Infrastructure: Los Angeles
Forbes magazine had an article today entitled, Why Los Angeles Will Outpace Silicon Valley As The Tech Startup Capital, and I think I probably lost more brain cells reading it then drinking a dirty martini at the Varnish.
The author believes LA is gonna be bigger than Silicon Valley because of the following:
“… LA needs tech talent that is interested in entrepreneurship… And for those that need coffee shops to work out of, LA has quite a few that house world barista champions…Fantastic weather, lots of space, entertainment and media experts, and lots of tech talent means that Los Angeles is fast becoming the city of choice to run a tech startup.”
Now, I love LA and tech and everything in between. And I want Silicon Beach to be here and alive today. But if those reasons from the article are the primary drivers as to why LA is going to be bigger than Silicon Valley then…I’m not sure if we live in the same LA or know the same tech talent. Typically, I have no problem with these kinds of statements when they’re made by anyone, but I do get scared when they’re echoed by public officials.
And when Elected Officials and people running for office start talking about this Silicon Beach nonsense…then I have a real problem.
Mainly, because they should know better, and they have staffs that should do the work to know better.
Here are the couple reasons why this Silicon Beach idea, as discussed in that above article is ludicrous.
NY City has recently tried to cash into the startup culture and promoted their Silicon Alley. And recently NYC, led by the Bloomberg Administration has tried to create a culture of startup talent with the Tech College. NYC is actively trying to change the culture with the hiring of individuals like Rachel Sterne and have let her get creative. As well NYC is investing a ton of money on creating a digital city and has actually developed a blueprint on how they plan on getting there. NYC even has a strategic plan on integrating technology into the city and how people use technology when dealing with the city.
LA has done nothing like this, and still has no plans on how to do this. But this is LA, so this is what they’re planning:
I want to be clear, that I do not think Los Angeles isn’t a good place for startups.
Far from it.
LA is a great area for a DIY artist or entrepreneur can be quite successful. But to think that LA will ever rival Silicon Valley in tech start ups is just flat out bat shit crazy.