Bixel Exchange Tech Update - March 8, 2017

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Bixel Exchange founder advises Annenberg Foundation on new initiative
On March 2, the Annenberg Foundation announced AnnenbergTech, an exciting new initiative aimed at harnessing the power of L.A.'s vibrant tech community who want to invest in their community through philanthropic leadership. Bixel Exchange Founder Sean Arian has acted as an advisor to the Annenberg Foundation in the development of this initiative, and will continue to advise the Foundation on these efforts to move L.A. forward together.

b2_riot.pngShout out to our Tech Education partner Riot Games!
Our Tech Education partner Riot Games hosted students from Kennedy High School and Birmingham High School for three campus tours throughout the month of February. In addition, students from Cleveland High School participated in Riot Games’ monthly writing workshop. A huge thank you to LA HI-TECH for facilitating this partnership!

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As part of a study to better understand Bixel Exchange supporters, we are seeking feedback from you about our existing communication and outreach efforts. Help us grow and serve you better by taking this anonymous survey.

In celebration of International Women's Day, we're highlighting some amazing #WomenInTech:

Huge thanks to a #techLA community supporter and partner, Espree Devora, founder of WeAreLATech and the #womenintech podcast!

Check out the complete ecosystem supporting women-led companies. Thanks to @joshuahenderson!


#BixelStartup SPOTLIGHT … Sydney Warren, founder of OXY-TECH, a nasal cannula improving the quality of life for portable oxygen users.

What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
I simply had to. No one else was going to develop this medical device and I saw how deeply it was needed by the folks suffering while on oxygen therapy. Most importantly, I promised my mom, who had lung disease, that I would make a difference.

Entrepreneurship is...
A long, hard journey requiring dedication, grit and inspiration.

Advice for fellow entrepreneurs:
You really have to believe in yourself and your product. Being an entrepreneur will test you in so many ways and you really need authentic and deep dedication to keep you going until you succeed.

Your favorite part of Bixel Exchange?
The knowledgable, caring and dedicated advisors. They helped me find and exploit my product to fit the market.

Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Teacher Advisor with Watson

You’re invited to try Teacher Advisor with Watson, a free tool that uses IBM's Watson AI technologies to help teachers in the classroom save time and improve instruction. This tool has hundreds of second and third grade lesson plans and supporting resources, with more grades coming soon. The first 50 teachers who give feedback will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

  Becoming Investor Ready - How to Prepare for the Investor Audition
March 13 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Look into the mind of seasoned investors and discover what it takes to get funded. Learn about the investment process and investor expectations at each stage, and determine how investable your business is and what it will take to get to the front of the line. Presented by Bill Waldo.


Planning for Success: Business Plan Writing Workshop
March 14 | Noon - 2 p.m.

In this L.A. Law Library series event, join LocationX founder and Bixel advisor Mark Kapczynsk as he discusses how to set goals for your business, and how to create a business plan that will attract investors. Discover more upcoming L.A. Law Library events by clicking here.

  DTLA Show and Tell
March 28 | 6 - 8:30 p.m.

This event is a series of 10, five-minute guided tutorials that paint a broad and inspiring picture of the full spectrum of technology. Each mini-tutorial will focus on a hack, pro-tip or tactic that the presenter uses in their work. The goal is to spark curiosity while teaching each other. Topics include machine learning, VR, Github, APIs, mobile development and more.

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