More Startup and Tech Event Organizers in Santa Monica


Based in Los Angeles, California, TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering an insightful story of the technology industry by showcasing the very people creating it. Our mission is simple: to discover, cover and connect you with vetted technology resources in the Southern California ecosystem and beyond. A pioneer in live Web television, TechZulu engages millions of viewers through real time reporting at conferences and its weekly news show, TechZulu Live. TechZulu also offers production services for conferences and events, and runs the Spotlight Series highlighting promising new technologies. Final Friday


Technori is building the starter community through curated events and a passionate network


Startup World is a global competition started by Hermione Way and Erick Davidson to find the world’s most innovative startups. While most media is currently focusing on Silicon Valley, we want to shine a light on entrepreneurs in emerging markets.


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead.


Tech Cocktail is a media company focused on better connecting, educating and amplifying the start-up technology community and showcasing the latest tech innovations. Tech Cocktail is aimed at helping build and strengthen local tech start-up communities both online and off. During past mixer events we have had companies find employees, co-founders, funding and some start-ups have even been acquired. We love it when that happens. Tech Cocktail

Digital LA

Digital LA organizes networking events for online entertainment, marketing and advertising friends and professionals around entertainment, strartups, movies, TV/web series, music, video games, VFX/3D, including content creation, development, distribution, marketing and social media. Digital LA is the founder of the Silicon Beach Fest, a biannual startup entertainment conference

Social Media Club of LA

Social Media Club Los Angeles designs monthly educational networking events focused on new and emerging social media trends and tools for business, case studies, and best practices. We strive to bring in speakers and hold interactive sessions and workshops useful to social media newbies and experts alike.

WordPress 10th Anniversary Mega Party

I’m a member of SoCal WordPress group in LA, and yesterday I carpooled to the Huntington Beach gathering for WordPress 10th Anniversary with Noel Saw and Crystal Ehrlich.WP The night is young

What do I know about WordPress? I’m a  blogger and I have five blogs and one website all on WordPress. When I discovered WP, I was fascinated how easy it was to start my own blog and use customized themes and features. Today you can Do It and Maintain It Yourself instead of paying someone to do it for you. As the organizer of Santa Monica New Tech I praise WP as a great tool for entrepreneurs to create a mock up of their MVP (usually a landing page a10 years T-shirtnd a blog post).

Finally technology is available for non-techies and empowers them to be creative!

From Wikipedia: “WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL which runs on a Web hosting service. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, powering over 60 million websites worldwide”.

I had no expectations about this party, all I knew is that WordPress is turning 10! I signed up to attend this event on Facebook page and Meetup page With no traffic in about 30 minutes we got to Zeek Interactive hosting the OC party for WInland Warrior #WP10 Veriousordpress 10th Anniversary. Over the next 3 hours there were about 60-70 people celebrating with Mexican food buffet style, margaritas, beer and live feed of #WP10 Tweets. My picture was taken by Kevin @hbeach at the beginning of the event and I saw it immediately on the wall.MarinaWP10

I learned there are at least 12 WP Meetup groups in South California, and I met almost all of the organizers of those groups at this party: San Diego – Chris Lema, SoCal – Natalie and Noel, Inland Empire – Verious, Pasadena – Alex,  Orange County – Steve, Topanga – Lucy. I was told that usually 40-50 people come to the average meeting, and about 100 to Santa Monica events.

SoCal WP LeadersIt was great to talk to people and hear why they love WordPress. Developers, bloggers, UX and graphic designers and consultants. The culmination of the night was the blue pinata unicorn that gave sweets to all attendees. When I came home, I did more research on WP groups: SoCal is the 7th largest WP Meetup with 1301 members in the US after NYC with 2716, Boston, SF,  Dallas, Austin and DC, not counting other WP groups in the country.

Then this morning I was cWP10cakeSeattleurious to find my own picture taken yesterday at the event. I went to I clicked about 110 times “Load More” before I found it and what I saw while clicking amazed me.

