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LA Tech & Venture Landscape
Mark Suster
2
Silicon Valley dominated the infrastructure phase of the Internet.
In effect, they built the roads, bridges and airports...
3
The “Application Layer” (Three C’s) of the Internet favors cities like LA:
Content, Commerce & Communications
Personal c...
4
The Internet is largely becoming a video platform.
Content Commerce Communication
<30 minutes / day 5.3 hours / day
Past...
5
Many of the best video startups in the country
are being built in Los Angeles.
• Writers
• Directors
• Actors
• Special ...
Content development
companies are becoming
increasingly valuable
6
Content has become incredibly valuable as distributors ...
43M
31M
100M
13M
55M
7
LA has become a powerhouse in games. Several hundred millionaires will
help create the next wave of...
8
Virtual Reality
VR/AR are in the first inning but LA will be a leading player in what will be a
dominant computing platf...
9
LA knows how to create consumer brands and has the celebrities to promote
them.
Historic Brands Internet Brands
Content ...
Past
Generation X
1.4B
10
LA owns how the next generation of people communicate and meet with
each other.
CommerceContent
...
11
The “Snapchat Effect” of a public Internet company
in Los Angeles will be enormous.
Attracting talent
to Los Angeles
M&...
12
Venture in LA
13
LA is #3 largest tech ecosystem in the US…
Bay Area New York Greater Northwest Boston Chicago Austin DC Colorado
12%
2%...
14
…and is among the fastest growing.
Greater Northwest Chicago New York DC Boston Bay Area Colorado Austin
5.3%
3.8%3.9%4...
15
LA’s venture community has never been stronger and is growing rapidly.
[
16
LA has done great at funding early-stage innovation. Increasingly we should
also develop some late-stage local fundin...
17
LA advantages
18
Greater LA has more top 25 engineering schools than anywhere else in the
country.
Source: US News & World Report, Accre...
19
Greater
Boston
Bay Area
New York
10,945
6,811
7,561
9,862
Los Angeles
Sources: US News & World Report, Accreditation Bo...
20
LA has an affordability advantage over SF or NYC…
Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living In...
21
…and a clear weather and lifestyle bonus.
Pleasant days: Days with (1) mean temperature between 55° F and 75° F, (2) mi...
22
LA has infrastructure advantages in trade and population.
of top 10 major ports in the US
3
$460B
import / exports per ...
23
LA has always been an entrepreneurial city
Greater
Miami
SF
Houston
NYC
Atlanta
Phoenix
Riverside
Dallas
Seattle
DC
Bos...
24
Fast growing tech ecosystem
The future is sunny in LA.
Growing venture capital community
Content, Commerce, Communicati...
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Final LA tech and venture landscape

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A 2016 overview of the technology & venture capital industries in Los Angeles presented by Mark Suster, Managing Partner of Upfront Ventures for the Mayor's LP / VC Summit.

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Final LA tech and venture landscape

