IdeaMensch Los Angeles 3 – #IM48

Our third IdeaMensch event here in Los Angeles, and the kickoff to our 48-state road trip across America. Here in LA is where everything started, so it’s only natural that we are going to kick things off with a bang.

Same format as usual, we are bringing in 4 awesome speakers who will each spend 15-20 minutes talking about an idea they brought to life, how they did and what you can learn from it. And then you’ll have 10-15 minutes to ask them questions and continue the conversation.

Remember, the format of our events is not geared towards ideas but rather how you bring it to life.

You’re going to walk away with at least 5 super valuable nuggets of information to put to use for your own idea.

You’re also going to be blown away by our audience (yourself) which is comprised by folks ranging from tech CEOs, social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and folks in advertising and media.

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Here are our speakers, and talks.

Why Great Design Needs Great Passion (And Vice Versa)

Marc Mertens is the CEO at Seso – a Los Angeles based experience design firm that teams up with organizations committed to solving some of the world’s largest challenges. Seso has created captivating digital stories and products in the areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Science and Health. Recent engagements include the launch of TED-Ed for the venerable TED Conference and initiatives for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, The XPrize Foundation NASA and LACMA.[divider]

How To Be A Dad And Make Living With It

Charlie Capen is one of the creators of, a “how-not-to” entertainment website for parents which has grown to be a viral sensation with over 97,000 Twitter followers. The site features running commentary and visual diagrams on the idiosyncrasies of fatherhood, parenting missteps and his own adjustment to having children. Charlie will give a humorous talk on launching and growing If you’re using content to grow your business, this talk is pure gold.[divider]

Learnings From Building A Social Enterprise

Shivani Siroya is the CEO and Founder of InVenture, which provides simple money management tools, technical assistance and affordable capital that microbusinesses need to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty. Shivani will talk about her experience of going from being an investment banker to someone providing funding opportunities to some of the poorest people in the world. [divider]

“The 4 Disciplines Of A Healthy Startup Culture”

Josh Allan Dykstra is a founder of Strengths Doctors, a consulting firm that helps organizations of all sizes be more productive, profitable, and creative. He has an eclectic work background in a variety of industries, varying from Fortune 500 companies like Apple, Starbucks, and Viacom/CBS to startups, nonprofits and government agencies. His talk about “The 4 Disciplines Of A Healthy Startup Culture” will explain how to build a company that doesn’t only make amazing stuff, but also creates an amazing and energizing place to work.