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Venture Hollywood VC Forum, Yes, Raise Funds Now



Robin Rowe hosts free event with venture capitalists and startup founders on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019, 6:30pm to 9:30pm








LOS ANGELES, CA (Venture Hollywood) 2019/1/22 – At last month’s VC Forum, a founder asked our panel, should I raise my round now or wait? Expert DOJO VC Brian Mac Mahon said, “Don’t wait, we don’t know what the market will be later.” And, I second that. We’re always working on a raise at Venture Hollywood, no matter what the market.

Brian is quite the expert in giving founders pitch feedback, which is great for us to hear detailed feedback. However, our January VC Forum went long. I’m reducing the number of companies pitching in February to four. That way we should be able to complete pitches and feedback in the hour scheduled. Each month I present an opportunity to participate in Q&A with investors and VC friends speaking on a celebrity panel. Panel of venture capitalists and finance experts discuss market trends and answer audience questions for an hour. After a short break, four selected startup founders present short pitches in front front of our savvy venture audience. Founders who want to pitch apply beforehand.

Free! Limited space! RSVP now

Venture Experts Panel

ExpertDOJO VC Brian MacMahon

StartEngine David Maliglowka



Venture Hollywood CEO Robin Rowe


Each expert on our panel is asked how he or she got started in the business, investment strategy and thoughts on the current market. Then it’s open Q&A with the audience. Bring your best startups question! If there’s a venture expert you would like to see on a future panel, let me know.


ExpertDOJO In mall, upper level, next to Cheesecake Factory 395 Santa Monica Place Santa Monica, CA 90401

Parking: Parking in the mall. ExpertDOJO is in the top floor of the mall on the center courtyard.


  • 6:30pm Check-in
  • 7-7:50pm Celebrity Experts Panel (Intro then audience Q&A)
  • 8-9pm Startup Pitches (4 x 15 minutes each)
  • 9pm+ Networking

Founders Pitching

  1. Camp Messenger: Tokenized social media app store – Daniel Walker
  2. TBA

To participate as audience, RSVP. To be a presenter, see Secret to Becoming a Pitchfest Presenter. Everyone is welcome. Female and minority entrepreneurs are particularly encouraged to join us.

Statistically speaking, it takes 50+ pitches before a CEO succeeds in raising funds for his or her startup. While investors come to our events, some incognito, the point of pitching is not to immediately land an investor. Nobody writes a check on the first meeting. It’s to hone pitches and start building brand awareness.  If you’re a presenter, the good news is only 49 pitches to go! For the rest of us, there’s plenty to be learned by watching others pitch.

A good pitch deck is like being well dressed. Crucial for making a good first impression, but charm and integrity matter more. When investors give us money, what they are saying foremost is they believe in our character, that we have earned their trust.

Want to reach me, Robin Rowe? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Contact me there about becoming a presenter or speaker at my events.

Past Speakers

  • ExpertDOJO Brian Mac Mahon
  • Autochrome Ventures Vaughn Blake
  • Boustead Securities Eli Ansari
  • CKR Law Matthew Sferrazza
  • Conservaco Mark Thimmig
  • Gap Capital Partners Gabrielle Pantera
  • Interstate Capital Phil Tassi
  • London and Partners James Cummings
  • Nordic Eye Venture Capital Richard Sussman
  • Quake Capital Partners Lucas Pols
  • Rough Diamond Capital Samuel Lee

Past Presentations

  1. GeoTrue: Map routing for rapid transit or in your mobile app – Robin Rowe
  2. Graphite Comics: Freemium comics platform –  Michael Eng
  3. Mr. Inkwells: Tattoo Parlor Chain – Tyler Martina
  4. Linket: Mobile branding for games – Wes Boudville
  5. Tip Tags: Map-based messaging for trucking and delivery – Tim Roberts
  6. Hackohire: Job fair hackathon – Sumi Devi
  7. Riders Share: Rent your motorcycle – Guillermo Cornejo
  8. BizOpsAI: Online marketplace for buying and selling small businesses – Frederic Rough
  9. Bonafi.io: Is it real or fake? Blockchain catching counterfeits – Steve Kuh
  10. Brickathegame: Sliding tile word search game for iOS – Mark Andrews
  11. Censio.love: Dating one person at a time with AI –  Wellington Moreno View Censio pitch deck
  12. Checkplis: Mobile app for restaurant POS – Abner Flores
  13. Chedr – Rigo Garcia
  14. Coin Squad: Crypto investor tech support – Frederic Rough
  15. Credo360 – Irakliy Khaburzaniya
  16. CyberFolio.live: Crypto gamified – Ralf-Rainer von Albedyhll
  17. Drain Sensei: Sewer monitoring with IoT – Milind Waikul
  18. Driven by Safety: Remote breathalyzer – Rodney Stearns
  19. Earnster: Teens earn while doing family tasks – Candice Walker
  20. Fitforbucks: Fitness rewards from local merchants –Gennadiy Kats
  21. Get Settled In: Your personal moving concierge powered by AI – Jeremy Hatcher
  22. Goalkeeper – Valerie Alexander
  23. Hotbox: Marijuana Safe Spaces – Eric Caldwell
  24.  Juqebox.io : Live Streaming for Music Performances – David Sanville View Juqebox Pitch Deck
  25. Kindra Connect: Dating authenticity – Gina Levy
  26. Kindred Quarters/KNDRD.io – Christine McDannell
  27. Pibox – Ivan Talaychuk
  28. SharedChain – Luke Ho-Hyung Lee
  29. uHoo: An awkward-free way to talk to strangers – Kazuki Fujii
  30. ZoomAdmin – Michael Paltayan
  31. Zumby: Find Income Properties – Jeb Carty

Special Thanks

Expert Dojo


Deutsche Telekom


Tax Management Associates


Oracle Scaleup Accelerator



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