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Caltech Taps Venture Capitalist As Trustee

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Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Presenting Companies at CalTech

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, July 14, at The California Institute of Technology (CalTech). Its Time! Its Time! SuperDemo. Event Details.

Congrats To The Spotlight: LA Tech Winter Presenting Companies at Caltech

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This Spotlight takes place Thursday, February 2, at Caltech. Bill founded Idealab to create and build successful businesses that capitalize on innovations in areas with significant growth opportunities, including the Internet. Where: Baxter Hall | CalTech 1200 E California Blvd Pasadena, CA 91125. The time has finally arrived!

Alta Devices, With Links to Caltech, Gains $72M

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A new startup with links to Caltech has just raised $72M in funding. Alta Devices< is based on the research of Caltech's Harry Atwater, Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science at Caltech, along with co-founder Eli Yablonovitch of UC Berkeley.

Virtualitics Raises $3M For AR/VR/AI Startup

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The company's founders are professor George Djorgovski, the founding director of Caltech's Center for Data-Driven Discovery; Michael Amori (former Deutsche Bank managing director); Dr. Ciro Donalek, computational scientist at Caltech; and Dr. Scott Davidoff, manager of the Human Interfaces Group at NASA's JPL. READ MORE>>.

Impinj, With Offices In OC, Files For IPO

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The IPO is being underwritten by RBC Capital Markets, Pacific Crest Securities, Piper Jaffray,Needham & Company, and Cannacord Genuity. Impinj was co-founded by Caltech professor Carver Mead, and had set up offices in Newport Beach in 2004. impinj merger acquisition wireless rfid chip radio frequency identification caltech

Caltech Invests In Coursera

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According to Coursera, Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania have invested a combined $3.7M coursera caltech venture capital education online classesin investments to back its efforts to put university courses online. Coursera allows anyone to take university courses online, for free, across a wide range of disciplines.

Impinj Files For IPO

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Impinj , a developer of RFID chips which has satellite engineering office in Rancho Cordova and Newport Beach, and which was founded by a California Institute of Technology (Caltech) professor, has filed for an IPO. impinj merger acquisition semiconductor chip rfid carver mead caltechREAD MORE>>.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

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Elevance Pulls IPO

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Elevance just announced a $104M venture capital round in July, a Series E round which came from Lacustrine Limited via Genting Genomics Limited, and Total Energy Ventures International. elevance renewable sciences caltech olefin specialty chemical cleantech merger acquisition exit withdrawalREAD MORE>>.

Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. The Caltech Entrepreneurship Club is the hub for innovators in the Caltech community who want to learn how to make their idea a reality. This could be your company’s chance to shine in the Spotlight. AGENDA.

UC, Caltech Key To Bill Gates' New $1 Billion Cleantech Investment Effort

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Both the University of California , and Caltech both appear to be key to the new clean technology investment fund, Breakthrough Energy , which is being led by former Microsoft founder Bill Gates. warming global change climate capital venture technology clean cleantech bezos jeff gates bill energy breakthroughREAD MORE>>.

Contour Energy Systems Finds More Funding

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Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the developer of battery technology based on research from Caltech, said today that it has raised a Series C funding round. The firm said the new funding came from Singapore investment fund EDBI, CMEA Capital, Harris & Harris, Schlumberger, and U.S. Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

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If you read this blog often you'll know that I'm a huge fan of First Round Capital. First Round Capital’s Tools, Techniques, Processes.

Contour Energy Expands Battery Line

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Azusa-based Contour Energy Systems , the venture-backed battery developer spun out of research from Caltech, said today that it has added two new lithium batteries to its line of coin cells. Contour Energy is venture backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris, Schlumberger and US Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

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Ondax Raises $2M More

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According to the Pasadena Angels, one of the investors in the firm, the round also included the Tech Coast Angels and un-named venture capital firms.

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ADP Setting Up Technology Center In Pasadena With 350 Employees

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The company says it specifically is looking to capitalize on the existing tech business community in Pasadena and the surrounding Los Angeles area, along with local schools like Caltech, The Art Center College of Design and Pasadena City College. ADP offers up payrolls services and other human resources outsourcing. READ MORE>>.

Gevo, With Ties To Caltech and UCLA, Files For IPO

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Gevo--which is now based in Englewood, Colorado--was started in Pasadena, and has licensed technology from both the University of California, Los Angeles, and Caltech. coli) bacteria, as well as technology from Caltech from the lab of Dr. Frances Arnold. Gevo said it will raised up to $150M on the Nasdaq Global Market, trading as GEVO.

Elevance Renewable Sciences Raises $50M More

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elevance renewable sciences venture capital materia catalyst plant process clean cleantech materials biofuels biotech caltechElevance Renewable Sciences , the spinout of Pasadena-based Materia , has scored $50M more in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. Elevance is based in Illinois. READ MORE>>.

Gevo Sets Range For IPO

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Gevo , the biofuels startup spawned out of technology from the University of California, Los Angeles and Caltech, has set an offering range for its IPO. Gevo is venture backed by Khosla Ventures, Virgin Green Fund, Total Energy Ventures, Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund, Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund, and LANXESS, among others.

Contour Energy Names Advisory Board

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Azusa-based Contour Energy , the advanced battery company backed by CMEA Capital, Harris and Harris , Schlumberger and US Venture Partners, said today that it has formed a new Scientific Advisory Board. cleantech clean battery caltech board advisory scientific executive energy contourREAD MORE>>.

