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33 Tech Startups Make San Diego Venture Group “Cool Companies” List

Xconomy

In the eyes of the San Diego Venture Group, the key element is readiness for venture capital backing. What does it take for a tech startup to be considered “cool?”

Record Exit Value for VC-Backed Startups Could Fuel Investment

Xconomy

More than a third of the companies that went public in the first half of this year were backed by venture capital. That, plus robust merger and acquisition activity, set a record for venture-backed exit value—$165.2

$100M Round Turns San Diego’s Seismic into Region’s Newest Unicorn

Xconomy

The venture investment, which the San Diego startup announced Tuesday, is one of only a few so-called mega-rounds—$100 million or more—recorded this year in the region. (In Rowe Price Tech Uber unicorn VC Venture Capital Virtual InstrumentsSeismic, an enterprise software company with ambitious growth plans, has raised $100 million in a Series E financing and added Microsoft chairman John W. Thompson to its board of directors.

San Diego Startup Raises $2.3M to Advance Enzymatic DNA Synthesis

Xconomy

Molecular Assemblies , a San Diego startup developing a new enzymatic method for synthesizing DNA, said today it has raised $2.3 million in a seed financing round.

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

Xconomy

Once considered a passing phase, the concentration of capital into fewer, larger venture capital deals appears to be the new normal. Fueled by so-called mega-funds, investment in U.S.-based

VC Trends in 2019: More Money, Fewer Deals But Women Still Get Less

Xconomy

If you’ve been following venture capital trends, what you expected to happen in the first quarter of 2019 did: More money is being invested in fewer deals, and women founders still are getting less of it than men. Venture firms sent $32.6

Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego

Xconomy

Startup Week San Diego, like a lot of other places that host similar events, has been billed as a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship. This year’s Startup Week also has added five new tracks intended to highlight San Diego’s strengths as a startup ecosystem.

Big VCs Join Xconomy in San Diego to Discuss Big Data, Big Biology

Xconomy

In the Boston office of GE Ventures, managing director Alex de Winter is overseeing investments in companies like Veracyte, which is applying machine learning to genomic sequencing technology to help doctors distinguish benign growths from cancer.

San Diego VC Funding at $426.6M in Third Quarter; Plus Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

The San Diego artificial intelligence company Brain Corp. topped the chart for raising the most venture capital in San Diego during the third quarter that ended September 30, according to Venture Monitor data released Tuesday. Altogether, venture firms invested. As Xconomy reported in July, Brain Corp. raised $114 million in a Series C funding round led by Softbank’s new $100 billion Vision Fund.

San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

Venture Capital investments in San Diego startups fell by roughly a third during the three months that ended September 30, according to data released recently by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. VC firms invested $280.6 million in 49 startups in San Diego County during the third quarter, according to a breakout of data provided by PitchBook as part of the inaugural “Venture Monitor” report.

Dell Technologies Goes Public About $100M Venture Capital Arm

Xconomy

Austin —Dell Technologies is publicly unveiling a venture capital investment arm that has been quietly investing in startups since the operation was run by EMC, the data storage giant that Dell agreed to acquire for $67 billion in 2015. Called Dell Technologies Capital, the investment arm plans to provide funding to about 20 startups this year, Scott Darling, president of group, told Bloomberg , which first reported the news this morning.

Q2 VC Funding Soars in San Diego (After Revisions), and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

After the national MoneyTree Report was released last week, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Ryan Spencer said he spent time on a call with Thomson Reuters, which provides the raw data, trying to figure out a change in the numbers for venture capital activity in San Diego.

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. That was about 500 fewer deals than in the year prior, but the total amount invested increased by $47.9

First-Quarter Venture Funding Slumps in San Diego, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

Thirty-seven venture-backed companies in the San Diego area collected almost $350 million in new funding during the first three months of 2017, according to data released this week as part of the latest Venture Monitor report from the National Venture Capital Association and Seattle-based PitchBook. million that VCs invested in San Diego startups in the same quarter in 2016, and off nearly 17 percent from the $420.3 billion invested.

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

Xconomy

venture industry is also exhibiting some fatigue as we finish the 88th month since the last recession. According to the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook , this past quarter $15 billion was invested in 1,810 deals , which compares unfavorably to both the prior quarter ($22.1

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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On December 2nd, 2006 I wrote the blog post published later in this post when I was CEO of startup Koral about my experiences in pitching VCs. After my company was acquired by Salesforce.com I was asked to stop blogging and they took over my blog as an asset in the sale of the company. My blog was wiped out. I had kept a personal blog for more than a year and was new at keeping a professional blog. Remember, I was new to professional blogging.