If WordPress was a child, it would be the most loved and celebrated child in the world. At least yesterday. Hundreds of parties were thrown in its honor around the world: Tokyo, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Switzerland, Austria, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico, Mongolia, Buenos Aires, London, etc. and of course in the US: Boston, SF, LA, Texas, Sacramento, Seattle, NY,  Houston, Orlando, and many more locations!

I wowed at WordPress art : custom made cakes with beautiful designs like the one from Seattle. People were sending pictures and messages full of love and adoration: “I Love @Wordpress happiness #WP10” @jcvalencia10.WP10hashcount

I decided to count hashtags #WP10 at about 12:45PM PST on May 28, 2013. There were about ~1500 proper hashtags, never mind pics and messages that were not tagged by hashtags.

I’m truly impressed with what WP achieved in just 10 years. In the next 10 years it will unite more people of different races, religions and nationalities and become more plug-in friendly. WordPress is a great example of technology bringing peace to humankind. Thank you, WP,  and keep up good work!

TZ Tech Crawl in Santa Monica

Tonight Tech Zulu organized a tour of some of the hottest Silicon Beach companies. I didn’t go, but I think it is a great idea:

Why not stop by for a quick beer, game, snack or just say hi at one of the many Silicon Beach tech companies from 6pm to 11pm?  Have a free beer or beverage, drop off a resume, see the office space or just kick back.

Starting Point

Swing by Cross Campus (820 Broadway, Santa Monica CA) to pickup your name tags. The first wave of crawlers will begin promptly at 6pm, be there early to pickup your name tags.tztechcrawl2013

  • Cross Campus 6pm
  • Vokely 6:25pm
  • Handmade Mobile & Somo 6:50pm
  • Stubbs Alderton & Markiles & Splash 7:15pm
  • CallFire 7:35pm
  • GumGum & Surf Air 8:55pm
  • Real Office Centers (ROC) 9:15pm


It’s like a bar crawl, but featuring tech companies instead of bars. Each participating business will open its office for the duration of the crawl, giving you a chance to see where the magic happens and meet the team in an informal setting.


How often do you get to go behind the scenes at a company and experience where the work is done? Whether you’re a networked entrepreneur or just finding your way in the LA tech scene, TZ Tech Crawls give you a fun way to discover new things about the community and each other.


Thursday, May 23, 6-11pm PT. The Crawl happens in waves with team leaders escorting groups from the first venue every 30 minutes, so you can arrive after 6pm and still enjoy the full experience.

Tech Crawl Venues

Cross CampusVokelyGumGumReal Office CentersHandmade mobileSomoSurf AirStubbs Alderton & MarkilesCallFireSplash 

SponsorsInternapCriterion Law GroupGonnaBeFalcon

Fireside Chat with Babak Nivi

Fireside Chat May 2013Another great event Fireside chat with AngelList and VentureHacks co-founder Babak Nivi was hosted by Jason Nazar, the Co-Founder and CEO of, on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 6:30pm at Shutters on the Beach Hotel, 1 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401.

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This event is #37 in the series of events dubbed as Startups Uncensored. This month’s guest of the fireside chat was Babak Nivi, who is the co-founder and President of AngelList and Venture Hacks, Good advice for startups. He has worked at VC firms including Bessemer and worked with startups that are backed by Sequoia and Benchmark. He has 2 patents and is a graduate of MIT.

The interview was very refreshing as Babak has a great sense of humor. He said that the best decisions he made when he was 25 were to drop out of PhD program and move to San Francisco. His company has 13 employees and was funded by Kauffman foundation. His company aspires to become Craigslist for startups, talent, incubators,  and become wildly profitable. He said that he thinks that every startup’s mission should be to change the world. During Q&A session, he said that there is no need to join the incubator if you know what you are doing. Usually to get investors you need either traction, pedigrees or demo that would vow everyone. For MVP you don’t’ need to spend a lot of money, just a Wufoo form and a blog post would do it.
I met several local startup founders at this event, like Kuyam, CampusExplorer and other ones. Next month’s event will be on June 19, 2013 with Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk.

LA Google i/o

The 6th Annual Google i/o conference was attended by 6,000 people and its keynote was watched on youtube by 1mln people!  40,000 people were watching  it at viewing parties, and one of them with 300+ people took place at Google I/O Extended at Google Los Angeles Venice office. The event was free of charge.

