The mission of Innovate Los Angeles (inLA) is to promote Los Angeles County as a leading global center for innovation and entrepreneurship rooted in boundless creativity and diversity.
LA County's Innovation Economy - Resources
inLA (Innovate Los Angeles) is a private-sector initiative bringing together leaders of Los Angeles' innovation, technology and creative communities to galvanize, accelerate and promote the robust innovation ecosystem already happening in Los Angeles County.
inLA builds on the prior work of the LA Mayor's Council on Innovation and Industry, adopting a broader Los Angeles County-wide focus in partnership with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.
Frank Addante is a serial entrepreneur who has founded Rubicon Project (2007), StrongView (2002), Zondigo / acquired by Voxicom (2000), L90 / acquired by DoubleClick (1998), and Starting Point / acquired by CMGI (1996). His most recent company Rubicon Project filed for an IPO in Feb 2014, which has raised $50M of venture capital and is automating the buying and selling of advertising.
Paul Bricault is a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners in the firm's West Coast Office. He is also the co-founder of Amplify.la, an accelerator that launched in 2011 and has funded 20 companies and opened a 10,000 square foot tech campus in Venice. Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund – a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T. He founded Mailroom during his 16-year tenure at the William Morris Agency, where he served as a name of the Board of Directors in his role as Executive Vice President and Head of the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group. Paul is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California (Graduate School of Cinema-Television).
Tim Cadogan is the CEO of OpenX, a leading advertising technology company that has raised $75M venture capital. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of Global Advertising Marketplaces for Yahoo. Prior to Yahoo, Tim was at Overture Services as Vice President of Search. He started his career in consulting at The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company.
Brendon Cassidy is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Wilshire Axon, a digital product design firm. In 2011 he co-founded Elevator Labs with $20M funding from KGC Capital. Formerly he was the CTO for Virgin Digital, and a name of the technical team at Farmclub and Disney.
Randy Churchill is Cooley's SVP Business Development within the Southern California ecosystem. He has served the entrepreneurial community for over 20 years, most recently as Director of Emerging Company Services for PwC's Southern California Technology Practice. He also has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including: the Los Angeles Venture Association (past president), CleanTech LA, Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum (past chair), Los Angeles Business Technology Center, USC's Center for Technology Commercialization, SoCal Tech Group, and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation's Green Task Force.
Allen DeBevoise is the CEO and co-founder of Machinima, a digital media company that has raised $50M in venture capital and generated 2B+ video views monthly. Formerly Allen was CEO of TCI Interactive and co-founded Creative Planet. He serves as a Director of StyleHaul, DanceOn, Mitu, InDMusic, and Tubular Labs. He served as a Director of iVillage, Sportsline, Creative Planet, TMZ, HauteLook, LowerMyBills, True/Slant, and Dealer.com.
Debra Domeyer is CEO of Oversee.net, one of the largest online performance marketing networks with over 230 million monthly unique visitors. Formerly she was the CTO at Internet Brands, CIO at Pacific Gas & Electric Energy Services, and SVP Information Systems at Times Mirror. Her public sector career includes serving in the White House during the Reagan Administration.
Gil Elbaz is the founder of Factual, a new information-sharing startup that has $25M since founding in 2007. In 1998, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics, which developed contextual advertising products including ASI's AdSense. In 2003, Google acquired ASI and Gil stayed on through 2007 as the Director of Engineering for the Santa Monica office. Gil also serves on the Board of Directors of the X Prize Foundation, and is a Trustee at California Institute of Technology.
Todd Gitlin is the Managing Partner & Founder of Safire Partners, the most active executive search firm in Southern California focused on emerging growth companies. Todd has been a recognized leader in executive search since 1999 completing over 500 assignments.
David Hernand is a 20+ year corporate lawyer and Partner at leading Los Angeles law firms, and a former Managing Director of Idealab and founder/CEO of New.net. David is a founding Partner of Cooley LLP's Los Angeles office. He has been involved in many of the most significant technology company M&A transactions and investment transactions in Southern California.
Krisztina 'Z' Holly is a regular contributor to Forbes, a consultant and board name, council chair for the World Economic Forum, and an advisor to the Obama administration in innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2009 she created the first ever TEDx event, TEDxUSC, which so far has inspired over 6,500 similar events globally. Most recently she served as Vice Provost for Innovation at USC and founding Executive Director of two university centers for innovation - the MIT Deshpande Center and USC Stevens Center - which have launched 39 funded startups and helped expand the innovation ecosystems in Boston and LA through engagement of hundreds of faculty, students, VCs, and entrepreneurs. Prior to MIT she was Co-founder of Stylus Innovation (acquired by Artisoft), and an early employee at Direct Hit Technologies (acquired by Ask Jeeves).
Mike Jones is CEO of Science Inc, and incubator with $50M in funding. Most recently Mike served as the CEO of Myspace until selling the business to SpecificMedia on behalf of NewsCorp. A serial Internet entrepreneur, Mike has founded Userplane (acquired by AOL) and Tsavo Media (acquired by Cyberplex). As an active early stage investor, Mike has personally invested in over 30 startup businesses including Dollar Shave Club, DogVacay, GumGum, EverySignal, Gobbler, and Adly. Some of his previous investor or board positions include Docstoc (acquired by Intuit), Goodreads (acquired by Amazon), Movoxx (acquired by Adenyo), PeopleMedia (acquired by Match.com), and Brizzly (acquired by AOL).
