Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

TechCrunch LA

Sports teams including the San Francisco 49ers and the Boston Celtics also invested, though Freeletics founder and chief executive officer Daniel Sobhani declined to comment on any partnerships that may be in the works between the startup and the athletes.

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An experienced coach has seen your movie before.

Berkonomics

Business coaches come in all sizes and shapes. Photo courtesy IBM Business Coaching. But by far the best coaches are those that have lived through the process you’re going through and built successful enterprises in your same industry.

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Some great coaches are younger than you are.

Berkonomics

The company was destined to grow into a large, very valuable enterprise that we sold for many, many times our investment. But most of all, I had to gain acceptance as “one of us” in an environment where my CEO coaching and my money did not count.

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An experienced coach has seen your movie before.

Berkonomics

Business coaches come in all sizes and shapes. You’ll have a relative willing to devote time, a school friend with business experience, professionals who charge for the service, investors with a reason to promote your success and more. But by far the best coaches are those that have lived through the process you’re going through and built successful enterprises in your same industry. How do you pay a coach?

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Where is the best source of early stage investment?

Berkonomics

If you have been following our recent insights, you’ll be up to speed knowing 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.

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Two Local Tech, Investment Executives Named In College Fraud Investigation

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Two people associated with Southern California's high tech investment and startup industry have been named as part of the far reaching investigation into a college admissions scandal , which named Hollywood actresses, CEOs, coaches at USC, UCLA, and UCSD, as well as many others.

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Angel Investing – The Most Underrated Skill: Access to Buyers

Both Sides of the Table

I’m obviously only naming a small fraction of their investments since I don’t feel inclined to research them all and many other great venture firms have this kind of access. I guess what I’m saying is that startup investing (whatever the stage) is not a stock picking job.

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Selling your business? Find the emotional buyer

Berkonomics

Most investment bankers will coach you into helping them find you a strategic buyer, knowing that such sales are quicker, often less focused upon the small warts of a business, and yield higher prices than financial sales.

$150,000 Investment from Make in LA for hardware Startups | Batch 2 Application Open

Tech Zulu Event

Perks include office space, prototype lab, production facilities, mentoring, and investments up to $150,000 in the first 4 months. Up to $150,000 in investments per startup. One-on-one mentoring and coaching with 50+ mentors.

The most satisfying life journey is never about the money.

Berkonomics

The rewards of angel investing. If you are in such a good place in your life, find a local angel investing group by navigating to www.angelcapitalassociation.org and clicking on “Find Angels.” Allow me to reminisce. This is the final post of this cycle.

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Do you think you are flexible and coachable?

Berkonomics

Early stage investor groups often list these traits at or near the top of their list when filtering opportunities for investment. And many potential coaches out there have made mistakes in these processes at the expense of their employers or even their personal savings.

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How can you let a talented employee go to pursue a new career?

Berkonomics

Sometimes you can be the coach, helping them even if it means losing them. It doesn’t take much to publicly wish a departing employee well, to throw a small celebration, to coach the outgoing person if asked, and to listen and receive fair criticism at the moment of the exit interview.

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Does your business need money? Read this!

Berkonomics

Email readers, continue here…] Bootstrapping: This term describes your ability to start a business with little investment and grow it using internally-generated funds. months from introduction to investment.

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The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

Both Sides of the Table

We strive to invest in companies that are consciously working to create a diverse leadership team?—?one The idea was that if any head coaching position was open the owner had to commit to interviewing at least one person from an underrepresented background.

Turn the tables: What’s an angel look like?

Berkonomics

Several times in our angel group, one of the largest in the United States, we have queried our group as to their motives in being active, risking their money, taking their time to research, perform due diligence and then coach entrepreneurs of young companies.

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Pipeline Fellowship | Raising Women to Become Investors

Tech Zulu Event

Men have dominated the world of investment. There were only 22% women who invested in 2012. Natalia Oberti Noguera is on a mission to help change the demographic of investment with her Pipeline Fellowship. There are not enough women in the world who are investing.

The most satisfying life journey is never about the money.

Berkonomics

If you are in such a good place in your life, find a local angel investing group by Googling “angel investing”.

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Insights and Opinions: The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators

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Southern California has the one of the largest gathering of organized angel investment groups, and a huge crop of startup accelerators: there's only one problem, which is they don't naturally work together. amplify launchpad accelerator capital venture investment angel opinions insights

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The last money has the first say.

Berkonomics

This important variation on “money talks” is an important consideration for entrepreneurs when seeking an investment from professionals such as VC’s. Something like a marriage (and often lasting just as long statistically), your investment partner can be a great cheerleader, coach and resource. But the moment things turn sour, including missed plans, some investors on company boards go into a predictable mode of dictating terms for emergency loans or additional investment.