There were many interesting updates and new technology uncovered in music, video, eCommerce, etc.Google Venice event

Google + released 41 new features, and more importantly new user friendly design with related hashtags and more recommendation when you flip the card. Image analysis goes deeper and you can slide to other content.

Pictures. Your darkroom is now a data center. New features: Cloud band photo, Google picks the best pics, Add a landmark recognition, SmiGoogle demo 2le recognition, Bigger pics on G+, Enhancing, Backup, Highlight, Enhance, Awesome, Collage, Make them all smile

The end of search as we know it.
You ask computer and it will answer. Answer, converse and anticipate. Knowledge graphs, more languages, even more answers.
Conversational search and hot wording are coming to Chrome  plus voice reminders. (World brain is almost here!)

MapsGoogle demo
50 countries street views, even Great Barrier Reef. Local data, base maps, imagery, street view
3D more exploration and ratings from my reviews, users’, friends’ and Zagat’s. Hence maps and offers, directions and navigation, with traffic incident alerts maps will gives you another route. Explore and discover!

Future of Maps
Create your own map with immersive imagery. All results are labeled on the map. Filter whats friends rated, their pics and descriptions, highlight all important places to me. Fly into a new restaurant with real 3D images inside. When you click on the street it will highlight and label all streets where to go to. Just Google demo responsiveclick, the map is the user interface. Also 3D view on the browser and pics from user uploaded photos. Integrated Google Earth and crowd sourcing.

Larry Page spoke at the end of the keynote. He said that the list of things to do is longer every day. There are many opportunities and we Google i/o LAare just scratching the surface of what is possible. Technology’s purpose is to free humans to do things we love (instead of farming and hunting in the past) and make us happiest at life. Tech is a tool. It is about problem solving and giving.
It was my first time at the Google Venice office, and it was impressive. There were people wearing Google glass. There were 3 tracks and more than 15 sessions to attend. Free food and drinks (including Kogi Korean food truck), raffles and gifts (Google T-shirt, $10 Google play card and Andru, all Android phones charger in the shape of Android), and great people to connect with! Check out new movie “The Internship” about Google coming out on June 7, 2013.

Startup Workshops

Startup WorkshopsIt was not easy to get up early, but I came to the Breakfast Un-Meeting in Santa Monica’s Panera Bread at 7:45AM. There were other like minded people who came to talk about startups. Tom Nora, the founder of Startup Workshops group, has been organizing events like this one since Jan 2012 and already has 700+ members in his group.

“Startup Workshops are startup experts helping entrepreneurial leaders achieve long term success. We provide serial entrepreneurs, financiers, startup attorneys, marketing experts and others in the startup ecosystem to network and teach best practices to early stage startup founders and those who would like to join an early stage startup”.

There were 12 early birds. Among them: John Cronise, working on his secret startup, Roni, former CEO of a fashion design company, Jose daVeiga, serial entrepreneur who worked on Klicksports; Brett Harris from Super Accelerator, Tai Greene, working on My choice app; Julio looking to join a startup, Byron bus dev formerly with Sun and T- Mobile, and other interesting people. Great conversations and connections. Thank you, Tom, for organizing it!


Our birthday party party took place on May 20, 2013 at 31Ten Lounge 6-11PM. 200 people came to celebSanta Monica New Tech Cakerate. There were free massages, happy hour prices, free vodka shots, beer pong games, bday cake, friends from La Tech happy hour, DJ, hockey game to watch and more.

Our event sponsor was “Elance is where people Work Differently™. A pioneer in today’s freelance revolution, Elance is the world’s leading platform for online work. Today over 500,000 businesses and 2 million freelancers use Elance in 170+ countries. Over 1 million freelance jobs are completed”.

