5 South Bay CxOs in AI, Web3, and in CPG, featuring our Redondo President of PMA.LA, Ethan Cole

May 18, 2023, 11:15 PM – May 19, 2023, 1:00 AM

Unita Manhattan Beach, 516 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach, 90266

StartupGrind MB's 6th meetup of our monthly 2023 series hosts 6 South Bay CEOs focused AI, the metaverse and CPG (spirits and drinkware this month). Wrapping the event with a fireside chat with President of Product Management Associaion of LA - PMA.LA - Ethan Cole, a Redondo resident and serial leader in the tech space.

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

Uniquely to StartupGrind-Manhattan Beach, our 2023 series of events focuses on our seasoned local professionals here in the South Bay and host multiple new CEOs sharing their new ventures:

Our event will start with a short roundtable of these 5 local CxOs sharing their latest launches:

GetInference.com - Taro Koki is a partner in GetInference which teaches professionals how to use AI for marketing and develops innovative AI-based solutions like StyleMyRide.ai. He is also a founding member of ThinkingMedia.ai which develops next generation media platforms. 

Cooper.ai -  MB CEO Jenny Cooper shares her latest platform -  an AI-driven decision-intelligence platform for business leaders. 

Lockerverse.com -  South Bay newcomer and Lockerverse Cofounder Marcus Rance shares his community platform that integrates core creator tools to enable fans to access communities, merchandise, content, utility-based digital collectibles, and experiences from the creators and brands that define the culture.

We've developed a tradition of having local leaders share their latest Brand Launches and we are excited to have 

>> Karl Petersson joining us from amroth.io -  a new spirits distributor who connects brands with retailers and consumers using a refreshingly modern, digital approach.

Fireside chat featured guest:

Ethan Cole, Phd (from UCLA!) is a Redondo Beach executive for URUIT and has lead the Product Managment Association of Los Angeles for the last 6 years.  

LA's largest Product Management professional organization is composed of over 2,500 of LA’s top Product Management talent.

• He built a 20+ volunteer organization that services 2,000 of LA’s best and brightest in digital Product Managers with members from over 500+ companies.

PMA.LA offers a Mentorship Program that connects students from underrepresented populations to foster diversity, inclusion and equity in Product Management. Over 270 minority candidates have been mentored.


Come meet your neighbors doing incredible work!

Photo by Amelia Noyes https://unsplash.com/s/photos/manhattan-beach

Check out what happened



May 18 – 19, 2023
11:15 PM – 1:00 AM UTC


Networking, drinks
Networking with 6 local CxOs and their launches!
Fireside chat
Post-event Networking


  • Craig Kaplan

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach


  • Jason Manasse

    StartupGrind Manhattan Beach



  • Craig Kaplan

    Venture Partner: Lvlup.vc and NextGenVP.com


  • Jason Manasse


  • Sanjeev Rao

    Co Director

  • Kiana Nicio


  • Grace OConnell

    Event Coordinator

Global sponsor

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Dell Technologies


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LvlUp Ventures


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Unita Manhattan Beach

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