Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment
Both Sides of the Table
JUNE 5, 2016
Rise of Angels. There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital.
Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014
Ask the Angels
MAY 8, 2015
Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. April 6, 2015 — Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced that the group has invested a total of $4,163,000 in 17 deals during the year of 2014, making it the third consecutive year with over $4 million invested in deals.
Bad Notes on Venture Capital
Both Sides of the Table
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? ’ But do you want to start a relationship with your most important supplier – that of capital to fuel your business – by avoiding talking about his or her expectations in terms of rights or privileges? Isn’t it like you said about angels? This week.
Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?
DECEMBER 7, 2015
This analysis is particularly timely, given the recent tidal wave of successful entrepreneurs who have become Angel and venture investors.
Los Angeles’s Secret to Startup Success
NOVEMBER 12, 2015
When Los Angeles, CA was listed as the fastest-growing tech startup region in 2014, many guesses were raised about the root cause of its success. No, to see the strength of Los Angeles’ startup scene, you must look at the whole story. for a reason: Los Angeles offers the best access to seasoned executives and creative talent.
Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital
JULY 15, 2013
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DFJ, Pasadena Angels lead $1.4M funding in Edufii
Ask the Angels
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
DFJ Frontier and Pasadena Angels have led a $1.4 Other participants in the funding round include the Gideon Hixon Fund, Tech Coast Angels, SLO Seed Ventures and coaching industry private investors including Tiger Woods’ first coach Rudy Duran. million Series A funding in Edufii Inc., the social/mobile platform for skill development.
What Los Angeles Is Missing
OCTOBER 10, 2015
tech has clearly hit its growth inflection point, but the City of Angels has yet to get its startup wings. Read More.
Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?
Tech Zulu Event
NOVEMBER 8, 2013
The post Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital? You’ve identified a pain point. You’ve come up with a solution. Or are you?
Angels to the Rescue
JANUARY 20, 2013
The one group of investors you can count on to support you in a crisis are your Angels, and I saw two examples over the Holidays. What then?
Startup Surge in Los Angeles
MAY 14, 2012
The crowd of more than 1,500 spilled out into hallways, and would-be investors were turned away from the doors, as a crush of entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, wanna-be entrepreneurs, and others looked to be part of the surge of startups emerging in Los Angeles. At the event, the enthusiasm for startups was palpable.
Triton Digital Acquired By Vector Capital
MARCH 16, 2015
Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the provider of software for the digital audio streaming market, has been acquired by private equity firm Vector Capital , the companies said today. Triton Digital was advised by Macquarie Capital in the deal. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
Bluebeam Nets Local Angel Groups 20X Return
JANUARY 7, 2015
Local angel groups have hit the jackpot again with an investment, this time with the October acquisition of Pasadena-based Bluebeam in a $100M deal by German software company Nemetschek AG. The Tech Coast Angels and the Pasadena Angels revealed today that their return on Bluebeam was 20x for angels who participated in funding Bluebeam.
How More Women Are Becoming Angel Investors, with Eva Yazhari
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
Eva Helene Yazhari: It''s a program for budding angel investors, and female angel investors. What is the Pipeline Fellowship? Thanks!
Core Innovation Capital Backs Mosaic's $220M Funding
AUGUST 5, 2016
Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the backers in a big, $220M equity funding for solar power financing provider Mosaic. Core Innovation Capital is very active nationally in fintech investments, and raised a big fund in 2015. The company is based in Oakland. READ MORE>>.
6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch
MAY 22, 2012
The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. wish that was true. It’s not.”
Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief
NOVEMBER 20, 2012
Lowercase said earlier this month that it was gearing up to make investment in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.
Greentoe Lands Angel Funding
MAY 13, 2013
Los Angeles-based Greentoe.com , which operates an online marketplace which lets people name their own price for electronics and other items, has raised a round of angel funding, the firm said today. greentoe venture capital angel ecommerce retail retailer seed Size of the funding was not announced. READ MORE>>.
Los Angeles Startup Community
MAY 17, 2011
I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. It brings together events and content for Los Angeles.
500 Startups Extends Presence To Los Angeles
MARCH 10, 2016
Venture capital investor 500 Startups appears to be extending its presence in the Los Angeles area, with the appointment of Jess Erickson as LA Program Director at the firm. startups 500startups venture capital investor accelerator jess ericksonThe move was first noted by Fortune. READ MORE>>.
Mucker Capital closes on $45 million for an early-stage LA-based fund
MARCH 9, 2016
Santa Monica-based Mucker Capital has raised $45 million for its third fund, Mucker III. “We are founders, just like the… Read More.
Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries
Both Sides of the Table
JUNE 28, 2011
So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different. Enter Amazon.
Tech Coast Angels Number Two In Angel Investments Report
APRIL 16, 2013
According to the report, the Tech Coast Angels slipped from last year''s number one position, due to the activity of the New York Angels.
