Does Your Mentor Play These 6 Roles?


Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. As noted in You''re Never Too Old (Or Too Successful) For A Mentor , Bob has become not only my mentor, but also my friend. I can''t emphasize that enough, when seeking mentors.".

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You Are Never Too Old (or Too Successful) For A Mentor


Despite what you might think, you are never too old to benefit from the helpful guidance of a mentor. Jason Nazar, Co-Founder and CEO of Docstoc , and a self-professed "Mentee Whore," discusses his secrets to finding and keeping a mentor in this compelling article.

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Spotting, Nurturing and Mentoring Talent – The Power of Troy Carter

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Troy represents what I believe the best magic of Los Angeles is – the merging together of creative talent with technical talent and he brings the lessons learned from these two fields into investments nationally.

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


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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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. We did have over 500 registered for the event, and more than 60 speakers, mentors and judges.

Why Millennial Entrepreneurs Should Never Watch Shark Tank Alone


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.

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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Huddlewoo Wants To Connect You To Mentors You Admire Through Online Video

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Huddlewoo a live video platform set to launch early 2013 to give people the ability to access extraordinary people for one-on-one conversations and mentoring. Will Zell (CEO) is based in Columbus, OH, and is an Empact100 entrepreneur who was honored at The White House in 2011.

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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Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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” It’s the most common refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. I think there is also no denying the role that Richard Rosenblatt has played in building the LA tech ecosystem and spawning great entrepreneurs who followed in his footsteps.

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future


Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there''s still a shortage of local, venture capital. Explain what kinds of investments TenOneTen makes or hopes to make? What''s the best way for entrepreneurs to approach you?

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Southern California Entrepreneurs Eye London's Tech City


A group of Southern California businesses are attending the Entrepreneurs Festival taking place in Tech City UK , looking to potentially set up shop and foster business partnerships in London.

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.

K5Launch Launches Venture Accelerator


The accelerator said that it is aiming at helping entrepreneurs--particularly in the social and mobile technology space--in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County with pre-seed funding and mentoring.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


Those programs--epitomized by YCombinator in the Bay Area, and TechStars in Boulder, Colorado--attract newly minted entrepreneurs with a mixture of cash and mentoring, and a program which rapidly takes ideas and turns them into viable, executing businesses. Do you have mentors lined up?

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LaunchpadLA Opens Spring Applications, Bumps Investment Dollars


Santa Monica-based startup accelerator LaunchpadLA has just opened up its spring 2013 class applications, and bumped the amount it invests in startups. As part of the new class, the group said it is now offering up $100,000 in investments along with free office space for four months, as well as connections to mentors, investors, and advisors. The amount invested per startup is double what LaunchpadLA was previously offering to startups in the program.

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Ryan Blair, HashtagOne: From Gang Member, To Entrepreneur, To Anti-VC


Ryan Blair is a bit of an interesting entrepreneur: he came out of the most unlikely of family backgrounds--he grew up in poverty, and ended up in a gang and with the wrong crowd (arrested 10 times), but managed to turn his life around thanks to a mentor, and became a technology entrepreneur and multi-millionaire, with his first big success being Los Angeles-based broadband provider SkyPipeline. What's the theme of your investments? I love entrepreneurs.

$150,000 Investment from Make in LA for hardware Startups | Batch 2 Application Open

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Perks include office space, prototype lab, production facilities, mentoring, and investments up to $150,000 in the first 4 months. Up to $150,000 in investments per startup. One-on-one mentoring and coaching with 50+ mentors.

Insights and Opinions: 5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Raising Capital


What are some of the more common mistakes entrepreneurs make when raising capital? But entrepreneurs often make the process harder on themselves by committing several common mistakes. Read Eric's advice in 5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make While Raising Capital.

upStart.LA Breakdown | Accelerators and Incubators: An Entrepreneur’s Point of View

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Every entrepreneur at some point has probably felt like this and asked themselves the question: “now what?” Invaluable to a room of entrepreneurs who are used to finding 10 different solutions for one problem.

Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch


K5Launch ( is modeled after the successful Y-Combinator and TechStars acceleration programs, and invests equity, provides mentors, and runs a three month program to get very early stage startups off the ground. All of our mentors are investors as well.

Pipeline Fellowship | Raising Women to Become Investors

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Men have dominated the world of investment. There were only 22% women who invested in 2012. Natalia Oberti Noguera is on a mission to help change the demographic of investment with her Pipeline Fellowship. There are not enough women in the world who are investing.

TechStar Co-Founder @BFeld: Are We Experiencing A Startup Accelerator Bubble?


So it’s a very early form of investment. If you use the mentor-driven model that we pioneered at TechStars, you get entrepreneurs who are deeply connected with the broader entrepreneurial landscape. It’s another resource for entrepreneurs.

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Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

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Los Angeles-based cloud-based talent management software solutions firm with over 13 million users, Cornerstone OnDemand has launched Cornerstone Innovation Fund , to invest in disruptive LA-based cloud startups building cutting-edge solutions for organizations.

Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding


Of the factors referenced by Naval, three which are difficult to directly influence have a disproportional impact on an entrepreneur’s ability to secure institutional funding: location , sector and stage. Entrepreneur Financial Planning Fundraising

Steve Blank Discusses: The Ideal Venture Capitalist


I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Steve Blank, author of Four Steps To The Epiphany , Stanford Professor and noted entrepreneur. The subject discussed in the video below is Steve’s belief that Venture Capitalists should begin their careers as operational entrepreneurs.

How More Women Are Becoming Angel Investors, with Eva Yazhari


Venture and angel investing has long been considered a man''s world--with domination of the industry, executives, financiers, and others by men, with only a few exceptions. My participation has been on the impact investing and education side, where I''ve been involved as a mentor.

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Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

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We live in an era where the press espouses the entrepreneurs who have five startups. I think it’s been tremendously helpful to us because the founder of ( Jonathan Strauss ) has a mentor who is going through similar issues but is a few years ahead in terms of company development.

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EvoNexus Launches Incubator Effort With Cisco


Startup entrepreneurs in San Diego have yet more resources at the EvoNexus startup incubator, after EvoNexus and Cisco said that they will be launching a new, joint incubation program called CiscoEIR@EvoNexus. The two said that Cisco will help provide financial support, use of co-working space, access to mentors, and more. The two did not say how much Cisco is investing in the program or how much it will invest in those companies.

Interview with Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels


Since the Tech Coast Angels (, the largest angel investment group in Southern California, is holding one of its several Fast Pitch competitions next week in Los Angeles (, we thought it might be a good time to catch up with Mike Napoli , incoming President of the Tech Coast Angels, to hear the his thoughts on the angel investing environment in Southern California from the angels' perspective.

13 Ecosystem Builders That Are Boosting Startup Growth


If you’re an early-stage entrepreneur, technology has served you well. The Case Foundation invests in people and ideas that can change the world. In five short years, they’ve helped build 52 companies, raised 25 million in investments and reached over 2000 founders. “[It]

Early stage money: The problem with PPMs


Bill Payne has been actively involved in angel investing since 1980, funding over 50 companies and mentoring over 100 more. I don’t fund new companies that have prepared PPMs for investment. The PPM does not meet the investing terms and conditions of the angels.

The Stage Fund Sets Partner In Los Angeles


The The Stage Fund , a investment and acquisition firm focused on acquiring turnaround companies, has tapped a longtime Southern California entrepreneur, Dan Tamkin , as a new Managing Partner in Los Angeles. Tamkin is also a mentor at the Techstars Mobility startup accelerator. stage fund tamkin unified dispatch angeles investment finance financial

Interview with Howard Marks, Start Engine


Are you an entrepreneur hoping to startup a company in the Los Angeles area? Southern California apparently has no shortage of investors, entrepreneurs, and others eager to help budding entrepreneurs. Are you making investments in those firms as part of the program?

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