Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. In the end I know the only true differentiator in venture capital is the company you keep. Venture Capital is a people business.

Going long on LA, India, AI and tech infrastructure March Capital raises $300 million

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March Capital Partners , the Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has raised $300 million for its latest fund.

OpenGate Capital Buys CoreMedia AG

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital announced very late Monday evening that it has acquired the majority interest in CoreMedia AG , a developer of content management software. According to OpenGate Capital, it acquired CoreMedia AG from Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners and a consortium of private investors. OpenGate Capital said the acquisition was out of its second, institutional fund, which is worth approximately $585M.

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Atar Capital Buys Keypoint Intelligence

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Atar Capital has acquired New Jersey-based Keypoint Intelligence , Atar Capital said on Thursday. Atar Capital said that Keypoint Intelligence is based in Fairfield, NJ, and also has offices in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Japan. Atar Capital says it makes investments in both performing and underperforming lower middle market businesses.

Meet Bespoke Financial, a lender for cannabis companies backed by Snoop Dogg’s Casa Verde Capital

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And it’s why the company has raised $7 million in financing led by Casa Verde Capital — the investment firm launched by legendary cannabis aficionado, Calvin Broadus (AKA Snoop Dogg). It’s backed by around $200 million in venture capital and debt financing. .

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OpenGate Capital Acquires InRule Technology

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital announced this morning that it has acquired Chicago-based InRule Technology , a developer of decision management and business rules management software. According to OpenGate Capital, it obtained a majority interest in InRule, the fifth investment through its second institutional fund. management support decision software equity private acquisition merger technology inrule capital opengate

Clearlake Capital Buys symplr

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group has acquired Houston, Texas-based symplr , a provider of healthcare governance, risk, and compliance software. Clearlake acquired symplr from its existing set of private equity investors, Pamlico Capital and The CapStreet Group. SkyKnight Capital co-invested in the transaction with Clearlake, which financed the deal via Antares Capital, Bain Capital Credit and Golub Capital.

Moonshots Capital Gets First Exit At Threatcare

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Los Angeles-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital investment firm led by Kelly Perdew, has seen its first exit out of its portfolio, with the acquisition this week of Threatcare , a developer of cybersecurity software. moonshots capital threatcare security management cybersecurity merger acquisition exit

Clearlake Capital Buys Dude Solutions

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group has acquired Dude Solutions , a developer of operations management software, which was based in Cary, North Carolina. Clearlake Capital acquired Dude Solutions from another private equity firm, Warburg Pincus. Clearlake said the deal was financed by Monroe Capital, with participation from BlackRock, Owl Rock, and Vista Credit. clearlake capital operations management software merger acquisition dude solutions

Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

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A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? ’ But do you want to start a relationship with your most important supplier – that of capital to fuel your business – by avoiding talking about his or her expectations in terms of rights or privileges? How about you close your first capital (say $500,000) and put in the docs that you have up to [90] days to raise an additional $1 million at the same price at your discretion. This week.

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Thin Line Capital Raises First Fund, Backed by Wavemaker

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Pasadena-based Thin Line Capital raised a $5 million seed-stage fund to support clean technology and eco-friendly startups

JibJab Acquired By Catapult Capital

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Los Angeles-based JibJab , which provides animated, personalized greeting cards and other social content, has been acquired by private equity investor Catapult Capital LLC , Catapult Capital announced this morning. As part of the deal, Catapult Capital said that JibJab COO Paul Hanges has been promoted to CEO, and will lead the company under its new ownership. Cloud Capital, with Catapult being advised by Reed Smith LLP in the deal.

DroneBase raises capital and partners with FLIR Systems to train pilots on thermal imaging tech

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Publicly traded sensor technology developer, FLIR Systems , is investing in a strategic round of funding for the outsourced drone imaging company, DroneBase.

How TuesdayNights is Helping Women Entrepreneurs Connect With Capital

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Raising capital for a female-led startup can be very diffiult--which is what Justine Lassoff and Melinda Moore found out when they started their own company, LovingEco, in Los Angeles. So, to help other female entrepreneurs, they founded TuesdayNights (www.tuesdaynights.org), a group in LA which helps female entrepreneurs connect with capital and each other to improve their access to capital. I think one of the hardest things for women, is to access capital.

