I’m pleased to announce that I’ve joined the board of directors of LAVA, the Los Angeles Venture Association. Given my past opinions (err…rants) on Los Angeles Venture Capital, I decided that instead of sitting on the sidelines playing Monday morning quarterback, I ought to get more involved and so something to help the startup community around LA. If you’re a startup in the LA area, I encourage you to get more involved in LAVA. Here’s just a few reasons:
1. We first met and connected with VC firm DFJ Frontier, the first investors in AudioMicro, Inc. at a LAVA event (the LAVA 2008 Investment Capital Conference 2008 to be exact). You can actually get funded through your involvement with LAVA – I’m living proof!
2. There are a myriad of opportunities to connect with VC’s and mentors at LAVA events. Yes – there are a lot of service providers in attendance but if you stay focussed and hunt for the right connections – you’ll come away with great additions to your personal network.
3. Many of the events are breakfasts from 7am to 9am which don’t eat into your work day or evenings (if you like to work late or have a spouse / family events in the evenings)
4. Did I mention I’m on the board of directors? Along with myself, LAVA has a brand new president, Randy Churchill, along with another “young gun” on the BOD – Sam Jones of Formation Media. And despite my lack of event planning experience, I do have experience starting, funding, operating, and investing in startups so I’m hopeful I can help make the LAVA events more focussed on early stage startups. If you’ve got any suggestions for future events and topics, please shoot me an note or leave them in the comments below.
If you’ve never been to a LAVA event, tomorrow’s VC breakfast would be a great one to start out with. You’ll get exposure to the following local VC’s:
Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners
Leo Spiegel of Mission Ventures
Jim Andelman of Rincon Venture Partners (one of my personal faves!)
Neal Hansch of Rustic Canyon Partners, and
Monica Dodi of the Women’s Venture Capital Fund
If you’re not yet registered to attend tomorrow’s breakfast, you can do so by clicking here. Or simply show up at 7am to 9am at the Skirball center tomorrow, Tues Aug 9th.
*Please note there is a small fee to attend the breakfast which helps to pay for the venue and the food.