KCBS interviews Jeff Grabow, partner at EY on global IPO success

EYGlobal IPO activity continues to strengthen with a 35 percent increase in volume and a 50 percent increase in value compared to 2013.  Although 2014 was the best year for IPOs since 2010 in terms of proceeds and volume, volatility on global stock markets in October meant Q4’14 failed to meet expectations, making 2014 a good, rather than record-breaking year.

“We expect a strong start to 2015 for U.S. IPOs. Driven by a combination of low market volatility investor confidence and robust pipeline of more than 100 company getting ready to list,” said Jeff Grabow, partner at Ernst & Young, a global accounting and consulting firm.

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Jason Brooks talks with EY’s Jeff Grabow on IPO


CBS San Francisco’s Money Watch interviews EY’s Doug Regnier on Global IPO Trends

EYJason Brooks, KCBS Money Watch Host, interviews Doug Regnier, EY’s West Region IPO Leader, on Global IPO Trends. IPO activity continues to climb with 851 IPOs raising $186.6 billion in the first nine months of the year, a 49% increase in volume and 94% increase in proceeds compared to the same period in 2013. After a quiet August, in which some U.S.-bound companies waited in anticipation of the Alibaba listing, the third quarter posted 260 IPOs, raising $67.1 billion, up 29% and 162% respectively on Q3’13.

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EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year San Diego winners

EOY SD winners

From left to right: Rick Haux,Mor Furniture For Less Inc.; Peter Martini and Paul Martini, iboss Network Security; Mike Grey, Lumena Pharmaceuticals; Ted Schroeder, Cadence Pharmaceuticals; Kathleen Sellick, Rady Children’s Hospital; and Sean Gailey, J!NX.

EY announced the winners of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego.

The winners are:

  • Technology
    Paul Martini, CEO & CTO and Peter Martini, President & COO, iboss Network Security, San Diego
  • Consumer Services
    Sean Gailey, President & Co-Founder, J!NX, Poway
  • Emerging
    Mike Grey, President & CEO, Lumena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego
  • Life Science
    Ted Schroeder, President & CEO, Cadence Pharmaceuticals, San Diego
  • Family Business
    Rick Haux, President & CEO, Mor Furniture For Less, Inc., San Diego
  • Social Responsibility (non-profit)
    Kathleen Sellick, President & CEO, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego

EY, Mayor Garcetti launch Entrepreneur in Residence Program in LA

EY LogoEY and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti have partnered to launch the Entrepreneur in Residence Program, appointing two experienced entrepreneurs to spend a year developing ideas to boost the economy and create jobs in Los Angeles, as reported by the Los Angeles Register.

“This program is distinct because of the caliber and level of experience of the entrepreneurs in residence,” said Patrick Niemann, managing partner at EY’s Los Angeles practice, which is sponsoring the program.

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.

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L.A. hires its first entrepreneur

18 finalists for EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Seattle and Portland

The finalists for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 in the Pacific Northwest as reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal are:

  • EOYMajdi Daher and Mohamad Daher, 3MD dba Denali Advanced Integration, Redmond, Washington
  • Ryo Kubota, MD, PhD, Acucela, Seattle, Washington
  • Joseph Micallef, Allegro Corporation, Portland, Oregon
  • Ben Billups, Billups Worldwide, Lake Oswego, Oregon
  • Heather Franklin, Blaze Bioscience, Seattle, Washington
  • Leslie Freytag, butter LONDON, Seattle, Washington
  • Forest Key, buuteeq, Seattle, Washington
  • Kathleen Myers, MD, Essia Health, Portland, Oregon
  • Josh Neblett, etailz, Spokane, Washington
  • Raja Mukerji and Jesse Rothstein, ExtraHop Networks, Seattle, Washington
  • Dan Price, Gravity Payments, Seattle, Washington
  • Kyle Stavig, Myers Container, Portland, Oregon
  • Matt Ehrlichman, Porch, Seattle, Washington
  • Luke Kanies, Puppet Labs, Portland, Oregon
  • Glenn Kelman, Redfin, Seattle, Washington
  • Aaron Easterly, Rover.com, Seattle, Washington
  • Mark Zoske, SaltWorks, Inc., Woodinville, Washington
  • Monty Montoya, SightLife, Seattle, Washington
  • Kevin Klock, TalkingRain, Preston, Washington
  • Joe Whinney, Theo Chocolate, Seattle, Washington
  • Darrell Cavens, zulily, Seattle, Washington

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Award winners will be announced at a gala on June 20 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash.

