When we first heard L.A. had a members only club for techies like The Battery in San Francisco, we were stoked. More Bling Ring, less Social Network, fingers crossed. But during a visit in March, I was told not to bother sneaking in: "There weren't enough members to support the place."
"Don't go to 41 Ocean. It's already over," said one of the 41 Ocean founders, Josh Berman, who runs the e-commerce company Beachmint. "Like, it would be a little embarrassing. We're starting a new thing, actually."
"We had a vision. We wanted to install plugs, we wanted to make it a place to work and meet," Berman said. "The guy running it just wanted it to be a nightclub."
At one entrepreneur's birthday party, Selena Gomez was there, and somehow I found myself wedged between her and some founders in a selfie. The Winklevoss twins of Facebook infamy — the Winklevii — and Troy Carter both have excellent parties, many people said. And almost everyone agreed that Elon Musk has the best parties. He recently bused partygoers half an hour outside LA for a Renaissance party.
Sigh. You can take the founder out of the Renn Faire . . .
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