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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. I’ve raised money as a “hot company” and I’ve raised capital when no one would return my phone calls. I now observes the fund raising process as a profession. Always be fund raising.

Trace Gets Funding From Intel Capital


Los Angeles-based Trace , a developer of mobile apps which automatically track your sports activity using sensors, video, and artificial intelligence, has scored a round of investment from Intel Capital. Size of the funding round was not announced. Intel Capital announced its investment in Trace on Thursday, as part of a larger announcement of investments of $60M in 15 technology startups.

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DermTech Raises $10M In Series C Funding


La Jolla-based molecular dermatology startup DermTech announced today that it has raised $10M in its Series C funding round, part of an ongoing $15M financing effort by the company. The startup, which is developing precision medicine technology for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, inflammatory diseases, and other skin diseases, said the funding included investments by RTW Investments, along with other private investors.

March Capital Backs VeloCloud In Series C Funding


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.

SmartDrive Systems Gets Funding From Michelin


SmartDrive said it will use the new funding for expansion of its strategy for fleet telematics and mobility services. SmartDrive is a developer of video- and sensor-based driver safety systems, used primarily for commercial fleets. smartdrive venture capital michelin tires auto automotive fleet management tracking strategic

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.

Fair Raises Nearly $1 Billion In Strategic Funding Round


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. Fair is developing an app-driven service which allows people to gain access to a car , which they can pay for on a monthly basis and return anytime. The funding also included other, un-named strategic investors.

ROX Medical Gets $40M Funding


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. ROX Medical, which is led by CEO Rodney Brenneman, develops a stent-like device placed between the artery and vein in the upper leg, which reduces blood pressure.

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


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.

Billionaire Soon Shiong Funds Healthcare Systems Developer


Financial details of the investment were not disclosed, however, Net.Orange described the investment from Soon Shiong's investment firm, California Capital Equity, as a "significant" growth equity capital injection.

Kareo Gets $15M Debt Funding


Irvine-based Kareo , which provides cloud-based, medical office software, said Friday that it has raised $15M in a mezzanine debt funding round. The funding came from Escalate Capital Partners. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $47M in 2014. Terms of the new funding were not announced. kareo debt funding medical office software venture capital finance

Ashton Kutcher, Sound Ventures Back Gigster In $10M Funding


Ashton Kutcher and his Los Angeles-based venture firm, Sound Ventures , are one of the backers of a new startup which says it can offer up on-demand, software development and design services. San Francisco-based Gigster said this morning that it has raised $10M in a Series A funding, which came from Andreessen Horowitz, along with Ashton Kutcher and Sound Ventures; Y Combinator; SV Angel and Ron Conway; and Jason Calacanis and Launch Fund.

Embodied Gets Funding From Intel For Personal Robots


Pasadena-based Embodied , a new startup developer "affordable personal robots", has raised funding from Intel Capital. Size of the funding was not announced. According to Intel, Embodied is developing affordable personal robots that improve human wellness and quality of life, using machine perception, cognition and learning. A recent regulatory filing from Embodied suggests the funding round was worth around $3.79M.

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Netwrix Gets Series A Funding


Irvine-based Netwrix , a developer of hybrid cloud security software, has received a Series A funding round, the company said Tuesday. The funding was led by Updata Partners. Netwrix, led by Michael Fimin, said the funding will go towards product development and growth. Netwrix develops software that monitors both on-premise and cloud applications for unusual user behavior. netwrix venture capital hybrid cloud security software

Hutch Raises $10M Funding From Zillow


West Hollywood-based Hutch , the home interior design app developer led by Beatrice Fischel-Bock, has raised a $10M round of funding from Zillow Group , the company said this morning. As part of the funding, Zillow's Spencer Rascoff joins the company's board. hutch zillow venture capital home interior design

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.

Flixel Finds Funding From Tyra Banks' Fierce Capital


Flixel , a startup developing mobile photography software, has raised a round of investment from Fierce Capital, the investment arm of supermodel Tyra Banks. The company, which has offices in Los Angeles, said it is developing software which adds a "seamless element of motion" into pictures. Size of the funding round was not announced by the company. flixel venture capital fashion tyra banks startup software itunes smartphone video

Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief


The latest, Silicon Valley venture capital investor trying to get into the Los Angeles technology market, Lowercase Capital , has decided to tap a former Creative Artist Agency executive to head up its efforts here.

