TechFire's LA Tech Awards + Holiday Party | PLUS: a Preview of SoFi Stadium

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SoFi Stadium Premiere Center

12035 West Waterfront Drive

Playa Vista, CA 90094

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Join us for a special TechFire event celebrating the best of the LA tech community -- and the Holidays! Plus: a preview of SoFi Stadium.

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You're invited to TechFire's LA Tech Awards and Holiday Party -- plus the chance for a VIP tour of the invite-only SoFi Stadium Premiere Center, previewing the best of the new NFL stadium -- the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers -- that's currently under construction. The event will also feature a special fireside chat guest as well. Special thanks to Baker McKenzie for sponsoring.


We are extremely privileged to have joining us a very special fireside chat guest from perhaps the most iconic venture capital firm in existence -- Sequoia Capital. Shaun Maguire's tweets praising the LA tech ecosystem recently caught a lot of attention, and so we decided to invite him down here for the event!


Monday, December 16, 2019

5:30 pm: Doors Open: checkin, tours of the SoFi Stadium Premiere Center, and reception. (We recommend aiming to arrive no later than 6:00 pm.)

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm: L.A. tech awards program, and fireside chat

7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: reception & networking


SoFi Stadium Premiere Center , 12035 E Waterfront Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90094

Located in the heart of the LA tech community in Playa Vista, the SoFi Stadium Premiere Center is an 11,000-sq. ft., invite-only preview center and event space providing an interactive first glimpse of the new NFL stadium — SoFi Stadium — and the surrounding entertainment city being built for the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.

At approximately $5 billion, the new stadium complex (pictured below), currently under construction, is one of the most expensive sports and entertainment complexes ever built.

The SoFi Stadium Premiere Center is located on the penthouse and rooftop of the Campus at Playa Vista, next to the headquarters of Belkin, ICANN, and USC ICT (host to TechFire’s Spring Summit). The building was also Hooli’s HQ on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

During the tour you will receive the opportunity to learn about and secure the best available seats and club amenities inside this new stadium. After the tour, join us for a a reception and networking, and the LA Tech Awards ceremony including a special fireside chat, followed by more networking.

PARKING OPTIONS: Street parking outside the building or paid parking in the structure (enter on the East end of Waterfront Drive).


  • VC Firm of the Year
  • Founder of the Year
  • Angel Investor of the Year
  • App or Tech Company of the Year
  • Hottest New Startup (Launched in 2019)
  • Social Impact Award
  • Ecosystem Leader


Winners will be chosen by TechFire based on both community input and TechFire’s editorial judgment (these awards cannot be bought!) of whom best deserves to win on the merits (and upon confirming the winner can attend to accept at the event; not all categories may be awarded).


Bio: Shaun Maguire is a Partner at Sequoia Capital, focusing on seed and early stage investing.

Sequoia Capital — perhaps the most legendary name in venture capital — helps daring founders build legendary companies from idea to IPO and beyond. In aggregate, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ's total value, and Sequoia’s profits since 2000 alone exceed $16 billion.

In partnering with Sequoia, companies benefit from 47 years of tribal knowledge from working with founders like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko, Julia Hartz and Jack Dorsey.

Shaun is a former partner at GV/Google Ventures where he invested in Stripe, Lambda School, Clutter, and more, and is former consultant to DARPA, with LA roots (Caltech (PhD / MS) and USC (BA)).


The event will feature ample time to network with other tech leaders and to get in the Holiday spirit!


TechFire thanks our sponsors:

Gold Sponsor: Baker McKenzie

Happy Holidays from TechFire to you and yours. See you at the event!


To learn more about us, visit and view a PDF with photos and details on past events.

Note: Admission is subject to capacity and not guaranteed if the venue fills up (but we have never had to turn anyone away). By registering, you agree that registration and contact details may be shared with our venue host as well.

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