SMNT party131Ten Lounge is “a great venue to have events. A beautiful indoor/outdoor Restaurant and Lounge located on the border of Santa Monica and Venice on Main Street. 31Ten serves an incredible menu from their renowned chef Michael Wilson (formerly of 5 Dudley and Wilsons). They also have a wonderful cocktail list served by an intelligent and beautiful staff. You can enjoy your evening either by a fire-pit open to the sky or on the dance floor only feet from the live DJ”.SMNT party2

La Tech Happy Hour: “Imagine if there was a place, where at one table an entrepreneur meets her next $100,000 investor. A designer meets a new client, a web developer with a great internet startup. A PHP engineer meets a charismatic founder that excites him with his vision, so much so that he can picture leaving his day job for the exhilarating experience of working tirelessly for technology stock options that could be worth millions one day”.

Santa Monica New Tech has members from all over the world: Australia,  UK, Ukraine, South Africa, China, Mexico, and other countries. Thank you all for coming and giving your feedback in person or via survey More pictures from this event:

See you at our future events!

She++ Documentary

On May 16, ROC offered an exclusive screening of “She++” documentary and a panel of female engineers.She ++

“In 2010, only 15% of computer science majors were females and 50% of girls felt that STEM was not a career path for women. These statistics inspired a few Stanford University students to produce a short film that explores the topic of women in tech. The documentary is meant to help girls feel less intimidated by coding”.

The leaders from the following organizations that support women in tech were present: DIY Girls, WITI, Girls in Tech LA, USC School of Engineering.

Panel of Female Engineers:

Melissa Bennett / Senior Software Developer / Huge

Esther Nam / Web Developer /

Mirian Avalos / CTO / County of San Bernardino, District Attorney

She ++ imageThere are more women in tech and business today than ever. Examples are Marissa Meyer from Yahoo!, Sherry Turkle from MIT and the author of “Alone Together”, Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook and the author of “Lean In”, Jennifer Pahlka from Code for America.

The majority of jobs today have technology component. And technology is about logic, which could be followed and designed by any gender. Both men and women can totally do it.

Related articles, books and blogs:

SMNT One Year Anniversary

So our birthday is#SMTBDAY May 20 coming up. It’s been a whole year of pitches, demos, great talks and networking. We will be celebrating our one year anniversary at 31Ten Lounge in Santa Monica  6:30PM -11PM on May 20, 2013.La Tech Happy Hour

Our venue 31Ten Lounge provides free massages and happy hour prices. Our friends from La Tech Happy Hour will come and celebrate with us!

Bring more friends, RSVP

Submit feedback on SMNT in person or via SurveyMonkey anonymously, and get quoted!

We will have cake, provided by our sponsor Elance.elance-logo

Elance is where people Work Differently™. A pioneer in today’s freelance revolution, Elance is the world’s leading platform for online work. Today over 500,000 businesses and 2 million freelancers use Elance in 170+ countries. Over 1 million freelance jobs are completed. Party on!

LA Founder Institute

Adeo RessiFounder Institute Session LA: Developing a vision for your Startup Idea took place at Mahalo Culver City Office on May 15, 2013. Adeo Ressi, the founder of FI, was speaking about their program for entrepreneurs right before the application process for LA starts on May 19, 2013.

About 50-70 people gathered to learn more about the program, that is available in 24 countries and 40 cities. It is a 3 months program that costs about $1000. “The Founder Institute is the World’s Largest Startup Accelerator, with a mission to “Globalize Silicon Valley” and help founders build enduring technology companies. Through our part-time entrepreneur training program, you can launch a company with guidance and feedback from experienced startup CEOs – while not being required to quit your job”.

Adeo Ressi introduced his framework.Founer Institue pitch

What is your idea? Can your idea Change 1 mil lives? Can you employ 500 people? Can you run it over 20 years?

Why you? Self-reflection, life narrative, happiness

What is the need? Real demand, customer pain, revenue potential

What is the insight? Unique solution, supports growth, culture – spend time thinking and researching

Validation. Be ready to think about ways to kill your idea if not validated.

So pitch in 1 min: your narrative, your pain or passion, the business, a unique insight and validation. Several people from the audience got up and pitched: online database animal shelters, hackers hacking at resorts worldwide and some other ideas. The LA 3 months Program is Jun 03, ’13 – Sep 09, ’13.