2nd Annual Holiday Gift Drive!!!

Hello 805ers!

It’s that time of the year again and our 2nd Annual Holiday Gift Drive for Casa Pacifica is here! Last year we were completely overwhelmed by the immense generosity that was showered on the children and families that we sponsored through Casa Pacifica, by the 805 community and beyond! It’s my hope that this year we will do it again, only bigger and even better!!

This holiday season we have teamed up with Hub101 to make these wishes happen! And we need YOUR help! Here’s how:

We have pledged to grant the wishes of 5 families and 23 children! This is a huge goal! But, I am so confident because I know I can count on all the big- hearted, generous people that make up our community.

Last but not least, I would like to express my immense gratitude to all of you for helping to make 805 Startups an incredible community, one that I am extremely proud to be a member. It has been an amazing year for 805 Startups, we have and will continue to accomplish amazing things together and build a bright future for the 805!

Come on 805ers, we’ve got this!!!

Peace on Earth to All!

Nicole & Alon Goren

805 Startups

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November 30 – Pitch for Feedback Night

Who This Event Is For

Are you working on your pitch to sell to new clients, sell to investors, sell to cofounders, or sell to strategic partners?

Want to get tips on how to pitch effectively?

Want to get feedback on your pitch?

Want to help others by providing feedback?

Want to learn by watching and listening?

Well, do we have the perfect event for you!

Those Looking To Pitch

We have 6 spots open to pitch.

We will select a variety of different applicants so, don’t be shy or worried that you will be overlooked.

Please apply here:

Those Looking To Give Feedback

We will be spending 5 minutes after each pitch to collect feedback from the audience.

We will also have a special webpage set up for those that are not called on to still contribute their feedback in support of helping the community learn and grow.

Those Looking To Simply Watch and Listen

Come on out and enjoy the show!



This is a Free Event! All are welcome!


7:00 – 7:30pm – Networking

7:30 – 7:40pm – Keynote on Pitching Successfully

7:45 – 7:55pm – Pitch 1

8:00 – 8:10pm – Pitch 2

8:15 – 8:25pm – Pitch 3

8:30 – 8:40pm – Pitch 4

8:45 – 9:00pm – Pitch 5

9:05 – 9:15pm – Pitch 6

9:15 – 10:00pm – Networking

Interested In Leveraging This Event As A Business Development Opportunity?

Email gary.livingston [at] gmail.com for more information on what 805 Startups could do for you and your business!

October Recap – KiwiTech & Crowdfunder Prize Winners

Greetings Everyone!

We had a wonderful month with two amazing events and a combined 400 attendees.

Startup & Job Fair with Startup & Investor Panels

This week we had our first Startup Fair and both the general audience and the investors got to vote for their favorite startup on the expo floor.

The event was a lot of fun to organize and even more rewarding to see all of you there.

For those that missed the event our awesome video production partners, Triodyssey, was kind enough to film the first three panels and will make the footage available for you all shortly.

Now, on to announce the winners!

Audience Choice Winner:

Coding Autism

They will be receiving $15,000 in tech services from KiwiTech


An Accelerator package (value is $2,000) from Crowdfunder

Investor’s Choice Winner:

Repwatch Technologies

They will be receiving $15,000 in tech services from KiwiTech

We Want to Give Special Thanks

To Soan and Partysserie for helping with logistics and support.

To our incredible speakers:

David Cremin (Frontier Venture Capital)

Tony Sziklai (Jooster, Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship)

Jim Andelman (Rincon Ventures)

Mohsin Syed (KiwiTech)

Ryan Azlein (Stradling Attorneys at Law)

Bahman Zakeri (Xivic)

Nicole Klein (Betagig)

Stefani Washburn (Xivic)

Paul Shrater (Co-Founder and COO of Minimus, COO of Indelicare)

Ara Babaian (Encore Law Group)

Andrew Tomat (Teradyne)

Blake Baxter (Blackrun Ventures)

Steven McClurg (Crowdfunder,Guggenheim Partners)

To Ryan Azlein, of Stradling Attorneys at Law, for getting the ball rolling on this event by putting together his panel.

