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.

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.

Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a space industry accelerator in Los Angeles

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Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC and the Israel Aerospace Industries company, Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching an accelerator focused on the space industry in Los Angeles. With the help of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S.

Take only “smart money” investments

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Often, that money is worth more than the cash invested, because the investors who often become members of the board, bring a wealth of experience, insight, relationships and deeper pockets to the table. Close. This statement could be considered controversial.

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Tech Coast Angels Number Two In Angel Investments Report

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The Tech Coast Angels , Southern California''s largest angel investment group, is ranked number two in the nation this year in terms of the number of deals the group did, according to the latest 2012 Halo Report.

Apollo Robotics Names CEO, Scores Angel Investment

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Cammack is an existing angel investor in the company. Ventura-based Apollo Robotics , a new startup developing autonomous drone hardware and software aimed at automated surveying, announced this morning that it has named Rob Cammack as its Chief Executive Officer. Apollo Robotics said Cammack is a "seasoned serial entrepreneur", but did not details what Cammack has done previously.

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Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

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Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. thus the rise of “pre seed” investing). It’s very noticeable in terms of funds raised, dollars invested and deals completed.

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Angel Group: New SEC Rules Could Kill Angel Investing

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The Angel Capital Association , a group which represents angel investors, says this week that the changes in the final rules banning "general solicitation" of companies seeking investments from accredited investors, could "kill most angel investment in the country."

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Tech Coast Angels Leads National Angel Investments

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Southern California's largest angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , looks to be one of the lead investors nationally in angel-backed companies, according to a report released Monday by the Angel Resource institute. The group, along with Silicon valley Bank and CB Insights, released the 1Q 2012 Halo Report , which summarized Q1 angel investments. halo report tech coast angels angel investment venture capital

Tech Coast Angels-San Diego Sees Big Growth In Angels

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The Tech Coast Angels San Diego (TCA-SD) angel investment network, the San Diego arm of the Tech Coast Angels, has seen a big growth in the number of angel investors who are members of the group this year, the group said this week. The group said the growth both comes from the overall growth of the startup ecosystem in San Diego, as well as elevated interest in early-stage investing. tech coast angels diego angel investment venture capital sandiego

Pasadena Angels Release 2015 Investment Totals

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The Pasadena Angels investment group released its investment totals for 2015 this week, saying that it has invested $4.9M across 27 deals in 2015, bringing its total invested since the group was started to over $65M in over 175 companies. The total number of deals in 2015 was up from just 17 investments in 2014. pasadena angels investment venture capital investor seed

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

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Over the past five years, Los Angeles has emerged as one of the top five destinations in the U.S. for technology investment and corporate development. PledgeLA initiative grew out of a series of problem-solving sessions within the Los Angeles venture capital community.

Tinder's Mateen Makes Angel Investment In FOSSA

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Justin Mateen , the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Los Angeles-based Tinder , is one of the seed investors in FOSSA , a developer of open source license management software. in a seed funding round, which came from Bain Capital Ventures, along with angels Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Steve Chen (YouTube), Jaan Tallinn (Skype), Amr Awadallah (Cloudera), as well as Justin Mateen (Tinder). fossa angel investment tinder justin mateen venture capital software open source

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

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million in seed funding to begin building a manufacturing facility and expand its presence in Los Angeles as the city continues to grow as a hub for robotics and automation. . After about a year of research, the company launched with an initial investment of $1.2

Tech Coast Angels: Record Amount Invested In 2014

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Southern California''s biggest organized, angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , said this morning that the group had its biggest investment year ever in 2014, investing a total of $16.37M across 61 total deals. The group said the investments make 2014 its largest ever since 1997 in terms of deals funded and amount raised. The investments were up by 12 percent from 2013, when the angel group invested $14.64M in its portfolio.

Tech Coast Angels Get Big Exit At Parcel Pending

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The Tech Coast Angels (TCA), Southern California's big angel network, says it has seen a successful exit in its investment in Parcel Pending , a provider of package management solutions. According to the TCA, its members realized an 80 percent IRR on their investment in Parcel Pending, after its $100M acquisition on January 22nd by Neopost. The Tech Coast Angels were part of the $1.25 The investment deal had been led by the TCA's Grant Van Cleve and Hans Imhof.

Tech Coast Angels Top Angel Group Investments In First Half

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The Tech Coast Angels was the most active group in the first half of the year, in terms of investments, the group said Friday, citing a the HALO Report from Silicon Valley Bank, Angel Resource Institute and CB Insights. Those deals included investments in such firms as.

Angel Investing: Skill 3 – Relationships with VCs

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This is the third article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). I’d rather be Roger Ehrenberg with a thesis around data-centric companies and base my investment decisions on the skills I’ve developed in my career.

