Welcome to 2462(miles), the exact distance between Los Angeles and New York City as the carrier pigeon flies. The goal of 2462 is to digitally and eventually physically connect creative, passionate individuals who live, work and travel between NYC & LA. We feature select events, people, and companies from each city who might be off the mainstream radar but are nevertheless doing amazing work and creating powerful impact.
Join us on our twice a month digital adventure.
1. Featured Companies—Stella Service and
2. Featured Passenger—
3. Featured Events in NYC and LA
Featured NYC Company: STELLAService
STELLAService is dedicated to customer service – helping consumers find it and helping businesses achieve it. They are the first and only independent provider of customer service ratings for online retailers. How does STELLAService collect this data? They go shopping every day.
Through a process audited by global accounting and auditing firm KPMG, STELLAService analysts measure and rate the end-to-end service experience across support channels including phone, email, chat and Twitter as well as shipping, returns and refunds. The service metrics they collect include a mix of speed and quality, such as total time to reach a live representative on the phone, product and policy knowledge and packaging quality.
STELLAService operates a syndicated data platform called STELLA Metrics for monitoring and benchmarking customer service performance across hundreds of metrics. With around 700 online retailers displaying their seal, STELLAService is worth taking a peak!
Featured LA Company: Swagbucks
Swagbucks is the premier loyalty program on the web. We reward you with Swag Bucks, the global Reward currency, just like credit card loyalty points. Through our online loyalty programs, you’ll earn Swag Bucks for activities that you already do online every day. Members love us because they can work from home, all the while earning more Swag Bucks. We reward you for answering surveys, playing games, watching videos, discovering offers, and searching the web. Most of all, We reward online shopping. With great online coupons, you can get double swag bucks for the purchases you make from your favorite online shopping sites.
Featured Passenger: H Alan Scott, Comedian and Writer
What’s your historical LA and New York connection?
I moved to New York on vacation. For a short while I worked in politics before transitioning into non-profit event planning while trying to make comedy happen. Eventually I got a job that allowed me to split my time between New York and LA, which helped establish my credibility within the comedy communities of both cities.
Describe your experience in LA.
LA is like kale juice. At first you’re like, “Get that away from me.” But then you’re like, “Everyone is drinking this stuff, what do they see in it?” Then you learn more about, its secrets, and that most people sweeten it. Finally you’re like, “More kale juice please!” It took years for me to get into LA, I felt out of place (cars! no seasons! last call at 2AM!). But people seemed to like it, so I jumped in, got to know the scene, figured out some secrets. Like NYC, it’s an industry town based on connections. Once I recognized that in order to actually like the place I needed to explore it (especially the comedy scene), and that figuring out the secret to LA life is just showing up and making myself available (and my knowledge of the New York comedy scene and vic versa for LA) to the people I’m meeting, then eventually I grew to love LA (and kale juice).
What was the biggest challenge of moving from NYC to LA?
This is a boring answer, but the car was a big adjustment for me. But also the amount of down time I have in LA. I’d easily go all day without stopping by home in NYC, but rarely does that ever happen in LA.
How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
By recognizing that they are two totally different types of cities that draw very talented people to them. It’s the talent we should be engaging, not endlessly comparing each other with “20 Reasons Why NYC Is Better Than LA” lists (looking at you Buzzfeed!). For example, I produce a comedy show in both New York and LA called SRSLY LOL. By doing this, I was able to establish that I get both comedy scenes and that I’m able to successfully interact with them. This helped me establish professional legitimacy that allowed me to interact and collaborate with top talent in both cities.
Favorite NYC secret spot
The Strand bathroom. It’s the most comfortable, clean public bathroom in the city. Plus there’s plenty of reading material.
Favorite LA secret spot
Cafe 101 at the Holiday Inn in Hollywood. Great diner, I hold all my work meetings there. Cheap, classically LA, and they have parking (big LA bonus).
If you were not doing comedy and writing, what would you be doing?
I’d be a tour guide at the Harry S Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri. Ask me why I didn’t put a period after the “S” in his name, it’s a great story!
I wanna go! Events not to miss
UNCUBED NYC: Friday May 17th, 10am-9:30pm, Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W 18th
Come to the best tech job and training fair we know and love. The skills track will be in the morning, with the main event and conference in the afternoon, closing with an after party.
Internet Week NYC: Monday May 20th-Friday May 24th, all around NYC
Bigger than ever before, Internet Week is the closest thing NYC has to SXSW. Join talented folks across business, culture and tech for panels and parties!
Audience.io Launch party: Monday May 20th, 6:30-8:30pm, Chelsea
Join our co-curator on 3460 Miles, London and NYC’s newsletter, CBM as she launches her new company helping to develop audiences for startups in both London and NYC!
The Adventure Project Spring Gala: Monday, May 20th, 7-10 pm, Gansevoort, 420 Park S
Join Becky Straw and her incredible nonprofit focusing on adding venture capital and entrepreneurial ingenuity to infuse and create create jobs and solutions in developing countries including Haiti, India, Kenya and Uganda.
Wall Street Journal’s Tech Cafe: Wednesday May 22, 8am-8pm Think Coffee, 73 8th Ave
Come enjoy free coffee, tea and pastries from WSJ as entrepreneurs and investors chat about the intersection of business and technology.
The Webby’s: Wednesday, May 22nd, 6-10pm, online livestream
Watch the web’s wittiest awards show, The Webby’s, award this year’s honorees, who include Frank Ocean, Jerry Seinfeld, Grimes, Obama for America, and Kevin Spacey.
Go Big or Go Home: Corporate Partnerships for Tech Start-ups: Wed. May 15th, 11:30am LA Athletic Club.
Corporate partnerships can yield tremendous value for both technology start-ups and big business alike. Yet the success of these partnerships depends on a variety of different bureaucratic and technical roadblocks. Before you network your way into big meetings with your charming personality, it is important to first build a compelling business case that appeals to corporate executives.
Developing a Vision for Your Startup Idea with Adeo Ressi: Wed. May 15th, 7pm, Culver City
You are passionate about a business idea, but don’t know what to do next? How do you develop your idea into a larger vision and start building? At this exclusive event, Adeo Ressi, Founder & CEO of the Founder Institute, will visit from Silicon Valley to teach aspiring entrepreneurs the components of good and bad startup ideas, discuss what it takes to develop a rough idea into a solid vision, and provide guidance on how to accelerate that vision into a sustainable company.
Fashion Digital Los Angeles: Thursday May 16th, 8am, West Hollywood
Fashion Digital LA is the first and only conference dedicated exclusively to apparel and fashion e-commerce. The event provides a unique opportunity for online retailers to hear industry leaders share best practices and strategies for addressing the opportunities and challenges specific to fashion e-commerce. With so many digital executives from leading fashion brands in one place, Fashion Digital LA provides unparalleled networking and information-sharing.
Startups Uncensored #37 w/ Babak Nivi of AngelList and Venture Hacks: Wed. May 22th, 6pm, Santa Monica
This month’s Startups Uncensored will be a fireside chat with AngelList and Venture Hacks co-founder Babak Nivi hosted by Docstoc CEO, Jason Nazar. Babak Nivi is the co-founder and President of AngelList. He has worked at VC firms including Bessemer and worked with startups that are backed by Sequoia and Benchmark. He has 2 patents and is a graduate of MIT.
Flight 22 has landed. Ciao for now!
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