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StartEngine Plans New Equity Crowdfunding Campaign, For Itself

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Los Angeles-based StartEngine , the equity crowdfunding site led by serial entrepreneur Howard Marks, told its supporters on Friday that it is planning to launch a new, equity crowdfunding effort: for itself. According to StartEngine, in an email to investors in earlier equity crowdfunding efforts on its site, that in the coming weeks, StartEngine will be offering its own shares to investors.

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Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups

Berkonomics

There are three classes of equity investors for early stage businesses that we have not yet considered. Second, there is a rather new term for those large, individual investors who are usually former entrepreneurs made rich through sale of their previous ventures.

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Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs

InfoChachkie

Someone on Quora recently asked me to answer the following question: Why Do Digital Entrepreneurs Hate MBAs? Tech entrepreneurs' consternation with MBAs does not rise to the level of loathing. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

StartEngine Equity Crowdfunding Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Monday, February 27, 2017 -- StartEngine Equity Crowdfunding Workshop. StartEngine is organizing the first equity crowdfunding one day free workshop for companies to go live the same day. The idea of a same day go live workshop is helpful for entrepreneurs who are very busy. Normally, a company will spend thousands of dollars on an accountant, lawyer, copywriter and other vendors to get their campaign to go live plus many dozen of hours in preparation time.

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Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve written about the topic of convertible debt at length before specifically about how angels & entrepreneurs should think about pricing. Clearly this is is a trend and a topic that is interesting entrepreneurs. In fact, in some ways can be worse for the entrepreneur.

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Should You Really be a Startup Entrepreneur?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most common questions that entrepreneurs who meet me for the first time like to ask is, “Do you miss being an entrepreneur? On Being an Entrepreneur. The following is a short excerpt of what I said, “… being an entrepreneur is very unsexy.

Outbound VC Dialing Programs – Total Disrespect for Entrepreneurs

Both Sides of the Table

“Hi [entrepreneur], I hope all is well. I know the firm well and I know the entrepreneur & his business well. Many of the growth equity firms have had outbound dialing programs for years. So I have to imagine many other entrepreneurs felt the same.

Create equity value with every step.

Berkonomics

Accepting venture or angel money is to create a contract between the investors and the entrepreneur that the business will someday be sold or even go public to create an exit for the investors. You may be an architect or doctor or other professional managing your business, knowing that the end game value of your client or patient list is small and not easily transferred to any buyer without attrition.

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7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

InfoChachkie

As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: An entrepreneur’s two most precious assets are time and money. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”.

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

TechCrunch LA

High-profile entrepreneurs and investors, Peter Thiel, for example , have left. “It’s hard to make a difference in San Francisco as a single entrepreneur,” said J.D. “It’s not as a hard to make a difference as a successful entrepreneur in Columbus, Ohio.”

What Entrepreneurs Should do about Price Fixing

Both Sides of the Table

I thought I’d try to look at it from a different lens, that of the entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur you should assume that. Convertible or equity? So what is an entrepreneur to do? I sometimes ask entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs need angels.

One Simple Paragraph Every Entrepreneur Should Add to Their Convertible Notes

Both Sides of the Table

I’m so tired of seeing young entrepreneurs get screwed by their angel investors on convertible notes and I know I can’t convince you not to do it so I’d like to offer one simple bit of advice to help you avoid getting screwed (at least on one part of your note). If a VC tried to do this to you on an early-stage deal they would get such a bad reputation that no other VCs or entrepreneurs would work with them.

How Tos of Equity

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 -- On Tuesday, October 18th, join business leaders and entrepreneurs to hear a lively panel discuss the intricacies of equity ownership and answer your most pressing questions. Our panelists are: Bruce Hallett, Managing Director of Miramar, Kim Kovacs, CEO, OptionEase and Dave Key, Principal at Cloud Strategies See [link] (more

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Startup Children – How To Parent An Entrepreneur (Part I) - Teach Your Children To Create Something Out of Nothing

InfoChachkie

I recently answered the question “ What are good ways to raise your children to be entrepreneurs? ” I believe that you cannot teach someone to be an entrepreneur, but that you can teach entrepreneurs. Every entrepreneur is faced with making something out of nothing.

This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won

InfoChachkie

Adeo Ressi is a serial entrepreneur turned investor and entrepreneur advocate. Adeo Co-Founded the entrepreneur-friendly website The Funded and he is the Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute , whose goal is to create and foster local startup ecosystems across the globe.

Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It

InfoChachkie

Greathouse: Your collective experiences have clearly made bootstrapping a viable option for you, more so than might be the case for a typical, younger entrepreneur who needs more direction, doesn’t have cash discipline, etc. How do early-stage entrepreneurs go about doing it?

The Series A Crunch Is For Entrepreneurs Who Can’t Create Their Own Luck

InfoChachkie

Fortunately, there is a key difference between startups and baby turtles: entrepreneurs can make their own luck. If you are forced to accept a lower value, consider reducing the dilutive impact by raising a mix of equity and debt, as described more fully below.

Should You Really be a Startup Entrepreneur?

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most common questions that entrepreneurs who meet me for the first time like to ask is, “Do you miss being an entrepreneur? On Being an Entrepreneur. The following is a short excerpt of what I said, “… being an entrepreneur is very unsexy.

Equity Compensation: A 6 Point Primer on Creative Service Fees

From the Venture Trenches

A willingness to accept equity as part of your agency or law firm’s fees can bring in more work that stimulates your team and exposes you to disruptive opportunities that are potentially very lucrative. At Kluge , we approach equity compensation as if we are stock investors.

