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Siemer & Associates Acquired By Chinese Investment Bank

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Santa Monica-based investment banking firm Siemer & Associates , which has focused on the technology and media sector, has been acquired by Chinese investor CEC Capital Group. CEC Capital Group (formerly known as Chine eCapital) says it focuses on tech, media, telecom, consumer, and healthcare investments. Siemer & Assocaites was founded by David Siemer in 2008. siemer associates china capital merger acquisition investment banking finance financial

2008 BIOCOM Investor Conference

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Sunday, October 26, 2008 -- 2008 BIOCOM Investor Conference. Highlighting investment opportunities, over 60 of these leading life science companies will present to principal institutional and private equity investors.

Avelas Bio Raises $20M to Push Cancer-Illuminating Biologic Agent

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Pharmstandard International, the Luxembourg-based investment arm of the Russian pharmaceutical giant Pharmstandard (and a first-time investor in Avelas), led the round.

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Specific Media Taps Investment Banker As Corp Dev Head

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Irvine-based Specific Media has recruited an investment banker to head up its business development efforts, fresh off its acquisition of onetime social networking king MySpace. According to Specific Media, it has hired Scott Schopen , former investment banker at Piper Jaffray, as Vice President of Corporate Development at the firm. specific media investment banking corporate development business merger acquisition

Study: Angel Investments Drop In 2008

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The Angel Capital Association reported this week that investing activity by angel investments groups dropped by nine percent between 2008 and 2007, and 40 percent of angel groups expect overall investment to decrease again this year. The group, which released its ACA Angel Group Confidence Report this week, also found that the average group investment per deal was $276,918 in 2008, with total invested by groups in 2008 averaging at $1.77M.

Freedom Meditech Gets Investment

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Freedom Meditech, a firm developing proprietary non-invasive ocular glucose measurement device for people with diabetes, has scored $380,000 in a equity investment.

MBAinteract Gets Investment

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Galen Buckwalter, former Chief Scientist at eHarmony, to its board, as part of an unspecified investment from Buckwalter. Amount of the investment was not disclosed. Newport Beach-based MBAinteract , a site developing a social and professional networking site for MBA students, said Wednesday that it has added Dr. J.

Southern California Companies Raise $751M In Funding in Q3, Says Report

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PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association released their Q3 2008 venture capital numbers over the weekend, finding that Southern California companies raised nearly $751 in funding during the quarter. invested. invested. in investments.

Siimpel Gets New Investment

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Arcadia-based Siimpel Corporation, a developer of micro-electrical-mechanical optical technology, announced today that it has scored another round of funding. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. Siimpel said the new round of funding was led by DOCOMO Capital, and also included Qualcomm, Motorola, Micron Technology, and its existing venture investors, which includes Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Portage Venture Partners, Zone Ventures, Scale Venture Partners, and SunAmerica.

Advanced Modern Technologies Gets Investment

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Los Angeles-based Advanced Modern Technologies (AMTC), a manufacturer and distributor of automatic washroom fixtures, said Tuesday that it has received an equity investment from a private investment group. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. According to the company, the group includes George Patrick Murphy, former President and CEO of Technical Concepts, who will join the firm's board of directors and serve as an advisor to the firm.

Hard to Build Large Advertising Support Business

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Great point that you would have to have massive traffic, highly valued traffic, or some other factor involved in order to build a $100MM business which is normally the hurdle used as part of investment decisions

Victor Tsao Invests In Israeli Semi Firm

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Victor Tsao, who founded and sold Orange County-based Linksys to Cisco for approximately $500M in 2003, has made an investment in a Israeli semiconductor firm developing chips for multimedia WiFi home networking. According to Celeno Communications, Tsao has invested in the firm and has joined the company's advisory board. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. Tsao is investing alongside Greylock Israel, a venture firm where Tsao also serves as special advisor.

