8 LA Co-working Spaces You Need to Check Out

Knowing where the best co-working spaces are is key to anyone looking for information, resources and colleagues to grow their business.

From BuiltinLA:

“The core of any entrepreneurial tech ecosystem is filled with co-working spaces. This is where tech events are hosted, where entrepreneurs meet and where young companies spend their early days grinding away. These spaces represent the communal life of startup culture. Knowing where the best coworking spaces are is key to anyone looking for information, resources and colleagues to grow their business. Here are some of Los Angeles’ must know co-working spaces…”

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Cross Campus opens shop in Old Pasadena

We’ve been hearing from a lot of folks that there is a real need for collaborative workspace here in Pasadena. Many of our westside members will be excited that we’re adding an eastside component to our network.

From Pasadena Star-News:

“A new center for business innovation and collaboration is about to land in Pasadena and the venture already has an impressive pedigree.

Cross Campus, a collaborative, on-demand work space and business event venue in Santa Monica, announced this week that it will be opening a second campus at 87 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Pasadena.

The new location is expected to open in the fall and will include nearly 16,000 square feet housed in three different floors…”

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L.A. Story: Santa Monica Takes the Startup World by Storm

According to Fast Company, 35.9 percent of all Los Angeles startups are headquartered in Santa Monica

From HuffPo:

“The current epicenter of L.A.’s startup scene is Santa Monica (population 98,000), an 8.3 square mile stretch of beachside now known as Silicon Beach. According to Fast Company, 35.9 percent of all Los Angeles startups are headquartered in Santa Monica, including the popular app, Snapchat.

With its’ great weather, beautiful people, and pedestrian-friendly streets lined with a generous selection of bars and restaurants (450 of them, to be exact), Santa Monica offers young entrepreneurs high livability and a supportive tech environment.

Santa Monica also has a burgeoning incubator and accelerator scene. Within a 12 block area, there are 15 different co-working spaces, accelerators, and incubators, including ROC, CrossCampus, General Assembly, and CoLoft. Demand is growing so fast that CrossCampus is moving from its 11,000-square-foot space at 820 Broadway to a 13,000 square-foot-property at 10th Street and Colorado Avenue after the first of the year…”

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As The LA Tech Scene Heats Up, Accelerator Amplify Raises $8 Million

Amplify is announcing its second fund, which is just over $8 million from yet another list of marquee investors.

From TechCrunch:

“Back in 2011, there were only a handful of startup accelerators and incubators in the burgeoning LA tech scene. Of course, as “Silicon Beach” has grown over the past few years, this has changed. Amplify was one of the initial accelerators that debuted a few years ago, with backing from big names like Eric Schmidt, reality TV king Mark Burnett and Accel Partners. Today, Amplify is announcing its second fund, which is just over $8 million from yet another list of marquee investors.

The list includes a mix of traditional tech investors and CEOs as well as a few well-known names in the media and entertainment worlds. They include Accel, Greycroft, Siemer Ventures, Deep Fork Capital, Karlin Ventures, Jarl Mohn (ex CEO of Liberty Digital), Ron Burkle (Yucaipa Companies), Jim Wiatt (ex CEO William Morris Agency), Ed Wilson (ex President Fox Television, Tribune and CBS), Ben Silverman (ex co-Chairman NBC Entertainment), Rick Barry (founder & CTO Sycamore Networks), Rob Glaser (Founder/Chairman Real Networks), Joe Lewis (head of Amazon Studios), and David Baron (VP of content Hulu), among others…”

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Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

Dr. Soon-Shiong poured $800 million into 60 companies, university research programs and his own “do tanks.”

From Huffington Post:

“SANTA MONICA, Calif. –- You have been diagnosed with lung cancer.

There is a bewildering array of drugs, and combinations of drugs, that may shrink the tumor and prolong your life. Or they could make matters worse and give you terrible side effects.

In the past, this decision was mostly a crude guess, and it was often wrong.

No longer.

Now, your doctor draws blood and tissue, sends the information to a medical Big Data center that, in seconds, sequences your entire genome and, more importantly, maps how the proteins and the cells in your body are translating your specific DNA mutation into tumor cells. Your doctor then accesses a secure global “bank” of cancer DNA and tissue, and develops an individual cocktail for you, administering it with precise nanotechnology. You recover at home, monitored by high-information devices connected through transmitters to your doctor and clinic.

This is a glimpse of the future that Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong of Los Angeles has spent a decade imagining — and is now rapidly assembling. The technology and science are all at hand, he says. It’s “just” a matter of putting them together into a logical and humane whole…”

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Inside MuckerLab, The Startup Accelerator That’s Amping Up L.A.’s Tech Ecosystem

From TechCrunch:

“In the San Francisco Bay Area, there is no shortage of “accelerator” programs that promise to take fledgling technology companies to the next level by providing mentorship, funding, business introductions, and the like. And as the startup scene a few hundred miles south in Los Angeles continues to heat up, the appetite for accelerators is growing too.

One of the leading new startup accelerators in L.A. is MuckerLab, so while TechCrunch TV was in Southern California recently we stopped by to take a look inside and find out about what makes the program tick. Check out the video embedded above to look at the MuckerLab space and hear co-founder Will Hsu talk about the MuckerLab vibe, what he and other MuckerLab mentors bring to the table when it comes to shaping new companies, what he’d like to see in the future to make the L.A. startup scene really shine, and more…”

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Science takes movie studio approach to startups, raising $30M

Science approaches startups like a movie studio approaches making hits.

From Upstart:

“Science, the Santa Monica, California, incubator run by former MySpace boss Mike Jones, is very different from accelerators like Y Combinator and TechStars in most respects.

But in one important way, money, it’s gaining traction similar to those programs. Science is in the process of raising $30 million, TechCrunch reports. That would add significantly to its pile of capital for investing in startups. And Science already has a pretty big war chest, having raised $10 million from investors including Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, and another $30 million from Hearst Media Corp…”

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