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The Scarcest Resource at Startups is Management Bandwidth

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As a VC I regularly meet with companies and listen to their plans. Every team I fund comes across as laser focused on their core mission.

Amplify’s Guide to Crafting a Pitch Deck | Entrepreneur Resources

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As that idea grows into a business there may come a time where the need for outside funding in necessary to further grow and scale.

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company


If you are networking to assist a startup you are advising, you can substitute the company’s pitch for your personal pitch. Unknown. Great.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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If I’m wrong – at least you’ll have more data to decide how you raise & spend your company’s money. Mostly, no.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members. 

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. Fund raising is bloody hard.

The Challenges of Milestone Funding

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knows, I am a huge, huge fan of milestone funding. Identify your short-term goals and what resources you will need to achieve them.

New Bootstrap Fund Pulls Itself Up in World of Health IT Deals


They came to San Diego in 1996, when Scripps Health hired Balgrosky as CIO and senior vice president. He founded MaxIT Healthcare in 2001.

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Why We’re Looking to Fund Stuff With More Meaning

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If you’re funding the same stuff as everybody else and if you started your activities when the clues were obvious you’re much less likely to drive enormous returns. When Fred Wilson funded Twitter I guarantee you it wasn’t obvious that it was a billion dollar idea. Venture Capital is a tricky industry. Far from it.

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How to Make Sure Professional Services Don’t Take Over Your Software Company

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So when I meet with GRP portfolio companies that do enterprise sales I try to emphasize the following: 1. training. rollout support. Whatever.

Founders from MIT With a Plan to Change How We Grow and Eat Food

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In our industry we always talk about funding big ideas or funding things with more meaning. Startup CompaniesWe loved the idea.

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Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. Since the inception of the Pasadena Angels in 2000, members have invested over $50 million in over 120 companies. Company exit returns were as high as 10X return on initial investment. Pasadena, Calif. Ron Cohen.

Local Companies Support Movember


A number of local, high tech companies are putting their efforts behind Movember , a charity which helps raise funding and awareness for men's health, and particularly prostate cancer. READ MORE>>. movember cancer nonprofit charity awareness

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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The Spotlight is shining down these amazing LA companies! Spotlight: LA Tech Summer SuperDemo is all electric car company  CODA. ENGAGE.

Civic Resource Group Gets $300K


Los Angeles-based Civic Resource Group , which develops cloud, mobile, and other software for government and other civic organizations, has raised $300,000 in a debt funding round, the company said this morning. The funding came from Lighter Capital, and came in the form of a revenue-based, debt funding round.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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Months of submissions and the amazing  help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Companies: Spotlight Companies. Bill serves on the boards of directors of numerous companies.

NEOGOV Snags Funding From Warburg Pincus


El Segundo-based NEOGOV , the developer of human resources automation software for the public sector, has raised a round of growth equity from private equity investor Warburg Pincus. NEOGOV, which is led by Damir Davidovic, was founded in 2000, and has not previously received institutional funding. cities, and 20 states. READ MORE>>.

Startups and VCs Should Avoid “Pier” Funding

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They also trust VC’s to determine the right price to pay for the company securities that they buy. And it adds up.

BetterWorks Shutting Down On May 31st


According to an email from Craig, the company decided to close down the BettterWorks perk platform, and will not longer be active after next Thursday. BetterWorks--and Paige Craig--have been one of the companies driving the growth in Santa Monica's Silicon Beach. BetterWorks had raised $10M in funding from Redpoint Ventures.

ReachLocal Names Two Executives


Woodland Hills-based ReachLocal said Monday that it has named two new executives, hiring Paras Maniar as the company''s new Chief Strategy Officer, and Megan Opp as the company''s new Chief People Officer. Opp was previously Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Conversant. READ MORE>>.

March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund


What is the investment focus for this fund? So, you will see March participating in the early stage with consumer companies. READ MORE>>.

Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals Raises Funding To $247M


Laguna Nigel-based Inspiration Biopharmaceuticals , a developer of treatments for hemophilia, has raised its latest funding to $247.6M, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today. Details on the funding have not been announced by the company. The filing indicates the current fundraising effort is targeted at $371.6M.

8 Tips for Making Real VC Connections

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If you’re looking for funding, you don’t just want to “meet” investors, shake their hands and give them your quick pitch. So how do you do this?

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Online Learning Company Ties With UCLA Extension, CAA


A new, venture backed online education company, Encore Career Institute , headed by Steve Poizner, said today that it has linked with the UCLA Extension to offer up professional certificates and career counseling online. The firm said it has raised $15M in a Series A venture capital funding from InterWest Partners and Granite Ventures.

Simplifying Startup Investments: Ryan Feit (CEO) of SeedInvest

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But you can’t secure the funding needed to scale. . Finding a better way for entrepreneurs to raise funds. Introducing SeedInvest.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Presenting Companies at UCLA

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After months of submissions and the amazing help from our judges , the Spotlight is shinning down on awesome companies that were born right out of Southern California. And now without further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Companies: Spotlight Companies. Tech Coast Angels  is actively seeking great startups to fund.

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

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Hire professionals to handle the details of company formation paperwork when you first start up. And relying on NDAs is not the answer.

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Modern Meadow Collects $40M for Real Leather With ‘No Cow Involved’


Modern Meadow, a New York-based company that has developed a method of turning living cells into materials used to make leather that mimics animal hide, has received a $40 million Series B funding to begin manufacturing and commercializing its leather products. Eventually, the company will manufacture lower-cost versions, he says.

Karlin Ventures Announces New Karlin Fellowship Program

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million per company. The program is open to companies in Karlin’s portfolio as well as others in LA’s tech community.

PA Fund Makes Its First Investment in Nevados Engineering

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Pasadena, California (August 2, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the first investment from their PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Pasadena Angels have previously invested $240K in Nevados, this additional funding from The Fund will allow Nevados to fully execute on their grant funding from the U.S.

rhubarb studios Raises $1 Million in Financing to Accelerate Growth

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rhubarb studios is constantly recruiting engineers, UX designers and product managers to work on multidisciplinary teams creating innovative companies.

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Start Engine Creates $15M Fund, Adds Governor Gray Davis As Advisor


Los Angeles-based Start Engine , the business accelerator being spearheaded by Activision co-founder Howard Marks, said today that it has created a new, $15M investment fund for its portfolio of startups, and added former Governor Gray Davis as an advisor. Start Engine did not provide deals on the structure of its new $15M investment fund.

5 Financially Damaging Startup Myths

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It also gives you greater control over your company and allows you to scale at your own pace. 2. The “truths” that guide entrepreneurs.

Under New Owners, Petco’s Digital Strategy Emerges in Petnet Deal


Petco, the privately held pet supplies company based in San Diego, said today it led a $10 million Series A financing in Los Angeles-based Petnet, a three-year-old startup developing technology-enabled pet feeders and pet food delivery service. The new funding will enable Petnet to expand its product line and sales and marketing capabilities.

MuckerLab Unveils Second Graduating Class to Investors

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Okuno has been investing in Los Angeles startups for the past three years after selling his own company E-Z Data. Or maybe a goldmine.

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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Importantly, we recently announced a $30 million financing that gives us the resources we need to build a global enterprise software company.

Raise cash from trusted, close resources first.


This insight follows closely the conclusions from the previous declaration, that professional investors negotiate tough terms, from provisions of control over asset acquisition, eventual sale of the company, future investments, forced co-sale when others attempt to sell their shares and more.  Starting up Raising money

3 Questions Every Small Business Should Ask Their Accountant

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How can I improve the financial health of my company? With the proper tax planning, your company can greatly benefit from tax write-offs.

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

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understand this instinct for more capital and I have two very different personal experiences: In my first company we raised an A-round of $16.5