Welcome to 2462(miles), the exact distance between Los Angeles and New York City as the carrier pigeon flies. The goal of 2462 is to digitally and eventually physically connect creative, passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC & LA. We feature select events, people, and companies from each city who might be off the mainstream radar but are nevertheless doing amazing work and creating powerful impact.
Join us on our twice a month digital adventure.
1. Featured Companies— Startup Institute and Preact.io
2. Featured Passenger— Josh Miller
3. Featured Events in NYC and LA
Featured NYC Company: Startup Institute
Startup Institute New York works with professionals, career changers, and dynamic individuals to equip them with the skills needed to have an immediate impact on the startup company they want to work for and join. Originally created in Boston and now just launching in NYC, SI’s primary objective is to align passion with profession, and usher students into a life they love…in other words, quit your job, attend SI, and get the job you want!
Their program is a full-time, immersive, two month experience that will “catapult” students into New York’s technology ecosystem in the areas of web development, product and design, marketing, or sales and business development.
Featured LA Company: Preact.io
Preact is a data-driven customer success platform that presents actionable user behavior insights directly within leading CRMs, help desks, live chat, and even internal IT tools to ensure that critical information is available during every customer interaction. Incoming support request? The Preact sidebar pops up, you see a timeline of a user’s recent activities and errors and can close the ticket faster.
Trying to better understand, segment and communicate with your users? The Preact sidebar shows user engagement, churn likelihood, and onboarding progress and you can either message individuals directly or segment in your email marketing.
Don’t react. Preact.
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Featured Passenger: Josh Miller, founder, Branch
What’s your historical connection to Los Angeles and New York?
I was born and raised in Santa Monica, CA — proud alum of Samohi! — and spent two summers as an intern in New York City, before starting Branch there.
Describe your experience in NYC.
What to say! Surprisingly, I HATED New York as a summer intern. I didn’t understand the appeal of the pace, noise, and smell. It wasn’t until I became a full-time resident, with a real purpose for being here, that I became so infatuated with the city. My perfect day probably starts on the High Line and ends at Glasslands but as long as we’re walking everywhere I don’t care where I am. My favorite part of the city though is the fact that no single industry, culture, or way of life — in general — dominates. It keeps you humble and curious.
What was the biggest challenge of moving from LA to NYC?
This is going to be a surprising answer but I miss the driving. It wasn’t until I left LA that I realized how therapeutic driving around the westside, with KCRW blasting, can be. It’s time to yourself, and your body is in autopilot so your mind can wander. Walking around New York comes close but it’s not quite as contained and personal.
How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
We need to get New Yorkers out to LA to show them all the cool stuff that the city has to offer! I’ve given up trying to defend my hometown in conversations with New Yorkers. It has such a negative stigma, for some reason. Probably since visitors tend to hit the Hollywood Sign and Universal City and think they’ve “seen” the city enough to judge it. From Abbott Kinney to Echo Park we all know there’s so much more to it but most New Yorkers miss that when they visit.
Favorite LA secret spot
Cafe Brasil on Venice Blvd.
Favorite NYC secret spot
ABC Beer Co. on Avenue C
If you were not starting Branch, what would you be doing?
I’d be trying to pass Spanish 103 so I could graduate! Then hopefully find a job that allowed me to travel.
I Wanna Go! Events not to miss
Social Good For Profit meetup: Tuesday June 11th, 6:30-9pm, Bowery Capital/AOL Ventures, 670 Broadway
Join other social innovators in NYC as they network and also showcase their work.
Northside Festival Next: Thursday and Friday, June 13th-14th, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Northside, originally a music and film festival in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is for the 2nd year expanding its scope to include some pretty incredible tech content. Check it out! Awesome panels and a free expo at our favorite Wythe Hotel and Brooklyn Brewery…what’s to miss?
The Rise of the Micro-Entrepreneurs: Tuesday June 18th, 6:30-9pm, Projective, 72 Allen
Join the good people from Etsy, Sidetour and Kitchensurfing (Erica’s favorite new platform) for an enlightening evening that will explore how these platforms are creating the next generation of micro-entrepreneurs, and how you as an entrepreneur or user could benefit. Peer-to-peer marketplace for the win?
2462(miles) #bicoastalsbetter2 summer part: Tuesday June 25th, 6-9pm, Houston Hall
Remember how much fun we had last time, around 100 of us gathering, meeting, chatting, and soaking in loving and living in NYC while also missing the best coast a bit? Join us for our summer 2462(miles) happy hour to celebrate living or aspiring to the bicoastal life.
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An Evening with B Corp: Tues. June 11th, 6pm. Santa Monica
Please join us for the first 2013 An Evening with B Corp – LA gathering in June. What began in 2012 as an event to bring together the Southern CA B Corp community will continue into 2013. Check out the good vibes here. This year we’ll be doing things a bit differently: In the spirit of Ignite’s “enlighten us, but make it quick” 5 minute talks, you’ll hear from local certified B Corp leaders as they put on fun and purely educational talks about topics near and dear to their hearts.
Startup Grind with Mark Suster: Wed. June 12th, 6:30pm. Santa Monica
Join Startup Grind LA for an evening with the awesome and always enlightening Mark Suster! Mark is an entrepreneur, angel investor, blogger, Techstars mentor, and investment partner at GRP Partners.
HUBLA Media Lab Party: Thurs June 20th, 8pm. DTLA
Come celebrate with an evening of music, drinks, and discovery in the DTLA Arts District. The Hub LA Media Lab offers creative resources—think camera equipment, post-production suites, workshops, advising/mentoring, and screening facilities—for visual content makers with a story to tell. I’m excited to show you around and toast the opening of what will surely redefine creative collaboration in our community!
Silicon Beach Fest: June 14th - 22nd, Santa Monica/Venice
Silicon Beach Fest is LA’s original and largest startup tech entertainment festival, celebrating the burgeoning tech scene in Los Angeles. Silicon Beach uniquely features startup and Hollywood entertainment speakers at panels, parties, hackathon, demo day, startup showcase, and more events.
Flight 24 has landed. Ciao for now!
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-Joe Magee @KJMagee (Los Angeles)
-Erica Berger @GoodBerger (New York City)