Guest blog by Brett Laffel

Teens in Tech Comes to LA!

Microsoft proud to be hosting

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to the startup community, we partner with a large range of startup incubators, accelerators and other companies. A number of these groups focus on helping specific types of founders, including female founders, black and Hispanic founders and others. The Teens in Tech incubator provides tools and resources to young entrepreneurs in order to help encourage entrepreneurship at an early age. In our commitment to increasing the diversity of entrepreneurs, getting more youth into the technology and startup space, and to helping as many founders as we can, Microsoft sponsors and partners with Teens In Tech.

Daniel Brusilovsky (@danielbru on Twitter), the wunderkind Founder and CEO put together Teens in Tech in order to help kids and teens start and/or grow their own companies. Teens in Tech has their own startup incubator, which helps companies launch their product or service and educates founders about entrepreneurship and business. In addition to the incubator, Teens in Tech also hosts a number of conferences. These conferences bring together young entrepreneurs for a day of learning from one another and from the highly-esteemed speakers who present.

For the first time ever, the Teens in Tech conference is going to be hosted in LA. The LA startup ecosystem is one to keep an eye on and is growing at a rapid pace. I’m personally fascinated by all of the activity taking place in LA, both in terms of the number of new startup incubators that have been popping up in the region and in terms of the growth of high-quality startups based in the area and dedicated investors and larger companies starting to take interest in the SoCal startup ecosystem. As a result of this, Microsoft is more than thrilled to help grow and contribute to this vibrant environment by playing hosts for the day.

There are a great set of speakers lined up, including Paige Craig (CEO and co-founder of BetterWorks, and angel investor), internet entrepreneur Sean Percival (founder of lalawag, and a current company in stealth mode) and our very own Microsoft All-Star Startup Developer Evangelist Aaron Stannard. In addition to having key faces of LA’s startup community come present, the conference will also have a distinctly LA-vibe with an emphasis on media and entertainment, and with speakers from Walt Disney and Jimmy Kimmel LIVE there to talk to eager entrepreneurs.

For more info on the event, check out: http://conference.teensintech.com/la/.

Tickets for the event are SOLD OUT. (We’re thrilled there’s so much interest!) However, if you are interested in attending, please contact me directly: @BrettLaffel on Twitter or Brett.Laffel@Microsoft.com. I would love to help eager entrepreneurs or entrepreneurial-minded folks have the opportunity to attend such a great event.

By the way, I’ll be at the conference all day. If you’re going to be there, please come find me! I’d love to talk to you and learn about your startup and how I can help you.

See you tomorrow!