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


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. Kevin O'Connor: I've been doing venture since my first deal in 1995, and have been investing on and off since I moved to Santa Barbara in 2001, under the name O'Connor Ventures, and did that full time until 2009, when I started Graphiq, and switched back into doing another company.

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How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future


Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there''s still a shortage of local, venture capital. Explain what kinds of investments TenOneTen makes or hopes to make? What''s the best way for entrepreneurs to approach you?

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Pipeline Fellowship | Raising Women to Become Investors

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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.

13 Ecosystem Builders That Are Boosting Startup Growth


If you’re an early-stage entrepreneur, technology has served you well. BlackTech Week was created in 2014, and in four short years, they’ve gained over 2700 participants, 150 speakers, and 3 pitch competitions.

Interview with Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels


Since the Tech Coast Angels (, the largest angel investment group in Southern California, is holding one of its several Fast Pitch competitions next week in Los Angeles (, we thought it might be a good time to catch up with Mike Napoli , incoming President of the Tech Coast Angels, to hear the his thoughts on the angel investing environment in Southern California from the angels' perspective.

Do Less. More.

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I rarely talk to any startup entrepreneur or VC who doesn’t feel it and somehow long for simpler times despite the benefits we all enjoy from increased enthusiasm for our sector. For entrepreneurs there’s too much money sloshing around. ” But as entrepreneurs you don’t get to sit these years out and as investors we don’t get just let a few years pass and return back to the market. We are experiencing a frenetic time.

My Number One Advice for Startups or VCs: Conviction > Consensus

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It spoke to me because it so resonates with my nearly daily advice to entrepreneurs and VCs alike. I am often asked how we make decisions on investments at Upfront Ventures. A typical investment discussion is not a bed of roses. The rest of our partners, principles, associates and EIRs can weigh in with commentary on their views of the quality of the entrepreneur, the market, the product, competition and so forth.

George Powell – Doing Well By Having Fun


I am always on the lookout for inspiring entrepreneurs who have leveraged their passions into healthy livelihoods as they serve as instructive role models for my UC Santa Barbara entrepreneurial students. I assume you become his mentor?

How to Raise Money When You’re Not in a Major VC Market

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And I am often approached by entrepreneurs in cities which don’t have a vibrant VC community. ” Most VCs view it as their responsibility to mentor, debate, cajole and generally assist with investments they make. But I do invest outside of LA.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I then got my MBA at University of Chicago so I secretly pull for local entrepreneurs as long as they don’t make me visit in the Winter any more. Local mentors matter. I figured if we couldn’t fund every company locally we should at least embrace them as a community and show that we’re willing to mentor them whether they raise their money in town or not. People often say, “Great entrepreneurs will build a community and the capital will follow.”

Want to Know How to Join One of the Country’s Most Successful VC Fund?

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By now most of you know that Chris Sacca invested in what is now thought to be one of the best performing VC funds of all time having invested an $8.4 Matt says that this service approach has helped Lowercase really win the loyalty of the founders they back in a market that has grown increasingly competitive. We spoke at length about seeking out mentors and how to get the most out of them. I recently interviewed Matt Mazzeo of Lowercase Capital.

Craft your roadmap. Plan your trip.


Richa is a successful entrepreneur and technologist giving back to the entrepreneurial community in many ways, including his weekly Internet TV program on entrepreneurism, and participation in several mentoring programs. . I’m not seeking a bank loan or investment.

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Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies

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We know that to be successful we need to fund truly transformational entrepreneurs grounded in unique academic skills and with the self confidence and ambition to try and achieve results in which the market will naturally be skeptical.

Meet the Investors & Tech Leaders Judging at Startup Night SXSW 2018


Also at Startup Night will be 25 diverse and innovative startups showcasing their latest products, competing for prizes including: $1K from LaunchKC , Business Extra Points from American Airlines , and a fast tracked spot to the Startup of the Year semifinals competition at Innovate Celebrate 2018.

Fuel50: Helping Employees Figure Out Their Career Path, With Anne Fulton


You can find a mentor, a coach, a project, or experience, to help you prepare for the role you are looking for. Anne Fulton: I've always been an organizational psychologist crossed with a serial entrepreneur. I can't help myself in being an entrepreneur. We're very excited to be working with them, to help us create a platform for us for future acceleration and growth, and we're working on additional investments down the track.

