Noah Staum

Noah Staum is the West Coast Managing Editor at Grit Daily. He grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and has lived in four different countries. Across that span he’s learned Mandarin, adopted an adorable Shiba Inu, and worked for several major dating apps. Noah is based in Los Angeles, California, focusing his coverage on entertainment and entrepreneurship.

High-Profile Authors Share Words at L.A. Times ‘Festival of Books’

We immerse ourselves in their worlds. We engage with their ideas. We read their every word. But the opportunity to actually hear our favorite authors speak is rare, save for at America’s largest celebration of the written word. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books was held for the 24th time this past weekend, attracting approximately 150,000 people eager to meet authors, go to speaking events, engage with community writers, and, of course, buy books. The event is a true testament to the...

Eric Andre Recreates Fyre Festival In Los Angeles For His Birthday

“The Eric Andre Show” is one of the most direct satires of talk shows and late night comedy vanity there has ever been. It should come as no big surprise, then, that namesake star Eric Andre handles his birthday parties in the same vein. This past Saturday, April 13th, Andre celebrated his big three-six (a noted age landmark) with a Block Party at the storied Regent Theater in Downtown LA. Andre’s onscreen right hand man, Hannibal Buress, was there, as well as some other offbeat...

As Coachella Opening Weekend Approaches, Has It ‘Peaked?’

In years past, if you didn’t cop your Coachella passes well in advance you would be out of luck, save for the secondhand market. This year, though — just days away from the first weekend — tickets for the second weekend are still available. It begs the question: has Coachella peaked? The more-than-just-music festival inarguably attracts some of the biggest acts to fill its lineups. Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Janelle Monae are a few of the big-letter names gracing stages this year....

Toolbox LA is Los Angeles’ answer to WeWork

American manufacturing is dead — or so we thought. In an era when WeWork has boomed to a recent valuation of $47 billion with locations in 32 countries, it would be logical to assume that the future of modern work is purely remote, contracted out, and fulfilled on laptops and devices. Yet, tucked in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles is a well-kept, albeit well-connected secret co-working space that focuses on much more than fast wi-fi and free beer (just ask LA Mayor Eric Garcetti,...

Behind Top Brands, Strategies, and Viral Videos, There Are The Attendees of Social Media Marketing World

While South by Southwest (SXSW) surges in the spotlight each March, less than a week later another conference quietly assembles some of the top brand strategists and personalities on social media. For the past three days, 7,000 social media pros descended on San Diego Convention Center for Social Media Marketing World (SMMW) to dig into the current and future state of social. Big players like Brian Solis (principal analyst at Alimeter Group), Jay Baer (serial entrepreneur, author, and...