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Manpacks. Yes, I Said Manpacks!

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Manpacks, a startup founded by Andrew Draper and Ken Johnson, is a subscription service for the essential items in a mans life. News Retail & Consumers Startup andrew draper bestspring ken johnson manpacksVisit TechZulu for full story.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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million from Rincon Ventures & Tim Draper. For any company interested in applying   please visit the website. History. For the past 2.5

DFJ Mercury Promotes Venture Partner In San Diego

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Prolacta Links With National Milk Bank

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According to Prolacta, the National Milk Bank will recruit potential breast milk donors for Prolacta. READ MORE>>.

Facebook Competitor Altly Becomes Anybeat

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AnyBeat is backed by Freestyle Capital, Social Leverage, Arthur Bilger, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Howard Lindzon, Tom Anderson, Alex Bard, Alex Karelin, Kenny Van Zant, and Francis Costello. Altly , the startup headed by Dmitry Shapiro which is developing an alternative to Facebook, said Monday that it has renamed the firm to AnyBeat.com.

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Ranker Raises $1.3M

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The funding was led by Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson , and also included Rincon Venture Partners , Newport Coast Investments , Gil Elbax of Factual, the Pasadena Angels , and Siemer Venture Capital. Ranker is a website which allows consumers to rank lists of their favorite TV shows, books, products, or anything else.

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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The firm's investor was San Diego-based TVC Capital , which invested only $4M in total in Accordent before it was acquired. Thanks! READ MORE>>.

Anybeat Rolls Out Chat Roulette Feature

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AnyBeat is backed by Freestyle Capital, Social Leverage, Arthur Bilger, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Howard Lindzon, Tom Anderson, Alex Bard, Alex Karelin, Kenny Van Zant, and Francis Costello. The new feature automatically connects users to other people on the site, who share interests with your profile. READ MORE>>.

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Enevate Expands Battery Efforts In Irvine

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The venture backed firm, which has investments from Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, is tripling its office space to 22,000 square feet, according to the Orange County Register. Irvine-based Enevate , a developer of rechargeable battery technology, is expanding in Irvine, according to reports today. READ MORE>>.

SpaceX Announces Second Satellite Launch Deal

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SpaceX is venture backed by Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners, and is headed by technology mogul Elon Musk. In the second satellite launch deal announced today, Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and ORBCOMM said that SpaceX will carry two new satellites to orbit this year. READ MORE>>.

Genomatica Claims Milestone

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Genomatica is backed by Alloy Ventures , Bright Capital , Draper Fisher Jurvetson , Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Mohr Davidow Ventures, TPG Biotech, VantagePoint Venture Partners and Waste Management, and has raised over $84M in funding. READ MORE>>. fermentation energy processing chemical cleantech clean genomatica

Genomatica Raises $45M

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Prior investors Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and TPG Biotech also participated. San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. The chemical is used to make spandex, automotive plastics, running shoes, and other products.

MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down

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MyShape had raised north of $36M in funding from such investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and Tenaya Capital. Los Angeles-based MyShape , the online personalized fashion and women's clothing firm, has shut down. READ MORE>>.

Miven Re-Ups On ViVOtech

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Prior investors include Miven Ventures, Alloy Ventures , Citi Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurveston, DFJ Gotham, First Data Corporation, Motorola Mobility, Nokia Growth Partners and NCR. ViVOtech, which is based in Santa Clara, said it raised $24M in a Series C financing exptension. field near payment vivotech capital venture miven

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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The most active investors in Southern California for Q4 were Mission Ventures (6 investments); Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (4 investments); DFJ Frontier (4 investments); Okapi Venture Capital (3 investments); Draper Fisher Jurvetson (3 investments); First Round Capital (3 investments); and Arboretum Ventures (3 investments).

Genomatica Files For IPO

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Genomatica is a developer of processes used to convert renewable feedstocks into high volume chemicals.The firm is venture backed by TPG biotechnology Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, WM Organic Growth, among others. Morgan, Jeffries, Piper Jaffray, and Raymond James.

Anthem, DFJ Frontier Back Janrain

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Other investors, aside form Anthem and DFJ Frontier, were RPM Ventures, Tim Draper, and Square 1 Bank. Two Los Angeles area venture capital firms have re-upped their investments in a provider of identity management software. JanRain said it has raised $15.5M in its new round of funding, which was led by Emergence Capital Partners.

NeuroVigil Gets Funding

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NeuroVigil has previously raised seed funding from DFJ Frontier, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Zone Ventures, which invested $250K in the firm when it won the 2008 DFJ Venture Challenge. Amount of the funding, and source, was not disclosed. NeuroVigil said the funding came from an "anonymous American industrialist and technology visionary".

Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal

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Genomatica is venture backed by Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow ventures, and TPG Biotech, and has raised $40M in funding. According to the two, they will advance Genomatica's technology and manufacturing processes to produce intermediate and basic chemicals from syngas made from municipal solid waste. READ MORE>>.

Cognition Raises $200K

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Cognition has previously raised funding from the Tech Coast Angels and Draper Associates, as well as Tim Draper and Scott Jarus. No details on the funding have been announced. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>. cognition venture capital natural language semantic search software

Virgin Galactic Names CFO

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Sunshine as its CFO. The firm said that Sunshine is the firm's first Chief Financial Officer. READ MORE>>.

The Startup Game ?? Then and Now!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 -- The Startup Game  Then and Now! Join SDVG for the September keynote breakfast with Bill Draper and Tim Draper. The father-son duo of Bill Draper and Tim Draper will share their inter-generational viewpoints on the venture capital business. The Startup Game  Then and Now!

Active Network Plans Offering For Investors

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Those investors include ICG Holdings, TPG Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, TL Ventures, as well as others. The sales come around 9 months after Active Networks May 2011 IPO. In the filing, Active said it is planning to sell 1.5 READ MORE>>. active network merger acquisition investors sports

Genomatica Drops IPO Plans, Raises $41.5M

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The firm, which had filed for a $100M IPO in August of 2011, said in a withdrawal of its registration, that it has determined not to proceed with its IPO, "in light of current market conditions." San Diego-based renewable chemicals developer Genomatica has dropped its IPO plans, according to a regulatory filing by the company this morning.

CapLinked Announces New Investors, Signs Up New Clients & Builds New Features

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CapLinked didn’t just raise money but announced it had acquired several new clients, including Edwards Lifesciences, Draper and Kramer, and Proprietary Capital who join a growing and impressive roster of previously disclosed CapLinked clients such as Thomson Reuters, Sun Capital, and NextView Ventures. million. Over $3M Raised.

Genomatica Raises $21.25M

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Genomatica says on its web site that it has now raised more than $40M in financing from TPG, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Alloy Ventures. No details on the new funding have been disclosed by the firm. Genomatica develops technology to replace fossil fuel based chemicals with renewable products. READ MORE>>.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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We sat down with David and Allen to learn more about how the company wants to change how startups are created. Explain exactly how Zuma Ventures works?

Synthetic Genomics Brings Funding Up To $35.0M

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Synthetic Genomics is backed by ExxonMobil, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Meteor Group, Biotechonomy LLC and Plenus, S.A., BP plc, and ACGT Sdn Bd. The firm is headed by J. Craig Venter, the inventor of DNA sequencing. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics have said that ExxonMobil is investing up to $300M in the firm around their joint efforts.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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Local Startups Draw Far And Wide For Funding In Q4

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raised in Q4 of 2011, against the backdrop of an overall lull in venture capital activity for the year nationally. Maybe not. READ MORE>>.