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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.

Core Innovation Capital's Quest To Find Finance Innovation, With Arjan Schutte


However, although New York may be the financial capital of the world it is a little out in the weeds. How did you end up in Los Angeles? Thanks!

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.

Connexity Gets $2M In Credit Line


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>>.

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


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>>.


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


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

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.

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011


Green Dot's backers included Sequoia Capital, Total Technology Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. The report also tallied six companies having IPOs, the most since 2005; those firms included RealD, Cornerstone OnDemand, Demand Media, ReachLocal and Inphi Corp. angeles california southern exit acquisition merger exits capital ventur

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.

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


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

FastSpring Gets Funding From Pylon


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>>.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


That was five or six years ago, 2005 or so. Photo: Bruce Brown on the left, Dan Dato on the right). What is Bruce Brown: Exactly.

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


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.

MaestroDev, Winston Damarillo's Latest Firm, Uncloaks At JavaOne


Damarillo is behind a number of successful firms based on open source, the most notable of which was Gluecode, which he sold to IBM in 2005. Tags: capital venture development java software source open morphlabs gluecode damarillo winston maestrodev He's currently heading up Morphlabs , which shares the same address as MaestroDev.

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


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.

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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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

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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.


SAIL Venture Partners Boosts Ice Energy


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

Eleven Startup Tips From Richard Branson


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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Ostendo Raising Funds to Advance Virtual Reality Display Technology


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.

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.

SoCal VC's Scarce On Top VC List


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.

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.

Morphlabs Raises $5M


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.

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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Move Redeems Stock For Elevation


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.

DexCom Board Member Departs


Lucas is Founding Managing Member at RWI Group, which was an investor in DexCom before the firm's IPO in 2005. Dexcom President and CEO Terry Gregg said in a statement that Don's committment to the firm "far exceeded that of a typical venture capital investor.". Lucas has resigned from the firm's board of directors.

DailyD Gets $5.0M


Coffin's last startup, LowerMyBills, was sold to Experian Interactive in 2005 for $330M plus earnout; he is also an active angel investor in Southern California, with stakes in ThisWeekIn,, Rubicon Project, Docstoc, and other prominent local Internet firms. Split Rock was the venture firm which backed LowerMyBills. READ MORE>>.

REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming [Live]

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From 1997 through 2005, Robin was a marketing executive and general manager at PepsiCo.   Make sure to tune in! Time : 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Enevate Gets $24M For Battery Technology


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>>.

Pasadena Angels Invest in a $475,000 Series B Investment in Wasatch Microfluidics

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Founded in 2000, the Pasadena Angels is a group of leading private investors that provides long-term intellectual and financial capital to help build successful companies throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. Wasatch Microfluidics was founded in Salt Lake City, in 2005 by Josh Eckman, Bruce Gale and Jim Smith. 

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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When you think about the success that is Silicon Valley, the unfair advantage is not just the huge amounts of available venture capital.

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ELC Technologies Acquired By Pourzanjani, Rahmat


Pourzanjani founded PriceGrabber and sold it to Experian in 2005 for $485M, and is among one of the active angel investors in Los Angeles. As part of the acquisition, ELC founder Siegel joins venture capital firm Accel Partners in London, as a venture partner. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Cheers Gains $2.5M To Spread Happiness, Joy


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

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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And thats not even counting MySpace, which Rupert Murdoch famously paid $580 million for in 2005. RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in.