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Social Media Week — Sept 22 – 26


Microsoft is powering this years Social Media Week in LA, and will host panels throughout the week — Want to know which LA-based companies have been the most creative and successful while doing it? Tumblr will host a storytelling panel, Postmates will discuss building local markets, Thillist’s Adam Rich will discuss commerce and community, Microsoft and DreamWorks will discuss host they are using big data, The Hollywood Reporter‘s VP Digital Content will explain why viral is a result and not a strategy, And if you want to hear how easy access to capital is disrupting traditional finance, well – there’s a panel for that too. 

EVENTS #trending

Planned Parenthood Benefit at Ace Hotel – 9/20Alex’s Lemonade at UCLA – 9/20

Operation Smile Gala at the Beverly Wilshire – 9/20

Hammer Benefit at Alexander McQueen – 9/19

Karen O’s 3 Night run at Hollywood Cemetery – 9/18

People Stylewatch #swdenimxrevolve at @TheLineHotel – 9/17

The Guy Who Built the $85M Spec House in Beverly Hills, Also Bought the ‘Wells Fargo Party Pad’ in Malibu

A theater, a wine room, a $200,000 candy bar and pre-stocked Dom Perignon …. all perks in this new $85M home was built on spec by Bruce Makowsky who is the same guy who wound up buying the Malibu Colony home in 2010 where a mortgage officer from Wells Fargo has been squatting after it was seized by the bank from Bernie Madoff victims who could no longer pay their mortgage.

WME’s Newly Acquired IMG (Who Produces NYFW) Wants to Plan an LA Strategy

“We just want to approach it in a different way — not with a traditional fashion week. LA is a market we want to expand into. We’d love to do something consumer-facing there — kick off awards season with a show of cocktail clothes and gowns and invite stylists, celebrities, editors and bloggers.” — Catherine Bennett, Senior VP at IMG Fashion, which produces New York Fashion Week. IMG was acquired by WME for $2.3 billion in January. [THR]

How Young Tech Millionaires Invest

mike zhang young millionaire

Spoiler alert: It’s our friends over at Bel Air Investment Advisors. Mike Zhang 23, became a millionaire recently after he sold an online company he started at the age of 14. Bel Air, which primarily manages money for very wealthy individuals, has been getting a number of new clients like Zhang lately: young, newly-made tech millionaires. Bel Air’s younger clients are putting a sizable chunk in hedge funds, master limited partnerships and real estate as well as safer, income generating assets like bonds. The entrepreneurs also like to keep between 10% and 15% of their assets free to invest in their own ventures or other start-ups. [CNN Money]

PORTER Issue 4/August14

My Dad Just Got a Phantom Drone

My Dad Just Got a Drone from Phantom. It locks onto seven satellites to hold it’s place so we can seat it at the dinner table and it keeps hovering while the Earth turns. The drone is currently hovering over our deck in Malibu and acts as a watch dog for passers-by. 

INTEL #trending

Week of 9/15:

Larry Ellison retires from Oracle

Opening Ceremony asked Jonah Hill and Spike Jonze to write a celeb-cast play for  #NYFW instead of a tradish show

Jennifer Lawrence (truffle hero) will Co-Chair the 2015 Met Gala [THR]

Startup ‘Alfred,’ Selling A Butler for $99/Month, Wins TechCrunch Disrupt

Stanford’s Free Online Startup Class is Back — 9/23 to 12/4

After Peter Thiel’s infamous CS183 class on startups, Stanford has planned a follow up course this fall; CS183B. The 20-session course will be taught at Stanford and feature tons of major names lecturing on how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy, sales and marketing. but all videos, reading materials, and assignments will be posted online on Sam Altman’s website,

LA Hot List


  • Butchers & Barbers (Houston Brother)
  • Bobby London downtown (Josh Richman, Hartwell)
  • Mastro’s Ocean Club
  • Madame Siam (Houston brothers)



  • Kate Mantalini (May 2014)
  • Hamburger Hamlet on Sunset
  • Enoteca Drago (Canon Drive)





Altuzarra for Target launches today — See the lookbook!

How Many Millennials Made Vanity Fair’s ‘New Establishment’ List?

vanity-fair-new-establishment-list-2014How many billionaires? How many Harvard graduates? How many new entries? Vanity Fair breaks it down on their annual New Establishment list by — founders of hot topics in tech from Tinder to SnapChat, entertainment names like the siblings David and Megan Ellison, along with the obvious — Beyonce — are included among others. [Vanity Fair]

Marlon Brando’s, ‘The Brando,’ north of Tahiti’s main island

Marlon Brando’s granddaughter, Tumi Brando (26), shows his private atoll ‘Tetiaroa’ in French Polynesia — 30 miles north of Tahiti’s main island that Brando discovered while filming ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ in 1960. It now houses ‘The Brando’, an eco-resort Brando had envisioned years ago.


The Palm is Coming to Canon Drive


Originally Published on: Feb 26, 2013: Heard: The Palm Restauant Moving to Beverly Hills! A little birdie tells us the Palm is moving to Bev Hills! This is unconfirmed but we are finding out more. We shall be cutting out the walls if they dont take them with!! UPDATE (8/20/14): We were right! Palm is coming to Canon…