Thanks again to the Access to Capital Growth Forum 3.0

I had a great time speaking at Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on Tuesday at a fantastic capital forum run by Gary Polk. Over 120 participants enjoyed a full day of programming.  I also had the chance to watch a great presentation by Jennifer Brodmann, an assistant professor in CSUDH’s finance department.  If you haven’t checked out the campus, it’s worth it; it’s beautiful. Here are some photos from the event.



Upcoming Event: ‘First Time Entrepreneur Workshop’ 4/27/19

I am extremely pleased to announce that I will be speaking at the upcoming LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) ‘First Time Entrepreneur’ training program alongside guest investor Julie Pantiskas of the Pasadena Angels. The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. Those in attendance will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of their company
  • Put together a capitalization table
  • Understand how VCs screen potential investments
  • Understand the differences between trademarks, copyrights and patents and when you need them
  • Choose co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

The program will take place on April 27th from 10:00am to 3:00pm, you can purchase your tickets here.

‘Startup Grind’ Event

Last night I attended a Startup Grind event for the first time! The event was held at a co-working space by the name of SPACES in Santa Monica. Marcel Salapa and the Startup Grind team did a fantastic job putting together this event, speaker Alex Banayan (author of the book The Third Door) was so great people were crowded sitting on the stairs just to listen. Banayan did a wonderful job discussing how entrepreneurs must remain resilient throughout moments of rejection in their startup journeys. To top it all off, I also tried a delicious peanut butter coconut cookie by Emmy’s Organics – overall, it was a great experience!

Volunteering at the Downtown Women’s Center

We had a great time at our quarterly volunteering event at the Downtown Women’s Center last Wednesday night! Thank you to the DWC Community Engagement Coordinator, Lauren, and our Kitchen Leader for the night, Carlos. We made a baked pesto chicken, oven-roasted grape tomatoes with zucchini, romaine salad, and fruit salad for the ladies to enjoy!