Quarterly Gets Funding From Science


Los Angeles-based subscription box service Quarterly , which develops unique gift boxes every three months from such influencers as Pharrell Williams, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and actress Rosario Dawson, has raised a round of funding and connected with Los Angeles-based Science Inc. quarterly science venture capital scienceinc subscription business

Appetize Raises $20M In Funding, Ramps Hiring


Los Angeles-based point-of-sale technology developer Appetize said Tuesday that it has raised $20M in a new funding round, led by private equity investor Shamrock Capital Advisors. As part of the funding, the company said that Shamrock's Andy Howard and Alan Resnikoff have joined the company's board of directors, with Oak View's Leiweke joining as an observor. appetize point sale venture capital software shamrock tablet mobile jobs

Avalon Leads $18M in Early Funding for Cancer Immunotherapy Startup


[ Note: The headline has been corrected to better describe the company’s type of funding. Fortis Therapeutics, a new San Diego biotech, has raised $18 million in initial funding to develop drugs for hard-to-treat prostate and bone marrow cancers.

First Round Capital Launches Dorm Room Fund | $500,000 Pilot Investment Fund For Students

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Josh Kopelman, managing partner at Philadelphia based First Round Capital has launched Dorm Room Fund, in a move to reach out to college dorm entrepreneurs, like he was in 1992 while at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Less Capital is Capital Still.

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SteelHouse Adds $49M In Funding


Los Angeles-based advertising software developer SteelHouse is announcing this morning that it has raised $49M in a new funding round. The funding was led by Mercato Partners, and also included Staley Capital and Silicon Valley Bank. SteelHouse saaid that it was able to find significant capital, even as many advertising companies are running into "challenges" securing financing from traditional venture capital funds.

Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?

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You’re ready to raise some funding. Just as it’s not always what you know, but who you know, in the world of investment capital, the motto could read: it’s not what you’re doing, but who you are. The post Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?

American Solar Direct Lands Investment Funding For Rooftop Solar


Los Angeles-based residential solar energy provider American Solar Direct has raised a round of investment, from Dubai-based solar developer and investor Adenium Energy Capital. Size of the funding round was not announced. The new funding will go towards accelerating growth and expansion at the copmany. americansolardirect american solar direct cleantech energy dubai adenium venture capital international photovoltaic rooftop utility

Quest Software Backs Middleware Developer


Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software , the developer of enterprise software tools, has backed a maker of SOA middleware. According to WSO2 , a Silicon Valley-based developer of middleware software, it raised $6.5M in a growth funding round, led by Quest. The investment also included Intel Capital. WSO2 develops cloud-enabled middleware software used by enterprises.

Ecinity Scores Funding Round


Los Angeles-based Ecinity , a developer of online, automated marketing software for the SMB market, has raised a round of funding from Siemer Ventures and others, according to details on investments released by Siemer Ventures yesterday. Details on the funding have not been announced, however, a recent regulatory filing indicates the company recently raiesd $1.55M as part of an ongoing, $1.85M funding round.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers


Was it a Startup Founder Developer Gap ? Did they really need a Startup CTO or Developer or both? Did they have a Weak Development Team ? He needed some kind of CTO and as well Developers. And he was still in the process of raising additional capital, so it was equity only. However, when I told him that the level of engagement required from me and the fact that equity-only development was required, he seemed to be a bit offended.

USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition


Six companies started by students at the University of Southern California's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC Marshall have been awarded a total of $50,000 in seed funding, after competing in the center's New Venture Seed Competition held this week.

FastCall411 Gets Funding


Hollywood-based FastCall411 , the developer of pay-per-call technology headed by Richard Rosen, has scored funding from Dave McClure's 500 Startups fund. FastCall411 was one of seven recipients of funding from the Twilio Startup Fund, a fund which looks to invest $250,000 in startups that use Twilio's telephony API. fastcall411 venture capital 500startup dave mcclure angel investment lead generation search telephony

MarketShare Raises $5.0M In Debt Funding


Los Angeles-based Marketshare , the developer of marketing and advertising optimization software, has raised $5.0M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing form the firm. The funding has not yet been announced. marketshare venture capital debt funding marketing optimization advertisingAccording to the filing, round close on September 8th, and came from a single investor.

Coronal Energy Gets Funding From Panasonic


Pasadena-based Coronal Energy , a provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) project development, financing, and operation services for the utility, municipal and corporate market, has scored a strategic investment from Panasonic , the two said this morning. Financial terms of the funding were not disclosed. coronal energy panasonic solar photovoltaic venture capital cleantech

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.