Bixel Exchange Tech Update - July 27, 2017

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b1_avisare.pngAvisare accepted into Techstars LA
A huge congrats to Startup LAunch company Avisare on being accepted into Techstars LA. Techstars is a three-month global program focused on helping the most promising startup companies accelerate their growth in an intensive bootcamp-style environment. Founder and CEO Sky Kelley and her team will focus on enhancing product user experience, hone-in on their marketing message and pressure test their customer acquisition strategy. This will ultimately lead to a better product that can help more people navigate the world of procurement sourcing faster and easier. Learn more about Avisare.

b2_it.jpgFBI informs IT Council of current threats to cybersecurity
During this month’s Innovation & Technology Council meeting on July 25, Bixel Exchange and the Council heard from FBI representative John Palmieri on cybersecurity and the best ways to protect yourself and your business. Palmieri shared alarming cybersecurity facts behind email threats that cripple businesses.

The L.A. Area Chamber’s IT Council identifies and engages with business clusters that have economic growth potential - including signature, emerging and innovative industry groups. The Council aims to promote policies that will strengthen these industries, elevate their global reach, drive job creation and regional economic prosperity.


b3_fairclaims.pngFairClaims raises $1.8 million
Startup LAunch company FairClaims, formerly Arbiclaims, has closed a $1.8 million seed round. FairClaims’ mission is to make it easy to resolve disputes, regardless of access to legal counsel or other resources, and to dramatically increase access to justice. The online platform allows users to receive a fair and unbiased review of their case with a professional arbitrator, an online hearing at a convenient time and a legally binding decision all in about three weeks. Congrats to Stephen Kane and team on their success! Learn more about FairClaims.

b4_ita.pngCheck out some of Tech Ed Partnerships summer interns at orientation! This cohort will be interning with the City’s Information Technology Agency! #techLA #BixelExchange

The Tech Talent internship program was launched as part of the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline, a partnership between L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Bixel Exchange at the Chamber. This summer and fall, 100 interns from 10 community colleges will benefit from internships in tech and digital media, IT, software development and production. 



Jumpstart your successful career in business and IT!
We’re partnering with Year Up Los Angeles to recruit students for their one-year training and internship program starting this August. As part of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in professional training and networking opportunities, and even secure a corporate internship to jumpstart a successful career in Information Technology and business! We will be hosting two information sessions at the Chamber in July. For more information about Year Up, click here to visit their website. Should you know a young person who is interested in learning more, please reach out to



Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

AI.LA New Realities Expert Panel #1
July 27 | 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The AI.LA meetup is proud to announce its new speaker series "New Realities" in partnership with Koder, Cross Campus and LA's BEST. Join experts in AI, robotics, VR and AR to discuss the latest breakthroughs blending technology and art. All ticket proceeds benefit after-school digital learning programs for underserved youth in the city of L.A., run by LA's BEST.

  Legal Contracts Workshop by Lawgood (Pasadena)
Aug. 3 | Noon - 1 p.m.

Protect your hustle by becoming familiar with your contracts! Review the importance of legal contracts and go through a contract template in this introductory workshop designed for freelancers and entrepreneurs.


Aug. 7 - 9

B~STEM Project is launching their bCreative event in L.A. at Kastner & Partners. This is a dynamic opportunity for students to learn about the creative industries and how they drive products and business. Participants engage in immersive hands-on experiences at leading companies. From advertising, architecture and publishing to product development, marketing and fashion design, each boot camp, workshop and event focuses on a particular industry. Students will learn about an industry, the type of work professionals do within that industry, explore company culture, and discover a vast array of career paths.

  The Future of Internships
Aug. 10 | 5:30 – 9 p.m.

In partnership with Stanley Prep, ScaleLA is excited to announce the launch of a year-long program that will provide L.A. tech companies with highly trained, full-time intern developers from South Korea for approximately $30,000 per year. All housing, visa and transportation concerns are finalized so all you need to do is interview and hire the intern of your choice. If you are an interested company, join ScaleLA on Aug. 10 to learn more!


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