The Times gives coverage to the “L.A. Tech Party Scene” which former blogging.la contributor heathervescent is heavily involved in. The article does a bit to argue that there IS in fact a tech scene in L.A., even though it’s a lot less prominent than anything that goes on in Northern California.
In the high-tech world, Southern California is almost as cool as Silicon Valley. Heather Schlegel knows this because she goes out almost every night.
Schlegel, a chronic blogger and the owner of Purple Tornado, a West Hollywood consulting and event-planning firm, attends geek dinners, techie lunches and nerd happy hours. She was so overwhelmed by the opportunities that Purple Tornado recently created an online event calendar to help people like her keep track.
Just six months ago, “it used to be two or three events a month,” said Schlegel, who is known as Heathervescent online. “Now, there’s something almost every day.”
You can catch the full story here: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-techla11dec11,0,4902503.story?coll=la-home-center
After more than a year of organizing the g33k dinners, Heather is currently on sabbatical and Michael Lambie has stepped up to organize upcoming events for the time being. I attended the October 2007 g33k dinner and met some of the coolest, nicest, and friendliest folks. If you’re interested in joining at the next event, it’s December 18 and you can sign up at upcoming.org: http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/383895/