VCs in a Van is a TV show set in SoCal staring local venture capital investors and local entrepreneurs. We turn our attention to the “little guy,” the local startup that doesn’t have easy access to Silicon Valley or big money investment banks. Unlike other investment shows, these VCs take it on the road to visit the entrepreneurs in their native company environments; there’s no pitching in a sterile room with beautiful television backdrops. The production is gritty and documentary-style, using raw footage and lots of colorful language to show the “real world” discussions that go on among VCs while they consider the pluses and minuses of an investment deal. VCs in a Van also invites the viewers to invest along side them to help back gritty local entrepreneurs in need of capital.
Tom Tullie is a dynamic, serial CEO and investor. Tom has led global public and private companies, raised hundreds of millions in investment dollars and created billions of dollars of corporate value. Having bought and sold many companies, he is a master at deal making.
Mark Bowles is a visionary serial entrepreneur; VC-backed 7 times, his startups have delivered hundreds of millions in returns. A prolific inventor with dozens of patents, grants, and product awards, he has now turned his sights to venture investing
Neil Senturia is CEO of Blackbird Ventures and is the senior statesman in the van. He has had multiple careers as a sit-com writer in Hollywood, a major real estate developer and as a high-tech CEO of 7 companies. He has seen it all and uses his experience to counsel the VCs.
Lisa is an Inc 500 recognized sales and marketing expert who started her online sales training company to help entrepreneurs get profitable fast so they can make the difference they started their business for. Lisa has now helped clients in 134 countries and enjoyed over $35M in sales...all as a work from home mom.
Taner Halicioglu is one of San Diego’s few “super angels” in local tech, meaning he’s an active investor in early-stage startups. He’s the founder of angel investment firm Keshif Ventures, and a member of SEED San Diego.
CEO and founder of an internationally-recognized, consumer products company that was ranked No. 28 overall on the 2014 Inc. 500 and the No. 1 fastest-growing woman-led business on the list. Conceived and guided a successful startup from concept to market, achieving three-year business growth of 7,878%. A strong leader who supports an open management style and was selected as a semifinalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program in Greater Los Angeles.
Noramay is an engineer, entrepreneur and investor. After a decade in the corporate world, she launched an early stage accelerator and venture fund to support technology enabled hardware startups. With 3 degrees from MIT and features in Forbes, CNET, Mashable, Entrepreneur Magazine and Huffington Post, Noramay is "The Technologist".
VCs in a Van is directed by Ken Gora, the director, producer and creator of the award-winning TV series “The Romance” and “So You Think You Can Sell.” Besides his television and film experience, Gora has also participated on the executive teams of start-ups and small businesses.