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

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Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US. Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar. 2018 in perspective. Jason Rowley. Contributor.

A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

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I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re Others believe that new business models are emerging that could replace venture capital all together.

The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

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Upfront Ventures has a deep-seated commitment to equality in funding & building diverse teams across all ethnicities, nationalities and genders. diversity venture-capital

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend.

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. Here's Marc Averitt of Okapi Venture Capital (www.okapivc.com). 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.

U.S. Venture Capital Deals on Pace to Exceed $100B in 2018

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Once considered a passing phase, the concentration of capital into fewer, larger venture capital deals appears to be the new normal. based venture-backed companies as of the end of the third quarter hit a decade high, and is on pace to pass the $100 billion mark by year’s end.

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

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If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process. This is critical to build a cohesive venture capital firm.

The Minority Venture Capital Opportunity

Xconomy

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic billion-dollar leveraged buyout of Beatrice Foods, put together by African-American business pioneer Reginald Lewis.

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. This morning's reflections are from Kelly Perdew , managing general partner of at Moonshots Capital (www.moonshotscapital.com). Raising money as a first-time VC fund is hard.In What was the biggest news for your firm in 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. Here's Jim Andelman of Bonfire Ventures. 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. Were pleased to be a part of one of SoCals greatest VC-backed successes.

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Too Many Venture Capital Cooks in the Kitchen?

Xconomy

At Correlation Ventures, we spend a fair amount of time using our proprietary database to identify the telltale signs of successful startups. One question we asked recently is whether there are diminishing returns for adding VCs to the board of directors at venture-backed startups.

VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

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In the days leading up to TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018, The Economist published the cover story, ‘Why Startups Are Leaving Silicon Valley.’ ” Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. Disrupt SF 2018.

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

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Some companies, especially those financed by angel or VC investors, have good, formal stock option plans with properly priced options set to reward all employees and managers in the event of a corporate sale. So, you are close to selling your company, and counting the profits a bit early.

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FactoryFour Raises $5M in Venture Capital Funding

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based venture capital firm August Capital, with participation from Refactor Capital Manufacturing software maker FactoryFour, which recently opened a new Culver City office, received a $5 million round of funding led by Menlo Park, Calif.-based

Venture Capital What They Are Looking For In A Startup

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Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

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Freeletics , headquartered in Munich, Germany, is today announcing its first round of private capital after bootstrapping since 2013. Artificial Intelligence Funding Startups Venture Capital Causeway Media Partners freemium Germany Los Angeles TechCrunch

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Reflections on 2018: Clinton Foy, CrossCut 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. Here, we have the thoughts of Clinton Foy , General Partner and Managing Director of Crosscut Ventures (www.crosscut.vc). Venture Capital is a Long Term Game. What was the biggest news for your company in 2018?

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

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This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists. I always tell founders … “An investors job is to deploy capital and make a return. Same with VC. How Do You Know if a VC is Engaged? If a VC “ghosts you” (i.e.

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

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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 company in 2018? In May, the Center co-hosted the first New Venture Ventura County, a celebration of student entrepreneurs from grade school to grad school.

Thinking Like a VC

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 -- Thinking Like a VC. Featuring: Rob Vickery, Partner and Co-Founder: Stage Venture Partners. Rob Vickery, Co-Founder of Stage Venture Partners, which is one of LA's leading enterprise software venture capital fund, will be exploring the core principles of venture capital and core due-diligence techniques that are adopted in this area of finance. Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship.

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

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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 company in 2018? Are there any technology innovations, gadgets, devices, software, that you found most interesting in 2018? reflections2018 goss wavemaker wavemaker360 health venture capital

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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ServiceTitan Secures $165M From Venture Capital Group to Expand

L.A. Business Journal

has secured $165 million in funding from a venture capital group to build out its home services software firm through acquisitions and moves into new markets Glendale-based ServiceTitan Inc.

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

Xconomy

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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VC firms of Kevin Durant and Snoop Dogg back Dutchie, a new cannabis delivery service

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The company signed on 50 dispensaries in Oregon to help prove out the product and just raised $3 million in a seed round from Casa Verde Capital, The Durant Company, Sinai Ventures and other angel investors.

Big Deals, Life Sciences Push U.S. VC in 2018 to Dot-Com Boom Levels

Xconomy

Venture capital investments rose in 2018 to levels not seen since the heady days of 2000, the last year U.S. startups collectively took in more than $100 billion.

How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

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VC firms see thousands of deals and have a refined sense of how the market is valuing deals because they get price signals across all of these deals. What was the post money on your last round (and how much capital have you raised)? So why does a VC ask you?

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. Venture funding remained strong, but more money went to fewer (and later-stage) companies overall. 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. As the year winds down, we’re reflecting on the big innovation trends and developments that will carry over to next year.

LA's Q3 2018 Seed Deals Steady, Says Report

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seed venture capital startup deals totals amplifyla amplifyA 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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What Should You Send a VC Before Your Meeting?

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As a VC and former entrepreneur let me offer you some advice. Remember that the goal of an email to a VC or an introduction from a trusted mutual connection is simply to get you the meeting. The VC will smile, thank you, and later pass.

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Xconomy Roadmap 2018: Top 15 Innovation Areas to Watch

Xconomy

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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Los Angeles investors and entrepreneurs launch PledgeLA, a diversity and inclusion program

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The local non-profit was instrumental in setting up the PledgeLA initiative, which grew out of discussions that the institute fostered among the Los Angeles venture community. PledgeLA initiative grew out of a series of problem-solving sessions within the Los Angeles venture capital community.

Bonfire Ventures Launches $60M Venture Capital Fund

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Los Angeles-based Bonfire Ventures said this morning that it has officially launched with its first fund, a new $60M fund aimed at early stage startups. Andelman and Mullen have been very involved in Southern California's high tech industry for years, with Andelman founding Rincon Venture Partners, and Mullen running Double M Partners. investor volger leah mullen mark andelman investment capital venture ventures bonfire

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.

Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

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Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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