Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Today I couldn’t be more delighted to tell you about one such individual — Gregg Johnson —  who just left Salesforce.com after 10 years to come and be the CEO of Invoca , a company I proudly backed.

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

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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. This week.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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Many first-time founders seek advice when thinking about what ideas would be great for a startup company and receive the wrong advice that you need to focus on a billion-dollar idea. Twitter was a podcasting company.

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

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Core Innovation Capital. Managing Director: Ryan Blair Investment interests: Companies which leverage direct-to-consumer model. Moonshots Capital. california southern capital venture

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?

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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. Also, the above figures do not consider the substantial transaction fees or escrow holdbacks associated with company exits.

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.

Start Your Company Where You Want To Live – Period

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Thus, the "best" place for you to start your company is the community you want to live in. For the first decade, nearly every venture capitalist I met posed the same question, "Santa Barbara is a great town, but when are you going to move your company to the Valley?"

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.

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.

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.

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

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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Southern California Companies Raise $1.46B In VC In Q3 2015

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Southern California has seen another, big venture capital investment quarter, with companies raising $1.46 raised in 15 companies. The largest deal in the quarter was for Suja Life ($149.4M), followed by Honest Company ($100.0M) and CrowdStrike ($100.0M).

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.

Triton Digital Acquired By Vector Capital

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Los Angeles-based Triton Digital , the provider of software for the digital audio streaming market, has been acquired by private equity firm Vector Capital , the companies said today. Triton Digital was advised by Macquarie Capital in the deal. triton digital vector capital merger acquisition private equity software audio streaming advertising

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.

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.” Having worked through the data with Glenn I am even more optimistic about venture capital than I was even a year ago. Companies are now raising much more capital in the private markets now before they go public.

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.

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.

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.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. For example, Lookout is a mobile security company that was founded by three talented graduates of USC. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium. Local capital matters.

CrownPeak Gets $50M In Merger With UK Company

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Los Angeles-based web content management software developer CrownPeak has raised $50M in a funding round, and merged with UK-based ActiveStandards , according to the two companies. According to the companies, the combined company will be based in Los Angeles, and will also have locations in Denver and London. The company said it will use the funding to re-launch the company and for future product enhancements.

Southern California Companies Raise $2.49 Billion In VC In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $2.49 billion in venture capital in Q2 of 2016, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association, and Thomson Reuters. southern california moneytree investment investors 2016 venture capital survey

Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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The flow of venture capital dollars invested into Los Angeles-area companies fell 16.3 percent from a high of $4.17 billion in 2015 to $3.49 billion last year, according to a report by Dow Jones Venture Source

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

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

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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 billion, or 68 percent of all capital raised, indicating a further concentration of investment managers.

Tan Capital Partners Acquires Assets of Market Research Firm Osurv

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Tan Capital Partners has acquired the intellectual property of market research firm Osurv for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced on Friday

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

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One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made. The beauty of venture capital is that on any given deal I can only lose one times my money.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. Citrix politely approached us, told us they had an interest in acquiring our company and then asked us, “How much?”. Our response was that there was no “price” as our company was not for sale.

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

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As Guy Kawasaki pointed out in our recent conversation , “…it is cheaper than ever to start a company. If there was ever a time to start a company, this is it.”. However, a recessionary market also generates a number of Big Dumb Company (BDC) refugees.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund

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Startups related to the many University of California campuses in Southern California may soon have a new source of funding: The University of California itself, via a new, $250M venture capital. fund investment capital venture ucsb ucla investor regent ucsd kitepharma finance

Core Innovation Capital Backs Vouch For Social Lending

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the lead companies in a Series A investment in Vouch , a consumer lending startup which offers up consumer loans based on if a users' social network. Vouch said it raised $6M in the Series A, which came from Core Innovation Capital, Data Collective, Stanford StartX Fund and Cooley LLP along with First Round Capital, Greylock, IDG Ventures and AngelList.