10 Keys To Making Money By Investing In Entrepreneurs

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Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. It’s an opportunity for that “big bang” return of 10X to 100 times your initial investment, like early investors in Google, Microsoft, and Apple.

Snap’s Yellow accelerator debuts its third batch of investments

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The group occupies some familiar spaces for past investments, with a focus on niche social communities, mobile media tools and augmented reality. Snap investment Hardworkers. Mogul Millennial : a media startup sharing professional resources for Black entrepreneurs.

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10 Traits Demonstrate Entrepreneur Character Strength

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As I was watching the investor show, Shark Tank , on TV the other night, I was struck by how quickly and how extensively the sharks focused on the background and character of the entrepreneurs, compared to time spent evaluating their products. entrepreneur investors stregth of character

Mighty Oak Entertainment Gets Investment

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Los Angeles- and Atlanta-based Mighty Oak Entertainment , which produces sports clips for traditional, digital, and streaming, has received an investment from former MGM Television President John Bryan and entrepreneur and KDOCTV (Los Angeles) owner Bert Ellis, Jr., Financial details of the acquisition and investment were not announced, however, Mighty Oak Entertainment said Bryan and Ellis have purchased 50 percent of the company from founder Mark O'Brien.

Where is the best source of early stage investment?

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If you have been following our recent insights, you’ll be up to speed knowing that professional investors negotiate tough terms, from provisions of control over asset acquisition, eventual sale of the company, future investments, forced co-sale when others attempt to sell their shares and more.

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How I Invest

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During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends. Often as I describe to people privately why I invested the first reaction is not to immediately get it.

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Early-stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

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Defy , the early-stage venture investment firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is putting a new twist on the venture partner model as it brings Brian Lee and Sujal Patel on board to help out with investing and guiding companies in the firm’s portfolio.

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Why Smart Entrepreneurs Build Plans For Their Startup

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Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. Is it any wonder why so few entrepreneurs ever find the professional investors they seek?

LA's ECMC Foundation Backs Female Entrepreneurs

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Los Angeles-based ECMC Foundation , a foundation that provides funding to both nonprofit and for-profit ventures focused on college success and career readiness, has helped backed two female entrepreneurs, along with investment firm Chloe Capital. According to ECMC and Chloe Capital, they made an investment in Inscribe , the developer of an app used to help students succeed through community support. Live, where women entrepreneurs pitched live for up to $250,000 in funding.

Carey Ransom, OC4 On Startups, Investments, and What To Do Now

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Carey tells us a bit about what OC4 is doing, how it invests and works with companies, and also gives startups some advice about how to approach moving forward in light of the pandemic. Carey Ransom: The way I think about it, is it is really the culmination of almost two decades of software and technology company building and investing. I've also invested in those companies. How far along are you in terms of making investments?

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Female Entrepreneurs, AI and Investing: A Chat With Meredith Finn, March Capital

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Earlier this month, the annual Montgomery Summit conference was held in Santa Monica, including a special portion of the conference dedicated to the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur. We spoke with Meredith Finn a new Partner at March Capital--who headed up that the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur sessions this year--to hear more about her perspectives on investments, what the Rise of the Female Entrepeneur was all about, March's interests in artificial intelligence and more.

5 Crowdfunding Approaches To Tempt Every Entrepreneur

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Even if you ignore all the hype around crowdfunding, there can be no doubt that it is a real alternative for entrepreneurs to achieve visibility and funding today. crowdfunding entrepreneur model startup

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

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With an inaugural investment into the Los Angeles-based entertainment startup Culture Genesis , Clifford Harris Jr., ”, has launched a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha. Launched by the music and cultural impresario with more hustle than hustle and his business partner Jason Geder, the new collaborative investment strategy focused on tech startups will allow high net worth individuals to participate in deals.

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Equity Investment Platform Preparation Best Practices

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If you are one of the thousands of entrepreneurs who need equity funding to get your startup going (no loans to repay), you are probably overwhelmed at the prospect of finding, contacting and pitching to the huge number of qualified angels and investment groups around the country.

Invest in Lines, not Dots

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In normal times investors will look for “traction&# before investing. For this reason I tell entrepreneurs the following: Meet your potential investors early. I didn’t invest in Orgoo but by the time he launched Ad.ly

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JPMorgan Chase Invests $2.2 Million to Benefit Phoenix’s Underserved Entrepreneurs

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Phoenix communities are celebrating because JPMorgan Chase has made several local charitable investments to support underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses with the goal of creating jobs and spark a growing economy. The post JPMorgan Chase Invests $2.2

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

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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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Investor Rules of Thumb For Investable Entrepreneurs

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Even with great credentials, it is all too possible for an entrepreneur to come across as a high risk investment. Here are some “rules of thumb” that indicate a marketable and experienced entrepreneur: Highlights team strengths, more than his own. Investors are people too.

Entrepreneurs: Employment law is not on your side!

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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.

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Size Investment Limits

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Some entrepreneurs try to start with a huge number, hoping they can negotiate and close on a smaller one, while others understate their requirements, in hopes of getting their foot in the door with an investor. Investment terms. Projected return on investment.

ServiceNow Launches Its Own Venture Investment Arm, ServiceNow Ventures

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According to ServiceNow, which is based in Santa Clara but still has major operations in San Diego, ServiceNow Ventures will target investments in early stage companies that develop cloud-based applications, built on its platform, as well as growth stage vendors developing strategic technology integration with the ServiceNow platform. ServiceNow did not say how much it is dedicating to investments.

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Entrepreneur: Challenge Yourself Before You Invest

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Here are the right questions to ask yourself, in the right order, before asking others about money: Do you understand and aspire to entrepreneur lifestyle? Fundraising is extremely difficult, which is why most entrepreneurs do bootstrapping.