Startup Children – How To Parent An Entrepreneur (Part IV) - Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

InfoChachkie

Thus, it is akin to the sweat equity you put into your adVenture, never knowing if your efforts will yield a return. In business, such players are analogous to serial entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Parenting The FringeNote: This is part IV of a five part series.

Product Manager Entrepreneur Mark Geller

SoCal CTO

He has a really interesting background as a product manager and now an entrepreneur. Founder Institute is the brain child of Adeo Ressi , a super passionate and successful serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, probably best known for founding TheFunded.com.

Backing Culture Genesis, T.I. launches TechCypha, an investment syndicate for tech deals

TechCrunch LA

better known as Snoop Dogg) closed a $45 million investment fund last year; Sean Carter, or “Jay Z” launched Marcy Venture Partners ; the Chamillionaire, Hakeem Seriki, is an entrepreneur in residence at the LA-based firm Upfront Ventures and has his own app; and Nas, who founded Queensbridge Venture Partners, recently saw an exit when one of his companies, PillPack, was sold to Amazon for around $750 million.

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Equity Compensation: A 6 Point Primer on Creative Service Fees

From the Venture Trenches

A willingness to accept equity as part of your agency or law firm’s fees can bring in more work that stimulates your team and exposes you to disruptive opportunities that are potentially very lucrative. However, there are a number of considerations to explore before agreeing to accepting equity as a portion of your firm’s payment. Investment banks on the other hand are keen to accept an “equity kicker” as an added incentive to make sure a deal “gets done”.

CoFoundersLab Matches Entrepreneurs Scientifically

Tech Zulu Event

Together they envisioned a Match.com type of site for entrepreneurs to find each other and make things happen. It provides tools like the Equity Calculator and curates and vets vendors that service startups. The biggest culprit to a startup failure is a dysfunctional founding team.

A Serial Entrepreneur's Tale: Convertro's Jeff Zwelling

socalTECH

One of the big sources of success in Southern California's technology industry has been the rise of a number of serial entrepreneurs, who not only have succeeded once, but a number of times. One of those is Jeff Zwelling , the founder of Convertro, who had prior success at EchoSign (sold to Adobe) and YLighting (sold to a private equity firm).

Startup Equity - Maximize Benefits and Avoid Disaster

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, March 3, 2011 -- Startup Equity - Maximize Benefits and Avoid Disaster. Make Sure You Have the Right "Strings" Attached Entrepreneurs have always pushed the envelope. Selling Stock? However, many continue to sell stock to friends, family and even complete strangers without the ability to reacquire those shares and prevent them from falling into unwanted hands. Hosted by Bart Greenberg, HaynesBoone. See [link] (more

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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. Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map".

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

20k from StartEngine, and a lot of sweat equity from the founders. One of my friends, an Overture veteran and successful entrepreneur, raised the objection that these are all little “lightweight” apps and sites. Entrepreneurs Incubators and Accelerators Uncategorized entrepreneur southern california accelerators southern california incubatorsNew companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders.

The Art of Building and Using an Effective Advisory Board

Technology Council

Curto, Managing Principal of Tech Coast Equity Group The Technology Council recently presented a panel discussion on advisory boards, The Art of Building and Using an Effective Advisory Board. Business Entrepreneurs Management board entrepreneurs EventsBy Charles J. The panel was chaired by Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology. Wayne Pinnell, Managing Partner of Haskell & White, Mark Monaghan, Business Growth Specialist and Managing Principal of [.].

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Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

Founded by Steve Poizner last year to accelerate the growth of a startup entrepreneurial ecosystem in Southern California, The Alliance is building a network of investors, entrepreneurs and universities to provide ballast in the south to the dominance of the Northern California tech industry.

Incubators, Accelerators, and New Choices for Entrepreneurs

Steve Reich

The accelerators want a substantial chunk of equity in exchange for that cash. After all, it is a business and the owners of the accelerator clearly expect that equity to pay off. If not, that’s expensive equity.

Financing Lessons from Entrepreneurs Who Funded Their Early-Stage Companies

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, June 16, 2011 -- Financing Lessons from Entrepreneurs Who Funded Their Early-Stage Companies. For many first-time entrepreneurs this is new territory. So why go exploring on your own when you can learn from our panel of seasoned entrepreneurs who've funded and exited more than one successful business? Panel includes: Ray Chan - Board Member and Chair of Seed Track Program, Tech Coast Angels; David Cheng - Entrepreneur; Eric Jackson - Co-founder and CEO, CapLink.

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Venture investors and startup execs say they don’t need Elizabeth Warren to defend them from big tech

TechCrunch LA

“We’re not seeing that innovation or initiative come from the government – or that support for encouraging immigration and by extension embracing the talented foreign entrepreneurs that could develop new technologies and businesses.”

The Art of Building and Using an Effective Advisory Board

Technology Council

Curto, Managing Principal of Tech Coast Equity Group The Technology Council recently presented a panel discussion on advisory boards, The Art of Building and Using an Effective Advisory Board. Business Entrepreneurs Management board entrepreneurs EventsBy Charles J. The panel was chaired by Feyzi Fatehi, CEO of Corent Technology. Wayne Pinnell, Managing Partner of Haskell & White, Mark Monaghan, Business Growth Specialist and Managing Principal of […].

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