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Ocotber 2015 Theme:  Connect Person

Bennett King / KONRAD Labs
Current state of the industry for connected wearable technology

Adam Riley / Accenture Mobility Group
Perspective on large organizations implementing wearable technology

Jay Wolff / We All Count
Building a collaborative data collection platform to end homelessness

Host:  Leica Gallery Berkley Hills
March_15

March 2015 Theme :: The Future of Work

Our program this month will look at:

- Changes in how individuals wish to work - Changing nature of knowledge as it relates to business - The mindset and tools necessary create opportunity and shape the future - How organizations must now source more in-depth expertise

Sugath Warnakulasuriya PhD

Entrepreneur, Strategic Advisor, Angel Investor


Vitra Showroom, Culver City

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March 2014 Theme :: Return to Craft

There is a renaissance in local production as designers and artisans invest more in the products we enjoy. In addition to beauty, character and quality, what other factors are promoting this shift to modern crafted businesses? Currency’s program for March will feature speakers illuminating the key reasons as to why a new craftsman movement will succeed here in LA.


Shawna Dawson Founder of Artisnal LA

Max Kanter & Meg Glasser of Good Eggs

Laura Zahn of Off The Saw

Joseph Shuldiner Founder of Institute of Domestic Technology

Hosted by Gensler Architects
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February 2014 Theme :: Commercial Love

What business does commerce have meddling with our most central emotion? Is there really a relationship between consumers and brands? Is courtship evolving or collapsing? Which groups lead the culture towards new approaches to romance?

Sharon Ann Lee / CultureBrain
A Modern Sexual Revolution

Wendy Miller / Playboy TV
The Battle of the Sex

Tylor Garland / Boombang
Putting the ‘O’ back in Trojan

Location :: Maker City LA

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January 2014 Theme :: Eastern Inspiration

Asia’s rise is being felt not only economically, but also culturally around the world. What new products and services will arise as the tastes and values of ascendant Asian powers are better recognized here in the US?

Opening performance by Sasha Bayan on the sitar

James Chu // Global Branding Guru
5,000 Years New // China’s Cultural Influence

Ezekiel Wheeler // Freelance Automotive Journalist
Buick’s Remarkable Fortune in China

Host: The Great Company
October_13_morning
October 2013 ::

John Sundermeyer // Cofounder Pull Experience New Dimensions in Facsimile

Hruby McHugh // President & Co-founder Illuminode Mind Glowing Social Technologies

Ryan Oenning // Cofounder Khora Design Carving a New Opportunity for Imagery

Jung Kim // Cofounder ReDraw LA Making Beautiful What Others Discard

Host: ReDraw LA Making Beautiful What Others Discard

Sep_13_morning
Keynote: Benjamin Bidlack // Brand Architecture

Eric Glandian // CEO Zen Monkey

Mark Anderson // CEO TouchMark Guitars

Connor Johnson // Founder Would-Works

Host: OPODZ coworking space in Little Tokyo
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July 2013 ::

Keynote: Ashish Soni // Director Viterbi Student Institute for Innovation at USC.

Matthew Szymczyk // CEO Zugara

Chris Shively // Cofounder Lumawake

Raphael Farasat // Founder TRUFFL

Host: ATX by Kitchen 12000 in Atwater Village
June_13_evening
Jordan Harbinger // World Citizen Seduction within the DMZ

Spirits partner Purity Vodka.

Host: Amalgam Solid



May_13_morning
William Taylor // Founding Director Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design Enter the Profession

Jessica Carbino // resident Sociologist Three Day Rule Can the internet drive us together?

Sam Wang // Owner Akufuncture East Looks West

Gennie Rim // Principal GR Works Gallery Art plus Craft for All

Refreshments provided by Chobani and Califia Farms

Host: Gensler
April_13_morning
Brunch and networking followed by tour of The Brewery Artwalk // Host: Amalgam
March_13_morning
Ed Lantz, President // Vortex Immersion Media, Inc. All in media

Blake Isaacs & Daniel Mota Veiga, cofounders // Genneo Gather & Catch Clean Energy

Ezra Goldman // UpShift Cars Aspire to Electrify

Chris Davis, Founder // LootCreate No need to leave your seat.

