The Best Los Angeles Tech Startups To Watch In 2018

Los Angeles is best known as the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Now it has become clear to the tech community that LA is more than just a hub for entertainment. The amount of tech startups popping up in this second-most populous city in the United States means that 2018 will be undoubtedly a great year for the tech community.
Every year, we compile a list of the best tech startups in Los Angeles. So, without further ado, here are the best Los Angeles tech startups to watch in 2018.

1. Inspire

Inspire is the Santa Monica tech startup that works to help businesses and homeowners adopt smart energy technologies. The company also aims to help residents in Los Angeles cut down on pollutants they emit into the environment. They provide a subscription service which allows subscribers to pay one flat monthly supply price for clean energy and a smarter home. This subscription service also allows subscribers to personalize their energy plans and to get the latest smart energy products. With more than $38 million in funding, the company’s mission is to create a brighter energy future.

2. OnPoint Internet Marketing

OnPoint is a company that provides businesses with the ability to increase their website traffic and conversions through SEO and PPC. Originally founded in California they have since launched a two locations in, OnPoint is officially now a SEO company in Los Angeles and Sacramento. The companies SEO services have produced hundreds of first page rankings for their clients and they are the #1 reviewed marketing agency in Sacramento area. Keep an eye out as they make their mark in Los Angeles.

3. ServiceTitan Inc.

ServiceTitan is a Los Angeles leading business management software platform. The company provides an all-in-one software program for electrical, plumbing, residential HVAC, and other home service businesses. This software delivers amazing customer service, streamlines operations and significantly improves sales. With nearly $100 million in funding, ServiceTitan plans to expand and strengthen their software’s capabilities.

4. System1

System1 is a tech company based in Venice, California. The company’s mission is to use technology to make advertising better for both advertisers and consumers. To achieve its goal, the company created a platform which has become the world’s leading independent marketplace for keyword PPC advertising. The platform analyzes millions of consumer attributes and utilizes powerful algorithms to unlock consumer intent across the internet and digital channels. Last year, System1 raised $270 million in funding and invested the money to drive further innovation within digital advertising.

5. TaskUs

TaskUs is the Santa Monica-based tech startup that utilizes cloud-based technology and innovation-driving team to provide unmatched back office and customer care support. The company also provides ridiculously good strategy, revolutionary technology, business process optimization and the best talent to deliver transformational digital scale.

6. Divergent 3D

Divergent 3D was founded in 2014 with the sole mission of changing the way cars are designed and built. The company’s hardware-software platform gives vehicle manufacturers access to the innovative, easier and cheaper ways to develop parts. In 2017, the company raised more than $88 million in funding which they invested in their potentially groundbreaking technology.

7. FloQast

FloQast is the fastest growing Los Angeles-based tech startup redefining how a critical business process is performed. The company has an advanced management software program that helps accountants accomplish their tasks faster and more accurately. This management software program was built to seamlessly integrate with existing checklists and systems.

8. Hyperloop One

Hyperloop One is a tech startup that reinvents transportation by eliminating barriers of distance and time. With Hyperloop transport, passengers and cargo can be moved easily, efficiently, safely, and immediately. Since its establishment, the company continues to design, develop, build and test the hardware and technology to make their vision a reality.

9. KEYPR

Based in Los Angeles, KEYPR is a cloud-based guest experience and management online platform for luxury residences, casinos, and hotels. The platform creates new operational efficiencies, delivers an efficient personalized guest experience and drives additional revenue opportunities for luxury residence, casino, and hotel owners. Last year, the company raised more than $19 million in funding and hired Mark Anderson the former Sony and Fox executive as its CEO.

We have only highlighted the leading tech startups in LA. There are several others which we haven’t mentioned in this article. Just feel free to share them in the comment box below.

Patience And The Art Of Bronze Statue Crafting

Everyone has some artistic skill and it is always interesting to see how that expresses itself. For those that have some technical skills as well as a great sense of proportion, bronze statue crafting can be a great way to show what they can do. For example, using statues like deer can show exactly how much fun they can have when it comes to posing their subjects as well as how lifelike they can make them. But let us talk about what it takes to really get into the craft.

Bronze statue crafting is definitely one of the more expensive hobbies one can get into, especially given the price of the materials; between wax and bronze alone some the costs can get a little extravagant, even for some of the smaller pieces. There are some ways to cut down on costs but it is still going to be a little expensive.

However, that is the only really bad news and if the potential sculptor is willing to deal with that, then it is just a matter of getting a little experience sculpting and having fun with wax.

The Art and Science

Most bronze sculptures start with a wax sculpture of some sort from which a mold is developed. It is important to develop a certain patience in order to sculpt the best pieces; while they do not need to be lifelike they do need to express enough of the subject in order to get the point across.

For example, using statues like deer, you can choose to express the grace of movement that so many love about the deer, or it could be the inherent majesty of the creature. However, it can be as lifelike or as abstract as needed to express whatever the sculptor is trying to express.

However, the wax is somewhat forgiving and willing to work with the artist allowing for techniques that just would not apply to other forms of sculpture, especially less forgiving substances like stone or glass. Once the sculpture has been finished it is just a matter of making a mold using the wax sculpture.

A Good Sculpture Molding Model

Once a mold has been made the bronze is poured in, although there are different techniques for creating hollow or solid statues that need to be allowed. Once the sculpture has been given a chance to cool down the mold is broken and the statue is essentially ready.

The sculpture does need to be buffed out for a smoother finish, of course, and any obvious seams dealt with A good sculptor can virtually eliminate the seams in the casting, simplifying the buffing, and so creating a better statue. Once the statue is ready, be it a deer, a human, or something more abstract, it is ready for presentation and possibly moving to its final resting place.

Interestingly, a lot of sculptors take time to even design the stand itself for the statue, adding to the effect of the statue. Bronze statue crafting is not for impatient, but the time it takes to create a gorgeous statue is well worth it.

 

Irma Robinson has been an artist for 30 years and loves to paint, sculpt, and write. She lives in Southern California with her husband and dog Smitty.