The Reef named as one of DTLA's Tech Boom Instigators in LA Times Piece

Loving this nod to Maker City home base, The Reef, as a major player in the DTLA tech start-up scene. Check out the choice except and link to full Los Angeles Times article below:

Another building transformed by the tech economy is the LA Mart, a longtime center for trade that in recent years added a creative space for tech and design companies. The building was rebranded the Reef, which Senior Vice President Ava Bromberg said is meant to conjure a "complete creative habitat" that spurs innovation.

General Assembly — an education institution that offers courses in tech, design and business — opened a downtown L.A. campus at the Reef in December. A venture capital firm recently leased space in the building, and over the next few months, TechShop — a chain of member-based workshops that provides access to tools, training and space — plans to build out a 20,000-square-foot facility there.

Read the full article here.

Introducing Hamonix Sound Creators And our New and improved Podcast/Audio Recording Studio!

Processed with MoldivWe're excited to announce a partnership with Harmonix Sound Creators, a new creative audio engineering company that's taken up residence in our new and improved Media Lab facility. In addition to the sound stage/photo studio, edit bays, lighting equipment and podcast capabilities previously offered, visitors to our facility now have access to a full suite of Sound-FX, mixing and music production services. Consider our game UPPED! Schedule a tour of our state-of-the-art production facility today and get ready to MAKE things happen.


TechShop Los Angeles Town Hall: Tech & Innovation in LA Twitter Recap

techshop floorMaker Manifesto Earlier this week, TechShop CEO Mark Hatch  returned to Maker City LA at The REEF to lead a discussion about the state of LA's tech and innovation landscape with special guests Ava Bromberg (The REEF SVP),  Michelle Garakian (Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti) and Brent Bushnell (CEO of Two Bit Circus). Local tech innovators, maker community members, entrepreneurs and potential investors came out to join the conversation and to support TechShop's efforts to open a 9th outpost  at The REEF, in downtown LA.

Check out these choice tweets from the event:

In March, TechShop announced plans to open in downtown Los Angeles at The REEF. For more information on investing and/or joining the campaign to bring TechShop to Los Angeles, go tohttp://invest.techshop.ws/los-angeles.

 Big thanks to new Maker City LA community member Consensus Inc. for live tweeting this event!


TechShop Announces Plans to Open in Downtown Los Angeles

techshop-logo-3d Amazing News today about TechShop's plans to open in DTLA (which would mean an amazing partnership with Maker City LA)!!  Talk about a Maker dream come true!  Full press release below:

The REEF partnership is first in “Bring TechShop to Your City” campaign

SAN JOSE, Calif. , March 19, 2014 -- TechShop, a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio with locations across the United States, today announced it has signed a Letter of Intent with ownership of The REEF to pursue its first facility in Los Angeles, CA. TechShop would target to open later this year at The REEF, the new name for the LA Mart building, a design and innovation hub in downtown that also houses Maker City LA.

“When we launched ‘Bring TechShop to Your City’ last year, Los Angeles was one of our dream cities,” said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. “It’s remarkable that in less than six months, we have not only generated enough interest in the LA community but also secured a partner like The REEF that puts Los Angeles firmly on our map of expansion efforts in 2014. We are thrilled to bring TechShop to Los Angeles, one of the creative capitals of the world.”

The two organizations will host an information session at Maker City LA (1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, 11th floor) on Friday, March 21 at 7:00PM Pacific Time, which is open to the public. TechShop and executives from The REEF will discuss details about the facility as well as the goals for funding and membership commitment to be achieved over the next four months in order to make TechShop Los Angeles a reality. To RSVP for the event, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bring-techshop-to-la-tickets-10984122807.

The REEF, home to the Maker City LA, Magic Box, and LA Mart communities, is an innovation hub that provides access to design, co-working, creative office, trade show space and the West Coast’s leading gift and home furnishing source for retailers and designers. Easily accessible by public transportation and major freeways, The REEF sits in downtown LA, near the University of Southern California campus and next to LA Trade Tech.

“We are delighted to help bring TechShop to Los Angeles, and to downtown," said Ava Bromberg, Senior Vice President of Business Development for The REEF. "Our aim with The REEF is to help provide creative businesses the tools they need to be successful, all under one roof. We have spaces for creation, exhibition and commerce, and tens of thousands of retailers and consumers look to our building as a resource for new products and ideas. TechShop is a fantastic addition to our creative habitat, and we are excited to help welcome and grow their community at The REEF.”

“TechShop would be a great addition to Downtown Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “I'm excited at the prospect of having this new infrastructure to support innovation, creative manufacturing, and small businesses in the heart of our City.”

TechShop Los Angeles marks the first partnership to grow out of the “Bring TechShop to Your City” campaign. The campaign began in September 2013 with a goal of raising $60 million to build new facilities in communities across America. The new fundraising, made possible through the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, has enabled TechShop to invite a broader group of investors, including smaller and community-minded investors, to participate in the business and bring TechShop to their cities.

In order to bring TechShop to Los Angeles by the end of the year, TechShop will seek to secure $1.7M in funding through individual, corporate and institutional investments as well as advance membership commitment from those interested in bringing TechShop to the city.

For more information on investing and/or joining the campaign to bring TechShop to Los Angeles, go to http://invest.techshop.ws/los-angeles.

World-Class Creative Workspace and Prototyping Studio TechShop members have access to a world-class workshop with machines, tools, training, inspiration and support they need to pursue their passions, develop new skills and launch new businesses. Each location includes:

More than $1 million worth of machines, tools and equipment Hundreds of classes each month for members and non-members Friendly, knowledgeable and highly-trained staff A community of innovative makers, artists and entrepreneurs Group event spaces and workshops About TechShop, Inc. Founded in October 2006, TechShop is a membership-based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio providing access to a vibrant community of creative people and more than $1 million worth of high quality machines, tools and software. TechShop offers classes, workshops, instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels. TechShop is based in Menlo Park, Calif., with locations nationwide.

For information and course listings, visit www.techshop.com, email info@techshop.com or call 855-TECHSHOP. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "@TechShop." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated."

Media Lab Photo Shoot with Vere Verto

Lights, camera, action!  We're pleased to announce that the Maker City LA Media Lab is open for business!  We've got edit bays, a sound stage/photo studio and podcast studio all in one place for your content creating pleasure. cristyphoto

Our first photo shoot - with uber-cool LA-based leather bag line, Vere Verto - is underway as I type. A flurry of other creative production has taken place at Maker City LA  in recent weeks  - from casting sessions and table reads to indie-film shoots - and with  Jon Setzen and Bobby Solomon's design and technology podcast,  The Build Up,  recording bi-monthly from our digs, we're creating  a thriving one-stop production destination in DTLA!

Interested in Media Lab rates and bookings? Email info@makercityla.com today.

Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at the Vere Verto shoot.

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