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Another Successful Evening: Thank you to the Downtown Women’s Center and our Volunteers!

Photographs by: Miyoshi Grant, Angela Bandich, and Linda Mejia

We had such an amazing evening preparing 150 meals as part of the Downtown Women’s Center’s cooking club. Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers once again for all the help. This time we made beef enchiladas, Spanish rice, a nutritious green salad and a berries, apple, pineapple and melon fruit salad.

For more information on volunteer opportunities at the Downtown Women’s Center, please visit:

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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)

 

Gurvey’s Law: Cryptocurrency Radio Interview

January 20th, 2018

Thank you Gurvey’s Law for having me on your show!

I had such a blast recording this interview, and sharing my knowledge on cryptocurrency!

Click here to listen to the show. Alongside other cryptocurrency experts, entrepreneur Cameron Chell and Harvard University economics professor Jeffrey Miron, we discuss the answers to the following questions on this popular topic: 

What is the future of #Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies? As the price of Bitcoin continues to cause awe with dramatic swings, is this the beginning or the end of the cryptocurrency “bubble”? What are the telltale signs that you should be looking at when considering your options? Will governments intervene with regulatory measures? How will regulation affect the prices of cryptocurrencies?

Check out their website for more information: 790 KABC Gurvey’s Law Cryptocurrency’s Future: Mining for Answers 

School’s Back!

I am so excited to be back at Loyola Law School teaching Business Planning I: Financing the Start-Up and Venture Capital Financing this semester!

The course motivates students to consider the legal and business implications involved  in forming and operating an emerging business. The course, much like my First Time Entrepreneur Workshop, analyzes:

  • The deal cycle of a start up company
  • Selecting a business entity
  • Structuring the economic benefits
  • Management control among various owners
  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Raising capital

 

During this course law students learn to apply these ideas by reviewing and analyzing legal documents typically used in organizing and financing a start-up. The goal of the class is to prepare students for the types of projects and challenges they will one day confront as lawyers.

I look forward to this semester, I know it’ll be a great one!

 

 

 

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

HOLIDAY PARTY 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way to spend it than with great food and even better company! Thank you to everyone who could join, we hope you had as much fun as we did! Check out some of the highlights from last night:

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Jan 27th, 2018: First time Entrepreneur Workshop

Calling all entrepreneurs!

Members are free;  non-members $50.

During our five hour program, you will learn how to:

  • Determine the value of your company
  • Put together a capitaliation 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

Click here to sign up