There’s an interesting private event being held tonight at io/LA, a brand new digital incubator located in the heart of Hollywood. Through “Discussion: Tech and Art,” Shepard Fairey, Sebastian Copeland and several others will share their thoughts about the dynamic possibilities to be pursued at the intersection of these two realms.
Per an article in The Hollywood Reporter by Daniel Miller, the incubator and monthly-membership workspace – officially launched in April by Myspace co-founder Aber Whitcomb, actor Chris Gartin and actor-producer Donovan Leitch – has about 50 paying members so far. The trio also plans to separately invest $500,000 in 25 companies, all of whom will get a reserved spot at the company’s open-concept collaboration environment. Io/LA’s location just down the sidewalk from the Hollywood Roosevelt is a key foundation block:
Leitch and Gartin told The Hollywood Reporter that io/LA’s location in the heart of Hollywood sets the company apart from other incubators and co-working companies that have cropped up in and around Santa Monica. The founders say that their personal networks and an eclectic membership will help the companies io/LA incubates and the members who use the facility forge business relationships and dream up new ideas. “It is all about the convergence of tech and entertainment and aligning storytellers with technologists,” said Leitch, the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Donovan.