30 AND UNDER: Rising stars in Los Angeles tech who find hot startup deals and manage millions of dollars
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Los Angeles isn't just a movie town anymore.
The city of angels is turning into one of the more alluring destinations for techies and the investors who fund their startup dreams. Hot companies like scooter-sharing firm Bird, pet-sitting service Wag, and Snapchat parent Snap Inc. have all planted their flags in LA, and new venture capital funds are sprouting up at a dizzying pace.
In Silicon Beach, as the city's startup hub is known, a young crop of venture capitalists are bringing vision, passion, and connections to the entertainment industry, creating a thriving tech scene with a unique vibe that sets it apart from its northern neighbor.
We've rounded up a list of those movers and shakers: Venture capitalists, ages 30 and under, who are shaping the LA tech scene into the Silicon Valley of tomorrow.
Business Insider combed the tech investment landscape and talked to entrepreneurs and investors in LA to find the most interesting and noteworthy rising stars. Here they are:
Chang Xu sits on the board of Nexkey, writes frequent posts on topics like China and manufacturing, and is a regular panel speaker in LA.
Teddy Citrin sourced one of the buzziest deals of the year with Bird.
Maaria Bajwa grew up in Silicon Valley, but went south to jumpstart a career in venture capital at Ashton Kutcher's investment firm.
Talia Rosenthal heads up an incubator inside venture firm Science that partners with entrepreneurs to build a portfolio of blockchain- and crypto-related businesses that are positioned for long-term success.
Arteen Arabshahi has a secret sauce: access to one of the largest and most meaningful networks of entrepreneurs in Los Angeles.
Kiyan Yazdi helped launch a startup that pulled $18 million in revenue in the first 18 months — before starting a career in venture capital.
Shiza Shahid, who previously founded a nonprofit alongside Malala Yousafzai, is supporting startups focused on positive social impact.
Will Coffield has evaluated thousands of companies and focuses on investments at the intersection of hardware and software.
Leah Volger spent four years at Google advising C-suite execs on how to grow revenue and customers before becoming a venture capitalist.
Sophia Khan is finding investment opportunities in the aerospace sector after working with the British government to combat terrorism in Iraq.
Suzy Ryoo manages a portfolio of nearly 100 startups across two firms.
Amanda Groves has the most "LA" gig in venture capital.
Abha Nath used her knack for identifying new investment opportunities to help the Walt Disney Company make bank through its accelerator.
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