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Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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In other words, it isn’t that VCs suddenly got smart, it’s that the costs of starting a company went down dramatically. Explosion in Seed Funds.

SaaS Funding Targest Software Companies With New Santa Monica Office

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SaaS Funding , a new provider of debt funding to software-as-a-service companies, said it has set up an office in Santa Monica. The company, which provides senior and junior debt capital, says it is targeting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), digital media and tech enabled service companies who are bootstrapped or backed by angels.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Him: But when I raised my first round we didn’t know how to price the company. Me: There is no rational explanation for valuations of A round companies by ANY objective financial measure. often will fund 80+% of a round and move quickly. This week. Him: Yeah.

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?

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There’s no question that many VCs (especially those who manage large funds), are underworked and overpaid. The Answer: “Yes and No”. Possibly.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund

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The fund would seek to invest in companies started on campus, from University research, and from students. READ MORE>>.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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If I’m wrong – at least you’ll have more data to decide how you raise & spend your company’s money. Mostly, no.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it.  The Funding Problem. And the future?

Mucker Capital closes on $45 million for an early-stage LA-based fund

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Santa Monica-based Mucker Capital has raised $45 million for its third fund, Mucker III.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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In fact, if you add the capital flows of the past ten years, there have been just shy of $50 billion in net cash outlays. Sorry! Summary.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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VC funding. think I’m at the expert stage of venture capital and I mean in the Wardley sense. blog here ). Same as I felt. Promise.

10 Signs Your Company Isn’t Ready to Raise Startup Capital

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I don’t think I need to make the case for raising capital for your startup. Is your company ready to raise startup capital?

Core Innovation Capital Backs Mosaic's $220M Funding

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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. The company is based in Oakland. Core Innovation Capital is very active nationally in fintech investments, and raised a big fund in 2015. READ MORE>>.

Razer Plans Venture Capital Fund

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Irvine-based videogame accessory and hardware maker Razer is planning on launching a new, corporate venture capital fund, starting next year, according to a report. Razer, which is led by Min-Liang Tan, reportedly plans to invest in companies, which it plans to incubate and help with its international business. READ MORE>>.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” It had an influence on the people who fund our industry in a negative way as many asset managers who fund our industry read this flawed report.

TVC Capital Raises $115M Software Fund

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San Diego-based TVC Capital , the software-focused, growth equity investment firm founded by Jeb Spencer and Steve Hamerslag has raised a big, $115M software fund, the company said Wednesday. The fund said that TVC Capital III was oversubscribed, and closed in only 90 days. million in revenues. READ MORE>>.

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Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding

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The Three Enthralling Factors Of Venture Funding. LOCATION: I Wish They All Could Be California Companies. Thanks Mr. Big Firm VC.

ROX Medical Gets $40M Funding

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San Clemente-based ROX Medical , a startup developing medical devices to treat hypertension, has raised $40M in a Series E funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Novartis Venture Fund and Apple Tree Partners and also included prior investors Versant Ventures and Domain Associates. READ MORE>>.

DFJ, Pasadena Angels lead $1.4M funding in Edufii

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million Series A funding in Edufii Inc., 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. DFJ Frontier and Pasadena Angels have led a $1.4 Read more here. Tweet Tweet.

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Conversely if you’re burning $600,000 per month (yes, some companies do) then you only have 5 months of cash left. often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million. Availability of Capital. ” I highly recommend reading it.

Radicle Accelerator Fund Launches to Nurture AgTech Innovation

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So far, Radicle has closed on $6 million in funding, and the accelerator expects its pot will reach up to $15 million.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

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I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies.

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The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

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One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. VC Funding Alternative. My House Is Not For Sale.

The Honest Company Gets $70M

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The funding brings the company''s total raised to $122M. READ MORE>>.

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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TVC Capital has also been a big supporter of socaltech over the years. spencer capital venture private equity reflections 2015

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. This is the fund raising perspective from both sides of the table.

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

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As Guy Kawasaki pointed out in our recent conversation , “…it is cheaper than ever to start a company. Basically, everything is free. Thomas J.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members. 

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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announced they raised $9 million from Sequoia , arguably the best venture capital firm that exists. We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. When we funded Sam , Rahul and team at MakeSpace > 2.5 Sincerely.

Southern California Companies Raise $2.49 Billion In VC In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $2.49 billion in venture capital in Q2 of 2016, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association, and Thomson Reuters. southern california moneytree investment investors 2016 venture capital survey

The Full Dataset on What VCs are Thinking About Funding in 2016

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We try to look at the sources of capital, the valuations, exits and trends. Of course we fund companies in good markets and bad.

What I Learned In 2015: Lawrence Ng, OnRamp Fund

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Today's thoughts are from Lawrence Ng , who founded Oversee.net, and just launched the OnRamp Fund (onrampfund.com). READ MORE>>.

CrownPeak Gets $50M In Merger With UK Company

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Los Angeles-based web content management software developer CrownPeak has raised $50M in a funding round, and merged with UK-based ActiveStandards , according to the two companies. According to the companies, the combined company will be based in Los Angeles, and will also have locations in Denver and London. READ MORE>>.

MK Capital Funds ReachForce

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According to ReachForce, MK Capital led a $4.6M investment round in the company. MK Capital has its Los Angeles offices in Santa Monica.

First Round Capital Launches Dorm Room Fund | $500,000 Pilot Investment Fund For Students

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Dorm Room Fund will begin with a pilot in Philadelphia. Less Capital is Capital Still. For Students By Students.

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Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?

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You’re ready to raise some funding. The post Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital? You’ve identified a pain point. Or are you?

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch

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The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. wish that was true. It’s not.”

Kareo Gets $15M Debt Funding

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Irvine-based Kareo , which provides cloud-based, medical office software, said Friday that it has raised $15M in a mezzanine debt funding round. The funding came from Escalate Capital Partners. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $47M in 2014. Terms of the new funding were not announced.

Digest 5/23-30: Snapchat’s $1.8B Raise, March Capital’s $240M Fund, Victorious $25M Series B

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MARCH CAPITAL Opens LA Shop with $240M Fund ( link ). FAST COMPANY Hosted Its Creative Conference. Tuesday May 31. Hack for LA.

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