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

Both Sides of the Table

And more recently he has turned that into a fund called CrossCulture VC such that many in Silicon Valley and beyond now know Troy as well. I recently sat down with Troy Carter to talk about what he does and why he believes it is applicable to venture capital.

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Mentor Secrets for Keeping Your Startup Alive

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup mentor has his favorite list of basic strategies to avoid pitfalls, and I’m no exception. I offer these pragmatic recommendations: Buffer your funding requirements. Consider both the money you need before funding, and the size of investor funding requests.

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Entrepreneur Mentoring Session

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 -- Entrepreneur Mentoring Session. Entretech is launching Nitro a new program designed to "Get more companies funded in Greater Los Angeles." Nitro will help strengthen the region's eco-system for successful entrepreneurship by providing startup entrepreneurs with access to powerful mentoring and executive in residence (EIR) resources. NITRO.

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Kauffman Fellows Take On VC Sexual Harassment, Bench Mentor McClure


It provides a two-year mentoring and education program, and then lifelong membership in a global network where members have been screened for integrity and other character traits. (A If you’re looking for a counterpoint to the recent flurry of news stories about sexual harassment and gender bias in the tech sector, the Kauffman Fellows program isn’t a bad place to start.

Mentors-Plus-Capital Programs – Intense Incubation

Startup Professionals Musings

Then we do our very best to make sure that they build a broad set of relationships that will be continuing sources of interpreted information, that they have a full complement of Mentors to assist them as they make tough decisions Well, here’s an important follow-on story.

Funding Alternatives Change As Your New Venture Grows

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s helpful to think of startups as proceeding through several stages, which I have defined some time ago from a funding perspective. Usually these will not give you money, but will provide inexpensive expert mentoring and office services. Funding or rollout stage.

How I Got Funded

SoCal Tech Calendar

Thursday, October 19, 2017 -- How I Got Funded. A successful start-up requires funding, mentoring and strong community partnerships. Pasadena Angels. Launching your start-up requires more than grit, determination and a great idea. Engage in our panel discussion with Pasadena Angels' portfolio companies and network with our angel investors.

Agtech Accelerator Radicle Recruits Industry Vets to Mentor Startups


Former Sapphire Energy CEO Jason Pyle is one of four agricultural technology veterans who have agreed to advise the startups taking root at Radicle, the San Diego-based accelerator focused on agricultural and food tech ventures. Radicle named Pyle, who is now the CEO of BaseHealth, a Silicon Valley healthtech developer of analytic software, as a venture partner in a statement released last week.

10 Tried-And-True Strategies For Funding New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” Most provide free resources to startups, including office facilities and consulting, but many provide seed funding as well. Fund your startup yourself.

Founder Insitute LA Gears Up For Spring Semester


The Los Angeles chapter of the Founder Insitute , the startup incubation program run locally by Ken Rutkowski, is gearing up for its Spring Semester, saying that it has added a number of new mentors for the semester.

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

Tech Zulu Event

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. Any funding yet? We have received seed funding from a friend and it is personally funded.

Oversee.Net's Lawrence Ng Sets Up Startup Incubation Fund


Lawrence Ng , the co-founder of, said this morning that it has launched a new, startup fund called the OnRamp Fund , a $10M, international incubation fund that invests in early stage startups. OnRamp Fund said it will offer up access to mentoring and advisors, funding, and cross-border support for its startups, particularly with those looking to reach across the United States, Taiwan, and China.

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you work every day in the world of new-venture funding, as I do, the options are confusing, and their meanings seem to change on a regular basis. Crowdfunding is rapidly becoming the major source of funding for seed-stage startups. Business accelerator funding.

6 Of The Best Reasons For Declining Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

As an early-stage startup, you may have some hand-picked mentors as an Advisory Board, but now you need a formal Board with approval rights on all your strategic decisions and pivots. Funding can be pulled, and future distributions withheld, if objectives are not met.

Let Me Count The Ways Entrepreneurs Fund Startups

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the most frequent questions I get as a mentor to entrepreneurs is “How do I find the money to start my business?” Here is my list of the ten most common sources of funding today, in reverse priority sequence, with some rules of thumb to channel your focus: 10.