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Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups

Berkonomics

First, angel investment groups come in all sizes from a few organized angels to large groups of three hundred or more. Angel groups invest from $250,000 to $1,000,000 or more in qualified investments.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Launch Venture Focused On Youth Sports

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The Los Angeles Dodgers , along with Elysian Park Ventures , the private investment firm created by the ownership group behind the Los Angeles Dodgers specifically for investments in entrepreneurs in the areas of sports, technology, and entertainment, have launched and funded a new venture called E|L1. Details on the investment in E|L1 were not announced.

Crowdfunding SEO Advice From AngelList

Steve Reich

I was lucky enough to be at LaunchPad LA last night to hear Dustin Dolginow from Atlas Ventures/ AngelList.co coach the incoming class on how best to use AngelList to fund their companies. Angel Investing Crowdfunding Incubators and Accelerators angel investing angellist crowdfunding incubators LaunchPadLA sam teller southern california accelerators

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SmartDrive Raises Capital, Rolls Out Distracted Driving Technology

Xconomy

At the American Trucking Association Management Conference in Orlando, FL, this week, San Diego’s SmartDrive Systems announced that Michelin North America has led a new investment round in the company, though SmartDrive wouldn’t say how much it has raised. The telematic technology is intended to help fleet managers reduce risk by coaching operators to be safer drivers.

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March Capital Partners Backs Dojo Madness

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Los Angeles-based March Capital Partners is the lead investor in Berlin-based Dojo Madness , a developer of e-sports content and coaching tools, as part of a $4.5M The funding round also included Investment Bank of Berlin, DN Capital, and London Venture Partners. funding round, Dojo Madness revealed today. The company's founders include Jens Hilgers, founder and chairman of Turtle Entertainment/ESL. READ MORE>>.

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Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Both Sides of the Table

This is true of any buying process where a customer has to make a large investment decision on your software or when an investor must decide whether to give you $5 million. Do they have authority to invest? But I know that if you invest you’ll take more time to get to know us.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

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Investment experience (5 years a VC at Battery Ventures). For starters we’re an LA-based venture fund who invests nationally (and sometimes internationally, but less so). She is a coach and mentor to team members.

Maverick Angels Merging Members Into Tech Coast Angels, Say Members

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Local angel investment group Maverick Angels is merging its membership base into the much larger Tech Coast Angels , according to members of the groups. In recent years, the Maverick Angels had mostly been focused on running coaching programs and seminars for entrepreneurs.

The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators

Steve Reich

At a recent accelerator event on the West Side, a friendly young founder told me that he had been coached by his mentor not to talk to Angel groups. I’m personally aware of several TCA and Pasadena Angels members who are actively investing, and then sponsoring companies at their respective groups. The Angel groups need individual members to take charge of nurturing the relationship and consciously invest time and effort in building ties.

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The Importance of Teams and Why the Best Leaders Cultivate Them

Both Sides of the Table

Increasingly I find myself engaging executive coaches at companies an trying to help executive teams get 360 degree feedback. The best leaders I know encourage coaches to come in and are willing to listen to feedback about themselves. I often find myself coaching people, “Of course we could come up with an informed view on [this topic] but I’d rather we dedicate even more time to recruiting an expert we trust to run this function.”

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CapLinked Raise $1.6m Series A Round & Appoint Adam Sroka As VP Technology

Tech Zulu Event

Adam Sroka, an agile software innovator, is a self-taught programmer with 25 years of writing code and previously combined his coding skills with his knowledge of agile and lean management techniques as a coach and technical trainer.

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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At the time I pointed out: “If I had realized exits almost certainly it would be because I invested in a company that failed. Working with early-stage teams : coaching, mentoring, setting strategy, rolling up sleeves: 9/10.

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Meet the 2017 Startups from the Disney Accelerator

Tech.Co

The company has a majority stake in Team Liquid, a top esports team in the US and Europe with 60 pro players, coaches, and analysts competing in nine games as well as a minority stake in Super League Gaming.

Micro–train; macro–manage

Berkonomics

Invest in training, and save on managing. Instead of spending a lot of time managing them, invest a little quality time in coaching them. Dave’s note: The week, we again welcome Kim Shepherd as our guest author, with her blunt, on-the-target style.

Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

Both Sides of the Table

Or if you’re a VC raising from LPs you have to list all of your deals, your investment value, your carrying value, your multiples, your IRRs, TVPIs, DPIs, etc along with net cashflows plus your previous LPAs. Why you should never have a data room?—?the

Success Is Not Always A Straight Line, With Hamet Watt, Upfront Ventures

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We became friends back then, have stayed in touch, and I''ve seen how he''s invested in the community and creating this ecosystem which I''ve been a part of. I think the perspective that I have on operating a company is dramatically good when you are investing in companies.