Why I Invested in Gogii (textPlus) – My First Ever Later Stage Deal

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I invested in LA-based Gogii , one of the fastest growing, most exciting mobile social networking companies you’ve never heard of and maker of a product called textPlus. I only recently invested and I only got here through persistence. I quietly watched their success from the sidelines and kept spending time with and telling the CEO, Scott Lahman, that I wanted to invest in his next company. The opportunity came up to invest in this one and I pounced.

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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. is a good monthly investment? Follow PandoDaily: Search. Main menu.

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When the Good Guys in Venture Change Roles

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I’ve worked very closely with Matt over the past four years as we share an investment in a company in Los Angeles called NextPlus and we sat on a board together for years.

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Explaining FNAC: Feature, Not a Company

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It’s intended in a discussion with an entrepreneur to get them to question whether there is really amazing underlying value in the product or service they’re offering. Awesome for these talented young entrepreneurs and awesome for their investors. FNAC.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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In my LA I often see computer screens open with entrepreneurs talking about digital media. When you’re one fund and have $600 million to invest it’s easier to take that kind of risk. All second or third time entrepreneurs. Hautelook, Gogii, Magento.

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Interview with Matthew Graczyk, Zubican


Personally, I've been an entrepreneur for 15 years, running companies with P and L responsibility for divisions, and watched with frustration as the Internet has grown up around us. He's now at Gogii, which has received investment from Kleiner.

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