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by Bryan Au on 7/2/2014

The Los Angeles FundingPost Event was a true success in every sense of the word. The variety and quality of VC Firms, Angel Investors as well as Entrepreneurs and Products was fantastic. The VC and Angel Investor Community in Los Angeles is truly growing and expanding as "Silicon Beach" is carving a big name for itself with successful upstarts and products.

FundingPost.comís Los Angeles Event was able to bring this Community Together along with entrepreneurs and companies seeking funding. There was a lot of networking that was enjoyed by all that attended. People shared that they were truly amazed at the quality of the Panel and the Event. Many said it was the best one they have ever been too and they want to return to our next one in September. The Venue is gorgeous too, at The Bingham Law Office, with incredible views and delicious catered food and drinks.

We had a enjoyable opening by me (if I do say so myself!) Bryan Au the new Los Angeles FundingPost Manager and then a keynote opening speech by David Drake on the current state of the JOBS Act. Then the Angel/VC Panel was introduced with their bio and background. Next they each explained, during the moderated portion led by Bingham, what they are looking to fund and what the current market is like for those seeking funding. They also shared important advice that was very enlightening and entertaining as well! Attendees all remarked at how useful that advice was.

Then after our Q & A Session we began the 1 Minute Pitch Session. There was a excellent variety of Pitches, Companies and Products ranging from Music, Restaurants, to Wind Turbines, Green Energy, 3D Printing and Womenís Plus Fashions.

The Winners were the Mico 3D Printing and Lola Getts Plus sized fashion company WON the 1 Minute Pitch Session as voted by the Panelists but many others were a close 3rd and 4th place it was very challenging for them to choose.

Some interesting learning experiences included watching all the 1 minute pitches and seeing what worked and what did not. Presenting too much information is not as good as providing key overview points. Some people also sounded nervous while others were very smooth and so it is important for people to see the different pitches and styles so that they can best learn what it truly takes to have the best pitch possible.

Then the food and cocktail session began-- hands were shaken, information was exchanged, great conversations and everyone had a great time networking. So many people mentioned that looking forward to our next event in September, and those that were not able to pitch will return to Pitch at that time. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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