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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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And of course I’ve sat on the other side of the table: As a VC. I now observes the fund raising process as a profession. Call high. Lobby.

Startup CTO or Developer

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What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. Gap closed, right? Accounting?

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Netwrix Gets Series A Funding

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Irvine-based Netwrix , a developer of hybrid cloud security software, has received a Series A funding round, the company said Tuesday. The funding was led by Updata Partners. Netwrix, led by Michael Fimin, said the funding will go towards product development and growth. Size of the round was not announced.

ROX Medical Gets $40M Funding

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San Clemente-based ROX Medical , a startup developing medical devices to treat hypertension, has raised $40M in a Series E funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Novartis Venture Fund and Apple Tree Partners and also included prior investors Versant Ventures and Domain Associates. READ MORE>>.

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

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They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. They couldn't plan their business.

YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund

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Despite the snarky rumors that Google’s content development program was poorly managed at its outset (e.g., He is not alone. Top YouTubers.

Ashton Kutcher, Sound Ventures Back Gigster In $10M Funding

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Ashton Kutcher and his Los Angeles-based venture firm, Sound Ventures , are one of the backers of a new startup which says it can offer up on-demand, software development and design services. saas celebrity kutcher ashton design development software ondemand capital venture gigsterREAD MORE>>.

Kareo Gets $15M Debt Funding

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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.

Embodied Gets Funding From Intel For Personal Robots

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Pasadena-based Embodied , a new startup developer "affordable personal robots", has raised funding from Intel Capital. Size of the funding was not announced. According to Intel, Embodied is developing affordable personal robots that improve human wellness and quality of life, using machine perception, cognition and learning.

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Many of these founders have talked with several developers or development firms about their plans. How are you funding this?

Appetize Raises $20M In Funding, Ramps Hiring

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Los Angeles-based point-of-sale technology developer Appetize said Tuesday that it has raised $20M in a new funding round, led by private equity investor Shamrock Capital Advisors. Appetize develops tablet-based point-of-sale systems, which are being used to replace legacy systems in the sports, entertainment, and other areas.

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.

Quarterly Gets Funding From Science

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Los Angeles-based subscription box service Quarterly , which develops unique gift boxes every three months from such influencers as Pharrell Williams, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and actress Rosario Dawson, has raised a round of funding and connected with Los Angeles-based Science Inc. Size of the investment was not disclosed.

Avalon Leads $18M in Early Funding for Cancer Immunotherapy Startup

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[ Note: The headline has been corrected to better describe the company’s type of funding. 9/27/16, 2:09 p.m. Bregua Corp.,

Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. How are you funding this? Partners?

32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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Many of these founders have talked with several developers or development firms about their plans. How are you funding this?

SteelHouse Adds $49M In Funding

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Los Angeles-based advertising software developer SteelHouse is announcing this morning that it has raised $49M in a new funding round. The funding was led by Mercato Partners, and also included Staley Capital and Silicon Valley Bank. SteelHouse is led by Mark Douglas. READ MORE>>.

Coronal Energy Gets Funding From Panasonic

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Pasadena-based Coronal Energy , a provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) project development, financing, and operation services for the utility, municipal and corporate market, has scored a strategic investment from Panasonic , the two said this morning. Financial terms of the funding were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Ecinity Scores Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based Ecinity , a developer of online, automated marketing software for the SMB market, has raised a round of funding from Siemer Ventures and others, according to details on investments released by Siemer Ventures yesterday. Ecinity, which is still in stealth mode, is one of the companies in the MuckerLab accelerator.

American Solar Direct Lands Investment Funding For Rooftop Solar

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Los Angeles-based residential solar energy provider American Solar Direct has raised a round of investment, from Dubai-based solar developer and investor Adenium Energy Capital. Size of the funding round was not announced. The new funding will go towards accelerating growth and expansion at the copmany. READ MORE>>.

Quest Software Backs Middleware Developer

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Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software , the developer of enterprise software tools, has backed a maker of SOA middleware. According to WSO2 , a Silicon Valley-based developer of middleware software, it raised $6.5M in a growth funding round, led by Quest. WSO2 develops cloud-enabled middleware software used by enterprises.

CarLabs Gets Funding For Car Shopping Bots

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Los Angeles-based CarLabs , a new startup developing conversational "bots" to guide users through car shopping, has scored an angel funding, the company said late last week. CarLabs said it has been developing conversational software which helps simplify the car purchasing process. Size of the funding round was not announced.

