Hemi Zucker watched Hollywood transform from what he saw as a "seedy, kind of dead" afterthought to a thriving neighborhood. Now, he’s noticing the same evolution in the Los Angeles tech community.
No longer does he get odd stares when he mentions to prospective hires that he runs a tech company in Los Angeles.
"That era of awkwardness is over," said Zucker, chief executive of J2 Global Inc. "There’s no one raising eyebrows now because L.A. is on the map."
J2, which provides technical services to businesses and owns several news websites, has a market capitalization of $2.7 billion, making it the most valuable publicly traded...