Silicon Beach is a term most commonly used to describe the Westside region of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that is home to over 500 tech startup companies, such as Snapchat, Hulu, Tinder, Nasty Gal, Eventup, Viddy, BeachMint, Gradient X, The Honest Company, Fullscreen, Big Frame, and Demand Media. The region is the third-largest tech hub in the United States after Silicon Valley and New York City. Other major tech companies in the region include Google, Yahoo, YouTube, BuzzFeed, AOL, EdgeCast Networks, and MySpace. Silicon Beach is also home to a number of start-up incubators and accelerators, such as Launchpad LA, Amplify.LA, Science, and StartEngine. Several world-class universities, such as UCLA, University of Southern California, Pepperdine University, and Loyola Marymount University are situated within the region. In the first six months of 2013, start-ups in Silicon Beach raised over $500 million in funding, and there were 94 new start-ups and 9 acquisitions.
It was first used in the USA in 1984 to refer to the San Diego, California region when the company Silicon Beach Software was formed. The founder, Charlie Jackson, is credited with coining the term Silicon Beach.