The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far

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Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar. companies’ largest VC raised in 2018 , and no surprise here: the 10 largest rounds all topped out well north of $100 million. 2018 in perspective. 2018 is already a record year for venture funding worldwide.

Reflections on 2018: Kelly Perdew, Moonshots Capital

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Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. What was the biggest news for your firm in 2018? Are there any technology innovations, gadgets, devices, software, that you found most interesting in 2018? kelly perdew moonshots capital venture investment military reflections2018 reflections 2018

Reflections on 2018: Jim Andelman, Bonfire Ventures

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Editor's note: All this week, and into the start of next year, we'll be featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. What was the biggest news for your firm in 2018? We had great news in 2018 from the companies weve invested in and supportive over the years. Are there any technology innovations, gadgets, devices, software, that you found most interesting in 2018?

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Selling your business? Find the emotional buyer

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The potential buyer was a hardware company, aware that margins were decreasing and that software companies, once considered mere vehicles to help sell hardware, were now becoming the central component in a sale, mostly because hardware was fast becoming a commodity as prices dropped.

Reflections on 2018: Richard Wolpert, The Soul Of A Deal

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Why not share your liquidity success with those who got you there?

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I found myself in such a situation upon a sale of my computer software company. So, you are close to selling your company, and counting the profits a bit early. Well, that’s human nature. Here’s a thought for you to recall later when and if the event happens. Remember those who got you there.

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Reflections on 2018: Anna Barber, Techstars LA

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Editor's note: All this week, and into the start of next year, we'll be featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. What was the biggest news for your organization in 2018? Techstars has continued to expand its global footprint with 48 accelerator programs around the world and the first company from our portfolio (Sendgrid) to IPO in late 2017 and then be acquired by Twilio in 2018.

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Reflections on 2018: Mike Panesis, Center for Entrepreneurship at CLU

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Reflections on 2018: Michael Jones, Science Inc.

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Reflections on 2018: Rob Freelen, Silicon Valley Bank

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Editor's note: All this week, and into the start of next year, we'll be featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. In 2018, many of them sold their companies or raised massive equity rounds. What was the biggest news for your company in 2018? Are there any technology innovations, gadgets, devices, software that you found most interesting in 2018?

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Reflections on 2018: Jay Goss, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health

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Reflections on 2018: Marc Averitt, Okapi Venture Capital

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Editor's note: As we head into the new year, we've been featuring reflections on 2018 from notable investors, entrepreneurs, and others from Southern California's technology community. In 2018, I emphatically (re)learned that even in the face of overwhelming proof there will always be those that choose to create their own realities based on their subjective opinions rather than objective facts. What was the biggest news for your company in 2018?

Framework Benchmarks Round 16

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— Ben Adams (@ben_a_adams) May 24, 2018. See [link] pic.twitter.com/Od1nuq0UQV — TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks (@TFBenchmarks) May 17, 2018. link] — John Montgomery (@Johnmont) May 24, 2018. And anyone else who cares about fast software.

Fighting Suicide With Software

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Adolescent suicides – and preventing them –is in the crosshairs of a software firm

Reflections on 2018: Alon Goren, 805 Startups and Crypto Invest Summit

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Reflections on 2018: Andy Wilson, Alliance for SoCal Innovation

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LA's Q3 2018 Seed Deals Steady, Says Report

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Amplify LA said it found that software-as-a-service (SaaS) was the most funded sector, with a decline in investments in such areas as e-commerce and mobile technology. A new report, from Los Angeles startup investor Amplify LA , says that Los Angeles seed investment deals in Q3 were for the most part steady, with a total of $59.4M raised across 27 Los Angeles startups. The group says its tracking found that the average seed round size was $2.2M for the quarter.

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X·CON 2018: Photos From Three Innovation Days in November

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View the Slideshow On November 4-6, Xconomy organized a meeting of the minds—an elite gathering of leaders in technology, business, healthcare, education, and energy—to discuss and demonstrate the key trends in their fields, heading into next year.

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ServiceTitan Acquires JaRay Software

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Glendale-based ServiceTitan , which develops software for the residential HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and home services business market, has acquired Kansas-based JaRay Software , the company announced this morning. JaRay Software is a developer of service business management software, and was founded by Paul Farmer Sr. servicetitan jaray software merger acquisition residential hvac services management

The makers of the virtual influencer, Lil Miquela, snag real money from Silicon Valley

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Brud , the actual company behind one of Instagram’s most popular virtual influencers (it’s a thing), has raised millions of dollars from Silicon Valley investors because this is 2018 and everything is awful. — maya kosoff (@mekosoff) April 19, 2018.

