Alex Abelin: New York City

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Hi, I’m Alex! As Bobby Bailey so poetically said, we’re human BEings, not human DOings. But with that said, I’m the Co-Founder and CEO of LiquidTalent, a new generation talent platform that connects exceptional technical and creative talent to local badass companies. Our mission is to connect the world’s most exceptional talent with meaningful, professional opportunities on demand.

What’s your historical Los Angeles and New York connection?
I’m born and raised in SoCal, and have lived in NYC for the past 6 years. I love NY and LA and see the beauty from the streets of the East Village to palms of Malibu. Both cities are on top of their games, and it attracts the country’s best.

Describe your experience in LA and in NYC.
LA memories drum up my childhood, trips to Cantor’s deli, Disneyland and the Lakers. I’ve had amazing nights in LA, runs on the beach, and heartfelt conversations. In NY, I feel my pulse beat, the energy of the city penetrating my cells, pushing me to be and do more. Anything feels possible in New York.

What were the biggest challenges of moving from the west coast to NYC?
One of the biggest challenges of living in New York is that I miss home. I miss my family, my friends, and the sun and waves. I’m a SoCal kid at heart and I don’t do all that well without a healthy dose of salt water and Vitamin D. Thank goodness for modern air travel

How can NYC and LA best engage with each other?
I see NYC and LA best engaging with each other through music, film, fashion and the arts. I see high qualities communities being forged through Dot2Dot, Summit, WEF Shapers, and Breakout. Cities engage through relationships.

Favorite LA secret spot:
Cantor’s Deli.

Favorite NY secret spot:
Sweetwater Restaurant in Williamsburg

If you weren’t building what you were now, what would you be doing or building?
Screenwriting, acting, traveling, starting an environmentally friendly enterprise, going to Yoga.

Inflight Entertainment: What song/album/podcast/show have you been engaged with lately?
Love me some House of Cards, and Drake, obviously.

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