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Technology , Cocktails, and Incubators in Santa Barbara

Steve Reich

Then drive for the best funding you can get. If you still don’t like the answer—separate the funding and location decisions. 

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund

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

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.

INVESTOR SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS 7 TOP-TIERED ANGEL GROUPS FROM SANTA BARBARA TO SAN DIEGO TO COLLABORATE ON PROMISING START-UPS

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Maverick Spearheads First-In-History Southern California Angel Summit on May 16, Sheppard Mullin Title Sponsor. Maverick Angels, an International Angel Group with locations in Southern California, Utah and Europe, today announced the “First Annual Southern California Angel Summit” which took place on May 16, 2012, at USC.

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Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

It’s been an amazing experience so far, but the best part are the relationships I’ve built since getting started. great trade!

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

inLife   signed up dozens of merchants in Santa Barbara for their activity site.  The emails were so tailored, that many merchants called back to thank them for the personal attention.  Then get VC funding, rent a cool space, hire a big team, rebuild and relaunch.  It took month and years. For free.  Not any more. Again.

Q1 Southern California Venture Deals Rise To Around $1.4B

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The information--gleaned from funding announcements, regulatory filings, and other sources--are also up significantly from Q1 of last year, when only $729.89M was invested in the region. Other big funding deals included a big, $115.3M Father north, in Santa Barbara, Sonos scored $25.0M in a March deal.

Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3

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Venture capital investments in Southern California in Q3 totaled to $464.18M, according to the latest numbers released by the PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA Money Tree Report this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Silicon Valley had the lion's share of the venture funding dollars in Q3, with $1.75 raised.

SBA Recognizes SoCal Firms

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The SBIR is a funding program which provides research and development dollars to small businesses and startups. in San Diego, and Wyatt Technology , in Santa Barbara. small business administration sbir funding grant qualcomm research developmentThe U.S. Firms recognized by the SBA with the Tibbets Award included.

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round

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For us, it’s OK if we miss a great deal once in a while, so long as the companies we DO invest in generate outstanding returns. Unicornless.

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Ansible Acquired By Red Hat For Around $100M

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Santa Barbara-based Ansible > , a developer of IT automation software, has been acquireed by Red Hat , to help bolster Red Hat's management capabilities for hybrid and OpenStack clouds, and container-based services. Anssible had only raised around $6M in funding. DeHaan had previously worked at Red Hat. READ MORE>>.

SoCal Angel Investors See IPO Pop At CytomX

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A number of Southern California angel investors are undoubtedly breaking out the champagne this morning, after the successful IPO of CytomX Therapeutics , a developer of cancer therapeutics which was spun out of UC Santa Barbara. CytomX was founded by UC Santa Barbara professor Patrick Daugherty.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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Either way, it’s natural that buyers “shop around” so expect it as a healthy part of the process. So we took a stand. We knew that all buyers would be concerned about security, privacy, back-ups, data protection and so forth. So our pitch went. And so on. Why Buy Anything ? 2. Why Buy Me? 3.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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28 from 7pm-10pm in Santa Monica. The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders.

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures

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We can also write checks as large as $35M out of the Omega Fund. Thanks for the time today. We really believe in the market. That's part one.

Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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So spending time thinking about what your leadership style is, whether it’s effective and what you could do to improve it can yield dividends. We want to invest in early-stage technology enabled startup businesses – upfront in the funding cycle. Jackson was a showboat in Philly so fans bit their lips when he was cut.

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The Resumator Gets $2.1M From Rincon

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Rincon Venture Partners , the Santa Barbara-based venture capital fund run by Jim Andelman , John Greathouse , and Brian Kelly , has led the investment in a developer of social recruiting software tools for companies, The Resumator. Rincon led a $700,000 Series A round in 2011 in The Resumator. READ MORE>>.

CytomX Therapeutics, Founded At UCSB, Queues Up For IPO

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CytomX Therapeutics , a biotech startup which was founded by UC Santa Barbara professor Patrick Daugherty, and which has a significant number of Southern California angel investors, filed for an IPO last week, saying that it is looking to raise $100M on the NASDAQ Global Market. READ MORE>>. ucsb therapeutics cytomx

Streamlining The Sports Recruiting Process with FieldLevel

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Coaches started talking about us, and we got a great reputation in baseball helping both coaches and athletes, so they started asking for our products.

