Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech
Tech Zulu Event
JULY 8, 2011
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
Tech Zulu Event
JANUARY 30, 2012
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
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
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CalTech Enterprise Forum | Renewable Energy & The Smarter Grid
Tech Zulu Event
MAY 5, 2011
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
MARCH 9, 2011
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.
Caltech Invests In Coursera
JULY 17, 2012
According to Coursera, Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania have invested a combined $3.7M in investments to back its efforts to put university courses online. coursera caltech venture capital education online classesCoursera allows anyone to take university courses online, for free, across a wide range of disciplines.
Impinj Files For IPO
APRIL 21, 2011
Impinj , a developer of RFID chips which has satellite engineering office in Rancho Cordova and Newport Beach, and which was founded by a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) professor, has filed for an IPO. impinj merger acquisition semiconductor chip rfid carver mead caltechREAD MORE>>.
Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?
Both Sides of the Table
APRIL 20, 2011
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.
UC, Caltech Key To Bill Gates' New $1 Billion Cleantech Investment Effort
DECEMBER 12, 2016
Both the University of California , and Caltech both appear to be key to the new clean technology investment fund, Breakthrough Energy , which is being led by former Microsoft founder Bill Gates. warming global change climate capital venture technology clean cleantech bezos jeff gates bill energy breakthroughREAD MORE>>.
Elevance Pulls IPO
SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
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
JUNE 21, 2011
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
MARCH 30, 2011
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>>.
Ondax Raises $2M More
DECEMBER 16, 2010
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.
Gevo, With Ties To Caltech and UCLA, Files For IPO
AUGUST 12, 2010
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
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
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>>.
Elevance Renewable Sciences Raises $50M More
JULY 22, 2011
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
JANUARY 19, 2011
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
MAY 4, 2011
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
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
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Arivale Brings Gene Sequencing Driven Wellness To Los Angeles
OCTOBER 11, 2016
According to the company's CEO, Clayton Lewis--who has been a General Partner at Venture Capital investor Maveron--the company has just started expanding into Los Angeles and the rest of California, as it looks to grow its business. Arivale raised $36M in 2015 from Maveron, ARCH Venture Partners and Polaris Partners. READ MORE>>.
SlipChip Gets $26.5M For Microfluidics Technology
MARCH 9, 2015
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:
Both Sides of the Table
MARCH 11, 2011
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
JUNE 30, 2011
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
OCTOBER 20, 2011
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.
Impinj, With Offices In OC, Sets IPO Pricing Range
JULY 11, 2016
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>>.
Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?
Both Sides of the Table
OCTOBER 8, 2014
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
DECEMBER 21, 2010
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
JULY 12, 2012
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!
Tech Zulu Event
JANUARY 20, 2012
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
Both Sides of the Table
APRIL 17, 2012
World-class education including Caltech, USC and UCLA. Caltech. Think about venture capital. ” That always stuck with me.
Avidity Biosciences Finds $16M
JANUARY 5, 2017
The round included $10M in new capital, combined with conversion of $6M in convertible debt. The funding was led by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and also included Alethea Capital, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Brace Pharma, EcoR1 Capital, F-Prime Capital, Moore Venture Partners and Tavistock Life Sciences. READ MORE>>.
FastSoft Raises $950K
NOVEMBER 17, 2009
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
JULY 10, 2009
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
OCTOBER 15, 2013
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
JULY 16, 2013
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
JANUARY 30, 2009
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>>.
Gevo Buys Ethanol Plant
OCTOBER 1, 2010
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>>.
Contour Energy Rolls Out New Coin Cells
JANUARY 4, 2011
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>>.
CFX Battery Becomes Contour Energy, Out Of Stealth
MARCH 15, 2010
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
FEBRUARY 22, 2011
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.