This Thursday night, May 30 -- at the storied Hollywood Roosevelt hotel -- I will attend my first "Splash" event hosted by Vator (which bills itself as the "Voice of the Entrepreneur"). In fact, it is my first LA-based event since I announced my new role as CEO of Manatt Digital Media Ventures (where I help drive digital media investments, among other things). Many such VC & entrepreneurial-focused networking events exist. I attend these very selectively. But, this one rises above the din for a number of reasons.
First, after being based in San Diego for a number of years, I am now based in LA and am immersing myself in the local entrepreneurial scene -- which is vibrant. Very. And increasingly. Particularly on the digital media side of things (hence, my new role and new Manatt Digital Media).
Second, the agenda is full and compelling -- yes, you have your basic networking. But, this one looks like the networking actually could be meaningful because Splash has a history of drawing the right mix of creative newbies and "movers and shakers." Second, there is a full and varied slate of keynotes and panels -- not just one theme. Third, there should be plenty of food and drink! And finally, the venue is a good one.
In fact, here is an interesting bit of trivia. The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel is especially near and dear to me because my grandmother-in-law, Luise Rainer (still kicking at age 103!), is the legendary Hollywood actress who picked up two back-to-back "Best Actress" Academy Awards at the hotel (which served as the venue for the Oscars at that time).
I will take several meetings -- and meet with several promising start-ups -- at the event. I also will take notes for a post-event review. Click this link to reach out and set something up.