We are SO happy to be voted the “best place to crash” in Los Angeles by LA Weekly! This is annual publication that highlights the city’s “best of” and you can read more about why we won @ http://tinyurl.com/ol3u2cu
Today my startup, PodShare, won the popular vote after I pitched it for 5 minutes to a conference room full of investors, lawyers and entrepreneurs at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. The votes were recorded by SMS from all of the attendees in the room, and I feel so honored to have tons of women and girls come up to me and say I did a great job or want to learn more or participate in our growth. #expandpodshare
I photographed my 3rd Women 2.0 conference in San Francisco September 30 & October 1, 2014.
— StartupKid (@ElvinaBeck) September 30, 2014
Check out my photos here: Conference Day 1
Check out my photos here: Conference Day 2
Tonight I shot a creative art party for Wendy Marvel and Mark Arnon Rosen from Mechanical Flipbook
I attached my Canon EX 580 flash to the new Leica T camera – which has a touch-screen focus like the iphone.
Check out the rest on my photos on FLICKr
I met Wendy + Mark when I shot Neil Patrick Harris last Christmas time
I’ve been elected to Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council! I will represent the millennial + share- economy concerns. As an LA resident for a decade, I have lived 6 of those years in the Hollywood/Vine area. I don’t have a car so I use the city’s transportation or ride-sharing apps to get around. I own a small business and a production company. I most look forward to participating in PLUM and listening to developers and architects present their projects.
My first Crank Mob, but the last ride for the group (according to FB)
Crazy story: I never take Uber because it’s so expensive but I had to get to Westwood with my bike for the starting point and 2 lyft drivers said they did not have space for my bike, so I bit the bullet. $72 later I was there. So to make up for the cost I skipped dinner and rode from Santa Monica Pier (our next location stop) at 11:45pm to PodShare (Hollywood/Vine) which is the LONGEST bike ride I have ever had at 15.3 miles!
Facebook hosted a small business training course from 830am to 1030am @ JW Marriott – L.A. LIVE today.
Facebook has 128 million users daily.
I was just nominated and voted to represent region 5 as LA City Budget Advocate (Central Hollywood)
Here are my notes from Budget Day:
• “Democracy requires constant committee meetings” – Neighborhood empowerment. Listening to diverse stakeholders in a community and being their voice. Care for city. Volunteer. We’re lucky to get 1 out of 10 people to vote in city elections.
• Kids hang out in the public library after closing just to use the free wifi. Who will be their voice?
• Adding more hours to libraries & budgeting $1m for senior meals to most vulnerable
• Controller: $200m is paid to workers comp, mostly fire and police.
• Last year, paved 6500 miles (that’s a10 lane road from LA to NY)
• Pension tier decline in 2018 means affording more employees. $1b a year taking up budget
• Goal: Maintain 5% reserve fund
— StartupKid (@ElvinaBeck) August 16, 2014
— StartupKid (@ElvinaBeck) August 16, 2014
Chick Launcher & DLA Piper hosted an event called “Building The Right Team for Your Growing Startup” tonight. Here are my favorite bytes:
ANN LAWRENCE, Partner, DLA Piper LLP – Host & Moderator
MARTA FERRO, Chief Executive Officer, Pink51
STACEY GOLDSTEIN, Co-Founder, Lola Getts Active
GALIT LAIBOW, Founder, Foodstirs, Inc.
KEVIN McGUSHION, CEO & Founder, InkaBinka
ANN: Introduce the perspective hire to the company’s mission, office, team and then ask “what would you bring to the table?” rather than searching for a person who checks off on a list of characteristics.”
KEVIN: A’s hire A’s, B’s hire C’s.
A lot of people don’t pivot well, and lose confidence because the company changes direction. The core team must have faith in the CEO and project.
GALIT: Keep networking to find the right person! We have someone right now that keeps emailing ideas over and over and I think “will she give up?” but I think I am going to give her a chance.
KEVIN: I have mentors on my advisory board that I compensate with friendship & investors with equity. I am shameless. “Every friend I have is an investor.”
For our app the savvy investors ask, “what’s retention like? It’s not the user number but rather the download number, how long they spend using your product.