Alon Goren joins Wavemaker Partners as a Venture Partner!

Long time community leader and Hub101 member Alon Goren joins Wavemaker Partners, an early stage venture capital firm led by Eric Manlunas and David Siemer, with offices in Los Angeles and Singapore, as a Venture Partner.

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Aside from founding multiple startups and working at IMDb/Amazon and MySpace, Goren is the founder of 805 Startups, one of Southern California’s largest networks of startups and investors, with over 2,000 members.  805 Startups holds regular events and programs north of Los Angeles in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties, a region that Wavemaker is very familiar with and will be spending more time in.

“Having worked with Eric and David in the past, I couldn’t think of a better firm to be working with,” said Alon Goren.  “Wavemaker's active participation in the region gives startups access to seed and follow-on capital, while also giving the local affluent community access to investment opportunities around the world.”

In recent years, Wavemaker portfolio company, Mindbody, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, had a successful IPO and another Wavemaker portfolio company, Connexity also had a successful exit when it sold to Shopzilla.

As one of Southern California’s most active venture funds, Wavemaker and its principals have also seen successful exits from mDialog (Google), Connexity (Shopzilla), GradientX (Amobee/Singtel), Pulpo (Entravision) and Optimal (Brand Networks).

From your friends and family here at hub101, congratulations Alon! 

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Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething

 

Startup Weekend Conejo Valley Returns Nov 3-5 2017

Hub101 is excited to announce the theme for this year's Startup Weekend Conejo Valley is... Sports!

We are looking for the next big thing in Sports, Fitness, and Performance. 

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event, where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and launch companies/products. The event is very community focused and provides a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas.

Participants have 60 seconds pitch an idea of concept , the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors on Sunday for Demo Day.

Early bird tickets are available for only $29 for a limited time. Visit StartupWeekendConejoValley.com  

This year's event will take place at Sports Academy 1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320.

Want to get your business involved? We are currently looking for sponsors.  

How you can help:

Tweet this: @StartupWeekend returns to the Conejo Valley Nov 3-5 at @SportsAcademyHQ #StartupConejoValleyhttp://www.StartupWeekendConejovalley.com

We are currently seeking mentors and sponsors for this event. If you are interested in serving in either one of these capacities email us at Conejo@Startupweekend.org

 

Sports Academy

Sports Academy is the only fully integrated, multi-disciplinary athletic training and integrated sports medicine facility designed to elevate the performance of athletes of all ages and ability levels.  Facilitated by premier coaches, certified trainers, and medical and recovery professionals, we provide the tools, inspiration, and guidance necessary for every athlete to excel.

Combined with state-of-the-art technology, a biomechanics lab, sports science, and the development of mental fitness and acuity, our sport-specific and athlete-specific programs are designed to guide athletes toward their optimal state of performance.

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Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething

Discovering Your Passion by Rose Soiland

I’ve met countless people who are interested in so many subjects that they can’t decide on a college major. In some cases, students can’t choose a major because their skills and interests elude them.

Unfortunately, a number of people end up choosing those practical careers they don’t enjoy and they walk through life waiting for their next break. And waiting. And waiting. Sometimes it never comes. Wouldn’t it be a dream to love your job?

My mom once articulated to me how rare it is and how lucky people are who get to do what they love for a living. This sentiment has since driven me to find what I love doing and to pursue it, something few can afford. I find what I love by exploring what’s out there.

So let’s talk about how important it is to get connected and involved with various ventures to really discover your passion. The more you learn about the world and what’s in it the better prepared you will be when it comes time to choose a major or a career.

College is a great way to decide what you enjoy doing. Taking classes, joining clubs and attending events (even off campus) widens your horizons to get thinking about what inspires you. So does reading about a wide range of subjects. You could read literature, or you could choose popular magazines. Then analyze how (insert your passion here) aligns with goals you have set for yourself.

For example, I love psychology, but I can’t see myself doing anything practical with that and I want a practical degree. So why not mix psychology with business? Marketing. BAM!

No one can tell you what you’re passionate about. I surveyed a few of my fellow peers and found that we’re all different. We all have our own passions. One person said they were passionate about shrinking the wage gap, another said education. I heard fashion and swimming. Ben Kuo, founder of SocalTech.com , professed that he’s passionate about technology and venture capital. A Do'er here at Hub101 named protecting human rights and preventing child labor as her passions.

