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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different. Enter Amazon.

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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If you read this blog often you'll know that I'm a huge fan of First Round Capital. First Round Capital’s Tools, Techniques, Processes.

Connexity Gets $2M In Credit Line

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Connexity said the line will go towards additional working capital, to accelerate its growth. Gross was the co-founder of Fastclick, which he took IPO in 2005, and was eventually sold to ValueClick. connexity venture capital internet advertising targeting fastclickThe financing came from Silicon Valley Bank. READ MORE>>.

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

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At the time almost nobody had heard of the following funds: FirstRound Capital, TrueVentures, Floodgate and SoftTech. But not many others.

MindTouch Picks Up $12M For Customer Self Service Software

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The funding came from PeakSpan Capital, along with SK Ventures and SAP SE. MindTouch, which was founded by Steve Bjorg and Aaron Fulkerson back in 2005, said the funding will go to increase its integration with software such as Salesforce, SAP, and Oracle, and grow its marketing, business development, sales, and engineering teams.

FastSpring Gets Funding From Pylon

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FastSpring , the fast growing Santa Barbara-based e-commerce payment services provider headed by Dan Engel, said today it has scored a funding round from Pylon Capital, a Los Angeles-based investment firm. The investment is the first, outside investment in the company since it was founded in 2005. READ MORE>>.

Study: $48 Billion In Value Created Over 15 Years In SoCal IT VC-Backed Firms

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Among the highest acquisition values were MySpace ($580M in 2005), Shopzilla ($560M in 2005), Rent.com ($430M in 2004), Lowermybills ($330M in 2005) and Sandpiper Networks ($630M in 1999). Tags: results investment exit california southern acquisition merger capital venture

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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We had a special edition of This Week in Venture Capital this week shooting out of the Next New Networks offices in New York.  Other Deals. 1.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. So why would raising venture capital be any different. Lobby.

Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer

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If you go back to 2005 and 2006 and look at a company which would have a $5M pre- then, it''s now $8 to $10M, all else equal. Now we have it.

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Ostendo Raising Funds to Advance Virtual Reality Display Technology

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Ostendo Technologies, a Carlsbad, CA-based company founded in 2005 to advance curved screens and other innovative display technologies, has raised $41.8 Adding to the confusion, the most-recent MoneyTree Report on San Diego venture capital activity shows that Ostendo raised almost $10 million in VC funding during the second quarter.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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BuzzFeed. Some, of course, agree with me that BuzzFeed has been and continues to be the gold standard innovator in digital media to emulate.

SoCal VC's Scarce On Top VC List

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This week's release of a list of their "Top 100" venture capitalists by AlwaysOn -- based roughly on number and dollar amount of successful M&A and IPO deals between October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2009--seems to have skipped local Southern California venture capitalists, with only one Southern California VCs listed.

Morphlabs Raises $5M

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Damarillo is known for founding GlueCode, which he sold to IBM in 2005, Logicblaze, which he sold to Iona Technologies in 2007, and for founding Webtide, which was sold to Intalio in 2009. morphlabs venture capital cloud computing applianceThe firm said the funding will go toward deployment in the ASEAN and North American area.

Move Redeems Stock For Elevation

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Move said the moves are part of a plan to "streamline" its capital structure. Elevation Partners took its initial stake in Move Networks in November of 2005. The firm, which is based in Northern California but has major operations in Thousand Oaks, said that Elevation will continue to hold $50M in Series B preferred stock in the firm.

Success, Santa Barbara Style: Patagonian Sexwax With A Side Order of UGGS

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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Santa Barbara has become a high-tech startup mecca, rivaling cities many times its size.

Want to know why charging $12 / year converts higher than $9.99?

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In 2005 they realized that this business was going to evaporate over night with the introduction of YouTube. Yesterday’s show floored me.

After 20 years: Updating the Berkus Method of valuation

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Well, it had to happen.  But a lot of time has passed since then. Today, for me, that hurdle number is $20 million. The Method should allow for this.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals

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Brad and Jason have been exposing venture capitalists’ secrets since 2005, when they began writing a blog series on Term Sheets at AskTheVC.

TZ Presents 2013 Startup Forecast

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TechZulu is excited to invite you to the 2013 Startup and Entrepreneurial Forecast taking place on Thursday Jan. 24 7pm at  The ROC  in Santa Monica.

How to Decrease the Odds That Your Startup Fails

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Marketing with long payback is precisely what requires venture capital. But that’s harder to build in 2016 than it was in say 2005. It would take 2 years to catch up but believe me they have the capital to do so. Many startup businesses – tech or otherwise – fail. Market Size. Let me be very direct. No, thanks.

