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Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company


If you are networking to assist a startup you are advising, you can substitute the company’s pitch for your personal pitch. Unknown. Great.

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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I live in LA and fund startups. “You can’t build a large online video company. Most will fail. Here is an example.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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If I’m wrong – at least you’ll have more data to decide how you raise & spend your company’s money. Mostly, no.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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In other words, it isn’t that VCs suddenly got smart, it’s that the costs of starting a company went down dramatically. Explosion in Seed Funds.

LA pulled in over $300M in funding in June. Here are the top 5 rounds.

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Blog Thumbnail: LA welcomed in the summer with yet another big month of funding. million.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America. AOL and the like. Scripted.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies


I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies. Here are a few slices of it.

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Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company


However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. VC Funding Alternative. My House Is Not For Sale.

The Honest Company Gets $70M


The funding brings the company''s total raised to $122M. READ MORE>>.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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Is Funding a Worthy Announcement? There are reasons you may delay funding announcement but rarely reasons not to announce. 1. Benefits.

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

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn


As Guy Kawasaki pointed out in our recent conversation , “…it is cheaper than ever to start a company. Basically, everything is free. Thomas J.

The Full Dataset on What VCs are Thinking About Funding in 2016

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We use this try to draw some context that informs our funding decisions. Of course we fund companies in good markets and bad.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. When we funded Sam , Rahul and team at MakeSpace > 2.5 What should you do when a competitor announces a big fund raise? This morning Congratulations.

Southern California Companies Raise $2.49 Billion In VC In Q2


Southern California companies raised $2.49 The boost in funding came despite a lower overall deal count, with 89 funding deals in Q2, versus 97 in Q1. The big numbers were directly impacted by several large fundings in Southern California--most notably, a giant, $1.27 billion round for Venice based Snapchat. READ MORE>>.

DFJ, Pasadena Angels lead $1.4M funding in Edufii

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million Series A funding in Edufii Inc., Other participants in the funding round include the Gideon Hixon Fund, Tech Coast Angels, SLO Seed Ventures and coaching industry private investors including Tiger Woods’ first coach Rudy Duran. DFJ Frontier and Pasadena Angels have led a $1.4 Read more here. Tweet Tweet.

With $4.5M in Funding Wearable IoT World Launches U.S.-Pan Asia IoT Superhighway Accelerator

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Other investors include TEEC Angel Fund and wCapital. No stage requirement – such as pre-funding, seed, series. Closing a round of USD 4.5

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. Fund raising is bloody hard.

An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You

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It is an heroic accomplishment in a brutal fund-raising market in which only market leaders can bring in that sort of money. $30 million.

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Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

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Wait, didn’t you just raise a fund? Our last fund we raised was in 2012 and we began investing it in April of 2012. Foundations. 3.

What I Learned In 2015: Lawrence Ng, OnRamp Fund


Today's thoughts are from Lawrence Ng , who founded, and just launched the OnRamp Fund ( 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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A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

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We are often asked how companies get funded, why VCs make the decisions we make and what we’re looking for in entrepreneurs.

What I Hate About Selling Companies

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Teams that I’ve backed have sold their companies to Disney, Apple and AOL for substantive amounts of money. Founders have done very well, our fund has done well. But the truth is that selling a company doesn’t always feel like a celebration as a VC. Still: I hate selling companies. miss those friends.

The Honest Company Raises $100M In Series D


The company has now raised around $228M in funding. READ MORE>>.

CrownPeak Gets $50M In Merger With UK Company


Los Angeles-based web content management software developer CrownPeak has raised $50M in a funding round, and merged with UK-based ActiveStandards , according to the two companies. According to the companies, the combined company will be based in Los Angeles, and will also have locations in Denver and London. READ MORE>>.

The Challenges of Milestone Funding

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knows, I am a huge, huge fan of milestone funding. You’re working towards them because step by step, this is how you grow a successful company.

The Newest Source Of Startup Funding – The Sharing Economy


Tradesy, one of the fastest growing sharing economy companies, was initially funded by the sharing economy. can help.

Calacanis Debuts LAUNCH Fund I To Back 100 Companies


Jason Calacanis , the serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and conference organizer, announced Tuesday morning that it has closed his first, formal angel investing fund, The LAUNCH Fund I. Calacanis said the fund will invest $100-$250K in 50-100 startups. LPs in the fund include Calacanis, David Sacks, and others.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund


The fund would seek to invest in companies started on campus, from University research, and from students. READ MORE>>.

10 Signs Your Company Isn’t Ready to Raise Startup Capital

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If any of the following situations describe your company, you may want to think again before seeking funding at this time: 1.

Kareo Gets $15M Debt Funding


Irvine-based Kareo , which provides cloud-based, medical office software, said Friday that it has raised $15M in a mezzanine debt funding round. The funding came from Escalate Capital Partners. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $47M in 2014. Terms of the new funding were not announced.

SoCalGas Creates $1M Fund For Clean Technology Startups


socalgas company utility investment fund cleantech incubator accelerator laci READ MORE>>.

Cogitai Gets Funding From Sony


Cogitai said it would be using the new funding for "aggressive" hiring at the company. software funding strategic intelligence artificial sony cogitaiAnaheim-based Cogitai l, a new artificial intelligence (AI) software startup, said Tuesday that it has raised a strategic round of investment from Sony Corporation. READ MORE>>.

Microsoft Venture Fund Aims to Harness Early Stage Innovation


Microsoft plans to invest more in early stage startup companies through a new corporate venture fund, headed by former Qualcomm executives.

Chapter 8: My 9 Lives, 6 Companies, 3 Wives, 7 dogs, 4 Homes, 4 Boats, 160 cars and 2 Kids Story

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In 1995 I started my first company and bought a fleet of 3 Volkswagen Beetles. I did amazing things and I was happy, mostly. Bought dog 6 and 7. Turns Attention Towards Funding Companies


Los Angeles-based , the online crowdfunding service headed by Alon Goren, is shifting its focus towards helping companies raise money from accredited investors. boostfunder investedin crowdfunding crowd funding financial angelAdam Draper is the founder of Xpert Financial. READ MORE>>.

Why We’re Looking to Fund Stuff With More Meaning

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If you’re funding the same stuff as everybody else and if you started your activities when the clues were obvious you’re much less likely to drive enormous returns. When Fred Wilson funded Twitter I guarantee you it wasn’t obvious that it was a billion dollar idea. Venture Capital is a tricky industry. Far from it.

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Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

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So I ask you – if you’re being reactive to somebody else’s emails are you really being as productive in your company as you could be?

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