MENTORING FOUNDER CEOS IN L.A., ORANGE COUNTY AND BEYOND
Advisees include the cofounder of Wikipedia
HELPING FUND STARTUPS IN SILICON VALLEY, L.A., ORANGE COUNTY AND BEYOND
$300K+ funding* to pre-seed and seed startups since 2014 * Includes capital introductions.
CamFind visual search app
ImageSearcher in L.A. owns CamFind and is advised by the ex-boss of the Oculus founder. Investors include a billionaire startup investor. Raised >$3.5m to date.
Our Value Add
Introduced VCs and angels, some of whom invested. Introduced classmate and ImageSearcher's current lawyer, John Bautista. John is leader of emerging companies at Orrick in Silicon Valley and represents many startups backed by Y Combinator (YC), SV Angel and Andreessen Horowitz. http://camfindapp.com/
Coin Hako (formerly Coin Supermart) aims to be the Coinbase+ of Asia
The coachable, bright founders Yusho Liu, CEO, and Gerry Eng, CTO, moved from Singapore to join a leading Silicon Valley Bitcoin accelerator.
Our Value Add
#2 investor. Believed in and helped Coin Hako before other third parties. Helped shaped Coin Hako's current strategy and mantra. Improved Coin Hako's pitch and accelerator application. Result: Coin Hako is joining a top Silicon Valley Bitcoin-focused accelerator. https://www.coinhako.com/
Infobitt crowdsources quality information
Infobitt's founder & CEO, Larry Sanger, co-founded Wikipedia.
Our Value Add
First investor, main adviser, alpha tester and board member. Originated 35%+ of the company's total raise to date. Helped close another 35% of the company's total raise to date. Introduced Infobitt's other two advisers, one a VC founder, the other a startup CEO who raised over $3.5m to date, including from a top Silicon Valley VC. Originated 20% of the top alpha testers. www.infobitt.com
Purse enables user (A) to shop on Amazon and save 15% by using Bitcoin.
Founder CEO Andrew Lee is an virtual payments expert from a top bank. He graduated from Plug and Play's excellent inaugural Bitcoin accelerator class in Silicon Valley.
Our Value Add
Introduced Andrew to a Bitcoin fund we are an investor in. Introduced Andrew to a founder of three successful ecommerce startups. www.purse.io
Shippo ecommerce shipping logistics made cheap and easy
Funded by multiple top Silicon Valley VCs, Shippo simplifies shipping for small ecommerce businesses on Etsy, etc.
Founder CEO Laura Behrens Wu worked at two YC startups.
Our Value Add
Facilitate creation by top-ranked VC of a dedicated fund to invest in Shippo. The fund raised 300% of the target raise amount. Shippo raised >$1M total. http://goshippo.com/
Since 2013 we have accumulated long positions in about 30 startups.
These startups have raised over $40m
(partial, rough breakdown below, rounded off/estimated in some cases)
7 Cups of Tea $1m AirPair $1m Battery OS $.5m BloomThat $2m Bop.fm Calavera Swimwear, profiled in Women 2.0 by us Camperoo $1m Coin Hako - investor #2 DataRank $1.5m DealFlicks $2m EasyPost $1m Estimote $3m Floobits Glio $1m Infobitt - investor #1 LeTote $2m Lob $2.5m P4RC $2m Reebee $.5m Regalii $2.5m Roomhunt Shippo $1m+ SpoonRocket $12.5m StatusPage.io Unbabel $1.5m Webflow $1.5m Wefunder $1.5m *Partial list. Includes small, indirect investments.
We mentor a diverse group of coachable female and male startup founders globally and especially from Los Angeles, Orange County and Toronto.
Here's a partial list.
