The region is considered the second- or third-largest tech hub in the world, according to various reports. 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, Azusa Pacific 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.
The term has also been used in Australia to describe that country's internet technology community, and was first used so on July 27, 2008 However, due to a lack of capital, its value is 100 times lesser than that of the Californian Silicon Beach.
List of startups based in Silicon Beach
|Snapchat||2011||Social Media||$3 Billion |
|Hulu||2007||Television Streaming Services||$100M |
|Nasty Gal||2006||$49M |
|Gradient X||2013||$3.75M |
|The Honest Company|
|BCG Digital Ventures|
|WeezLabs||2008||Mobile Application Development|
|Dollar Shave Club||2011||Consumer packaged goods||$22.8M|
|The Bouqs Company||2012||Floral||$1.1M|
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- Hulu Profile on CrunchBase
- Nasty Gal Profile on CrunchBase
- Eventup Profile on CrunchBase
- Beachmint Profile on CrunchBase
- Gradient-X Profile on CrunchBase
- Dollar Shave Club Profile on CrunchBase
- The Bouqs Company Profile on CrunchBase
- Lawler, Ryan. "Digital Display Startup Enplug Raises $2.5 Million Seed Round". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Smith, Samantha. "LA Startup Goes from 0 to 100mph In Three Months". Forbes. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
- "TheBouqs.com Raises $6 Million to Deliver ‘Farm-to-Table’ Bouquets". Venture Capital Dispatch. Wall Street Journal. June 26, 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- TrueCar Profile on CrunchBase