To KiwiTech, Xivic, and Crowdfunder for taking the lead on providing supporting capital and prizes to put on a more impactful event for you all.

To Triodyssey for filming our panels.

and to our long term sponsors for continuously supporting us and the startup ecosystem we are all a part of: Stradling Attorneys at Law, Numberwise, and SoCal IP!

October VIP Lunch

We had a great lunch today with our VIP members.  It was at a new restaurant in the Thousand Oaks Mall called, Deliteful Meals.

The food and space definitely stood up to the name. It was surprisingly delicious. Especially, when you take a moment to consider all the food was gluten free.

I’m not sure how much experience you have with trying gluten free food but, it usually doesn’t stand up to regular food. haha.

If you’re interested in a new place to try that is fresh, healthy, and outstanding we suggest you give them a try for your next lunch or dinner.

They also have music performances Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 5:30pm!

Again, special thanks to Soan and Partysserie for helping with this event, thanks to Deliteful Meals for providing their space and food, and thanks to our sponsors!

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.

Check out! Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship website. See everything that is happening at The Center. Bookmark now and visit often.

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

805 Startups is happy to announce being a media partner to Vator’s Splash LA October 2016 Event

805 Startups has become a Media Partner for the 6th Annual Vator Splash LA conference coming up on October 13th at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

It looks to be a really great event with some outstanding speakers.

In fact, the speakers at this years event include

  • Mark Cuban (one of the hosts of Shark Tank and owner of the Dallas Mavericks)
  • Brian Lee (Founder & CEO, Honest Company)
  • Leura Fine (Founder & CEO, Laurel & Wolf )
  • Nick Green (Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Thrive Market)
  • Tri Tran (CEO & Co-founder, Munchery)
  • Adam Goldenberg (Founder & CEO, JustFab)
  • Andre Haddad (CEO, Turo)
  • Mike Jones (Founder, Science)

and many more.

It’s a full day of intimate fireside chats, some panels, lunch, dinner, and drinks.

If any of you would like to attend Vator has given us a discount code to share with you:




Oct. 26 – Investor Registration for Startup Fair & Job Fair with Startup & Investor Panels

Investor Registration

By registering for the event as an investor you will be able to

  • Receive pitch decks from participating startups showcasing at the event
  • Schedule one on one time during the event with the startups you are interested in
  • Have access to reserved seating during our How to be a Successful Startup Investor panel
Have You Invested in Startups Before?

Event Information

October 26 – 3pm to 9pm in Westlake Village, CA

Event Format and Timeline

We will have an “expo” floor setup with about 50 startups and corporations.

They will each have a table and be demonstrating their services/products/tech and sharing any fundraising needs.

In “auditorium” space: 

• 4:15pm – 5pm Panel Discussion/Q&A about Starting Up a Startup: the Ideation Process, the role of UX, and Converting Your Idea Into Executable Blueprints

• 5:15pm – 6pm Panel Discussion/Q&A about Startup Up a Startup: Executing Your Vision, Recruiting/Hiring/Vetting Your Team (CoFounders, Employees, and Freelancers), and Development Tips

• 6:30pm – 7:30pm Panel Discussion/Q&A “Ryan Azlein presents, The VC’s Speak: Fundraising Tips for Startups”

• 8pm – 9pm Panel Discussion/Q&A about “How to Become a Successful Startup Investor,”: Becoming a Startup Investor, Investment Strategies, and Exit Strategies

The event speakers include:

David Cremin (Frontier Venture Capital), Richard Wolpert (Amplify, Accel Partners), Jim Andelman (Rincon Ventures), Scott Dudelson (Los Angeles Dodgers Accelerator with R/GA), Mohsin Syed (KiwiTech), Ryan Azlein (Stradling Attorneys at Law), Meri Gulyan (Xivic), Stefani Washburn (Xivic), Andrew Tomat (Teradyne)…more to be added soon!

The event on Meetup.Com:


Oct. 26 – Startup Fair & Job Fair with Startup & Investor Panels – Conejo Valley

Free Event More Details to Come!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

3:00 PM to 9:00 PM

HUB101 – Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship

31416 Agoura Rd.

STE 105

Westlake Village, CA

Event Format and Timeline

We will have an “expo” floor setup with about 50 startups and corporations.

