India’s Haptik acqui-hires Los Angeles startup Convrg in international expansion push

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On Tuesday, Haptik announced it has acqui-hired Convrg, a Los Angeles-based startup that develops chatbots, to serve customers in North America. Mumbai-based Haptik, which operates a conversational AI platform , has already won several high profile clients in India.

Meet Lumi, the Los Angeles startup that just raised $9 million for a packaging business

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Alongside co-founder and longtime partner Stephan Ango, Jesse Genet has built a business with Lumi that’s already been profitable, and has just raised $9 million in venture funding to boost its growth.

Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Upfront Ventures , a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund. Funding Startups TC Venture Capital gwyneth paltrow Los Angeles Mark Suster Travis VanderZanden U.S.

Meet Lumi, the Los Angeles startup that just raised $9 million for a packaging business

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Alongside co-founder and longtime partner Stephan Ango, Jesse Genet has built a business with Lumi that's already been profitable, and has just raised $9 million in venture funding to boost its growth. .

Greentoe Lands Angel Funding

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Los Angeles-based Greentoe.com , which operates an online marketplace which lets people name their own price for electronics and other items, has raised a round of angel funding, the firm said today. The funding came from Parker Thompson from 500 Startups/Dave McClure. Size of the funding was not announced. greentoe venture capital angel ecommerce retail retailer seed

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Vid Gets Strategic Funding

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Los Angeles-based Vid , a startup developing a social video platform, announced late Monday that it has received a strategic investment from Ontology, a developer of blockchain technology. Vid says it is headquartered in Los Angeles, but has satellite offices in South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Cayman Islands. capital venture social platform video funding strategic

Scopely Gets Angel Funding

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Los Angeles-based Scopely , a stealth mode firm headed by former Applied Semantics co-founder Eytan Elbaz , has raised a round of seed funding. The funding came from Terry Semel , Lerer Ventures , Howard Lindzon (StockTwits), Gil Elbaz (Factual), David Cohen (TechStars), Dave Tisch (TechStars), the Collaborative Fund , Evan Rifkin ( Burstly ), and Clark Landry (GraphEffect). angel media social finance elbaz eytan google semantics applied capital venture scopely

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With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest

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CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-founders, who have been investing in Los Angeles since 1997.

6 Actions To Find The Perfect Angel For Your Startup

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A while back, I outlined “ The 10 Best Sources of Cash to Start Your Business ” for startups, listing angel investors as alternative six. By definition, an angel investor is not an “institutional investor.” If you need more, you need VCs or a flock of angels.

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Angel Funding Advice

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Last night I attended a DealMaker Media (whom I love because they always host such great discussions) panel on raising angel money moderated by Dan Gould and with panelists Rob Hayes (First Round Capital, more seed or A round than angel), Scot Sangster (with OrganicStartup and [.]. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC.

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Angel Funding Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Last night I attended a DealMaker Media (whom I love because they always host such great discussions) panel on raising angel money moderated by Dan Gould and with panelists Rob Hayes (First Round Capital, more seed or A round than angel), Scot Sangster (with OrganicStartup and the best spokesperson for Tech Coast Angels that I have met to date), Tom McInerney (TGM) and Jarl Mohn (who invests on his own “account&# and whose track record is truly humbling).

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eTailPet Finds $800K Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. The seed funding was worth $800K, and led by Moonshots Capital, and also included individual angels from the pet industry. According to eTailPet, the funding will go to accelerate its business. moonshot ecommerce petstore funding seed capital venture etailpet

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

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Demographics at funds and startups will also be under the microscope, since signatories have agreed to report on their composition by race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability status, immigration status, veteran status, educational attainment, socioeconomic origin, tenure at a firm.

Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

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The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund. The timing is ripe for a fund like ours to capitalize on the opportunity.”

With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest

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CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-founders, who have been investing in Los Angeles since 1997.

Crowd Funding Has Not Killed Angel Investing Yet

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Entrepreneurs who require funding for their startup have long counted on self-accredited high net worth individuals (“angels”) to fill their needs, after friends and family, and before they qualify for institutional investments (“VCs”). angel investor crowd funding David S.

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Amos Content Group Gets Angel Funding

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Santa Monica-based Amos Content Group , a provider of editorial and video content services, said today that it has scored a round of angel funding. Financial details of the funding were not disclosed. production capital venture funding angel editorial video group content amos

Super Angels Are A Boon To Startups Needing Funding

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Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over 60 times as many companies, according the Center for Venture Research. Super Angels are individuals or small teams using their own money.

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City of Los Angeles, Goren Holm To Invest In Blockchain Startup

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The City of Los Angeles and investment firm Goren Holm Ventures --the new Blockchain investment firm of Alon Goren and Josef Holm--said they will be funding a blockchain pitch contest at the upcoming CIS blockchain conference. angeles goren ventures blockchain

Finding The Right Angel Investor For Your New Venture

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If your startup is looking for an angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. The challenge is to find the right angel for you, and for your situation. Angel investors are people too.

