The Economist prepares to profile LA’s entrepreneurial scene, interviews Bill Allen

Director Luc Edwards with The Economist Group gets LAEDC CEO Bill Allen situated in Haworth’s offices at 444 S. Flower for a discussion about LA’s thriving economy

Haworth’s offices in DTLA served as a shoot location for an interview by The Economist this past month, as the media group explored the innovation and entrepreneurial tech scene in Los Angeles.  This will be part of a series called Innovation Matters which will be released in September.  LAEDC CEO Bill Allen spent time talking about LA’s talented workforce, the infusion of capital in the region with many new VC offices in the area, the innovation occurring where industries overlap — all of which is powering many new businesses.  The interview will be included in a video series about top innovation cities around the world, which will profile Paris, Tel Aviv,  Toronto and Beijing in addition to Los Angeles.

Bill Allen looks towards the Hollywood sign during filming for new content by The Economist

Director Luc Edwards was quite interested in Silicon Beach on the west side, and the AR/VR industry. Bill offered the perspective that the high tech economy is a fabric that envelops the entire region, and noted that AR/VR is just one of the new content distribution technologies that LA is driving, as LA remains the content capital of the world.

LAEDC has studied LA’s high tech economy, confirming that there are hundreds of thousands of high-tech jobs in LA County, that span across a wide range of industries from digital media and entertainment to advanced manufacturing.  That report can be viewed HERE.

Haworth’s 48th floor office furniture showroom is just upstairs from LAEDC, where Haworth generously hosted the interview

We look forward to seeing the Innovation Matters series in September!  Thanks to Luc, Aly and The Economist for coming to LA to look closer at our entrepreneurial spirit, and thanks to Heidi, April, Maggie and Julie at Haworth for the great location.


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