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Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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So they skipped over those steps of the value chain, and purchased Android in 2005 (launched in 2008) to backwards integrate to the OS layer.

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Former LA VC Gets Backing For Enterprise Alerting, Micro Apps Startup

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ElNaggar was in Redpoint's LA offices from 2005 until 2011, and had stints on the boards of Machinima and Hark, among other companies. redpoint elnaggar fouad capital venture employees software alerts enterprise saphoAccording to Sapho, it has raised $9.5M in a Series A funding, which was led by Alsop Louie Partners. READ MORE>>.

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One Book Every Entrepreneur and VC Should Own

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When I first started as a startup CEO in 1999 there were no guides on raising venture capital. This article originally ran on TechCrunch.

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Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson

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Virgin executives describe the company as a “branded venture capital company.” Note: This is an installment in the Iconic Advice series.

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Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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In 2004 / 2005 I was starting to get intrigued with user-generated content. Brad’s start in Venture Capital. Brad on blogging. Mobius.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

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This was 2005 when I had no exits under my belt, no blogs … nobody was looking. At GRP Partners we’re all in on Los Angeles having written about $35 million in early-stage venture capital investments in this market alone in the past six months. It was very widely read. It should be: Local; Right-sized; and. Startup-focused.

Veteran LA law firm opens a Silicon Beach office and launches a pro-bono “Precelerator”

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Seth Sternberg – Meebo

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He grew up in Connecticut attended Yale undergrad and worked for IBM after graduation doing M&A, strategy and venture capital. Awesome.

Interview with Elizabeth Amini, Anti-Aging Games

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Elizabeth Amini: I actually ran into him in 2005, when he was a keynote speaker at a conference. What does Anti-AgingGames do? Thanks!

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Enevate Gets $24M For Battery Technology

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The round came from CEC Capital, Tsing Capital, and Presidio Ventures, along with prior investors Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The new funding round comes over twelve years since its initial Series A funding, back in 2005, when the company spun out its technology from UC Irvine. READ MORE>>.

SAIL Venture Partners Boosts Ice Energy

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SAIL joined TIAA-CREF, Energy Capital Partners, Good Energies, and Second Avenue Partners in the funding. SAIL focuses all of its investments on clean energy related companies, and first invested in Ice Energy back in 2005. Tags: sail energy venture capital storage

LowerMyBills' Coffin Joins Venture Firm

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Matt Coffin , the founder of Los Angeles-based LowerMyBills and an active angel investor in Southern California, has joined venture capital firm Split Rock Partners as a Venture Advisor, the venture firm said this week. Split Rock was an investor in LowerMyBills, which Coffin sold to Experian in 2005 for $380M.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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Fast forward to my second company.  I founded it in 2005 at the age of 37.  I had just moved back to the US from living in Europe for 11 years.  We had never purchased a house in Europe because we always knew we’d move home at some point. Tags: Pitching VCs Start-up Advice VC Industry startup technology vc venture capital

Connexity, Headed by FastClick's Dave Gross, Gets Seed Funding

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Gross started and headed up FastClick, taking it to an IPO in 2005, and eventually selling the firm to ValueClick. Tags: advertising internet fastclick gross dave capital venture connexity Amount of the round was not announced. The funding round came from Persistence Partners, which is also headed by Gross. READ MORE>>.

Vizio and the Story of the Sleeping Giant

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I am currently at the annual VC in the OC program held in Irvine CA by OCTANe , an organization that connects people and ideas to resources and capital in Orange County.  Over 600 people came to this event to listen share and network, including entrepreneurs, VC’s and investors.  All this success in less than five years.  Cables. Wall Mounts.

Cheers Gains $2.5M To Spread Happiness, Joy

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Scripps for $525M in 2005. cheers farhad mohit startup cheerful mindfulness venture capital funding bizrate shopzillaREAD MORE>>.

Connexity, Headed By Dave Gross, Finds $3M More

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Gross is a serial entrepreneur, having successfully founded online advertising firm Fastclick, which he took IPO in 2005, and later sold to ValueClick for over $200M. connexity venture capital online advertising fastclickConnexity, according to Gross, does to online ads what Amazon and Netflix do for products and movies. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Brett Crosby and Brew Johnson, PeerStreet

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Investors get access to deals and loans, and lenders get more access to capital, borrower get better rates, and it benefits everyone. Thanks!

Morphlabs Raises $5.5M

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The round was led by Global Gateway Investment Group (G2iG), and also includes Frontera Group LLC, CSK Venture Capital Co. and AO Capital Partners Ltd. Damarillo is best known for founding Gluecode, which he sold to IBM in 2005, and has since been starting up firms whose basis is open source software. READ MORE>>.