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Investor: Shaun Maguire

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Shaun Maguire has left GV,  a subsidiary/investment arm of the tech giant ‘Alphabet’ to join the legendary Sequoia Capital and head up their seed and early-stage investments.  In his duties with GV he was known for his focus in science based technology and startups. He is also the founder of a cyber-security company called Expanse. In his career he has helped pioneer everything from Quantum computing, autonomous cars and the list goes on. Read more about the talent grab here  

Accelerator: V1 accelerator

V1accelerator is a brand new accelerator out of Los Angeles, CA who focuses on non-technical founders and getting an MVP (minimal viable product) whipped up quick and into beta as fast as possible. The rumor is they can get founders the first version of an app in roughly 30 – 60 days and for a fraction of the cost. This program is also mentoring their cohorts, doing demo days and introducing founders within the program to potential investors. We will be following this one and see what kind of startups graduate from the program. I believe the inaugural group is made up of 20 – 25 companies. 

Startups: IDnow + Octopus Ridesharing Ads

Both of these companies recently closed some pretty significant funding rounds and are a fresh breath of air within both of their industries. IDnow is a digital ID verification plafform and Octopus is putting tablets on the back of Uber and Lyft car seats ushering in a whole new wave of entertainment and ad friendsy. We’ll be keeping an eye on both of these startups especially IDnow as it is in a similar space as Zypp. Read stories about each of their funding rounds below. 

IDnow closes $40 million in funding

Octopus closes $10 million in funding


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Recent Investments

Grafiti closes a pre-seed round with $1.6 million lead by FirstMark. Grafiti is a search engine for graphs, charts, facts, info-graphics, data, and insights.


Domio closes $100 million in their series B. Domio is building branded apartment-hotels with a focus on group travelers. I’m not sure what apartment-hotels are but it sounds a lot like another play and hybrid of airbnb which could be very interesting. To read more about the round and their plans moving forward, click here.

Tusk Ventures

The legendary Bradley Tusk does it again by closing $70 million for his latest fund. An integral part in Ubers success negotiating with governments and cities to scale their ridesharing platform, Bradley is now an OG in the tech/VC world and I’m sure Tusk Ventures has their eyes on some promising startups. Read more about the new fund here.

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Zypp is A Dashboard for your Digital Life. The App has a plugin store where users can add features to enhance their page. The first plugins we’re introducing are for contact information like (phone numbers, emails, chat apps, social handles and websites) but will soon have plugins available for things like a (blog, portfolio, event, eCommerce and more.) Imagine Zypp at the cross sector of a stripped down website and a beefed up social media platform and without all the weird stuff  << (very subjective but social media does have some features I wish I could delete or remove.) 

 Zypp App Profile Excerpt


Unfortunately this event is SOLD OUT but seems pretty cool and great for the LA tech scene that seems to be catching a lot of attention as of late. I don’t know if I’m more excited about the fireside chat with Shaun Maguire from Sequoia Capital OR that the event is at the building that was also used as Hooli’s HQ in the classic HBO series ‘Silicon Valley’. The event should be a nice cap to 2019 and send the emerging startups into the new year inspired and ready to work on the innovative and breakthrough ideas and innovation. 

Here are the categories that will be awarded to companies the night of the event: 
  • VC Firm of the Year
  • Founder of the Year
  • Angel Investor of the Year
  • App or Tech Company of the Year
  • Hottest New Startup (Launched in 2019)
  • Social Impact Award
  • Ecosystem Leader

TechFire's Tech Awards & Holiday Party

Let’s pivot from the event real quick to highlight the fireside speaker ‘Shaun Maquire’. Shaun is an entrepreneur, investor, and scientist with a broad and eclectic background. As an investor and adviser, Shaun has worked with companies building everything from quantum computers to self-driving cars. Prior to GV, Shaun co-founded two companies: Qadium and Escape Dynamics. Qadium is a San Francisco-based cybersecurity company that creates and organizes information about the world’s networked devices.

This fireside chat should be interesting and will probably entail a bunch of terminology I have no clue about BUT if nothing else will be thought provoking. 

Tis the season folks and there’s not much better then some fun holiday parties especially if they revolve around business because as an entrepreneur you have to constantly be in the scene hitting the circuit BUT also have to make some fun of it. We’ll try to keep you all posted on the companies who win an award via twitter or facebook.