Host: Vortex Immersion Media
Feb_13_evening
Nicholas Fahey // Art Books Apps Art’s Digital Future Host: GR Works Gallery featuring Ladies of Animation Wine provided by Stack Wines
January_13_morning
Josh Allan Dykstra // Strengths Doctors Company Culture as an Entrepreneurial Advantage Chance Barnett // Crowdfunder A New Era in Funding Ventures Joanna Kinsman // Miss Kinsman SWIM Selling the Sun Nader Rayes // TFusion Innovation for the First Beverage Host: Diavolo Dance Studios
December_12_evening
Holiday Mixer Featuring: Stack Wines & Fine Art at GR Works Gallery Host: GR Works Gallery
November_12_morning
Robert Rutherford // Hive Lighting Boosting Hollywood's Shine Nolen Niu // Nolen Niu Designs Forms of the Future Scott Blevins // Tablift Peds for iPad! Host:Diavolo Dance Studios
September_12_evening
Travis Tharp // GM Wheelz Unlocking Value in Underutilized Vehicles Chris Erven // co-founder, Optician Sire’s Crown Nature, Nurture and Eyewear Kara Mondino // Program Director Hollywood Heart Igniting Passion for At-risk Youth Scott Barrett // Inventor iMpulse Controller Serious fun
September_12_morning
Travis Tharp // GM Wheelz Unlocking Value in Underutilized Vehicles   Chris Erven // co-founder, Optician Sire’s Crown Nature, Nurture and Eyewear   Kara Mondino // Program Director Hollywood Heart Igniting Passion for At-risk Youth   Scott Barrett // Inventor iMpulse Controller Serious fun
August_12_evening
Joe Moller // Executive Director The Downtown LA ArtWalk Course-setting for LA’s largest cultural event Roy Kokoyachuk & Mario Carrasco // co-founders ThinkNow Research New research techniques for a growing audience Vivian Peng // co-founder Big or Bigger Collaborative action platform for healing our society
August_12_morning
Joe Moller // Executive Director The Downtown LA ArtWalk Course-setting for LA’s largest cultural event Roy Kokoyachuk & Mario Carrasco // co-founders ThinkNow Research New research techniques for a growing audience Vivian Peng // co-founder Big or Bigger Collaborative action platform for healing our society
July_12_evening
Sabrina Roberson & Jonathan Dubuque // cofounders Level Naturals Beautiful harmony of senses and social impact Elliot Darvick // cofounder UnBucket Socially Reinforcing Intention Mixer Featured // Fashion designs by Kao Pao Shu Imported Beer from OMER, Belgium
July_12_morning
Sabrina Roberson & Jonathan Dubuque // cofounders Level Naturals Beautiful harmony of senses and social impact Elliot Darvick // cofounder UnBucket Socially Reinforcing Intention Mixer Featured // Fashion designs by Kao Pao Shu Imported Beer from OMER, Belgium
June_12_evening
Munir Jawed // founder KokoChe Mobile Deals for the Cash World Kabira Stokes // founder Isidore Recycling E-Waste & Repaired Lives Jerome Chang // Owner & Architect BlankSpaces Effective Space, Effective Community Host: Robert Reynolds Gallery www.roberthreynolds.com/
June_12_morning
Munir Jawed // founder KokoChe Mobile Deals for the Cash World Kabira Stokes // founder Isidore Recycling E-Waste & Repaired Lives Jerome Chang // Owner & Architect BlankSpaces Effective Space, Effective Community Host: Robert Reynolds Gallery www.roberthreynolds.com/
May_12_evening
Deep Patel  // founder GoGreenSolar Making the Future Foolproof Scott Rickett // CEO Dual Snowboards Sticking the Launch! David Oshima // Director Kleverdog Creative Instruction for Inspiration and Connectivity Mixer featured: Fashion designs by Kao Pao Shu
May_12_morning
Deep Patel  // founder GoGreenSolar Making the Future Foolproof Scott Rickett // CEO Dual Snowboards Sticking the Launch! David Oshima // Director Kleverdog Creative Instruction for Inspiration and Connectivity Mixer featured: Fashion designs by Kao Pao Shu
April_12_evening
Louis D. LoPresti II // SALT A world-shaping forecasting platform Chris Gartin // io/LA Techies Take Hollywood Bryan Koch // Dances Made to Order Crowd-funding Culture Josh Gray-Emmer // DTLA Prom Remake Memories
April_12_morning
Louis D. LoPresti II // SALT A world-shaping forecasting platform Chris Gartin // io/LA Techies Take Hollywood Bryan Koch // Dances Made to Order Crowd-funding Culture Josh Gray-Emmer // DTLA Prom Remake Memories
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Jason Pilarski // Sharing Design with the Consumer MachineHistories Ryan Hudson // NightAway Romantic Rituals for Every Couple Phil Bowater // The Wee Canny Scot Freeing a Movement in Kilts
March_12_morning
