Part of io/LA’s strategy is to draw on the talent from the entrepreneurs from the big studios and companies, along with people honing their skills at nearby universities such as Cal Tech, USC and Harvey Mudd.
“Los Angeles’s nascent tech startup scene has gained steam as a hub for fledgling companies trying to create the next Angry Birds or Instagram. A burgeoning group of accelerator and incubator programs focused in Santa Monica and Venice has fostered the growth of a tech community, known as Silicon Beach.
Now the L.A. tech boom is making its way to the Eastside. io/LA, which opened in early April in Hollywood, is one of the few incubator programs trying to tap directly into the network of entrepreneurs based further east.
“We’re sort of positioning ourselves as an alternative to the Westside,” says co-founder Donovan Leitch. “There’s bound to be some people who don’t live in Santa Monica, Culver City and Venice who are commuting every day. We want to tap into that community.”
The founders of io/LA want to merge entertainment and tech businesses by bringing entrepreneurs from both sectors under the same roof. Film directors, producers and screenwriters can bounce ideas off video game designers and computer programmers – and vise versa – to collaborate to make new products. They call it a “physical social network.”
Part of io/LA’s strategy is to draw on the talent from the entrepreneurs from the big studios and companies, along with people honing their skills at nearby universities such as Cal Tech, USC and Harvey Mudd…”