The Santa Monica Junior Chamber of Commerce is not at all what it sounds like.
I can see right through your medulla oblongata past that judgmental little breath (ahem…giggle) that you just drew. You’re thinking Sandra Dee on the beach – with a Mouseketeer sized beach ball – that just sailed over a group of preppies eating cucumber sandwiches – and jumping into the back of their parents’ Chevy Corvette.
I saw Grease, too. And Grease II. But after harboring a little adolescent prejudice of my own, I’m here to tell you that not all coalitions of young professionals have to rock popped collars and carry around matching monogrammed tote bags.
Let’s say, hypothetically that: you’re met at the door with a hug and a cold Heine, at the city’s hottest new global network campus for technology, business, and design…
Ok, screw hypothetically – that just happened.
Tonight at General Assembly: Los Angeles, The Santa Monica Jaycees hosted their monthly membership meeting, and guest, Matthew Joseph, Chief of Stuff (aka Director of Investments & Operations) at Launchpad LA.
Now when your invite basically says, “There will be cold ones and tech celebrities”…you know I’ve already called “shotgun” at the TOP of my lungs. So here are my Top 5 Takeaways from Matthew Joseph, regarding the state of LA Tech and what you thought you knew…but that you might want to recharge:
“The fear of having your idea stolen is ALWAYS misplaced…I’m always really disappointed when I see those court cases…the reality is: Every idea has been taken.”
“People will take whatever’s in front of them in the startup world…they’re going to look at your business card and get back to you.” – on networking as a service provider
“Valuations for companies are pretty consistent through an ecosystem…it’s just a function primarily of location.”
“Up north…there’s more of a pack mentality…down here it takes a little longer.” – on what remains a strong differentiating factor between Silicon Valley and Socal Tech
“Learn what it takes to get more runway.” – on the #1 deciding factor when choosing a tech accelerator or incubator program
Want to learn more? Already part of the Socal Tech Community and want to SAY more? Please leave your comments or any questions you may have for Matthew and we’ll follow up!
To request more info on membership or community involvement with the Santa Monica Jaycees, contact them directly here, or feel free to reach out to us at Digihaute and we’ll put you in touch with the powers that be.