LA's Tech Scene to Hold a 'Digital' Family Reunion
On Thursday night, close to a thousand LA Tech scenesters are expected to join together for the first Digital Family Reunion at the Skirball Center. It's an important event that recognizes that Los Angeles, just like Silicon Valley, is a technology and internet hub. "The event will bring together a wide variety of voices who have helped carve the path for Los Angeles’ emergence as a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship," explains co-host Jennifer Fader.
Veterans of the local tech scene will be happy to know that Digital Family Reunion comes in the tradition of the Venice Interactive Community aka VIC.
"VIC was THE largest interacitve web technology networking outfit during the dot com boom that peaked in 2002 with about 80 events that year with nearly 10,000 members and 30,000 on their mailing list," co-producer Kurt Daradics wrote in an e-mail to LAist. "It was founded in the mid 90's by Brad Nye and folks like Tony Winders (current VP. Marketing at Value Click Media) and Mark Jeffrey (CTO at Mahalo.com) we on the VIC board of directors. Prior to VIC there was an outfit called LawNMoweR (yes that's the spelling) that long time LA tech entreprenuer Jim Jonnason founded...so the DFR is bridging the generations of tech entreprenuers in Southern California..."