One year ago: Luis Villalobos
Luis Villalobos founded Tech Coast Angels, an Orange County angel investment group that expanded throughout Southern California.
When he started the group in 1997, people "said I was nuts. They said Orange County had no entrepreneurs or investors," Villalobos told the Orange County Register.
Villalobos, who died a year ago at 70, modeled the group after a similar organization in the Silicon Valley.
As of last year there were five chapters from Santa Barbara to San Diego with more than 250 members, so-called angel investors whose money is directed toward start-up firms and other entrepreneurial enterprises.
For more about Villalobos, read his obituary that appeared in The Times.
-- Keith Thursby
Photo: Luis Villalobos, left, in 1997 with officials from Wazzu Corp., which the Tech Coast Angels helped. Credit: Los Angeles Times