Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. In other words, it isn’t that VCs suddenly got smart, it’s that the costs of starting a company went down dramatically.

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LA, and Southern California's Surge In Venture Capital Funds

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We've summarized the funds that have announced new funds in the last nine months or so, or that are in the midst of raising funds--a total of more than $1086 million in total funds. List ordered by fund size). Fund size: $230M fund. Fund size: $40M.

Core Innovation Capital Backs Mosaic's $220M Funding

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Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the backers in a big, $220M equity funding for solar power financing provider Mosaic. Mosaic, which works with both owners and installers to help provide the upfront capital for residential solar installs, said the $220M equity round was led by Warburg Pincus, and also included Core Innovation Capital and Obvious Ventures. The company is based in Oakland.

SaaS Funding Targest Software Companies With New Santa Monica Office

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SaaS Funding , a new provider of debt funding to software-as-a-service companies, said it has set up an office in Santa Monica. The company, which provides senior and junior debt capital, says it is targeting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), digital media and tech enabled service companies who are bootstrapped or backed by angels. The company said it offers up loans from between $250,000 to $3 million and terms ranging from 12 months to 36 months.

March Capital Backs VeloCloud In Series C Funding

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a developer of cloud networking technology, VeloCloud Networks , as part of a new $27M funding round for that company. VeloCloud, which is based in Silicon Valley, said the new Series C funding was led by March Capital Partners, and also included Cisco Investments, New Enterprise Associates, and Venrock.

TVC Capital Backs Celigo

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San Diego-based software growth equity investor TVC Capital has backed Celigo , a developer of software to integrate cloud-based applications. Celigo said this morning that it has raised $8M in an expansion capital round, its first institutional funding since it was founded in 2006. A part of the funding, TVC Capital's Steven J. Hammerslag joins the company's board of directors. celigo capital venture software growth equity

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. So if funding from VCs slowed, valuations dropped and burn rates were slashed, WTF happened to winter again?

Sommetrics Hires Financial Advisor For Capital Raise

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San Diego-based Sommetrics , a developer of medical devices to treat sleep apnea, said today that it has hired investment advisor Key West Investments to help it raise additional capital. According to Sommetrics, the new capital will go towards supporting its development and commercialization of products to treat disorders of the upper airway such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring. The company did not say how much money it is planning to raise in its funding round.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Him: But when I raised my first round we didn’t know how to price the company. Me: There is no rational explanation for valuations of A round companies by ANY objective financial measure. It’s simply what a market is willing to pay based on a future belief that your company will grow and non-linear rates and be worth much more in the future. I often will fund 80+% of a round and move quickly.

TVC Capital Raises $115M Software Fund

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San Diego-based TVC Capital , the software-focused, growth equity investment firm founded by Jeb Spencer and Steve Hamerslag has raised a big, $115M software fund, the company said Wednesday. The fund said that TVC Capital III was oversubscribed, and closed in only 90 days. TVC said that the investors included fund of funds managers and a university endowment.

Embark Ventures Raising $50M Venture Capital Fund

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Los Angeles-based Embark Ventures , a new venture capital fund led by Yipeng Zhao and venture capitalist Peter Lee, is raising a $50M venture capital fund, according to a recent SEC filing by the firm. The filing says the firm has so far raised $45M out of a $50M target in the fund, from six limited partners. Embark's website says it is focused on pre-seed and seed stage investments in Internet and software companies.

Razer Plans Venture Capital Fund

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Irvine-based videogame accessory and hardware maker Razer is planning on launching a new, corporate venture capital fund, starting next year, according to a report. Razer, which is led by Min-Liang Tan, reportedly plans to invest in companies, which it plans to incubate and help with its international business. razer venture capital videogame accessory hardware corporate investment

SmartDrive Systems Gets Funding From Michelin

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San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems has received an investment from Michelin North America , the company said on Sunday, in a preferred-stock round of investment. SmartDrive said it will use the new funding for expansion of its strategy for fleet telematics and mobility services. The company said it will invest in R&D, sales and marketing, and expansion in North America and international markets.

