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Tim Draper

July 24, 2000
A weekly listing of local events compiled by the SoCal Tech Calendar ( Wednesday Zone Club The quarterly networking meeting of the Zone Club, with a panel on fostering entrepreneurship through good works, investment and support of education and nonprofits. Panelists are Matt Miller, nationally syndicated columnist, NPR commentator and co-host of "Left Right Center"; Steve Soboroff, senior advisor to Mayor Riordan and L.A.
In the deserted, weed-covered lots of Los Angeles' urban core, Tim Draper sees fertile ground for a thriving high-tech community. And Silicon Valley venture capitalist's vision for a high-technology center is as broad as the 19-square-mile area--from South-Central to East L.A. to Dodger Stadium--that he's targeting. In this unlikely area, Draper is leading an effort to invest at least $25 million of federal funds--and perhaps an equal amount of private capital--in high-tech start-ups.
November 27, 2004 | Josh Friedman, Times Staff Writer
When he played keyboards for the hard-rocking group Baton Rouge, David Cremin and his big-haired bandmates reached the charts with the song "Walks Like a Woman." That was in 1989. "I lived a dream," Cremin said, recalling three tours and an MTV appearance before the band fired him over a clash in direction. Now 44, Cremin is a Santa Barbara-based venture capitalist helping a far-flung mix of Californians pursue dreams of their own, but he sounds as stoked as a budding rocker.
Forget those venture capitalists and billionaire tycoons hosting lavish fund-raisers from La Jolla to Manhattan. The single biggest donor to Democratic Gov. Gray Davis' campaign fortune now happens to be Gov. Davis' campaign fortune itself. A fund-raising snowball, Davis' treasury is so big it's gaining heft just by rolling forward.
September 8, 2003 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
It was not yet 8 a.m. at Buck's restaurant, the legendary Silicon Valley networking nexus and breakfast joint. Already, Jamis MacNiven, Buck's irrepressible owner, was in full recall spiel, navigating his big frame from booth to booth -- from venture capitalists hunched over kiwi strawberry blintzes to unemployed techies desperately scouring the dining room for opportunities.
September 2, 2003 | Anthony Effinger, Bloomberg News
Joel Boblit started buying and selling action figures on EBay in 1997. This year, he expects to sell $3 million worth of G.I. Joes, Transformers and Zoids. That's good news for EBay Inc., right? Wrong. Boblit is on the front line in the coming clash between two Internet titans that are winning customers and making money on the Net. Boblit uses EBay, the world's biggest Internet auction site, only for clearing out inventory from his online store.
November 15, 2005 | Jamie Court, JAMIE COURT, author of "Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom And What You Can Do About It" " (Tarcher/Penguin, 2004), is president of the Santa Monica-based Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights.
GOV. ARNOLD Schwarzenegger is making a high-profile trade trip to China this week. It's supposed to benefit you and me by opening up Chinese markets for California goods. But the guest list is a dead giveaway: Of the 80 businessmen, government officials and others accompanying the governor, about two dozen are big-bucks Schwarzenegger supporters who have together contributed more than $2.5 million to his campaign committees.
September 28, 2000 | GEORGE SKELTON
You don't tug on Superman's cape. You don't spit into the wind. You don't pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger. And you don't mess around with Jim. --Singer Jim Croce, 1972 * School voucher strategists are messin' with Gov. Gray Davis. Going right at him. Hard jabs to the gut. It's an eye-opening tactic. You'd call it awfully risky, attacking a highly popular governor. Except that the voucher folks probably figure they have little to lose, given the polls.
February 19, 2007 | Rachel Konrad, The Associated Press
Like any ambitious entrepreneur, Amy Lee has created a global marketing plan, approved the product manufacturing specifications and memorized a business pitch to venture capitalists. "I'm nervous, but I think I can get people to invest," said the president and founder of Friends Forever Bracelet Inc., a jewelry retailer that plans a big Internet advertising campaign in China.
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