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!
Have you caught up with the women behind the #stylinanddialin madness since their Shark Tank debut last November!?
Well, there is no better time than now. Shark Tank Podcast has a #stylinanddialin (if we do say so ourselves...) recap of the whole episode and what your two favorite business gals, Kelley Coughlan & Jenn Deese have been up to since then! Otherwise known as...the "Shark Tank Tsunami".
Rumor has it they may be seen on Sam & Cat coming soon (hint: rumor is true!). Pear phones deserve to be #stylinanddialin too.
May the waves be with you...
This past week we felt like we struck gold at the SLS Hotel, Beverly Hills. In a field where everything was coming up roses, we were all systems go, on a streak, on a roll, holding nothing but aces and pursecases.
Let's be honest, there would really be no other appropriate way to feel when in attendance at the Luckyfabb: Fashion & Beauty Bloggers Conference...
This gathering is no haphazard pairing of "ladies who lunch", but an opportunity, brought by Lucky Magazine, to connect with the most powerful influencers in fashion and beauty.
Supermodel, fashion editor, and all around supernova to be reckoned with, Coco Rocha, said on Day 1, "Know that you are very powerful behind that keyboard, and you have a chance to change something."
You don't have to take her word for it - but we're certainly going to.
It's empowering to accept that there is this somewhat untapped powerhouse of young editorially tech savvy women out there in droves. We're excited to continue to connect and reconnect with so many of the attendees that we were able to spend time with this past week.
Delightful fashion blogger, role-model, and social influencer, Chelsea Davis of She Said He Said, was so adorable, suited in her all-white spring smock that we couldn't resist putting a brand new iPhone 5S "Snow White" pursecase on her arm.
To all our blogger babes out there: We hold you up on a pedestal for your persistent sense of style, way with words, and want to remind you of Diana Vreeland's famous quote, "The only real elegance is in the mind; if you've got that, the rest really comes from it." Bam. Keep-on-powering-on. And per always, keep on #stylinanddialin!