They will each have a table and be demonstrating their services/products/tech, sharing any job opportunities (contract/part time/full time), and sharing any fundraising needs.

We will have four speaker panels scheduled focused on educating startup founders and investors on various topics.

In “expo” space: 

• 3pm Check-In Table Opens

• 3pm – 9pm Startup Fair/Networking

In “audience” space: 

• 4:15pm – 5pm Panel Discussion/Q&A about Starting Up a Startup: the Ideation Process, the role of UX, and Converting Your Idea Into Executable Blueprints

• 5:15pm – 6pm Panel Discussion/Q&A about Startup Up a Startup: Executing Your Vision, Recruiting/Hiring/Vetting Your Team (CoFounders, Employees, and Freelancers), and Development Tips

• 6:30pm – 7:30pm Panel Discussion/Q&A “Ryan Azlein presents, The VC’s Speak: Fundraising Tips for Startups”

• 8pm – 9pm Panel Discussion/Q&A about Becoming a Startup Investor, Investment Strategies, and Exit Strategies

For Startups That Want To Showcase

•  https://angel.co/805startups-october-conejo-valley-startup-showcase-expo-style/apply

• It is free to apply and to showcase (if chosen)

For Small Businesses/Corporations That Want To Showcase 

• Contact gary [at] TheRenegadeFirm.com


For Investors

Contact gary [at] TheRenegadeFirm.com to be added to our special investor list to access the following perks:

• Prior to the event, investors will receive a startup directory with fundraising decks.

• Prior to the event, investors will be able to schedule time with the specific startups they are interested in meeting during the event.

Speaker Profiles:

David Cremin is a founder and Managing Partner of Frontier. He leads fund operations, fundraising and portfolio management for Frontier. Prior to Frontier, he was a founding partner of Zone Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. David has raised over $200 million in venture capital partnerships and helped lead investments in over 100 companies, including Divx Networks (NASDAQ:DIVX), Clear Access (Cisco), Prolacta Bioscience and Momentfeed. He previously served as Founder and CEO of Vis-à-Vis Entertainment, a music media company. He spent several years touring as a professional musician and recording artist for RCA Records, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records and EastWest Records. David has taught business feasibility as an adjunct professor at UC Santa Barbara and California Polytechnic San Luis Obispo. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University.

Jim Andelman, Managing Director of Rincon Venture Partners

Jim is co-founder and Managing Director of Rincon Venture Partners. In this capacity, he is responsible for driving the fund’s investment activities, as well as the firm’s operations. Jim is in his fifteenth year as a VC. Jim received his MBA with highest distinction (first in his class) from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth, and his BS in Economics (magna cum laude) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jim serves on the Boards of Directors of Campus Explorer, Conversion Logic, Keen IO, Mobcrush, Rentlytics, Rainforest QA, Steelhouse, TaxJar and Tradesy. He previously served on the Boards of Cadforce (acquired by Neilsoft), Packet Island (acquired by BroadSoft), Burstly (acquired by Apple), DataPop (acquired by Criteo), Divshot (acquired by Google) and Shift (acquired by Brand Networks). In addition, he serves on the Boards of Directors of Friends of Yosemite Search and Rescue and the Los Angeles Venture Association, on the Advisory Board of the Douglas Family Preserve.

Ryan Azlein Shareholder at Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth.

Mr. Azlein advises a wide range of both private and public clients, focusing on emerging growth, development stage and middle-market companies as well as the venture capital firms, angel investors and strategic investors that invest in these types of companies.  Ryan’s practice concentrates on venture capital and corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, equity and executive compensation matters, intellectual property development and licensing arrangements, SEC reporting and disclosure, public and private securities offerings, complex partnering arrangements, and general corporate matters.

Scott Dudelson Managing Director at Los Angeles Dodgers Accelerator with R/GA, Investor, Entrepreneur

Scott has immense experience in a variety of entertainment industries as both an entrepreneur and an investor. His skill set spans multiple disciplines and is leveraged to push companies and people to grow.

