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Map of VC Investments

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Friday, March 9, 2007 Map of VC Investments Found this Map of 2006 VC Investments post. ► January (5) Los Angeles Web Developer Startup CTO or Developer When to Use Facebook Connect – Twitter Oauth – Goo.

A Tale of Three Cutting-Edge Cities

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Back in 2006, the city set out to build a municipal Wi-Fi network for its citizens. Even San Francisco, the hottest of tech cities, is struggling to make its investment in Wi-Fi along Market Street worthwhile.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders. We will also have some of the top companies present that each of the panelist has invested in.

How Liferay Grew To More Than $100M After Starting In A Church Basement

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How is it you made it to $100M in revenues without outside investment? I think we've been willing to do things differently, partly because we're based in Diamond Bar, haven't been talking to venture capitalists, and generally being in Los Angeles and being counter-cultural. There are something like 110 different ways for someone to make money, whether that might be investing in the stock market or real estate, building a Silicon Valley company and flipping it.

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week. ” Many people on the Westside of Los Angeles are using the term Silicon Beach these days to describe the amazing renaissance that is truly happening here. I know that I call them often to co-invest.

First Ever Startup Weekend Orange County Live!

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He joined Miramar in 2006. Maneesh works with Miramar portfolio companies to identify growth drivers, potential business partners and evaluate prospective investment opportunities. Maneesh’s prior investing experience includes an associate position at El Dorado Ventures.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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I will argue that LPs who invest in VC funds will also need to adjust a bit as well. They knew the venture math that if only 50 companies / year are sold North of $100 million the entry price for their investments mattered.

Ten Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Putting LA on the Map

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If a person from outside Los Angeles is a fan of the city, dig a little and you’ll probably find that they like it for the celebrities, Hollywood not LA. Well, they’re all wrong, and Los Angeles is about to prove it. is a good monthly investment?

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TCA's OC Arm Pumps Seed Program

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The Orange County Chapter of the Tech Coast Angels is promoting a program to help jumpstart small companies, O.C. Tech Coast Angels, the new program will provide seed funding, strategic planning, and execution of day-to-day functions of startups. TCA said it would invest no more than $100,000 in companies applying to the program, which it said it just launched. Tags: tech coast angels angel investors seedtrack

GOOD Gets Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based GOOD , a media firm which operates Reason Pictures, GOOD Magazine, and GOOD Digital, announced this week that it has raised a Series A funding round. Investors included angels and Nicholas Negroponte and Ben Goldhirsch, the firm's CEO and co-founder. Ben Goldhirsch founded GOOD in 2006, and prior to this round was funded by Goldhirsch himself, who told the New York Times in 2006 that he planned to invest $10M in the company over the next 5 years.

Lindzon Gets Exit At Lifelock

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Prolific San Diego angel investor Howard Lindzon , who runs StockTwits , has scored a big exit at one of his portfolio companies, LifeLock , after the firm had its IPO this morning. Lindzon said it was an early angel investor in the company, and made his investment in 2006 at "well under a $10M valuation". Lindzon originally invested in LifeLock when he was living in Phoenix, which is where LifeLock is headquartered.

Southern California Leads In Green Businesses, Says Report

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According to the report , both Los Angeles and the Bay Are were identified as green manufacturing job leaders, with nearly 10,000 jobs in the sector in each region. The Next 10 report found that California accounted for 24 percent of total global investment in clean technology, with a total of $11.6 billion invested in cleantech venture capital in the state since 2006.

OpenGate Capital Acquires Power Partners

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital announced this morning that it has acquired Power Partners , a US-based manufacturer of power transformers. OpenGate Capital said the acquisition comes as a follow on to a prior investment it made in the transformer industry, Pacific Crest Transformers, which it acquired in 2006; OpenGate will be merging the two companies as part of the acquisition.

Mojix Names CTO

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Los Angeles-based Mojix , a developer of RFID technology, said today that it has promoted Dr. Christopher R. Mojix is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures and InnoCal Venture Capital.

Vangard Voice Systems Raises $2M

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The round is the second to come from Berkshire, which invested $3M in an earlier funding in 2006, along with angel support. Irvine-based Vangard Voice Systems said Wednesday that the firm has raised $2M in a Series B funding round, form Berkshire Ventures, LLC. Vangard develops software tools for voice-enabling enterprise applications.

Ranker Gets $750K

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Los Angeles-based Ranker , an online web site which allows users to create their own lists, and share them with friends, said Thursday evening that the firm has raised $750,000 in a seed investment round, part of a planned $1M funding effort. According to the firm, the round was led by Siemer Venture Capital, along with un-named angel investors.