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. According to the fund, Tamkin will be setting up a West Coast office for the fund, which is based in Denver, Colorado. Tamkin is also a mentor at the Techstars Mobility startup accelerator. stage fund tamkin unified dispatch angeles investment finance financial

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

Both Sides of the Table

We have significant VC commitments (listed below) – every entering company will get $50,000 in funding, mentorship from top VCs and successful entrepreneurs plus free office space. One senior mentor to Launchpad LA recently said, “I got more out of Launchpad LA than I even put in.

Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

Tech Zulu Event

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.

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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Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund

Both Sides of the Table

Transitions do happen in VC funds but many fail to make the move in a timely fashion and lose key younger personnel who break off and do their own funds or else the strong personalities of senior partners make it harder for new partners to flourish.

Is A Reverse Merger The Way To Fund Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

With the uptick in the economy, as an active startup mentor, I’m seeing a new surge of entrepreneurs and startups, with the commensurate scramble for funding. These looming constraints can turn your startup dream into a nightmare, all to increase funding.

7 Ways To Test Your Potential For Starting A Business

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, the most common question I get is, “I want to be an entrepreneur -- how do I start?” What is your funding situation and alternatives? entrepreneur mentor new business starting test your potential

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Capturing The Entrepreneurial Energy At StartEngine's Demo Day


It was standing room only at StartEngine 's Demo Day Wednesday afternoon, held at Santa Monica's Cross Campus , as the startup accelerator launched eight of its latest startups into the world, after a 90 day process of mentoring, honing their business model, and heads down development.

Want to Know How to Join One of the Country’s Most Successful VC Fund?

Both Sides of the Table

By now most of you know that Chris Sacca invested in what is now thought to be one of the best performing VC funds of all time having invested an $8.4 million fund in: Uber, Instagram, Docker and Twitter, amongst others. We spoke at length about seeking out mentors and how to get the most out of them. I recently interviewed Matt Mazzeo of Lowercase Capital.

UK-based women’s networking and private club, AllBright, raises $18.8 million as it expands into the US

TechCrunch LA

The largest club, in Mayfair, has five floors and boasts more than 12,000 square feet and features rooftop terraces, a dedicated space for coaching and mentoring, a small restaurant and a bar. Diversity Recent Funding Social Startups TC AllBright Cain International finance Hillary Clinton House of Lords London Los Angeles Love Home Swap New York real estate investment United States washington

USC Stevens Institute Funds Seven Projects


In a bid to help research from the University of Southern California reach the market, the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation said Wednesday afternoon that it is awarding $439,000 in gap funding to seven projects from USC, which have a high potential to spin out of the school. USC Stevens said that the Ideas Empowered program was funded by James C. stevens institute venture capital funding commercialization research southern california education

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San Diego Founder Institute Deadline Nears


One of the groups trying to help local startups in their efforts to find funding and get to the next leve, the Founder Institute , said this morning that its early deadline for its Spring 2013, San Diego session is this Sunday. classes mentoring startups diego institute founder

How We Won $50,000 Award in SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Contest


Small Business Administration as a Growth Accelerator Fund Competition winner. The mystartupXX accelerator is focused on providing mentorship, education, and funding to female-led technology-based startups at UC San Diego.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Once off the ground she could attract mentors from her industry. Tracy DiNunzio isn’t your typical Silicon Valley startup founder. She’s a painter and a self-proclaimed Bohemian. She did her first tech startup after the age of 30.

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.

7 Work Ethic Elements Will Get You Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors don’t fund people with large egos, and your business won’t thrive with similar people on the team. No single person knows enough to solve every problem in a business, so the best business executives are always anxious to listen and learn from others, especially mentors and customers.

Business Professionals Can Be The New Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

As a mentor to startups, I see more and more startups that are really an individual professional, marketing themselves as a consultant or freelancer. business professional entrepreneur mentor startup

How To Get The Right Investor To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus your startup maturity and growth stage is the primary key to success with potential funding sources. My invention and prototype works, but I need funding to continue.” Tune your investor pitch and funding expectations accordingly.

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


The Three Enthralling Factors Of Venture Funding. Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder of AngelList and Venture Hacks, details a variety of factors that influence your chances of raising venture funding in this informative interview.

LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

Tech Zulu Event

Today marks another great day for the LA startup community as one of the city’s prominent mentoring programs , Launchpad LA, received VC funding – for each startup.