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Find Out What Tech Is Emerging From the Ozarks


In this interview with #StartupsEverywhere , I talk withMichael Iseman, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Startup Junkie, about the mentorship pool, knowledge transfer, the latest happening in the ecosystem and the energy of this community within the region.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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I’m super excited to announce that GRP Partners led the investment in Ethan Anderson’s new company MyTime (link has LA-based merchants but will give you a good feel for the product). I acted as the occasional mentor, advisor and coach to Ethan. Let me not bury the lede.

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Local Universities Get $360K From DOE For Cleantech Entrepreneurship


Department of Energy to help foster student entrepreneurs via a business plan competition run by the group called First Look West. Three local universities, plus a Pasadena-based startup, have received a $360,000 grant to promote student entrepreneurship in clean technology.

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Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

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Get connected to the right mentors and your business may catapult to the next level. I figured if Matt was on the verge of bankruptcy and one mentor changed his trajectory, what if we had a formalized, community-wide program? o Put a timeframe/money – competition in the picture.

Interview with Sam Teller, LaunchpadLA


There is a large menu of startup accelerators in the Los Angeles, but one of more established efforts in the area is LaunchpadLA ([link] The effort actually started as an informal mentoring program, but has grown and expanded to follow the accelerator model.

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10 ways you’ll probably f**k up your startup — Spook Studio — Medium

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I’m hoping this will help to save entrepreneurs time in their hunt for success, whilst adding some more meaning to their businesses. It takes discipline to stay on track and not lose focus, but it’s a valuable trait that all successful entrepreneurs seem to have.

Plug and Play San Diego Finds Home in New Downtown Works Space


In the Bay Area, Roudi said about 180 companies pay Plug and Play an annual fee to get an inside track on incubating startups, and in some cases could be making investments in San Diego companies as well.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010


Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO’s and VC’s) - Steve Blank , July 15, 2010 If you take funding from a venture capital firm or angel investor and want to build a large, enduring company (rather than sell it to the highest bidder), this isn’t the decade to do it. Wannabe entrepreneur symptoms and cures - Gabriel Weinberg , July 25, 2010 I was once a wannabe entrepreneur. Yesterday he outlined his investment thesis on his blog.

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Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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They have hired great people, have brought on great mentors, have raised money from top tier investors, and we are excited for a bunch of big announcements in the months ahead,” said Teller. Over 500 startups applied last quarter to Launchpad LA’s accelerator, but only eight were chosen.

Top 40 Startup Posts for August 2010


He blogs to 10,000 web entrepreneurs at Software by Rob and co-hosts the podcast Startups for the Rest of Us. How I Think About Seed Investing As A VC - Feld Thoughts , August 2, 2010 Last week saw an explosion of discussion around seed investing, including plenty of negative comments around VCs as seed investors. They are: Fred Wilson: Lead Investors, Dipshit Companies, and Funding Every Entrepreneur. was once a wannabe entrepreneur, and then I was a first-timer.

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amSTATZ Social Network For Fitness Gurus, Athletes & Events | Interview With Founder

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Sergey’s diverse experience as an entrepreneur, technology consultant and software executive qualifies him to lead amSTATZ’s technology development. Any competition in LA? We haven’t identified any competition in LA, specifically.

Carpooling Wants You To Share Your Car, Meet New Friends & Get Paid For It!

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In 2009, after their first round of investment, they launched internationally. Any competition back home? All over Europe, there are hundreds of carpooling platforms at a regional level but actually we believe that our biggest competition comes from bus and train companies.

Interview with Scott Sangster, Tech Coast Angels


We thought today for our interview, that we'd get an update on the angel investment environment here in Southern California from Scott Sangster , the incoming President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tech Coast Angels , the biggest angel investment group in Southern California.

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners


Mark has also been quite active mentoring entrepreneurs, We caught up with Mark to hear about what kinds of investments GRP is looking at nowadays, his view on the software-as-a-service market, and how best to approach him with a pitch. It looks like GRP has been making lots of early stage investments lately--can you talk a little bit about your investment preferences and what you are looking at nowadays? We invested in Overture, which was sold for $1.2