A.J. Jolivette, founder CEO, Terosaur, Orange County Brad Folkens, founder CTO, ImageSearcher, Los Angeles Cade Proulx, founder, Xerq, Orange County Cassie Betts, founder CEO, District2, Los Angeles & Santa Monica Cole Hershowitz, founder CEO, Chai Energy, Los Angeles & Pasadena Cynthia Schames, founder CEO, AbbeyPost, Silicon Valley & New York Dilip Malave, founder CEO, Qwikdial, Orange County Dominik Mazur, founder CEO, ImageSearcher, Los Angeles Gerry Eng, founder CTO, Coin Supermart, Singapore & Silicon Valley Ivan Chua, founder CEO, [TBA], Cambridge James Steininger, founder, White Lotus Interactive, Orange County Joshua Schechter, founder CEO, Peerpal, San Antonio Kevin Peck, founder CEO, [TBA], Silicon Valley via Fresno Kina de Santis, founder, MotorMood, Orange County Kison Patel, founder CEO, Fundology, Chicago Larry Sanger, founder CEO, Infobitt, Columbus, Ohio Laura Behrens Wu, founder CEO, Shippo, Silicon Valley via Germany Laxmikanth Dorai, founder CEO, Rolla, MIssouri Nan Jiang, founder CEO, Azolla.io, Sydney Saini Kannan, founder CEO, vrtual3C, Orange County Simon Gornick, founder CEO, Moov, Los Angeles Songyi Lee, founder, 37Coins, Silicon Valley via Europe Yusho Liu, founder CEO, Coin Supermart, Singapore & Silicon Valley We also mentor at:* Bitcoin Accelerator, Plug and Play Tech Center, Silicon Valley Caltech FLoW, Pasadena Chapman University, Orange County iAngels, Israel
We add the most value mentoring female (and male) founder CEOs who are particularly coachable and potentially formidable and who have few or no advisers. If you are the founder of a tech startup, please have a technical background or a full-time technical cofounder CTO before applying for mentorship.
Bitcoin, Blockchain & Decentralized Ledger Tech Marketplaces Law & Compliance Tech Peer to Peer Tech Democratization Tech, e.g., Crowdinvesting, Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing EdTech, esp. Peer to Peer Learning and Online Tutoring/MOOC 2.0 Age In Place Tech Consumer Products (physical goods) Startups with female founder CEOs Food & Beverage (non-tech for now) Other startups making something people want where we can understand the founder CEO quickly
Investing & Funding Approach
We invest in and help secure capital for startups with: 1. users who return and refer the startup to other users. and 2. strong potential to erect sustainable competitive barriers to entry to current and imminent competition.
We Seek Founder CEOs Who:
are gritty, formidable, data and fact driven founder CEOs run fast, cheap pilot tests on users constantly test the many assumptions, guesses and opinions that inevitably make up part of their early vision discard wrong guesses quickly as soon as they are unsupported by facts and data are solving real problems, rather than coming up with startup ideas or building technology solutions in search of a problem to solve are looking to remove all key points of friction in one area, like Google did for search
Dr. Vivy Chao
firstname.lastname@example.org West Los Angeles
Education Pioneers Fellow @
LAUSD Common Core Technology Project
Ex-CEO of funded education startup
Ex-assistant principal, STEM private school
Adjunct professor, Long Beach State
Selected for YC's First Female Founders Conference
Writer, Huffington Post
Ed.D., Argosy University
Silicon Valley VC investment panelist
Interests include edtech, female founders
email@example.com Orange County & Long Beach
Extensive customer service expertise
Dedicated startup mentor
Small business management expertise
Trusted reviewer of start-ups
Pepperdine Executive MBA student
Manager, Crema Cafe, Seal Beach
President, Bay Theater Foundation
Mentor to Story Leather
Interests include food & beverage, physical consumer products, social enterprise
firstname.lastname@example.org Downtown L.A. & San Gabriel Valley
Corporate lawyer at leading firm
Harvard Law School Juris Doctor
Harvard College Bachelor of Arts
Works with start-ups on business strategy and marketing projects
Reported for TIME Magazine
Analyzed education policy for the Los Angeles Mayor's office
Interests include peer-to-peer, fintech, crowdfunding, marketplaces, legal tech, edtech, real estate tech, social enterprise
Emerging Payments Analyst with Royal Bank of Canada
Ivey Business School and Hasso Plattner Institute for Design Thinking Graduate
Mentor to several Canadian based startups
Previously started two companies with international clients
Avid squash player
Always open for a coffee
Interests include Bitcoin and emerging payments
email@example.com Orange County
Award winning entrepreneur, author and public speaker recognized by the White House
Cited in Forbes, American Express Forum, Entrepreneur Magazine, L.A. Times
Expertise in entrepreneurship
Co-founder of DreamItAlive.com
Public speaker to the White House, TEDx & hundreds of colleges
Chair, Tech Coast Venture Network
Dogecoin DevOps firstname.lastname@example.org Dogpatch, SF
Much majority (51%) attack, so Satoshi, very virtual. Wow.