  1. LA Tech & Venture Landscape Mark Suster
  2. 2 Silicon Valley dominated the infrastructure phase of the Internet. In effect, they built the roads, bridges and airports required for trade. Infrastructure Servers, Switches, Routers, Databases, Browsers, Search
  3. 3 The “Application Layer” (Three C’s) of the Internet favors cities like LA: Content, Commerce & Communications Personal computing Telecommunications Open source software Scalable computing & storage Application Layer Content Commerce Communication Infrastructure
  4. 4 The Internet is largely becoming a video platform. Content Commerce Communication <30 minutes / day 5.3 hours / day Past: Text Present: Video & Games Future: Augmented & Virtual Reality
  5. 5 Many of the best video startups in the country are being built in Los Angeles. • Writers • Directors • Actors • Special effects • Sound • Stages • Costumes • Make-up • Talent • Creator tools VerticalBroad Content Commerce Communication
  6. Content development companies are becoming increasingly valuable 6 Content has become incredibly valuable as distributors compete for exclusive media. • OTT • Mobile Video • Web Content Distribution Content Commerce Communication
  7. 43M 31M 100M 13M 55M 7 LA has become a powerhouse in games. Several hundred millionaires will help create the next wave of innovation. $1.6B 2015 revenues $Bn++ Valuation when acquired by Tencent Monthly Active Players Viewers of 2016 Finals Source: Forbes, Fortune Content Commerce Communication
  8. 8 Virtual Reality VR/AR are in the first inning but LA will be a leading player in what will be a dominant computing platform in 5-10 years. The same skills that led video startups to LA are the basis for VR successes Content Commerce Communication
  9. 9 LA knows how to create consumer brands and has the celebrities to promote them. Historic Brands Internet Brands Content Commerce Communication
  10. Past Generation X 1.4B 10 LA owns how the next generation of people communicate and meet with each other. CommerceContent Millennials & Generation Z 410M Snaps per Day 71% of Users are < 25 yo 150M Daily Active Users 83% of Users are < 34 yo 35min per Day In- App by DAUs Swipes per Day Source: “Snapchat’s Daily Active User Count has Surpassed a New Mile Stone” Kia Kokalitcheva, Fortune 9/26/16 Source: “How Snapchat Demographics are Surprising Shifting in 2016” MediaKix Source: Tinder Source: “Tinder Forecasts Rise in Paid Subscribers, Ad Revenue” AdAge, 6/3/2016 Source: “Research says 30% of Tinder Users are Married” Stuart Dredge, Business Insider, 5/7/15 Communication
  11. 11 The “Snapchat Effect” of a public Internet company in Los Angeles will be enormous. Attracting talent to Los Angeles M&A and Biz Dev Many millionaire angels Future founders post IPO CommerceContent Communication
  12. 12 Venture in LA
  13. 13 LA is #3 largest tech ecosystem in the US… Bay Area New York Greater Northwest Boston Chicago Austin DC Colorado 12% 2%2%2%3%4%4% 14% 24% Los Angeles Source: AngelList – startup companies by region as of July 31, 2014. Note: SoCal includes LA (69%), San Diego (15%) , Orange County (9%), and other areas (6%), Northwest includes Oregon & Washington. Silicon Valley includes San Francisco & Bay Area.
  14. 14 …and is among the fastest growing. Greater Northwest Chicago New York DC Boston Bay Area Colorado Austin 5.3% 3.8%3.9%4%4.1% 4.4%4.5%4.6%4.7% Los Angeles Source: AngellList – startup companies by region by month. Note: Compound monthly growth rate of new startups by region from Jan 2014 to June 2014
  15. 15 LA’s venture community has never been stronger and is growing rapidly.
  16. [ 16 LA has done great at funding early-stage innovation. Increasingly we should also develop some late-stage local funding sources. Source: CBInsights Seed Series A Series B Late Stage [ ] ]Los Angeles Funds Bay Area Funds
  17. 17 LA advantages
  18. 18 Greater LA has more top 25 engineering schools than anywhere else in the country. Source: US News & World Report, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); Includes graduate universities within 150 miles of metropolitan area
  19. 19 Greater Boston Bay Area New York 10,945 6,811 7,561 9,862 Los Angeles Sources: US News & World Report, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); Includes graduate universities within 150 miles of metropolitan area And Greater LA graduates more engineers than anywhere else in the country. Engineering Graduate Enrollment
  20. 20 LA has an affordability advantage over SF or NYC… Source: Council for Community and Economic Research Cost of Living Index (via bankrate.com Cost of Living Calculator) Los Angeles San Francisco New York $162K $126K $100K equivalent income equivalent income
  21. 21 …and a clear weather and lifestyle bonus. Pleasant days: Days with (1) mean temperature between 55° F and 75° F, (2) minimumtemperature above 45° F, (3) maximum temperature below 85° F, and (4) no significant precipitation or snow depth Source: Kelly Norton, Kellegous.com “The Pleasant Places to Live” graphic & analysis using NOAA data
  22. 22 LA has infrastructure advantages in trade and population. of top 10 major ports in the US 3 $460B import / exports per year most populous city #2 18.7M Greater LA population Trade Population Source: Kyser Center for Economic Research International Trade Outlook – Los Angeles County 2016-2017, United States Census Bureau: Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Combined Statistical Area, Estimate as of July 1, 2015
  23. 23 LA has always been an entrepreneurial city Greater Miami SF Houston NYC Atlanta Phoenix Riverside Dallas Seattle DC Boston Chicago Philadelphia Detroit 530 190200200 240240 290 310 350360360360 400 440 490 LosAngeles Source: Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, April 2014 Entrepreneurs per 100,000 People
  24. 24 Fast growing tech ecosystem The future is sunny in LA. Growing venture capital community Content, Commerce, Communications Talent + Lifestyle
  25. Thank you

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