October 3, 2022
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From backstage to boardroom: Region

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For some tri-county businesspeople, the best way to end a long day at the office is to clock out and rock out.

With a band, that is. Driven musicians often rise in the business world because they’re used to pushing for perfection when no one’s pushing them, and chasing a dream for pay that ranges from non-existent to crummy. But even when they find success in their day gigs and leave music behind, the music never leaves them.

Take Dave Cremin, a founder and managing director at the DFJ Frontier Fund, a venture capital fund that has an office in Santa Barbara and has invested in startups such as Ventura-based Lottay. Cremin has been a working musician nearly his whole life, starting with a tour of Europe playing upright bass with a jazz band when he was 17, and including a stint as a guitar player in a major-label hair metal band in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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