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These Are the 6 People You’ll Meet at Tech Conferences

By | Aug 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Join Tech.Co and Consumer Technology Association (CTA) this upcoming September for the Innovate! and Celebrate conference in San Jose, CA. Register now to attend! Tech conferences are a great place to contribute to a budding startup ecosystem. You can network, invest, advise, and learn…


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Jeff Clavier: The Man Behind SoftTech VC at Innovate! and Celebrate

By | Aug 2, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Startups can’t survive without funding. While the merits of bootstrapping are obvious and a founder-backed startup can go pretty far, scaling up to a substantial degree is impossible without a little help from the outside world. And while finding $20 on the street can…


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SoftTech VC Pumps $2 Million Into Shippo

By | Sep 18, 2014 at 3:47 pm

Shippo has just raised $2 million in Seed funding. The San Francisco-based startup providing e-commerce stores access to shipping features of Amazon, saw the majority of their funding come from SoftTech VC. The other investors include Version One Ventures, 500 Startups, Joanne Wilson, Slow…


7 Personal Things You Might Not Know about Jeff Clavier

By | Jan 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Besides offering advice on funding and entrepreneurship, Jeff Clavier shared a few personal things with our TCWEEK audience this Wednesday in downtown Vegas.  Here are seven tidbits you might not know about the SoftTechVC founder. 1. Clavier decided not to invest in an early…


Jeff Clavier’s Advice: Don’t Build to Flip

By | Jan 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

On Wednesday, SoftTechVC founder Jeff Clavier shared his philosophy of building long-term companies with the audience at TCWEEK in downtown Vegas. Building to sell a company early (or “flip” it) is a terrible strategy, Clavier believes. “It’s nonsense because you cannot build a company…



Jeff Clavier Breaks Down His “Three Asses” Rule for Investing

By | Jan 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

At a TCWEEK fireside chat last night in downtown Vegas, SoftTechVC founder Jeff Clavier explained his famous “three asses” rule: he’s looking for “a smart-ass team building a kick-ass product in a big-ass market.” You’ll find this rule on the back of Clavier’s business…


Jeff Clavier: 7 Things to Know about VC Psychology

By | Jan 9, 2014 at 11:15 am

At TCWEEK last night, SoftTechVC founder Jeff Clavier joined us for a special fireside chat in downtown Vegas. Since 2004, SoftTechVC has invested in almost 150 companies. They pioneered the “micro-VC” fund, making investments ranging from around $500,000 to $1 million. SoftTechVC is currently…



TechStars TV Presents The Founders: S3E9 “To Raise or Not to Raise”

By | Nov 29, 2012 at 11:28 am

Curious what life is like inside of a startup accelerator?  Look no further than The Founders, a documentary web series that follows Birdbox, ROXIMITY and Ubooly from TechStars Boulder (ranked the #2 startup accelerator in the US). This week’s episode’s focus in on raising money.  The most crucial component to delivering…


Quotes To Live By from 5 Distinguished Entrepreneurs

By | Aug 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm

What makes the world’s elite entrepreneurs tick? Today, we peer inside the minds of five distinguished entrepreneurs in hopes of providing some inspiration through their entrepreneurship quotes – to shine a light down the paths that have been carved by some of the world’s most successful business figures. If…


Startup Outlook 2012: Entrepreneurs are Optimistic and Hiring, but Concerned about Government Policies

By | May 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Today, Silicon Valley Bank released its Startup Outlook 2012, based on a February survey of 270 executives from early-stage US startups. Here’s a quick roundup: The Good According to the report, “The survey revealed that the tech sector in the U.S. is healthy, hiring,…


Poll: Who’s The Top Angel Investor in the US?

By | Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Angel investors play a pivotal role in the backbone of the early-stage startup ecosystem (note: understatement of the century).  Not only do angels provide roughly the same amount of financing as venture capital firms ($20.1B versus $23.3B in 2010), but startups who acquire their funds from…

Startups & Apps


6 Impressive Startups at DEMO Asia

By | Mar 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

I’m wrapping up my 6-month Asia tour with DEMO Asia in Singapore, and it’s not a shabby finish: I’ve seen over 70 startups launch or pitch, as well as talks with VC Jeff Clavier and Adeo Ressi of the Founder Institute. Most of the…


Interview with VC Jeff Clavier: The Dangers of Lean Startup, Big Pitching Mistakes, and More Tips

By | Mar 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Named a “kingmaker” of Silicon Valley, micro-VC Jeff Clavier has been pitched more than 10,000 times (according to his own estimate). His firm SoftTech VC, which recently closed a third fund of $55 million, boasts investments like Eventbrite, Mint, Fitbit, and Fab. That’s all…