Tech Coast Angels Invests In Biopharmaceuticals Firm

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The Tech Coast Angels said this morning that the group has made an investment in Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, a drug development firm developing small molecule drugs. According to the Tech Coast Angels, it invested $289,000 in a Series A round for Amplyx, which also scored $492,000 in funding from the Life Science Angels. The TCA's investment was led by San Diego Tech Coast Angel Jack Florio. The Tech Coast Angels is the largest angel investment group in Southern California

Local VCs Assess Wall Street, Technology Investment Climate

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According to some local Southern California venture investors, it absolutely is affecting how they are thinking about the investment environment. He explains, "Our partnership is spending time evaluating the impacts on our portfolio and our outlook on future investments.". The question is, what does this mean for entrepreneurs and companies looking for investments? "I Plus, Babcock says the new money in investments will demand more process, and/or lower valuations.

Strix Systems Gets Strategic Investment, Opens Indian R&D Center

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Calabasas-based wireless networking hardware provider Strix Systems said today that the firm has received an "inflow" of strategic investments from investors, and also opened up a R&D center in India. Amount of the investment, and names of the strategic investors was not disclosed. According to Strix, it has also created a new engineering organization at a R&D center in India, which the firm said will accelerate development of new wireless mesh networking products from the firm.

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. Some very interesting graphics including this heat map: Very cool visualization tool!

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Social Networking Entreprenuerial Opportunities

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It's is hard for people to justify the investment to integrate themselves into your community. Last Saturday, I was a panelist at the CalTech - Social Networks event. It was a really good event with lots of interesting folks in attendance. I would guess that there was about 100 people - on a Saturday in Pasadena. That shows some interest in the topic. The presenters had some interesting things to say on a wide variety of topics.

PCNLA Holiday Party

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008 -- PCNLA Holiday Party: 100 Spots. Angel investment group. See [link] (more

PCNLA Evening Meeting

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008 -- PCNLA Evening Meeting. Angel investing group. See [link] (more

Looking For Investors? Be A VentureNet Capital Presenter

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Angels, private equity investors, investment bankers, and, of course, a who’s who of the VC community will be on hand to see Only 12 companies will have the chance to convince the biggest gathering of technology investors to be assembled in Southern California this year that theirs is the company that deserves to be funded.

PCN LA

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008 -- PCN LA - Private Capital Network. Angel investment group. See [link] (more

Interview with Richard Yen, Saban Ventures

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In what looks to be a challenging funding climate for entrepreneurs, we thought it would be interesting to talk to one fund which is still making investments--Saban Ventures (www.saban.com)--a new, digital media focused venture capital fund located in Los Angeles.

Interview with Richard Yen, Saban Capital

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In what looks to be a challenging funding climate for entrepreneurs, we thought it would be interesting to talk to one fund which is still making investments--Saban Ventures (www.saban.com)--a new, digital media focused venture capital fund located in Los Angeles.

Ask the Angels

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As you prepare your company for exit and seek strategic value investments, you should focus on high growth potential products. Furthermore, you can’t rely on the investment bankers to give you the best advice. According to the Angel Capital Association , approximately 225,000 people have made an angel investment in the last two years, which would somewhat qualify them as angel investors. We should, in the future, embark on a two pronged approach to investment.

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

As you prepare your company for exit and seek strategic value investments, you should focus on high growth potential products. Furthermore, you can’t rely on the investment bankers to give you the best advice. According to the Angel Capital Association , approximately 225,000 people have made an angel investment in the last two years, which would somewhat qualify them as angel investors. We should, in the future, embark on a two pronged approach to investment.

Invest in Transparency & Active Communication

Frank Addante

Two of the unique values of our culture at the Rubicon Project are transparency and active communication. Communication takes effort, but we make it a priority. Transparency is a big commitment but it's also a discipline that, while difficult at times, is incredibly beneficial.A lot of people ask me about the things that we do to promote active communication and transparency, so I thought I'd.

Invest in Transparency & Active Communication

Frank Addante

Two of the unique values of our culture at the Rubicon Project are transparency and active communication. Communication takes effort, but we make it a priority. Transparency is a big commitment but it's also a discipline that, while difficult at times, is incredibly beneficial. A lot of people ask me about the things that we do to promote active communication and transparency, so I thought I'd

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

As you prepare your company for exit and seek strategic value investments, you should focus on high growth potential products. Furthermore, you can’t rely on the investment bankers to give you the best advice. According to the Angel Capital Association , approximately 225,000 people have made an angel investment in the last two years, which would somewhat qualify them as angel investors. We should, in the future, embark on a two pronged approach to investment.

