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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!

 

First Time Entrepreneur training program, Saturday, November 10th!

LAVA - FTE - Nov 10, 2018 - Picture (2)LAVA - FTE - Nov 10, 2018 - Picture (3)LAVA - FTE - Nov 10, 2018 - PictureLAVA is extremely pleased to announce its next First Time Entrepreneur training program. The program is open to entrepreneurs that are starting companies in areas that are likely to draw venture capital investment. The program is not open to service providers. You are encouraged to apply today for one of the 25 slots open in our workshop. LAVA members will receive first preference, but membership is not necessary to be accepted.

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 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.

 

Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy is a boutique transactional firm specializing in providing corporate counsel to emerging technology companies. Whether you are a startup looking for your first customer or a public company with hundreds of employees, we understand the unique challenges facing your business and are committed to providing the strategic advice and legal expertise you need to get you over the finish line.

Matthew Crowley is a venture lawyer, with a practice focused on assisting entrepreneurs in creating new businesses and achieving their goals for growth. Crowley regularly represents startups, with startup clients representing at least 70% of his practice.

 

Guest Investor Chris Wadden, President of Pasadena Angels!

Chris assists businesses in reaching their organizational and business potential. Specifically, he addresses issues identified by management and offers analysis and solutions quickly. His multi-discipline experience allows him to communicate how these issues resonate through various functions of the entire business. He has worked in project roles and provides ongoing advice to some of his clients in areas including sales, marketing, distribution, operations, finance, product development, contract manufacturing and quality management.

Specialties: company mergers and acquisitions, financing, sales, branding, operations, distribution, product development, quality management.

 

For more information and registration, click here: https://www.lava.org/events/first-time-entrepreneur-workshop-2