Thin Line Capital Backs Solar Technology Developer


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.

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

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million from investors led by the Los Angeles investment firm March Capital Partners. Previous investors Vertex Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, Moment Ventures and the Slack Fund also participated in the funding, which brings Astound’s total capital raised to $27 million.

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March Capital Backs Video Game Developer nWay


Los Angeles-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners is one of the lead investors in a round for mobile video game developer nWay , which announced a $11M funding on Wednesday. According to nWay, the funding, which was facilitated by Lionsgate, was led by both March Capital Partners and Ridge Ventures, and also included Baseline Ventures (Steve Anderson), TransLink Capital (Jay Eum) and WI Harper Group (Jeffrey Chu).

Report: Clearlake Capital Seeks To Sell Perforce


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital is hoping to sell one of its portfolio companies, Perforce Software , for around $2 billion, according to a report from Bloomberg over the weekend. Perforce has been owned by Clearlake Capital since January of 2018. Perforce is a developer of source control software, which is used by software engineering teams to manage software source code and software releases.

March Capital Backs Gaming SDK Developer Genvid In $2.5M Funding


Los Angeles-based venture investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a new funding round for gaming software development kit (SDK) developer Genvid , according to Genvid. in new funding led by March Capital Partners, and also including OCA Ventures. Genvid develops an SDK which allows game developers and publishers to connect their games to interactive video streaming services, including YouTube and Amazon Web Services.

Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

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The Alliance estimates that Southern California’s tech community could be one-third the size of Silicon Valley’s by supporting or further developing the six pillars it already has for innovation to occur.

Erasca Raises $64M For Oncology Drug Development Using AI


San Diego-based Erasca , a company which is using artificial intelligence to drive the discovery and development of new oncology drugs to help cure cancer, has raised $64M in a Series A funding, the company said this morning. The funding--which included both its Series A and an extension--came from ARCH Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Reneo Capital, and other private investors. erasca oncology drug development biotech lifescience venture capital artificial intelligence

Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

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It also follows a new agreement with Disney to develop mobile games based on intellectual property coming from all corners of the mouse house — a sweet cache of intellectual property ranging from Pixar, to Marvel, to traditional Disney characters.

March Capital Backs Video Game Developer Wavedash Games


Los Angeles-based venture investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in video game developer Wavedash Games , which announced a $6M Series A funding round on Tuesday morning. The funding round also included Lowercase Capital, Advancit Capital, CourtsideVC, Machine Shop Ventures, Luma Labs, and Cherrytree VC. According to Wavedash, the new funding will go to grow its team and complete the development of its game, Platform Fighter.

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.

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.

Tao Venture Capital Boosts 3D Ram Semiconductor Developer


La Jolla-based Tao Venture Capital Partners , the investment firm led by venture veteran Tom Clancy, has put its dollars into a maker of 3D random access memory (RAM). According to Crossbar , it raised $25M in a Series C funding, adding new investors Tao Venture Capital Partners, SAIF Partners, Korea Investment Partners, and CBC-Capital. epvc enterprise clancy capital venture semiconductor chip technology crossbar

March Capital Leads $15.5M Round In AI Startup


Los Angeles-based March Capital is the lead investor in an artificial intelligence startup, which is aiming at improving employee service, as it further continues its theme of investing in big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning startups in the enterprise. march capital partners venture astound investment machine learning artificial intelligence data

Qpex Biopharma Finds $33M For Antibiotics Development


According to Qpex, the funding was led by New Enterprise Associates, and also included Adams Street Partners, LYZZ Capital, Hatteras Venture Partners and Stanford University Draper Fund. The company also said it has an agreement with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), worth up to a total award of $132M. Qpex says it is developing new antibiotics to combat the threat of global antimicrobial resistance.

Vincente Capital Partners Sells Intellectual Technology, Inc.


Los Angeles-based private equity investor Vincente Capital Partners announced on Tuesday that it has sold Carlsbad-based Intellectual Technology, Inc. , a developer of software for motor vehicle agencies (DMVs), to Arlington Capital Partners. Vincente Capital acquired ITI in November of 2012. According to Vincente Capital, it has retained a minority interest in Intellectual Technology.

Core Innovation Capital Plans $100M, Third Fund For Fintech Investments


Los Angeles-based fintech venture capital investor Core Innovation Capital is out looking for new investors in its third fund, with a target of $100M, according to regulatory filing by the firm on Friday. Core Innovation's latest investments include banking API developer SynapseFi , a funding for cryptocurrency software developer Decent, and an investment in micro-savings startup Blast.

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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. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. Raising money is hard.

