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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.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Me: When an investor signs a note with a cap they must assume they are willing to pay the cap or why would they invest? Me: So, who was willing to invest in that? Doesn’t their investment determine the price of the next round? This week. Him: Yeah. Him: Huh?

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?

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. April 6, 2015 — Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced that the group has invested a total of $4,163,000 in 17 deals during the year of 2014, making it the third consecutive year with over $4 million invested in deals.

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.

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.

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. deals per 100,000 people. Boulder, Colorado; 4.

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. But they are also a tax on your time with portfolio companies, looking for new investments, running your shop and honestly they are a tax on your family life. And there’s conferences. Disrupt. Recode.

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Why @UpfrontVC invested in Disruptive Rental Car Startup @Skurt

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But it wasn’t until I met the team from Skurt that I felt compelled to invest. Rental cars. based on his own experience in using Skurt.

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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.

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.

Arrowroot Capital Raising $50M Investment Fund

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Santa Monica-based Arrowroot Capital , an investment firm which invests in software-as-a-service and Internet-based businesses, said in a regulatory filing that it is raising a $50M fund. No details on the fund have been announced by Arrowroot Capital, which did not indicate any limited partners yet committed to the fund.

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 READ MORE>>.

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>>.

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.

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>>.

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

Southern California Venture Investments Top $1.3 Billion In Q4

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Venture capitalists invested more than $1.3 raised by SnapChat , and $320M in an investment in NantHealth. The report tallied $1.09

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>>.

Simplifying Startup Investments: Ryan Feit (CEO) of SeedInvest

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The investment environment at large in light of the JOBS Act. Direct advice to entrepreneurs, from an investment perspective.

UTA Targets Early Stage Investments With New Hire

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

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For instance,  investors in SEIS receive an income tax relief of 50 percent on investments up to £ 100,000 per tax year in qualifying shares.

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.

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.

Dubset Gets Strategic Investment From Rhapsody

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musician rhapsody content music hollywood capital venture investment strategic holdings media dubset Size of the funding was not announced. Dubset is led by Bob Barbiere, and has offices in New York, London, and Beverly Hills. READ MORE>>.

BitAngels Sets Up Formal Investment Fund Worth Around $4.1M

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BitAngels , the angel investment group which invests in BitCoin related startups, has launched a new, 10,000 BTC structured fund--approximately $4.1 million US dollars at press time--the first, dedicated fund for its BitCoin investments. bitangels investment terpin bitcoin venture capital READ MORE>>.

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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.

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?

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.

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.”

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>>.

March Capital Partners Launches $240M Venture Fund

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the venture capital investment firm founded by venture investment veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery, said this morning that it has had a final close on its first fund, at $240M. march capital partners venture investment fund

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>>.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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will argue that LPs who invest in VC funds will also need to adjust a bit as well. Rewind. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing.

Core Innovation Capital Backs Vouch For Social Lending

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the lead companies in a Series A investment in Vouch , a consumer lending startup which offers up consumer loans based on if a users' social network. Core Innovation Capital's investment in San Francisco-based Vouch was led by Arjun Schutte. READ MORE>>.

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>>.

Lowercase Capital Boots Up New LA Investment Fund

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Sacca's apparently has only one Southern California investment so far, an investment earlier this year in Big Frame. READ MORE>>.

Angel Investing Trends for 2012

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This year in Southern California, Barry Paulk’s  Pasadena Angels funded 12 companies, raising $3 million in angel capital.  FOXBusiness.

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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IPO Village | Now anyone can invest in an IPO

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Some saw the expansion as a thread to the traditional methods of venture capital.