This site is dedicated to the many mentors and angel investors that take chances to believe in people with ideas.
Spartina.com is the inspiration and outcome of twenty-five years of dedication to the principle that entrepreneurs can turn their dreams into reality when they make a commitment to their venture.
On Spartina.com, David Hehman, who advises entrepreneurs based on his own start-up experiences, takes the best of what he has learned and offers it to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
One of the principles of David’s work is, ‘don’t reinvent the wheel.’ When good information and tools already exist, a smart entrepreneur takes advantage of that. When information or tools are not available, David builds or writes them himself. As a great philosopher once wrote, “we are dwarves standing on the shoulders of giants.” In short, by knowing what is already available, and using it to the best of our ability, we can build something even greater.
Spartina.com is built with the Webvanta hosted content management system (CMS), which is a powerful, easy-to-use system for building information portals and other types of content-rich sites.
About David Hehman
David Hehman is an entrepreneur and angel investor.
David has co-founded and sold 5 technology businesses: HealthDesk (HDSK), GetawayZone (VacationSpot/EXPE), MarketHome (CLAC), EscapeHomes (HomeAway), Pagewise.com (DemandMedia).
David is a Board Member:
DealBase: The biggest hotel deals website
FlexJobs: The world’s largest telecommuting job site
Letters & Arts: Digital art and print at home
David is a Co-founder of Spartina Ventures, LLC, an angel fund for Internet start-ups. Selected past investments: MongoMusic (MSFT), OpenTable ( OPEN), Trails.com (DemandMedia), TravelPost (SideStep/Kayak), Trulia (TRLA) and ZipRealty (ZIPR).
Mr. Hehman received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from University of California at Berkeley in December 1992, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business in 1998.
In 2001, Mr. Hehman attended the PriceBabson@Berkeley symposium for Entrepreneurial Educators. Mr. Hehman was lecturer at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and the Haas School of Business, in their entrepreneur programs.
Managing Editor: Laura Duggan
Laura brings to Spartina.com over forty years of experience in technology and entrepreneurship. After working in the early days of computing at NASA, she worked for Digital Equipment Corporation when they were a start-up, prior to their first $million. She then started her own consulting firm, with clients such as the White House and House of Representatives. Later she joined another start-up, Sybase, as their curriculum and education manager, staying with them through their successful IPO. Subsequently she established an international software training company based in Hong Kong, serving Asia. Prior to joining Spartina, Laura served as educator and executive director of a non-profit.