Anthem Ventures Backs Rollick In Series A

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Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures has made an investment in the Series A funding for affinity buying program Rollick Outdoor , in a Series A funding. Series A funding was led by LiveOak Venture Partners, and also included Anthem Venture Partners and ManchesterStory Group, plus Silverton Partners, Autotech Ventures and Capital Factory. anthem ventures rollick affinity buying program equipment power sports marine industrial

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DFJ Frontier, Anthem Boost Janrain

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According to Janrain, it has raised $33M in funding from Millennium Technology Value Partners, Split Rock Partners, Epic Ventures, and salesforce.com, as well as existing investors Emergence Capital, RPM Ventures, DFJ Frontier and Anthem Venture Partners. Both DFJ Frontier and Anthem were early backers of Janrain. janrain venture capital user management software saas frontier anthem

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Anthem, DFJ Frontier Back Janrain

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Anthem Ventures , represented by Samit Varma , and DFJ Frontier, represented by David Cremin , are two of the investors in Portland-based JanRain , whose software is used to allow websites to use existing online accounts such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo to sign up for other web services or even corporate applications. Other investors, aside form Anthem and DFJ Frontier, were RPM Ventures, Tim Draper, and Square 1 Bank.

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Anthem Ventures Boosts Layer's Mobile App Tools

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in funding, including capital from Santa Monica-based venture investor Anthem Ventures. apps mobile programming software ventures anthem layer Layer , a developer of application programming interfaces for building in messaging, voice, and video into mobile apps, disclosed this week that it raised $1.5M The San Francisco startup''s other investors also include MkII Ventures, SV Angel, Data Collective, Pacific Partners, Promus Ventures, Bloomberg Beta, and CrunchFund. READ MORE>>.

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Anthem Ventures Gets Exit At Siperian

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Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures , the venture capital firm run by Bill Woodward, has scored an exit with portfolio firm Siperian , as Informatica said last week that it would buy the maker of data integration software for $130M in cash. Anthem Ventures was the original investor in Siperian, which was also one of Anthem's first investments, out of its Anthem Venture Partners I fund. Samit Varma at Anthem represented the firm as on Siperian's board of directors.

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Anthem Ventures Gets Second Exit In A Week

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Santa Monica-based Anthem Venture Partners has scored two exits in the last week, as Los Angeles-based Demand Media hit a homerun with its IPO Wednesday, and San Diego-based Plixi was acquired by Lockerz Thursday. Brian Mesic, a partner at Anthem, said Thursday afternoon that Plixi is the latest in a "string of good exits" over the past 12 months, which also included Siperian (acquired by Informatica), Wavestream (acquired by Gilat), and Demand Media (IPO).

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We invest primarily in early stage Series A and B technology companies. Our typical deal size is initial investment between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 with reserve for follow-on investments. We are active investors who almost always lead or co-lead and take a board seat. Our focus is primarily on Southern California investments. So what makes us unique? We take every investment very personally. We fight to the death for our founders and our companies.

Anthem Ventures Backs Madefire For Comic Publishing Apps

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Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures is one of the investors in MadeFire , a developer of storytelling applications, MadeFire announced Wendesday. The funding round was led by True Ventures, and also included Anthem Venture Partners, Crosslink Ventures, and Correlation Ventures. Anthem''s Bill Woodward, Sina Tammadon (Apple), Richard Seet, and Gary Stiffelman also participated as individual angels.

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Anthem Ventures North, Funds Avatar Firm

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Anthem Ventures is the lead investor in an avatar-focused, social networking site called Meez. Meez, which is based in San Francisco, said today that it has raised a financing round from Anthem. Anthem's Brian Mesic has been added to the firm's board as part of the funding. Tags: ventures avatar social anthem venture capital networking

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Anthem Caps Coverage Of Biogen Spine Drug Despite Wide FDA Approval

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Indianapolis-based Anthem (NYSE: ANTM ) has disclosed its coverage policy for nusinersen, the SMA drug from Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB ) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: IONS ). Anthem said the drug is only “medically necessary” for patients with Type 1 SMA.

