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Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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million from Rincon Ventures & Tim Draper. Launchpad LA today announces it will accept applications for its third class of Los Angeles-based tech startups.

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DFJ Mercury Promotes Venture Partner In San Diego

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DFJ Mercury , one of the affiliate venture firms of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said Tuesday that it has promoted a venture partner who will be splitting his time between La Jolla and Houston, its headquarters.

Prolacta Links With National Milk Bank

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Prolacta is venture backed by Alta Partners, Arcturus Capital, DFJ Frontier, DFJ Mercury Venture Partners, Draper Associates, Draper Richards, Funk Ventures, Gideon Hixon Fund, and Philip Capital.

EdeniQ Links With German Firm

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EdeniQ is backed by Element partners, Cyrus Capital, Angeleno Group, Morgan Stanley, The Westly Group, Draper Fisher Jurveston, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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If we're up against a Kleiner Perkins term sheet, or a Draper Fisher Jurvetson term sheet, the company is going to go with the big name, even if our valuation is higher.

Ranker Raises $1.3M

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The funding was led by Tim Draper of Draper Fisher Jurvetson , and also included Rincon Venture Partners , Newport Coast Investments , Gil Elbax of Factual, the Pasadena Angels , and Siemer Venture Capital. Los Angeles-based Ranker , the startup headed by Clark Benson which allows users to rank anything they want in a list, has raised $1.3M in a Series A funding.

Anybeat Rolls Out Chat Roulette Feature

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AnyBeat is backed by Freestyle Capital, Social Leverage, Arthur Bilger, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Howard Lindzon, Tom Anderson, Alex Bard, Alex Karelin, Kenny Van Zant, and Francis Costello. Taking a chapter out of the popularity of sites like Chatroulette in connecting up strangers with one another, Los Angeles-based Anybeat , the alternative social networking site run by Dmitri Shapiro, said Friday that it has rolled out a new feature called "Interest Roulette".

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Enevate Expands Battery Efforts In Irvine

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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. Irvine-based Enevate , a developer of rechargeable battery technology, is expanding in Irvine, according to reports today.

SpaceX Announces Second Satellite Launch Deal

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SpaceX is venture backed by Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners, and is headed by technology mogul Elon Musk. 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. Financial details of the launch agreement were not disclosed.

Genomatica Claims Milestone

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Genomatica is backed by Alloy Ventures , Bright Capital , Draper Fisher Jurvetson , Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Mohr Davidow Ventures, TPG Biotech, VantagePoint Venture Partners and Waste Management, and has raised over $84M in funding. 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.

Genomatica Raises $45M

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Prior investors Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and TPG Biotech also participated. San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. The firm said the funding was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners; Bright Capital, a Russian venture investment firm; and Waste Management.

MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down

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MyShape had raised north of $36M in funding from such investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and Tenaya Capital. Los Angeles-based MyShape , the online personalized fashion and women's clothing firm, has shut down. According to a message on the firm's site, it is "temporarily suspending its retail operations" and is no longer offering products.

Miven Re-Ups On ViVOtech

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Prior investors include Miven Ventures, Alloy Ventures , Citi Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurveston, DFJ Gotham, First Data Corporation, Motorola Mobility, Nokia Growth Partners and NCR. Irvine-based Miven Ventures , the venture capital arm of Victor Tsao , the founder of Linksys , has re-upped its investments in a near field communications (NFC) firm, ViVOtech. ViVOtech, which is based in Santa Clara, said it raised $24M in a Series C financing exptension.

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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The most active investors in Southern California for Q4 were Mission Ventures (6 investments); Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (4 investments); DFJ Frontier (4 investments); Okapi Venture Capital (3 investments); Draper Fisher Jurvetson (3 investments); First Round Capital (3 investments); and Arboretum Ventures (3 investments).

Genomatica Files For IPO

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Genomatica is a developer of processes used to convert renewable feedstocks into high volume chemicals.The firm is venture backed by TPG biotechnology Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, WM Organic Growth, among others. 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.

