Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model
NOVEMBER 6, 2014
Incubators, at the core level, take basic core level technology and try to build a company around it. Explain exactly how Zuma Ventures works?
500 Startups Presents Bitcoinference
Tech Zulu Event
MARCH 21, 2014
The next portion of the discussion moves into investments into Bitcoin: the currency, technology, and in startups in the space. Setting Up 2014.
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.
Siemer Summit 2015 Announced, Tim Draper To Keynote
AUGUST 28, 2015
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.
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>>.
Enevate Expands Battery Efforts In Irvine
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011
Irvine-based Enevate , a developer of rechargeable battery technology, is expanding in Irvine, according to reports today. The venture backed firm, which has investments from Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, is tripling its office space to 22,000 square feet, according to the Orange County Register. READ MORE>>.
EdeniQ Links With German Firm
JULY 6, 2011
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. EdeniQ's product is used at US, corn-based ethanol plants for increasing yields. READ MORE>>.
SpaceX Sets Satellite Launches
FEBRUARY 8, 2012
SpaceX is backed by venture firms the Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners. READ MORE>>.
Edeniq Acquired By Aemetis
MAY 9, 2016
Edeniq , a cellulosic biofuels technology developer which had spun out of now defunct, Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels, has been acquired by Silicon Valley biofuels developer Aemetis , the two said late last week. Edeniq was at one point located in Los Angeles, but moved to Visalia to be closer to its source of feedstock. READ MORE>>.
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>>.
Cognition Raises $200K
JANUARY 31, 2011
Culver City-based Cognition Technologies , the developer of natural language processing technology software, has raised $200,000, as part of an ongoing $500,000 funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the funding have been announced. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
SpaceX Announces Second Satellite Launch Deal
MARCH 14, 2011
In the second satellite launch deal announced today, Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and ORBCOMM said that SpaceX will carry two new satellites to orbit this year. SpaceX is venture backed by Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners, and is headed by technology mogul Elon Musk.
Enevate Gets $24M For Battery Technology
DECEMBER 12, 2012
The round came from CEC Capital, Tsing Capital, and Presidio Ventures, along with prior investors Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The firm says its technology "dramatically" increase energy density over conventional battery technology. The firm said it was advised by Pantek Partners for a portion of the funding.
Clean Technology Deals Hit $1.9B In Q1
APRIL 1, 2010
Clean technology venture cpaital deals hit $1.9 billion, across 180 clean technology companies in Q1, according to a report released yesterday by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte. According to the report, the investment represent a new record total in the number of quarterly clean technology investments.
Genomatica Claims Milestone
JUNE 14, 2011
San Diego-based Genomatica , the venture-backed developer of sustainable chemical technology, said this morning that it has achieved demonstration-scale fermentation using its process, on schedule. The announcement comes a day after the Department of Energy said it will be providing $5.0M to Genomatica to further develop its technology.
CapLinked Announces New Investors, Signs Up New Clients & Builds New Features
Tech Zulu Event
MAY 9, 2013
Jackson said, “We’re using the proceeds from our financing round to invest in our technology, build new features, and increase sales and support.”. Team, Technology & Vision. Pleased to be an investor in the company, investor Lee Essner said he was particularly drawn to CapLinked’s team, technology and vision.
Genomatica Raises $45M
MARCH 1, 2011
San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. 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. READ MORE>>.
NeuroVigil Gets Funding
MAY 4, 2011
La Jolla-based NeuroVigil , a firm developing non-invasive wireless brain recording technology and advanced computational analysis techniques, has raised a first round of funding, the firm said this week. NeuroVigil said the funding came from an "anonymous American industrialist and technology visionary".
Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal
FEBRUARY 9, 2011
San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of renewable chemical production technology and processes, has inked a strategic joint development agreement with Waste Management , the firms announced this morning. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
Genomatica Files For IPO
AUGUST 24, 2011
San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of renewable chemicals technology, has filed for an IPO, saying today that it is looking to raise up to $100M in an IPO on the Nasdaq Global Market. Genomatica said it has applied to list under the symbol "GENO". The firm's IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, J.P. READ MORE>>.
MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Apparently, the firm is now being shopped by Sherwood Partners, which specializes in assignment for the benefit of creditors and shutdown and liquidation of failed technology companies. Los Angeles-based MyShape , the online personalized fashion and women's clothing firm, has shut down. READ MORE>>.
SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4
JANUARY 20, 2011
The biggest investments for the quarter went to Irvine-based Fisker Automotive , which raised $78.0M, followed by Hawthorn-based Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, which raised $50.2M. Orange County had a relatively healthy $121.9M, boosted mostly by the Fisker Automotive investment.
