(Forbes) Recently, a colleague of mine and I drove down Highway 101 – a scenic route that runs roughly parallel to the historic El Camino Real, the royal Spanish road – from Silicon Valley to Los Angeles, absorbing all the differences between north and south. There are different climates, different cultures, differentvibes. Midway down the coast – at Pismo Beach, a beautiful, hippyish, run-down beach town – we stopped for a meal. It felt neither here nor there, but somewhere awesome in between.
I was reminded of that trip a couple of days ago when I learned there are two events this week that challenge our notions of north and south. The first, in San Francisco, was Hispanicize HX, a technology event that – with the help of the super socially savvy LAM network – had a Hollywood kind of vibe. And later today, the folks at Manos (a new accelerator serving the Latino tech community) are gathering a pretty big crowd in Hollywood for an event that has a subtle Silicon Valley vibe. The manner of transport also helps to tell the story. The Manos team hired a bus to take them from San Jose down the coast, exporting their IP via the path once used by the Spanish court.Will Latino Entrepreneurs Help Rewrite California History?