Bixel Exchange Tech Update - April 5, 2017

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Bixel Exchange advocates for #techLA at ACCESS Sacramento
Members of the Bixel Exchange team traveled to Sacramento last week for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce’s ACCESS Sacramento event. Bixel Exchange met with key legislators to discuss the state of cybersecurity, and encourage State investment in California’s tech ecosystem. As part of the Chamber’s delegation, the Bixel team joined 150 L.A. area business leaders and public officials in meeting with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, the State Assembly and Senate leadership to advocate on issues important to L.A.'s business community. Learn more about the event, and the Chamber's innovation and technology advocacy.

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Tech Salon: The Future of a Virtual and Augmented World
Our current era of virtual and augmented reality is commonly said to have started with the $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR by Facebook in 2014. From there, we have seen an amazing amount of innovation by a flood of creative pioneers. Join our keynote and panelists on April 13 to discuss the current capabilities of virtual and augmented reality, and what the innovators themselves believe the future holds for the technology. RSVP now.


b2_showandtell.pngTechTinx hosts DTLA Show and Tell
Bixel Exchange partner TechTinx hosted DTLA Show and Tell on March 28. The event was a series of short, guided tutorials focusing on a hack, pro-tip or tactic that the presenter uses in their work. Topics included machine learning, VR, Github, APIs and mobile development. The event featured speakers from a wide spectrum of the L.A. tech scene, including Machiko Yasuda, product engineer at GOAT, and Shmel Graham, director of the Operations Innovation Team at the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Learn more about upcoming TechTinx events!

b3_snap.pngCalling all L.A. County high school students!
Snapchat stickers are a fun way to add expression to Snaps and Chats. Every day, Snapchatters can choose from hundreds of colorful stickers designed by Team Snapchat to express their excitement, appreciation, hunger, sleepiness or anything else with a drawing or cartoon.

Together with Snap Inc., we're unleashing the creativity of L.A. students. The challenge: encourage high school students to design a sticker pack themed to 'High School: A Day in the Life.' The student designers of the top 20 sticker packs will have the opportunity to visit Snap Inc. Headquarters in Venice Beach for a Meet & Greet and Workshop hosted by the Snapchat design team! Learn more.

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One of the largest entrepreneurship programs in Latin America is now in Los Angeles! Aiming to inspire and empower Latino and Latina entrepreneurs in L.A., Televisa Foundation and Univision 34 are launching the POSiBLE Accelerator Program, which offers training, tools, access to resources and more opportunities to take early stage startups and business ideas to the next level. The program is free, open and anyone can register and build their business model canvas online until May 6. Top startups will be chosen to present at the POSiBLE LA Entrepreneurship Summit on May 20. Learn more.

b5_lawgood.pngCongratulations to Gina Pak at Lawgood!
Startup LAunch entrepreneur Gina Pak, co-founder of Lawgood, a mobile app for finding and hiring lawyers, has been accepted into this year’s Project Entrepreneur Weekend Intensive in New York. Pak will join 199 other female founders for two full days of hands-on workshops, problem-solving and connecting with entrepreneurs, investors and mentors. These change makers from across the country are building businesses of the future. See the full Project Entrepreneur Class of 2017.

Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

USC Demo Day
April 7 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

USC is bringing the L.A. tech scene together and showcasing some of the best startups from the Trojan family. USC Demo Day will be the epicenter for blossoming entrepreneurial news and startup connections featuring over 60 USC associated companies, a variety of venture capitalists, a keynote speaker and a discussion panel dedicated to early stage startup formation and growth. Everyone is welcome to attend, network with other interested innovators and demo the latest Trojan tech.

  From Seed Money to Serious Investment: Raising Money for Your Business
April 11 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Every business needs an initial investment to get off the ground, and established businesses often require investment in order to expand. In this L.A. Law Library series event, learn how to apply for and obtain small business loans, and discover vital alternative funding sources for startups. Learn about more upcoming L.A. Law Library events by clicking here.


Becoming Investor Ready – the Art of the Fast Pitch
April 18 | 5 - 6:30 p.m.

A 60 to 90 second pitch is a must have for every entrepreneur. See what it takes to hone a succinct pitch for situations where you need to quickly gain the interest of potential partners and contributors. Watch other entrepreneurs master the art of the fast pitch, followed by investors’ questions. Presented by Don Kasle.

  World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast
May 4 | 7:15 - 11 a.m.

Join the L.A. Area Chamber for the 91st annual World Trade Week Kickoff Breakfast. This year’s keynote will be presented by Jack Dangermond, president, ESRI. Dangermond is an expert in key technology trends and will discuss how advanced mapping and analytics are changing government, business and society. ESRI is the world’s leading company in geographic information systems (GIS), with more than 40 percent of global GIS market share and more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Learn more about ESRI.

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Eric Garcetti California SBDC LA LA Department of Water SBA LA Chamber

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