Enevate Names CFO
OCTOBER 18, 2016
Enevate is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tsing Capital, Infinite Potential Technologies, Presidio Ventures/Sumitomo, and CEC Capital. Irvine-based Enevate , which is developing advanced Lithium-ion batteries, said this morning that it has named Sameer V. Rao as its new Chief Financial Officer.
Crosscut Ventures Backs Blockchain Startup
MAY 11, 2016
Los Angeles-based venture investor Crosscut Ventures is one of the backers of a new startup, Fluent , developing blockchain technology for the financial markets. Louis Arch Angels. READ MORE>>. fluent crosscut ventures blockchain startup financial finance investment venture capital
Western Digital Backs Memory Semiconductor Developer
JANUARY 26, 2015
Irvine-based Western Digital has backed the developer of semiconductor memory technology, as part of a strategic funding round. Everspin Technologies , which develops "magnetoresistive RAM"--aimed at use in such things at solid state storage--said this morning that it has raised $29M in a Series B funding round. READ MORE>>.
Enevate Names CFO
MAY 17, 2016
Irvine-based battery technology developer Enevate announced this morning that it has appointed John B. Kennedy was previously CFO at Sprocket Media and SolarBridge Technologies, and also has served at Primarion, ValueClick, and other companies. Kennedy as its new Chief Financial Officer. READ MORE>>.
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OCTOBER 8, 2012
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NeuroVigil Finds More Funding
MAY 4, 2015
La Jolla-based NeuroVigil , a developer of brain monitoring tools and technology, said it has received a second financing round. 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. Size of the funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.
Lalawag Goes To Silicon Valley's Valley Girl
OCTOBER 11, 2010
Los Angeles gossip and technology blog Lalawag , run by Sean and Laurie Percival, has been sold. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed.
Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital
MARCH 30, 2011
They had been slowly building their technology and growing customers, and it was a very much break-even type of business. Thanks! READ MORE>>.
Local Clean Energy Business Plan Contest Awards $160,000
MAY 29, 2013
A local, clean energy business plan competition started by the California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has awarded $160,000 in prizes in its latest competition. READ MORE>>.
Synthetic Genomics Brings Funding Up To $35.0M
JANUARY 10, 2011
La Jolla-based Synthetic Genomics , a developer of genomics technology for the biofuels industry, has now raised $35M of its ongoing $50M funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing from the company. synthetic genomics exxon mobil exxonmobil venture startup capital biofuel cleantech clean technology energyREAD MORE>>.
Carbon Micro Battery Becomes Enovate
JULY 27, 2010
Irvine-based Enovate Corporation , which is backed by Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said today that it has renamed itself from Carbon Micro Battery. Enovate is a spinout of the University of California, Irvine, and has raised $5.3M in venture financing from such firms as Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
Ranker Adds Executives
JUNE 30, 2014
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. According to the company, it has appointed Glenn Walker as Chief Strategy Officer at Ranker, and Stan Holt as Chief Revenue Officer. READ MORE>>.
Amonix Ties With Solar Cell Developer
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
According to the two companies, Amonix and Solar Junction are in a collaboration which will combine the Amonix module technology with Solar Junction's solar cell technology. The two said the deal will help increase efficiency of the Amonix products, and help lower costs. READ MORE>>. amonix solar cell efficiency solarjunction
Cognition In Licensing Deal With Microsoft
FEBRUARY 17, 2010
Los Angles-based Cognition Technologies , the developer of semantic, natural language processing technology focused on the Internet search area, is reporting a win with Microsoft's Bing search engine today. The firm--which is headed by Scott Jarus--said it has licensed some of its proprietary semantic technologies to Microsoft Corp.
MyShape Raises $5.5M More
NOVEMBER 10, 2010
The funding came from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tenaya Capital, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth Fund. The company said the new funding will go to grow its operations, aggressively build out its product assortment, and to further develop its personalization technology. more in funding.
Altra Biofuels Spinoff EdenIQ Gets $12.4M
APRIL 30, 2010
EdenIQ , the biofuels yield enhancement technology firm that is a spinout of Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels , has scored a $12.4M READ MORE>>.
SpaceX Gets Satellite Contract
JANUARY 27, 2010
SpaceX is venture backed by Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, as well as Musk's own personal fortune. READ MORE>>.
Cognition Trumpets Semantic Mapping
SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
Los Angeles-based Cognition Technologies, a provider of search engine technology, claimed Tuesday that it has created the "world's largest semantic map of the English language." The firm said that the information is being used as part of its technology for helping to improve search results and to personalize and filter content.