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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. I don’t think this is the job.

Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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The flow of venture capital dollars invested into Los Angeles-area companies fell 16.3 percent from a high of $4.17 billion in 2015 to $3.49 billion last year, according to a report by Dow Jones Venture Source

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. A part of the funding, TVC Capital's Steven J.

Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund

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Correlation Ventures , a venture capital investment firm with offices in San Diego, Palo Alto, and New York City, said this week that it has raised $200M in a new investment fund. technology investment fund capital venture ventures correlationREAD MORE>>.

Core Innovation Capital Raises $71.5M for Financial Tech Investments

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Core Innovation Capital of Hollywood, a financial services technology investor, has raised a second fund worth $71.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission

Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?”

Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital

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venture capital deals per 100,000 people. venture capital deals per 100,000 people. in deals in 2012 and 3.3 in deals and 3.3

Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar

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Just 10 percent of corporate investments were made to build new technological capabilities, the report says. They also queried 15 VC firms.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 12: Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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Venture capital investment in Los Angeles drops, Honest Co. recalls baby powder, Snap Inc. sued for alleged patent infringement, and more

Seed-Stage Deals Show Growing Diversity of Agtech Investments

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Fundraising is tough for startups but it’s particularly difficult in agriculture, a sector that has fewer firms focused on agtech investments.

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?

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Rise of Seed. Rise of Angels.

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?

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Currently, carry proceeds are taxed at the long-term capital gains rate of 20%. The post Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches? Possibly.

Southern California Sees Boom In Venture Investments In Q4

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Think there is a technology investment slowdown? billion invested in venture capital in Q4 of 2015, according to the latest numbers released over the weekend by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. billion invested in Q4 matched the $1.3 The $1.3 in Orange County, and $334.0M

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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So VCs made fewer investments at lower prices and generally on terms that were more favorable to investors relative to 2015. Ok, Suster.

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.

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. It is easy to invest capital, but very, very hard to exit, so don't.

Mucker Capital Raises $45M Fund, Mucker III

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Los Angeles-based Mucker Capital said this week that it has closed on a new, $45M fund, Mucker III. Mucker Capital started fundraising for that new fund in May of last year. mucker capital muckerlab venture investor acceleratorThe fund, run by Erik Rannala and William Hsu, did not detail the limited partners in the new fund.

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 Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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However, they have been sending VCs far more investment checks in the last ten years than they’ve gotten back as distributions. Sorry!

ServiceNow Launches Its Own Venture Investment Arm, ServiceNow Ventures

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ServiceNow , the developer of service management software led by Frank Slootman--and which started in San Diego--has launched its own venture capital arm, ServiceNow Ventures. ServiceNow did not say how much it is dedicating to investments. READ MORE>>.

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

March Capital Backs VeloCloud In Series C Funding

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a developer of cloud networking technology, VeloCloud Networks , as part of a new $27M funding round for that company. velocloud networks networking venture capital sdwan wide area hardware software defined marchcpREAD MORE>>.

Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief

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Lowercase said earlier this month that it was gearing up to make investment in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.

Dubset Gets Strategic Investment From Rhapsody

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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. Razer has its U.S.

Southern California Venture Investments Top $1.3 Billion In Q4

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Venture capitalists invested more than $1.3 billion in investments in Los Angeles, near $125M in Orange County, and $106.6M READ MORE>>.

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I was having dinner with a friend last night and we were chatting about venture capital and a bit about what I’ve learned. I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). And there’s conferences. Oh, the conferences.

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Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

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billion, 2,559 deals), signaling perhaps a period of digestion given how much had been invested during the 2014-2015 window. The projected $43.2

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 The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members. million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). Tweet Tweet.

UTA Targets Early Stage Investments With New Hire

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Tech Coast Angels Makes Eight Investments, Sees Two Exits In Q1

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The Tech Coast Angels , one of the most active angel investment groups nationwide in addition to here in Southern California, said Friday that it invested in eight new and follow on deals in the first quarter of 2015, in addition to seeing two exits out of its portfolio. Both Thermark and Olive Medical were acquired in February.

Siemer & Associates Acquired By Chinese Investment Bank

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Santa Monica-based investment banking firm Siemer & Associates , which has focused on the technology and media sector, has been acquired by Chinese investor CEC Capital Group. CEC Capital Group (formerly known as Chine eCapital) says it focuses on tech, media, telecom, consumer, and healthcare investments.

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.” Having worked through the data with Glenn I am even more optimistic about venture capital than I was even a year ago. Thus is a key point.

American Solar Direct Lands Investment Funding For Rooftop Solar

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Los Angeles-based residential solar energy provider American Solar Direct has raised a round of investment, from Dubai-based solar developer and investor Adenium Energy Capital. American Solar Direct said the investment is Adenium's first investment in the United States. Size of the funding round was not announced.

Tech Coast Angels: Record Amount Invested In 2014

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Southern California''s biggest organized, angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , said this morning that the group had its biggest investment year ever in 2014, investing a total of $16.37M across 61 total deals. The investments were up by 12 percent from 2013, when the angel group invested $14.64M in its portfolio.

Acorns Gets $30M From PayPal, Rakuten For Investing App

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Newport Beach-based Acorns , the developer of a mobile app which turns your spare change into investments in an exchange traded fund (ETF), has raised $30M in a new funding round from PayPal and Rakuten, the company disclosed today. acorns venture capital paypal rakuten investment investor fintech financialREAD MORE>>.

Next Coast Ventures Latest Addition to Austin’s Investment Ecosystem

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Austin —Mike Smerklo, co-founder of Next Coast Ventures in Austin, says his venture firm brings a key ingredient to investing: entrepreneurial experience. “We Smerklo says the firm will largely focus on Austin startups, making Series A and B investments in tech companies innovating in.

Silicon Beach Report Dec. 30: Core Innovation Capital Raises $71.5M for Financial Tech Investments

L.A. Business Journal

Core Innovation Capital raises $71.5 million for financial tech investments, SpaceX loads Falcon 9 for launch, and DirecTV to end $35 a month streaming service

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.