Last night, a few hours after I found out the LA Times article was running, the boyfriend, my pal Kaliya aka Identity Woman and I twisted our way into the Beverly Hills. The streets were dark with welcoming lights on the multi-million dollar homes, LA city twinkling behind me. As I downshifted to gain power up the hills, I was internally chucking. You see, I was on my way to a last minute Barlow get-together.
Barlow of John Perry Barlow, the Founder of EFF. My chuckling was because here I have been trying (and succeeding) in kick-starting the LA Tech scene for about 2 years, but I'm not the first one to do this, in fact Barlow's Frenzies are famous for this type of activity. And they've been going on, I don't know how long. They are old school. But there is one person in LA that has been rocking the Tech Party Scene for 20 years. Her name is Coco.
So on this day, where the LA Tech Scene is getting press due to the new explosion of geekterific events, I want to give a shout out to one of my inspirations - Coco Conn. You've been a quiet inspiration to me since I met you (back at the SRL <3 LA show). Thanks and Rock on!
I think I can say, the sleeping giant has awakened.
If you're new to the LA Tech Scene, go check out this page (I'm writing it right now), where I've outlined the various kick ass leaders in the community and where you can go to meet them and learn more.