Los Angeles tech neighborhood guide: Santa Monica
From Built in LA:
Over the last 20 years, Santa Monica has firmly established itself as the epicenter for tech in Southern California. Home to dozens of intriguing tech startups, in addition to a number of well-established tech companies, the city isn't just the metaphorical capital of Silicon Beach: it's the genesis for the nickname that defines tech in LA.
Built In LA spoke with Jeff Pion, Michelle Esquivel and Shay Bolton of commercial real estate services company CBRE to understand how Downtown LA has evolved.
Tech companies tend to put down roots in areas known for their tight-knit communities, and Santa Monica is a prime example. Known for a vibrant collection of retail stores, restaurants, bars and — of course — the beach, Santa Monica has always been a tourist destination. In the mid-1990s, the city began attracting tech companies of all sizes due in part to its proximity to LAX, its laid-back vibe and its magnetism for talent from all over the world.