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MuckerLab Unveils Second Graduating Class to Investors

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A traffic jam of expensive cars lined up to pull into the packed parking lot of MuckerLab for its second graduating class demo day.

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Codesmith Raised $1.1 Million Funding Round Lead by Test Prep CEO


And one well-known coding bootcamp has made an effort to focus on engineering thanks to a huge investment from a Malibu CEO. The investment will help to add more online classes to their already impressive offerings. Jobs Codesmith Coding coding bootcamps coding schools online classes test prep veritas prep

Disney Accelerator Shows Off First Class Of Startups


The Disney Accelerator said that Smart Toy was acquired by Los Angeles-based children''s product firm Cartwheel Kids, and that SnowShoe raised $2.2M in its seed funding round. Disney offered up up to $120K in investment capital, access to entrepreneurs and executives at Disney, and other resources to its startups. READ MORE>>.

Angel Investing (1): Dealflow – Are You Sitting at The Right Poker Table?

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But I fear that for most angel investors who invest over the long haul angel investing will not be a profitable endeavor. In

Why The LA Dodgers Accelerator Is Combining Sports, Investment and Startups


Tucker Kain: In 2012, when the current ownership group bought the Dodgers, the group they pulled together was pretty heavily investment focused.

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Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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He is also an active investor with stakes in companies like Hipmunk, GroupMe, Facebook, Zynga (acquisition stock), and SV Angels. SuperDemo.

Angels and VCs: Don’t be greedy even if you can.


Promissory notes come before any equity, and most late equity investments come before early equity investments, even of the same class of security. 

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Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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Mike Jones , Investor and Advisor Located In Los Angeles. Scott Sangster, President of  Tech Coast Angels  (Los Angeles)/CEO at  OrganicStartup.

Crowdfunding SEO Advice From AngelList

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I was lucky enough to be at LaunchPad LA last night to hear Dustin Dolginow from Atlas Ventures/  coach the incoming class on how best to use AngelList to fund their companies. Much of the advice was basic–have your elevator pitch down, raise enough $$ for 18 months runway, etc.  Simply outstanding.

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LA Dodgers Opens Door On First Accelerator Program


At least three of the companies are originally from Los Angeles, including FieldLevel, Appetize, and Focus in Motion. READ MORE>>.

Disney Accelerator Names First Class


The Disney Accelerator , the startup accelerator backed by Disney and being run by TechStars in Los Angeles, announced its inagural class today, naming eleven companies--including three Los Angeles companies--to participate in the three month program. READ MORE>>.

LaunchpadLA Opens Spring Applications, Bumps Investment Dollars


Santa Monica-based startup accelerator LaunchpadLA has just opened up its spring 2013 class applications, and bumped the amount it invests in startups. The amount invested per startup is double what LaunchpadLA was previously offering to startups in the program. launchpadla accelerator angeles venture capitalREAD MORE>>.

Make In LA Names Second Hardware Accelerator Class


Make In LA , a hardware-focused startup accelerator and mentorship program, said this week that it has selected a second class of startup for its four month accelerator program. The participants all receive $150,000 in investment capital, mentoring, and access to a prototype lab. This next class has its Demo Day on June 28th.

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

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Tech entrepreneurs and executives from Silicon Valley are moving south and buying up luxury homes in the Los Angeles area. MSN Money Investing.

Warner Media Camp Graduates Second Class


What do you get when you combine a technology investment demo day with a Hollywood-style story pitch session? READ MORE>>.

White House Targets Tech Training, Jobs In LA With TechHire


The White House has named Los Angeles as one of 21 communities around the nation which are part of a new technology job and training effort called TechHire , the administration announced Monday. techhire white house jobs employment california angeles technology recruiting training school education READ MORE>>.

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3 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know about Indiana Innovation


Several world-class research institutions are located in the state, including Indiana University, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame. In fact, Indiana University’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan calls for a $300 million investment program called Grand Challenges that focuses on large-scale problems facing humanity.

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Investor Insights and Highlights | An Unscientific Process as Dating

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The bottom line though, is they want to believe in your capability to pull off whatever they’re investing in. Are you honest?

What Angel Investing & Florida Condos Have in Common

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The dinner parties now are filled with self-righteous angel investors bragging about how many deals they are in on. For now. That is conformity.

