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Okapi Venture Capital  CERTIFIED

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Rated 4.5 / 5.0 by 4
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3.3
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5.0
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4.7
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FIRM OVERVIEW: Medium Private VC founded in 2006 based out of Laguna Beach, USA (US West)

FIRM DESCRIPTION: Okapi Venture Capital provides long-term capital and management support to emerging businesses in the information technology and life science sectors. We take pride in partnering with exceptionally talented entrepreneurs and operational executives to develop valuable high growth businesses. We are currently managing Okapi Ventures I, LP - a venture capital fund chartered to invest in seed and early-stage information technology and life science companies along the Tech Coast that is southern California with a particular emphasis on Orange County startups. Okapi Venture Capital is a registered member of the National Venture Capital Association.

TEAM MEMBERS: B. Marc Averitt, Sharon Stevenson, DVM PhD,

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Outstanding Early Stage Fund

Fund: Okapi Venture Capital

Posted by anonymous on 2007-11-15

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This is an outstanding early stage fund. Sharon is very knowledgeable, direct and fair. She helped us polish our business plan and introduced us to larger investors, resulting a very smooth series A. Overall a great experience.

Only having two partners means there's no bureaucracy - they answer their own phones and it only takes two in a (the!) room to make a decision.

If you're starting a company (Bio or IT) in SoCal you should definitely be talking to them. They're small, but very well connected.

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Open Listeners

Fund: Okapi Venture Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-11-26

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Marc Averitt (didn't meet Sharon) is an open listener. When I was pitching my company and business concept to him, he did not jump to conclusions or outright dismiss anything I was saying preferring instead to just absorb whatever I wanted to tell him.

In this regard, it is difficult to guage what he might be thinking (whether positive or negative about your pitch), but the good thing is that he is open to all ideas within his space of interest. As long as you have a business that meets his investment criteria, which includes a geographic focus on Southern California, you should be able to catch his interest.

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