Steve Poizner, the former California gubernatorial candidate and former founder of SnapTrack (which he sold to San Diego’s Qualcomm), says he has created a new group called the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, which will focus on further developing Southern California’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The ingredients are in place for SoCal to emerge as the next major global tech ecosystem. The region’s challenge is to successfully navigate a short list of critical steps necessary to make that happen.
In my new role as the first executive director for the Alliance for Southern California Innovation, I spent a lot of time outside of my home turf of Pasadena — visiting innovation nodes such as San Diego, Irvine, Riverside, Santa Barbara, Venice, Santa Monica, and others. What was most striking was the diversity and breadth of the node-network that defines the region–so complex and at times, overwhelming. I met with many deeply talented entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, community organizers and professionals who are thriving in these separate yet overlapping (and interdependent) ecosystems.