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TwiistUp 5: More Than Just Sexy Tech Stuff

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Some TwiistUp 5 goodness. Photo courtesy the great Emily Lerman/LAist.

For a guy as lazy as I am, there’s only a certain number of phrases that will really get me off the couch. I mean, I can get a cheeseburger delivered to my apartment if I really want, and anything not in arm’s reach can either be gotten by stick, or isn’t worth your trouble in the first place. I’m not exactly what you’d call ‘motivated’. However, words like ‘tech’ and ‘Kogi BBQ’ will get my ears to perk up. By the time you add ‘free booze’ to that string, I’m almost done putting on a pair of pants for the first time in weeks. And if you can manage to wheeze out ‘secret airplane hangar in Santa Monica’ before I put a gun to your head and make you drive me there, you certainly are one fast talker.

And more than likely, Mr. Speedy Lips, you’re talking about TwiistUp, the tech start-up shindigs that have been taking over the LA landscape. As it is now, Los Angeles has been experiencing about one-point-twenty-one gigawatts of hype as the new start-up central for all things sweetly technological. In other words, Cupertino and the rest of the Silicon Valley can cram it with digital walnuts, because LA techsters not only know what they like, they know how to create what they don’t have yet. And that is sort of what TwiistUp is built on, and why it flourishes. Luckily this month’s TwiistUp 5 was no exception.

TwiistUp founder Mike Macadaan saw a need for a compu-heavy convention here in our fair city, but minus the suits and LARPing, and plus a lot of venture capitalists, food, and booze. How Mike has been able to so successfully merge the nerd and the drunk in all of us is still a bit of a mystery, but like the Korean BBQ and tortillas that made TwiistUp 5’s Kogi BBQ such a hit...it just works.