We're becoming quite settled in at our new location in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and so lucky to be called home for some of the most innovative companies in our community. We want to highlight several of our members in particular who are improving the way we approach business, interactions with those around us, and even our daily lives. Read on to see how these folks are changing the game in their respective industries!
Imperson - Working with such renowned companies such as Disney and Universal Studios, Imperson's conversational bots speak to consumers in a natural language tailored to brands' authentic voices, creating connections that translate to relationships by providing an authentic and engaging customer chat experience. They strive to bridge the gap between language and technology to increase engagements through greater time spent interacting with a brand's unique personality. Their Judy Hopps bot, of the main character from the Disney Movie Zootopia, was even named one of the top 10 mobile messaging campaigns of 2016 by Mobile Marketer!
LA Makerspace - LA Makerspace, a nonprofit focused on increased access to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) for low-income children, youth, and families, is paving the way to social change in our community. They train librarians, teachers, and others already working with underserved youth to teach STEAM in a “maker” style, which is differentiated by its interest-driven focus on encouraging children to solve their own design problems, rather than holding lecture-style classes. As a result, children are both learning skills and increasing their metacognitive abilities, analytical thinking, resilience and self-motivation. LA Makerspace also offers free, family-friendly workshops to the public at various LAPL branches.
dotStudioPRO - dotstudioPRO is an innovative video distribution and syndication platform garnering attention with online publishers such as Tiger Beat and Inked Magazine, multi-channel-networks born out of YouTube like FamiLeague, and clothing brands looking to entertain their social audience and transition into a Media Property. What their customers love is that the platform was built in such a way that gives them the ability to carve out their own unique video business in a way that best suits them and their audience, rather than being limited in their growth potential. They were recognized as one of the top 5 most innovative entertainment companies in 2016 by Playback Magazine and are one to watch as the Video Distribution landscape continues to evolve!
Voicebase - An innovative company that believes the single most important part of spoken interaction "is what’s said," Voicebase is passionate about revealing insights from phone calls, webinars, video conferences and more so that people and businesses can make better decisions. The VoiceBase hybrid cloud utilizes the reliability and security of Amazon Web Services in addition to the cost efficiencies of VoiceBase’s own private cloud into one methodical solution. Voicebase provides an API that can transcribe in multiple languages with fast and accurate transcription for longer-form text as well as classify and analyze the resulting transcription. Their consistent drive to create an even more efficient platform in the Big Voice industry is inspiring for any startup!
Circos - A multi-faceted company with both an agency and platform focused on building VR experiences for brands, Circos is re-thinking how business approach immersive marketing. As interest in VR grows, their creative team is constantly thinking of new ways to tell stories to incorporate into their technology platform for future creators to leverage. They have a global team of roughly 25 people with offices in LA, Chicago, NYC, Taipei, Singapore and Tokyo to demo their technology in person, as VR is one of those things that is easier to understand if experienced first-hand. Excited to be in DTLA, one of the leading centers of VR, and in a diverse community of creators at Cross Campus, Circos is constantly striving to innovate VR experiences to completely envelope consumers into brands all across the world.
Rejected Princesses - Last but certainly not least, this avant-garde and super cool blog-turned-business presents us with "Women too Awesome, Awful, or Offbeat for Kids' Movies." Founded by Jason Porath, formerly of DreamWorks Animation, the idea for Rejected Princesses stemmed from a conversation he had at work about how some of the animated princesses we see in movies today would not actually be great role models. From there came a tumblr and then a website filled with original, detailed, and often hilarious stories of heroines. Not only does he creates every story and illustration himself, but he has also written a book that will be coming out this October. Already intrigued? Enter his contest to guess the contents of the book here to win a signed copy!