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Southern California's

Venture Capital and Networking Groups

 


Venture Capital Firms

 

Hot tip:  VCs get lots of proposals.  Develop a relationship over time.  If possible, be introduced by a professional.  Have your strategy and business plan formulated in advance as it's hard to get a second shot. 

 

Top Five VCs in Southern California

Rank

Firm

Money Available

Contact

Specialty

1

William E. Simon

& Sons

$1,000M

10990 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1750

Los Angeles, CA 90024

(310) 914-2410

Contact:  Wm. E. Simon, Jr.

Late Stage Growth

2

Brentwood 

Venture Capital

$720M

11150 Santa Monica Blvd

Suite 1200

Los Angeles, CA 90025

(310) 477-7678

Contact:  G. Bradford Jones

Start-up

Seed

First Round

Second Round

3

Domain Associates

$500M

28202 Cabot Road, Suite 200

Laguna Niguel, CA 92766

(949) 347-2446

Contact:  Arthur Klausner

Seed

First Round

4

Enterprise Partners

$425M

5000 Birch St., Suite 6200

Newport Beach, CA 92660

(310) 833-3650

Contact:  Thomas N. Clancy

Early

Start Up

5

Levine Leichtman

 Capital Partners

$417M

335 N Maple Drive, Suite 240

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

(310) 275-5335

Contact:  Lauren Leichtman

Late Stage

 

 


Venture Networking Groups

 

Hot Tip:  These "Venture" groups are attended by other entrepreneurs like yourself, and lots of people who provide various services.  Usually there is a nominal cost associated with the meeting to cover a dinner or lunch anchored by a keynote speaker.  There is plenty of time to network with others, which is the real reason most people attend.  One tip is to mingle with as many people as possible, exchange business cards, and follow up with more in-depth later over the phone or lunch.  Usually everybody wears a nametag that includes ones affiliation to help you zero in.  Each group has a slightly different orientation, but the information below will get you started.

 

 

Top Five Networking Groups in Southern California

Rank

Group

Information Contact

Meetings

1

Los Angeles

Venture Association

(LAVA)

Christyne Buteyn

e-mail:  LAVA4@aol.com

web site:  www.lava.org

(310) 450-9544

Brentwood

2nd Tue of month, 7:00-9:00 am

2

Orange Coast

Venture Group

(OCVG)

Taira Pease

e-mail:  OCVG@aol.com

web site:  www.ocvg.org

(949) 859-3646

Irvine

3rd Tue of month

11:30 am-1:30

3

San Diego

Venture Group

(SDVG)

Erin Ellis

e-mail:  sdvgroup@aol.com

web site:  www.sdvg.org

(858) 272-1985

La Jolla

Last Wed of month

7:00-9:00 am

4

Tech Coast

Venture Network

(TCVN)

Michael Lasher

e-mail:  TCVN2@aol.com

web site:  www.tcvn.org

(714) 505-6493

Irvine

4th Thur of month

6:00-9:00 pm

5

Cal Tech/MIT

Enterprise Forum

Nick Nicholas

e-mail:  entfor@its.caltech.edu

web: http://www.entforum.caltech.edu/

(626) 395-3916

Pasadena

3rd Tue of month

5:30-9:00pm

 


Web Entrepreneur Resources

 

Hot Tip:  If you are building a web site, here are some Southern California resources you should know about.  One is a network of Internet jocks (where some are building their own sites, and others are looking for sites to build).  The other two resources are local Internet "incubators" that are looking for entrepreneurs like yourself with great ideas; they provide the capital and critical resources.

 

Notable Internet Resources in Southern California

Item

Name

Type

Contact

Notes

1

eCompanies

Incubator

Santa Monica, CA

www.ecompanies.com

e-mail business plans to: bizplans@ecompanies.com

Contact: Sky Dayton

Well funded and looking for companies.  Dayton was founder of Earthlink Networks, Inc.

2

Idealab!

Incubator

130 West Union Street

Pasadena, CA 91103

www.idealab.com 

Contact:  Bill Gross

Well funded.  Gross developed Lotus products and later Knowledge Adventure with Spielberg.

 

 

 
 

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