MAYOR GARCETTI ANNOUNCES 2016 ENTREPRENEURS IN RESIDENCE, BUILDING ON INNOVATIVE PROGRAM’S SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR
Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced this year’s participants in his innovative Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program, which was launched in 2014 to connect the most accomplished entrepreneurs in the City with L.A.’s future business leaders and job creators.
This year’s EIRs are Eva Ho and Jason Nazar, two renowned professionals with decades of experience building startups into strong, successful businesses. During their year with the EIR program, Eva and Jason will help to shape City policy and create initiatives designed to help entrepreneurs across L.A. They will also work with local non-profit organizations and institutions to help foster more entrepreneurship and business growth across Los Angeles.
Eva Ho is a General Partner at Susa Ventures, an early stage technology fund. As a serial entrepreneur and founder, Eva was founding executive at Factual, a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Google and YouTube for five years, and head of marketing for Applied Semantics, a company that sold to Google in 2003. Ho is also an advisor/mentor at MuckerLab, Common Crawl, WebFWD, and newMe Accelerator, and is an active angel investor in L.A. and beyond.
Jason Lawrence Nazar is currently the CEO & co-founder of Comparably, a new HR focused startup. He was the co-founder and CEO of Docstoc (acquired by INTUIT), the premier content site to start, grow, and manage small businesses, which amassed over 50 million registered users worldwide. In addition to being the creator and host of Startups Uncensored, the longest running and most widely attended technology gathering in Southern California, Jason was named one of the “Most Admired CEOs in Los Angeles” by the LA Business Journal, and is a regular writer on Forbes, WSJ, and BusinessInsider.
The new EIRs will build on the program’s highly productive first year, which was led by Krisztina “Z” Holly and Amir Tehrani.
Holly studied the local entrepreneurial manufacturing ecosystem with a survey of more than 1,600 different L.A. businesses. The survey uncovered a variety of opportunities to strengthen the local manufacturing community in L.A., a goal she is now pursuing further through her new initiative, Make it in L.A.
Tehrani focused on digital divides in L.A.’s startup economy. He launched the Mayor’s Sharing Economy Job Fair in South L.A. last August to help bring tech opportunity to underserved neighborhoods. The Mayor’s Office has continued this effort by hosting an event in Boyle Heights last November and an upcoming event in Pacoima on March 12. Tehrani also examined the causes and consequences of venture capital gaps in L.A. and launched Legacy Angel Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that will invest in local companies to reduce their capital reliance on Bay Area investors.
The EIR program is made possible by Ernst & Young LLP which will support the program for four years. The program enlists two expert entrepreneurs each year to work with the City on creating initiatives aimed at supporting entrepreneurs in L.A., helping Angelenos start and build their businesses and contributing to business-friendly City policies.