LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Comparably and Annenberg Foundation, in partnership with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, will work together to bring new a new civic component to TechFair LA -- the largest job fair of its kind in Los Angeles history. The event will take place Thursday, March 8, 2018 at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles and will strive to harness the power of the exploding LA tech industry to benefit Los Angeles and its diverse and underrepresented communities.
"Last year's TechFair LA was the largest ever tech job fair in Southern California, bringing out well over 10,000 job seekers and featuring the 250 most well-known LA tech companies," said Jason Nazar, Comparably CEO and 2016-2017 Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles. "The event was conceived to help thousands of people in Los Angeles find their dream jobs and to bring together the tech community for a one-of-a-kind event. TechFair 2018 promises to be even better thanks to our new partnership with Annenberg Foundation and the continued support of Mayor Garcetti."
As a result of the Annenberg Foundation's participation, TechFair LA 2018 will provide a wide range of Angelenos access to jobs and generate important conversations about how the growing LA tech ecosystem can make equity, opportunity, and civic engagement a pillar of its success. The event will also include members of Los Angeles' venture capital firms in conversation about their increased interest in the city's civic landscape.
"This year, TechFair LA will have a new overlay of civic engagement to benefit our community, and we will encourage tech companies to think carefully about – and take care of – the city that is so rapidly changing right before our very eyes," said Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of Annenberg Foundation. "We expect to open the door to job applicants who might not otherwise have had access, and provide real job and networking opportunities. We have to support and highlight individuals who provide diversity of thought and background to bring real value to our local tech companies."
About TechFair LA
TechFair LA is the largest ever tech job fair in Southern California, providing a diverse pool of Angelenos with the opportunity to meet recruiters from LA's top tech companies face-to-face. The event was created and co-hosted by Jason Nazar, the CEO of Comparably, during his tenure as Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles. TechFair LA 2017 sold out with more than 10,000 registered attendees, and it is expected that more than 250 of the best L.A. tech companies will be represented again. Last year's participants included Jam City, Cornerstone OnDemand, Cooley LLP, LegalZoom, Tronc, EY, Snapchat, The Honest Company, Ticketmaster, Hyperloop-One, DogVacay, Soothe, ZipRecruiter, YouTube, Amazon, Scopely, Uber, Loot Crate, Laurel and Wolf, Honey, ZEFR, Riot Games, Headspace, Omaze, YouTube, Uber, Tinder, and more.
Comparably is the online platform where employees publically rate their company culture, access salary data, and find their dream jobs. The product launched in 2016 and has quickly become one of the most used SaaS solutions for employer branding with over 5000 companies actively engaged with employer accounts. Comparably was co-founded by Jason Nazar, a serial entrepreneur and former Entrepreneur in Residence for the City of Los Angeles. The company has raised over $13 million from LA's most notable venture capital investors including Greycroft Partners, Upfront Ventures, Alpha Edison, Crosscut Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Priztker Group, Rincon Venture Partners, Cornerstone on Demand, Comcast Ventures, BAM Ventures, Crosslink Capital and many more.
About Annenberg Foundation
Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation that provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally. Since 1989, it has generously funded programs in education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation and its Board of Directors are directly involved in the community with innovative projects that further its mission of advancing a better tomorrow through visionary leadership today. Among them are Annenberg Alchemy, Annenberg Learner, Annenberg Space for Photography, AnnenbergTech, explore, GRoW @ Annenberg and the Metabolic Studio. The Foundation encourages the development of effective ways to communicate by sharing ideas and knowledge.
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