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Investing in AI

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This event aims to bring successful entrepreneurs and executives and a glimpse off the latest innovations and their potential impact. Thursday, January 17, 2019 -- CES 2019 at UCLA Anderson. Technology has become an integral part of our lives, changing our lives and work, the opportunities for new ventures and established enterprises, and more broadly society.

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

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for technology investment and corporate development. Investing in a diverse array of founders, looking for talent in all corners of the city, and bringing different voices to the table when making decisions on investments is just smart business,” Fuller said in a statement. “We

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). Of course these are great places to network with other investors, meet great entrepreneurs and keep your connections strong with senior execs at larger companies like Yahoo!, But they are also a tax on your time with portfolio companies, looking for new investments, running your shop and honestly they are a tax on your family life.

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5 Ways To Sample The Joy Of An Entrepreneur Lifestyle

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Even though I’m a big proponent of becoming an entrepreneur, it is definitely not for everyone. In my view, entrepreneur roles need to be planned carefully rather than made on the spur of the moment. Adopt the Silicon Valley entrepreneur family model.

Moonshots Capital Ramps Investment Pace With Lead On Two Investments

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Los Angeles- and Austin-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital fund led by serial entrepreneur Kelly Perdew, is ramping its investment pace, with the first two formal investments out of its new fund. The two investments, both announced in January, were cyber-defense firm Threatcare , and bot detection developer New Knowledge. Moonshots also led the investment in New Knowledge. moonshots capital kelly perdew cybersecurity security venture investment

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How TuesdayNights is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Connect With Capital

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So, to help other female entrepreneurs, they founded TuesdayNights (www.tuesdaynights.org), a group in LA which helps female entrepreneurs connect with capital and each other to improve their access to capital. What is the most difficult challenge that women entrepreneurs face? For the men who are investors who might be reading this, what advice would you give them on working with women entrepreneurs?

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Oh, go ahead and ask for a five-million-dollar investment in your startup.

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I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. The investors want a motivated entrepreneur, and it is certainly more difficult to motivate a twenty percent owner than a sixty percent owner.

6 Ways To Make You An Entrepreneur Before The Product

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Many of the entrepreneurs I advise or invest with spend considerable time on the Internet, keeping up with technology, customers, and competitors, but very few feel the need for an early personal presence. Invest your time in networking online, as well as offline.

New Entrepreneurs Are Rebuilding Our Business Engine

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On the other hand, everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. His focus is on entrepreneurs in America, but what he says applies to every other country as well. Entrepreneurs growing companies create more value and more jobs. The cost of entrepreneur entry is at an all-time low.

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. How much money will they reserve from their fund for future investments in your startup?

Great Entrepreneurs Rush To Embrace The Right Risks

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Serious entrepreneurs know that, but too many “wannabes” still fall for that elusive get-rich-quick scheme with no risk. As an active angel investor, I still hear entrepreneurs asserting large opportunities with minimal risk and no competition.

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

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Saturday, September 15, 2018 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. LAVA is extremely pleased to announce its next First Time Entrepreneur training program. The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. The program is not open to service providers. You are encouraged to apply today for one of the 25 slots open in our workshop.

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5 Steps To A Winning Personal Brand For Entrepreneurs

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Although most people believe that being a successful entrepreneur is all about having the right idea, I’m convinced from my years of experience as a startup advisor and investor that’s it’s more about you as a person. entrepreneur influencer memorable personal brand

Brian Garrett, Crosscut Ventures, On Mental Health And Investing In Founders

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This week, Los Angeles-based Crosscut Ventures announced a brand new effort to provide health and wellness to the founders of companies it invests in, helping those founders with well being, mental health, stress management, coaching, and leadership development. We spoke with Brian Garrett , Managing Director and Co-founder of the firm, on why the venture investment firm decided to launch the program. Is there anything that you wish entrepreneurs you are funding knew today?

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

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But as sweet as that success has been (we invested pre-revenue in a small team) today my even more important news was the further expansion of our partner ranks. At every entrepreneur event I through between 2008-2012 I invite Hamet because he was a great mentor for entrepreneurs.

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First Time Entrepreneur Workshop 6/22/19

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Saturday, June 22, 2019 -- LAVA First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. LAVA is extremely pleased to announce its next First Time Entrepreneur training program. The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. The program is not open to service providers. You are encouraged to apply today for one of the 25 slots open in our workshop.

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Real Entrepreneurs Are Never “Stuck”

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Thus, it is incumbent on entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into viable businesses before seeking venture funding. Entrepreneurs Are Never Stuck. I recently was sent a Tweet from an aspiring entrepreneur which said, “I have a prototype but I need funding to bring it to market.

Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs

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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.

Michelson 20MM Invests In AdmitHub

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Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, said it has made an investment in Boston-based AdmitHub. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. The Michelson 20MM Foundation said it invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, and initiatives with the potential to improve postsecondary access, affordability, and efficacy. Los Angeles-based Michelson 20MM Foundation , a private foundation created by spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K.

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Entrepreneurs: Take the time to celebrate your exit.

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But what most entrepreneurs fail dramatically at is to celebrate the moment. Not many founders or entrepreneurs do experience the success of a favorable sale of the business they dreamed would make them rich. The do as all good entrepreneurs do.

6 Hard Questions That Every Entrepreneur Must Answer

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As a mentor to many aspiring entrepreneurs, I challenge them to think beyond what I call linear extensions to a current trend, such as another “easier-to-use” app for smartphones, a new dating site for pets, or another niche social network. Great social entrepreneurs are rare.