4 LA Tech Companies That Prove You Don’t Need to Be Based in Silicon...
Aug 19, 2019
Renew Health co-founder Kevin Nazemi is a New York tech veteran who knew his next venture wouldn’t be launched on the East Coast. Senior Software Engineer Doug Carney, who was part of the founding team, explains why Nazemi and his co-founders chose to build Renew Health in LA. Why did you choose to grow your tech company in LA? The decision to build Renew’s HQ on the west, and some say the best, coast was one that our CEO and co-founder, Kevin Nazemi, made very early on. He survived plenty of East Coast winters after co-founding Oscar Health in New York and knew that he wanted to create a culture and a team that prioritized a healthy work-life balance. The constant grind in New York can be exciting, but it can also be a petri dish for burnout, especially when the weather prevents you from really taking care of yourself. Ultimately, we chose to begin building the team here in LA because this city is one of the few places in the world where you can attract amazing people, be part of a booming tech community, run a 10k or catch some waves — if that’s more your style — in the middle of winter. We’re seeing a massive migration of top talent, not just from the East Coast, but even from a few hours north in Silicon Valley.”
What’s something unique to the LA tech community, and how has that shaped your company culture? LA has always been a city of transplants. In previous decades, Hollywood was obviously a huge draw. But as more and more startups have begun setting up shop here, we’re seeing a massive migration of top talent, not just from the East Coast, but even from a few hours north in Silicon Valley. The best engineers, product and business minds are realizing that they have a wealth of amazing opportunities to choose from here in LA, and they no longer have to pick between making a meaningful impact and truly enjoying where they live.