Stefani Washburn UX Business Strategist, Xivic

With 10+ years experience in business development & customer service, Stefani made a move to the digital world as a User Experience Designer.  At Xivic her role as a UX Strategist is responsible for bridging the gap between tech & business. Taking insights from research, psychology, business, and UX best practices she helps her customers make strategic product decisions, which result in the creation of engaging and addictive experiences with their brands.

Meri Gulyan VP, Experience Strategy at Xivic

Meri Gulyan is an Experience Strategist focused on all user touch-points dedicated to understanding how users interact with a brand, product, or website even before their experience has started. She’s added conversion value to multiple brands, including Disney, Meineke, California Closets, and The Hollywood Reporter. Meri lives in Sunny LA and has been with Xivic, Inc. for 5 years.

Mohsin Syed Executive Vice President, KiwiTech

Mohsin is a transformational business and sales leader with 15 years of executive level strategic sales and business development experience. He is recognized for being a collaborative hands-on leader who is driven, passionate, energetic, results oriented, and highly impactful; particularly in high growth and fast paced environments. Mohsin specializes in: complex strategic partnering, solution sales, direct sales, inside sales management, field sales management, business development, and client engagement and retention methodologies

Andrew Tomat Head of Corporate Development at Teradyne

Andrew has a 25 year record of success in growing companies through mergers & acquisitions and new product development. His experience spans industrial automation, robotics, internet of things, and more. He previously lead Mergers and Acquisition for Canon.

More Speakers and Details to Come!

This Event is Brought to You By:

The event on Meetup.Com:


We are looking for more sponsors to help us move to a larger location and to help us provide more food/drinks. 

Contact Gary [at] TheRenegadeFirm.com if interested!

Review of the August 31st Startup Pitch/Demo Event

Hello 805 Startups!

Here is the review our Startup Pitch/Demo Event.

  • Over 57 startups applied to present
  • Those startups operate out of San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Los Angeles, and Conejo Valley
  • Over 225 people attended
  • Barone’s Pizzeria and Clean Living Food brought some amazing grub!
  • So Cal IP provided a provisional patent filing to Klickly for winning the Judges Vote
  • Hub101 and Cal Lutheran University also provided Klickly with a year’s membership to Hub101 for their entire team
  • Many of the presenting startups have been contacted by investors on our panel of judges and by some others in attendance


There were two groups that presented.

Early Stage Startups:






Later Stage Startups:




An we had an amazing panel will judged the Early Stage Startups group:

• Richard Wolpert of Amplify and Accel Partners

• Asher Leids, a successful lawyer and angel investor

• Leonard Lanzi of LAVA and Topanga Ventures LLC.

• Dan Peate of Peate Ventures, Driav, and Hixme

• Steve Kao of Loot Crate


All in all, it was a fantastic success.  We want to thank you for being a part of the event and for your support!

We want to let you all know that we are working more great events before the year’s end for startups to present to the 805 Startups community and our many investors.

Stay tuned for a full calendar year of events!


We want to thank our key sponsors for their support:

Additionally, we would like to thank the following event sponsors for providing outstanding food for the event:

Clean Living Club – cleanlivingclub.com

Barone’s Pizzeria – http://baronespizzeria.com/

Both provide catering options for your next event, office meeting, or party.

Barone’s is even capable of catering up to 25 miles away from either of their two locations.

Thank you all again for your continued support. Big plans are in the works. Expect an announcement shortly.


Gary and Alon

August 31 Pitch/Demo Event – Westlake Village, Ca at Hub101

Pitch your startup to our investors and members! Last demo day was attended by over 300 investors and entrepreneurs.

There will be two groups: Early Stage Startups and Later Stage Startups.

A panel of investors will be judging the Early Stage Startups group:

• Richard Wolpert of Amplify and Accel Partners

• Asher Leids, a successful lawyer and angel investor

• Leonard Lanzi of LAVA and Topanga Ventures LLC.

• Dan Peate of Peate Ventures, Driav, and Hixme

• Steve Kao of Loot Crate


Specific schedule TBD, but must be available all day on August 31st.