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

As you prepare your company for exit and seek strategic value investments, you should focus on high growth potential products. Furthermore, you can’t rely on the investment bankers to give you the best advice. According to the Angel Capital Association , approximately 225,000 people have made an angel investment in the last two years, which would somewhat qualify them as angel investors. We should, in the future, embark on a two pronged approach to investment.

President Obama’s 2008 Tax Return

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Lets see where Mr. Barack made his money, hopefully he wasn’t investing in car companies and mortgage backed banks. Click “Full Screen&# to see President Barack Obama 2008 Tax Return in your full browser. Barack Obama 2008 Tax Return - Free Legal FormsTax day has come and gone, and even the United States President has to answer to Uncle Sam.

Fisker To Show Production Vehicle

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Fisker, which is venture backed by the Qatar Investment Authority, Palo Alto Investors and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, showed a prototype of its KARMA vehicle in January, and is scheduled to begin delivery of its vehicles in November of next year.

Eventful Raises $10M

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According to Eventful, the investment round also included existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Bay Partners. San Diego-based Eventful announced late last night that it has raised $10M in a Series C funding round, led by Telefonica.

Top Five Best Uses of an Entrepreneur’s Legal Dollars

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 Preparing the appropriate arrangements between the company and the founder is an important step and should be done before capital investment is made. So you’ve just started your company, and as with most entrepreneurs, you have very limited money for service providers of any sort. That said, you have heard in the past that it is always best to get a lawyer involved in the company sooner rather than later, especially if you’re looking to raise capital in the near future.Â

Establishing An Effective Bioscience IP Portfolio

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Thursday, November 13, 2008 -- Establishing An Effective Bioscience IP Portfolio. Topics that will be discussed include identifying and protecting bioscience inventions, as well as decision makin in developing, managing and investing in the portfolio. CONNECT. This workshop will cover basic elements of developing a commercially meaningful intellectual property portfolio for a bioscience company.

Money Matters – Who…More than How Much or For What Valuation

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Talk to other companies that have received investments from the same source, and find out if they have they delivered on similar promises in the past.  Finding an angel who made a bunch of money in real estate to invest and take a board seat in your web widget software startup is probably not the best move. Periodically we will have posts from local entrepreneurs that provide some sound advice from a slightly different perspective.

LAVA Holiday Party

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008 -- LAVA Holiday Party and PwC "Shaking the MoneyTree". Please join LAVA, PricewaterhouseCoopers and a distinguished panel of industry experts and local VCs for their insights on the results of the Q3 2008. The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States.

Broadcom Eyes Acquisition Bargains

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In every down cycle - there are companies that emerge materially worse--smaller companies, companies without cashflow, companies with a single technology, and those who cannot invest," Brandt continued, "As much as there are opportunities to enhance our competitive position, we will do it."

Interview with Dr. Ramin Sadr, Mojix

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Mojix is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Red Rock Ventures, and Innocal. We did market studies, talked to customers, and launched a prototype in 2006, launching the company in 2008.

Funding Clean Tech Venture

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 -- Funding Clean Tech Venture. Panel providing the latest information about where Cleantech investors are making investments and the relative state of the market compared with recent periods. Market conditions have changed since the heyday of the first half of 2007 but funding in this sector continues. See [link] (more

Vicente Capital Partners Raises $150M Fund

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Los Angeles-based Vicente Capital Partners said Wednesday that the investment fund has raised $150M for the firm's Growth Equity Fund. The firm said its new fund will invest between $5M and $15M in equity in expansion capital or buyout deals, to companies who have $2M to $25M in revenues and up to $5M in EBITDA. Affiliates, LACERS, LA Fire and Police Pensions, New Mexico ERB, New Mexico State Investment Council, New York Common and Teachers' Retirement System (IL).