AppOnboard raises $15 million to let Android users try before they buy apps on Google Play

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Zweig was one of the architects behind the success of AdColony, a startup which sold to Opera Software in 2014 for $350 million. Pitching app developers with a new way to convert app browsers into actual customers, AppOnboard has raised $15 million in a new round of funding, the company said.

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CoreLogic Seeks To Sell Non-Core Software Units

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Irvine-based property information provider CoreLogic said late Thursday that it has launched an effort to exit "certain legacy non-core software units" at the company. According to the firm, it is looking to exit its loan origination software unit and its "legacy default management" related platforms over the next 24 months. The company did not identify all of those businesses, but said they generated approximately $40M in revenues in the first nine months of 2018.

A.I. in 2018: IBM Exec on Advances in Training, Trust, Transparency

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[ Editor’s note: This is part of a series of posts sharing thoughts from technology leaders about 2018 trends and 2019 forecasts. But getting there will require designing software that can “think” and communicate more like humans—big challenges that A.I.

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Yardi Debuts Machine Learning Software

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Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi said today that it has launched a new product, which uses machine learning for prescriptive analytics. According to the company, its new Yardi Elevate software is aimed at the multifamily market, and uses marcine learning to help CEOs, COOs, asset managers, and others with marketing, expense and revenue budgeting and forecasting, market valuations, and other recommendations.

From Alnylam to Zayner: Xconomy’s Top Innovation Stories of 2018

Xconomy

2018 was a year of ups and downs for the business and technology community. Storylines in various sectors helped shape the overall narrative in 2018. It was a year of big exits—both IPOs and acquisitions—for tech and life sciences companies. Venture funding remained strong, but more money went to fewer (and later-stage) companies overall. As the year winds down, we’re reflecting on the big innovation trends and developments that will carry over to next year.

Blue Software Acquired By Esko

L.A. Business Journal

Packaging design software company Esko-Graphics Inc., has bought Blue Software, an artwork management software firm, from Westwood-based Diversis Capital a subsidiary of the Danaher Corp.

sensemetrics Gets $10M For IoT Sensor Software

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San Diego-based sensemetrics , a startup developing software to digest the vast amount of industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensor data in the areas of mining, dams, energy and the industrial machine sectors, said on Tuesday that it has raised $10M in a financing round. sensemetrics sensor software industrial venture capital funding

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

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Now Microsoft has responded with a play of its own, partnering with the provider of a suite of hosted graphic design and animation software tools called Nimble Collective.

Software Test Professionals Conferenceand Expo

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Monday, April 9, 2018 -- Software Test Professionals Conferenceand Expo. STPCon, Where Testers Come to Learn - The Software Test Professionals Conference is the leading event where test leadership, management, and strategy converge. The hottest topics in the industry are covered including agile testing, performance testing, test automation, mobile application testing, and test team leadership and management. See [link] (more

Quest Software Buys Metalogix

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Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software has acquired Metalogix , a developer of migration tools for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365. quest software metalogix merger acquisition microsoft msft migration platform office365 sharepointFinancial details of the acquisition were not announced. Metalogix develops tools that are used for the migration, management, and securing of Office 365 and Microsoft SharePoint.

WAYV Picks Up $5M For Cannabis Software

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Los Angeles-based WAYV , a startup that says it is developing cannabis e-commerce software, has raised $5M in a seed funding round, the company said on Monday. According to WAYV, it is developing e-commerce software which enables licensed cannabis companies to manage next day delivery and manage the supply chain for retailers and brands. wayv cannabis software ecommerce seed funding david sacks craft ventures marijuana legalized

Kazuhm Gets Funding For Distributed Computing Software

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The company says its software platform currently works both on Windows and Linux operating systems, utilizing used processing power on those systems to minimize use of cloud computing costs. datacenter data intuit distributed desktop software computing capital venture kazuhmSan Diego-based Kazuhm , a startup developing a distributed computing workload platform, has received a funding round from Analytics Ventures, Analytics said this week. Size of the investment was not announced.

Xconomy Roadmap 2018: Top 15 Innovation Areas to Watch

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View the Slideshow With the first quarter in the books, it’s time to step back and lay out Xconomy’s editorial map for the rest of the year.

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FabFitFun surpasses $200 million in revenue as it hits million-subscriber milestone

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We have members from all walks of life – from nurses to lawyers, software developers, police officers, makeup artists, fashion designers, dog walkers, interior designers and more.”.

Elementary Robotics raises cash to expand in Los Angeles’ growing robotics hub

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In a separate email, Gross laid out exactly what he found so promising about Elementary’s combination of machine learning and image recognition tools software and robotics. Elementary Robotics has raised $3.6