The importance of getting out of the classroom

Paul Straub

Paul Straub

One of the toughest challenges for a startup is managing through a growth phase while still keeping an eye ahead to a strategy for the next phase. For the past few years I’ve enjoyed enlisting teams of Duke students to get out of the classroom and help company’s in our portfolio with a bit of market discovery. This year’s team just finished a project with Blue Pillar and described . . .
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Moshe Alafi wins Lifetime Achievement Award — videos of event

Moshe Alafi Award
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On March 20, 2012, the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship proudly recognized biotech pioneer Moshe Alafi with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at a special awards dinner. A Berkeley alumnus, Mr. Alafi is one of the founders of the biotechnology industry. He has funded and helped start over 60 companies through his venture capital firm Alafi Capital. Many of these firms have created entire new industries including such pioneers as Cetus, Biogen, Applied Biosystems, and Amgen. His life is an incredible inspiration to entrepreneurs as a successful investor and startup partner as well as one who has done an incredible amount to improve our health and scientific knowledge with biotechnology breakthroughs. . . .
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Entrepreneur’s Perspective, part two: : Frank Richards, serial entrepreneur and former CEO of SmartZIP: The Building of a Company

Frank Richards

Guest Post by Frank Richards The Building of a Company As an avid fan and investor in real estate I identified a significant gap in the residential investment market around 2004. I noted that 15-20% of all homes sold in the US are for investment. But I also discovered that there were no national platforms or proprietary algorithms that could help people identify the best investment markets and the best properties. Essentially there was no Charles Schwab for the residential investment market. I realized there was a great opportunity for a private banking platform to help people research, plan, acquire and manage residential real estate investments nationwide. . . .
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Entrepreneur’s Perspective: Frank Richards, Claremont Creek Ventures serial entrepreneur on the importance of partnerships

Guest Post by Frank Richards

As a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, I love building great teams and visionary companies. I feel truly fortunate to have built three innovative companies starting from “the garage”, to taking the company public in the midst of the dot com bust, and to raising a VC round of financing for a real estate analytics firm during the biggest real estate downturn in the history of the U.S. Throughout my journey, I . . .
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Claremont Creek Ventures ‘LifeCycle’ venturing model attracts a solid flow of energy deals

Claremont Creek Ventures ‘LifeCycle’ venturing model attracts a solid flow of energy deals

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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What makes a good VC? — Finding Deals

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Who are those Guys? What makes a good VC?

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Who are those Guys? What makes a good VC?One of my overall areas of interest is where the venture capital business is heading in the coming decades. I thought I’d start out looking inward — looking at the job of a venture capitalist (VC) , what tasks a VC performs, and what skills make one . . .
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