I grew up in El Segundo, California, a seemingly quiet, sleepy beach town 10 miles south from the Murphy Research offices in Los Angeles. El Segundo High School still holds their annual homecoming parade down Main Street, underscoring the small-town feel hard to find in an urban metropolis. But being the ‘Mayberry-by-the-Sea', as some locals affectionately call it, is only a portion of El Segundo's complete identity. This town of 16,000 is also home to aerospace giants Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrup Gruman, as well as DirecTV, Mattel, Chevron, Dollar Shave Club, and a swath of smaller tech companies and startups. El Segundo has emerged as a member of Silicon Beach, a geographical classification for the western and coastal region of Los Angeles home to over 500 tech startup companies and where Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and YouTube each have offices.