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New Pasadena Angels Site Launches

The Pasadena Angels have redesigned our site with a new focus on Entrepreneurs and LA Basin tech resources. We took a lesson from successful companies we have funded–we talked to the market first.  We started by surveying a group of local entrepreneurs and our own members to find out what they wanted in a site. … Continue reading

The Best Pasadena Tech Company You’ve Never Heard Of

Why are there great tech companies in Pasadena that no one has heard of? Sometimes the answer is that the team is too busy building a great company to worry about generating press outside their own industry. One example is Bluebeam. They are revolutionizing the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries by eliminating the need for … Continue reading

Obama’s SEC Trying to Kill Entrepreneurship

  Overwrought headline?  Hardly. New SEC regs will destroy your ability to raise capital. In a nutshell, new SEC rules will REQUIRE entrepreneurs to register with the SEC BEFORE approaching investors.  Worse yet, Angels will no longer be able to “self certify” as accredited investors–we will have to show W2′s or proof of our net … Continue reading

Innovate Pasadena Launch Party 6/27

Innovate Pasadena is throwing a Launch Party–the whole Pas tech community will be there, and you should, too!   You can get tickets while they last by joining the Innovate Pasadena group on LinkedIn.  The Pasadena Angels will be there, in addition to representatives of CalTech, the City of Pasadena, IdeaLab, and more. Don’t miss … Continue reading

Creating B2B Mobile Apps

I’ve recently joined Malauzai Software, a developer of Mobile Banking Apps for Community Banks and Credit Unions, as their Chief Sales Officer.  Even though I’ve been involved with SaaS products since 1998, the last few months have been quite the education.  Delivering apps to a wide variety of financial institutions is dramatically more challenging than … Continue reading

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Progress in Pasadena, Part II

The Pasadena Innovation Council organized a great tech executive meeting in Pasadena on Friday.  A group of 20 or so local entrepreneurs gathered at Jones’ coffee to meet, share stories, and talk over new ventures.  This is another good step toward pulling together the tech community in the greater Pasadena area. It was a great … Continue reading

New Tech Center Emerging in Pasadena?

Pasadena may be the best tech story never told.  Somehow the home of IdeaLab, OpenX, CalTech, Art Center College of Design, and JPL doesn’t have much of a reputation as a innovation hub.  A number of tech companies, such as Bluebeam and Materia, are quietly building powerful businesses, and many startups are in Old Town. … Continue reading

Angels to the Rescue

  One of my favorite Dave Berkus quotes is: “Never, never, never run out of money.”  But inevitably, it happens to some startups.  What then?  Your VCs and lenders will likely impose onerous terms, and your ownership will get badly diluted.  The one group of investors you can count on to support you in a … Continue reading

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Storytelling and Startup Fundraising

Every startup has an elevator pitch, but what comes next?  Do potential investors’ eyes glaze over when you get beyond the quick, punchy one liner and try to REALLY describe your company?  Successful fundraisers tell a complete, engaging story and close the deal. Last week, the WSJ ran a great article on the value of college … Continue reading

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