Interview with Robert Flynn, Aggregage

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Los Angeles-based Aggregage (www.aggregage.com) is looking to help aggregate the content across multiple blog publishing sites, and curate that information into specific, B2B niche vertical web sites. Entertainment is confusing--we didn't make investments in pure content plays. Our largest investment was a partnership with Norman Lear's Act III Communications, we did a series of acquisition in the movie theater space.

Catch #Mindshare50 Talks Live on TechZulu

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He co-founded Mindshare LA in 2006. This upbringing naturally steered him to Los Angeles, where he now works in computer graphics for feature films. Artists & InventorEric is an artist and inventor in Los Angeles, CA.

Evolve Media Sells SheKnows.com

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Los Angeles-based Evolve Media Corp. Evolve Media said that it originally acquired SheKnows.com in 2006, when it was a five person company with 600,000 unique visitors per month. Evolve Media said the proceeds for the sale will go into acquiring new websites, and investment in technology. said this morning that it is selling its SheKnows.com property to a private equity firm. Financial details of the sale, and the name of the private equity buyer, were not announced.

Interview: Venture Capitalists On Pitching

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We brought together Peter Cowen of Groundwork Equity , Mark Suster of GRP Partners , Rick Smith of Crosscut Ventures , and Richard Yen of Saban Ventures -- all of who will be on the judging panel for the Tech Coast Angel's Fast Pitch on February 24th, to give us a their hints and tips about pitching to venture capitalists. They also talked about their outlook on the venture capital market, and how likely they are to be investing this year, given the worried economy.

StartupDemo Is Shaping Up Nicely

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Founded in 2006, Demand Media is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA with offices in Bellevue, WA, Austin, TX, New York, NY and London, UK. Tech Coast Angels is ever-mindful that some of the world’s greatest companies began with angel investments and we take our commitment to that tradition seriously. The nearly 300 members of TCA collaborate with each other on due diligence and then make individual decisions regarding potential investments.

This Week in VC with Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners

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Our guest this week on #TWiVC was Dana Settle , partner at Greycroft Partners , a venture capital firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Their first fund was a $75 million fund raised in 2006 and they very recently announced a brand new $130 million fund.

Interview with Matthew Graczyk, Zubican

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Matthew Graczyk is founder of angel-backed Zubican (www.zubican.com)--saw a problem, which was the difficulty of finding suppliers for products for businesses--and decided to solve the problem, with a site specifically targeted at helping B2B buyers and sellers connect.

Top 30 Startup Posts for July 2010

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The “official” date is June 9 th , 2006 — for those that are curious about such things). Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO’s and VC’s) - Steve Blank , July 15, 2010 If you take funding from a venture capital firm or angel investor and want to build a large, enduring company (rather than sell it to the highest bidder), this isn’t the decade to do it. Angel vs VC? - Yesterday he outlined his investment thesis on his blog.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Raised angel money from Rob Lord, Reid Hoffman, Benchmark Capital and others. And the broader question of whether VC’s will continue to invest in the Twitter ecosystem. Founded in 2009 in Los Angeles by Michelle Crames.

This Week in VC Episode 6 with @Jason Calacanis: Best One Yet

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We spoke about the changes to an “accredited investor&# proposed by Chris Dodd – This would be bad for angel investing. Founded in 2006 by Aaron Finn. We just had our sixth episode of #TWiVC and I felt this one was the best.

Interview with Raph Koster, Metaplace

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We spoke with Raph Koster, the firm's CEO and founder, about the site and the new investment round. We left Sony in 2006 in order to do Metaplace--I'd dreamed about doing it for about ten years, and actually put together our first prototype in the spare bedroom, with my wife helping me out. We went and raised a Series A back in late 2006, and went on to win the audience award at TechCrunch40. Marc and Ben are pretty visible angels--how did you connect with them?

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TechZulu Live from StartupDemo

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It is an opportunity to get frank feedback from VCs, angels, peers and the technolust. Mixergy and AsAble are also joining us to bring you an amazing VC/Angel Panel. Adrenaline Fueled Angel. Stewart Roberts , President of Orange County of Tech Coast Angels.

StartupDemo Was a Huge Success!

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We would like give a huge thank you to Social Media Week and the supportive startup community here in Los Angeles. For those who ever said there is no startup community in Los Angeles I most certainly beg to differ. VC/Angel Panel. Adrenaline Fueled Angel.

Interview with Vince Bianco, Newsforce

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Vince Bianco: The company has been around since 2006, and we started by launching an SEO tool for press releases for professionals. Vince Bianco: It's backed by the founders, and we also have some angel investors who have invested in the company.