HP Selects UCSB, UCSD, USC Profs For Funding

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According to HP, among the sixty professors were Dr. Amin Vahdat of the University of California, San Diego; Dr. John Bowers at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Dr. Gerard Medioni and Dr. Alan E. Willner at the University of Southern California.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

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This is stuff I tell people verbally at least twice / month so I’m glad to finally get it into written format. 1. the link is here.

Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer 2011 Judges! Where: CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125.

Local Charities Score Funding From Facebook Program

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Two, Southern California charities are among the charities who are receiving grants from JPMorgan Chase in a promotion on Facebook, Chase said today. The winners of the grants were selected from the votes of Facebook users.

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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GRP has just recently closed on a new $200M fund, and Mark has been one of the more active venture capitalists in the Los Angeles area in recent months. In 2000, we set up our second fund--worth almost $400M--and for that vintage year, that fund is one of the top tier performing funds in the entire country. more).

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall 2011 Judges! There is still time to apply so if you have yet to do so  APPLY HERE.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. Here's the rest. Here’s how to do it.

Do your kids Google Poo?

Eric Greenspan

We are huge proponents of the Internet, so the last thing we wanted to do was scare them and stop their kids from benefiting from using the Web.

Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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In college at the California Institute of Technology, he patented a new loudspeaker design and formed GNP Loudspeakers, Inc. Event Details.

TCA Stresses Mixers, New Website

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The group also said it is focusing on its SeedTrack program, which is specifically focused on seed stage funding and extensive mentoring. The TCA is the biggest angel investment group in Southern California, and is among the largest nationally. Tags: tech coast angels funding venture capital seed fund READ MORE>>.

Interview with Winston Damarillo, Morphlabs

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One of Southern California's successful, serial entrepreneurs is Winston Damarillo , who founded Gluecode, which he sold to IBM in 2005.

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UCSB, USC Benefit From Energy Research Grants

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The Department of Energy (DOE) said this week that it has awarded $377M in funding for 46, Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) focused on reducing dependence on imported oil and to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, including a center at the University of California, Santa Barbara , and one at the University of Southern California.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet

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grew up in Los Angeles and went to undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, graduating in 2003 with Honors in Economics. Yes, a physical folder.

Negative Customer Acquisition Costs - Creative Startup Marketing Ideas - Eric David Greenspan

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He’s done several startups and is a board member of the Technology Council of Southern California (which is where I met him originally). like to book my own travel, so I might be on Expedia or on an airplane. We are actually getting paid now to obtain customers, so our customer acquisition costs are now negative.

Interview with Scott Lenet, DFJ Frontier

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Seed stage, venture capital fund DFJ Frontier (www.dfjfrontier.com) announced this morning that it has raised its second fund, worth $55M. We sat down with Managing Director Scott Lenet last week, ahead of the announcement, to chat about the new fund and what the firm is investing in now. Congrats on the new fund.

Interview with Daryl Bernstein, RightSignature

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This morning's interview with Daryl Bernstein , CEO and co-founder of Santa Barbara-based RightSignature (www.rightsignature.com), a firm which has created an online, software-as-a-service offering to collect legally binding signatures on documents. Explain to me how your service works? It's a big step forward over the FAX. Thanks!

Interview with Mark Cromack, Cogi

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Santa Barbara-based Cogi (www.cogi.com) recently launched a phone-based service which allows users to transcribe conference calls and meetings. CallWave streamed the audio down from the telephony servers to your desktop, so you could hear if you had a really urgent message from so-and-so.

Interview with Zareh Baghdasarian, 15desks

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Baghdasarian was co-founder of Monterey Networks, which was sold to Cisco Systems back in 1999, has been an active angel investor in Southern California. This is the first company I have become directly involved with, because it was near to my heart, so I got involved in the day-to-day working with them. Thanks!