Behind the Scenes: Troy Carter’s SMASHD LABS with Suzy Ryoo
MAY 13, 2016
Up to seven companies will be selected for this year’s program, which launches right after Labor Day, and wraps in the middle of November.
The Bouqs Company Finds $12M For Flower Delivery
FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Venice, California-based The Bouqs Company , the direct, cut-to-order flower delivery provider led by John Tabis, is announcing today that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding. The funding brings the company's total raised to $20M. according to CEO Tabis. READ MORE>>.
500 Startups Presents Bitcoinference
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MARCH 21, 2014
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DECEMBER 29, 2012
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The Riskmaster, lyrics by Tim Draper of DFJ
NOVEMBER 11, 2009
First, my thanks to Tim Draper for allowing me to use his song in my entrepreneur presentations at UCLA, Anderson School of Business and USC, Marshall School of Business. The Riskmaster, lyrics by Tim Draper. Company’s looking Moribund. Even Draper will not fund! Company vision. The company’s gonna show a profit.
Ranker Hits 11.5M Uniques In December
JANUARY 6, 2014
Los Angeles-based ranking and polling website Ranker , the startup led by Clark Benson and backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Lowercase Capital, BullPen Capital, Data Collective, TenOneTen Ventures, Tech Coast Angels, and Pasadena Angels, said today that it hit 11.5 million unique visitors in December.
Favor Plans Expansion Into San Diego, Gets $13M
MARCH 13, 2015
Favor--which is based in Austin, Texas--said it raised $13M in a Series A funding, from S3 Ventures, Silverton Partners, Tim Draper, and other angels, specifically for the expansion move. The company currently operates in Austin, Boston, Houston and Dallas. San Diego will be the company''s first foray into California.
Chippmunk Raises $750,000 For Coupon Search Engine
DECEMBER 11, 2013
Los Angeles-based Chippmunk said this morning that it has raised $750,000, for the company''s shopping search engine--which helps users with comparison shopping, finding coupons, and with expert shopping recommendations. The company''s founders are Brian Nickerson and Samira Mahjoub Tapia. READ MORE>>.
Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M
OCTOBER 8, 2014
Los Angeles-based crowdfunding site Crowdfunder.com , the equity crowdfunding site led by Chance Barnett, has raised $3.5M in a Series A funding, the company said late Tuesday evening. Crowdfunder said its equity crowdfunding site has been used in such startups as GoCoin, Social Rewards, Bitvore, and others. READ MORE>>.
Forbes Midas List Gives Cold Shoulder To SoCal VCs
MARCH 26, 2014
Despite the cold shoulder to local investors, a number of investors on the list did have companies here to thank for their position.
Mogreet Gets $4.1M More
APRIL 4, 2012
The round was led by Black Diamond Ventures, and also included DFJ Frontier, Ascend Ventures, Bryant Park Ventures and Draper Associates. The company said the new round brings its total raised to $14.1M. Mogreet said the funds will go towards launching mobile sharing service moShare. READ MORE>>.
Prolacta Links With National Milk Bank
SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
According to Prolacta, the National Milk Bank will recruit potential breast milk donors for Prolacta. READ MORE>>.
SpaceX Sets Satellite Launches
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
SpaceX said that it will launch two satellites for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) in 2014, from Cape Canaveral.
Sensay Snags $4.5M For Chatbot Technology
AUGUST 3, 2016
Los Angeles-based Sensay , a developer of chatbot technology, has raised $4.5M in a seed funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Norwest Venture Partners, and also included Greycroft Partners, Sweet Capital, NHN, Draper Associates and other. Ariel Jalali is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensay. READ MORE>>.
Mogreet Opens Midwest Sales Office
APRIL 19, 2012
Los Angeles-based Mogreet , coming off a new round of venture funding, is in expansion mode, saying that it has opened up a new Midwest sales office for the company. Mogreet recently raised $4.1M in a new round, from Black Diamond Ventures, DFJ Frontier, Ascend Ventures, Bryant Park Ventures and Draper Associates. READ MORE>>.
CapLinked Adds $1M, New Investors In Funding Round
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of business transaction and deal management software-as-a-service, said today that it has raised $1M in an expansion round for the company. The company is targeting the software for companies working on asset sales, financing, and mergers. That funding was worth $3M. READ MORE>>.
Facebook Competitor Altly Becomes Anybeat
AUGUST 15, 2011
The new name was not a surprise, as Shapiro had said the company would be renaming itself before launch. AnyBeat is backed by Freestyle Capital, Social Leverage, Arthur Bilger, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Howard Lindzon, Tom Anderson, Alex Bard, Alex Karelin, Kenny Van Zant, and Francis Costello. READ MORE>>.
Qualcomm Backs Video Chat Service Tango
APRIL 19, 2012
San Diego-based Qualcomm is backing a developer of mobile video chat services, Tango , via its Qualcomm Ventures arm, the two companies announced today. Tango develops a video chat service which lets users conduct video chats with their Apple iPhone or Android smartphone, and also provides free phone calls and video messaging. READ MORE>>.
AuditFile, Started At UCLA, Raises $3M For Auditing Software
AUGUST 14, 2014
AuditFile , a developer of cloud-based auditing software for CPAs, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The company was founded by Kevin Bong, who started the company in his dorm room at UCLA as a senior. The funding came from Banneker Ventures, Tim Draper, Nas Draper, as well as other angel investors.