Ankona Capital Joins New Pack Of LA Venture Investors

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Bauch and Mesic--who were previously at Anthem Venture Partners--apparently are aiming at early growth capital investment in software companies. ankona capital angeles venture investment fund early stage seed anthem anthemvpjon bauch brian mesicA new, venture capital firm, founded by Jon Bauch and Brian Mesic, has emerged in Los Angeles, called Ankona Capital.

Viewdle Being Acquired By Google, Says Report

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Viewdle , a developer of computer vision technology which is venture backed by Anthem Ventures and Qualcomm, among others, is in the midst of an acquisition by Google , according to reports today. Viewdle, which was originally backed by Santa Monica based venture firm Anthem Venture Partners, was originally founded in Kiev, and now has operations sprinkled around the globe. reality augmented vision computer anthem google acquisition merger viewdle

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What Startups Can Learn From The Pizza Business: Samit Varma

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Varma is actually a former technology investor at Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Anthem Ventures, and we thought it would be great contrasting his experience starting and running a restaurant franchise with the technology startup world. I was part of the startup Odyssey Labs, which was backed by Anthem Ventures, and did that for a few years before going over to the venture side.

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Insurer UHC Will Cover Biogen Spine Drug, But With Limits And Proof

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While UHC’s policy is less restrictive than the one disclosed recently by rival insurer Anthem, UHC has nonetheless set limits and will only pay past an initial handful of doses if doctors can prove the drug is working. Another major U.S. health insurer, UnitedHealthCare, has said it would cover the first-ever approved drug for the rare disease spinal muscular atrophy, a closely watched bellwether in the national debate over drug prices.

Venture Group’s Krenn Sees Improving VC Deals for SD Tech Startups

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Families Fret As Insurers Mull Biogen’s $750K Spine Disease Drug

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This past Christmas weekend, Ana Memedovich had her best two days in more than a decade. Her 23-year-old son Mikhail has spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA, a rare genetic disease that has slowly robbed him of the ability to walk and function independently. On Dec. 23, the FDA approved nusinersen (Spinraza), the first-ever drug for the disease. More than a decade after his diagnosis, Mikhail only has the strength to take a few steps on his own. With the approval, Memedovich finally had hope.

“Our Son’s Fate”: Parents Fighting for Kids’ Spine Drug Eye New Data

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Melissa Marotta pulled no punches to get her three-year-old son C.J., who has the genetic disease spinal muscular atrophy, access to nusinersen (Spinraza), the first approved drug for his condition. For months, she couldn’t schedule a treatment date at Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and for much of that time, she didn’t know why. She wrote every day to the hospital board until a breakthrough came.

Bio Roundup: Trump News, Anthem’s Stand, Diversity by 2056 & More

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It was a wild week in biotech and on Capitol Hill. A new study showed it may take another 40 years to achieve gender diversity in life sciences. Tensions continued to mount between drugmakers and payers over the rising costs of rare disease drugs. A flurry of deals took place, headlined by Johnson & Johnson’s $30 billion gamble on Swiss firm Actelion. And a group of biotechs led by Jounce Therapeutics were the first to test the IPO market in 2017.

3 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know about Indiana Innovation

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Indiana is home to the global headquarters for Anthem, Cook Medical, Dow AgroSciences, and Eli Lilly and Company, as well as the North American headquarters for Roche Diagnostics. People who live outside of Indiana probably know a few things about it: The Indianapolis 500, a.k.a.

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Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

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Institutional Investors, whether they be accelerators like Amplify , venture shops like Anthem Venture Partners , or even a super angel investor like Ron Conway’s Silicon Valley Angel bring tremendous value beyond the money they put into a company. Filed under: Entrepreneurs , Founders , Fund Raising , Startup , Venture Capital , Wall Street Tagged: Anthem Venture Partners , Private equity , Ron Conway , Venture capital.

Vital Data Technology Names Chief Medical Officer

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Vital Data said that Spiro was most recently head of Blue Health Intelligence's development of new data services, and also previously served at Anthem and Medica, in addition to founding Accolade, which developed products for benefit management. Newport Beach-based Vital Data Technology , a developer of artificial intelligence software for the clinical informatics area, said this week that it has named Alan Spiro as its new Chief Medical Officer in Residence.

