Variety: A Who’s Who (and What’s Where) of Silicon Beach
August 7, 2013


Hundreds of companies comprise Los Angeles’ technology ecosystem, which stretches from Thousand Oaks to Diamond Bar. But Santa Monica and Venice boast the highest concentrations of businesses actively remaking the region. Some of the startups in Santa Monica and Venice, where the highest concentration of early stage tech companies currently exist in LA. 

Companies to watch: 

Santa Monica

Surf Air: A subscription-based private jet service that aims to bring back joy to flying and make short flights more convenient.

GumGum: An in-image advertising platform. A platform to help users pay down and manage student loan debt.

Eventup: The startup rents out unique venues for parties and corporate events, from historic Hollywood homes to downtown lofts.

BeachMint: A social e-commerce company, delivering fashion, jewelry and home decor through celebrity- and designer- curated verticals.

Gravity: Founded by the first chief operating officer of MySpace, Gravity seeks to personalize the Internet, focusing on the Interest Graph to learn about each user based on his or her clicks, and then delivering more content the user wants.


Snapchat: A mobile app company focused on the ephemeral, allowing users to send self-destructing photos or videos.

Giant Media: The social video distribution service focuses on helping videos and other content go viral.

Zefr: A technology company for YouTube content, focused on identifying licensed content clips on YouTube then helping to monetize the clips for the original content creators.