Category: Venture Capital

When is the Right Time to Raise Capital?

When is the Right Time to Raise Capital?

| September 2, 2016 | Reply

Thinking about raising capital? It’s a long journey and not for everyone. There are right and wrong ways to go about it, and there are better times to raise vs. going at it alone. Here are my thoughts on when you know it’s the right time to raise money.  

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TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

TakeLessons Secures $7mm in Venture Capital

| March 25, 2014 | Reply

I’m happy to announce TakeLessons.com latest round of venture funding today. This round increases the total amount raised to $20mm and will allow us to accelerate our expansion into more categories outside of music, including tutoring, performing arts, and languages. We’ve even started to see new matches in categories such as welding, crocheting, robotics, and […]

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How to Raise the Series A

How to Raise the Series A

| September 13, 2013 | Reply

Needing to raise a Series A round for your startup? Join me at the San Diego Venture Group panel next Thursday: http://www.sdvg.org/seriesa/ September 19, 2013  7:00-9:00 am  Hyatt La Jolla Much has been written about the “Series A crunch”.  Yet entrepreneurs continue to bring home the cash.  (Just follow the SDVG tweets for some examples!) Come […]

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Meet LaunchPad LA at the San Diego DLA Piper Office

Meet LaunchPad LA at the San Diego DLA Piper Office

| September 8, 2013 | Reply

Launchpad LA is coming to SD.  Launchpad LA is ranked the #5 accelerator in the United States by Forbes, has the highest median funding rate of any accelerator in the world according to Seed-DB, and is described by PandoDaily as “the top accelerator in Southern California”. Graduates of the LaunchPad program have raised over $110M […]

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San Diego Startup Week Events

San Diego Startup Week Events

| July 8, 2013 | Reply

San Diego StartupDigest Connecting you with your local startup community. StartUp San Diego’s Tech Week is here!  I hope you can get out to as many events as possible!For newcomers: The San Diego StartupDigest is an event list, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, that is laser-focused on the needs of startups in the San Diego […]

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Steven Cox Entrepreneur Interview on MarketPulse – ESPN Radio

Steven Cox Entrepreneur Interview on MarketPulse – ESPN Radio

| May 23, 2013 | Reply

  Interview Transcription Starts at :48 Chris: As I mentioned before the break, we have a wonderful guest in studio today, Steven Cox, founder and CEO of TakeLessons.com. The team at TakeLessons has been connecting music students with the best local music teachers since 2006. They pride themselves on providing safe, affordable, fun music lessons […]

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TakeLessons Raises Another $4 Million and Launches Local Tutoring

TakeLessons Raises Another $4 Million and Launches Local Tutoring

| February 1, 2013 | Reply

Today, we announced a round of funding to further our advancement into music and to launch our second vertical – tutoring – starting with San Diego tutors and Austin tutors. I’ve been asked why we chose tutoring. We see it as a complimentary market to music. Fragmented, yet large market Tutors would rather do what […]

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Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

Things I Learned at the Crosslink Startup Investor Meeting

| November 15, 2012 | 2 Replies

Recently, I got to attend the Crosslink Investor Meeting where partners of the firm spoke on what their seeing in the marketplace. A couple key takeaways for me was that technology and the internet is still very early. Lots of room for growth and expansion as software eats the world. Second, some of the largest […]

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Is Your VC Acting Irrational?

Is Your VC Acting Irrational?

| August 27, 2012 | Reply

The takeaway is that while your company is the absolutely most important thing in YOUR life, the reality is that you might not be that important to the people you’ve decided to jump in bed with.

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TakeLessons Presenting at the 2012 Montgomery Technology Conference

TakeLessons Presenting at the 2012 Montgomery Technology Conference

| March 4, 2012 | Reply

  We’re happy to have been selected as a final presenter at the 2012 Montgomery Technology Conference this week in Santa Monica, CA. The conference is an invitation-only event featuring over 1,000 senior-level private equity and venture capital professionals. The financiers will be reviewing the best of breed new startup disruptors. I’m not sure if […]

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Steven Cox Interview on Fox 5 News – Finding the Right San Diego StartUp Company to Work For

Steven Cox Interview on Fox 5 News – Finding the Right San Diego StartUp Company to Work For

| December 2, 2011 | Reply

  http://StevenCox.com. Even with the unemployment rate in San Diego hovering around 10%, the city’s startup scene is bustling with activity and creating new jobs for San Diegans. TakeLessons.com CEO, Steven Cox, talks about the 10x100x100 event where 10 startup companies that have collectively raised over $100 million in venture capital and will be hiring […]

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What’s it Like Working for a Startup?

What’s it Like Working for a Startup?

| November 30, 2011 | Reply

Our friends at SweetLabs have banded together with ten top San Diego startups (including TakeLessons) that have collectively raised over $100 million in venture capital and looking to hire for 100 new positions.

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Steven Cox – TakeLessons Company Update at San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest

Steven Cox – TakeLessons Company Update at San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest

| November 18, 2011 | Reply

Steven Cox, CEO of TakeLessons and winner of 2010 San Diego Venture Group Pitchfest gives an update one year later on the progress the company has made since winning last year. Transcription: …Here’s a very simple message for our teachers and that is: you go teach and we will curate the absolute best instructors throughout […]

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Mary Meeker’s internet trends presentation at Web 2.0 Summit

Mary Meeker’s internet trends presentation at Web 2.0 Summit

| October 19, 2011 | Reply

Mary Meeker, one of the most interesting forecasters, gave a presentation on her view of where the internet is going. A stat I found fascinating is that ecommerce makes up less than 10% of the total pie. That means there's still a long way to go before we reach an equilibrium point. When you consider […]

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Register for The Art of the Startup

Register for The Art of the Startup

| August 29, 2011 | Reply

From our friends at CONNECT: CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops present The Art of the Start-up Program Overview: For entrepreneurs, deciding to form a company, or become involved with a start-up, presents enormous challenges. Navigating around legal, fund raising and other issues can often seem overwhelming, and traps for the unwary or uninformed are numerous. However, successfully […]

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