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brian lee

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While funding from venture capital firms can ensure the longevity of your company, believing in its potential and the service your company provides is just as impactful.

Co-founder and managing director of BAM Ventures Brian Lee thinks so.

Lee is a four-time founder of prominent companies, including online provider of legal services LegalZoom.com, Inc.; online women’s footwear shopping platform ShoeDazzle.com Inc.; eco-friendly consumer line The Honest Co and sports collecting platform Arena Club.

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In a year upended by crisis after crisis — the ongoing pandemic, the climate emergency, an insurrection in the capital — tech startup financing is not just bouncing back but altogether booming, and Los Angeles-based angel investors are a big part of that equation.

Angels usually take a stake in an emerging business using their own funds, before institutional investors are willing to throw more substantial resources behind an idea. Often, they start off as entrepreneurs or engineers themselves.

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The Honest Company, the packaged consumer goods company founded by actor Jessica Alba and serial entrepreneur Brian Lee in 2011, filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday to go public.

Selling everything from eco-friendly diapers to skincare products, it has never turned a profit. The Santa Monica-based brand is seeking to raise $100 million by going public, a move which it has flirted with several times during its past few tumultuous years. It will trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "HNST."

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