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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. The role of VC is sparring partner.

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. Acquired By Resource Nation, With JMI Backing


San Diego-based Resource Nation , an online business-to-business marketing provider, has acquired the brand name, domain, and assets of , the firm announced today. JMI Equity General Partner Peter Arrowsmith and Vice President David Greenberg have joined Resource Nation's board as part of the acquisition. 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.

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There are so many resources for early money to validate an idea, turn it into a product and increase the value of the company before professional investors come into the picture. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business. Ignition!

Frost Data Capital, Symantec Link On Cyber Security Startups


San Juan Capistrano-based Frost Data Capital , the startup incubator led by security veteran Stuart Frost, has inked a major deal with Symantec , to launch and fund security and analytics startups. frost data capital cyber security startup incubator analytics cybersecurity incubate symantecREAD MORE>>.

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.

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Cornerstone OnDemand Buys Evolv


Evolv was venture backed by VantagePoint, GGV Capital, Khosla Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners, and developed software-as-a-service aimed at the human resources and employee management market, which helps employers better match job applicants to positions. READ MORE>>.

Cornerstone OnDemand Up Nearly 47 Percent In IPO


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of talent management and human resources software headed by Adam Miller, were up nearly 47 percent Thursday in its initial public offering. cornerstone ondemand merger acquisition csod nasdaq exit human resources software saasREAD MORE>>.

Cornerstone OnDemand Buys New Zealand Firm


Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of human resources and talent management software-as-a-service, said today that it has agreed to acquire Auckland, New Zealand-based Sonar Limited (Sonar6). cornerstone ondemand talent management software human resources merger acquisition zealand sonar6 sonarREAD MORE>>.

Cornerstone OnDemand Expected To IPO Thursday


Cornerstone onDemand is a provider of human resources and talent management software. Barclays Capital, William Blair & Company, Pacific Crest Securities, Piper Jaffray, and JMP Securities. cornerstone ondemand merger acquisition csod nasdaq exit human resources software saasREAD MORE>>.

Vinny Smith's Toba Capital Backs Restless Bandit


Vinny Smith , the founder of Irvine's Quest Software, has put his backing behind a San Francisco developers of human resources software, Restless Bandit. Restless Bandit said today that it has raised $10M in a funding round, which came from both GGV Capital and Toba Capital, the investment arm of Quest's Smith. billion.

TerrAvion’s Eye in the Sky For Growers, And Now, Ranchers


Two growing Seattle-area satellite companies are focusing on agriculture: Planetary Resources and Spaceflight Industries, which just launched the first of its BlackSky imaging satellites and plans to have 60 circling the globe by 2020. Morris says drones are good tools for certain agricultural tasks, like inspections and videography.

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels funded companies have gone on to raise over $500 million from additional funding sources such as venture capital and private equity. Pasadena Angels members invest individually and directly, without any legal pooling of financial resources. Pasadena, Calif. PR Contacts: Julie Pantiskas.

Cornerstone OnDemand Links With Deloitte


Santa Monica-based talent management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand said today along with Deloitte , that the two are in a new, strategic global relationship with Deloitte''s human capital management consulting practice. cornerstone ondemand enterprise software deloitte consulting training talent management human resources

Cornerstone OnDemand Jumps In IPO Debut


The firm, headed by Adam Miller, develops software-as-a-service for human resources and talent management. Cornerstone OnDemand was venture backed by Bay Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Meritech Capital. csod cornerstone ondemand saas software merger acquisition exit human resources nasdaqREAD MORE>>.

Bevo Media Acquired By Vize Capital


San Diego-based Bevo Media , an online ad exchange and ad tracking platform developer, has been acquired by private equity investor Vize Capital. bevo media vize capital performance advertising exchange merger acqusition ryan bukevzBevo Media was founded in 2010, and plays in the performance marketing area. READ MORE>>.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs


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.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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The Pasadena Angels’ 100 plus members invest individually and directly, without any legal pooling of financial resources.  The Pasadena Angels are a great resource for the start-up community in Southern California, by providing capital as well as mentorship. million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). Tweet Tweet.