Cogitai Gets Funding From Sony

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Cogitai said it is developing "core" artificial intelligence software technology. The new startup, led by Dr. Mark Ring, said it is developing "continual-learning" technology which allows systems to learn continually from their experience. Cogitai said it would be using the new funding for "aggressive" hiring at the company.

USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition

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According to USC Marshall, it awarded $15,000 in seed funding for two first place winners, and four $5,000 seed prizes to companies.

March Capital Backs VeloCloud In Series C Funding

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a developer of cloud networking technology, VeloCloud Networks , as part of a new $27M funding round for that company. VeloCloud develops software-defined, wide-area-networking (WAN) technology. READ MORE>>.

FastCall411 Gets Funding

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Hollywood-based FastCall411 , the developer of pay-per-call technology headed by Richard Rosen, has scored funding from Dave McClure's 500 Startups fund. FastCall411 was one of seven recipients of funding from the Twilio Startup Fund, a fund which looks to invest $250,000 in startups that use Twilio's telephony API.

MarketShare Raises $5.0M In Debt Funding

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Los Angeles-based Marketshare , the developer of marketing and advertising optimization software, has raised $5.0M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing form the firm. The funding has not yet been announced. marketshare venture capital debt funding marketing optimization advertisingREAD MORE>>.

eGood Gets $3M In Seed Funding

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Glendora-based eGood , a startup developing a social giving platform, said today that it has raised $3M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Wolfgang Buehler, and angel investor. According to eGood, it is using the funding to develop its mobile and in-store check-in platform. READ MORE>>.

Certona Scores $30M In Growth Funding

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San Diego-based Certona , a developer of personalization software which uses machine learning and predictive algorithms, has raised $30M in a combined growth investment and minority recapitalization. The funding came from private equity investor Primus Capital. Certona was founded in 2004. READ MORE>>.

Correction: 3D Ram Semiconductor Developer Gets Funding

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Update: Crossbar informs us that its investment announcement incorrectly identified the investor in this story as Tao Venture Capital Partners, when it should be an entirely different company -- Tao Invest, the investment fund of Nick and Joby Pritzker (also referred to as Tao LLC). The two funds are not related. READ MORE>>.

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. The results?

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

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Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? Did they really need a Startup CTO or Developer or both? Did they have a Weak Development Team ? He needed some kind of CTO and as well Developers. These “startups” are almost always mostly-non-technical founders offering 1-2% premoney for a “lead developer” position.

Nexon America Dangles $1M To Game Developers

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Los Angeles-based Nexon America , the North America arm of entertainment software firm Nexon Group, said Tuesday that it is offering up $1M in development funds to independent game developers. Nexon said its Nexon iNitiative will look to fund the "most promising" independent video game projects.

Poor Software Developers - Pull the Plug Early

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There's an old adage in software development that I refer to all the time: The first 90% of development takes 90% of the time. And I use it all the time now when I get the kind of message that I received: I'm looking for a web developer to continue work on my website. The funds have been used up on the existing development.

Ring Scores $61.2M Funding Round For Home Security Expansion

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The startup, led by Jamie Siminoff, said that the new funding round came from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sir Richard Branson.

District2 Finds Funding For Fashion Marketplace

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Los Angeles-based District2 , a startup which is developing a business-to-business marketplace for fashion suppliers and designers, has raised a round of equity funding, from Saandaga Capital Corporation. Size of the funding was not announced. district2 fashion marketplace venture capital fundingREAD MORE>>.

Tribogenics Gets Funding From Nikon

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Tribogenics is a spinout of technology originally developed at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). READ MORE>>.

3ality Digital Gets Funding

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Burbank-based 3ality Digital , a developer of 3D production technology and services, has scored a new funding from Clearlake Capital Group. 3ality develops 3D camera rigs and other associated products used by the film and TV industry for 3D filming. 3ality digital camera venture capital recapitalization funding content

SoCalGas Creates $1M Fund For Clean Technology Startups

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MACRO Gets Funding For Muticultural Content

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Los Angeles-based MACRO , which says it is developing content for the African American, Latino, and multicultural market, says it has raised a initial round of funding. The funding was led by Emerson Collective, and also included MNM Creative, MediaLink, and angels Raymond J. Size of the investment round was not announced.