We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Weiss and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I moved to Guatemala without a plan or a return ticket at 27 years of age. This was a few years after college during a time that I worked in non-commercial radio and had stability but lacked inspiration. Getting on a plane with little idea what would happen next was exhilarating if also a bit scary. My time in Guatemala funny enough solidified the skills I’d need later in life to be a consultant and an entrepreneur: setting my own path, negotiating tricky situations, learning new things every day. In addition, I was able to find work in both creative and technical fields, paving the way for my current work with my current company L.A. Creative Technologies.
What should our readers know about your business?
I’m an I.T. expert and business leader with specialties in Cyber Security, Digital Transformation and Automation. My first tech job was back at 8 years old 👶🏻, helping to promote a local children’s software store. The 3+ decades since then have included running my online Bulletin Board in the early 90’s, selling books and records online in the early aughts, 5 years running tech for radio stations, building computer labs in rural Guatemalan towns and 20 years performing as a DJ and producing music events. This varied experience led me to launch LA Creative Technologies in 2009 – leveraging my nerdy 🤓 skills to help people get things done. My love of technology and fixing things has evolved over the years into a passion for delivering IT solutions that empower artists, creators and startup entrepreneurs to overcome obstacles that accompany business growth.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park and really love spending time up here and sharing it with others. Rather than an itinerary, I’ll list some favorite things to do here – Take a hike: Elysian Park is steps from my door (and close to many major freeways and transportation) and has hundreds of kinds of trees and a decidedly rural feel. Great place for a quick hike – Secret Stairs: This neighborhood is full of hills and thus has historic stairs everywhere that are great for exploration as well as exercise! – Architecture tour: our neighborhood is great for walks and checking out classic victorian, craftsman, mid-century and brand new construction. – Glowing Juices: organic fresh juices, smoothies and snacks! – Lowboy: for the excellent beef or impossible burgers and drinks on the sidewalk! – l&E Oysters: love me some fresh oysters The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out all the artists and creative mentors I’ve worked with on music projects throughout the years. Davey Sindell, Justin Delmer and Jordy Cohen for early DJ mentorship, Neil, Pedro and the rest of the Guatemala crew who taught me so much about risk taking and party-throwing under the most unpredictable circumstances. And of course Canyon, Farah, Ethos, Julian, Gazoo, Cristina and Charlie for all the Subsuelo fun over the years – my time in L.A. would not be the same without you!