July 23, 2007

Reid Hoffman, Alex Welch and Joe Krauss on one stage

Michael Jones, our talented, single and very available lead customer service dude, just sent me a link to a great panel discussion hosted by Guy Kawasaki featuring panelists Alex Welch, Photobucket.com; Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn.com; and Joe Krauss, Jotspot among others.

They address issues like when to sell your company, the pros and cons of starting a tech company outside of Silicon Valley and other general tips about starting a successful company.  Kawasaki is hilarious and one of the panelists was the original programmer for Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, a game that has changed the life of many a 5th grader.

Check it out here.

December 13, 2006

PODCAST: Will West (CEO Control4) on Raising Money from VCs

What an awesome interview! I’ve always been intrigued by Will West and his lifetime of successful ventures. Because Will has raised nearly $300 million for his 4 companies, I thought that it would be fitting to interview him to find out his secrets. Here is his BIO:

(Picture of the founders of Control4 — Will West, Eric Smith, Mark Morgan)

Will has raised more than $280 million in private capital for his 4 ventures. In 1998, he co-founded STSN (now iBAHN), the worldwide leader in broadband services for business travelers. Prior to founding STSN, Will was president, CEO, and co-founder of PHAST Corporation. Under his leadership, PHAST became the leading manufacturer of high-end home automation equipment.

Will serves as chairman of the board of the Utah Capital Investment Corporation (the State of Utah’s “Fund of Funds”). He also serves as chairman of the board for Utah Technology Council (UTC). He was named Utah Valley Entrepreneur of the year in 2004, and is on Utah Business Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the state. He was also named the Ernst & Young Master Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2006 in the Utah region.


December 4, 2006

PODCAST: John May on becoming Angel Fundable

It’s been a long time coming. I finally hooked up with John May last week and had a great interview with him. What a great guy!

John has a passion for angel investing. He is the Chairman of the Angel Capital Association and a long-time angel investor. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an angel investor, you’ll want to listen to this podcast!

Here is John’s BIO from his website:

John May is the managing partner of New Vantage Group, a Vienna, VA firm that innovatively mobilizes private equity into early-stage companies and provides advisory services to both funds and private investors. Mr. May’s experience in private equity capital over the last 15 years ranges from venture capital fund management to angel investing.

Mr. May has been at the forefront of the angel investor movement. In 1991, he co-founded the Investors’ Circle, a national non-profit group of 125 family and institutional investors working to grow the social venture capital industry. Additionally in 1996, he co-founded and became executive director of the Private Investors Network, an angel network sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association, which he led until 2002. John is now Chairman of the newly formed Angel Capital Association (formerly a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation), is a lead instructor for their “Power of Angel Investing” seminars, and is co-author of two books, Every Business Needs an Angel, and State of the Art.

Mr. May co-founded The Dinner Club, an investment group of 60 regional angels who collectively invest in regional early stage ventures. A larger private investor pool, the eMedia Club with 75 members, followed it, and in 2000, the Washington Dinner Club with 75 members was started. In 2003, Active Angel Investors, a “pledge” fund was created. New Vantage Group administers all of these groups.

I’d love to get your comments. Who would you like to hear from? What topics would you like discussed?