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Tech Coast Angels Highlights 2010 Deals

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The Tech Coast Angels , [ profile ] the largest angel investment group in Southern California, outlined its 2010 deals today, saying that it funded a total of 31 deals in 2010, and had three profitable exits. Investments were up in terms of deals compared to 2009, when the group invested in 24 deals. READ MORE>>.

Tech Coast Angels Fuels $45M In Deals In 2011

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The TCA said that the number of investments during 2011 was actually up almost 25 percent from 2010, and up nearly 50 percent over investments in 2009.

Interview with Scott Sangster, Tech Coast Angels

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Scott Sangster: I think understanding how the broader economy impacts angel investors, is complex and interesting. Of course not. Thanks!

Tech Coast Angels Founder Villalobos Passes Away

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Luis Villalobos , the founder of the Tech Coast Angels , the largest and arguably the most influential angel group in Southern California, has passed away. According to Frank Peters, a TCA member and podcaster, Tech Coast Angels Richard Sudek broke the news to members last night.

Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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Launchpad LA was founded by prominent VC Mark Suster of GRP Partners in 2009, and invests in each company that is accepted into the program.

Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

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We ended up winning Startup Weekend LA (Nov 2009) and launching Ming.ly, soon being invited to present at the LA Twiistup conference a month later.

Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009 -- Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch. VCs and angels are still investing. This is a unique opportunity for you to present to the leading local VCs and nation's largest angel investing group at the fourth annual TCA Fast Pitch at Korn Hall at the Anderson Business School at UCLA.

Tech Coast Angels: 7 New Deals, 17 Follow-On Investments In 2009

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The Tech Coast Angels said today that the angel group invested in seven new deals, and seventeen follow-on deals in 2009, a total of $4.7M in investments. The group said that as part of those deals, its portfolio companies raised an additional $57M in funding from venture capital groups and other angel investors.

TCA's OC Arm Pumps Seed Program

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The Orange County Chapter of the Tech Coast Angels is promoting a program to help jumpstart small companies, O.C. Tech Coast Angels, the new program will provide seed funding, strategic planning, and execution of day-to-day functions of startups. According to the O.C. The O.C.

Friendgiftr Launches Facebook Gift Card App

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Hollywood-based Friendgiftr , an angel funded startup developing Facebook applications, said today that it has launched a new Facebook application which allows users to send real gift cards to friends, family, and others. The startup said it is now offering over 120 U.S. The firm was founded by Rob Carpenter and David Murphy. READ MORE>>.

New Fellowship For MBA Students At UCI Honors Luis Villalobos

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A new endowed fellowship fund, which will be awarded to a graduate MBA student at the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine, has been established to honor the Tech Coast Angels' Luis Villalobos. Villalobos, founder of the Tech Coast Angels, passed away on October first.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. Here's the rest. Here’s how to do it.

Another Big Exit For Local Angels With Mindbody?

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Local angel investors--including the Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels --might just have another big hit on their hands, with the news today that San Luis Obispo-based Mindbody has filed for an IPO. mindbody angel investors tech coast pasadena frontera siemerREAD MORE>>.

Angel Funding Advice

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recently wrote a post on angel financing covering the topic of convertible notes but I realized I was thinking about the issue more from investor perspective and a very narrow topic of how to price the round. Market validation – This one is optional but important.  At an angel round you can get away with no market validation.

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009 -- The Perfect Pitch 2009. See [link] (more

Numira Biosciences Gets $3.2M

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Numira has previously raised funding from the Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels and vSpring Capital. Tags: numira biosciences tech coast angels venture capital contract research lifescience No details on the funding have been announced by the company.

eGuardian Partners With Education Firm

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Irvine-based eGuardian , a provider of service aimed at protecting children on the web, has partnered with safety education firm i-SAFE, according to investor the Tech Coast Angels. Tags: eguardian safety tech coast angels angel investment isafe The TCA invested in eGuardian in August of 2008.

Green Dot Files For IPO

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Green Dot is venture backed by Sequoia Capital, TTP Fund, as well as a significant number of Tech Coast Angels. The firm reported net income of $37.16M on revenues of $234.8M in 2009. Tags: green financial prepaid merger acquisition tech coast angels The firm's IPO is being undewritten by J.P.

TCA Stresses Mixers, New Website

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The Tech Coast Angels is stressing its mixer program, seed investment efforts, and a new website, as it kicks off a 2010 program, according to the angel investing group. The angel group also mentioned a web site design as part of its initiatives this year. READ MORE>>.

Angel Group Gives Luis Villalobos Award

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The Angel Capital Association , a national association for angel investors, said Wednesday that it has awarded the Luis Villalobos Award to a company, for being the most innovative angel backed company from its members. The ACA''s award is named after Tech Coast Angels founder Luis Villalobos, who passed away in 2009.

