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About svbmark

I'm a father of four boys; live in the Tri-Valley of the SF Bay Area; technology enthusiast; work with entrepreneurs and venture investors; SF Giants fan; budding wine lover

Unicorn Venture Fund League Table

With all the talk recently about unicorn companies (those private tech companies that are able to attract valuations in excess of $1.0 billion), it got me thinking about unicorn venture firms (venture firms that have raised funds greater than $1.0 … Continue reading

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Insights and Advice From Some of The Greatest VC Investors of All Time

I was lucky enough to attend the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) Gala and Awards Ceremony last night in San Francisco.  The event was an interesting juxtaposition of the venture industry today, with many of the old guard in attendence … Continue reading

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Battle Royale – Hawaii vs NorCal

The late morning air in Vancouver, Washington felt heavy on the skin, as the pressure for Pleasanton’s 14 year-olds to advance in the Western Regional came down to one game against Ewa Beach, Hawaii. The sting of Friday’s fiasco against … Continue reading

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Disappointment on the Columbia River for the Pleasanton Juniors

Dubbed the “Columbia River Meltdown” by many of the local baseball aficionados, Ptown’s 8-3 loss to the underdog potato farmers from the Pacific Northwest was a shock to everyone but the kids from Idaho. The boys quickly felt the weight … Continue reading

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The Battle for Oxford Suites Supremacy (non-fiction)

It was an eerily cool and breezy summer night in the far northern reaches of California on Tuesday evening. Interstate 5 has been a well worn path of anxious families and fans to the teams playing in this talent rich … Continue reading

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Pleasanton Advance to Winner’s Bracket Final of Nor Cal Juniors Tournament

The 14-year old boys from Pleasanton kept on their winning ways at the Northern California Division tournament this weekend in Redding, California. The winner of the Division tournament represents Northern California in the Western Regional in Vancouver, WA.  Teams from the … Continue reading

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Pleasanton 14YO Boys Baseball Qualify for Northern California Little League Tournament

After representing the Tri-Valley in the inaugural Intermediate Little league World Series (LLWS) last year for 13-year olds, the boys from Pleasanton are back at it, as they look to qualify for the Junior level LLWS for 14-year olds in … Continue reading

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