Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Entrepreneurs are supposed to have insights that others don’t have and we’re supposed to be good judges about which entrepreneurs and executives have both the most clever ideas and the right skill sets to do transformational things against all odds. Venture Capital is a people business.

Female Entrepreneurs, AI and Investing: A Chat With Meredith Finn, March Capital

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Earlier this month, the annual Montgomery Summit conference was held in Santa Monica, including a special portion of the conference dedicated to the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur. The summit is now associated with March Capital Partners (www.marchcp.com). What's your role at March Capital? Meredith Finn: I joined March Capital at the beginning of the year. How did you end up joining March Capital? I think two, every entrepreneur talked about building a team.

America Should Welcome Immigrant Entrepreneurs

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Three decades later, I’m a successful biomedical researcher and serial entrepreneur with more than 120 patents to my name, and eight successful businesses under my belt.

Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

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PledgeLA initiative grew out of a series of problem-solving sessions within the Los Angeles venture capital community. TC california civic engagement economy Kobie Fuller Los Angeles Mayor San Francisco SpaceX Tesla United States upfront ventures venture capital

OK, So Maybe Not ALL MBA Entrepreneurs Are Oxymorons

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MBA’s are an easy target for entrepreneurs’ scorn. I too have taken shots at MBA’s, describing why they are not typically well suited for startup life in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs. Situationally, MBA’s Can Be Effective Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur

Real Entrepreneurs Are Never “Stuck”

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Thus, it is incumbent on entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses before seeking venture funding. Entrepreneurs Are Never Stuck. I recently was sent a Tweet from an aspiring entrepreneur which said, “I have a prototype but I need funding to bring it to market.

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. LAVA is extremely pleased to announce its next First Time Entrepreneur training program. The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. The program is not open to service providers. You are encouraged to apply today for one of the 25 slots open in our workshop.

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Moonshots Capital Announced First Seed Stage Fund

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Los Angeles-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital investment firm led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings, has raised its first official fund, a $19M seed stage venture fund. Moonshots said the new fund will focus on seed stage deals, holding reserve capital for follow-on pro rata. startup entrepreneur financial investment army cummings craig military perdew kelly venture capital moonshots

Cie Digital Labs Names Entrepreneur In Residence

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Irvine-based Cie Digital Labs (CDL) said this week that it has named Jim Davis as the company's new Entrepreneur in Residence. Davis previously served at at eBay and Pepsi, and is Managing Partner at early stage venture capital investor Rezven Partners. digital labs entrepreneur residence davis ebay pepsi rezven venture capital

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

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I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital. But should entrepreneurs really care whom the LPs of a fund are?

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 25, 2018 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with Investors: Angels, VCs, High Net Worths, Strategic Partners and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. View products, videos, online demos. Hot Networking Breakfast at 7:00am sharp! See p://www.GCC2000.org.

MiLA Capital Raises First Venture Fund

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MiLA Capital , the venture capital firm that is behind the Make In LA hardware accelerator, says it has raised its first official venture capital fund, officially closing its first fundraise. Make In LA offers up a startup accelerator program specifically geared towards hardware startups an entrepreneurs, and is currently taking applications for its sixth class, which will officially start in August. mila capital venture investment investor hardware accelerator

International Entrepreneur Rule

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Friday, April 6, 2018 -- International Entrepreneur Rule. This shows the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs to the US economy. Jeff Farrah- General Counsel of the National Venture Capital Association will join us to explain what the International Entrepreneur Rule is and where it stands. He will also share how our community can support immigrant entrepreneurs that are starting and scaling US companies through policy.

Parenting An Entrepreneur – This Folktale Will Teach Your Children To Create Something From Nothing

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They soon learn that they are entrepreneurs who will launch a magical venture that involves a restorative meal, a communal celebration and reassurance that better days are ahead. Every entrepreneur is faced with making something out of nothing. Entrepreneur

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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I call it the entrepreneur thesis. I’m not talk about the age old debate amongst investors whether you back entrepreneurs, markets or products (or as people like to hedge – product / market fit). It’s entrepreneurs I back. It’s what I call the “entrepreneur thesis.”

