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🌴 New Events: AI x Web3 Panel with Lightspeed Faction | VC & Family Office Sunset Mixer with CogX

#017: AI x Web3 Panel & Networking, VC & Family Office Sunset Mixer, Women VC film screening, CogX Festival LA, Elevate's pitch night

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📃 Summary of this Issue

  • Emerging LA’s upcoming featured events! 🔥

  • More events from our LA friends!

    • May 2 - Women@LAVA screening of “Show Her The Money” film

    • May 7 - CogX Festival LA (discount % for Emerging LA members)

    • May 8 - Elevate’s Pitch Night

Welcome to issue #017 of Emerging LA

This week's edition is packed with another great lineup of events for founders VCs, operators, and LPs! Each uniquely curated to foster connections and insights.

The two upcoming Emerging LA events include 1) a VC & Family Office Sunset Mixer at an amazing venue with a view of the whole city on April 25th in partnership with CogX and The Alliance for SoCal Innovation; and 2) an AI + blockchain event on May 3rd with Lightspeed Faction and Wharton Digital Assets Club.

You can also find me running around town the next couple of weeks in support of other events going on such as the screening of “Show Her The Money”, the CogX Festival in LA, and Elevate’s Pitch Night.

Look out for upcoming issues of Recaps, where I will share insights & takeaways from our last two events: Harvard Kennedy School Sovereign Nation and Healthtech LA.

Also, I will provide some highlights of my panel at Harvard Blockchain Conference in Boston (where I got to meet Chris Dixon!), dinner with Sheila Johnson, the Lido Family Office conference (meeting two celebs that brought back fond memories - Bobby Brown & Bill Bellamy), and lastly, my visit to Starburst’s Space Demo Day in El Segundo.

As you can see… I am clearly behind on my Recap updates and have quite a backlog for you all!

For those who don’t know me (yet) – hello! 👋

I'm Brandon Hoffman, the Host of Emerging LA & GP at Sunset Ventures. After years on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, I was excited to return to Los Angeles and do my part to support my hometown.

The vision for Emerging LA is an IRL community that unites people together to unlock LA’s full potential as a top emerging tech ecosystem in the world!

Enjoy the read, and see you soon. 🌴

Emerging LA hosts events that you don’t want to miss!

VC & Family Office Investor Sunset Mixer in Century City (04/25)

For investment leaders (GPs, Principals, Fund of Funds) and LPs (Family Offices & HNWs), join us this Thursday in partnership with CogX and the Alliance for SoCal Innovation!

There are limited spots for this highly curated event, where we will discuss:

“How do we get the next 10 years right?

How do we drive growth and affect change in LA’s tech ecosystem?

Private event for VCs & LPs

Reach out if you are Partner/Principal or LP and want to attend!!

There will be complementary valet parking.


  • 5:30p: Arrival & networking

  • ​​6:30p: Introductions

  • ​​7:00p: Networking

  • ​9:30p: Wrap up

A gift to guests who attend

​Those who are approved and attend will receive a Gold Pass ($1,900 value) to the CogX Festival in LA on May 7th, 2024.

AI Web3 Panel & Mixer w/ Lightspeed Faction & Wharton Digital Assets in Santa Monica (05/03)

You don’t want to miss this rare event that will bring together experts in two emerging technologies and a panel to talk about how AI and blockchain can work together…

​AI offers the promise of abundance but may lead to deepfakes & mistrust. mistrust. ​Web3 offers digital scarcity and authentication that could bring trust to a world inundated with digital replicas.

AI x Web3 is a must-attend event for those interested in AI, Blockchain, or any industry that will be impacted → gaming, media, social, finance, banking, etc.

This event is co-hosted with Lightspeed Faction, Wharton Digital Assets Club, and Sunset Ventures.

  • ​6:00p: Check-ins

  • ​7:00p: Expert panel discussion (to be revealed)

  • ​730-830p: Networking & cocktails

​​This has a paid ticket in order to make sure it is a high quality event and opening it up to everyone. i.e. No approvals required!

Our previous events had 200+ attendees and sold out, especially with the expert fireside chats.

Be sure to get yours before it sells out!!

** Bonus ** If you are an early-bird and buy within 24 hours of this newsletter, then you will get a discount!

⚠️ Please pre-register, as space is limited. Tickets required and will not be sold at the door. Have QR code open upon arrival to check-in and receive drink tickets.

More Events

Our friends’ upcoming events that you may find us at!

Women@LAVA - “Show Her The Money” film screening (05/02)

This “SHOW HER THE MONEY” screening explores why women receive less than 2% of venture capital and features female investors supporting women entrepreneurs poised to change the world.

Follow the journeys of four ambitious entrepreneurs.

After the film, join a Q&A panel with the stars, plus appetizers and drinks.

👉 Click HERE to sign up

CogX Festival LA (05/07)

Join us at the CogX Festival in Los Angeles on May 7th, an event that will bring together leading thinkers and innovators in technology.

This event is a must-attend for those looking to shape the future.

👉 Click HERE to sign up

Elevate’s Pitch Night (05/08)

Don't miss Elevate's exclusive Pitch Session on Thursday, May 9th, from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the chic San Vicente Bungalows.

It's a fantastic opportunity to connect with industry leaders and innovative founders from sectors like Media, Entertainment, and Technology.

Last event, we were joined by founders from Equinox, Yelp, and other major players, plus notable celebrities and family offices.

Interested in pitching? We have two spots left!

👉 Click HERE to request to pitch!

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