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Ventura and Simi Valley business founders among semifinalists

EOYRami Rostami, founder and CEO of Technocel Wireless Products in Simi Valley, and Jeff Green, CEO and co-founder of The Trade Desk Inc. in Ventura, are among those hoping to clinch the title of EY Entrepreneur of the Year in the greater Los Angeles region, as reported by the Ventura County Star.

The EY Entrepreneur of the Year was founded by Ernst & Young LLP 28 years ago and awards entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Business founders in more than 145 cities and 60 countries are recognized in the contest.

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Local business founders named semifinalists in regional business contest

Entrepreneur of the Year nomination deadline nears

 Los Angeles finalists and award recipients

This past year, the Los Angeles finalists and award recipients (many pictured above) were selected by a panel of independent judges and honored at a gala event with over 700 entrepreneurs and business leaders at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award honors the outstanding entrepreneurial leaders who inspire others with their passion, vision and achievement. Applications are due by Friday, March 14, 2014 at https://eoy-nomination.ey.com.

Anyone can submit a nomination, and it only take a few minutes.

To be eligible to receive an award, the nominee must be an owner or manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management for at least two years. In addition, the company must be at least three years old.

Nominees are evaluated by an independent panel of judges. The judges are past winners and business and community leaders. The judges review each nominee based on the following criteria:

  • Vision: creating or improving a business concept and implementing it effectively
  • Leadership: demonstrating the focus and strength of character that enable an entrepreneur to move forward — and inspire a team to do the same — despite skeptics and obstacles
  • Achievement: driving business success by going beyond developing an idea to continual innovation in order to generate new ideas
  • Social responsibility: knowing that commitment and responsibility aren’t confined to business and leveraging energies and resources to give back to the community

LA Mayor Garcetti and EY kick off Entrepreneur of Year

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) with EY's Michael Kacsmar (left) and  Joe Muscat (right) at the kickoff event in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (center) with EY’s Michael Kacsmar (left) and Joe Muscat (right) at the kickoff event in the Bradley Tower at City Hall

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti teamed with Ernst & Young partners Patrick Niemann, April Spencer, Brian Ring and Michael Kacsmar today to kick off the LA competition for the 28th Annual EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Past award recipients, future nominees, program sponsors, judges and other business leaders joined Mayor Garcetti and EY professionals in the Bradley Tower at City Hall.

“Los Angeles is a city of innovation, and the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program recognizes businesses that develop cutting edge products and services that improve our lives and create much needed jobs both here in our city and across our state and country,” said Mayor Garcetti.

The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program celebrates game-changing leaders around the world who found, strengthen or transform successful enterprises. The regional award recognizes entrepreneurs who stimulate the economy by creating high-growth businesses and jobs in Los Angeles. The 2013 Greater Los Angeles area finalists created over 10,000 jobs, increased their workforce by 20 percent and grew their revenues by 53 percent since 2010.

Each year, EY honors successful entrepreneurs in more than 150 cities in over 60 countries. In the United States, Ernst & Young LLP received more than 1,600 nominations for the 2013 program.

EY says 2013 best year for IPOs since 2005

EY LogoEY estimates 2013 will ring up around 222 U.S. IPOs. As Xconomy reports, that will make 2013 “the best year for IPOs since 2005, when EY counted 224 with total proceeds of nearly $40.5 billion.”

“Investors have had the opportunity to engage with a variety of companies in the pipeline and their appetite for risk has returned,” said Jackie Kelley, an EY partner in Irvine, Calif., who leads the firm’s IPO advisory services in the Americas.

Be sure to read the full article for how EY came up with its estimates, and EY’s outlook for 2014.

U.S. IPO Activity in 2013 on Track for Highest Level in 9 Years

VC enviroment evolves to go beyond start-ups


Jeff Grabow leads Ernst & Young’s VC efforts on the West Coast.

The venture captial environment isn’t what it used to be. Guess what? That’s not a bad thing. VC has evolved to include more than just start-up companies and understanding the key trends in that evolution can be critical to getting your company funded, writes Jeff Grabow in an article for socalTECH.com. Grabow, a partner at Ernst & Young leads the firm’s VC efforts on the West Coast.

One thing hasn’t changed: A healthy exit environment is needed to for the entire ecosystem to work. We’re now seeing strong IPOs driving some VC returns, according to Grabow. The more VC returns increase, the more capital will be available for the next great generation of interesting companies with great ideas.