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For all of you in the early stages of building a startup, a friendly reminder from our friends at Techstars – applications for the NYC Summer and Seattle Fall sessions are closing shortly. Fantastic opportunity, and I’d highly recommend checking it out further.

As always, we’d love to hear your feedback. Feel free to ping me at or @mattdsandler.

– Matt

LA StartupDigest is curated by:
Matt Sandler – Founder, Chromatik Music

Andrew Skotzko – Director of Marketing, Namesake

What’s Going on in the LA Startup Community

Tech Coast Angels with Zao Yang (Free)
When: Monday, May 23rd – 5pm
Where: Live Online Event

Entrepreneur Zao Yang (co-founder of MyMiniLife and Betterworks) will share his insights on “How to Build a User Base; Reaching the Critical One Million Mark.”

Poker Startups #7 (Free)
When: Monday, May 23rd – 7pm
Where: NextSpace – 9415 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA

RSVP for a poker night with fellow LA startup folks.

VC in the OC ($195)
When: Tuesday, May 24th – 7:30am
Where: Hyatt Regency Irvine – 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA

OCTANe presents its signature event, highlighting panels and interactive discussions on the VC and investment environment. Mark Stevens (Sequoia Capital) and William Wang (VIZIO) will be the featured speakers.

Tech Cocktail ($15)
When: Tuesday, May 24th – 6:30pm
Where: SOUTH – 3001 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

Come for a night of demos and mingling with LA entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.

Vator Splash LA (30% off with “Startup30”)
When: Thursday, May 26th – 4pm
Where: The Highlands Hollywood – 6801 Hollywood Blvd, Suite 433, Los Angeles, CA

The Splash event, hosted by Vator, is a celebration of entrepreneurship. Panelists include Sean Colo (Demand Media), Zorik Gordon (ReachLocal), Dana Settle (Greycroft), David Travers (Rustic Canyon Partners), and more.

Top Upcoming LA Startup Events

June 1: StartupToStartup

June 4: XAPFest
June 11: Caltech Enterprise Forum – Crowdsourcing
August 19: Biz2Beach


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