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Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Find out what they are looking to invest in. Find out what does it take to secure venture capital for your company. Learn about the hottest trends and the mistakes NOT to make.

8/12/2014 to 8/13/2014
When: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Where: Cross Campus
1558 10th Street
Santa Monica, California  90401
United States
Contact: Len Lanzi

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Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Find out what they are looking to invest in. Find out what does it take to secure Venture Capital for your company. Learn about the hottest trends and the mistakes NOT to make.

Moderated by Vince Thompson of Middleshift, LLC

Vince Thompson

Vince Thompson is a sales leader, consultant and author specializing in revenue generation and new business creation.

Through his firm Middleshift, Vince and his partners have helped some of the Internet's most exciting companies scale their sales efforts and achieve financial success. His clients have included Defy Media, Vuguru, GumGum, Spark Networks, Jukin Media, theAudience, Participant Media and many others.

Prior to Middleshift, Vince led sales in the West for AOL and launched the national sales organization for Facebook.

He is the author of the business bestseller, Ignited! Managers, Light Up Your Company for More Power, More Purpose and More Success and a contributing author to the popular textbook, Media Selling.


Vince holds a degree in communication from USC’s Annenberg School and an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business.  He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

Contributing Panelist Include:

Matt McCall


Matthew McCall is a Partner at New World Ventures and was formerly a partner with DFJ Portage. McCall has been involved with investments in Analyte Health, AwesomenessTV (acquired by DreamWorks), Beachmint, BigFrame, BrightTag, Cognitive Concepts (acquired by Houghton Mifflin), DollarShaveClub, Eved, EverDream (acquired by Dell), Feedburner (acquired by Google), FindTheBest, Honest Company, Lefthand Networks (acquired by HP), Performics (acquired by Doubleclick/Google), Playdom (acquired by Disney), SMS-Assist, Siimpel (acquired by Tessera), SimpleTV and TicketsNow (acquired by Ticketmaster).

McCall has been honored on Crain’s annual "40 under 40” list of leading people under age 40 and their top Tech 25 list. He has been named to the Re/code top 30 tech power list, one of the Top 100 VC’s in the US, a Media 100 and a Hollywood 100 Power Player. He has keynoted or been a panelist at over 100 conferences and events nationwide. He is the founder & trustee of the McCall Family Foundation, focused on encouraging social entrepreneurship and global human/girls’s rights. He has served on numerous regional high technology advisory boards. He is the author of a popular venture blog,  

Previous to 1995, McCall worked in the Boston Consulting Group’s Chicago office, where he managed consulting and client teams on projects in the telecommunications, health-care and financial services industries. During and after college, McCall worked for Bankers Trust in Merchant Banking as well as at Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust.

McCall holds a B.A. in Economics and History from Williams College and an MBA with honors from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He also holds a Masters in Manufacturing Management from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering.


Jim Andelman


Jim is co-founder and Managing Partner of Rincon Venture Partners.  In this capacity, he is responsible for driving the fund’s investment activities, as well as the firm’s operations.  Jim is in his fourteenth year as a VC.

Previously, Jim led software investing at Broadview Capital Partners, a $250 million Bay Area expansion-stage VC firm.  Before BCP, Jim was a member of the Technology Investment Banking Group at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown. There, he concentrated on equity private placements and IPOs for software companies.  Jim began his career with Symmetrix, a boutique management consulting firm founded by a Bain & Co. co-founder.

Jim received his MBA with highest distinction (first in his class) from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, and his BS in Economics (magna cum laude) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jim serves on the Boards of Directors of Campus Explorer, DataPop, Divshot, Keen IO, Rentlytics, Shift Software, Steelhouse and Tradesy. He previously led investments in Burstly (acquired by Apple), Gradient X (acquired by Singtel), Cadforce (acquired by Neilsoft) and Packet Island (acquired by BroadSoft). In addition, he serves on the Boards of Directors of Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue and the Los Angeles Venture Association, on the Advisory Board of the Douglas Family Preserve.

Jon Funk


Jon Funk is a venture capitalist and founding Partner in El Camino Capital, a new Los Angeles-based early stage venture capital firm launched in spring 2014 with Partners Brad Jones and Andy Rankin.

Jon is a Venture Partner at Allegis Capital, and served as a Managing Director from its founding in 1996 until 2014. At Allegis, he sourced and directed Los Angeles-area startup venture capital investments that created nearly $2 billion in liquidity for investors, including Sandpiper Networks (acquired for $630 million), (acquired for $430 million) and Shopzilla (acquired for $560 million). He currently represents Allegis Capital on the Board of Directors of ClariPhy Communications.

Jon is a Lecturer at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. He serves on the Board of Directors the Berkeley College of Engineering Annual Fund and Los Angeles Venture Association. He was inducted into the LAVA Hall of Fame in 2012.

He received an MBA from the University of Southern California as a Dean's List Scholar, and a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Adam Lilling is an entrepreneur and investor, creating pioneering media and e-commerce

companies for almost two decades.

Adam Lilling is an entrepreneur and investor, creating pioneering media and e-commerce

companies for almost two decades.

Adam Lilling is the founder and managing partner of Plus Capital. Plus partners with the world’s

top influencers from media, music, sports and other key verticals to invest in, incubate and

endorse breakthrough start-ups. His fund, Plus Capital L.P. is an investor in great LA companies

including Prevoty, DanceOn, DSTLD, workpop, Scopely, Chromatik, SurfAir, and Adam is

also the co-founder of LaunchpadLA.

Adam has been building Internet companies since 1994. His first venture, Pentagon CDs &

Tapes, was one of the Internet’s first online retailers of music and video. Adam sold Pentagon

to the Virgin Entertainment Group in 1999. Subsequently, Virgin took Pentagon’s e-commerce

technology and formed a new venture with Adam in 2000 called Pazanga, becoming a worldwide

entertainment e-commerce services company. Most recently, Adam co-founded BiggerBoat, a

vertical search and ad network for entertainment.

Adam holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan.


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