Bixel Exchange Tech Update - July 25, 2018

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Bixel Exchange and Snap Inc. launch Snap Design Academy
Earlier this month, Bixel Exchange's L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline partnered with Snap Inc. to launch the Snap Design Academy, a hands-on, 100-hour design training course for 20 students from Los Angeles area community colleges and our youth partner organizations. Each young person will participate in custom, creative workshops, fireside chats and mentorship with Snap employees and L.A. artists. The program - taught by Silas Munro, a communication arts and graphic design professor at Otis College of Art and Design - culminates with a student art showcase inspired by Snapchat's Creative Tools. 

One student in the Academy shared with us that "Snap Design Academy is going to give me the opportunity to network with industry professionals and people my age who are doing what I want to do too! I think the skills and tools I learn here will be the launching pad for a successful design career. I really believe it is programs like this that help me and other students grow as people and as designers. Thank you Snap and thank you Bixel!" 

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Bixel Exchange hosts Hulu design panel
On July 13, at Hulu's company headquarters in Santa Monica, seven UX design panelists spoke to 100 of Bixel Exchange's L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline participants along with Santa Monica High School students about their careers in design and how Hulu stays bold and inventive. Attendees left with career advice and tangible takeaways as they move forward in their careers. The event was the second in a five-part summer professional development series for Bixel Exchange's internship program. See the photos.




b3_uber.jpgL.A. Tech Talent Pipeline participants tour Uber offices
Last night, Uber hosted an incredible panel and tour of their West Coast Santa Monica office. A diverse group of Uber representatives from the “Eats” and “Rides” side of the business shared their career journeys to Uber and all of the thoughtful work that goes into the "people-side" of the technology. Sarah Ashton, Public Affairs, Southern California, at Uber shared, "there are so many non-tech jobs in tech. It takes a lot of people to run a tech company so that it remains ethical and usable."

Those who attended the event also got the inside scoop on new transportation innovations to come from Uber, including bike share and scooter transportation options. A huge thank you to Uber for putting this all together for our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline participants!



b4_ITC.jpgInnovation & Technology Council explores cryptocurrency
The L.A. Area Chamber’s Innovation & Technology Council and Bixel Exchange welcomed presenter Bryan Myint, managing director at Republic Crypto, for a robust presentation and discussion surrounding cryptocurrency and blockchain. Myint covered a basic overview of the emerging technologies, delved into the real-world applications that small businesses can utilize and discussed how startups are able to benefit from cryptocurrency to raise funds.





Glendale Tech Week seeking award nominations and Pitchfest participants!
Glendale Tech Week is back Sept. 15-21, 2018. This year, they are honoring individuals and companies who have done tremendous work in their field, communities and work space. “Young Entrepreneurs,” “Best Pivot” and “Student Innovators” are among the categories. To nominate an individual or company by Aug. 9, click here.

In addition, Glendale Tech Week is seeking early and late stage companies to participate in their 3rd Annual Pitchfest. Deadline to apply is July 29. Contact Ani Pogossian for more information or to become a Pitchfest sponsor.




Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Startup LAunch Jumpstart July Coworking Day
July 26 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch Program for a coworking day on July 26 to learn how to jumpstart your fundraising. This month’s event will be focused on early stage fundraising. Snacks, coffee and lunch will be provided!

  Starting and Growing Your Business: Where to Start
Aug. 7 | Noon – 2 p.m.

In this L.A. Law Library Business Series workshop, learn the basic steps to starting your business, plus get tools and resources for in-depth training on what you “didn’t know you needed to know” about business. This class will cover: developing a business idea and writing a business plan; identifying a market and reaching customers/clients; obtaining proper licenses and permits, and complying with tax requirements; funding your business and managing your finances; and exercising your legal rights and avoiding common legal issues. Stay after the session for one-on-one consultations with business counselors from the City of Los Angeles BusinessSource centers.

Pitch Genius Workshops: How to Pitch Investors
Aug. 11 | 9:30 a.m. – Noon

Are you an idea-to-early stage startup? Join Pitch Genius at WeWork Culver City to learn about investors, fundraising and how to make a successful pitch. Take a deep dive into the investors' mind to understand how they analyze startups for investment. Through a slide-by-slide explanation of the investor deck, you will learn what investors like and what investors absolutely abhor when founders are pitching to them. Experienced entrepreneurs who have successfully raised funds in the past will also be joining the workshop so they can tell you about their personal experience fundraising. Only 10 spots available!

  TechDay Los Angeles 2018
Sept. 28 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TechDay LA, billed as L.A.’s largest startup event, is back, offering a unique opportunity to showcase your brand and connect with more than 7,500 attendees. Opportunities to exhibit are still available! Discover all of the resources your startup needs to continue growing and connect with your perfect audience.


Bixel Exchange is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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