April 29, 2013

Entrepreneurs: Here’s what investors care about!

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Richard Mordini of Javelin Venture Partners (checkered shirt) at Founders Space in San Francisco last Wednesday night (Photo by JD Lasica).

Show your plan to get to a million in revenue — and other tips from four seasoned venture capitalists

Target audience: Entrepreneurs, start-up teams, angel investors, venture capitalists, accelerators, incubators, digital agencies, businesses, educators, journalists, Web publishers.

JD LasicaOver the past year, I’ve been wading into the entrepreneurial waters once again. Last fall I joined the invitation-only Founder Dating, and I’ve been attending a slew of meetups — Silicon Valley NewTech, Startup Grind Silicon Valley, Hackers and Founders, Designers + Geeks — and other events geared to entrepreneurs and start-up teams. (I’m working on a cruise start-up in addition to running Socialmedia.biz. Contact me if you’d like to hear more.)

Last Wednesday night I found myself lured back to SomaCentral, the very cool co-working space at One Market in San Francisco, to hear four seasoned venture capitalists offer advice to start-ups on their pitches. About two dozen people attended the Founders Space event, Present Like an Investor: Tailor Your Approach to What Investors Care About, featured Joydeep Bhattacharyya of Shasta Ventures, Sean Jacobsohn of Emergence Capital Partners, Ali Wasti of Azure Capital and Richard Mordini of Javelin Venture Partners, along with Founders Space founder Steve Hoffman. Continue reading

March 7, 2013

Launch Festival: ‘We live in the future now’

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The panel of judges/venture capitalists at the Launch Festival (Photo by JD Lasica).

Conference brims with innovative tech startups

Target audience: Entrepreneurs, startups, businesses, tech sector executives and employees, anyone interested in innovation.

JD LasicaAfter three days of the Launch Festival, where 5,000 attendees jammed into San Francisco’s sprawling Design Concourse, one can be forgiven for believing that, through some cosmic event involving gamma rays and worm holes, participants were given an exclusive glimpse of what’s just around the corner. (So this is what tomorrow looks like!)

There’s no longer any doubt: Launch and TechCrunch Disrupt are now unquestionably the top startup conferences on the planet. They used to be one event, under the banner TechCrunch 40 (which launched Mint) and TechCrunch 50 (which launched Yammer), before the co-founders went their separate ways. This week I overheard more than a few attendees say that Launch — which has a mega-personality in founder Jason Calacanis where TechCrunch Disrupt now lacks one — has become the most essential gathering of its kind. Continue reading

December 13, 2012

Latest trends powering the Innovation Economy


Tony Perkins, organizer and founder of the Venture Summit Silicon Valley.

Target audience: Startups, mature businesses, technology innovators, funders and venture capitalists, marketers.

JD LasicaI‘m just back from the Venture Summit Silicon Valley (“where Big Ideas meets Big Money”). And so here’s a short report from the frontlines of the key players — entrepreneurs, firms and investors — powering the Innovation Economy.

“There is no little kid hoping there’ll be a laptop with Windows 8 under the Christmas tree.”
— Jay Samit of ooVoo

Let’s start with this Flickr set of 51 photos — you’ll recognize some of the speakers, like TechCrunch founder Mike Arrington, AlwaysOn founder Tony Perkins (the conference’s impresario) and other notables from the tech world.

The 250 to 300 folks who turned out at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay were a mix of business executives, VCs and startup founders. I was here to report some highlights for Socialmedia.biz as well as to soak in some wisdom around social data for the geolocation start-up I’ve begun working on, Placely. Continue reading