This week's LA Weekly features an article about the LA startup scene--a growing and buzzing presence in an otherwise entertainment-focused city.
The article paints a picture of an LA-Tech scene which may be actually an attractive alternative to the social scene in Silicon Valley. Perhaps it is exactly because it doesn't have the clout and wealth of the Valley's startups that LA seems to be thriving: not much excess, not much waste. "Start-ups aren’t spending their money in crazy ways. They’re not buying llamas and monkeys and giraffes to put in their lobby.” Says Mike Macadaan, founder of LA's biggest geek-scene party, Twiistup.
Twiistup seems to be the prominent startup party organizer in LA. It brings together startups and "(chic) geeks at heart." Contrary to some expectations, the "scene" is far from fitting a typical LA bill. Instead, it comes across as friendly and approachable--in Twiistup's January event Macadaan plans to have creative ideation workshops before the party rolls.
I'm not sure how many startups are based in LA but I think it's safe to say they are far fewer than in the Silicon Valley. And perhaps this is exactly their saving grace in these stormy economic times: small and relatively few, they are able to simply come together, strike a conversation, and create a community.
Picture from Twiistup4's flickr album