicon Beach: Bringing entertainment and technology together

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]

Austin Hackett is a great example of the type of person flocking to Los Angeles right now. He’s founder of CrowdHall, a site that helps people with large social-media audiences engage with their fans in a virtual town hall forum. Right now he’s based in Cincinnati, and his website is focused largely on the upcoming election, so Ohio, a key swing state, is a …

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Silicon Beach: The perils of gentrification

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
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For a long time, people in Silicon Valley would fly to LA when they had to. Then it occurred to them that people who work in technology and content could actually live in the same place. Now, Google has come to Venice, greeted warmly by the Chamber of Commerce, but regarded by some long-time residents as an unwelcome invader. We look at the changing …

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Photos: The new Rose Avenue

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]
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Venice is now home to 300 new high-tech companies, but that only accounts for half of the new, mainly Westside, phenomenon called “Silicon Beach.” The new companies mean new money, and with that a new row of restaurants on Rose Ave. You can hear more about how this is changing the funky Venice on  Which Way, LA?  Below, check out pictures of the “new” …

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Silicon Beach brings change to Westside

Posted October 18, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
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For a long time, people in Silicon Valley would fly to LA when they had to. Then it occurred to them that people who work in technology and content could actually live in the same place. Now, Google has come to Venice, greeted warmly by the Chamber of Commerce, but regarded by some long-time residents as an unwelcome invader. We look at the changing …

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Silicon Beach: Where sun and surf meet start-ups

Posted October 17, 2012 by | 17 Comments | ]
Frank Gehry's Chiat/Day building is now home to Google. Photo by IK's World Trip, via Flickr

In the western part of Los Angeles County known as “Silicon Beach”, there’s a race for space.  Space, as in ether. As in technology companies that utilize broadband to incubate, inform and – yes, it is L.A. – entertain.  And space, as in location to put all those companies.  With nearly 620 startup tech firms, mainly on the Westside – according to Represent L.A. …

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What is Silicon Beach?

Posted October 17, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

Venice Beach is famous for its funkiness, beach culture … and start-ups?
Los Angeles — especially Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice and the South Bay– is seeing a boom in New Media companies. It didn’t happen overnight but there’s been enough of a concentration in the last year or so that the term “Silicon Beach” has taken hold (prompting quips from people who associate “Silicon” …

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‘Story of Venice’ gets second chapter

Posted October 11, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]
Venice Post Office mural

Edward Biberman’s 1941 mural “Story of Venice” in the lobby of the Venice Post Office (shown) is just one of many fine examples of public art embellishing the 1000-plus post offices built by the Roosevelt’s Administration’s public works program. The future of some of these murals, which immortalized regular Americans and their local legends (Abbot Kinney is front and center in “Story of Venice”), …

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