Monday, December 16, 2013

Digital Family Reunion 2013

Digital Family Reunion 2013 at Skirball Cultural Center

On Wednesday night, the Digital Family Reunion held their 6th annual holiday party at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and celebrated the inaugural socalTECH 50, a list of emerging "up-and-comers" in the Southern California tech ecosystem, boasting founders from some of the heaviest-hitting startups our region has to offer.

From Snapchat's Evan Spiegel to Jordi Munoz CTO of aerial drone maker 3D Robotics and #girlboss Sophia Amoruso founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, the list celebrates a new generation of leaders, many young entrepreneurs, who are disrupting technology innovation from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

DFR co-founder and host, Brad Nye, founder and CEO of WeVu, a platform that will bring "cinema to the people," took the stage with the other three DFR co-founders, Kurt Daradics, David Leighton, and Tony Winders, along with founder and editor, Ben Kuo.

Together, they recognized a long-time veteran, host of Business Rockstars on CBS Radio, Ken Rutkowski, who received a 2013 Digital Family Outstanding Achievement Honor.

Beyond the socalTECH 50, the Digital Family Reunion brought together key players and entrepreneurs in Silicon Beach and throughout Southern California. 

Here's Alaia Williams founder of One Organized Business and the producer of the At the Helm: Women in Biz and The Entrepreneur Connection community with Stephanie Michele founder of conversation starter and social workflow system, SocialBling above.

Here's Efren Toscano founder of TechZulu, who's behind the tech crawls in Venice, Santa Monica,
and Hollywood, with Robert Lambert founder of Silicon Beach LA behind the Weekly Unwind.

Here's Amanda Coolong founding partner of TechZulu, who was on the selection committee for the socalTECH 50, with Peter Johnson of Context & Narrative above.

Here's Priscilla Vento, founder and CEO of fashion and tech PR agency, 30 Miles North with Aaron Buchanan of Ignition Creative above, and entertainment reporter for EpixHD and GameSpotSimone Boyce below.

Here's the team at IT infrastructure solutions provider, Internap, above and Heidi the Director of Marketing at business law firm, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, who represents tech startups, like Skype and Rdio, and also provides programs supporting startups through their Preccelerator Program

Here's John Trefry, founder and CEO of 4WT Media, with Silicon Beach LA founder Robert Lambert

Social media marketing and PR agency, Social Radius, had copies of CSQ, or C-Suite Quarterly, on hand, and CSQ gave away a $200 gift certificate to Vietnamese-Asian fusion restaurant, Crustacean, in Beverly Hills. 

Here's another shot of Efren and Rob with Justin Sewell VP Marketing at TechZulu above, and Priscilla with Katelyn O'Shaughnessy founder of travel app for travel professionals, Tripscope, below.

Here's IP attorney Stephen from Stubbs Alderton & Markiles with the team at Demand Media, that's behind brands like and artist e-commerce marketplace, society6.

Here's Catherine Mangan from Dun & Bradstreet, the premier sponsor for the evening, with Robert Lambert

Check out more photos in the slideshow above. Did you miss the Digital Family Reunion? You can follow more coverage of #DFR13 on Facebook, Twitter, and Tag photos on Facebook here.

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