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Solarflare Raises $22.2M More

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Details on that funding have not been announced by the company, whose investors include Oak Investment Partners, Anthem Venture Partners, Acacia Capital Partners, and Miramar Venture Partners. Irvine-based Gigabit Ethernet semiconductor developer Solarflare Communications has raised $22.2M more in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm on Tuesday.

VideoAmp Raises $15M For TV And Video Tools

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The funding was led by European investor RTL Group, and also included Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, ZenShin Capital, and Startup Capital Ventures. Santa Monica-based VideoAmp , which says it is developing a "screen optimization platform" aimed at the TV and video ecosystem, said today that it has raised $15M in a Series A funding round.

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StackIQ Acquired By Teradata

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StackIQ was venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Grayhawk Capital, Avalon Ventures, and crowdfunding site OurCrowd. San Diego-based StackIQ , a developer of "bare metal" provisioning software, has been acquired by Teradata , Teradata said on Thursday. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced. According to Teradata, the deal also includes StackIQ's team of engineers, who will join the company's R&D organization. READ MORE>>.

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FileTrek Raises $10M

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The round was led by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds. FileTrek's board includes William Woodward, Managing Director at Anthem Venture partners. Los Angeles-based FileTrek , a developer of cloud-based, enterprise, file sharing and tracking software, said today that it has raised $10M in a Series B funding round.

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Viewdle Gets $10M

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Viewdle , the developer of cross platform, facial recognition technology backed by Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures, has scored another round of funding, worth $10M, according to Viewdle. The new round comes from Best Buy, BlackBerry Partners Fund, and Qualcomm, in addition to Anthem Ventures, which was the original investor in the company. Anthem's Brian Mesic and Samit Varma oversee the firm's investment in Viewdle.

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Panna Gets Funding From LA Investors For iPad Cooking Magazine

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Panna, which is based in New York, said it raised $1.35M in funding from Anthem Ventures, Launchpad LA, Lerer Ventures, Crosslink Ventures, Maveron, Advancit Capital, RSL Venture Partners,David Tisch''s BoxGroup, Rick J. Anthem and Launchpad LA are in Los Angeles. A number of Los Angeles investors are behind a first round of funding today for Panna , a developer of a video cooking magazine for the iPad and iPhone.

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Solarflare Acquired By Xilinx

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The company previously raised funding from such investors as Acacia Capital, and Anthem Venture Partners; it's unclear how much of a stake those investors still have in Xilinx, with the last funding rounds from those firms more than 10 years ago. Irvine-based Solarflare , a developer semiconductor used for high performance, low latency networking, has been acquired by San Jose-based Xilinx. Financial details of the acquisition were not anounced.

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VideoAmp Gets $15M For TV And Video Tools

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The funding was led by European investor RTL Group, and also included Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, ZenShin Capital, and Startup Capital Ventures. Santa Monica-based VideoAmp , which says it is developing a "screen optimization platform" aimed at the TV and video ecosystem, said today that it has raised $15M in a Series A funding round.

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WaveStream Acquired By Gilat

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Wavestream was venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Shea Ventures, and Triquint Semiconductor, along with Oak Investment Partners, ITU Ventures, and others. Anthem's Bill Woodward sat on the firm's board. San Dimas-based Wavestream , a venture backed provider of high power solid state amplifiers, has been acquired for approximately $130M by Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. , an Israeli firm in the satellite broadband communications product market.

XPRIZE Launches Pandemic Alliance To Tackle COVID-19

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XPRIZE is partnering with Anthem on the effort, and says that the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Ending Pandemics, Intel, Illumina, IEEE, MIT Solve, C2, Cloudbreak Health, the Foundation Botnar, McGill University, Nvidia, the Patrick J. Marina del Rey-based XPRIZE has launched a new effort, the XPRIZE Pandemic Allaince , which it says will help scale the impact and promise of solutions to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

StackIQ Raises $6M

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The new funding came from Grayhawk Capital, Keshif Ventures, DLA Piper, and OurCrowd, as well as Anthem Venture Partners and Avalon Ventures. San Diego-based StackIQ , which develops IT automation tools for the enterprise, has raised $6M in a Series B funding round, according to the company. The company said the new funding will go toward scaling sales and marketing. StackIQ develops IT automation software for deploying big data and cloud applications on Hadoop.

