Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Oct. 5, 2016

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Hello friend --

B1_SXSL.pngBixel goes to Washington 
We’re fresh from our trip east to South By South Lawn -- The White House’s first-ever one-day festival of ideas, art and action, celebrating the spirit of innovation behind President Obama’s TechHire initiative. Several of our Los Angeles High Impact Information Technology, Entertainment & Entrepreneurship, and Communications Hubs (LA HI-TECH) employer partners -- Snap (formerly Snapchat), Riot Games and Mitu – also joined us at the White House. On Monday, we met with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and other TechHire employers from around the country to share insights on growing tech talent, and scaling solutions to close the skills gap. Los Angeles also got some shine in a spotlight panel discussion on the City of Angels as a case study in innovation. You can recap the day's featured panels, or check it out through one reporter's eyes

B2_C4C.pngTwo of the biggest volunteer opportunities this fall are here
Back at home, we're kicking into high gear this fall, seeking new employer partners for two of the largest volunteer opportunities of the year: Principal for a Day on Nov. 4, and the tech career fair and panels at Cash for College on Nov. 18-19. You already know that we strive to bridge the gap between tech employers and schools (shout out to Built in LA!). This equation works, largely because of our amazing partners. These tech employers understand that investments in our schools can lead to a richer talent pool, stronger workforce and overall economic prosperity. Take that first step today and reach out to us. We look forward to getting you started!

B3_cleantech.pngCleantech has a new home in L.A. 
This Friday marks the grand opening of downtown Los Angeles' LaKretz Innovation Campus -- a world-class, city-run and funded cleantech innovation facility where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and L.A.'s green economy. As the tech center of the L.A. Area Chamber, we work with these city agencies, connecting them to the larger tech community for innovative cleantech solutions that result in more jobs and a bigger green economy. Read on about how these unique partnerships spur civic innovation projects in L.A.

B4_LALaw.pngHow to craft effective sales techniques 
Tuesday's "Sales Techniques and Strategies" workshop, co-presented with LA Law Library and led by Bixel advisor Doug Korte, helped startup founders investigate how to develop strategies for reaching sales goals. An effective sales technique begins with first defining the value proposition. "Selling is understanding your lead's business. It's not convincing people to buy the product or service. Understand your business' goals," Korte said. The class also covered how to define your competition, developing a sales and distribution model, and how to manage your sales team.

Thanks to LA Law Library for hosting the workshop! 

Last call for Vator Splash volunteers
Last call for volunteers at next Thursday’s Vator Splash pitch competition and conference! Come help keep the event running smoothly, whether at the registration table, event ushering or other production tasks. Volunteers are welcome to stay and enjoy the festivities after their shift is complete. Drop us a line at with subject line “Vator Splash”, your name, email, phone and why you’re interested in the event.

Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Grand opening of LaKretz Innovation Campus
Oct. 7 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Celebrate the long-awaited grand opening of the world-class La Kretz Innovation Campus in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

  Vator Splash
Oct. 13 | 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Join hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, civic leaders in Los Angeles. Mingle and learn from blue-ribbon venture capitalists, angels, hugely successful founders and the hottest Southern California startups.


ITC: State of the Internet of Things
Oct. 18 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Join the California Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus’ Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon and Assemblyman Richard Bloom at the Chamber as we discuss policy surrounding the Internet of Things in California.

  Principal for a Day
Nov. 4

As a business or tech leader, you'll shadow principals or teachers at various schools in Los Angeles to learn more about the successes they have achieved and the challenges they face, engage with students who are eager to learn more about our industry and career opportunities.


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