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Tech Coast Angels Posts Record Highs in 2020 for Investment, Membership, and Number of Companies Funded

Angel network fueled startup ecosystem with $19.4 million for 64 companies including $7.9 million through annual chapter funds, realized four successful exits, and expanded its geographic reach. For PRWeb, click here IRVINE, Calif. – June 15, 2021 – Setting records

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June 15, 2021

Algenesis Honored with 2021 Luis Villalobos Award for Innovative Technology from the Angel Capital Association

Company’s high performance, fully biodegradable, plant-based material combats the environmental impact of global plastic pollution For PR Web, click here IRVINE, Calif. – May 18, 2021 – Tech Coast Angels (TCA) announced today that the Angel Capital Association has awarded

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May 18, 2021

Tech Coast Angels Orange County Reports Successful 2020 Even in Uncertain Economic Climate; Looks Ahead to its 2021 Fund with Optimism

One OC Fund 20 company has already generated a 3.5x return and 250% IRR to investors for PR Web, click here IRVINE, Calif. – April 8, 2021 — Tech Coast Angels Orange County (TCA OC) today announced that its inaugural

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April 8, 2021

Jeff Lapin Appointed Chairman of Tech Coast Angels’ Board of Governors in 2021

For PR Web, click here IRVINE, Calif. – February 2, 2021 – Tech Coast Angels (TCA), recently named the most active angel network in the world, today announced the appointment of current member and former TCA-Los Angeles chapter president, Jeff

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February 2, 2021

Ready, AIM, fire! Really?

by Dave Berkus You’ve surely heard the variations on this theme.  “Ready, fire aim” was popular in the 1990’s, accredited to any of several authors.  I used the term to describe my efforts in the artificial intelligence field, experimenting with

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February 1, 2021

Should you include your sweat equity in a business plan?

By Dave Berkus Investors love it when entrepreneurs draw little or no money from their startups.  It extends the cash available for research and other necessary fixed costs and gives the fragile, young company more “runway” to get to breakeven.

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January 1, 2021

Undeterred by the Pandemic, Tech Coast Angels-Los Angeles Chapter Wraps Up a Successful 2020

Angel network celebrates 20th anniversary, a new chapter fund, membership growth, expedited due diligence, a new web site, and 14 funded companies as part of its annual achievements For PR Web, click here LOS ANGELES – December 29, 2020 –

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December 29, 2020

TiE Honors Tech Coast Angels as Most Active Angel Network in the World at the TiE Global Awards

For PR Web, click here Irvine, Calif. – December 14, 2020 A panel of esteemed judges and eminent global personalities selected Tech Coast Angels (TCA) as the Most Active Angel Network in the World Award for 2020 at the TiE

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December 15, 2020

My dad said: “Never take on a business partner.”

By Dave Berkus My dad was a smart businessman, even if not formally trained. He occasionally gave me advice that turned out to be more than wise, looking back at subsequent experience and events.  His personal teaching event was a

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47x Return for Companion Medical is Fourth Highest Exit in TCA History

By John Harbison, TCA Chairman emeritus TCA members who invested in the Series A Round of Companion Medical in 2014 realized a 47x return when the company was acquired by Medtronic in August 2020 for an undisclosed amount. Early investors

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December 1, 2020

What is your biggest error in company planning?

By Dave Berkus, TCA Chairman emeritus The biggest error in planning may not be spreadsheet calculation error.  Or cost estimation.  It is most often missed assumptions about the market, the competition, the speed of adoption, or other critical metrics you’ve

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November 15, 2020

Can you build a company, not just a product?

By Dave Berkus, TCA Chairman emeritus And sometimes that idea is just too small a slice of the big picture to be interesting to investors.  There was a recent investor event where I was keynote speaker, on stage only after

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November 1, 2020

What’s your personal-business end game?

By Dave Berkus, TCA Chairman emeritus Remembering our original vision When we start a business, we are optimistic that we will succeed and dream of riches to follow when the company is sold or even getting all the way to

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October 15, 2020

What would happen to the business if you die, leave or are disabled?

By Dave Berkus, TCA Chairman emeritus Yes, we’re invincible when young When we are young and early in our business lives, we feel infallible to the degree that we do not think of what might happen if we die while

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October 1, 2020

Selling your company for less than expected?

By Dave Berkus, TCA Chairman emeritus How about outside investors? Sometimes the end game or sale of the company is not a happy event.  Especially when outside investors, venture capitalists, or angels, have put in substantial money and the sales

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September 15, 2020

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