Entrepreneurs around greater Los Angeles have made a positive impact on greater Southern California in a variety of ways: tackling social needs, improving on old business models, and assisting with needs like financial literacy.
Here are a few of the people I interviewed who made a positive impression on me and the articles I wrote on them are linked at the end:
Paul Davis, Hubber
While flying out of Los Angeles International Airport to go skiing in Tahoe or fly to a film shoot, Paul paid for parking at LAX. He figured instead of having his car and thousands others sit empty, he would rent it out.
He launched Hubber in summer 2013 and created a business where people get paid to rent out their car instead of paying for parking. This also reduces the need for additional rental cars on the road and makes use of a personal asset, part of the shared economy.
Michael Sigal, Book Your Care
Michael has an extensive software development background. His son became hooked on prescription drugs during an illness and he found he couldn’t get help through the medical establishment. He researched care facilities but could not determine which ones provided quality care and which ones did not. His experience led him to establish Book Your Care in 2013, a service that matches patients with quality residential facilities.
Steve Sugarman, Banc of California and Foundation
This bank works with entrepreneurs and, as Steve told me, customizes loans and develops ways to work with entrepreneurs in a way that meets their needs and is available for the life cycle of the company. Like Steve said, “We don’t just have a loan in the box program.”
Banc of California lends in the billions of dollars to entrepreneurs and the company has also started a financial literacy effort in October 2013 to assist teens and young adults who have been in foster care. The foundation's brochure is available at the bottom of the bank's website home page.
Elizabeth McDonald, The Rental Girl
Elizabeth has added a new twist to the rental and real estate industry. She has independent agents who specialize in a neighborhood of Los Angeles to assist landlords in finding the right tenants and tenants to have a match with landlords.
The Rental Girl also assists first time homebuyers.
Rael Iscowitz, Basi Pilates
Rael has worked intimately with the original student of Joseph Pilates during his 25-year career as a Pilates instructor. He has organized an international movement to educate and train Pilates instructors in places like Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, and throughout Europe and North America.
He has worked to bring a set of standards to the industry and held an international conference in June 2013 with over 200 attendees.