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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. I don’t think this is the job.

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.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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Twitter was a podcasting company. There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. So what should you do?

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. This week. Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: With a cap?

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 ?”

The Honest Company Gets $70M

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The funding brings the company''s total raised to $122M. Goldman Sachs served as placement agent in the funding, according to the company.

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. This article originally ran on PEHub.

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. Period. Don''t believe the hype. Want to surf?

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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TVC Capital has also been a big supporter of socaltech over the years. It is easy to invest capital, but very, very hard to exit, so don't.

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

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In 2015 in the US there were $77 billion written into startup tech companies. I better roll up my sleeves and help my companies get funded.”

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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billion in venture capital funds with one A-round fund and one late-stage fund. Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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. Unknown. Great.

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. Embark's website says it is focused on pre-seed and seed stage investments in Internet and software companies. READ MORE>>.

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. The company is based in Oakland. Core Innovation Capital is very active nationally in fintech investments, and raised a big fund in 2015. READ MORE>>.

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.

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

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In fact, if you add the capital flows of the past ten years, there have been just shy of $50 billion in net cash outlays. Sorry! Summary.

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. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

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. Availability of Capital.

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. Thus is a key point.

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. Is your company ready to raise startup capital?

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 networks networking venture capital sdwan wide area hardware software defined marchcpREAD MORE>>.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

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I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies. Here are a few slices of it.

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

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Have investors drifted, becoming less dogmatic about hitting interim milestones with as little capital as possible? history (admittedly, at 2.1

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

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. READ MORE>>.

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. Klout was an LA company – sold for $200 million to Lithium.

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 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.

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund

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The fund would seek to invest in companies started on campus, from University research, and from students. READ MORE>>.

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.

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. Core Innovation Capital's investment in San Francisco-based Vouch was led by Arjun Schutte. READ MORE>>.

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. Basically, everything is free. Thomas J.

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 has its U.S.

The Bouqs Company Finds $12M For Flower Delivery

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Venice, California-based The Bouqs Company , the direct, cut-to-order flower delivery provider led by John Tabis, is announcing today that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding. The funding brings the company's total raised to $20M. thebouqs flower delivery south america direct mobile venture capital expansionREAD MORE>>.

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch

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The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. I wish that was true. It’s not.”

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. million in revenues. READ MORE>>.

Vinny Smith's Toba Capital Backs WSO2

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Irvine-based Toba Capital , the venture investment firm founded by Quest Software founder Vinny Smith, has made an investment in open source application development software developer WSO2. WSO2, which is based in Palo Alto, said it raised $20M from Pacific Controls and Toba Capital this morning. READ MORE>>.

Pop culture stimulates the evolution of the LA tech scene

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It wasn’t so long ago that venture capital was a suburban California phenomenon.

Core Innovation Capital Raises $71M In New Fund

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Los Angeles-based Core Innovation Capital , the fintech investment firm led by Arjan Schutte and Kathleen Utecht, has just raised $71.5M in a new fund, Core Innovation Capital II, L.P. according to a regulatory filing by the company on Thursday. READ MORE>>.