Investing in security has been a long-time interest of mine. It dates back to my days as the COO of security company Identix, well before I became a venture capitalist. And new innovation opportunities in security continue to emerge, witness the security need in cloud computing. There is little question that a significant thrust of future work will be in the cloud. A recent Pew Research survey found that an overwhelming majority – 71 percent – . . .
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There is a brilliant investor/venture capitalist who lives in Berkeley California named Moshe Alafi. He was a big supporter of my first company, TOPS, and of my third company, Cybergold. After I sold TOPS to Sun Microsystems in 1987, the venture fund that had invested in TOPS offered to make me a partner. I remember discussing this option with Moshe Alafi. He said: “Why would you ever want to invest somebody else’s money? You do all . . .
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February 10, 2010 source: Vator.tv Claremont Creek Ventures is one of the only VC firms in the East Bay. That’s a good thing for Nat Goldhaber, one of the managing directors at the Oakland-based firm. . . .
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May 13, 2010 source: VentureBeat.com It’s a relationship, not a transaction: Tips for fundraising entrepreneurs Thanks to the most devastating recession in decades and dramatic shifts in the venture industry, finding investors to write those first checks is a frustrating, time-sucking process for entrepreneurs – but that doesn’t mean they can’t be particular. If you’re startup owner, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to take money from just any VC. Entrepreneurs should expect their . . .
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The classical view of venture capital is that a VC invests in a company, grows it into revenue and breakeven, and then sells equity in it to the public in an IPO. The exit part is the VC’s can then sell their ownership interest in the startup to that public market of buyers as the company grows in value, or distribute their now-liquid shares to their limited partner investors to sell . . .
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After making a venture investment and building value in the startup, in preparation for an exit. This is the operational part of the job — how do you help a startup succeed? . . .
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May 28. 2010 source: newaveingenuity.com
Nat Goldhaber addresses UC Berkeley Haas Business School’s Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum Angel and venture capital investors looked at technology investing during the past year, the current market, and what the future investment environment holds. The presentation also includes a review of the key metrics for venture capital investments/exits and critical VC term sheet terms for Q2 2009. The expert panel includes Sam Angus of Fenwick & West; Steve Bengston of . . .
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June 3, 2010 source: TARGETCAST NETWORKS TCN Media, the sales and marketing solutions division of TargetCast Networks, announced its first mobile application for away-from-home television viewers in America’s casual and fast casual restaurants offering incentives and promotions to complement their active, on-the-go lifestyles. TCN’s mobile application will be available for the iPhone in Q-4 and will essentially function as the mobile gateway for all information and entertainment provided by the company . . .
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I remember when I got my first cell phone — actually it was a car phone. It was mounted in the center column of my 1987 Acura Legend. I was proud of it. When I drove around Berkeley and Oakland, it worked perfectly. But on a longer trip to the South Bay, there would be several places where I could expect the cell phone coverage to fail. A few years later, I bought a Motorola Startac . . .
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June 16, 2010 venue: SVASE panel Paul Straub, Principal at Claremont Creek Venture spoke on the panel Your Capital-Raising Roadmap: Angel and VC Perspectives during the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) East Bay Series – Real-life Stories of Entrepreneurial Success event. The panel discussed which types of funding are appropriate at each stage and and how those types of funding can be combined, over time, to maximize returns . . .
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