Hometown: Eagle Rock, CA
June 4, 2014
Eagle Rock, at the edge of NELA city-wise, and in the heart of NELA county-wise.
I prefer local-first startups to more ephemeral "cloudy" service plays, partly because I find their interface design optimizations more interesting.
We actually have a working public transportation system here now, while the west side is at least a couple years away from experiencing that leap in government-citizen interface design.
NELA is the best place to be right now. We're currently first in tourism brand recognition, real estate value growth, and new startup investment! Now if only we could get the city governments to work for us instead kowtowing to the stale old incumbents, it would be perfect here.
20 years in LA technology, 12 making AAA video games, and a few in web services and other interfaces. I far prefer NELA to all parts west.