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.

Led by LA-based March Capital, Astound raises $15.5 million for employee help desk automation services

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Astound , a company selling automated employee help desk services, has raised a new round of $15.5 million from investors led by the Los Angeles investment firm March Capital Partners.

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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. Those two San Francisco-based operations have been a pipeline for interesting startups that have become March portfolio companies.

LA's Century Park Capital Acquires IT Services, Software Company

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Los Angeles-based Century Park Capital Partners , a private equity investor focused on family businesses, owner-operated companies and corporate divestitures, said on Monday afternoon that it has completed a majority recapitalization of Florida-based software and IT services company MCCi. Century Park Capital Partners said MCCi has over 1,000 clients. The deal was financed by RGA Private Debt & Equity and Plexus Capital.

St. Cloud Capital Rolls Up Healthcare Firms Into A New Company, AleraCare

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Cloud Capital announced on Wednesday that it has made a growth capital investment in a new company, AleraCare Holdings , which will provide. Cloud Capital, as part of the formation of AleraCare, it has merged three healthcare companies into the new company-- MedicoRx Specialty Pharmacy , Vasco Infusion , and VascoRx Specialty Pharmacy. Cloud Capital, AleraCare will provide a full spectrum of specialty pharmaceutical services.

Massage-on-demand company, Soothe, raises $31 million

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The Series C round from late stage and growth capital investment firm, The Riverside Company , caps a busy first quarter for the massage service. The former CFO of MarketShare, Heyrick has helped the company expand to over 11,000 massage therapists in its network.

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Meet the Companies in Backstage Capital’s Detroit Accelerator

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Backstage Capital, a Los Angeles-based venture firm seeding early-stage companies led by women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community, has announced the details of its Detroit startup accelerator. Earlier this year, Backstage founder Arlan Hamilton announced the firm would host its first accelerators in four cities, including Detroit. The Motor City’s inclusion, unlike the other three cities, was determined by way of a public vote.

Here’s a rule for companies with outstanding loans

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Here is one that is so important to the continued health of a growing company that it cannot be overstated. Long term debt is taken on for the acquisition of fixed assets such as equipment, cars, facilities and acquisitions of companies or their assets.

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. The funding brings the company''s total raised to $122M.

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. Jam City is coming off of a strong year of company growth.

Vicente Capital Invests In Wireless Software Company

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Vicente Capital Partners announced MOnday that it has invested in iBwave Solutions , a Canadian company providing in-building wireless design software. Vicente Capital said that its Growth Equity Fund, jointly with Farol Asset Management, acquired a "significant" equity interest in iBwave, which is based in Montreal, Canada. The company''s software and associated services are used in the in-building wireless network design market.

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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j2 Global Buys Two New Companies In Q2

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Los Angeles-based Internet information and services company j2 Global --one of Southern California's largest yet most unknown technology companies--said this morning that it has acquired two more companies. j2 Global, which owns such brands as IGN, Mashable, PCMag, Everyday Health in the online publishing space as well as eFax, eVoice, and Livedrive in the cloud services space, said it has acquired Idea First Technologies and Highwinds Capital and Cloak Holdings.

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. Since then, the company transitioned into a business focused on electronic greeting cards.

7 Tips for Biotech Companies Seeking Capital in a Volatile Market

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Last year was a remarkable year for biotech companies going public. Not only did an unusually large number of biotech companies go public, but a significant number of early-stage biotech companies went public at premium valuations relative to their later-clinical stage peers.

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Bellco Capital Teams For Life Sciences Real Estate Effort

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Los Angeles-based Bellco Capital , a new investment firm founded by Drs. According to the firms, the effort will combine biotechnology entrepreneurship and scientific research experience from Bellco Capital to boost real estate development efforts from Tishman Speyer in a new company, Breakthrough Properties. bellco capital life sciences realestate investment real estate property joint venture tishman speyer boston biotech

Lambs, the radiation-proof underwear company formerly known as Spartan, is now selling beanies

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and raised some capital from the Los Angeles-based investment firm, Science. Now the company has relaunched as Lambs and is adding a radiation-proof silver-lined beanie to its $29-per-pair underwear already on sale in the U.S.

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.

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.

The Honest Company Gets $200M Growth Investment

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the online natural baby, personal care, and beauty products provider, said Wednesday that it has raised $200M in a strategic minority investment, which came from private equity investor L Catterton. According to The Honest Company, the new funding will go towards its growth strategy, and will go both towards "innovation initiatives" as well as operational capabilities to boost its supply chain and global reach.

The Honest Company Raises $100M In Series D

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Santa Monica-based The Honest Company , which provides baby care, personal care, home care, and other healthy lifestyle products, said this morning that it has raised $100M in a Series D funding round. The company has now raised around $228M in funding.

Science Inc. Eyes New Venture Capital Fund

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The startup studio--which both incubates its own companies as well as works with startup founders to help accelerate their efforts--has backed such companies as Dollar Shave Club , DogVacay , FameBit , EventUp , August Home , Hello Society , Playhaven , and Superfly Labs. The firm already has an existing venture capital fund which invests in its portfolio companies. science venture capital investment startup incubator accelerator

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.

Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

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The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund. “It’s still really underserved from a capital standpoint,” Zhuo said of the LA region.

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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Perforce Software, Backed By Clearlake Capital, Finds New Funding

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Perforce Software , a developer of software used by developers to manage their software source control and DevOps--which is backed by Santa Monica-based Clearlake Capital Group--has scored a new round of funding, the company announced this morning. The company, based in Minneapolis, said the funding came from private equity investor Francisco Partners, and also included Clearlake Capital Group.

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.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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In other words, it isn’t that VCs suddenly got smart, it’s that the costs of starting a company went down dramatically. 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.

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. As part of the funding, the company said it has just made an investment in Fundera, a New York company which provides a service to help small business owners shop and compare personalized credit recommendations. Core Innovation Capital says it has also invested in a couple of yet-unannounced companies, which are in stealth mode.

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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.

NantWorks Invests In Daybreak Game Company

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Los Angeles-based NantWorks , the investment arm of billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong, said on Thursday afternoon that it has made a strategic investment in San Diego-based multiplayer online games developer Daybreak Game Company. h1z1 everquest videogame online capital venture company game daybreak nantworks

The Honest Company Raises Series E Funding

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the natural home products brand, said late Thursday that it has closed on a Series E financing round. The round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, along with others. per share, a significant decrease from the company's prior valuation of $45.75. fidelity capital venture ecommerce retail baby products home natural thehonestcompany company honest

3L Capital Raises $217 Million Fund to Invest in Local Startups

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Westwood-based growth equity investment firm 3L Capital announced July 8 it raised a $217 million equity fund to continue investing in local companies

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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.

Will your company’s sale be celebration or silence?

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Then in addition, there are the exits that returned some portion of capital, but nothing more. First, there are at least three types of exits.

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