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How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

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Product Hunt. It seems out of nowhere it has become the go to website for startup companies to launch their new products or businesses.

TVC Capital Backs Celigo


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.

Digital Map Products Gets $36.3M


Irvine-based Digital Map Products (DMP), a developer of cloud-based mapping products used by businesses and government for mapping and land use applications, has raised $36.3M in a strategic growth funding. The funding and management recapitalization came from Silversmith Capital Partners. READ MORE>>.

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.

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.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs


A recent Wall Street Journal article that raised the possibility of Biogen as the target of another huge pharma buyout cited the lack of productivity as a major driver of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry.  Losses in over-capitalized “vintage years” over the last two decades have left institutional investors (e.g.

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.

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


End result, the company’s product timeline has been pushed back substantially and the company’s morale is at an all-time low. Do The Math.

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta


Our superusers include families, roommates and wedding parties who are using the product to manage their tasks together.”.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He wanted to build direct customer relationships to get product feedback but only 2% of customers would ever return their registration cards. Launches Product Discovery Site, Backed By $1M In Funding


Santa Monica-based , a new startup founded by Jake Gold and Steven Fruchter, has launched, looking to help users make product purchase decisions. offers up an online site where people can search for and read reviews on products, including electronics, automotive products, beauty, and more. READ MORE>>.

Anametrix Names Product Management VP


San Diego-based real-time marketing analytics software developer Anametrix said Wednesday that it has named Barry Parshall as its new SVP of Product Management. Parshall was most recently at iJento, where he also served at SVP of Product Management. Parshall will head up product strategy for the company. 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.

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


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>>.

Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

From the Venture Trenches

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

Why Mucker Capital Is Putting More Money To Work In LA Startups


Recently, the team behind MuckerLab has made a subtle shift--becoming Mucker Capital ( on seed stage investments.

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

Tech Zulu Event

Variety is pleased to announce the return of its Venture Capital and New Media Summit on June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles.

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

Tech Coast Venture Network

Last year, venture capitalists and angels who co-invested with them placed $7 billion into seed and early-stage deals, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report. million in angel and venture capital. By Monica Mehta. million in 2010.

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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.

Transphorm Unveils Products


Goleta-based Transphorm , the stealthy, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers startup in the energy conversion space, has unveiled its first product today at a conference. The firm said that its product cuts energy waste by 20 percent, and simplifies design and manufacturing of electrical systems and devices. 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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Soraa Unveils LED Lighting Product


Soraa , the UC Santa Barbara spinout funded by Khosla Ventures, NEA, and NGEN Partners, has unveiled its first product, a new LED lighting lamp. Soraa's efforts are backed by more than $100M in venture capital, and the firm's founders include Shuji Nakamura, the developer of the blue LED. Soraa is manufacturing its products in Fremont.

Transphorm's Product Go Into Mass Deployment In Japan


Goleta-based Transphorm , which develops Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology, reported today that Japanese customer Yaskawa Electric Company has gone into mass production on a product that uses its devices. READ MORE>>.

Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management


Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd , the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of Product at the company. She also has previously served at and Private Road Productions.

Pelican Products Buys UK Company


Torrance-based Pelican Products , which is best known for its protective cases and flashlights and other lighting systems, said late Monday that it has acquired UK-based Cool Logistics , a developer of temperature controlled packaging products. Pelican Products is owned by private equity firm Behrman Capital. READ MORE>>.

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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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.

Balance Minimal Product Viability With Maximum Utility: Maximize Your Startup’s Value Proposition – MVP²


In essence, the Beatles offered a product with a higher value proposition as compared to their American counterparts. Double Your A-Sides.

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


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

Qualaroo Launches New Product, Helps Convert Web Visitors


Qualaroo , a developer of website conversion and analytics software which helps web businesses improve the experience and conversion of their visitors, has launched a new product. Qualaroo''s CEO, Sean Ellis, has been involved in such startups as Eventbrite, Dropbox, Xobni, LogMeIn, among other companies. READ MORE>>.

Modern Meadow Collects $40M for Real Leather With ‘No Cow Involved’


Modern Meadow, a New York-based company that has developed a method of turning living cells into materials used to make leather that mimics animal hide, has received a $40 million Series B funding to begin manufacturing and commercializing its leather products. Our process makes cow collagen, without touching a cow. There’s no cow involved.”.

What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital


This morning, we're sharing the insights of Greg Martin , a venture capitalist at Archer Venture Capital. 1. Stay tuned. 2. READ MORE>>.

The Honest Company Gets $70M


honest company venture capital family baby products investment jessica alba ecommerce READ MORE>>.

Variety 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 -- 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit. Variety is pleased to announce the return of its Venture Capital and New Media Summit on June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. See [link] (more

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. View products,videos, online demos. See [link] (more

TenOneTen Ventures Emerges As SoCal's Newest Venture Capital Firm


Because of that, the local high tech industry here has welcomed any and all new capital. READ MORE>>.

TVC Capital Backs BitTitan

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San Diego-based growth and private equity investor TVC Capital is the lead backer of cloud services company BitTitan , which announced a $15M, Series A financing this morning. According to BitTitan, the funding was led by TVC Capital, and also included Tao Capital Partners, and was the company's first funding since it was foundedi n 2007.

ZEFR Names Product Head


Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital and Richmond Park Partners. zefr product management monetizationREAD MORE>>.

Top 57 Online Startups Meets Technology Meets Product Posts for November 2010


I continue to collect great content that is the intersection of startups, products, online and technology. So let’s be very specific: let’s assume your dream job is product manager at Google, working on the Analytics product. love to find great products and services made by entrepreneurs who are trying to change the world.

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Pasadena Angels Portfolio Company Wasatch Microfluidics Completes Capital Raise

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Wasatch’s product package, which groups early stage antibodies, is already being sold to major pharmaceutical companies. Over the past 14 years, we have invested more than $40 million dollars of early-stage capital in over 100 companies in Southern California, from $100 thousand up to $1.5 $2 Million Round Will Power Continued Growth.

Clearlake Capital Buys Syncsort


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group announced htis morning that it is buying Syncsort , a new Jersey-based developer of big data, data migration, and other tools. Behdad Eghbali, Prashant Mehrotra, and Paul Huber, all of Clearlake Capital, join Synsort's board of directors in the deal. READ MORE>>.