Venture Capital and Tech Coast Angels

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9-808-064 REV: OCTOBER 21, 2010 PRICHARD G. HAMERMESH LAUREN BARLEY De ermaCa Zap are: pping Z Dir Zits rectly It w a rainy Saturday mor was S rning in late N November 20 005, and Pete Scocimara p er pulled on his Croc s shoes to take his rambunctiou golden ret us triever Jasper for a walk. Walking the dog would give r e d Scocim mara some much-needed time to clear his head an prepare fo a Monday m r nd or y-morning me eeting with the cofounders of his co ompany, Der rmaCare, Inc Headquarte c. ered in Live ermore, California, Derm maCare was a start-up ven nture that pla anned to mar rket its Therm maClear acne e-treatment d device direct to consum tly mers using dire response t ect…show more content…
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