Altra Biofuels Spinout Gets $30M More
MAY 9, 2012
Both KPCB and Angeleno Group are also investors in Altra Biofuels. EdenIQ is based in Visalia. READ MORE>>.
Activision Ties With Flurry
JUNE 13, 2012
The company said that the new initiative will identify and assist third party developers to develop, publish, distribute, and promote their titles on iOS and Android. According to Activision, Flurry will help the firm to establish a new mobile publishing initiative. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup
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NOVEMBER 8, 2011
For any company interested in applying please visit the website. To show these companies that they can remain in LA. History.
Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
We sat down with David and Allen to learn more about how the company wants to change how startups are created. Only companies we are creating.
CapLinked Announces New Investors, Signs Up New Clients & Builds New Features
Tech Zulu Event
MAY 9, 2013
The new funding brings the company’s aggregate amount of capital raised to over $3 million. Pleased to be an investor in the company, investor Lee Essner said he was particularly drawn to CapLinked’s team, technology and vision. million. Speaking of the new investment, CapLinked CEO Eric M. Over $3M Raised. Easy To Set Up.
Active Network Plans Offering For Investors
JANUARY 20, 2012
The venture investors in San Diego-based sports website firm Active Network are looking to take some dollars off the table, via an offering from Active, according to an S-1 filed by the company Friday. Those investors include ICG Holdings, TPG Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, TL Ventures, as well as others.
Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board
JANUARY 18, 2012
The company, headed by Clark Benson, said that Dhillon was most recently the GM of Urbanspoon, and has also served at EA Mobile and Cisco. Ranker is venture backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Pasadena Angels, and the Tech Coast Angels. Ranker said it is now getting around 4.5 READ MORE>>.
Genomatica Drops IPO Plans, Raises $41.5M
AUGUST 2, 2012
San Diego-based renewable chemicals developer Genomatica has dropped its IPO plans, according to a regulatory filing by the company this morning. Genomatica is venture backed by TPG biotechnology Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, WM Organic Growth and others.
Genomatica Raises $45M
MARCH 1, 2011
Prior investors Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and TPG Biotech also participated. The new funding brings the company's total raised to $84M. San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. READ MORE>>.
Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
The two companies said that Genomatica will create a manufacturing process which converts syngas--synthetic gas made from natural gas--into other chemicals. Genomatica is venture backed by Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow ventures, and TPG Biotech, and has raised $40M in funding. READ MORE>>.
MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
According to sources near the firm, the firm has sold off its inventory and is now hoping to find a buyer for the company via an assignment for the benefit of creditors. Los Angeles-based MyShape , the online personalized fashion and women's clothing firm, has shut down. READ MORE>>. shutdown failure clothing women fashion personal myshape
MomentFeed Raises $5.5M
DECEMBER 11, 2013
The funding was led by Signia Venture Partners, along with Draper Nexus, DFJ Frontier, Double M Partners, and Daher Capital. Ed Cluss of Signia Ventures joins the company''s board as part of the funding. MomentFeed is led by Robert Blatt. READ MORE>>. momentfeed venture capital location analytics software retail marketing social medi
payvia Buys Mogreet
MAY 20, 2013
Los Angeles-based mobile carrier billing service Payvia has acquired fellow Los Angeles firm Mogreet , the two companies said this morning. Mogreet was venture backed by Ascend Venture Group, Black Diamond Ventures, DFJ Frontier, Draper Associates, and Spyglass Ventures. Financial details of the acquisition were not announced.
CapLinked Adds Investors To Series A
MAY 9, 2013
CapLinked develops an online deal room and deal management platform, which allows companies to manage business transactions and financing via the cloud; the company is now targeting its platform for use in mergers & acquisitions, financings, asset sales, and investor reporting. The firm earlier had announced investments from.
Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles
OCTOBER 8, 2012
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Prolacta Tops $1M In Philanthoropic Donations
AUGUST 10, 2012
The firm makes donations in the name of mothers who contribute their excess milk to the company. READ MORE>>.
Enevate Names CFO
MAY 17, 2016
Kennedy was previously CFO at Sprocket Media and SolarBridge Technologies, and also has served at Primarion, ValueClick, and other companies. Irvine-based battery technology developer Enevate announced this morning that it has appointed John B. Kennedy as its new Chief Financial Officer. READ MORE>>.
Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital
MARCH 30, 2011
We're also looking for more of the bootstrapped approach from our companies. These companies don't traditionally get venture capital.
NeuroVigil Finds More Funding
MAY 4, 2015
According to the company, the round was led by Howard Morgan, and also included Elon Musk, Tim Draper, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Zone Ventures. The company raised its seed funding round in 2008 as part of the DFJ Venture Challenge. Size of the funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
Interview with Clark Benson, Ranker
JUNE 1, 2011
sold that company, eCRUSH, which operated espin.com, to Hearst at the end of 2006. What's the story behind Ranker? Thanks, and good luck!
j2 Global Buys SugarSync
MARCH 24, 2015
Los Angeles-based j2 Global has acquired the assets of online file backup and sharing service SugarSync , the company said this morning. j2 Global said the acquisition is not expected to be material to the company. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.