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

OK, So Maybe Not ALL MBA Entrepreneurs Are Oxymorons

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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

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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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.

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

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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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.

Where is the best source of early stage investment?

Berkonomics

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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Parenting An Entrepreneur – This Folktale Will Teach Your Children To Create Something From Nothing

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They soon learn that they are entrepreneurs who will launch a magical venture that involves a restorative meal, a communal celebration and reassurance that better days are ahead. Every entrepreneur is faced with making something out of nothing. Entrepreneur

How I Invest

Both Sides of the Table

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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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?

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

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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”.

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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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. Today’s post is about my investment thesis.

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, September 16, 2017 -- First Time Entrepreneur Workshop. KAVA 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 12 slots open in our workshop.

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Entrepreneurs: Take the time to celebrate your exit.

Berkonomics

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.

Coull Entrepreneurs Get More Customers

InfoChachkie

While no one will ever break out in applause when they encounter an online ad, it is reassuring to know that these innovative entrepreneurs are striving to make our collective online experiences a bit less painful. You can also check out my blog for emerging entrepreneurs HERE.

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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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.

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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A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment

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Although many are entertaining, most fail to provide entrepreneurs with a sufficient return on their time investment. Unfortunately, most business books do not offer entrepreneurs an adequate payoff. For instance, Guy refers to an entrepreneur’s venture as their “cause.”

Apollo Robotics Names CEO, Scores Angel Investment

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Apollo Robotics said Cammack is a "seasoned serial entrepreneur", but did not details what Cammack has done previously. Ventura-based Apollo Robotics , a new startup developing autonomous drone hardware and software aimed at automated surveying, announced this morning that it has named Rob Cammack as its Chief Executive Officer. Cammack is an existing angel investor in the company.

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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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What Makes an Entrepreneur? (1/11) – Tenacity

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 wanted to also post the series here to have it as a resource on my blog for future entrepreneurs who stop by.

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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First Time Entrepreneurs Workshop

SoCal Tech Calendar

Saturday, January 21, 2017 -- First Time Entrepreneurs Workshop. At the workshop you will learn how to: Determine the value of your company, put together a capitalization table, understand how VCs screen potential investments, understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need them, work with co-founders, and network at startup events -- the right way.

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.

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 (7/11) – Detail Orientation

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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.

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. 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

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. That next round of investment is proving difficult. Resilience is one of the tell tale signs of an entrepreneur.

Eight Repeat Entrepreneurs To Watch In SoCal

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One complaint we sometimes hear from venture capitalists visiting Southern California for the first time, is the difficulty of finding experienced entrepreneurs and executives. Have we missed a repeat entrepreneur or company you think ought to be watched?

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Upfront, WndrCo Back Rally Rd. For Classic Car Investments

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Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures , along with Jeffrey Katzenberg's investment fund, WndrCo and rapper Nas , are the lead investors in a new startup, Rally Rd. which lets individuals invest in fractional shares of blue chip, classic cars. The funding also included Anthemis Group, Social Leverage, Jeffrey Katzenbergs & Anthony Saleh's WndrCo, rapper/entrepreneur Nas, Betterments Co-Founder Eli Broverman, and Jeff Cruttenden, co-founder of Acorns and SAY.

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8 Fundraising Deal Breakers Inexperienced Entrepreneurs Routinely Create

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Because of the rapid pace with which Venture Capitalists review investment opportunities, they must employ pattern matching techniques which include identifying common fundraising deal breakers. Surprisingly, most venture investments do not break down over valuation.

NVCA: Elimination of International Entrepreneur Rule A Major Mistake

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The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) said Friday that the recission of the International Entrepreneur Rule (also billed as the "Startup Visa") -- which was aimed at encouraging foreign-born entrepreneurs to launch high-growth startups in the U.S.--is The rule, which the NVCA says would allow for talented immigrant entrepreneurs to remain in the U.S. nvca startup visa international entrepeneurs immigration venture capital investment financial

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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Social Search – What Entrepreneur Needs To Know

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In order to drill down on how entrepreneurs can leverage social commerce sites without alienating their potential customers, I spoke with industry expert Albert Wilson, who heads up Affiliate and Marketplaces for Deckers Outdoor Corporation.