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Don’t go on a phishing trip!

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Anthem Blue Cross for example could be a phishing loser. The attack is believed to have started with custom malware sent to Anthem IT staff. Unfortunately, patients were further victimized when they were then targeted with fake Anthem emails offering credit protection. Dave’s note: Our guest author this week is Kevin McDonald, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Alvaka Networks, a network services and security firm in Irvine, California.

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VideoAmp Opens Offices In New York, Chicago, and Detroit

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VideoAmp is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners, and ZenShin Capital. Santa Monica-based VideoAmp , a developer of programmatic video advertising software, said Friday that it has opened up offices in New York, Chicago, and Detroit, and also has hired a new VP to head up its eastern region sales.

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Cocodot Gets $2.0M

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The funding comes from Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Hollywood-based Cocodot , an online site which provides online invitations and stationery, has raised $2.0M more in funding, according to reports. Cocodot is the latest startup of Shawn Gold, formerly SVP, Marketing & Content of MySpace.com.

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Wavestream Raises $7M

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Names of new investors in the firm were not disclosed, however, the firm has previously raised funding from companies such as Anthem Ventures, Digital Power Capital, Oak Investment Partners, Titan Corp., The filing listed Anthem Ventures' William Woodward as a current member of the firm's board. San Dimas-based Wavestream , a developer of solid state, RF (radio frequency) amplifiers, has raised $7.0M of an $8.0M funding round, according to a regulatory filing.

DTS Links Play-Fi To iHeartRadio

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The two said the connection of iHeartRadio into DTS Play-Fi makes thousands of radio stations available for DTS Play-Fi, which DTS makes available to audio manufacturers, including Acer, Anthem, Definitive Technology, HP, MartinLogan, McIntosh, Paradigm, Phorus, Polk Audio and Wren. Calabasas-based audio technology developer DTS said today that iHeartRadio is now available through DTS Play-Fi, its wireless music streaming technology, for both iOS and Android.

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Bio Roundup: Travel Ban, Pharma in D.C., Biogen Splits, PCSK9 Wins

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Folks had just clocked out last Friday when the Trump Administration announced a travel ban that threw airports around the country into chaos. That announcement set the tone for this week in life sciences. Many in biopharma blasted Trump’s order and tried to grapple with its implications. At the same time, a handful of the industry’s top CEO’s flew to Washington for a meeting with the President, who promised to speed the drug approval process, lower drug prices, and overhaul the FDA.

Embarke Raises $1.25M For Email MarketingTools

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The company''s backers include Anthem Ventures, La Costa Investment Group, Right Side Capital Group, Promus Ventures, Social Leverage, plus angels, including Howard Lindzon, Eric Otterson, and others. San Diego-based Embarke has raised $1.25M in a funding round, which the company''s founder said came from a number of venture capitalists and angel investors.

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Tinder Hooks Up With Spotify For Profile Music

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According to Tinder, the new "Anthem" feature lets you include tracks on their profile, and swipe to see who shares your taste in music, and if you have your Spotify account connected, can show you the artists you have in common with other people. Looking for another way to connect with that special someone on Tinder ? The Los Angeles dating app developer has launched a new feature , which lets Tinder users include tracks from Spotify on their profiles.

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Email Copilot Acquired By Return Path

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Email Copilot was formerly known as Embarke, and had been venture backed by Anthem Ventures, La Costa Investment Group, Promus Ventures, Right Side Capital Group, Social Leverage, along with angels Howard Lindzon, Eric Otterson, and Steve Macbeth. San Diego-based Email Copilot , which develops visualization, monitoring, reporting, and analysis of email deliverability data, has been acquired by Return Path , a New York-based developer of email data software.

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DTS Claims Broad Adoption Of New Technology

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DTS--which is planning to officially launch its new surround sound technology in March--said those manufacturers include Anthem, Denon, Integra, Krell, Marantz, McIntosh, Onkyo, Outlaw Audio, Pioneer, Steinway Lyngdorf, Theta Digital, Trinnov Audio, and Yamaha, including others.

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