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Angel Investment Criteria

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I’m planning on going to a Tech Coast Angels mixer tomorrow and the topic for me is whether there is angel funding out there for startups that don’t meet classic VC models. By way of background for the question, there’s a great post by Bob Aholt, a Pasadena Angel: An Angel Investor’s Thoughts on Valuation. But, this is not my experience with Angel groups. Can you raise $750K - $1M with no future investments planned? See investment criteria #1 from TCA.

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Backing Culture Genesis, T.I. launches TechCypha, an investment syndicate for tech deals

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With an inaugural investment into the Los Angeles-based entertainment startup Culture Genesis , Clifford Harris Jr., ”, has launched a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha. Launched by the music and cultural impresario with more hustle than hustle and his business partner Jason Geder, the new collaborative investment strategy focused on tech startups will allow high net worth individuals to participate in deals.

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Angel Investing Skill 2 – Domain Knowledge

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This is the second article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). And we all know that Ron Conway is considered the savviest of angel investors and yet by definition not all of his investments succeed.

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Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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The flow of venture capital dollars invested into Los Angeles-area companies fell 16.3 percent from a high of $4.17 billion in 2015 to $3.49 billion last year, according to a report by Dow Jones Venture Source

Tech Coast Angels Invests $4.5M In First Half Of 2012

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The Tech Coast Angels said today that it has totalled up its investments for the first half of 2012, and found that it invested $4,571,000 in direct investments--as part of $10M in funding--for 17 companies.

Several more real costs of taking outsider investments.

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Once a company founder has tapped the funds available from his or her resources and from friends and family, if the company needs more cash for growth, the most obvious next step is to look for money from angel investors and venture capitalists, typically in the $300,000 TO $3,000,000 range.

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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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Tech Coast Angels Makes Eight Investments, Sees Two Exits In Q1

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The Tech Coast Angels , one of the most active angel investment groups nationwide in addition to here in Southern California, said Friday that it invested in eight new and follow on deals in the first quarter of 2015, in addition to seeing two exits out of its portfolio. The angel group said the exits came via Olive Medical and Thermark. tech coast angels venture investment exit merger acquisition capital

Tech Coast Angels Help Boost California Angel Investments

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The Tech Coast Angels , the organized Southern California angel investment group, helped boost California into the top states for angel investment deals, according to a new study released today. percent of angel investments in the state.

Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels Among Top Angel Groups In New Report

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A new report, released by the Angel Resource Institute in the last week, has spotlighted the Tech Coast Angels and the Pasadena Angels as among the top four angel groups in California, and the Tech Coast Angeles as number two in the nation in terms of the number of deals in 2016. The rankings were released in the Angel Resource Insitute's 2016 ARI HALO Report. The ARI did not release individual deal counts for the various angel groups.

Where is the best source of early stage investment?

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If you have been following our recent insights, you’ll be up to speed knowing that professional investors negotiate tough terms, from provisions of control over asset acquisition, eventual sale of the company, future investments, forced co-sale when others attempt to sell their shares and more.

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Maverick Angels Investment Accelerator

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Friday, January 11, 2013 -- Maverick Angels Investment Accelerator. At Maverick Angels, we understand our responsibility as angel investors to help entrepreneurs streamline their investment pitch and to better articulate their vision to enroll investors. Do you have a great business idea? Do you find it difficult to raise capital or communicate your offering in a way that is complete or compelling in the time given for your pitch to investors?

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Tech Coast Angels Invests In Teenage Design Community

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The Tech Coast Angels , the largest organized angel investment group in Southern California, has made an investment in Define My Style , an online community focused on teenagers, to the tune of $140,000. Other investors in the $600,000 seed stage funding round were CincyTech and Queen City Angels, according to Define My Style. The investment is probably one of the farthest flung for the Tech Coast Angels, geographically.

What Angel Investing & Florida Condos Have in Common

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The dinner parties now are filled with self-righteous angel investors bragging about how many deals they are in on. They have marked-up paper gains propped up by an over excited venture capital market that has validated their investments. It was an investment management class.

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Howard Morgan Steps Down At First Round Capital, Back To Angel Investing

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Howard Morgan , the venture capitalist who helped found Idealab back in 1996, and has since been Founding Partner at seed stage investment fund First Round Capital , is returning to angel investing and will not participate in First Round Capital's new fund. howard morgan first round capital angel investing investment fund idealab

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SoCal BitCoin Angel Brock Pierce Leads Investment In ZipZap

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Brock Pierce , the Southern California angel investor who is one of the most active proponents and investors in Bitcoin and its startups, has made another investment in the space, leading an AngelList syndicate funding of ZipZap. Pierce is a prolific investor in the digital currency area, and also has invested or is a founder of such companies as Openbucks, GoCoin, ChangeCoin, Bitco, Expresscoin, and other companies.

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