ThinkFWD - Incubating Innovation: The Role of Government in the Tech Economy


February 05, 2015 at 7pm


13031 W Jefferson Blvd
STE. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90094
United States


Catherine Lyons

ThinkFWD is a quarterly speaker series focusing on important issues at the intersection of tech and politics.

In recent years, Los Angeles has established itself as a major destination for promising entrepreneurs. Recent government initiatives spearheaded by Mayor Eric Garcetti have made Los Angeles an especially attractive environment for tech talent. Come listen to a panel of experts discuss the exciting possibilities that lie at the intersection between government and tech innovation. 


Paul Bricault: Based in the Greycroft Partners Los Angeles office, Paul complements his time as a Venture Partner with his work as founder of the leading digital media accelerator in Los Angeles, Amplify.LA. As a member of the Greycroft team he oversees the firm’s investments in Klout, OpenBucks, Playdek, 9Gag, Rumr and LiveFyre.

Previously, Paul was the founder of The Mailroom Fund (MRF),­ a venture fund in partnership with Accel Partners, Venrock and AT&T that focused on early stage investments in Southern California-based digital media firms. He founded MRF during his 16 year tenure at the William Morris Agency where he served as a member of the Board of Directors in his role as Executive Vice President and head of both the Global Marketing Practice and the Digital Media Group. He also sits on the LA Mayor’s Council for Technology and Innovation.

Michelle Garakian: Michelle currently serves on Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s Business Team concentrating on the Tech Sector, including the high-tech, clean-tech, green-tech, and bio-tech industries. Beyond serving as a resource and liaison to the community, she works with the entire team to help attract businesses to LA and retain the City’s homegrown talent. Previously, she served as the Vice President for the Los Angeles Business Council.

Ted Nordhaus: Ted is a Founder and Chairman of the Breakthrough Institute, a political think tank based in Oakland, California, that works at the nexus of climate, energy, and economic policy. He is also managing partner of American Environics, a research and consulting firm that brings cutting edge research and methodologies used to understand the evolution of American social values to progressive political projects.

Jeff AndersonJeff Anderson is a managing director of CalCEF, a family of non-profit organizations working together to accelerate the movement of clean energy technologies along the continuum from "innovation to installation" using tools from finance, public policy and technology. He is also the president of its subsidiary, CalCharge,a groundbreaking public-private partnership working to accelerate the development, commercialization, and adoption of new energy storage technologies for the consumer, transportation, and grid markets. 

Moderated by Maegan CarberryMaegan Carberry has been a provocative independent voice in our national conversation, working as a journalist, media strategist and digital entrepreneur. She teaches at USC's Annenberg School for Communication. She began her career as a reporter and columnist with The Chicago Tribune, served as Arianna Huffington's Chief of Staff, created and co-hosted Variety's Wilshire & Washington podcast about Hollywood politics, wrote for Mashable and appeared as an analyst on FOX Business News and CNN. She was Communications Director of Rock the Vote during the 2010 midterm elections. As one of the first staffers at Upworthy, she was the site's founding curator and brand spokesperson. Most recently, Maegan ran a social enterprise incubator for philanthropist and prison reform activist B. Wayne Hughes, Jr. She attended UCLA and Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.





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