Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Nov. 16, 2016

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B1_PFAD.pngTech companies dominated at 2016 Principal for a Day
Executives from 14 Los Angeles tech companies dispersed across a dozen Southland high school campuses as part of the L.A. Area Chamber and UNITE-LA’s annual Principal for a Day event on Nov. 4. In a day that coincided with many of the schools’ homecoming festivities, tech leaders were accompanied through halls decked with school spirit, and engaged with students and teachers inside classrooms on successes achieved and challenges faced. We send our great appreciation to this year's dedicated companies. See the day's captured events. 

B2_Riot.pngStudents dive into character development outside of the classroom
A classroom of students from John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills brought to life their own fully imagined characters in an immersive creative writing workshop at Riot Games’ West Los Angeles campus that we facilitated in partnership with Los Angeles High Impact Technology, Entertainment & Entrepreneurship, and Communications Hubs (LA HI-TECH). 

B3_Builtinla.pngBuilt in LA’s top players in the digital space
Built in LA has amassed their list of top 100 digital companies in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Of the region's 3,600-plus digital companies, more than 53,000 people work for these top 100, and furthermore 22,000-plus are represented by the top 10. See the full list

B4_IBM.pngUnderstanding cognitive technology with IBM
When cognitive technology debuted on “Jeopardy!” in 2011 in the form of Watson, a highly intelligent question-answering computer system developed by IBM, audiences were fascinated. In February, IBM is hoping that Watson and its software system will attract Southland students to dive deeper into the abilities of this technology in this free event.

B5_Spacse2.pngSpotlight on … Bixel startup founder Maddy Sukoru of SPACSE, a new online marketplace for pop-up and event spaces.

Congratulations on the official launch of SPACSE! Can you talk briefly on what you’ve been working on until this point?
When we looked closely at the market, we noticed that people are more open to finding affordable short-term spaces as opposed to long, extended leases. With the rise and dominance of platforms like Airbnb, it was a no brainer. We decided to build a marketplace that will offer people convenience and efficiency. We’ve been working on balancing the marketplace between the supply and demand. When we launched, we focused on having enough supply or as we refer to it, enough listings. Now, our focus is on increasing the demand.

What are some of your proudest moments leading up to the big unveiling?
I think a proud moment was when we decided to make the idea of SPACSE a reality. [It was] all the hard work and long hours that we had done to launch the website. Every time we receive an email about a new listing or booking request, we’re happy that what we’re doing is working and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring. 

B6_Spacse.pngWho’s the team behind SPACSE, and why do you think you work well together?
The people behind SPACSE are my co-founder, Suhaib, and myself. I think what makes us work well together is that we balance each other, we share a common vision, and we know what needs to be done to build SPACSE. 

What’s on the horizon for SPACSE, for the next year or five?
We see a very fragmented market, where if someone would like to rent an office space, they would look through a number of different websites to find what they’re looking for. That’s where we see SPACSE in the future -- as the central hub that includes different kinds of spaces that will provide convenience for people. 

B7_Spacse.pngIf you weren’t running SPACSE, what would be your fantasy startup?
If I weren’t running SPACSE, I’d probably find some other type of marketplace with the goal of benefiting local communities. I really believe that although the Internet has opened up the world globally, there is still much work to do in our local communities.

Check out SPACSE


Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

How to Pitch to Investors Series – Pt. 1
Nov. 17 | Noon – 2 p.m.

Learn to build a pitch deck that tells the story of your business while keeping potential investors engaged. Presented by SBDC College of the Canyons.

  Startup Steps for the Tech Entrepreneur: Ideation
Nov. 17 | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Rediscover personal thinking preferences, identify and eliminate mental blocks and enhance communication and teaming skills. This event is co-presented by Code District and Bixel Exchange.



LOFT Coder Summit
Nov. 19 | 8 a.m.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and AT&T will bring the LOFT Coder Summit for the second time to Los Angeles, as hundreds of Latino coders gather at UCLA to share ideas, energy and cultural pride.

  Inspiring College Women
Dec. 8 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

B~STEM Project invites college-level women to attend a dynamic one-day diversity and inclusion workshop that focuses on cultivating 21st century leadership.


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