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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.

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.

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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. Celigo said the funding will go to expand sales, marketing, and product development.

Startup CTO or Developer

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Most often at the earliest point in the life of a startup, the dominant need is certainly to produce product to get something in the market, get funding, etc. What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer.

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

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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.

Kareo Gets $15M Debt Funding

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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

Billionaire Soon Shiong Funds Healthcare Systems Developer

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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.

Netwrix Gets Series A Funding

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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

Embodied Gets Funding From Intel For Personal Robots

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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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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

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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

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Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief

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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.

Appetize Raises $20M In Funding, Ramps Hiring

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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

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[ 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.

Quarterly Gets Funding From Science

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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

SteelHouse Adds $49M In Funding

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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.

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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American Solar Direct Lands Investment Funding For Rooftop Solar

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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

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?

Ecinity Scores Funding Round

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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.

Coronal Energy Gets Funding From Panasonic

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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

Quest Software Backs Middleware Developer

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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.

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Epic Sciences Raises $40M In Series D Funding

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San Diego-based Epic Sciences has raised $40M in a Series D funding, for its cancer testing technology, the company announced Friday morning. According to Epic Sciences, the funding was led by Hermed Capital, and also included Altos Capital Partners, Domain Associates, Genomic Health, Pagoda Investment, Reach Tone Limited, RMI Partners, Sabby Capital and VI Ventures. Epic sciences is developing blood-based tests which help predict drug response in cancer.

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USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Equity-Only CTO and Equity-Only Developers

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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.

Music Audience Exchange Looks To Grow Engineering In LA After Funding

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Music Audience Exchange , a startup which develops a marketing platform aimed at the music industry, says it is planning on expanding its engineering team in Los Angeles, after a $6M funding round last month. The company announced $6M in funding from MATH Venture Partners and KDWC Ventures, along with G-Bar Ventures and Gregg Latterman, Founder and CEO of Aware Records in March. music audience exchange engineering jobs employment growth venture capital

A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

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We are often asked how companies get funded, why VCs make the decisions we make and what we’re looking for in entrepreneurs. They had all of their character development started (they showed up mock-ups) and the basic gameplay for Game 1 was through through (but not yet built).

eGood Gets $3M In Seed Funding

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Glendora-based eGood , a startup developing a social giving platform, said today that it has raised $3M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Wolfgang Buehler, and angel investor. According to eGood, it is using the funding to develop its mobile and in-store check-in platform. egood venture capital angel funding social charity cause mobile checkin

CarLabs Gets Funding For Car Shopping Bots

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Los Angeles-based CarLabs , a new startup developing conversational "bots" to guide users through car shopping, has scored an angel funding, the company said late last week. The ange funding came from Mitch Glub (former founder of Cars.com); Tom McAlear (former COO of DaimlerChrysler Services); and Kevin Keegan (former President, InsWeb, and SVP at JD Power). CarLabs said it has been developing conversational software which helps simplify the car purchasing process.

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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around.