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? At an accelerator … Me: Raising convertible notes as a seed round is one of the biggest disservices our industry has done to entrepreneurs since 2001-2003 when there were “full ratchets” and “multiple liquidation preferences” – the most hostile terms anybody found in term sheets 10 years ago. It’s like we need a finance 101 course for entrepreneurs. This week.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 -- Network with capital sources: Angels,VCs,High Net Worths,advisors and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. See [link] (more

Kevin O'Connor, ScOp Venture Capital, On Startup Success and Investments

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This morning's interview is with Kevin O'Connor , a longtime investor and serial entrepreneur, who is now running venture capital investment firm ScOp Venture Capital. Congrats on the new name for your venture capital firm. Just this past September was a year with Amazon, when I left, and we started investing in September under the new name, ScOp Venture Capital. It's always hard with venture capital.

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Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. But there are two major trends worth understanding that most VCs know by now and I suspect most entrepreneurs do not. Be thoughtful about from whom you raise capital.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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I had a picture in the office of my first company with the logo above and the capital letters JFDI. (In In case it’s not obvious it’s a play on the Nike slogan, “Just Do It.&# ) I believe that being successful as an entrepreneur requires you to get lots of things done.

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. KAVA is extremely pleased to announce its next First Time Entrepreneur training program. The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. The program is not open to service providers. You are encouraged to apply today for one of the 12 slots open in our workshop.

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Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. billion in venture capital funds with one A-round fund and one late-stage fund. startup venture-capital

Insights and Opinions: 5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Raising Capital

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What are some of the more common mistakes entrepreneurs make when raising capital? Raising capital can be a challenging process, especially in an economic environment marked by so much uncertainty and risk. caplinked capital raising jackson eric opinions insights

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY showcases growing firms needing capital and counse. View products, videos, online demos. See [link] (more

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY showcases growing firms needing capital. View products, online demos. See [link] (more

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment

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Although many are entertaining, most fail to provide entrepreneurs with a sufficient return on their time investment. Unfortunately, most business books do not offer entrepreneurs an adequate payoff. For instance, Guy refers to an entrepreneur’s venture as their “cause.”

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Guide To Uncovering Awesome Startup Ideas

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Seth is a design-oriented entrepreneur, with little desire to document details. Per Seth, emerging entrepreneurs should, "Find problems that need solving… that resonate (with you). Resources – what contacts, capital, facilities and other assets will be required to execute the idea?

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HeyTutor Finds $1M From ScOp Venture Capital

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Los Angeles-based HeyTutor , an online marketplace for finding tutors, has raised $1M in its Series A funding, the company announced on Tuesday, from Santa Barbara-based ScOp Venture Capital, the venture investment firm led by serial entrepreneur and investor Kevin O'Connor. ScOp Venture Capital was previously known as O'Connor Ventures. education school tuturing tutor marketplace market online capital venture scop heytutor

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

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I’m often asked the question about why there aren’t more women who are entrepreneurs. My inspiration to become an entrepreneur came from my mom, not my dad. She was the dominant figure in my family and was both an entrepreneur and a community leader.

What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire

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On why you should be an entrepreneur, “A lot of people do what they have to do. Marketing Innovation - Too many entrepreneurs are great product or technology people and lack the knowledge, skills or even desire to figure out how to market their products or themselves cleverly.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, July 27, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. View products, videos, online demos. Hot Networking Breakfast at 7:00 AM sharp! See [link] (more

Venture Capital Q&A Session

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We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about.

VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

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” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example , have left. Vance says that most entrepreneurs don't need to move to Silicon Valley.

First Time Entrepreneurs Workshop

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 -- First Time Entrepreneurs Workshop. At the workshop you will learn how to: Determine the value of your company, put together a capitalization table, understand how VCs screen potential investments, understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need them, work with co-founders, and network at startup events -- the right way.

Growth Capital Conference

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, January 26, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. See [link] (more