LAVA presents two Angel Investors who will discuss the sourcing of their investments and also will opine on the effectiveness of the local Accelerators in Los Angeles.
Panelists include Dale Okuno and Jeff Lapin....
Dale Okuno, Angel Investor
Dale Okuno is a Los Angeles based technology investor having invested over $7 million in over 30 start-up companies since 2009. Prior
to angel investing, Dale was CEO and founder of E-Z Data, Inc., a SaaS
based company focused on CRM and new business processing systems for
insurance agents, investment advisors, broker dealers and insurance
companies. He serves on a number of for-profit boards. His primary
non-profit activity is being a board member of the Alliance for College
Ready Public Schools, a charter management organization running 15 high
schools and 6 middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Jeff Lapin, Angel Investor, VP Tech Coast Angels
Jeffrey Lapin was most recently the Chief Executive Officer
Atari, S.A., a French public company that develops and publishes online
and boxed video games and related applications. From January 2007
through April 2009, Mr. Lapin served as a Director and Chief Executive
Officer and President of RazorGator Interactive Group, an ecommerce
company which sells secondary event tickets and related services.
RazorGator is a VC funded private company. Mr. Lapin served as a
private consultant to several companies from May 2004 through December
2006, including In-Fusio Group, Riverdeep, Ubisoft, Capcom, and Four
Queens.From November 2002 through May 2004, Mr. Lapin served as a
Director and Chief Executive Officer of Take-Two Interactive Software,
Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), a developer and publisher of interactive
entertainment software (sales of $1.2 billion). Mr. Lapin served as
Vice Chairman of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), a developer and publisher of
interactive software from October 1998 to November 2002, served as Vice
Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of THQ from August 2000 to November
2002, and served as a Director of THQ from April 1995 to November 2002
(sales of $600 million). From July 1996 to October 1998, Mr. Lapin
served as President of House of Blues Hospitality, Inc. and Executive
Vice President of House of Blues Entertainment, Inc.From May 1986 to
June 1996, Mr. Lapin served in various executive capacities with
Starwood Hotels & Resorts and its predecessors (NYSE: HOT), most
recently from January 1995 to June 1996 as President and Chief Operating
Officer, and From May 1991 to January 1995 as President and Chief
Executive Officer.Prior to his employment at Starwood, Mr. Lapin was an
attorney with Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp in Los Angeles. Mr. Lapin
received a B.A. in economics from U.C.L.A., and a J.D. from Loyola Law
School. Mr. Lapin serves and has served as a Director of several for
profit and nonprofit entities.