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June 18, 2018: Top Legal Mistakes Made by First Time Entrepreneurs


Join us Monday, June 18, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the General Assembly Los Angeles in Santa Monica, CA.

About This Event

Legal mistakes can doom even the best startup concepts and founding teams. Join Matt Crowley from Crowley Corporate Legal Strategy as he aims to prepare you to deal with the essential legal issues that every startup faces. Making sure the legal matters are in order while you’re running your company is one of the most important things that can make your startup more investible in the future.

What You’ll Take Away: Learn from other people’s mistakes and take away best practices for your own companies.


6:30 – 7:00pm Check-In and Networking

7:00 – 8:00pm Presentation

8:00 – 8:30pm Q&A

For more information and to RSVP visit the General Assembly Website Here


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!

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:

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:


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