OAKLAND (KCBS) – Big tech conferences are often held in San Francisco or San Jose, but a tech startup conference has chosen Oakland as its new home.
Since 2007, Vator Splash has held its flagship event in San Francisco. That changed this year, as investors and entrepreneurs are discussing the future of tech innovation and investment across the bay in Oakland. One of the highlights – a start-up competition.
“20 finalists have been through a really rigorous process,” said Karen Wertman, executive producer of the event. “They are presenting on stage to blue chip VC firms.”
Wertman said the conference was moved away from San Francisco as a way of focusing the attention on what is happening in the East Bay.
“People are coming over in droves to Oakland. They’re coming here because it is less expensive as a company to come here,” she said. “But they’re staying for the assets.”
Alison Best, President and CEO of Visit Oakland, acknowledges a moniker recently given to Oakland. “The Brooklyn of the Bay Area. We’ll take it. I think it helps people get their head around what’s going on here,” Best said.