Category: Investors

ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOP

Join us on Saturday August 18th for our next First Time Entrepreneur workshop!

The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. (The workshop is not applicable to service providers).

TICKETS: https://www.lava.org/events/first-time-entrepreneur-workshop-1

During the workshop you will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your 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
  • Work with co-founders
  • Network at startup events — the right way

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May 5th, 2018: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

Missed this year’s first FTE Workshop? Then, join us Saturday, May 5th for our spring session!

The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. (The workshop is not applicable to service providers.) Click here to RSVP 

During our five hour program (runs from 10am – 3pm), you will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your 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 be taught by LAVA board members and veterans of the venture space. The program is generously sponsored by Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy.

LAVA Members are free;  non-members $50. LAVA members will receive first preference, but membership is not necessary to be accepted.

Top 10 Legal Mistakes of Startups and How to Avoid Them

Had a great workshop alongside Justin Hughes, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School; and Shannon Trevino, Business Law Practicum Director, Loyola Law School. We shared our insights on the”Top 10 Legal Mistakes of Startups and How to Avoid Them” with the to Loyola Marymount University entrepreneurship students. Thank you to Professor David Y Choi for organizing the event!

Photograph provided by: Shannon Trevino

February 17th, 2018: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

Thank you to everyone who attended our First Time Entrepreneur Workshop on Saturday! We hope you enjoyed the workshop, the book, and our guest speaker Rob Vickery. And thank you to LAVA for hosting the event!

First Time Entrepreneur Workshop with VC Speaker: Rob Vickery

We are pleased to announce that Rob Vickery founder of Stage Venture Partners will be joining us at our FTE Workshop on FEBRUARY 17th, 2018! Click here to sign up

About Stage:

Stage Venture Partners is a seed venture capital fund that invests in emerging technology for B2B markets.

Founded in 2015 by two entrepreneurial partners, Stage is designed to deliver active and thoughtful investment. One of us is a successful international operator who has built global businesses. The other an experienced angel investor and venture capitalist with a strong track record.

Stage invests in Founders building frontier technology for enterprise clients. We offer access, services, and expertise that are unique in our market, leading to remarkable results for our portfolio.

We are not thesis, geographic or sector focused, but instead business model focused. We invest only in software companies that solve problems for companies, monetizing either through SAAS or transaction fees.

Rob Vickery:

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Before founding Stage with Alex Rubalcava, Rob created the Entertainment and Technology Division for BNY Mellon and was the North America Director for Lloyds International, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, focusing on major corporate entertainment-related investments. He has also spent a number of years working and advising a range of international music and film talent on embracing with new forms of technology.

Rob is also on the board of the British Academy of Film Television Arts (BAFTA) LA Games, British American Business Council, South Central Scholars and the Chairman of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship at Dorsey High School.

Rob graduated from the University of Gloucestershire, UK, in 2003. In his downtime, Rob is an amateur paleontologist, snowboarder and gaming addict (come and find me on PSN (BeverlyHillsBrit) or Xbox Live (saasfundr)

 

SEC’s Letter: Questions and concerns about cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs)

On January 18th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released a Staff Letter addressed to the Investment Company Institute and the Asset Management Group of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).

The letter outlined the SEC’s concerns about cryptocurrency exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Specifically, the letter stated that there are “significant outstanding questions concerning how funds holding substantial amounts of cryptocurrencies and related products would satisfy the requirements of the [Investment Company Act of 1940] and its rules.”

The letter identified 5 specific areas of concern:

  • Valuation
  • Liquidity
  • Custody
  • Arbitrage
  • Potential manipulation and other risks

The letter posed several questions under each area of concern, some of which are: (i) What are the policies and procedures to determine the fair value of cryptocurrency related products? (ii) How would funds classify the liquidity of cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency related products? (iii) How would the custody requirements be satisfied for cryptocurrency holdings?  (iv) How would the fragmented, volatile and high-volume trading characteristics of cryptocurrencies allow ETFs to comply with market price requirements? and (v) How will ETFs ensure investor protection with cryptocurrencies that have a higher opportunity for fraud and manipulation than traditional securities?

The letter concluded by saying the SEC does “not believe that it is appropriate for fund sponsors to initiate registration of funds that intend to invest substantially in cryptocurrency and related products” until the questions in the letter are satisfactorily addressed. The SEC also stated that it has requested that sponsors withdraw registration statements that have already been filed for such products.

The full letter can be found here:

Staff Letter: Engaging on Fund Innovation and Cryptocurrency-related Holdings

https://www.sec.gov/divisions/investment/noaction/2018/cryptocurrency-011818.htm

January 27th, 2018: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop

Calling all first time entrepreneurs!

LAVA’s First Time Entrepreneur workshop is scheduled for  Saturday, January 27th, 2018!

At this workshop you will learn how to:

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

For more information and to sign up, visit: First Time Entrepreneur Workshop