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Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, July 14, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Its Time! Its Time! SuperDemo. Event Details.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at Caltech. Bill founded Idealab to create and build successful businesses that capitalize on innovations in areas with significant growth opportunities, including the Internet. Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. The time has finally arrived!

Caltech Taps Venture Capitalist As Trustee

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CalTech Enterprise Forum | Renewable Energy & The Smarter Grid

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The CalTech Enterprise Forum presents Renewable Energy & The Smarter Grid: Opportunities for the Entrepreneur this Saturday May 7th. Register: Online: [link]. $40 on-line registration fee; $50 at-the-door; $10 for students with full-time student ID and free for Caltech students (must show ID at door).  Lux Capital.

Alta Devices, With Links to Caltech, Gains $72M

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A new startup with links to Caltech has just raised $72M in funding. Alta Devices< is based on the research of Caltech's Harry Atwater, Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at Caltech, along with co-founder Eli Yablonovitch of UC Berkeley.

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.

Impinj, With Offices In OC, Files For IPO

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The IPO is being underwritten by RBC Capital Markets, Pacific Crest Securities, Piper Jaffray,Needham & Company, and Cannacord Genuity. Impinj was co-founded by Caltech professor Carver Mead, and had set up offices in Newport Beach in 2004. impinj merger acquisition wireless rfid chip radio frequency identification caltech

Elevance Pulls IPO

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Elevance just announced a $104M venture capital round in July, a Series E round which came from Lacustrine Limited via Genting Genomics Limited, and Total Energy Ventures International. elevance renewable sciences caltech olefin specialty chemical cleantech merger acquisition exit withdrawalREAD MORE>>.

Contour Energy Systems Finds More Funding

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Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the developer of battery technology based on research from Caltech, said today that it has raised a Series C funding round. The firm said the new funding came from Singapore investment fund EDBI, CMEA Capital, Harris & Harris, Schlumberger, and U.S. Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Contour Energy Expands Battery Line

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Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the venture-backed battery developer spun out of research from Caltech, said today that it has added two new lithium batteries to its line of coin cells. Contour Energy is venture backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Gevo, With Ties To Caltech and UCLA, Files For IPO

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Gevo--which is now based in Englewood, Colorado--was started in Pasadena, and has licensed technology from both the University of California, Los Angeles, and Caltech. coli) bacteria, as well as technology from Caltech from the lab of Dr. Frances Arnold. Gevo said it will raised up to $150M on the Nasdaq Global Market, trading as GEVO.

ADP Setting Up Technology Center In Pasadena With 350 Employees

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The company says it specifically is looking to capitalize on the existing tech business community in Pasadena and the surrounding Los Angeles area, along with local schools like Caltech, The Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College. ADP offers up payrolls services and other human resources outsourcing. READ MORE>>.

Ondax Raises $2M More

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According to the Pasadena Angels, one of the investors in the firm, the round also included the Tech Coast Angels and un-named venture capital firms.

Elevance Renewable Sciences Raises $50M More

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elevance renewable sciences venture capital materia catalyst plant process clean cleantech materials biofuels biotech caltechElevance Renewable Sciences , the spinout of Pasadena-based Materia , has scored $50M more in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. Elevance is based in Illinois. READ MORE>>.

Gevo Sets Range For IPO

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Gevo , the biofuels startup spawned out of technology from the University of California, Los Angeles and Caltech, has set an offering range for its IPO. Gevo is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Virgin Green Fund, Total Energy Ventures, Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund, Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund, and LANXESS, among others.

Contour Energy Names Advisory Board

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Azusa-based Contour Energy , the advanced battery company backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris , Schlumberger and US Venture Partners, said today that it has formed a new Scientific Advisory Board. cleantech clean battery caltech board advisory scientific executive energy contourREAD MORE>>.

Indi Molecular Raises $1.5M For Antibody Startup

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Impinj, With Offices In OC, Sets IPO Pricing Range

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Impinj is selling 4,600,000 shares of its common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as "PI", is venture backed by ARCH Venture Partners, Polaris Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Mobius Venture Capital, Intel, GF Private Equity, and AllianceBernstein. READ MORE>>.

