After an Impressive Debut, Arlington Tavern Continues to Impress – Published in Noozhawk on Monday, July 28, 2014

About three years ago, when Diego Barbieri first approached me about writing a business plan for a new restaurant concept he and business partner Ron True were contemplating, I was not sure what to expect. The restaurant business in Santa Barbara is highly competitive, and requires a significant up-front investment to have any chance of success. But the more I spoke with the Arlington Tavern team the more impressed I became with the project,…

Crowdfunding Appears to Have a Bright Future, But It’s Not Ready for Prime Time – Published in Noozhawk on Monday, July 14, 2014

Recently, I began working as interim CFO with two companies to assist them with fundraising. One of the avenues we’re pursuing is a crowdfunding round — an equity round for one company and a convertible note for the other. While there are certainly some positives to crowdfunding as a concept, unfortunately, the current capabilities of crowdfunding companies are strictly limited. As with most startups or early stage companies, the two…

3D Printing Creating Explosive Growth Industry as Applications Multiply – Published in Noozhawk on Monday, June 2, 2014

The 3D printing industry has seen rapid growth, and huge gains in stock values for the industry’s top companies. Companies are increasingly turning to 3D printing for new product development because it saves time and money compared with traditional prototyping methods. Despite the growth so far, the future looks exceptionally bright for this burgeoning industry. 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of…

Angel Investors Can Mean the Difference Between Startups’ Success, Failure – Published in Noozhawk on Monday, April 7, 2014

Throughout my 25-year career, I’ve been working with entrepreneurs, with a specific focus on early stage businesses. In that time, the emergence of angel investors as a primary funding source for these companies has changed the landscape for startups. Today, angels serve as more than merely a source of capital, providing advice, guidance, connections, customers, suppliers and sometimes direct management service, in addition to seed capital for early stage businesses….

Clean Business Investment Summit Returns to U.C. Santa Barbara – Published in Noozhawk on Monday, September 9, 2013

The Clean Business Investment Summit (CBIS) returns to UC Santa Barbara’s Corwin Pavilion Center on Thursday for the fifth year. The summit features 14 presenting companies, along with four additional presenters from local colleges and high schools, and a full day of investor round tables, discussion panels on topics of interest for entrepreneurs and investors, and high-profile keynote speakers. Since its inception, the summit has featured more than 575 start-up and growth companies,…

Santa Barbara Needs Venture Funding Structure – Published in Noozhawk on Monday, February 18, 2013

All who live in Santa Barbara recognize how unique this community is, and many understand how important entrepreneurial innovations are to our local economy. We have a powerful combination of new ideas from some of the most creative minds in the world along with substantial wealth capable of funding new ventures. Unfortunately, we lack the infrastructure necessary to link ideas with capital. Since 1960, $450 billion has been invested in…

Final Tech Brew of 2010 Looks to Impress (published in December of 2010 in the SB News Press)

The final Tech Brew Mega Mixer of 2010, which will be held Wednesday, December 7th, at the Fess Parker Double Tree, will combine the traditional Tech Brew format, providing a powerful forum for entrepreneurs, investors, consultants, and those interested in all things technology to mix and mingle, with the Maverick Angels Open Evening for Entrepreneurs for the Central Coast and Southern California regions. The Tech Brew is the “Region’s Premier…

The Clean Business Investment Summit offers interesting information for investors (published in August of 2010 in the SB News Press)

In last week’s column, I discussed the upcoming, August 13th Clean Business Investment Summit, to be held at the Corwin Pavilion, at UCSB.  This is a free (parking is $6 for the entire day), all-day investment summit that will host many interesting clean business companies, each of which will be making live presentations.  For local area investors, the Summit offers some interest and valuable insights into the local clean business…

Clean Business Investment Summit 2010 and related free workshops offers entrepreneurs valuable information and opportunities (published in July of 2010 in the SB News Press)

On August 13, 2010, the California Coast Venture Forum (www.ccvf.org) will present the Clean Business Investment Summit 2010 at the Corwin Pavilion (at the University of California, Santa Barbara), with an impressive line-up of speakers, engaging panel topics, and exciting, attractive start-ups presenting. Participants range from BMW DesignWorks to Southern California Edison, Pacific Coast Business Times to Silicon Valley Bank, CBIZ to Nutrition Capital Network, and more. Our local economy…