Please apply below if you are interested in presenting your company!  And of course, RSVP, if you’d like to attend.


Startups Apply here!!!!!

Interested in sponsoring?  Email gary@therenegadefirm.com or alon@invested.in!

Do us a favor and follow us on AngelList!!!  https://angel.co/805startups

2nd Annual State of Tech and Startups Event a Success

Our 2nd Annual State of Tech and Startups event went incredibly well.

The objectives of the event were to:

  • Raise awareness for the startup activity in our area
  • Generate excitement for the activity
  • Give people a reason to get involved in the activity

We achieved all of that and more. As those that attended can attest to, there were a lot of new faces in the crowd.

Those new faces included the Mayor of Thousand Oaks, city council members, and executives from some of the largest corporations in Conejo Valley.

Let’s not forget the new faces that appeared on one of the most prestigious panel of speakers we have put together yet. They deserve a huge amount of gratitude from us all for their time and energies.

805 Startups is growing incredibly quickly and it has occurred with little more than word of mouth marketing powered by you, your friends, and the leaders in our community.

Keep that in mind and try to imagine what 805 Startups and you could do together with more resources.

Since the event, 805 Startups has been overwhelmed by your interest in getting involved with growing our group and our startup ecosystem.

We are very grateful for your interest in helping us accumulate more resources to accelerate that growth.

We want to thank our key sponsors for their support:

We would also like to thank the many local businesses that helped display posters and distribute fliers for the event:

Agoura Businesses

Popped Fresh Gourmet Popcorn – PoppedFresh.com

Italia Deli & Bakery – ItaliaDeli.com

Agoura Deli & Mart – AgouraDeliMart.com

Serious Cycling – SeriousCycling.com

Sushi Su – SushiSuAgoura.com

Boar Dough – BoarDoughTastingRoom.com

Agoura Meadows Health Foods – AgouraMeadowsHF.com

Jinky’s Cafe – Jinkys.com

Nick Rail Music – NickRailMusic.com

iPhoneFix1 – iPhonefix1.com

Carol Solomon’s Gallery of Gifts – http://www.yelp.com/biz/carol-solomon-picture-framing-and-gallery-agoura-hills

Cotton Baby – http://www.yelp.com/biz/cotton-baby-agoura-hills

Oak Park Businesses

Fashion Oaks – https://www.facebook.com/FashionOaks/

Treasured Memories – TreasuredMemoriesCA.com

Westlake Village Businesses

Sole Soothing Nail Spa – http://www.yelp.com/biz/sole-soothing-nail-spa-westlake-village

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine – Petra.la

Game Ogre – TheGameOgre.com

Rustico Ristorante Italiano – http://www.yelp.com/biz/rustico-restaurant-westlake-village

Thousand Oak Businesses

Honey Fish – HoneyFishPoke.com

Al Mulino Eatalian Bakery & Bar – AlMulino.net

Urban Pizza – UrbanPizza.com

The Tipsy Goat – TipsyGoat.com

D’Amore’s Pizza – DamoresPizza.com

Lincoln Oaks Cleaners – http://www.yelp.com/biz/lincoln-oaks-cleaners-thousand-oaks

Brendan’s Irish Pub – BrendansPubs.com

Mouthful – MouthfulEatery.com

Geppino’s Sicilian Kitchen – http://www.siciliankitchen484.com/

Calabasas Businesses

Parkway Restaurant -Parkwaykebabandgrill.co

Santa Fe Cafe – http://www.yelp.com/biz/santa-fe-cafe-calabasas

SPN Pilates – SpnPilates.com

Calabasas Luxury Motorcars – LACLM.com

Industry Bar & Grill – IndustryRestaurants.com

Salon Nuuvo – SalonNuuvo.com

Please show these businesses the same support they have shown us and look into the great services and products they offer.

Below you will find an infographic of the numbers and data we shared during the event. Feel free to repost it elsewhere. Doing so will only help us grow.

Thank you for your ongoing support for 805 Startups and the startup ecosystem you are a part of.


Gary and Alon