Anthem, DFJ Frontier Back Janrain

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Other investors, aside form Anthem and DFJ Frontier, were RPM Ventures, Tim Draper, and Square 1 Bank. Two Los Angeles area venture capital firms have re-upped their investments in a provider of identity management software.

NeuroVigil Gets Funding

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NeuroVigil has previously raised seed funding from DFJ Frontier, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Zone Ventures, which invested $250K in the firm when it won the 2008 DFJ Venture Challenge. 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. Amount of the funding, and source, was not disclosed.

Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal

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Genomatica is venture backed by Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow ventures, and TPG Biotech, and has raised $40M in funding. 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.

Cognition Raises $200K

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Cognition has previously raised funding from the Tech Coast Angels and Draper Associates, as well as Tim Draper and Scott Jarus. 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.

Virgin Galactic Names CFO

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Sunshine was previously CFO at MDA Information Systems, and also has served at the National Institute of Aerospace, Aurora Flight Sciences, Orbital Science Corporation, and Draper Laboratories.

The Startup Game ?? Then and Now!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 -- The Startup Game  Then and Now! Join SDVG for the September keynote breakfast with Bill Draper and Tim Draper. The father-son duo of Bill Draper and Tim Draper will share their inter-generational viewpoints on the venture capital business. The Startup Game  Then and Now! This is a unique event unlike any other you have attended!

Active Network Plans Offering For Investors

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Those investors include ICG Holdings, TPG Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, TL Ventures, as well as others. The sales come around 9 months after Active Networks May 2011 IPO. The venture investors in San Diego-based sports website firm Active Network are looking to take some dollars off the table, via an offering from Active, according to an S-1 filed by the company Friday. In the filing, Active said it is planning to sell 1.5

Genomatica Drops IPO Plans, Raises $41.5M

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The firm, which had filed for a $100M IPO in August of 2011, said in a withdrawal of its registration, that it has determined not to proceed with its IPO, "in light of current market conditions." Genomatica is venture backed by TPG biotechnology Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, WM Organic Growth and others.

Genomatica Raises $21.25M

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Genomatica says on its web site that it has now raised more than $40M in financing from TPG, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Alloy Ventures. San Diego-based Genomatica , a firm developing sustainable chemical products using renewable feedstocks, has raised $21.25M in additional funding, according to numbers released in the recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA MoneyTree report. No details on the new funding have been disclosed by the firm.

Synthetic Genomics Brings Funding Up To $35.0M

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Synthetic Genomics is backed by ExxonMobil, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Meteor Group, Biotechonomy LLC and Plenus, S.A., 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. BP plc, and ACGT Sdn Bd. The firm is headed by J. Craig Venter, the inventor of DNA sequencing.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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The reason I was brought in, was because one of my board members, Tim Draper, who was a board member at my first company, encouraged me along with some of the other partners at Epic to come and spend a year there.

CapLinked Announces New Investors, Signs Up New Clients & Builds New Features

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CapLinked didn’t just raise money but announced it had acquired several new clients, including Edwards Lifesciences, Draper and Kramer, and Proprietary Capital who join a growing and impressive roster of previously disclosed CapLinked clients such as Thomson Reuters, Sun Capital, and NextView Ventures. Based in LA, and launched in 2011 by Eric M. Business Entrepreneurship Startups AccessDNA Artesian Group Caplinked Chris Harris Conversion Capital Draper and Kramer Eric M.

Tech Titans Peter Thiel, Matt Jacobson, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, Mich Mathews, Elon Musk Buy Homes in Los Angeles

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PERSON Timothy Draper PERSON|Timothy Draper. NAME Timothy Draper. Venices median home price in the first eight months of 2012 broke the $1 million barrier, rising to $1,012,000 from $899,000 in the first eight months of 2011. 2012, compared with the same period in 2011.

Local Startups Draw Far And Wide For Funding In Q4

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Among the top investors, some of the most active (500 Startups, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners) don't have local investment coverage.