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Velocity Presents at New York City
Kauffman Event

 

Jack Crawford Presented along side Fred Wilson and Brad Feld at a Kauffman Fellows conference in New York City. The event was focused on vibrant whole life plan for entrepreneurs. Jack’s presentation, PowerUp, offered tools and ideas on how to apply strategic planning skills commonly used in business to creating a vibrant whole life plan.

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New Investment

In addition to 6 new investments over the last few quarters in CirrusMD280 First, New WalletApeiron, and SVIRAL, Velocity has increased its investment in Gatekeeper Innovation.

Portfolio Company Update

Portfolio Company Revionics – Revionics to Present at Baird 2016 Consumer, Technology & Services Conference on “Retail Redefined: Why Pricing is Still King”

According to RSR Research, retail is at a reset moment triggered by consumer adoption of technology. Add hyper-competitive markets with the rapid proliferation of ecommerce and new entrants, and it’s a race for relevance” for retailers to stay ahead of the curve.

Amid increasing competitive pressures from ecommerce and new entrants, increasing velocity of price changes and greater demand for price transparency online and in-store, retailers need to redefine the role of competitive insights and pricing across the entire lifecycle of their products.

To avoid the race to the bottom and drive sustainable long term, winning retailers are deploying unified strategies across analytics, pricing, promotion and markdown to protect competitive position in the market and preserve margins and profits. This means putting greater focus on analytics that help them maximize gross margins, offer a strong value proposition, drive demand and win and keep customer loyalty.

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Corporate Venturing Corporate Venture Capital Event

Velocity and other graduates of the Kauffman Fellows program were invited to an event on corporate venture capital including keynotes from Intel Capital and others in San Francisco last month at the Orange wealth management firm. Other speakers included IBM Venture Group, Nokia, and Comcast.

Innovation Programs

 

AT&T Partners with Velocity on Year End Event

This fall, Velocity is excited to welcome AT&T’s Aspire Accelerator companies as featured pitch presenters during Velocity’s 7th annual Demo Day.  AT&T’s annual Aspire Accelerator works with organizations that use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, or prepare learners for employment.  Six of the world’s very best education-technology startups will graduate from Aspire in November and join Entrepreneurs Showcase companies to pitch to hundreds of investors and  innovation enthusiasts as a part of Velocity’s large scale year-end event.  Stay tuned for details!

AT&T has been a valued sponsor of the Showcase programs historically, and now that partnership is being taken to the next level.

 

Welcome Velocity Fellows

 

Velocity’s Fellowship Program is a cornerstone of our efforts to contribute to the growth of the Sacramento region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We work to attract talented university students and professionals to promote leadership opportunities and careers in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital.

Velocity encourages people from all backgrounds to apply and is committed to increasing the pipeline of diverse and talented individuals and professional opportunities in the region.

The Program provides participants with opportunities to enhance their professional experiences by working within an entrepreneurial and venture environment in the areas of market, technology and industry research, innovation program development and management, and venture capital deal flow sourcing.  For more information contact Natalie Stone at natalie.stone@velocityvc.com.

We are excited to welcome this summer’s cohort:

Robert Bender – Arizona State University

Bala Chanrasekaran – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kyle Citco – UCLA

Thomas Hall – Chico State

Michael Meegan – UC Davis

Sean Mishra – Santa Clara University

City Hall Innovation Meeting

Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City of Sacramento are making huge waves in investing in startups and the innovation ecosystem. Velocity is excited to embrace a “grow from within” strategy by investing in startups alongside the city.
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Entrepreneurs Unlimited Radio Show Celebrates 1-Year on Air!

Jack Crawford joined Mark Haney and the rest of the Entrepreneurs Unlimited team in celebrating one year on the radio.
Entrepreneurs Unlimited is fueled by HaneyBiz and aims to inspire, coach, and mentor anyone that has the DESIRE to be entrepreneurial in their life! Check them out on
Sports 1140 KHTK.
Check out Jack Crawford on the show here
http://www.haneybiz.com

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