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The Riskmaster, lyrics by Tim Draper of DFJ

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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.

Siemer Summit 2015 Announced, Tim Draper To Keynote

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This time, the event is being held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, rather than Santa Monica, where the event had been held in prior years.

Behind the Scenes: Troy Carter’s SMASHD LABS with Suzy Ryoo

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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

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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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What is it Like to Raise Money for Bitcoin Companies? Adam Draper – Of Boost VC, an SF Incubator/Accelerator. The ultimate plan?

Ranker Hits 11.5M Uniques In December

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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.

Chippmunk Raises $750,000 For Coupon Search Engine

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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>>.

Favor Plans Expansion Into San Diego, Gets $13M

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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.

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Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M

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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

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Despite the cold shoulder to local investors, a number of investors on the list did have companies here to thank for their position.

Sensay Snags $4.5M For Chatbot Technology

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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 Gets $4.1M More

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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

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According to Prolacta, the National Milk Bank will recruit potential breast milk donors for Prolacta. READ MORE>>.

CapLinked Adds $1M, New Investors In Funding Round

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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>>.

AuditFile, Started At UCLA, Raises $3M For Auditing Software

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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.

Mogreet Opens Midwest Sales Office

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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>>.

SpaceX Sets Satellite Launches

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SpaceX said that it will launch two satellites for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) in 2014, from Cape Canaveral.

Facebook Competitor Altly Becomes Anybeat

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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>>.

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CapLinked Announces New Investors, Signs Up New Clients & Builds New Features

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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.

Qualcomm Backs Video Chat Service Tango

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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>>.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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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.

Altra Biofuels Spinout Gets $30M More

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Both KPCB and Angeleno Group are also investors in Altra Biofuels. EdenIQ is based in Visalia. READ MORE>>.

MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down

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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

Ranker Hits 1M Votes In January

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Ranker , which is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Data Collective, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels, and the Pasadena Angels, has hit 1 million votes on its site in January, the company said last week. The company did not provide exact details on traffic growth. READ MORE>>.

Activision Ties With Flurry

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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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For any company interested in applying   please visit the website. To show these companies that they can remain in LA. History.

CapLinked Adds Investors To Series A

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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.

Active Network Plans Offering For Investors

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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

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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

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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

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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>>.

Local Clean Energy Business Plan Contest Awards $160,000

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First Look West also said it provided $5,000 in a "Tansformational Idea Award" funded by Draper University, the entrepreneurial education program from venture capitalist Tim Draper. Pyro-E is out of UC Berkeley; Chai Energy is from Caltech; and Dragonfly Systems is from Stanford. READ MORE>>.

Ranker Adds Executives

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According to the company, it has appointed Glenn Walker as Chief Strategy Officer at Ranker, and Stan Holt as Chief Revenue Officer. Walker is an investor and has been involved in such companies as Westpoint Integrated Technologies; Holt previously has been at Internet Brands, eHarmony, OnGreen.com, and Neodata. READ MORE>>.

Verge Genomics, Founded By UCLA Scientists, Raises $4M In Seed Funding

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The funding was led by IA Ventures, and also included Two Sigma Ventures, Draper Associates, Great Oaks VC, Slow Ventures, Karlin Venture, Elad Gil and David Lee. The company's founders are Alice Zhang, a current 5th year MD/PhD candidate at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Jason Chen, also a 5th year MD/PhD candidate at UCLA Geffen.

Enevate Names CFO

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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>>.

Shift Technologies Gets $50M More

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Shift Technologies , the online marketplace for used cars which has major operations in Los Angeles, has raised $50M in new funding for the startup, the company said today. The funding was led by Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (GSIP), and also included Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and Highland Capital Partners. READ MORE>>.

payvia Buys Mogreet

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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.

NeuroVigil Finds More Funding

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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>>.

Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal

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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>>.

Prolacta Tops $1M In Philanthoropic Donations

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The firm makes donations in the name of mothers who contribute their excess milk to the company. READ MORE>>.