Oct. 17 – Alon Goren’s “Punk Rock Entrepreneurship” – Conejo Valley

Punk Rock Entrepreneurship

Thinking and acting like a punk rocker makes you a better entrepreneur

Join us at our October Entrepreneur Speaker Series event with Alon Goren, founder and CEO of InvestedIn and 805 Startups, discussing how thinking and acting like a punk rocker makes you a better entrepreneur.

Goren believes that the traits of a punk rocker and the attributes it takes to be a good startup founder are almost identical.

He doesn’t have a mohawk, dress funny, try hard to disappoint his parents, or fall into most of the easy-to-spot stereotypes that punk rockers fall into. To him, that’s not all that punk is about. Punk rock is about asking questions, destroying conventions, going against the grain and, generally, doing good and destroying what’s bad or not working. It’s about fighting for what is right, being independent, doing it yourself and building/creating things.

Come hear how Goren’s punk rock attitude, ethos, mentality, culture, or whatever you would like to call it has helped him start companies, get thousands of customers, fill rooms, raise millions of dollars, close large contracts and build communities. Or just come for the pizza and the embarrassing pictures from his childhood.

Please join us at the second Entrepreneur Speaker Series event of the school year. There’s no charge, but registration is required as seating is limited.


Goren is the founder of 805 Startups, a local networking group of over 1,500 entrepreneurs and investors. He also founded InvestedIn, a technology company that builds online fundraising portals. A pioneer in the crowdfunding space, Goren has been involved in over $200M in online investment transactions. He has developed technology that powers websites and financial transactions for Fortune 500 companies and well-known foundations such as Coca-Cola, ATB Financial and Global Philanthropy Group. He also created a white label fundraising portal for individuals and businesses hoping to crowdfund ventures independently of major platforms. His support of the JOBS Act and day-to-day interactions with investors and financial professionals inspired him to create a solution for marketers hoping to attract investment firms and hedge fund managers.

Before launching InvestedIn, Goren worked for entertainment tech giants such as IMDb, Amazon and MySpace where he managed product development, testing and performance. InvestedIn was named “Best Marketplace Platform” by the Los Angeles Venture Association in 2013, and Goren was named to the Socaltech 50 for his work with InvestedIn. He is a thought leader on social enterprise and crowdfunding, and has spoken at SXSW V2V, Kingonomics and many other conferences. He has been featured in prominent publications, including Forbes and VentureBeat.

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The evening will begin with networking at 6 p.m. The main speaker will go on at 6:45, and the event will conclude by 8 p.m.

The Cal Lutheran Westlake Center is located at 31416 Agoura Road in Westlake Village.

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Please contact Mike Panesis, executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, with questions.