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Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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” It’s the most common refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. I think there is also no denying the role that Richard Rosenblatt has played in building the LA tech ecosystem and spawning great entrepreneurs who followed in his footsteps.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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She actually IS the prototypical entrepreneur. But Tracy did what entrepreneurs do. In one year of Airbnb Tracy netted more than $28,000. Sam is the managing director of Launchpad LA and we were about to pick our 2012 class of entrepreneurs.

How To Get Your Startup Funded - Tips From Entrepreneur and Renowed Angel Investor Jason Calacanis

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017 -- How To Get Your Startup Funded - Tips From Entrepreneur and Renowed Angel Investor Jason Calacanis. Jason Calacanis founded Silicon Alley Reporter, Weblogs Inc, Mahalo, and He turned down a $20 million offer for Silicon Alley Reporter. Then the dotcom bubble burst, and he wound up with a net worth of negative $10,000. But most of Jason's money has been made by angel investing.

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Could you have created a “dirty cap table?”


When you started the business, you took investments from friends and family in small amounts just to get you started. Enter the need for larger investments. Investors love to see entrepreneurs who have used their own money to ignite their businesses. Oh, I know.

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Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding


Randy Churchill and his team at PricewaterhouseCoopers meticulously prepare a quarterly report detailing the venture landscape, called Shaking The Money Tree. A clear trend over the past 15-years is that many Silicon Valley venture capitalists enjoy investing within driving distance.

What’s the minimum information to give your investors?


On the other side, entrepreneurs and CEO’s usually have a natural fear of giving too much information to us investors after the initial investment is received. Requirements created by investment documents.

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Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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The conclusion of our report was that winter did come, but it was mild and short. We are now publishing some of the VC survey data the report used and the results are clear — it’s a great time to be a startup raising venture capital.

Crowdfunding: a roar from a young lion


Usually the investors are non-accredited, and only invest a small amount. Entrepreneurs who can raise funds in more traditional ways from knowledgeable investors should still lean toward doing just that. With help from JJ Richa. Can you imagine having 300 shareholders?

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Xconomy Special Report: 12 San Diego Tech Startup to Watch in 2017


million in a Series D round of investment capital, according to founder and chairman Tony Farwell. I widened my net this year. Longtime tech entrepreneur and angel investor Marco Thompson, who is closely associated with San Diego’s EvoNexus incubator, contributed a number of companies to the list. Tim Rueth, a UC San Diego entrepreneur in residence and member of the EvoNexus selection committee, also screened the list, and offered his perspective.

Another personal story: Timing is everything in a sale.


After presenting a “state of the company” report at a national meeting of resellers for a company where I sat on the board, I was approached by one of the audience members, complimenting my presentation and stating, “I have a problem. Our entrepreneur balked at the boldness of that statement.

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What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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Gross Burn vs. Net Burn. Burn rate in case you don’t know is the amount of money a company is either spending (gross) or losing (net) per month. (it Net burn is the amount of money you are losing per month. So if your costs are $500,000 per month and you have $350,000 per month in revenue then your net burn (500-350) is equal to $150,000. I often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million.

Beware the “dirty cap table.”


Investors love to see entrepreneurs who have used their own money to ignite their businesses. But often, entrepreneurs turn to others for initial capital. And even more recently, “crowd sourcing” has been enabled by the Internet – seeking many investors at a small amount per investment. The problem in taking such money rests in the legality of taking money from non-accredited investors, people who do not meet the SEC standard for making non-public company investments.

This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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It was especially fun for me because we got the chance to talk about the VC industry and how entrepreneurs should think about the VC industry in addition to discussing deals. Clearstone currently invests out of a $200 million fund based in LA with offices in Menlo Park and in India.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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The problem that I’ve seen historically in cities like Los Angeles, San Diego or Seattle is that their historic high-net-worth individuals didn’t come from the tech startup world. It’s worth having a quick read of the first few paragraphs of their annual report.

8 Startup Lessons You Could Learn from Gotham Gal

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I think this video should serve as an inspiration to any young aspiring female entrepreneur (and male!) You already know that&# ), in sales and more broadly as an entrepreneur. Not enough entrepreneurs dedicate enough of their day to this.

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Startup Pricing: Are You Selling A Giffen Product?


In his premier film appearance in the blaxploitation send-up “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” Chris Rock inadvertently addresses a key pricing challenge faced by most entrepreneurs. Experienced entrepreneurs know this is simply not true.

How to Profit: “Thank You Metrics” – Community First, Money Second

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Being that the theme of the night was community, it was perfect that the event was held at CoLoft , a workspace in Santa Monica that focuses on start up entrepreneurs. This is why AppSumo heavily invests in copywriting when forming each new deal they present to their audience.

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

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The VC industry grew dramatically as a result of the Internet bubble - Before the Internet bubble the people who invested in VC funds (called LPs or Limited Partners) put about $50 billion into the industry and by 2001 this had grown precipitously to around $250 billion.

Timing is everything in a sale of a business.


After presenting a “state of the company” report at a national meeting of resellers for a company where I sat on the board, I was approached by one of the audience members, complimenting my presentation and stating, “I have a problem.

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Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

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Investors and entrepreneurs who won at the fundraising game during and after the Great Recession offer advice on landing equity money. Last year, venture capitalists and angels who co-invested with them placed $7 billion into seed and early-stage deals, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report. Meet angels via the entrepreneurs they’ve funded. The group invested $8.7

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Please go see “Waiting for Superman.” Here’s Why:

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We have doubled our national investments per child in education (in real terms i.e. adjusted for inflation) and our scores have remained flat. I graduated this class and at all of 16 years old wanted to be an entrepreneur. I believe in capitalism but I also believe in a safety net.

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American Immigration: The Invisible Wall to Innovation

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Even investors and experienced founders are caught in the same net as recently educated graduates looking to build companies. or purely invest in established U.S. Attracting business investment. soil,” as reported on by Wired Magazine’s Caleb Garling.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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Tech entrepreneurs and executives from Silicon Valley are moving south and buying up luxury homes in the Los Angeles area. Andrew Frame, a 30-something entrepreneur who founded Internet-telephone company Ooma, bought a contemporary four bedroom in Bel Air for $5.5 MSN Money Investing.

Interview with Wil Schroter, Fundable


That's the idea behind a new startup, Fundable , headed by serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter , which allows you to use rewards -- product, company schwag, an even equity -- as a tool to get your startup to the next stage.

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