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Moonshots Capital Leads Investment In Backtracks

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Moonshots Capital is the lead investor in a new startup, Backtracks , a developer of podcast analytics software. in a seed funding round, which was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Capital Factory, Sputnik ATX, Next Coast Ventures, Bull Creek Capital, and BNSG Capital. As a part of the funding round, Kelly Perdew, Managing General Partner of Moonshots Capital, will join the board at Backtracks.

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Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Be thoughtful about from whom you raise capital.

Casa Verde Capital Raises $45M Investment Fund

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West Hollywood-based Casa Verde Capital said this week that it has raised $45M in its debut, investment fund, which will specifically invest in the "ancillary cannabis" industry. The venture capital firm--whose founders include Calvin Broadus (aka Snoop Dogg)--said it will specifically invest in agtech, health & wellness, financial services, technology, media, compliance and laboratory technology related to the legal cannabis industry.

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At Lowercase Capital, we invest in startups, acquire later stage companies, and advise businesses and funds of all sizes on strategy and execution.

Video Interview: Richard Wolpert, Venture Capital and Angel Investor

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Today's video interview is with Richard Wolpert , a well known Southern California venture capital and angel investor. richard wolpert video interview venture capital investor angel investment finance

3L Capital Raises $217M For New Investments

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Los Angeles- and New York-based 3L Capital , a new venture capital investment fund co-founded by former Demand Media CEO Shawn Colo, has raised $217M in a new investment round, the firm said today. Colo co-founded the firm with Dave Leyrer (Nexus Group, Boulevard Capital Management) and Kerry Kellogg (RSE Ventures). capital 3lcapital venture snacknation shawn colo demandmedia investment fund finance

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A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

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I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re Others believe that new business models are emerging that could replace venture capital all together.

Core Innovation Capital Announces $100M In Second Venture Capital Fund

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Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital announced this morning that it has closed its second fund, which is at $100M so far. Core Innovation Capital says it has also invested in a couple of yet-unannounced companies, which are in stealth mode. The venture capital investor says it currently is hiring a full time intern for the Summer, to work at the company either in San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Thin Line Capital Launches New Energy, Sustainability Fund

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Pasadena-based Thin Line Capital announced this morning that it has launched a brand new, energey and sustainability fund, which will invest in cleantech investing. According to Fyke, Thin Line Capital is looking to capitalize on the "second wave" of cleantech investing, taking advantage of much of the progress in clean tech investments which--unlike the first wave--are a better fit for venture capital investors.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. billion in venture capital funds with one A-round fund and one late-stage fund. startup venture-capital

Thin Line Capital Backs Solar Technology Developer

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Pasadena-based venture capital investment firm Thin Line Capital , a new venture capital firm led by venture veteran Aaron Fyke, has made its first investment, in a developer of solar technology. According to Thin Line Capital, it has made an ivnestment in Sistine Solar , which is developing technology which allows solar panels to blend in visually with roofs--using a special thin film coated with "ultra-durable" graphics and patterns.

Science Inc. Eyes New Venture Capital Fund

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The firm already has an existing venture capital fund which invests in its portfolio companies. science venture capital investment startup incubator acceleratorSanta Monica-based startup studio Science Inc. founded by Michael Jones, Peter Pham, Gregory Gilman, and Tom Dare, appears to be launching efforts to raise a new fund.

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Clearlake Capital Buys Operations Management Software Developer

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital has acquired a Cary, North Carolina-based developer of operations management software, Dude Solutions. According to Clearlake Capital, it acquired Dude Solutions from its prior, private equity investor, Warburg Pincus. Dude Solutions develops cloud-based, operations management software, which handles suh things as work order, inventory, energy, capital planning, facility scheduling, and community development workflows.

Reveal Biosciences Finds Funding From Intel Capital

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San Diego-based Reveal Biosciences , a startup applying artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to pathology, has received a round of funding from Intel Capital , the corporate venturing arm of microprocessor giant Intel. The details on the funding came as part of an announcement by Intel Capital of its investments in 14 startups, worth a total of $117M.

Clearlake Capital Backs Diligent

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. According to the companies, Clearlake Capital Group made a strategic minority investment in Diligent, which is owned by another private equity investment firm, Insight Venture Partners. strategic capital venture board cloud software ventures insight equity private diligent clearlakehas made an investment in New York-based Diligent , a developer of enterprise governance management software.