Industry Disruptors: 2019 Book Lists

Los Angeles Business Journal’s Book of Lists is a compilation of the weekly lists featured throughout the year covering everything from the top financial institutions and real estate developers working in Los Angeles County to the region’s educational institutions, hospitals and media companies. Dive into the lists for a look at the diverse companies and organizations that define Los Angeles’ business community. This year, we profiled the Industry Disruptors, a group of L.A.-based executives who are innovating how we safeguard our neighborhoods, travel, stay fit and play.

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Anna Magzanyan

Technology continues to foster evolution.
In our 2019 Book of Lists, we have profiled disruptors who have not only changed their respective industries with new technology but have also become household names in and of themselves. ClassPass, Ring, Two Bit Circus, and Airbnb have evolved the fitness, home security, entertainment and hospitality industries. The executives featured here are all based in Los Angeles, the innovation capital of the world. Our region is a virtual nerve center for such ideas.
In addition to these editorial profiles, Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2019 Book of Lists allows readers to discover which businesses excelled and emerged at the top of their respective fields.
Assembling this volume is a yearlong effort that involves working with hundreds of businesses, government agencies and local associations, along with exhaustive research and data analysis by our editorial department, led by interim editor Henry Meier and research director Joshua Niv. I thank them and our outstanding reporters for their work this year, as well as our production department led by production director Nina Bays.
I’d also like to recognize our advertising team for their dedication and hard work. After all, it is our advertisers and sponsors who help to make this book a reality.
Special thanks to our book sponsors American Airlines and East West Bank.
Anna Magzanyan
Publisher and CEO

Q&As with local executives redefining home security, entertainment, hospitality and travel, and fitness and personal services

Clockwise from top left: Payal Kadakia, Jamie Siminoff, Brent Bushnell and Eric Gradman, John Choi (photos by Thomas Wasper)
Opportunity at the Door
Ring founder Jamie Siminoff created the video doorbell, but that’s just the start Class Consciousness
ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia is working out the next steps for her fitness startup Home Court Advantage
Airbnb’s public policy manager in L.A., John Choi, keeps an eye on the local terrain as the company expands its focus Community Attraction
Two Bit Circus just opened downtown, but it’s already gearing up to take the show on the road

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