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Seed Capital from Angel Investors: Raymond Chan, Tech Coast Angels (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 29th 2010

By guest author Irina Patterson

This is the twenty-sixth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Raymond Chan, a member of Tech Coast Angels. TCA has over 260  members and provides funding and guidance to early-stage, high-growth companies in Southern California.

Irina: Hi, Ray. Let’s start with your personal background.

Ray: I have been an angel investor for the past twenty-some years. I’ve been investing into startups — mostly in communications and consumer Internet. I joined Tech Coast Angels about three and a half years ago. Since then I have been involved with a group and made several investments over the past few years, and on top of that I’m on the board of directors of TCA. I’m also in charge of the marketing and PR, and all of our entrepreneur programs for the organization. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: George Zachary, General Partner, Charles River Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Sep 25th 2010

By guest author Irina Patterson

This is the twenty-fifth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to George Zachary, general partner of Charles River Ventures, one of the nation’s oldest early-stage venture capital firms.

CRV invests in the data communications and software & services sectors and provides entrepreneurs with access to a combination of financial backing, start-up operations expertise, and strategic business services. Over the past ten years, CRV’s funds have been ranked among the industry’s top performers. George’s personal focus is consumer Internet. He is based in Menlo Park, California. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Nova Spivak, West Coast (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Sep 21st 2010

By guest author Irina Patterson

This is the twenty-fourth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Nova Spivak, a serial entrepreneur, who is currently the co-founder an president of Live Matrix and an angel investor soon to be based in Los Angeles.

Irina: Hi, Nova. Let’s start with with your background.

Nova: I started EarthWeb in 1994 with some co-founders, and it went public in 1998 and later became Dice.com – that’s the current name of the company.

Then I helped to co-found and build nVention Convergence Ventures, an in-house intellectual property incubator of SRI International and Sarnoff Laboratories, and after that I started my own incubator, called Lucid Ventures in in 2001. Through that, in 2008 I started Twain.com, a semantic Web-based tool for information storage, authoring, and discovery, which was recently bought by Paul Allen-backed semantic Web startup Evri.com. Now Live Matrix, which is my new startup, is my main focus. And since then I’ve done also a quite a bit of angel investing in very early stage companies.

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Russ Fradin, The Bay Area (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Sep 17th 2010

By guest author Irina Patterson

This is the twenty-third interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Russ Fradin, a serial entrepreneur, who is currently the cofounder and president of Adify and angel investor in the Bay Area. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Geoff Ralston, Silicon Valley (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Sep 13th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the twenty-second interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Geoff Ralston, a Silicon Valley angel investor and serial entrepreneur who started and ran a number of companies and held senior positions at Yahoo! after one of his companies, RocketMail, was acquired. >>>

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Seed Capital From The Government: SBA’s Sean Greene (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Sep 8th 2010

By Sramana Mitra and guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the twenty-first interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. Irina is talking to Sean Greene, associate administrator for investment and special advisor for innovation at the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBA was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to assist and protect the interests of small businesses. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Larry Chaityn, Keiretsu Forum, New York Tri-State Chapters President (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Sep 3rd 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the twentieth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Larry Chaityn, president of New York Tri-State Chapters, the Keiretsu Forum.

Irina: Hi, Larry. Let’s start with your background and then go to the point where you got involved with the Keiretsu Forum.

Larry: My background is in technology consulting, and I have worked for companies like Capgemini and Oracle, dealing with CEOs and CFOs on mapping business strategy and leveraging technology.

I was in the consulting group for both those companies, and I would go out and understand what the business challenges were for Fortune companies then come back and put together solutions using technology to help companies either solve their business problems or initiate new strategies. That was in early 2000s. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Amit Grover, Member, Mumbai Angels (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Aug 28th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the nineteenth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Amit Grover, member of the Mumbai Angels and the founder of Nurture Talent Academy, a training institute for entrepreneurs in India.

Irina: Hi, Amit. Let’s start with your telling us a little bit about your background.

Amit: I am a mechanical engineer, an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. I got my MBA from the India Institute of Management (IIM) Indore. I have worked with leading companies in the past few years, in different roles. I was a software engineer at Infosys Technology Limited, then I did my MBA. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Eric Paley, Managing Partner, Founder Collective (Part 1)

Posted on Saturday, Aug 21st 2010

By guest author Irina Patterson

This is the eighteenth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Eric Paley, managing partner of Founders Collective, a $50 million fund dedicated to investing in seed-stage deals. The fund has offices in New York City and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Irina: Hi, Eric. Let’s start with your background.

Eric: I am a two-time entrepreneur. My most recent company was founded when I was in business school and was called Brontes Technologies. It developed 3-D intra-oral imaging technology for use in dentistry. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Manu Kumar, Founder And Chief Firestarter, K9 Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Aug 18th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Ravi Bulusu

This is the seventeenth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Manu Kumar, the founder and chief firestarter at K9 Ventures, an early-stage venture fund that provides funding and support for concept-stage and seed-stage technology companies. It is based in Palo Alto, California.

Irina: Hi, Manu. Let’s start with your background.

Manu: I am an entrepreneur turned investor. I started my entrepreneurial career in the late 1990s while I was a grad student at Carnegie Mellon. I started my first company in 1996. That company was doing Web-based customer service. We built that company and sold it in 2000 to Epiphany. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Ho Nam, General Partner, Altos Ventures (Part 1)

Posted on Friday, Aug 6th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the sixteenth interview in our series on seed financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Ho Nam, general partner at Altos Ventures, a first-stage venture capital firm, based in Menlo Park, Silicon Valley.

Irina: Hi, Ho. Why don’t you start with your background?

Ho: I got started at Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and got a taste of venture capital business in the early days. I was at Bain from 1988 to 1990. At that time there were only two offices in the whole country, San Francisco and Boston. Bain did some work with smaller companies for equity compensation. We worked for a company called Lattice Semiconductor, which I think might still be their client after twenty years or so. We were hired by the new CEO before it went public. That gave me an interesting view into startups and reporting to a board. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Aug 2nd 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the fifteenth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Brad Feld, managing director of Foundry Group , venture capital firm focused on making investments in early-stage information technology, Internet, and software startups, based in Boulder, Colorado. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Jeff Clavier, Founder And Managing Partner, SoftTech VC (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 28th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the fourteenth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Palo Alto-based Jeff Clavier, founder and managing partner of SoftTech VC, an early-stage venture capital firm managing a $15 million seed fund, SoftTech VC II.

Irina: Hi, Jeff. Could you tell us briefly about your personal background?

Jeff: I’m French born, raised and educated there. I have a master’s in computer science, with a minor in distributed computing. When I was at school, I did a startup in the financial services market (Effix Systems) that we sold to Reuters Venture Capital in 1993. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Alan Rossiter, Vice Chairman, Springboard Capital (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 20th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the thirteenth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Alan Rossiter, vice chairman of Springboard Capital, an early-stage private equity fund in Jacksonville, Florida.

Irina: Hi, Alan. Could you please start with your own background?

Alan: In the recent past, I’ve been a private angel investor. Going back before that, I was a career naval officer, a Navy pilot for a number of years, and then I retired in the early 1990s. >>>

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Seed Capital From Angel Investors: Mike Maples, Founder And Managing Partner, Floodgate (Part 1)

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 13th 2010

By guest authors Irina Patterson and Candice Arnold

This is the twelfth interview in our series on financing for entrepreneurs. I am talking to Mike Maples, managing partner of Floodgate, a fund with the superangel approach that bridges the gap between initial seed money raised from traditional angel investors and traditional VCs, and aims to find the fifteen most valuable companies that are created in any given year. >>>

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