How TaskUs Is Powering LA's Technology Startup Boom


Los Angeles has been in the midst of a technology boom over the last few years, with many of high profile startups growing in the area. Thanks!

Launchpad LA Starts Accepting Fall 2013 Applications


Launchpad LA , one of the more high profile startup accelerators in Los Angeles, has opened up applications for its next class. The accelerator has been accepting applications since last week for its Class 6, which will run from mid-September to mid-January. launchpadla launchpad fall incubator accelerator investment seed

Congrats To All The Winners and Thanks To Our Speakers at #REACHNeXT!

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Greg has led Series A investments in tech-based enterprises. We did it folks! The 1st annual  REACH NeXT event was a great success! Records.

Interview with Amir Banifatemi and Kai Tao, K5Launch


When is your first class, and how many companies are you going to include? What is K5Launch? All of our mentors are investors as well.

Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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This is class four for Launchpad LA. Over 500 startups applied last quarter to Launchpad LA’s accelerator, but only eight were chosen.

TX Zhuo Talks About LA's Newest Venture Fund, Karlin Ventures


One of the biggest complaints that local entrepreneurs have with Los Angeles has been a dearth of local sources of venture capital. Thanks!

Interview with Bryan Burkhart, H.Bloom


H.Bloom is one of the companies backed by Los Angeles technology entrepreneur and investor Brian Lee (Shoedazzle, Legalzoom). What is H.Bloom?

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Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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Chris Dumler , Co-Founder of Los Angeles Startup Foundation. Tech Coast Angels  is actively seeking great startups to fund. to 10:00 p.m.

The 5 Criteria That Matter When Evaluating A College Entreprenurial Program


Practitioners, Not Professors – classes should be taught by people who have fought hand-to-hand combat in the startup trenches. Share and Enjoy.

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2015 LA Investor Startup Forecast

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Our line-up of panelists include many of Southern California’s top VCs, Angels and Startup Accelerators. to 10 p.m. YouTube, Microsoft and SyFy.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

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Our last fund we raised was in 2012 and we began investing it in April of 2012. Why do they invest in venture capital? Foundations. 3.

Next Gen CrowdInvesting | Chance Barnett (CEO) of Crowdfunder

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This all, circling around 2008, a shy year for startup investments. There’s also a diferent fluency in people who invest.

Yet Another LA Incubator Opens: Io/LA


If the Los Angeles accelerator/incubator market is not yet crowded enough, Hollywood-based io/LA opened its doors over the weekend, looking to recruit a class of five to six companies in a three month mentorship program. accelerate accelerator incubate investment iola capital venture incubatorREAD MORE>>.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

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So he put up half the money to bring movie theaters to inner-city Los Angeles and showed that he could deliver profitable chains.

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How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future


We saw an extraordinary opportunity, in general, and in LA in particular, to really focus in on technology in Los Angeles. David Waxman.:

The Authoritative Guide to Prorata Rights

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They often create the biggest tensions between investors who are investing at different stages in the business. These tensions seep out in some angels or seed funds publicly or semi-privately deriding later-stage VCs for their “bad” behavior. would you want to give up the right to invest in subsequent rounds? 2.

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Club W Doubles Down On Accelerators With Investment From 500Startups


500Startups said that ClubW--founded by Xander Oxman, Mark Lynn, Geoff McFarlane--was selected as part of its fifth class of accelerator companies.

In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy. My Surprise Discussion with @ClayChristensen

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His class reading lists could be a primer for any entrepreneur, not just MBAs. Some money out of every investment. Apple. Freemium.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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Lower costs to start a business (95% reduction), many more companies created & funded by angels / seed. Where are we today? billion). Mbps).

Announcing The socalTECH 50, 2015 Edition


Mike Bonin , Council Member, City of Los Angeles. Congratulations to our third class of the socalTECH 50! Who are the top 50 people to watch in Southern California? We've attempted to do that for the last three years, trying to ferret out exactly who the people--not companies--are to watch in the region's technology industry.

Interview with Erik Rannala, MuckerLab


We caught up with Erik to hear more about MuckerLab, and its efforts to grow the Los Angeles technology ecosystem. Erik, thanks for the time.