The pandemic was a catalyst
for people moving from
San Francisco, New York
and other tech hubs.
With people from all over the
world, Los Angeles has the
unique ability to help startups
make international connections.
Under the glow of Hollywood,
people in Los Angeles are
quick to socialize, connect,
and try new ideas.
chooses big jobs
While the city is producing
great talent, convincing them
to join a startup over a
high-paying job isn’t easy.
"It was really hard to hire for certain positions in our Camarillo office or Thousand Oaks office. It made sense to keep operations open here in L.A. The talent pool is great."
With world-class universities and a desirable location for young professionals, Los Angeles has a vibrant pool of tech talent.
"One of the most attractive things about Los Angeles is the number of people from different nations, all speaking different languages. It’s an international city. It helps the growth of any business dealing not only in the United States but also abroad."
People flock to Los Angeles for the business climate, weather, and vibrant entertainment industry. That international vibe is a valuable differentiator for startups hoping to break into markets abroad or diversify their workforce.
and Incubator Network
"Of course fundraising is going to be probably the number one challenge, but the next is building a customer pipeline, and a lot of that starts with partner relationships. I always encourage startups to look to incubators and accelerator programs for support."
If startups in Los Angeles are looking for mentorship or know-how, there are incubators and accelerators. With a wide variety of programs, there are plenty of chances to cultivate strong connections with investors, corporate partners, and experts.
Big Jobs Over Startups
"In L.A., oftentimes when you are competing for tech talent, you are competing against companies like Google or Facebook either locally or in the Bay Area for jobs that are higher paid. We’re getting better at it, but it's always been a little tough to retain our tech talent."
While the city is producing great talent, convincing them to stay isn’t easy. There are incredible opportunities with major tech titans like Google and Facebook, which have offices in the city. Or they go to San Francisco or Silicon Valley where they know the job market is.
"If you get one VC, maybe a couple others come in and join. That happens a lot. It’s not a pro or con, just a different way of working. In San Francisco, one VC has enough money to give you a lot. But that makes L.A. more collaborative. A group of VCs making investments in one company feels more like a community that’s helping to support and lift you up."
Los Angeles investors don’t typically have the same deep pockets as investors from Silicon Valley. That means founders must find several to join a round.
in venture capital fundraising.
(Source: Q1 2021
PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor)
From March 2020 to March 2021 — the third most of any city in the United States.
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