My personal arsenal of interests range from politics and theories on birth order to reading history and sci fi-fantasy novels. But my real passion is for ending modern day slavery: sex trafficking. I became interested in this a couple years ago when a friend of mine moved to the Czech Republic to help girls out of prostitution and I’ve been passionate about it ever since. So I decided that I can apply my marketing degree to campaign against slavery, which would be a dream come true! It’s all in your hands whether you choose a path that leads to joy in the workplace or slogging through the day. I find that applying your existing skills to your interests is the best way to find your passion.

A crazy number of people end up indifferent about their jobs. SCARY! But a sure way to avoid that prosaic lifestyle is to pop your comfort zone and try something new. While you’re at it, join my Ballroom Dance Club!

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By Rose Soiland, Do'er at Hub101

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Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. #StartSomething

 

 

 

 

Congresswoman Julia Brownley Tours Local Start-Ups in Ventura County

Thousand Oaks, CA – As part of National Start-Up Day, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) met with local entrepreneurs and start-ups in Ventura County yesterday. Congresswoman Brownley met with small business owners to discuss and better understand the challenges new companies in Ventura County face, and the ways to create a stronger business environment to help these companies flourish in the region.

“Start-ups are vital to our local economy. They are innovative and adaptive, constantly providing fresh ideas, new jobs, and contributing significantly to our community’s economic growth,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “Each year, start-up companies create more than 2 million jobs nationwide, fostering hard work, creativity, and passion. I am proud to support local starts-ups and small businesses that help strengthen our economy and our region as a whole.”

Congresswoman Brownley toured the following start-ups:

  • Sugar Lab Bake Shop – A made-to-order bake shop started in 2012 by mother-daughter duo, Kelly Shirk and Alison Davis, which specializes in custom cakes and scratch-made desserts. In May of 2016, they moved to their current location in the Victoria Plaza in Ventura, which has a larger shop with more desserts available on a daily basis.    
  • Hub101 – Cal Lutheran’s local start-up incubator which offers co-working, community, and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners looking to start or grow their business. Hub 101 provides resources, services, and assistance to help start-ups grow every step of the way. 
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“We’ve seen and helped entrepreneurs here in Ventura County take their ideas and turn them into impactful businesses – companies that address pressing needs and issues from bettering the quality of education to improving healthcare delivery to revolutionizing the way we provide services to people around the world. Ventura County has tremendous potential and continues to be a robust center of innovation, something Cal Lutheran University contributes immensely towards through its support of Hub101. Every day at Hub101, we are working towards fostering that growth,” said Greg Monterrosa, Community Relations Manager at Hub101.

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Brownley introduced the Start Up In A Day Act (H.R. 251) to help entrepreneurs more easily start their ventures by permanently authorizing a Small Business Administration initiative that streamlines the licensing and permit process to open a new business at the local level.

About Hub101
Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. Visit Hub101.LA for more information.

Energize California is looking for clean energy startups!

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) recently announced the launch of Energize California, a new initiative aimed at accelerating new clean energy technology commercialization through its network and Innovators Program for energy entrepreneurs and startup companies. The effort expand a four-county region including Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, and Orange County.

Through the Energize California Innovators Program, qualified clean energy startups can gain access to mentors, pilot programs, testing and prototyping facilities, as well as opportunities to connect with industry thought-leaders, funding sources, and strategic partners. Interested startups can apply here: http://reic.wpengine.com/energizeca-innovators-application/

Funded through a six-year, $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission, Energize California is part of the Commission’s statewide initiative to meet increasing demand for innovation in the energy sector as more renewable resources are deployed. 

Anyone interested in clean energy can join the network and get the latest news on energy in California, join the community, and stay up to date on events in your area. To become part of the network and to learn more about Energize California, visit www.Energize-CA.org.

Join LACI and Energize California on August 2nd at Hub101 where we'll be highlighting local energy innovation and what's next for clean energy from the Port of Hueneme, Ventura Naval Base, and others. 

Kelly Ferguson is the Director Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, Energize California initiative from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator. You can reach her at kelly@laci.org.

 

About Hub101
Operated by California Lutheran University in Westlake Village, CA, Hub101 offers coworking, community and mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners to start, grow and scale their startups with the help of mentors, coaches and service providers. Visit Hub101.LA for more information.