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6 Reasons Startups Need All Angels Plus Crowd Funding

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Entrepreneurs who require funding for their startup have long counted on self-accredited high net worth individuals (“angels”) to fill their needs, after friends and family, and before they qualify for institutional investments (“VCs”). angels crowdfunding entrepreneur startup

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Where To Find The Most Angels To Fund Your Startup

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If your startup is looking for an Angel investor, it makes sense to present your plan to flocks of Angels, and assume that at least one will swoop down and scoop you up. The challenge is to find the right Angel for you, and for your situation. Angel investors are people too.

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10 Guidelines for Angel Funding Presentations

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The average length of a funding pitch to Angel investors is ten minutes. entrepreneur startup funding angel investors presentation business Even if you have booked an hour with a VC, you should plan to talk only for the first fifteen minutes.

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Local Angels Fund Troopswap.com

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A set of three, well known Los Angeles investors with military connections are funding a new startup, Troopswap.com , focused on providing daily deals to the military community. According to Troopswap.com, based in Hampton Road, Virginia, it has scored $585,000 in private funding from investors that include Frank Monestere , President/COO of Legalzoom.com, Paige Craig , CEO of BetterWorks.com, and Kelly Perdew , CEO of FastPointGames.

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Tech Coast Angels Looks To Shorten Funding Cycle

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The Tech Coast Angels , Southern California's most active , organized angel investment group, has a goal: cut down the time it takes to fund a startup presenting to the organization. tech coast angels funding startup screening pitch investment angeles

eTailPet Finds Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital. etailpet venture capital seed funding petstore ecommerce moonshot

GroundMetrics Gets $7.5M More In Funding

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in a funding round, with a target of $8.45M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. of the funding was related to conversion of debt into shares of capital stock. Details on the funding have not yet been announced. Groundmetrics has previously raised funding from such investors as the Cowboy Technology Angels, Tech Coast Angels, Crescent Ridge Partners, ACE Fund, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, along with angels.

Los Angeles Venture Investors Launch New Podcast

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Are you an entrepreneur who'd like to get to know local venture capital and other investors in Los Angeles? TenOneTen, which is an early stage venture fund, says the new podcast provides an orientation and opinion on the rapidly growing LA tech scene through informal conversations with fellow investors and other key players the LA startup ecosystem. angeles venture capital podcast tenoneten ventures investment entrepreneur startup

Aligned TeleHealth Gets Angel Funding

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Size of the funding was not announced. The company said the funding came from Deepak Chopra, the CEO and founder of OSI Systems, and Hector Sulaiman, CEO of Controles Graficos. Agoura Hills-based Aligned TeleHealth , a provider of telemedicine services and technology, said today that it has raised a round of private financing from two individuals. Both join the company''s board of advisors. Aligned Telehealth is led by Nitin Nanda.

Video Interview: Len Lanzi, LAVA on How To Get Your Startup Funded

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Len Lanzi is Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) (www.lava.org), which helps startup entrepreneurs get their companies funded. lanzi angeles venture association interview startup entrepreneur funding capital investment

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Former Hulu exec Noah Heller launches new venture fund to focus on LA tech

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Primarily focused on backing Los Angeles-based technology startups, the new fund has already committed capital to three deals, Heller confirmed. TC Venture Capital 3Rodeo digital media Hulu internet television Los Angeles Noah Heller Vhoto Virtual reality

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With $12 million more in the bag, the furniture subscription service Feather heads to Los Angeles

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Furniture subscription rental service, Feather , is heading to Los Angeles and Orange County, California with $12 million in new funding and “thousands” of customers in New York and San Francisco.

Former Hulu exec Noah Heller launches new venture fund to focus on LA tech

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Primarily focused on backing Los Angeles-based technology startups, the new fund has already committed capital to three deals, Heller confirmed. TC Venture Capital digital media internet television Hulu Virtual reality Los Angeles Vhoto 3Rodeo Noah Heller

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Angel / VC Funding in A Frothy Market

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Adeo asked me to speak about fund raising. I generally don’t like to speak about fund raising in a frothy market. VC Funding in a Frothy Market. I had the privilege of keynoting at the Founder Showcase tonight in San Francisco. If you’re bullish you seem like a Cramer-esque cheerleader and if you’re bearish you sound like a party pooper. But Adeo asked so I obliged. I don’t know whether they shot video. If they do I’ll post it.

How To Find An Angel Funding Match For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back, I outlined “ The 10 Best Sources of Cash to Start Your Business ” for startups, listing angel investors as alternative #6. By definition, an angel investor is not an “institutional investor.” If you need more, you need VCs or a flock of angels.

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