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(L-R) Scott Moe (HCoC Board Member), Kevin Winston (moderator and Digital LA founder), Me (Hi!), Eyad Zahra (WeWork, our gracious hosts), Eric Garland (speaker, VP of Live Nation Labs), and Leron Gubler (HCoC president)

Building on the success of the the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s (HCoC) Annual Economic Development Summit, the Board asked me to help with a new group, FORWARD. When most people think of a Chamber of Commerce they tend to think of an “old boys club” but Leron Gubler, (HCoC president) is out to change that perception. FORWARD is designed to cater to young professionals who can benefit from the Chamber’s resources. Our 1st initiative is a speaker series with lots of audience Q&A.

Eric Garland, VP of Live Nation Labs, was our 1st guest. Eric has a rich background in tech and innovation – his company Big Champagne is a media tracking and tech company that analyzes and reports information about the sale, broadcast and consumption of music. Live Nation snapped up both Eric and his company and are now doing innovative things with data in the music biz. Eric shared some colorful stories about his journey and had some great advice for up-and-coming disruptors. You can check out analysis of the discussion by my friend, Jeff Paul on building innovative teams here.

To keep up with more events from FORWARD go to:

FORWARD Meetup page
FORWARD Facebook group
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce events page