Some people have an uncanny way of always putting themselves in circles of people that are on the next big frontier. They don’t push their way in and they don’t coast their way in. They just wouldn’t feel at home in any other sort of crowd.
These are the Digerati, and they are the frontier.
This past Sunday evening, Kevin Winston, CEO of Digital LA, brought together a unique and intimate group of Los Angeles influencers to The Beverly Hilton for the inaugural Digital LA|Digerati Awards. Winston said,
“This is LA’s first awards show recognizing digital leaders across industry, who exemplified excellence in digital over the past year, and giving back to LA’s tech community.”
Even though the soirée took place right smack dab in the middle of LA’s overbearing Awards Season, there was more modesty and grace present than there was pomp and circumstance. The much spotlighted hotel remained quiet and calm with Oscar Sunday only a week away. Not a creature was stirring. (Not even a Lohan, a celebrity-housewife, or a mouse.) The guests, out of context, could have been mistaken for a family gathering near Thanksgiving time.
From left to right: Patrick O’Neill (olloclip), Clark Landry (SHIFT), Cat Mangan (Digihaute), and Kevin Winston (Digital LA).
2013 Entrepreneur of the Year, Digerati Award Winner, and CEO of olloclip, Patrick O’Neill, said,
“I didn’t know I was an ‘entrepreneur.’ I was just someone who gets s**t done.”
And with that articulation, O’Neill hit yet another home run. No matter how many awards, rewards, dividends, or accolades we do or don’t get as entrepreneurs, we’ll still wake up in the morning and continue to get s**t done.
Sometimes it’s really pretty and charming like last Sunday evening at The Beverly Hilton. Sometimes – not so much.
Winston is one of those people that has an uncanny way of always putting himself in circles of people that are on the next big frontier. He doesn’t push. He doesn’t coast. And none of us would feel as at home in Los Angeles with any other sort of crowd.
Please check back over the next week for more interviews and coverage from other influencers at the Digerati Awards Celebration that we met or reconnected with.
Who are you looking forward to watching disrupt the LA Digital scene in 2014?