Tech scene takes hold in revitalized downtown L.A. / by TI


During the L.A. tech scene's fledgling days, entrepreneurs would joke about never going east of the 405.
Now, they're not just venturing beyond that once-unthinkable border, they're taking their companies with them. Like many Angelenos, they've become charmed by the new, revitalized downtown.
The city's vibrant geographic core, they say, is central, cool and relatively cheap, making it a logical node in the thriving L.A. tech economy that has exploded beyond its Westside confines.
"All signs point to downtown," said Brian Mullins, founder and chief executive of augmented reality firm Daqri, which relocated from Santa Monica two years ago. "We all believe that it's the place in L.A. with the infrastructure to really scale a company."