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LAVA Program for all LAVA Members, guests. Open to the public. Angel Investors Jeff Lapin, VP Tech Coast Angels and Dale Okuno, Pasadena Angel and private investor will showcase his investments, which ones worked and where they came from.

When: 2/12/2013
7:00am - 9:00am
Where: The Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, California  90049
United States

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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.

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