Interests include Dogecoin, Blockchain, Ledgers, Shibe, Disintermediating Oligopolies, Decentralization, P2P (Pup2Pup), Underdoges
email@example.com West Los Angeles
Ex-Wall Street officer, financial innovator, lawyer, transaction manager, sales
Co-built innovative financial product for Morgan Stanley headquarters. $300b+ net notional today
USC Bachelor of Science
President, Harvard Law School Association of Orange County, 2012-2014
Son of two teachers, one a USC Emeritus Professsor and Caltech Ph.D.
Member, investment panel of two leading Silicon Valley seed and Series A VCs
Enjoys writing and learning about startups, investments, and wait for it---startup investments.
Quora Top Writer, 1M+ views
Interests include Bitcoin, ledgers, equity crowdfunding, fintech, compliance tech, crowdsourcing, online learning, P2P, decentralization, marketplaces
Connect with our founding partner, Terrence, today
Phone/Text 650.690.2821 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Terrence is co-organizing an event on law & tech in the not-distant future for the Harvard Law Association of Los Angeles. Ping him if interested, email@example.com.
Tuesday July 22nd - Terrence speaks as part of Startup UCLA Skill Series on Making Your Company Attractive to Investors
Tuesday, July 22nd - Terrence speaks at UCLA Anderson to his friend's class
Thursday July 24th - Terrence speaks to UCLA EDGE class at LAX's coworking space
Monday July 28th - Pay It Forward Labs, Terrence will be a Speed Mentor with Jason Nazar, others
September 5th - Terrence speaks as the First Friday Speaker at the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property in Los Angeles
Fall 2014 (date TBD), Girls in TechLA's Girl Scout IMAGINE program (to cultivate STEM and leadership), Keynote Speaker
Caltech FLoW, Lead Mentor since 2013, including to 2013 2nd Place Winner, Pasadena Chapman eVillage and multiple entrepreneurship classes, Mentor, Orange County, 2012-2014 Chapman University, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Orange County, 2012-2014 Irvine Global Innovation Summit - Israel, Speaker, UC Irvine, Orange County, 2013 Kaufmann Foundation, FastTrac New Venture for Boomers (sponors include AARP), Speaker, Ernst & Young, Orange County, April 2014 LaunchFEST, Moderator, Startup VC and Angel Investor Panel, General Assembly Santa Monica, 2013 May 2014 Influencer, TechSparks Pasadena The Merage Institute US-Israel Innovation Bridge Executive Leadership Program, Homeland Security Chapter, Dinner Speaker, Island Hotel, Orange County, March 2014 Plug and Play Tech Center Silicon Valley, VIP Judge, ~1,000 attending, March 2014 Plug and Play Tech Center Silicon Valley, Bitcoin Accelerator Mentor I Speaker, March 2014 http://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/blog/2014/04/01/plug-and-play-bitcoin-announces-inaugural-class/ SoCal Innovation Forum, Plus Yoou, ~400 attending, Los Angeles, 2014 Startup Weekend, Mentor to winner, Orange County, Fall 2013 Startup Weekend, Judge, Las Vegas, January 2013 Tech Coast Venture Network, Speaker, Fast Start Studios, Orange County, March 2014 Tech Coast Venture Network, inaugural Los Angeles event, General Assembly, Santa Monica, July 2014
Harvard career panelist International Swaps and Derivatives Association industry speaker Merrill Lynch headquarters (internal) speaker on innovative financial product Morgan Stanley headquarters (internal and client) speaker on innovative financial product Risk Magazine credit product speaker
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