The Honest Company Gets $70M

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the online, family products retailer led by serial entrepreneur Brian Lee, and which was co-founded by Jessica Alba, has raised $70M in a funding round, according to the company Tuesday.

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?

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There’s no question that many VCs (especially those who manage large funds), are underworked and overpaid. I was very appreciative of this windfall, as the company was essentially a lifestyle business that my co-founder and I never expected to sell.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. Looking ahead at the next decade I am excited by what I believe will be viewed as one of the best and most rational investment periods for venture capital due to seven discrete factors: 1.

Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund

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Correlation Ventures , a venture capital investment firm with offices in San Diego, Palo Alto, and New York City, said this week that it has raised $200M in a new investment fund. The company said the second fund was oversubscribed, and brings its total assets under management to $366M. Limited partners in the new fund included endowments, pensions, funds of funds and family offices, according to the firm.

10 Signs Your Company Isn’t Ready to Raise Startup Capital

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I don’t think I need to make the case for raising capital for your startup. For many companies, bootstrapping will only get your company so far…and then, in order to grow bigger, faster, it’s likely that you’ll need some additional capital from an outside investor.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

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There is much discussion online and also in small, private groups, about why the price of technology companies – public and private – are falling. In 2015 in the US there were $77 billion written into startup tech companies. The Case for Reduced Funding Levels.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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VC funding. We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor over funding until we get huge payouts and ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser.

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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Today, we have the thoughts of Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital (www.tvccapital.com), a software focused growth equity fund which just raised a new fund, and has had some great success in the market. TVC Capital has also been a big supporter of socaltech over the years.

Fair Raises Nearly $1 Billion In Strategic Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based Fair , the automotive startup led by serial entrepreneur Scott Painter, has raised nearly $1 billion in a strategic funding, led by BMW i Ventures, along with Penske Automotive Group, Sherpa Capital, and others. The funding also included other, un-named strategic investors. The company is changing the traditional models of buying a car with its service, which only requires a driver's license and bank account information.

SmartDrive Raises Capital, Rolls Out Distracted Driving Technology

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At the American Trucking Association Management Conference in Orlando, FL, this week, San Diego’s SmartDrive Systems announced that Michelin North America has led a new investment round in the company, though SmartDrive wouldn’t say how much it has raised.

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ROX Medical Gets $40M Funding

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San Clemente-based ROX Medical , a startup developing medical devices to treat hypertension, has raised $40M in a Series E funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Novartis Venture Fund and Apple Tree Partners and also included prior investors Versant Ventures and Domain Associates. David McIntyre and Sami Hamade of Apple Tree Partners and Steven Weinstein of Novartis Venture Fund all join the company's Board of Directors with the funding.

MK Capital Funds ReachForce

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Los Angeles- and Chicago-based venture capital firm MK Capital is the lead investor in Texas-based ReachForce , a provider of data quality software for marketers. According to ReachForce, MK Capital led a $4.6M investment round in the company.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. LPs Still Believe Strongly in Venture Capital as a Diverse Source of Returns.

Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding

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The Three Enthralling Factors Of Venture Funding. Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder of AngelList and Venture Hacks, details a variety of factors that influence your chances of raising venture funding in this informative interview. LOCATION: I Wish They All Could Be California Companies.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” It had an influence on the people who fund our industry in a negative way as many asset managers who fund our industry read this flawed report. Having worked through the data with Glenn I am even more optimistic about venture capital than I was even a year ago.

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

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If you are networking to assist a startup you are advising, you can substitute the company’s pitch for your personal pitch. Don’t worry, you can apologize after the fact, when you point to the positive impact your initiative had on your company.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies.

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Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?” venture-capital startup

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Burn rate in case you don’t know is the amount of money a company is either spending (gross) or losing (net) per month. (it Conversely if you’re burning $600,000 per month (yes, some companies do) then you only have 5 months of cash left. I often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million. Availability of Capital.