Indi Molecular Raises $1.5M For Antibody Startup

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SlipChip Gets $26.5M For Microfluidics Technology

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Pasadena-based SlipChip , a Caltech spinoff developing microfluidics technology, has raised $26.5M Details on the Series B funding have not yet been announced by the company, whic his a spinout of technology developed by researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). READ MORE>>.

Contour Energy Targeting $20M In Series C

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Contour said last week that it had raised a Series C funding round from Singapore Investment fund EDBI, CMEA Capital, Harris & Harris, Schlumberger, and U.S. Contour's technology is based on carbon-flourine battery technology from Caltech; the firm's CEO is Joe Fisher. contour energy systems venture capital cleantech clean batter

Accelerator Crazy In Southern California

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LA Cleantech Incubator , officially launched last week, and was created by Los Angeles Cleantech Alliance, a group supported by Mayor's Office, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Community Redevelopment Agency for Los Angeles, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, UCLA, USC, CalTech, and Arts Center College of Design.

Arivale Brings Gene Sequencing Driven Wellness To Los Angeles

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According to the company's CEO, Clayton Lewis--who has been a General Partner at Venture Capital investor Maveron--the company has just started expanding into Los Angeles and the rest of California, as it looks to grow its business. Arivale raised $36M in 2015 from Maveron, ARCH Venture Partners and Polaris Partners. READ MORE>>.

Impinj, With Offices In OC, Sets IPO Pricing Range

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Impinj is selling 4,600,000 shares of its common stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as "PI", is venture backed by ARCH Venture Partners, Polaris Partners, Madrona Venture Group, Mobius Venture Capital, Intel, GF Private Equity, and AllianceBernstein. and $14.00 per share, the company said in a filing this morning. READ MORE>>.

A Chat With Jamie Montgomery On How LA's Tech Ecosystem Has Grown

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The conference is run by Jamie Montgomery , one of the local industry's pioneers in venture capital and investment. Jamie is currently also co-founder of March Capital Partners, in addition to running the summit. Some people don't sit and think about what they are trying to accomplish when they are raising capital. READ MORE>>.

Materia Spinoff Elevance Gets $100M

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Elevance is a spinout of Pasadena-based Materia , the material research firm based on research out of Caltech. The new funding for Elevance came from Naxos Capital Partners, Total Energy Ventures, TPG Biotech and TPG Growth. materia elevance venture capital materials cleantech chemicals chemistryREAD MORE>>.

Elevance Renewable Sciences Finds $104M

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An Illinois firm whose technology is based on, and licensed from Pasadena-based Materia and Caltech , has raised a whopping, $104M funding round. Elevance is using olefin metathesis technology, licensed from Materia, and originally developed by Noble Prize winning Caltech professor Robert H. Grubbs. READ MORE>>.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He sold so many that after Caltech he decided to open a retail store. Entrepreneur Advice This Week in Venture CapitalHeresy. for $1.63

FastSoft Raises $950K

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Pasadena-based FastSoft , a developer of Internet acceleration appliances based on research out of Caltech, has raised $950K in a debt funding, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. FastSoft has previously received funding from Miramar Venture Partners, Caltech, and angel investors. READ MORE>>.

Helixis Raises $5.3M

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Carlsbad-based Helixis , a developer of nucleic acid analysis tools based on technology spun out of Caltech, has raised $5.3M Helixis has previously received funding from ATV, Domain Associates, and Okapi Venture Capital. Tags: helixis venture capital caltech out of a ongoing, $10.0M venture round. READ MORE>>.

Sofie Biosciences Lands $5M In Series A

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The funding was led by Tata Industries, and also included MRM Capital and the Cycad Group. Sofie Biosciences--which is a spinout of UCLA and Caltech--said the funding will go towards further development of its technology. sofie biosciences venture capital lifescience molecular diagnostics positron READ MORE>>.

Catalyzing Innovation In Pasadena, with Innovate Pasadena

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One of those high profile neighborhoods here is Pasadena, home of Idealab, Caltech, OpenX, and many other high tech companies and institutions.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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Given how efficient markets are when a large market like LA starts to blossom it attracts capital pretty quickly. LA By The Numbers. Booed.

Luxtera Snags $26.75M

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The firm, which develops optical interconnects, is a Caltech spinoff. No details on the funding have been disclosed, however, the firm has previously raised three rounds of capital from August Capital, ITU Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Sevin Rosen Funds, and Zone Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Gevo Buys Ethanol Plant

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Gevo , the Caltech spinoff developing biofuels processing technology, said last week that it has completed its acquisition of a biofuels plant in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo's technology is based on research developed out of Caltech, although the firm is now located in Colorado. Gevo filed for an IPO in August. READ MORE>>.

Avidity Biosciences Finds $16M

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The round included $10M in new capital, combined with conversion of $6M in convertible debt. The funding was led by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, and also included Alethea Capital, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Brace Pharma, EcoR1 Capital, F-Prime Capital, Moore Venture Partners and Tavistock Life Sciences. READ MORE>>.

Contour Energy Rolls Out New Coin Cells

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Azusa-based Contour Energy , the battery technology firm based on technology licensed from Caltech, announced this morning that it has debuted a new line of coin cell batteries based on its technology. The firm said the batteries are in the 2032, 2025, 2016 & 2450 sizes. READ MORE>>.

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