TicketGuardian | Built In LA’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2019

The Southern California tech scene grew by leaps and bounds in 2018. Funding rounds ballooned, exit prices surged, and a growing list of companies from premier tech hubs like San Francisco, Boston and Seattle opened shop and laid down roots across Southern California. It was also a big year for LA from a diversity perspective — look no further than the groundbreaking PledgeLA initiative — and the city gained some global attention as well: CB Insights ranked Los Angeles one of the top 25 cities for tech innovation in the world. 

There’s no doubt that between LA, Orange County and Santa Barbara, the SoCal ecosystem is poised for even bigger, more innovative work in 2019.  

For the fifth time annually, Built In LA culled through public records, fundings, news stories and more to compile this list of 50 young companies — all less than five years old — that we think are poised to make a real impact on the Southern California tech scene this year and beyond. 



It used to be that if you couldn’t attend an event you bought tickets for, you either had to scalp your ticket (usually at a markdown) or eat the cost entirely. But that’s not the case anymore. Newport Beach-based TicketGuardian, a ticket insurer for live events, works with ticketing platforms, event organizers and consumers to make the live event-going experience more efficient from top to bottom. Coming off an $8 million Series A round in December — their largest funding round to date — TicketGuardian is looking to the new year to grow right alongside the booming experience economy.


Drew Housman, Colin Hanner and Brian Nordli contributed to this report.

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Bryan Derbyshire