Jose Blanco is the founder and CEO of the Central Valley Fund, a venture capital firm headquartered in Davis with a second office in San Diego. Their personnel review an average of 200 requests for funding each year, and eventually invest in approximately 2% of them. Jose says that the first criteria he looks for after reviewing the concept is the character of the entrepreneur.
Steve Swan is the founder and president of Valley Healthcare. They provide traveling nurses to employers, primarily hospitals, throughout the nation from their Sacramento base. Since converting to an all-digital system to match nurses with employers early in 2016, Valley Healthcare’s business has exploded with 649% growth. The reason? Their electronic system works 24/7/365, while their competitors require two or three days to find a match.