Tech Coast Angels Leads National Angel Investments
JULY 9, 2012
Southern California's largest angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , looks to be one of the lead investors nationally in angel-backed companies, according to a report released Monday by the Angel Resource institute. halo report tech coast angels angel investment venture capitalREAD MORE>>.
Core Innovation Capital Backs Vouch For Social Lending
MAY 14, 2015
Los Angeles-based venture investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the lead companies in a Series A investment in Vouch , a consumer lending startup which offers up consumer loans based on if a users' social network. Core Innovation Capital's investment in San Francisco-based Vouch was led by Arjun Schutte. READ MORE>>.
Be Great Fest | Celebrating Los Angeles’ Startup Ecosystem
Tech Zulu Event
AUGUST 27, 2013
Meet the next generation of startup success stories at Be Great Fest in Los Angeles. On Sept. startup ecosystem in the world, with L.A. link].
Scopely Gets Angel Funding
JULY 13, 2011
Los Angeles-based Scopely , a stealth mode firm headed by former Applied Semantics co-founder Eytan Elbaz , has raised a round of seed funding. angel media social finance elbaz eytan google semantics applied capital venture scopelyScopely says is is preparing to "disrupt a segment of the social web". READ MORE>>.
Los Angeles Accelerator Report Card: Too Early To Tell
JULY 23, 2012
But, how are those accelerators doing so far in terms of attracting capital and attention to Southern California startups? READ MORE>>.
Tech Coast Angels Makes Eight Investments, Sees Two Exits In Q1
MAY 1, 2015
The Tech Coast Angels , one of the most active angel investment groups nationwide in addition to here in Southern California, said Friday that it invested in eight new and follow on deals in the first quarter of 2015, in addition to seeing two exits out of its portfolio. Both Thermark and Olive Medical were acquired in February.
Tech Coast Angels: Record Amount Invested In 2014
JANUARY 29, 2015
Southern California''s biggest organized, angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , said this morning that the group had its biggest investment year ever in 2014, investing a total of $16.37M across 61 total deals. The investments were up by 12 percent from 2013, when the angel group invested $14.64M in its portfolio.
Tech Coast Angels: Biggest Q2 Ever For Deals
JULY 21, 2015
The Tech Coast Angels , Southern California's most active organized angel group,said today that it had its most active Q2, and had a record number of deals and dollars invested in the quarter. The Tech Coast Angels are not only Southern California's biggest investment group, but also one of the most active groups nationwide.
Angel5 Highlights Top Angel Investors
JANUARY 2, 2013
If you're a startup, one of the popular ways to reach out to angel investors is through the site AngelList. However, it's often difficult to sort through the many angel investors and others on the site in a useful way. angellist angel investment venture capital investing investor wittlebee acceleratorREAD MORE>>.
SV Angel's David Lee Heads To LA
DECEMBER 11, 2012
Yet another, Silicon Valley venture capitalist is headed to Los Angeles--this time, David Lee, co-founder and managing partner of prolific angel investment fund SV Angel. The move--first reported by PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy--apparently comes for personal reasons for Lee, whose famly lives in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.
Extracting More Than Cash From Your Angel Investors
MARCH 18, 2013
Angel investors are often the sole source of funding for startups at the critical pre-launch stage. Four Common Angel Archetypes.
Aligned TeleHealth Gets Angel Funding
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
lifescience capital venture telemedicine overseas remote consulting health physician outsourcing telehealth aligned Agoura Hills-based Aligned TeleHealth , a provider of telemedicine services and technology, said today that it has raised a round of private financing from two individuals. Size of the funding was not announced. READ MORE>>.
Jaunt Finds $65M To Open VR Studio In Los Angeles
SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Jaunt , a developer of cinematic, virtual reality hardware and software, said this morning that it has opened up a new, virtual reality studio in Los Angeles, after receiving $65M in a Series C funding. jauntvr jaunt virtual reality content hollywood film cinema cinematic videos venture capitalREAD MORE>>.
Angel Group: New SEC Rules Could Kill Angel Investing
JULY 17, 2013
Current rules only require angel investors to "self certify" that they meet accredited investment guidelines. Image courtesy Bigstock.
The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators
AUGUST 9, 2012
At a recent accelerator event on the West Side, a friendly young founder told me that he had been coached by his mentor not to talk to Angel groups. As a Pasadena Angel, I wanted to be shocked, but I wasn’t. The Angel funding process can be arduous. We know we’re short of capital, particularly in LA.
Angel Investing Trends for 2012
Ask the Angels
JANUARY 3, 2012
This year in Southern California, Barry Paulk’s Pasadena Angels funded 12 companies, raising $3 million in angel capital.
Interview with Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels
FEBRUARY 14, 2011
In your opinion, are your angels more or less active this year? The Tech Coast Angels had great exit last year in Green Dot - anything which, in hindsight, made this one a home run? We've heard some entrepreneurs who have had some difficulty figuring out how to work with angels. Mike Napoli: It's quality versus quantity. Thanks!