Scott Lahman is the Co-founder and CEO of textPlus, a leading mobile company that has raised $50m in venture capital. Prior to textPlus, Scott was Co-founder and President of JAMDAT Mobile, which had a successful IPO and was acquired by Electronic Arts for $680 million. Post acquisition, Scott was Vice President of Mobile for Electronic Arts. Prior to JAMDAT, Scott joined Activision in 1994 as one of the first employees in an effort to restart the company.
Howard Marks is the Co-founder of StartEngine, an accelerator in Los Angeles. Prior Howard was the Founder and CEO of Acclaim Games (acquired by Playdom, and then Disney), and Founder and CEO of eMind (acquired by Kaplan). From 1991 until 1997, he was the co-founder of Activision and Chairman of Activision Studios.
Jim McDermott is a Managing Director at US Renewables Group, founded in 2003 and has over $750 million of capital under management to invest in the renewable power, biofuels, and renewable infrastructure sectors. USRG has made 23 diversified investments across three investment funds. USRG has offices in Los Angeles and New York. Prior to USRG Jim founded and was CEO of three start-ups: Stamps.com, Spoke Software, and Archive. He has also served as a Board name of Practice Technologies, NanoH2O, and OH Energy.
Adam Miller is the founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand, which went public in 2011 and has over $3B in market capitalization. Since starting the company in 1999, Miller has led Cornerstone through nearly 14 years of consecutive growth, transforming it into one of the world's leading SaaS companies.
Sean Moriarty is the CEO of Saatchi Art, and former CEO of Ticketmaster. He is also on the Board of Directors of Eventbrite, uSamp and Triton Media Group, TuneIn, and Metacloud. Previously he served as a Board Director at Freedom Communication, iLike, and Points.com.
Jimmy O'Mahony is the former CEO for global markets Saatchi & Saatchi. He has worked with many of the world's leading brands including: Lexus, Procter & Gamble, Mead Johnson, Novartis, Fox, Sony, and Ericsson. He has also served at the CEO of Ainsworth Game Technology and Lion Nathan.
Kamran is the co-founder and former CEO of PriceGrabber, which was acquired by Experian for $485M in 2005. He has also served on the board of directors at LegalZoom, Docstoc, and Oversee.net. Kamran is an active investor in many local startups including: Docstoc, ShoeDazzle and the Honest Company. In 2008, he founded Bestcovery.com where he serves as the CEO.
Eric Pulier has raised $700M for ventures he has founded including Media Platform, SOA Software, Desktone (acquired by VMWare), ServiceMesh (acquired by CSC), and Digital Evolution (merged with US Interactive).
Robin Richards is the Co-founder and CEO of CareerArc. Previously, he was CEO of The NTI Group (acquired by Blackboard), CEO of Vivendi Universal Net USA, the President of MP3.com, Managing Director at Tickets.com, and Founder and CEO of Lexi International (acquired by Thayer Capital). He is a name of several boards, including LASEC (Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission), University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, RevolutionPrep, and Adly.
Tara is the President of the Goldhirsh Foundation, which launched the LA2050 Campaign in 2012. Previously, she was the founding COO at GOOD. Tara began her career in marketing and business development for NBCInternet and Infoseek. She has worked with organizations such as Participant Media, Fifteen Foundation, and the New Schools Venture Fund.
Mark Suster is the General Partner at Upfront Ventures, one of the most active venture funds headquartered in Los Angeles. His investments include: Maker Studios, Invoca, Adly, Epoxy, Awe.sm, Burstly, Pose, GumGum, TextPlus, DataSift, MyTime, Gravity (acquired by AOL), and Moonfrye. He also founded LaunchpadLA, one of the most active accelerators in the region with 50 companies completing their program since 2010. Prior to Upfront Ventures, Mark founded two companies Koral (acquired by Salesforce.com) and BuildOnline (acquired by SWORD Group). Earlier in his career, Mark worked at Accenture in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Jake Winebaum is the Co-founder and CEO of Brighter, a $28M venture backed healthcare marketplace. Before founding Brighter, Jake served as CEO and Founder of Business.com, which RH Donnelley acquired for in 2007 for $345M. Business.com was one of the successful companies launched by eCompanies, the privately held incubator founded by Jake and Sky Dayton. eCompanies launched several other successful companies, including JAMDAT Mobile (IPO, then acquired by EA for $680M), Boingo Wireless (IPO), and USBX (acquired by Imperial Capital). Prior to eCompanies Jake served as Chairman of the Disney Internet Group, which acquired FamilyFun Magazine that Jake founded.
Bill Woodward is the Managing Director of Anthem Venture Partners, one of Southern California's leading venture capital firms. He has founded multiple businesses in the technology space with over $3B of exits including including Paracomp, which became MacroMedia. He has been part of many successful companies including Launch Media (acquired by Yahoo), MySpace (acquired by NewCorp), Nevenvision (acquired by Goolge), Cognet (acquired by Intel), Demand Media (IPO), Android (acquired by Google), Neven Vision (acquired by Google), TrueCar, Scopely, Spin Media, SurfAir, Beachmint, Blurb and various others.
Zack Zalon is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Wilshire Axon, a digital product design firm. In 2011 he co-founded Elevator Labs with $20M funding from KGC Capital. Formerly he was the President of Virgin Digital and President of The Factory Network.