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.

Test Your Entrepreneurial Skills With This Simple Test


This perpetual resource deficit requires creative and frugal solutions that are often counter intuitive and never obvious. Fortitude.

ADP Setting Up Technology Center In Pasadena With 350 Employees


Human resources outsourcing provider ADP is launching a new location in Pasadena, looking to tap into the wealth of technical talent with a new Innovation Center on Lake Avenue. ADP offers up payrolls services and other human resources outsourcing. READ MORE>>. technology center employees growth jobs employment pasadena lake

CampusExplorer Gets $5M


Santa Monica-based Campus Explorer , which provides an online resource on universities, colleges, student loans, housing, and more to students, has raised $5M in a Series C funding round, according to a source near the firm. The funding came from Vicente Capital Partners, OCA Venture Partners, and Origin Ventures. READ MORE>>.

New Bootstrap Fund Pulls Itself Up in World of Health IT Deals


They came to San Diego in 1996, when Scripps Health hired Balgrosky as CIO and senior vice president. He founded MaxIT Healthcare in 2001.

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This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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We had a special edition of This Week in Venture Capital this week shooting out of the Next New Networks offices in New York.  Other Deals. 1.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About Inequality and Divisiveness


In Sweden, citizens and entrepreneurs gladly pay taxes because of all the personal and social benefits those taxes produce. Need more convincing?

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 why would raising venture capital be any different. Lobby.

Frost Data Capital, GE Launch Industrial Internet Incubator


Frost Data Capital , the startup incubator firm led by Stuart Frost, has tied with GE to launch a new, startup incubator aimed at industrial Internet startups, the two said Wednesday. The two said they have started Frost I3 , which will provide funding, resources, and expertise aimed at companies focused on industrial technologies.

Cornerstone OnDemand IPO Prices At $13 Per Share


The firm, which develops software-as-a-service for the human resources and employee talent management sector, is venture backed by Bay Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Meritech Capital. saas software resources human exit nasdaq csod acquisition merger ondemand cornerstoneCornerstone OnDemand is headed by Adam Miller.

Cornerstone OnDemand Signs Italian Fashion Brand


Santa Monica-based human capital management software developer Cornerstone OnDemand has signed on Italian luxury menswear brand Canali as its newest customers. csod cornerstone ondemand italy italian canali saas software human resources capital managementFinancial impact of the customer win was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Why I Don’t Celebrate Income Inequality

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Yes, income inequality exists and yes it’s a natural consequence of capitalism and other forms of government are decidedly worse than capitalism because they inefficiently create and allocate resources. VCs also get capital gains tax rates on “carried interest,” which is what irritates the masses. dunno.

Wiser Capital Gets $1.25M For Renewable Energy Efforts


Santa Barbara-based Wiser Capital has raised $1.25M in a funding round, to go towards its online platform for sourcing and funding commercial solar projects. The company said the funding came from private investors, and will go towards adding personnel and resources to the company. Wiser Capital is led by Nathan Homan.

Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

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Other firms like Google bring massive resources to design or engineering and as as corporate VC can offer things normal VC firms can’t offer.

How to Know When to Sell vs. When to Market to Customers

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And with scarce resources it’s your job to decide which door this lead must go through – sales or marketing. Compelling Event.

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You then make selections around aspects like Founder Status, Job Title, Headcount, Revenue, Development Stage, Capital Raised, Funding Round, etc.

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Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Entrepreneurs

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However, no one can deny the huge gender disparity in entrepreneurship and venture capital today. So she started a conference for girls.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Be Respected More Than Loved

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But if you level up , raise capital and grow customers, revenue and staff – life changes. If you hire truly talented people you end up definitionally with a lot of competitive peers who will inevitably jockey for resources and control. Resource allocation is hard at a startup precisely because you have limited resources.

Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

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understand this instinct for more capital and I have two very different personal experiences: In my first company we raised an A-round of $16.5

Be Great Fest | Celebrating Los Angeles’ Startup Ecosystem

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Their mission: to support a charity, savor the hot SoCal nightlife, and transform Los Angeles into the startup capital of the world. On Sept.