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Startups UTC 2018

Changing the Game: Social Activism, Entrepreneurship, and Tech

A boldly curious and smart tech investor, Matt Barnes—who topped his 14-year NBA career with a 2017 championship win with the Golden State Warriors—is…to the Urban Tech Conference…on a path of entrepreneurial reinvention.

During his sports career, the outspoken Barnes began making investments in– and studying everything from artificial intelligence to filmmaking to cannabis. Now, after his retirement, he’s taking his same relentlessness from the basketball court and applying it to business.

He’s an advocate for cancer patient care, an advocate for the psychological and physiological benefits of cannabis, and even joking-not-joking speaks about a potential run for mayor.

On this episode of Innovation Crush, Mayor Barnes discusses everything he’s learned from his public perception, his drug dealing father, business mentors, his feelings about social justice, and how to reinvent his own personal brand from the inside out—all for a new series of wins off the court.

Matt appears on this episode courtesy of the Urban Tech Conference. Listen now.

See Cross Culture Ventures founder and managing partner Marlon Nichols discuss where these opportunities are, how to leverage them, and connect with the ‘super consumer’ population during the Urban Tech Connect segment Culture as Currency: The Next Billion-Dollar Company, alongside Ignition Factory founder Chris Denson on May 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Get your tickets here.

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UTC 2018

A different type of conference for those who think differently. Not business as usual.

LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2018 (Newswire.com) – Today, Plug In South LA announced a new tech conference Urban Tech Connect for emerging and established entrepreneurs in South Los Angeles. The conference will bring together Los Angelesbased entrepreneurs and founders, innovators, business and civic leaders, and venture capitalists to create a hub for entrepreneurial growth and development in South Los Angeles. It will pave the way for the next generation of tech and digital media entrepreneurs, harnessing local talent from underserved communities and connecting them with opportunities in the thriving tech centers in neighboring Los Angeles and Orange County.

Urban Tech Connect will take place at Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center.

Urban Tech Connect is designed to connect aspiring and established founders in South Los Angeles with venture capitalists, executives, and other business leaders. Attendees will have space to network, work on-site with their teams, meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs and business professionals, and be inspired. It will also convene stakeholders who are dedicated to cultivating inclusive economic growth in redeveloping areas like South and Southeast Los Angeles.

A partial list of participants includes:
Matt Barnes, NBA Retired, Investor
Marlon Nichols, Co-Founder, Cross-Culture Ventures
Brent Bushnell, CEO, Two Bit Circus
Sky Kelley, CEO, Avisare
Iddris Sandu, Architect
Derek Smith, Founder of Plug In South Los Angeles
Keith Coleman, Chief Strategy Officer, Tesla Foundation
Anna Barber, Managing Director, Techstars LA
Tracy Gray, Founder and Managing Partner, 22 Fund
Brian Martinez, Global Business Operations, Airbnb
Cassie Betts, Founder, Made In South Los Angeles
Anthony Mays, Software Engineer, Google

Register online at: http://pluginsouthla.com/events
“Urban Tech Connect is a critical meeting of the minds. South LA is a tech desert. We sit on the edge of some incredible tech and entrepreneurial communities and yet there are virtually no resources dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurialism in South LA. We’re going to change that. We are reaching into our local communities to tap the talent we know is there and we’re connecting them with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. We believe the next Snap will come from South LA and we’re building the community to nurture it.” – Derek Smith, Founder, Plug In South LA