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The Top 50 Up-and-Comers of L.A. Tech, Per SoCal Tech Site

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Tue, Nov 19, 2013 at 2:27 PM

click to enlarge Michael Rubin sells razors - DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB
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L.A. is starting to take itself seriously as a hub for tech innovation. Seems a day doesn't go by that we don't get pitched on some new sharing-economy concept or celebrity-stalking app.

So Silicon Beach is here to stay. But with all the chatter out there, it can be hard to tell what's for real. Well, now Socaltech.com has made a solid stab at identifying the Top 50 up-and-comers in the L.A. tech scene.


The full list is here. Of course, there's Evan Spiegel, the 23-year-old CEO of Snapchat, who recently turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook. Also from the world of social media is Sean Rad of Tinder, which has been called the Pandora of hooking up.

In the e-commerce arena, the list includes Michael Dubin, the founder of Dollar Shave Club, whose YouTube ad (screenshot above) helped establish the L.A. company's dude-oriented brand. There's also Melani Gordon, whose San Diego-based Taphunter connects people with craft beer.

Gordon is one of the few women on the list -- we counted five women out of the 52 listees. So some room for improvement there.

Not on the list: Joshua Bocanegra, whose L.A.-based LoveRoom has been called the "Airbnb of attractive people." LoveRoom has been getting a lot of press recently -- most of it skeptical or dismissive. But who knows, maybe next year.

Check out the full list.

News tips: gmaddaus@laweekly.com

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