When tourists come to Los Angeles looking to see celebrities they buy a map to the stars’ homes. If you’ve come to L.A. with a great idea for a tech start-up, where do you look for someone to invest in your idea? Or, if you’re a venture capitalist wanting to invest in the technology industry, where do you look? Well, now there’s a map for these folks.
The number of tech start-ups and accelerator programs in Los Angeles and Santa Monica (aka, Silicon Beach) has been growing at an accelerated pace, and now there’s a map to track those companies – Represent.LA.
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This site displays the locations of technology-related companies throughout Los Angeles. It shows the locations of start-ups, accelerators, incubators, and investors. It also shows Coworking offices which are useful for entrepreneurs and freelancers working on a shoestring budget. For details on a company shown on the map, click its icon to display its name, a brief description and a company website.
Represent LA is the brainchild of Tara Tiger Brown. She joined up with Alex Benzer, founder of SocialEngine and Sean Bonner to bring it into reality. The goal of the map is to become a resource for the Los Angeles start-up community.
Currently the map has around 300 companies on it. The founders started off the map with information gathered from Crunchbase, SoCalTech and AngelList, but it is intended to be a community based map. Visitors are encouraged to submit information on companies they think should be included on the map.
Aside from being a great resource for those looking to launch a company or invest in one, this map is also a great aid for job hunters. For people looking to work for a small business or enjoy the fast pace environment of a start-up, Represent LA is a handy map to a hidden job market.