Former Biotech VC Steven Burrill Draws 30-Month Prison Term for Fraud

Xconomy

Steven Burrill, once a noted biotech investment fund founder, sought-after conference speaker, and life sciences publisher, was sentenced Wednesday to serve 30 months in federal prison for defrauding his investors and evading taxes.

RiverVest Venture Closes $184M Fund for Backing Healthcare Ventures

Xconomy

RiverVest Venture Partners, a St. Louis, MO-based venture capital firm with additional offices in San Diego, CA, and Cleveland, OH, has raised $184.4 million for its fourth fund dedicated to investing in healthcare companies.

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Beyond Meat’s IPO Bags $241M to Make Plant-Based Burgers Mainstream

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Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar

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Prices for agricultural commodities such as corn, soy, and wheat are at their lowest levels in years, but investment in agricultural technology has never been better. They also queried 15 VC firms. Venture capitalists are similarly cautious.

New VC Firm Blueprint Equity Puts $6M into Florida Software Company

Xconomy

A new venture capital firm, which in November marked its launch by raising a $53 million-plus fund to invest in startups, has made its first investment. Lewis was mostly recently with San.

To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

Xconomy

Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same. Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago.

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A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem

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Alex Niehenke , a partner at Foster City, CA-based Scale Venture Partners , weighed in on the same issue after the start of the new year, and when the partial. government shutdown VC Venture Capital volatility Web wireless work visas Yearend2018As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019.

TP Therapeutics Names New CEO, Gets $80M More for Cancer Drug Push

Xconomy

The San Diego-based biotech, which is developing targeted cancer drugs for people whose tumors resist other precision therapies, announced the changes Friday.

VC Funding Surges in Fewer Deals in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

“More dollars, fewer deals” has been a prevailing trend in venture funding over the past couple of years, and it was evident again in the three months that ended September 30, according to the latest Venture Monitor report. Venture firms invested $21.5

Bio Roundup: Zolgensma Watch, Brain Cancer Blues, Peloton Payout & More

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Finding True Love Can Be Ruff, But This Startup Could Have Your Match

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Billie, Subscription Shaving Products Service for Women, Raises $25M

Xconomy

The New York-based startup said Tuesday that the new funding round, which is being led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing group, brings its total investment to $35 million.

Mercato, Grocery Delivery Startup For “Indie” Retailers, Gets $4M

Xconomy

Mercato, a San Diego startup that bills itself as the option for independent grocery stores and specialty foods retailers, announced this week that it had raised $4 million in venture capital investment to expand the network of stores from which it delivers.

Norwest VC Eyes Waves of Change in A.I., Marketing, Cloud for 2019

Xconomy

Venture capital firms invest in potentially disruptive technologies with the hope of profit, then keep watch for further advances that could overtake their existing portfolio companies. Scott Beechuk, a partner at Norwest Venture Partners , is one of the tech industry observers invited by Xconomy to look back at the technology developments of 2018, and also forecast some trends he expects to see in 2019.

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VC Activity Continues Slowdown in Fourth Quarter, and Top 10 Deals

Xconomy

Venture capital firms didn’t exactly take their foot off the accelerator, but the pace of VC investments continued to weaken in the three months that ended in December, extending a slowdown that began in July, according to two venture reports issued today.

Acutus, Maker of Next-Gen Electrophysiology Tech, Adds $100M Series D

Xconomy

A company that makes a mapping system to help doctors see high-resolution, 3D images of irregular heart rhythms in real time has raised $100 million in venture investment and a $70 million credit facility to fund its full-scale market launch.

Bio-JPM Roundup: Lilly Buys Loxo, Sage’s Stock Soars, ALS Cash & More

Xconomy

Morgan Healthcare Conference, one of the biggest gatherings for the biopharmaceutical industry, kicked off today in San Francisco, and many companies, whether they’re speaking at the event or not, use this time to get their news out. The flow of biotech news is particularly heavy today, and for good reason. The annual J.P.

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Pensa, AI-Enabled Drones Maker for Inventory Monitoring, Raises $5M

Xconomy

Austin —The grocery store shelf has yet to be plugged into the increasingly digital food supply chain. Instead, inventory is typically tallied by employees by hand in a slow and laborious process. “It’s It’s one big black hole with groceries, not knowing what is exactly on the retail shelf and available for sale,” says Richard Schwartz, president and CEO of Pensa Systems in Austin. Something like one out of eight or 10 items is typically not in stock.”

Graphcore Scores $200M to Scale Up A.I. Chip Production

Xconomy

The Bristol, UK-based startup, founded in 2016, has now secured a total of more than $300 million in financing from venture capital firms and other investors including Microsoft and the corporate venture arms of BMW and Dell Technologies. One of the leading contenders in the A.I.