July 24, 2014

Decision Makers Dinner July 2014, Stefan’s at LA Farm

Stefan's at LA Farm, Santa Monica

Thursday, July 24, saw a capacity crowd at Top Chef Alum Stefan Richter’s LA Farm.  Guest of honor Jeff Stibel addressed a room with representation from DFJ, Rustic Canyon, and Science alongside C-level execs at Edgecast, MobileCause, and RealtyMogul, to name a few.   We also saw great participation from the newest class of Tech Stars, announced just this past month.  He discussed the need to keep great technology in LA (to which we at ThursdayNights resoundingly agree) and his motivations in managing D&B here over all other locales.

Peter Samuelson, the President and Co-Founder of ThursdayNight’s newest beneficiary, First Star, inspired the room by sharing the need to improve the lives and the opportunities for college education for foster children in America.  We raised $1,500 in voluntary donations at dinner and ThursdayNights presented First Star with an additional $10,000 donation.




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June 26, 2014

ThursdayNights Annual Summer Gala, June 2014

Museum of Flying, Santa Monica

The tech elite were out in full force on June 26 for the annual summer gala at the Museum of Flying.  Set against the backdrop of World War II aircraft, the evening was a gathering of 150 leading entrepreneurs, investors and executives in technology and digital media in Los Angeles.

CEOs from Moonshark, Weev, Swagbucks, TargetClose,The Young Turks, Ranker, CallFire, Tapstone, and BitVault, to name a few, gathered for delicious nibbles and an exotic selection of wines from local boutique Bar & Garden.

A few lucky guests won the raffle with grand prizes ranging from an all-expenses roundtrip to NYC to tickets for Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium; all proceeds for the evening benefitted the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica.

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May 22, 2014

Inaugural Decision Makers Dinner in Santa Barbara with Guest of Honor Jeff Henley, May 22

The Lark, Santa Barbara

ThursdayNights hosted its first ever Decision Makers dinner in Santa Barbara on May 22.  The local decision makers from bBooth, Fastspring, cielo24, and AppScale, to name a few, gathered in the private room at the Lark for a night of fine wine and even better faire.  Guest of honor Jeff Henley, Chairman of Oracle Corporation was a captivating speaker, sharing from the behind the scenes at Oracle, America’s Cup tales and his thoughts on the future of tech.

The beneficiary of the evening was the United Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara.

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May 15, 2014

Decision Makers Dinner at Hakkasan, May 15

Hakkasan Beverly Hills

ThursdayNights convened in Beverly Hills at the acclaimed Hakkasan for our May Decision Makers dinner.  The group, which included CEO Roy Burstin of MiTu (who shortly following dinner announced a $10 MM cap raise), Bill Parducci of Ace Metrix and Matt McCall of Pritzger Group, dined on delicious Cantonese cuisine.  The guest of honor, Alex Kazerani, CEO of Edgecast and EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, shared his experiences and lessons learned from the acquisition of his company in late 2013 by Verizon in a deal worth more than $350MM.

The evening’s beneficiary was the Boys & Girls Club of Venice.

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May 9, 2014

Service Day with City Year LA, May 2014

Daniel Webster Middle School

ThursdayNights and local tech companies came together for a beautification project at Daniel Webster Middle School.

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April 24, 2014

Decision Makers Dinner at Picca, April 2014

Picca Peru

ThursdayNights saw a standing room only crowd at Picca with guest of honor John Battelle as he announced NewCo was coming to Los Angeles.  Picca served up an out of this world palette of flavors complemented by refreshing Peruvian cocktails.   Our packed crowd included Steven Oh, COO of The Young Turks, Emrah Kovacaglu, CEO of Total Beauty Media, Phillippe Browning, VP of Monetization at Snapchat and Josh Payne, CEO of StackSocial, to name a few. The beneficiary of the evening was CityYear Los Angeles.

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