The emerging tech scenes in Los Angeles and San Francisco

March 11, 2015

Silicon Valley, California is still very much the capital of technology. Many of the world’s most powerful tech companies, such as Google, Apple and Facebook, call this region their home. However, as the U.S. economy continues to gain steam and new workplace strategies such as cloud computing and BYOD make their way in offices around the country, a wide range of other cities are fortifying their own tech scenes.

In fact, even in other parts of California, tech startups are thriving and finding new ways to weave themselves into the fabric of global innovation and business advancement. Los Angeles and San Francisco have become increasingly vital in the development of the Californian tech sector outside of Silicon Valley. And in turn, the tech scenes in these major cities are creating a wide range of employment opportunities in the industry.

Los Angeles creating new tech life downtown
Los Angelenos in search of tech work are flocking to the downtown area and the Arts District, where they can find a wide range of startups with an eye on innovation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tech workers like the area for its gritty urban feel, which exemplifies the creativity of the field. Startups are eschewing skyscraper cubicle offices in favor of old railroad depots and other industrial spaces.

“There definitely is tons going on: lots of new startups and co-working spaces and nightlife and restaurants opening all the time,” Kai Powell, a tech worker with NationBuilder, a community organizing software program, told the publication. “For people who are excited by that kind of thing, I don’t think there’s any other place.”

San Francisco trending upward for tech
CNN reported that major tech companies such as Twitter are relocating to San Francisco because it gives workers a more cultural base for their work. Alan Collenette, a regional managing director for Colliers International, a real estate firm, said that in 2015, 60 percent of all signed leases in the city have been for technology companies.

“If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you want to live in a vibrant environment where you’re surrounded by like-minded people, where there’s a lot of interesting cultural stuff to do,” Collenette told the news outlet. “And with the great respect to the suburbs where Apple was born, there’s a lot more cultural diversity and a lot more to do [in San Francisco] than there is there.”