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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SaaS Is Dead, Long Live Software


Software terminology is stubbornly not following a similar evolution. It’s high time we kill the term Software As A Service (SaaS) and call it what it is – software. You’re not a SaaS company, you’re a software company. ASP To SaaS To Software. Entrepreneur

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


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.

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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ServiceNow Launches Its Own Venture Investment Arm, ServiceNow Ventures


ServiceNow , the developer of service management software led by Frank Slootman--and which started in San Diego--has launched its own venture capital arm, ServiceNow Ventures. ServiceNow did not say how much it is dedicating to investments. As part of the launch of the new venture investment arm, ServiceNow said it will host the CreatorCon Challenge, which will award $500,000 in investments to startups.

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Moonshots Capital Ramps Investment Pace With Lead On Two Investments


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 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?

Michelson 20MM Invests In AdmitHub


Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, said it has made an investment in Boston-based AdmitHub. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. AdmitHub develops artificial intelligence software designed to help guide students to and through college, and in particular is aimed at helping at-risk students. Los Angeles-based Michelson 20MM Foundation , a private foundation created by spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K.

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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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10 Entrepreneur Alternatives To Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

The problem is that professional investors (Angels and Venture Capital) want a proven business model before they invest, ready to scale, rather than the more risky research and development efforts. These resources often include a cash investment, as well as office space, and consulting.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

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This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?”

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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.

Swarm Aims To Rejuvenate San Diego's Software Industry


It hasn''t been a great few months for San Diego''s software and technology industry, as the city has seen three, big software companies move their operations, and thousands of jobs, to Texas. However, in a bid to rejuvenate and re-energize the industry, a new effort-- Swarm --has just launched to bring together local software entrepreneurs, venture capital, and angel investors, in an attempt to bring new life to the region.

5 Keys To Success In Rolling Out Software Worldwide

Startup Professionals Musings

The cloud makes software easily accessible, without waiting for CD shipments to arrive and installed. The good news is that the reach of your new software application is instantly worldwide, and the bad news is that most people still prefer to work in their own native language.

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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Eight Repeat Entrepreneurs To Watch In SoCal


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

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

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PortfolioDashboards.com Takes On Investment Tracking


Orange County-based PortfolioDashboards.com , a developer of software for providing updates and information to angel and other investors, launched today, saying that it is looking to provide angel investors and venture capitalists with regular, standardized, and aggregated performance data and reports on their portfolio companies. investment angel startup capital venture tracking portfoliodashboards

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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.

TMP Talks: Jim Andelman on New Venture Investing


Below is a talk on New Venture Investing from the University of California Santa Barbara’s Technology Management Program, by Jim Andelman. In this video Jim Andelman explores venture capital investing and the emergence of capital efficient businesses.

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Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Some have moved into later stage investments in an effort to “put logos on their websites.&#

Reflections on 2018: Alon Goren, 805 Startups and Crypto Invest Summit


Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. Here's Alon Goren , founder of 805 Startups and the Crypto Invest Summit. But my thing has always been supporting startups and entrepreneurs at an early stage. Are there any technology innovations, gadgets, devices, software, that you found most interesting in 2018?

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AppOnBoard Takes $15M For Mobile App Demo Software


The funding was led by Korea Investment Partners (KIP) and also Mirae Asset Management, Mantaray, MTG, and Runa Capital plus London Venture Partners, Troy Capital Partners, and Ophir Capital Group. AppOnBoard--which is led by serial entrepreneur Jonathan Zweig--says the funding will go towards growth and development. apponboard jonathan zweig venture capital preview games videogame mobile developer software

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Investors Measure Entrepreneurs By Cashflow Mileage

Startup Professionals Musings

Desperate entrepreneurs lose their leverage and die young. As a mentor to many entrepreneurs and startups, here are my best recommendations for keeping the burn rate low, planning ahead and maintaining credibility with investors: Manage cashflow personally every day.

Why Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Communicate More Like George Bush Than Al Gore

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I use George Bush vs. Al Gore as allegory and I’ve been using it with entrepreneurs for years to sink in a simple point about how to communicate with the market. Most Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs I know are more like Al Gore. Entrepreneur Advice

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. What is perhaps different from other regions is that we have large indigenous aerospace industry and a big high-tech import/export trade as opposed to a lot of software companies.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Meet Cash Flow Peaks

Startup Professionals Musings

The problem is that professional investors (angels and venture capital) want a proven business model before they invest, ready to scale, rather than the more risky research and development efforts. These resources often include a cash investment, as well as office space, and consulting.

Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It


Jim Semick: I’ve been launching and managing software products for 15 years now, going back to when you and I worked together at Expertcity before it was acquired by Citrix. We build product roadmap software – it’s a SaaS company based here in Santa Barbara, California.

LA's New Wave Of Companies From Serial Entrepreneurs


LA's technology startup industry has saw a surge in new companies and efforts from its serial entrepreneurs in the last few months. Serial entrepreneurs--those who have started and successfully sold or exited startups in the past--have been outsized contributors to the local technology industry, due to the experience they had in their prior companies. Here's a quick look at just a few of the new companies who are led by serial entrepreneurs from the LA ecosystem.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs stumble at this point, losing the deal or most of their ownership, by having no answer, saying “make me an offer,” or quoting an exorbitant number. valuation entrepreneur startup investor business

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The One Word That Shouldn’t Exist in an Entrepreneur’s Vocabulary

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The one word the best entrepreneurs never accept. I worked in both before leaving to work in a software company at 17. I’ve been pitched by hundreds of entrepreneurs who never actually asked me whether I would invest.

7 Entrepreneur Types Drive Change On A Global Scale

Startup Professionals Musings

By most definitions of the term, an entrepreneur is someone who starts a new business, incorporating innovative changes to existing products, services, business models, and creating new markets. entrepreneur Fiona Wood global change Peter Andrews types

Creating the Next Generation of US Employees. My Investment in Treehouse

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I’ve just completed an investment in Ryan Carson’s new company, TreeHouse. I’m investing heavily in Internet video. So I invested in Maker Studios , which is now the 3rd largest producer of Internet video on the web.

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How This Entrepreneur Went From Poverty To CEO Of A Dead Sexy Startup


Don began by explaining that his impoverished childhood drove him to a life as an entrepreneur. ". I had never thought about being an entrepreneur. Put on your headset and don''t listen to music, listen to an entrepreneur talk about their journey.