Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Venture Funding

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 -- Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Venture Funding. The Los Angeles Tech and Venture Scene 2019 / Anatomy of a Successful Seed Round. Our program keynote will debut the 2019 Amplify.LA presentation which offers a comprehensive overview of the Los Angeles tech and venture landscape. It includes a look back on 2018, and covers all the players, investors, history and emerging players in LA tech.

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?

10 Entrepreneur Milestones That Make Funding Easy

Startup Professionals Musings

Every investor expects to see some business traction, both before and after a funding event. I hear a lot of entrepreneurs contemplating their great “idea” for several years with little discernable progress, and looking for money to start.

10 Entrepreneur Alternatives To Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

My first advice for new entrepreneurs is to pick a domain that doesn’t have the sky-high up-front development costs, like online web sites and smart phone apps. Solicit funds from friends and family. Use crowd funding. It’s what separates the true entrepreneurs from the wannabes.

Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum - Equity Funding

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Let Me Count The Ways Entrepreneurs Fund Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” These are tough for a first-time entrepreneur. This is the primary source of non-personal funds for very early-stage startups. Fund your startup yourself.

Savvy Entrepreneurs Look for More Than Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Some entrepreneurs start polling venture capitalists for that multi-million dollar investment before they even have a business plan. Every entrepreneur needs help and support along the way, from developing the initial idea, to selling off the successful business (exit strategy).

Right Entrepreneurs In The Right Place Get Funded

Startup Professionals Musings

But I continue to learn that there are a host of other factors, maybe not even related to you or your business, that could keep you from getting the funding that you need. Almost 80% of the funding handed out in the US consistently comes from these three locations.

8 Indications Of An Entrepreneur Sought By Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” Investors like me look for these in the people they fund, and you should be looking for them in yourself: Forever curious. It allows entrepreneurs to challenge what is already “known” to extrapolate that to an original idea.

Video Interview: Len Lanzi, LAVA on How To Get Your Startup Funded

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Len Lanzi is Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) (www.lava.org), which helps startup entrepreneurs get their companies funded. lanzi angeles venture association interview startup entrepreneur funding capital investment

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How Entrepreneurs Qualify for Funding from Banks

Startup Professionals Musings

A common question I get is “How do I get a bank loan to fund my startup?” That’s why Angel investors are so sought after by entrepreneurs. Bankers, like investors, fund people rather than ideas. Eliminate your salary from the use of funds.

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.

10 Keys To Making Money By Investing In Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. Fund an entrepreneur you know and trust. Most entrepreneurs start asking for money from this tier, when they have very little more than an idea.

10 Funding Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Skip

Startup Professionals Musings

Other writers, like Guy Kawasaki, have irreverently called some of these “entrepreneur lies,” but I prefer to think of them as innocent over-enthusiasm or over-confidence that can kill your deal. No investor wants to wait that long for his return, or fund the years of waiting.

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.

Shortcuts To Entrepreneur Funding Are Usually Scams

Startup Professionals Musings

Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. Phantom fund investors. Work at home to fund your startup. Cash transfer assistance funding.

10 Ways Entrepreneurs Find Money To Start A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” These are tough for a first-time entrepreneur. This is the primary source of non-personal funds for very early-stage startups. Fund your startup yourself.

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.

Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

TechCrunch LA

The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund. “We feel over the next couple of years, we’ll start to see repeat entrepreneurs come out of these LA companies.

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.

10 Scams To Avoid While Seeking New Venture Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by ivanpw Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. Phantom fund investors. Work at home to fund your startup.

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?

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

SoCal's Big New Crop Of Venture Investors And Funds

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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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8 Smart Tips To Soliciting Friends And Family Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to young entrepreneurs, I find that many are a bit naïve about how the investment process really works. Every good entrepreneur needs to invest skin in the game, to show credibility and leadership to others. entrepreneur friends family fools funding investor new venture

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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.

As An Entrepreneur, Are You Ready To Meet The Press?

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs I know admit to a poor first media interaction, and many are still waiting for the instant replay. Kickstarter may take a bit of the credit for this, but they admit the majority of projects without media attention don’t even approach their funding goals.

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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.

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.

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.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. Explosion in Seed Funds. Now seed funding is conventional wisdom.

How Entrepreneurs Attract Friends, Family And Fools

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Jupiter Labs Many first-time entrepreneurs find themselves unable to bootstrap their startups, and also unable to find early funding at the venture capital level or even with angel investors. entrepreneur family fools friends funding startup

Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. Upfront VI is our latest core fund and is $400 million to invest in early stage entrepreneurs.

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.”