SlipChip Gets $26.5M For Microfluidics Technology

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Pasadena-based SlipChip , a Caltech spinoff developing microfluidics technology, has raised $26.5M as part of an ongoing, $30M funding raising effort, according to a filing from the company. Photo: Caltech, demonstration of technology licensed by SlipChip by the school. The filing says six investors participated in the round.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He sold so many that after Caltech he decided to open a retail store. Entrepreneur Advice This Week in Venture CapitalHeresy. for $1.63

Contour Energy Targeting $20M In Series C

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Contour said last week that it had raised a Series C funding round from Singapore Investment fund EDBI, CMEA Capital, Harris & Harris, Schlumberger, and U.S. Contour's technology is based on carbon-flourine battery technology from Caltech; the firm's CEO is Joe Fisher. contour energy systems venture capital cleantech clean batter

Accelerator Crazy In Southern California

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LA Cleantech Incubator , officially launched last week, and was created by Los Angeles Cleantech Alliance, a group supported by Mayor's Office, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Community Redevelopment Agency for Los Angeles, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UCLA, USC, CalTech, and Arts Center College of Design.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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Given how efficient markets are when a large market like LA starts to blossom it attracts capital pretty quickly. LA By The Numbers. Booed.

Materia Spinoff Elevance Gets $100M

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Elevance is a spinout of Pasadena-based Materia , the material research firm based on research out of Caltech. The new funding for Elevance came from Naxos Capital Partners, Total Energy Ventures, TPG Biotech and TPG Growth. materia elevance venture capital materials cleantech chemicals chemistryREAD MORE>>.

Elevance Renewable Sciences Finds $104M

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An Illinois firm whose technology is based on, and licensed from Pasadena-based Materia and Caltech , has raised a whopping, $104M funding round. Elevance is using olefin metathesis technology, licensed from Materia, and originally developed by Noble Prize winning Caltech professor Robert H. Grubbs. READ MORE>>.

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

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Where: CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. Take the next left on Holliston Avenue, into Caltech campus. Event Details.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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World-class education including Caltech, USC and UCLA. Caltech. Think about venture capital. ” That always stuck with me.

FastSoft Raises $950K

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Pasadena-based FastSoft , a developer of Internet acceleration appliances based on research out of Caltech, has raised $950K in a debt funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. FastSoft has previously received funding from Miramar Venture Partners, Caltech, and angel investors. READ MORE>>.

Helixis Raises $5.3M

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Carlsbad-based Helixis , a developer of nucleic acid analysis tools based on technology spun out of Caltech, has raised $5.3M out of a ongoing, $10.0M Helixis has previously received funding from ATV, Domain Associates, and Okapi Venture Capital. Tags: helixis venture capital caltech venture round. READ MORE>>.

Sofie Biosciences Lands $5M In Series A

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The funding was led by Tata Industries, and also included MRM Capital and the Cycad Group. Sofie Biosciences--which is a spinout of UCLA and Caltech--said the funding will go towards further development of its technology. sofie biosciences venture capital lifescience molecular diagnostics positron READ MORE>>.

Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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Because of that, I formally reached out to Caltech, Idealab, the Art Center College of Design, and all the CEOs I knew running tech companies out here.

Luxtera Snags $26.75M

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The firm, which develops optical interconnects, is a Caltech spinoff. No details on the funding have been disclosed, however, the firm has previously raised three rounds of capital from August Capital, ITU Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Sevin Rosen Funds, and Zone Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Contour Energy Rolls Out New Coin Cells

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Azusa-based Contour Energy , the battery technology firm based on technology licensed from Caltech, announced this morning that it has debuted a new line of coin cell batteries based on its technology. The firm said the batteries are in the 2032, 2025, 2016 & 2450 sizes. READ MORE>>.

Gevo Buys Ethanol Plant

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Gevo , the Caltech spinoff developing biofuels processing technology, said last week that it has completed its acquisition of a biofuels plant in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo's technology is based on research developed out of Caltech, although the firm is now located in Colorado. Gevo filed for an IPO in August. READ MORE>>.

CFX Battery Becomes Contour Energy, Out Of Stealth

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Azusa-based CFX Battery , the stealthy Caltech battery spinoff, said today that it has renamed itself Contour Energy , and emerged out of stealth mode. Tags: battery contour energy stealth mode advanced materials caltech chemistry As part of the announcement, the firm said it has also scored two technology transfer contracts with NASA.

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures

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We've created over a billion dollars in public market capital created by our investments here. Thanks for the time today. That's part one.

Contour Energy Targets 3DTV

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The firm--which is developing batteries originally developed at Caltech--said its new high performance coin cells last 61 percent longer that competing brands of batteries. Contour Energy is venture backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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If you look at just Caltech, UCLA, and USC, and you look at our population base, we''re pouring out more engineers than pretty much anywhere.

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It became a theme in my keynote at Caltech on the future of social networking. Startup Advice This Week in Venture CapitalAwesome.

LA Startup Report 2013 | A Rising Forecast

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Venture capital is also affected by the fragmented locations of startups in LA. LA brings forth a lot of talent from USC, UCLA, and Caltech

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