Jason Pilarski // Sharing Design with the Consumer MachineHistories Ryan Hudson // NightAway Romantic Rituals for Every Couple Phil Bowater // The Wee Canny Scot Freeing a Movement in Kilts
Feb_12_evening
Joe Donnelly & Laurie Ochoa // Slake Magazine Proving a Tasteful Model for Publishing Jamie Fowler // BNIB (Band New in Box) Mobilizing Your Kicks Benjamin Forman // ZBoard Eco Board-based Mobility
Feb_12_morning
Joe Donnelly & Laurie Ochoa // Slake Magazine Proving a Tasteful Model for Publishing Jamie Fowler // BNIB (Band New in Box) Mobilizing Your Kicks Benjamin Forman // ZBoard Eco Board-based Mobility
January_12_evening
David Lewis // Falling Whistles New Models for Generating Hope Richard Noguchi & Pedram Sameni // Patexia Authoring an Online Community for Innovation & IP Adam Mefford // Cut & Paste Making Graphic Design a Spectator Sport
January_12_morning
David Lewis // Falling Whistles New Models for Generating Hope Richard Noguchi & Pedram Sameni // Patexia Authoring an Online Community for Innovation & IP Adam Mefford // Cut & Paste Making Graphic Design a Spectator Sport
December_11_evening
Munir Jawed // The Chévere Group, co-founder Leapfrogging banks with technology Nick Sowden // Penda Health, founder Delivering Health in Urban Kenya Christopher Davis // Gammer Food, founder & CEO Raising Pulses and Carving Markets Steve Opperman // Canvas Furniture, founder Launching a new business to remember the past
December_11_morning
Munir Jawed // The Chévere Group, co-founder Leapfrogging banks with technology Nick Sowden // Penda Health, founder Delivering Health in Urban Kenya Christopher Davis // Gammer Food, founder & CEO Raising Pulses and Carving Markets Steve Opperman // Canvas Furniture, founder Launching a new business to remember the past
November_11_evening
Bern Galvin // Bucha!, founder Innovating a 2,500 year-old beverage Grant Delgaty // UrShuz, Founder Footwear Evolved Michelle Crochet // Droga Confections, Founder Legal Addictions Christian Page // Short Order, Chef Fast is the New Premium Adam Mefford // Currency, founder Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind
November_11_Morning
Bern Galvin // Bucha!, founder Innovating a 2,500 year-old beverage Grant Delgaty // UrShuz, Founder Footwear Evolved Michelle Crochet // Droga Confections, Founder Legal Addictions Christian Page // Short Order, Chef Fast is the New Premium Adam Mefford // Currency, founder Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind
October_11_2011_Morning
Jose Caballer // The Groop, CEO & Chief Digital Educator Groop Skool Field Garthwaite // Jukebox TV, Founder & Architect Your Personal Entertainment Concierge Tyler Allen // Westwood Live, Director of Marketing Mixing Music, Art & Food in Westwood! Adam Mefford // Currency, founder Drucker on ?life and death decisions'
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Jose Caballer // The Groop, CEO & Chief Digital Educator Groop Skool Field Garthwaite // Jukebox TV, Founder & Architect Your Personal Entertainment Concierge Tyler Allen // Westwood Live, Director of Marketing Mixing Music, Art & Food in Westwood! Adam Mefford // Currency, founder Drucker on ?life and death decisions'
Print
Errol Gerson // Principal at the Gerson Group The Future is the Present Parker Fredlund // Director, Professional Solutions, RTT 3D Visualization for Design & Marketing Ariel Blumenthal // Owner, Sentient Music for Media Immersive sonic environments – branding and the 'wow' effect Adam Mefford // Currency, founder Drucker on Innovation as a Discipline
Web
Dr. Max Benavidez // Public Communications Strategies Branding You Jessica Genet // Founder, Lumi Co Returning to an Era of Craft Jamie Grace Davis // Community Engagement, Microsoft Programming Culture into Microsoft’s LA presence Adam Mefford // Currency, founder Welcome & Peter Drucker’s “business realities”
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Matt MacNaughton // Founder, CultureJam Proving the promise of social media marketing Kim Karlsrud & Danny Phillips // Cofounders, Greenaid Scaling a social enterprise + Repositioning green products Anthony Ko // Cofounder, Graft Going to market within the iPhone ecosystem Adam Mefford // Founder, Currency Welcome & Drucker’s Wisdom
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Matthias Galica // Founder, ShareSquare Leading the QR code revolution Micki Krimmel // Founder, NeighborGoods Approaching sustainability as a community, while delighting in sharing Adam Mefford // Founder, Currency Introduction of Currency, and lessons from Drucker on 'defining the business'