Startup streets: the tech companies of Sunset Boulevard

Written by John Siegel
Published on Nov. 16, 2016
Startup streets: the tech companies of Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles is known for many things, but most people know it for one thing: Hollywood. Sunset Boulevard is synonymous with some of the biggest names of the 20th Century, including The Doors, Guns N' Roses, John Belushi and many more. But over the last few years, Sunset Boulevard has become known for something new — it's home to some of LA tech's most interesting startups. 


Founded: 1998

Cross Street: Horn Avenue

Bio: Evite is a personal party planning tool, boasting a number of tools to help estimate costs, plan menus and send custom invitations. Recently, the company partnered with Venice-based Pledgeling to use their platform to raise money for charity.


Founded: 2012

Cross Street: Larrabee Street

Bio: Sitting just a few hundred feet from The Whisky A Go Go, The Roxy and The Viper Room is the headquarters of the premier dating app on the market, Tinder. Still just four years old, the startup appears to have cornered the market with its swiping interface, spawning spinoff apps like Austin-based Bumble (founded by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe) and West Hollywood-based Ponder (co-founded by Tyler Mateen, brother of Tinder founder Justin). 


Founded: 2004

Cross Street: Alta Loma Road

Bio: Curious Minds is a hybrid incubator/accelerator which also boasts an angel fund for seed and early-stage startup ventures. Founded by Jonathan Gonen and David Gonen, the company has since expanded to Israel, opening Curious Minds Israel in Tel Aviv in 2013. One of the company's investments, Brand Reporter, which was also headquartered on Sunset Boulevard, was acquired in 2014 by YPB Group.


Founded: 2009

Cross Street: Hammond Street

Bio: Founded by Myspace veteran Ted Dhanik with co-founders Kurtis Rintala and Kenneth Kwan, engage:BDR is an adtech company offering robust cross-device video and display advertising solutions. In August 2016, the company acquired digital entertainment company mydiveo, which also happened to be headquartered on Sunset Boulevard.


Founded: 1997

Cross Street: North Bronson Avenue

Bio: While not an LA-native, Netflix's presence in the Southland is more substantial than all the other members of this list combined. Currently located in Beverly Hills, the content streaming service is biding its time while its palatial 200,000 square foot headquarters at Sunset and North Bronson is completed.


Founded: 2005

Cross Street: North Hudson Street

Bio: SpinMedia is a digital media company which operates 35 separate brands, including sites like StereoGumGorilla vs. Bear and TheFrisky. The company was founded in New York City, but maintains a sizeable presence at its west coast headquarters at North Hudson and Sunset.


Founded: 2013

Cross Street: Hilldale Avenue

Bio: Formerly based in Culver City, big data startup Vertical Mass just moved to its new headquarters in West Hollywood, where it sits just between the Whisky A Go Go and The Roxy. The company, which helps brands collect, store and analyze data on their fans to help understand them better, recently closed a $5 million Series A.


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