Bixel Exchange Tech Update – Feb. 14, 2019

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b1_UCLATechSummit.jpgStartup LAunch explores alternative tech majors at UCLA Tech Summit

Bixel Exchange’s Startup LAunch tech SBDC joined the inaugural UCLA Tech Summit on Feb. 9. Director Kat Yalung moderated the  “From Humanities Major to Tech Professional” panel with current tech employees who have utilized their humanities degrees to influence change in the tech field. Tech companies -- including those on the panel like STEM to the Future, Super League Gaming, Procore and Snapchat -- are not just looking for coders and designers, but also people with experience in shaping social responsibility in the communities they serve. See the photos.



b2_foxsportswest.jpgL.A. Tech Talent Pipeline team joins FOX Sports West to connect women in tech

On Feb. 7, our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline team joined FOX Sports West for their second annual Women of FOX Sports: Women in Remote Production Luncheon at their office in downtown Los Angeles. Ten of our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline students attended, along with our program manager Emily Alonso. Kathryn Schloessman, president of the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, spoke to attendees about the challenges she faced launching her career and gave some incredible advice on how young women can thrive and grow in sports production.

From this opportunity, FOX Sports West reached out to our program about expanding the number of summer intern roles to include social media marketing and television production! A big thank you to FOX Sports West for hosting us and our students!



b3_TheCommons.jpgTalent is equally distributed. Opportunity is not.

When considering the lack of diversity in the tech world, many people think it’s a supply-side issue. “They say ‘if only our community colleges were teaching the requisite skills.’ If only, if only, if only. We call BS on if only,” explains Sean Arian, co-founder of the L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline. There are roadblocks in the tech community that keep students that are ready, or maybe 80 percent of the way there, from getting 100 percent of the way there and getting a job.”

Read The Commons’ spotlight on Bixel Exchange President & Co-founder Sean Arian, and our L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline’s mission to create a more diverse and inclusive tech ecosystem.



b3.jpgL.A. Tech Talent Pipeline 2019 Summer Internship Program application now open!

Bixel Exchange’s L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline Internship Program, in partnership with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, is an incredible opportunity for underrepresented Angelenos to get that critical “foot-in-the-door” for a high-growth and high-paying tech career. Out of the 250 interns placed in the past two years, nearly 40 percent went on to receive full or part-time employment with one of our 60+ tech company partners! Some of our previous partners include Snap Inc., mitú, Boingo Wireless, Headspace, FOX Sports West and other local tech giants. The positions that we’re recruiting for range from marketing and digital media to IT support and software development -- with everything in-between! Interested in a paid tech internship? Apply now. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Interested in hosting an intern from our program? Let us know! To learn more about our program, visit



Startup LAunch company Siitch recognized by VoyageLA

We love when our entrepreneurs get noticed for the work they are doing in the community! Recently, Siitch, a Bixel Exchange Startup LAunch portfolio company, was highlighted in VoyageLA. “I’m in [an] accelerator called Bixel Exchange downtown, which has been extremely helpful. You get a mentor and access to experts from many fields,” said founder Drew Aveling. Siitch, short for “situation,” has set out to make event and party planning easier. Read more.




b5.jpgBlack History Month Spotlight: INP Partners

In honor of Black History Month, Bixel Exchange would like to recognize one of our portfolio companies and a black-owned business, INP Partners.

INP Partners enables nonprofits to leverage their data across platforms in order to make informed decisions and accomplish their mission. Solving tough social problems requires informed decisions from the meaningful analysis of good data.

“I don't know what ‘algorithm’ Bixel Exchange used to match me with my advisor, Doug, but it couldn't have been better. His advice, guidance and encouragement has been invaluable ... especially to a sole founder,” says Josh Ciszek, founder of INP Partners. “There are so many facets to starting a business; it's so helpful to have someone checking in and creating another level of accountability.” Since the company launched, they generated revenue within the first few months and broke even in the first year, a rare achievement amongst new startups.

Bixel Exchange is proud that our continued efforts to help minority-owned startups is ingrained into our mission of creating an inclusive tech economy!




A day in the life of Bixel Exchange ... Snapshots:


b6_a_boingo.jpgFeb. 7
The L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline team participated in the Boingo Women Internship Networking Event. College students, including some of our previously placed and current students, engaged in networking with Boingo’s managers and intern alumni and heard about summer internship opportunities.


b6_b_demoday.jpgFeb. 8
Startup LAunch joined USC's Demo Day spearheaded by our adviser Barbara Bickham. The event featured more than 60 current student and alumni companies, including M2M Bell, one of our startups!



b6_c_lawlibrary.jpgFeb. 13
Startup LAunch joined L.A. Law Library for a discussion with entrepreneurs on creating a business plan.





Until we sync again,

Bixel Exchange


Upcoming Events

Innovation & Technology Council
Feb. 19 | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

The L.A. Area Chamber is kicking off their first Innovation & Technology Council of the year with Jeanne Holm, senior technology advisor to the Mayor and assistant general manager and deputy CIO at the City of Los Angeles. Holm will speak on the development and impacts of innovation technology to better serve constituents, the anticipated rollout of 5G and updates on the work that the City is doing in this space. Join Bixel Exchange, the Chamber and local stakeholders as we discuss new technologies that will impact the Los Angeles tech economy.

  How to Form a Corporation or LLC
Feb. 19 | Noon - 2 p.m.

Business entities come in many shapes and sizes, and choosing the right one can avoid serious tax and liability consequences. At this L.A. Law Library Business Series event, learn which business entity is right for you, how to prepare and file incorporation documents and why supposed “formalities” like corporate by-laws can be so important to your business success.

Women in Cleantech Workshop: Investing with a Gender Lens
Feb. 20 | 5:30 - 8 p.m.

It’s an open secret that women-led and women-owned companies yield higher returns on investment than those led or owned by men. No matter how much capital you have to deploy, discover and learn how to use your investment power to invest with a gender lens. At LACI’s first quarterly Women in Cleantech Workshop of 2019, they'll highlight how you can make money and change the world!

  San Diego Angel Conference
March 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join the San Diego Angel Conference on March 15, where six finalists will pitch in front of angel investors and an audience for the opportunity to receive up to $200,000 in investment. The conference is open to any member of the community interested in learning more about starting a company and investing in a new business.


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

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