Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Funding

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Saturday, March 25, 2017 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Funding. The Snapchat Effect: How the company’s mega IPO may enhance the odds of your startup getting funded. Will we witness more venture funding and increased company valuations in the region? Will LA overtake New York as the second most interesting tech ecosystem after Silicon Valley?

OK, So Maybe Not ALL MBA Entrepreneurs Are Oxymorons

InfoChachkie

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

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Equity Funding

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

TechCrunch LA

Demographics at funds and startups will also be under the microscope, since signatories have agreed to report on their composition by race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability status, immigration status, veteran status, educational attainment, socioeconomic origin, tenure at a firm.

Entrepreneurs: Employment law is not on your side!

Berkonomics

Small companies most often scrape by with borrowed or invested funds, doing everything possible to grow and prosper with limited resources. To most entrepreneurs, this often leads to an event whose resolution by a governmental agency or even a court seems unfair and illogical.

Real Entrepreneurs Are Never “Stuck”

InfoChachkie

Professional investors do not fund great ideas. Instead, they fund proven businesses. Thus, it is incumbent on entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses before seeking venture funding. Entrepreneurs Are Never Stuck.

Entrepreneurs: The Funding Landscape Has Changed.

Berkonomics

You have enough in savings to get started, but how and where do you go to find additional funding sources? Another fact: The “uninformed” small businessman usually tends to approach the most difficult funding sources first, wasting an inordinate amount of time, and then failing to raise any funds, making his or her situation more serious in the process. When searching for funding, one of your primary tasks should be to start where it is easier, and proceed from there.

I Would Only Fund an Entrepreneur with High Integrity

Both Sides of the Table

Back in November I agreed with Nivi over at VentureHacks to do a series on the ten most important attributes of a successful entrepreneur. Unfortunately, I don’t believe it is perfectly correlated with what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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. What percentage of their fund will you be? Congrats on your new fund, Beezer and Nino.

The Entrepreneur Thesis

Both Sides of the Table

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.”

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

InfoChachkie

As noted in YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund , many YouTube personalities are sensitive to the nature of the ads associated with their content. You can also check out my blog for emerging entrepreneurs HERE.

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

Both Sides of the Table

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. Good entrepreneurs can admit when their course of action was wrong and learn from it.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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She actually IS the prototypical entrepreneur. But Tracy did what entrepreneurs do. Sam is the managing director of Launchpad LA and we were about to pick our 2012 class of entrepreneurs. In the first 5 minutes you’ll realize that she’s a classic entrepreneur.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

Tech Zulu Event

Hundreds of founders, speakers, mentors, and students flocked to the University of Southern California on March 28 th , 2015 to be inspired by female entrepreneurs. Some women say that “I don’t want to be labeled as a female entrepreneur, I am just an entrepreneur”.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

Both Sides of the Table

Understanding “The Funding Angle” I sit at enough board meetings to hear conflicting advice given to entrepreneurs about how to handle PR and announcements at startups. Is Funding a Worthy Announcement? ” Funding IS the story. Funding is news.

SoCal's Big New Crop Of Venture Investors And Funds

socalTECH

Are you an entrepreneur, looking for capital here in Southern California? It's turning out to be a great time for entrepreneurs looking for funding in the region, with not only high profile exits of such companies as Snap Inc., www.watertowerventures.com) Fund size: $5M.

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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.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum

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Saturday, January 21, 2017 -- Aerospace and Defense: Finding and Funding Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Southern California. Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum. From small sat’s and drones to headline-making rocketry by the “big guys,” our Southern California Aerospace landscape has been revitalized.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (5/11) – Inspiration

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

Entrepreneurs Don’t “Noodle” They Do

Both Sides of the Table

But there are a lot of things that become norms in the VC industry that always drove me crazy from entrepreneur’s side of the table. Translation for any first time entrepreneurs can mean one of: a. In an entrepreneur I need to see the anti VC character.

A Chat With Kelly Perdew: Moonshots Capital And Its First Dedicated Fund

socalTECH

This morning, Moonshots Capital (www.moonshotscapital.com), led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings , announced its first formal fund, a $19M seed stage fund. We sat down with Kelly ahead of the announcement to chat about the new fund, why they think military veterans are particularly well suited as startup entrepreneurs, why the two went from organizing individual deals for funding to a formal fund, and more. So you mention your thesis as a fund.

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

Both Sides of the Table

Now, I’m pretty on the record that being an entrepreneur is about being great at The Do. My fund? I have written about the need for entrepreneurs to take inventory in themselves before deciding whom to hire as the rest of the team. Entrepreneur Advice

Should You Really be a Startup Entrepreneur?

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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.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. Resilience is one of the tell tale signs of an entrepreneur. So Apax went ahead and funded iScraper without us.

Moonshots Capital Announced First Seed Stage Fund

socalTECH

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. The firm--which has been making investments even before raising the official fund, announced today--has already made four investments out of the new fund. Moonshots said the new fund will focus on seed stage deals, holding reserve capital for follow-on pro rata.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (7/11) – Detail Orientation

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on what makes an entrepreneur successful. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. I started the series talking about what I consider the most important attribute of an entrepreneur : Tenacity.

American Entrepreneurs – Be Happy You Are Not In Spain

InfoChachkie

Fredi''s email is worth reading, as it reinforces how lucky American entrepreneurs truly are. However, from an entrepreneur''s viewpoint, the philosophical distance can be measured in light years. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Four Questions Entrepreneurs Should Answer Before Dropping Out Of College

InfoChachkie

Are you an entrepreneur that is thinking about dropping out of college? However, as made clear in Should Millennial Entrepreneurs Skip College? However, I consistently encounter a handful of young entrepreneurs who are better served by taking a break from school.

3 Reasons SaaS Savvy Entrepreneurs Don’t Build Their Own Portals

InfoChachkie

Even entrepreneurs that already sold on SaaS should stake note of new research from the SalientGroup : SaaS gets funded - Nearly 50% of SaaS-based startups are getting successfully funded—a rate of funding success no other sector can match.

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Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. link] Another entrepreneur was recently in my office. She had emailed with a partner at a big VC fund and he had passed the request to a junior associate.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. Wait, didn’t you just raise a fund?

Why Millennial Entrepreneurs Should Never Watch Shark Tank Alone

InfoChachkie

The reality television show Shark Tank makes for entertaining content but many of its underlying messages are potentially detrimental to tech entrepreneurs. Thus, emerging entrepreneurs should parse fact from fantasy by watching the show with an experienced business pro.

LA's New Wave Of Companies From Serial Entrepreneurs

socalTECH

LA's technology startup industry has saw a surge in new companies and efforts from its serial entrepreneurs in the last few months. Serial entrepreneurs--those who have started and successfully sold or exited startups in the past--have been outsized contributors to the local technology industry, due to the experience they had in their prior companies. Here's a quick look at just a few of the new companies who are led by serial entrepreneurs from the LA ecosystem.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

VC funding. We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor over funding until we get huge payouts and ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser.

Outbound VC Dialing Programs – Total Disrespect for Entrepreneurs

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“Hi [entrepreneur], I hope all is well. I’m an investor at [Big Name, Large Fund VC] and recently came across [Your Company]. I know the firm well and I know the entrepreneur & his business well. So I have to imagine many other entrepreneurs felt the same.