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Tech Coast Angels Leads National Angel Investments

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Southern California's largest angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , looks to be one of the lead investors nationally in angel-backed companies, according to a report released Monday by the Angel Resource institute. halo report tech coast angels angel investment venture capital

Vokle Gets Funding

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Santa Monica-based Vokle has scored an investment round from the Tech Coast Angels, the angel group formally announced Monday. The investment had been uncovered by socalTECH in January, but had not officially been announced as a TCA deal. The TCA's Raymond Chan sits on Vokle's board. READ MORE>>.

Freebinar Looks To Fill Webcasting Hole Left By DimDim

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Freebinar told socalTECH today that it is looking to help users of Dimdim, which was just acquired by Salesforce.com and stopped allowing new user signups this week. Bolstering Freebinar's efforts is new funding from the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

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.

Mindbody Confirms $14M For Health and Wellness Software

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The firm is headed by Rick Stollmeyer, and has also received backing from the Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and Frontera Capital.

Zag Raises $32.4M

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spokesperson for Zag told socalTECH that a round had closed, but would not confirm the investors or details of the round. READ MORE>>.

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Q3 Southern California Venture Deals Around $879M

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A quick analysis by socalTECH of our tracking of venture capital deals in Southern California finds that there was around $879M in venture funding activity here in Q3. The biggest are for venture activity in the quarter was Biopharmaceuticals, which was $299.13M of the quarterly total. last week.

Venture Totals Drop In Southern California For Quarter

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A study of the venture capital deal flow in Southern California conducted by socalTECH shows that venture capital deals dropped for Q3, to around $720M in deals, in a market dominated by clean technology firms. invested in Q3 of 2007, and down slightly from venture numbers in Q2, when there was approximately $966M in venture deals.

Cyber Rain: Water Conservation Driving Firm

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However, the controllers are a significant step up in complexity to the basic controllers used for sprinkler control. READ MORE>>.

Q3 Venture Investments For SoCal Total Around $1.0 Billion

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According to an analysis of socalTECH's proprietary database of venture capital deals, venture investors invested slightly more than the $966M in Q3 of 2009, but less than the $1.6 Interestingly enough, that area of perpetual interest for the Los Angeles area--Content and Media--only garnered $10.68M in funding during the quarter.

Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2

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A recent analysis by socalTECH, of our detailed tracking of venture capital investment activity in Southern California, finds that there was around $932M in funding raised in the area in Q2, a rise from roughly $700M in Q1. PwC/NVCA officialy reported $950M invested in Q2 of 2008.

YouMail Gets New Competition: Google

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The venture backed startup--which has scored funding from the Tech Coast Angels and VantagePoint Venture Partners--appears to have significant overlap to Google's new Google Voice services. However, Alex Quilici, the firm's CEO, told socalTECH that he actually sees something good from the competition. READ MORE>>.

Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

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socalTECH was a media sponsor of the conference). READ MORE

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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socalTECH has mined our proprietary database of startups and other tech companies to find some of the firms spawned by former MySpace executives.