Why I Invested in Gogii (textPlus) – My First Ever Later Stage Deal

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I invested in LA-based Gogii , one of the fastest growing, most exciting mobile social networking companies you’ve never heard of and maker of a product called textPlus. I only recently invested and I only got here through persistence. I quietly watched their success from the sidelines and kept spending time with and telling the CEO, Scott Lahman, that I wanted to invest in his next company. The opportunity came up to invest in this one and I pounced.

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Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map. Tech startup accelerators dot the landscape, feeding investments into the waiting arms of the nation’s most intelligent and driven entrepreneurs. is a good monthly investment? Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu.

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What Mattered in 2012: Howard Marks, StartEngine


We asked the same four questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, investors, and others, to hear what they're thinking about, and are sharing it here over the next week. Howard Marks is co-founder of Activision , and head of Los Angeles-based startup accelerator StartEngine.

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Clinton Foy On CrossCut Ventures' New, $125M Fund


Los Angeles-based venture investment firm CrossCut Ventures (www.crosscut.vc) announced this morning that it has raised its fourth fund, CrossCut 4 , a brand new, $125M early stage investment fund. We spoke with one of the firm's four Managing Directors, Clinton Foy , about the big new fund and its investments. Clinton Foy: We are very grateful to have raised Crosscut IV, which is $125M seed to series A fund for early stage investments.

Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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Always looking to provide the very best for our community so that you may learn and grow as a startup or entrepreneur, Bill Gross is one of the best experts we could provide. A lifelong entrepreneur, Bill started several companies prior to Idealab.

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. howard marks startengine accelerator startup entrepreneur business incubate incubator gray davis governor venture capital

Interview with Howard Marks, Start Engine


Are you an entrepreneur hoping to startup a company in the Los Angeles area? Southern California apparently has no shortage of investors, entrepreneurs, and others eager to help budding entrepreneurs. Are you making investments in those firms as part of the program?

Interview with Paul Bricault, Amplify


Bricault was the founder of The Mailroom Fund, which was focused on early stage investments in Southern California digital media, and prior to that spent significant time at William Morris Agency. paul bricault startup amplify incubator accelerator interview entrepreneur venture capital

Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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My initial desire to blog came from something that’s always been my approach to investing – I’m a nerd and I love to play with the technology and part of my approach has really been to understand things both at a user level and at a reasonably deep tentacle level. we are not going to invest.

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Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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In my LA I often see computer screens open with entrepreneurs talking about digital media. When you’re one fund and have $600 million to invest it’s easier to take that kind of risk. All second or third time entrepreneurs.

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TZ Presents 2013 Startup Forecast

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Since 2008, Harrison Metal has invested in over 40 companies, including Aardvark (GOOG), DocVerse (GOOG), Heroku (CRM), Manymoon (CRM), MixerLab (Twitter) and ZipZapPlay (ERTS). TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2013 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Thursday Jan.

REACH Connected Future: Gaming Recap

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From investments and business, Robin Kaminsky , Entrepreneur in Residence at Rustin Canyon Partners, and former EVP of Publishing at Activision. Robin Kaminsky, who’s spent extensive time in the investment and business world, says no.

Source13 Gathers the Biggest Names in Mobile

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” Keval Desai, InterWest Partners - a firm investing across the entire mobile stack. Desai enthusiastically states, “It’s a great time to be an investor and an entrepreneur.” Mobile first is becoming an important part of our daily lives.