Panelists & Speakers
Los Angeles Dodgers’ CFO Tucker Kain, director and producer Andrew Jarecki (The Jinx), ZestFinance president Mike Armstrong, Qatalyst Partners founder and CEO Frank Quattrone, Upfront Ventures Managing Partner Mark Suster, and Pritzker Group managing partners Tony and J.B. Pritzker, the agenda featured some of LA’s finest founders, executives, and investors who have helped transform and build the local tech scene.
Moderated by tech entrepreneur Jason Nazar, four startups competed in the 2015 LA Tech Summit Shark Tank competition for a $5,000 prize. The judging panel consisted of notable tech influencers including Baron Davis, former professional basketball player and venture partner of Plus Capital; Chris Ovitz, co-CEO of Workpop; and Scott Marlette, co-founder of GoodRX. MakieLab, the customizable toy manufacturer, was chosen as the winner, and Sensay, the on-demand marketplace for answers, was named the runner-up.
The event’s Gold Sponsors were Silicon Valley Bank and Qatalyst Partners. Silver Sponsors included Bessemer Venture Partners, Goldman Sachs, NASDAQ, Pritzker Group Venture Capital, PwC, and Sidley Austin LLP. DoubleDutch was a Mobile Partner, and Built in LA and CSQ were Media Partners.
It was apparent at the third annual LA Tech Summit that Los Angeles has become one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in the country. According to Adam Miller, founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand, the ecosystem will continue to thrive because of three coinciding factors in LA – a willing investor base, experienced talent in all aspects of technology (Big Data, e-commerce, B2B, cloud, media, and more), and experienced entrepreneurs willing to advise startups.
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