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What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. Gap closed, right? Accounting?

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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. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. Lobby.

TVC Capital Backs Celigo

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San Diego-based software growth equity investor TVC Capital has backed Celigo , a developer of software to integrate cloud-based applications. Celigo said this morning that it has raised $8M in an expansion capital round, its first institutional funding since it was founded in 2006. part of the funding, TVC Capital's Steven J.

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.  This article originally ran on PEHub.

Boosting the US Economy | Invest in Research & Development for Tax Credit

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To ensure sustainability of the business, an entrepreneur must have access to capital, one of the essential  factors of production.

Vinny Smith's Toba Capital Backs WSO2

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Irvine-based Toba Capital , the venture investment firm founded by Quest Software founder Vinny Smith, has made an investment in open source application development software developer WSO2. WSO2, which is based in Palo Alto, said it raised $20M from Pacific Controls and Toba Capital this morning. READ MORE>>.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different. Enter Amazon.

Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief

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

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Naval Ravikant describes how Silicon Valley’s dominance over the venture capital landscape will evolve over time in the previously mentioned interview.

Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?

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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?

New Leader at Intel Capital Adjusts Strategy as Global Summit Opens

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Intel Capital has invested $38 million in 12 technology startups since July, highlighting its venture investment focus on innovations in self-driving cars and machine vision, the Internet of Things, sports and health, drones, and virtual reality.

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?

Quest Software Backs Middleware Developer

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Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software , the developer of enterprise software tools, has backed a maker of SOA middleware. According to WSO2 , a Silicon Valley-based developer of middleware software, it raised $6.5M in a growth funding round, led by Quest. The investment also included Intel Capital. READ MORE>>.

William Morris Invests in Mobile Development Firm

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The firm as backed a mobile application development company, Chaotic Moon Studios , as part of a strategic partnership. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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The firm's investor was San Diego-based TVC Capital , which invested only $4M in total in Accordent before it was acquired. Thanks! READ MORE>>.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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As a generalization LPs seem to recognize this general trend requiring less capital to start businesses and are arguing for smaller VC funds.

Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

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Is outside capital really required? What is your exit strategy? By this measure, Groupon was by no means your typical start-up. 2.

Tao Venture Capital Boosts 3D Ram Semiconductor Developer

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La Jolla-based Tao Venture Capital Partners , the investment firm led by venture veteran Tom Clancy, has put its dollars into a maker of 3D random access memory (RAM). According to Crossbar , it raised $25M in a Series C funding, adding new investors Tao Venture Capital Partners, SAIF Partners, Korea Investment Partners, and CBC-Capital.

Clearlake Capital Buys Vision Solutions

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital has acquired Vision Solutions , a developer of data protection, high availability, and cloud migration software. clearlake capital merger acquisition vision solutions data storage backupFinancial details of the acquisition were not announced. READ MORE>>.

Flixel Finds Funding From Tyra Banks' Fierce Capital

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Flixel , a startup developing mobile photography software, has raised a round of investment from Fierce Capital, the investment arm of supermodel Tyra Banks. The company, which has offices in Los Angeles, said it is developing software which adds a "seamless element of motion" into pictures. READ MORE>>.

Billionaire Soon Shiong Funds Healthcare Systems Developer

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Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. It is 2010. Good luck. Happens.

The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

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This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries.

Dauntless Takes Flight with New Business Model for Starting Biotechs

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We’re trying to minimize the total cost [of drug development] because our needs change with each stage of development.”.

Insights: Raising Growth Capital

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Nikkhoo gives some insights into the skill of raising growth capital. Read the rest of Raising Growth Capital. Continued.). READ MORE>>.

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

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Less Capital is Capital Still. Infonautics Corporation went public on the NASDAQ stock exchange in 1996. For Students By Students.

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Southern California Firms Get $587.0M In Venture Capital In Q2

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The biggest deal for the quarter was for Venice-based photo messaging app developer Snapchat , which raised a huge, $60M funding round in the quarter.

After “Hubris” and Its HCV Collapse, Can Vertex Avoid Same Mistakes?

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Its experimental drug PSI-7977 had quickly cleared the virus from 40 patients , with minimal side effects, and they had stayed infection-free.

Insights and Opinions: How to Leverage Your Network for Raising Capital

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Christopher talks about leveraging your network for raising capital. Read more about How to Leverage Your Network for Raising Capital.

Ashton Kutcher, Sound Ventures Back Gigster In $10M Funding

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Ashton Kutcher and his Los Angeles-based venture firm, Sound Ventures , are one of the backers of a new startup which says it can offer up on-demand, software development and design services. saas celebrity kutcher ashton design development software ondemand capital venture gigsterREAD MORE>>.

Core Innovation Capital Backs Wipit

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Core Innovation Capital is backing mobile payments provider Wipit , in a Series A funding, the companies said this morning. As part of the funding, Arjan Schutte, Managing Partner at Core Innovation Capital, will join Wipit''s board of directors. Size of the investment was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs

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An obvious place to look for help is the venture community—Bruce Booth of Atlas Ventures pointed out in a recent blog that venture capital is doing well, and is positioned to do even better in the future.  Losses in over-capitalized “vintage years” over the last two decades have left institutional investors (e.g.

Correction: 3D Ram Semiconductor Developer Gets Funding

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Update: Crossbar informs us that its investment announcement incorrectly identified the investor in this story as Tao Venture Capital Partners, when it should be an entirely different company -- Tao Invest, the investment fund of Nick and Joby Pritzker (also referred to as Tao LLC). crossbar technology chip semiconductor venture capital

March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund

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There's also a great network effect happening in the area of industry clouds, and network capitalism, which is not just marketing poof.

SweetLabs Awards $50K To App Developers

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San Diego-based SweetLabs , the developer of the Pokki desktop app software, reported Wednesday that it has awarded $50,000 in its Pokki Challenge, a contest for encouraging developers to create desktop applications using HTML5. sweetlabs pokki html developer challenge software awardREAD MORE>>.

Startup Fundraising 101: Getting Ready To Raise A Round

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There’s plenty of capital out there, but there’s also a lot of competition for startup funding. First things first. Why raise funds? Target VCs.

Keep It Down Up There | The Canadian Tech Scene in Toronto

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Although, unlike Rocktr, Perez was on the prowl to raise a real seed round and was finding the Toronto venture capital scene a bit stale. Jenna!

Netlist Boosts Board With Venture Capital Vet

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Other States Should “Line” Up Behind California | A Tale of Process, Andreesen & Lyft Line

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Weird, I know. Without that action, it’s safe to say an idea like Lyft Line would’ve been a major uphill climb — if it saw the light of day at all.

CoolPlanetBioFuels Gets Funding From GE Capital, NRG Energy, ConocoPhillips

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Camarillo-based CoolPlanetBiofuels , a developer of non-food biofuel technology, is one of the first investments from a new venture capital fund launched Thursday by GE Capital, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips. coolplanetbiofuels venture capital funding energy conocophilips cleantech clean biofuelREAD MORE>>.