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How can SoCal Startups Leverage Silicon Valley success?

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For our next event we’ll discuss the amazing alchemy that’s created every day in Silicon Valley, and emulated all over the world.

Why is Silicon Valley different? How have they consistently created multi-billion dollar market cap companies for over 40 years? It’s a staggering list that dwarfs any other startup ecosystem: Google, Apple, Facebook, Oracle, LinkedIn, eBay, Adobe, VMWare,, EA, Twitter, Intel, AMD, Nvidia, HP, Netflix, just to name a few. Social, Games, Computers, Apps, SaaS, E-Commerce.

We will show Silicon Valleys secret sauce highlighting technologies, ecosystems and resources unique to the area.

We will compare Silicon Valley to Southern California and show the synergies and points of leverage between the two, in order to make the So Cal startup ecosystem stronger, and also analyze L.A. area startups and determine how they can gain from Silicon Valleys momentum.

The speakers for this talk, including myself, are all Silicon Valley veterans and will discuss their own experiences and current trends there.

Tom Nora – Born and raised in Los Angeles, I have worked in Silicon Valley from the late 1980s to the present, from raw startups through IPO and large public companies. I developed my career in Silicon Valley, from sales manager to VP/COO and finally CEO and Board Director of 2 venture backed silicon valley companies. Most recently I've worked as a consultant to larger social media companies in M&A and UX/UI futures.

Byron Gutierrez - Byron is a Silicon Valley veteran of several high profile companies - T-Mobile, Sun Microsystems and Oracle. With over 20 years of experience in Software Engineering management, he has extensive understanding of of the Software Development Lifecycle, including all the disciplines beyond coding. He is now living in Los Angeles consulting to Chirp, Inc. and several other startups for their business strategies and technology roadmaps.

THE VENUE: We are meeting at ROFL CAFE on Melrose on the westside. ROFL is an amazing new restaurant in L.A. with a celebrity chef, eclectic food, very fast free wifi, killer coffee, etc. They're letting us use this space for free and offering 30% off for food, so plan to have your dinner there. And tip your waiters :)

tomnora 2020 (at) gmail


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