Audiolife Acquired By Alliance Entertainment

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According to Alliance Entertainment, Audiolife's founders will remain in Los Angeles, but the company will be moving its fulfillment operations to Shepherdsville, Kentucky. Audiolife was founded in 2009. Audiolife was backed by angels, including members of the Tech Coast Angels and CVAN, the Coachella Valley Angel Network.

SodaHead Connects With Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo

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Los Angeles-based SodaHead.com , an online site focused on a combination of news discussion and questions and answers, announced today that the firm has connected the site to Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo. The firm formerly was focused on providing a service where users could ask, answer, and discuss questions on any topic. READ MORE>>.

LeisureLink Raises $3.5M

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online marketplace and service for vacation rental booking, has raised $3.5M in a funding round.

Luis Villalobos Celebration of Life

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009 -- Luis Villalobos Celebration of Life. Memorial service for Luis Villalobos, founder of the Tech Coast Angels. Email bonnie@techcoastangels.com.

Venture Capitalists Invest $493.2M In Southern California In Q1

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Although dollars were up, the number of deals (736 nationally in Q1 vs. 827 deals last year) was the lowest in a single quarter since Q3 of 2009. Locally, the report totaled $201.28M in deals in the Los Angeles area, $191.89M in the Orange County area, and $100.0M in San Diego. Frontier , the Tech Coast Angels , and New Enterprise.

Dayak Acquired By RecruitHire

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Carlsbad-based Dayak , an angel-backed operator of an online recruiting and jobs site, has been acquired. Dayak had raised around $2.1M in funding, from such backers as Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, NextStage Capital, and the Tech Coast Angels. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

YouMail Trumpets App Download Numbers

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Los Angeles-based YouMail , the enhanced voice mail service run by Alex Quilici, said Thursday that it seen over two million downloads on the Blackberry application store, Blackberry AppWorld. YouMail's Blackberry application has been available since February of 2009; the firm's iPhone version was released in June of 2009.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places.

Report Tallies $7.7 Billion In SoCal IT Exits In 2011

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Green Dot's backers included Sequoia Capital, Total Technology Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Both years were well above 2009, which had a low of only $475M in exits. angeles california southern exit acquisition merger exits capital ventureA new report released today tallies up $7.7

Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2

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The most active investors in the region, in terms of activity, were the Tech Coast Angels , with five investments or follow up investments in the quarter, followed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers with three investments. Tags: venture capital investment southern california 2009

Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Startup Marketing Ideas - Eric David Greenspan

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Our radio show, Tech News, powered by Make It Work has been a great success. What networking events in Los Angeles or Southern California do you go to? My company and I are a perfect case study for the Tech Council affiliation. great opportunity for more visible networking. Sometimes I make a blog entry. Great stuff!

TCA Fast Pitch

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009 -- The Tech Coast Angels Presents the 9th Annual Orange County Fast Pitch Competition. Enjoy a sumptuous walk-around gourmet dinner and wine with the Angels. Network with hundreds of investors and entrepreneurs. Watch the finalists in the competition pitch to a panel of expert judges.

Mobile-XL Ties Into Orange Cameroon

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Los Angeles-based Mobile-XL , an angel-backed developer of mobile phone applications, said today that it has linked with telecom carrier Orange in the country of Cameroon. Mobile-XL is backed by the Tech Coast Angels. Financial impact of the deal was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

MyShape Confirms Funding

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The firm said the round was led by DFJ Growth Fund, and also included Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tenaya Capital, the Pasadena Angels, and the Tech Coast Angels. Amount of the funding round was not disclosed, although a regulatory filing last week placed the round target at $12.1M. READ MORE>>.

Docufide In Michigan Win

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Los Angeles-based Docufide , which develops systems for electronic transfer of school transcripts between high schools and colleges, said this week that it has inked a deal with the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI). The firm is backed by the Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and other angel investors.

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

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Last year, venture capitalists and angels who co-invested with them placed $7 billion into seed and early-stage deals, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report. Meet angels via the entrepreneurs they’ve funded. Be coachable.

Loop'd Network Gains $800K

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According to Loop'd, the funding came from its existing investors, along with new investor the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

Teresis Adds To Board

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Teresis is angel backed by the Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels. READ MORE>>.

Make It Work Gets Into Radio

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The firm said the show, Tech News, will feature expert advice and content about PCs, Macs, mobile devices, the Internet, and more. Make It Work is backed by Frontera Capital, Somera Ventures and the Tech Coast Angels. Make It Work serves the Southern California region with computer troubleshooting services. READ MORE>>.

SodaHead.com Swizzles Site

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SodaHead.com is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels; the firm raised $8.4M in June of last year. Among updates to the site are new category links to make it easier to find questions and answers, and a way to link and share news articles on the site. READ MORE>>.