Being headquartered in sunny and sublime downtown Santa Monica, we often have the opportunity to interact with with other budding startups in the growing We Are LA Tech community.
That being said, this community of entrepreneurs (as one would expect from a group of knowledge hungry execs) can never get enough of that schmoozing spirit, and we are often looking for the next happening to show up, speak up, and (let's be honest) show off. After all, this is LA Tech, and the next startup star is always just around the corner.
This past Thursday, a new kind of entrepreneurial event experience stepped up to bat, courtesy of Be Great Partners.
When one thinks techies, bootstraps, and binary code (oh my!) the first thing that comes to mind is never glitz or glamour. But when the pursecase team walked into historic landmark and event venue, Mark Sennett Studios where #TechLA Summer Jam was in full swing, we might as well have been waltzing onto set of one of the countless film, television, music, or fashion productions that preceded this Silicon extravaganza.
We slipped into Stage 1 just in time for our Co-Founder, Kelley Coughlan to take the stage for The e-Commerce Economy in L.A panel along with Farbod Shoraka of BloomNation, Bryan Lalezarian of MeUndies, and Steffen Hoffman of DSTLD Jeans.
Moderated by Be Great Partners' Founding & Managing Partner, Lin Miao, the panelists started with the usual 'about me' and polite 'show and tell' that we're all used to after haunting so many industry events.
What could have ended with the usual drop of some trade power words (i.e. disrupt...pivot...yawn), hang-in-there-advice, and a few big thumbs up on the 'art of failure' - instead went a little further...
The overt confidence and accessible simplicity of each and every panelist's answers to Miao's questions left the audience all nodding at what seemed to be an overall renewed satisfaction and acceptance of power associated with quite simply: the marriage of a great product and a great person behind it from the start.
Were you there? Have a great quote or pic to share with us? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd love to feature you and your content in an upcoming pursecase post! And check out some other awesome follow up features brought to you by fellow attendees and participants of #TechLA Summer Jam 2014: Curious Minds, Tech Candid, Kent Speakman.
If you WERE there you are probably dying to join the #stylinanddialin crew yourself, and we'd love to offer you a 15% discount on the full-price pursecase collection just for showing your support at the Summer Jam! Just use promo code: TECHLA at checkout at www.pursecase.com and thank you so much for supporting LA Tech!