LA is Mecca For The Creative Class

 

It’s a strange phenomenon that Los Angeles is not always pegged as a creative city – a flaky, tree-hugging, sometimes superficial, plastic-surgery obsessed city, sure. Creative? Not so much.

You’d think that with all of these movie studios and now original content studios (Maker, AwesomenessTV, Hulu), that people would make the connection between real companies and real talent. That is CREATIVE talent. Unfortunately, L.A. is often forgotten when people think of art and creativity. (Who do they think is writing, designing, building, scoring, etc. all of these films? Even the bad ones require creativity, Michael Bay.) So while New York is known for its art scene, Memphis for its focus on music and Chicago claims the architecture prize, it turns out Los Angeles trumps them all in the sheer number of creative industry jobs it supports.

Released earlier this month, the 2015 Otis Report on the Creative Economy by Otis College of Art and Design shows that L.A. outpaces Chicago more than three times in the amount of creative industry jobs and edging out San Francisco by more than …

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A Renter’s Problem Equals a Startup’s Solution

Jonathan Eppers, RadPad’s co-founder and CEO, started the company because he was looking for an apartment. RadPad was his solution. It turned out to be a good one. It’s received $12.8M in five rounds from 19 investors, some of whom are superstars in the LA startup ecosystem, like AmplifyLA, Brian Lee, Mike Jones, and Chris Ovitz.

‘I’m 32 and one of the things I love about renting is that it’s convenient,’ Jonathan told me in a phone interview. ‘I don’t feel like I’m held down or tied down to anything.’ He describes a period about three years ago when he was in a bit of a funk. He thought a change of scenery and new apartment would do him good. But he quickly became overwhelmed with how difficult it was to find great places.

The US rental market, Jonathan told me, has grown in the past five years from 97 million renters to 108 million. New grads fresh out of school are not buying homes. They’re renting. A renter can live in a desirable neighborhood he or she could not …

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Espree Devora: We Are LA Tech

Espree Devora recently launched the first podcast focused exclusively on LA startups. The response to WeAreLATech has been wildly enthusiastic. The podcast quickly hit number two in ranking in iTunes’ New & Noteworthy category, and was featured on Product Hunt. 

It’s clear that the podcast tapped into a hunger for knowledge about the LA scene. I spoke with Espree recently about the podcast and learned about how and why she believes the LA startup scene has grown so quickly.

Read the rest of the blog on Techli: http://techli.com/2014/12/espree-devora-we-are-la-tech/#.

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