Clearlake Capital's Symplr Buys API Healthcare


Symplr , a healthcare risk and governance software developer which is owned by Los Angeles-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital , has acquired API Healthcare , a provider of healthcare human capital management software. API Healthcare was owned by another private equity investor, Veritas Capital. symplr clearlake capital private equity merger acquisition saas software healthcare compliance risk veritas apihealthcare

March Capital Backed SpyCloud Adds $21M


SpyCloud , a startup which develops cybersecurity products used to prevent account takeovers and which is backed by Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , has raised $21M more in a Series B funding round, the company announced this morning. March Capital Partners co-led the Series A funding round for SpyCloud in 2018. Ted Ross is CEO and co-founder of SpyCloud, which is based in Austin, another market where March Capital Partners is fairly active.

Metawave Opens New Development Center In Carlsbad


Metawave , a developer of wireless technology specifically aimed at self-driving vehicles, fixed wireless, and 5G networks, announced on Wednesday that it is opening up a brand new, advanced development center in Carlsbad. Metawave said it is hiring engineers and product development experts at the new office, saying it hopes to attract experts in the wireless sensing and communication industries looking for a "Silicon Valley" experience without having to move to the Bay Area.

Clearlake Capital Backs Diligent


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. has made an investment in New York-based Diligent , a developer of enterprise governance management software. According to the companies, Clearlake Capital Group made a strategic minority investment in Diligent, which is owned by another private equity investment firm, Insight Venture Partners. strategic capital venture board cloud software ventures insight equity private diligent clearlake

Clearlake Capital Acquires Provation


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group said this morning that it has acquired Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Provation Medical , a developer of software for the healthcare documentation and coding market. documentation healthcare software acquisition merger investor investment equity private capital clearlake provation

Core Innovation Capital Backs SynapseFi


Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the lead investors in SynapseFi , a developer of APIs and other tools for connecting into banking services. SynapseFi said it raised a $17M Series A--which actually closed at the end of last year--which was led by Trinity Ventures and Core Innovation Capital, along with others. software capital venture financial fintech innovation core synpasefi

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What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer. But often the result of a Founder hiring a developer or lead developer or even a VP engineering is a gap created between the founders and the developers.

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OpenGate Capital Acquires Mersive


Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital has acquired Denver-based collaboration software developer Mersive , OpenGate said this mroning. Mersive develops software used for collaboration and meetings, based on both laptops and mobile devices as well as immersive in-room displays. opengate capital mersive merger acquisition collaboration meeting software display monitor

William Morris Invests in Mobile Development Firm


The firm as backed a mobile application development company, Chaotic Moon Studios , as part of a strategic partnership. Chaotic Moon Studios is based in Austin, TExas, and provides mobile development services to companies such as Fox, Pizza Hut, General Mills, Microsoft, Dell, CBS, and Disney.

March Capital Leads $13.6M Round In ioTium


Los Angeles-based venture capital investor March Capital is the lead investor in a Series B funding round for software-defined, converged infrastructure startup ioTium. in a Series B funding, which it says was led by March Capital Partners, and also included Honeywell Ventures, John Chambers' JC2 Ventures and Hanna Ventures plus GE Ventures and Juniper Ventures. March Capital Partners' investment in ioTium was led by Managing Director Sumant Mandal.

Clearlake Capital's Perforce Buys Perfecto Mobile


One of the portfolio companies of Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group , Minneapolis-based Perforce Software , has acquired cloud testing software developer Perfecto Mobile. Perfecto is a developer of cloud-based, automated mobile and web application test software. clearlake capital perforce perfecto mobile merger acquisition cloud application test testing software

Diversis Capital Sells Portfolio Firm


Los Angeles-based private equity investor Diversis Capital said this morning that it has sold one of its portfolio companies, BLUE Software , to software company Esko. BLUE Software is a developer of label and artwork management software, and is based in Chicago. Esko is owned by Danaher, and develops software and hardware for package design. diversis capital blue merger acquisition esko private equity

Backstage Capital Launches New Startup Accelerator In LA


West Hollywood-based Backstage Capital , a venture capital investor which focuses on minorities--including women, People of Color, and LGBT founders, said recently that it has launched the Backstage Accelerator , a three month, startup accelerator which will provide in-person resources and support to its portfolio of companies. Backstage Capital says it received over 1000 applications for the 25 spots at its accelerator. backstage capital startup accelerator angeles minorit

Virtual Reality Developer Survios Raises $50 Million

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Virtual reality video game producer Survios announced on Tuesday that it has raised $50 million in capital over two rounds this year from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Lux Capital, and other investors

Accruent Acquired By Genstar Capital


Accruent , the developer of real estate, facilities, and asset management software which was founded by Mark Friendman, has been acquired by private equity investor Genstar Capital. Accruent was venture backed by Constellation Ventures, FirstMark Capital, GGV Capital, Innocal, Marcus & Millichap, Peninsula Equity Partners, Red Rock Ventures, Sierra Ventures, and Stanford University. accruent genstar capital merger acquisition private equity software developer

Echo Gets $7.5M For Microscope Development


San Diego-based Echo , a startup which is developing a new "hybrid" microscope aimed at replacing both upright and inverted microscopes, has raised $7.5M According to the company, the new funding will go towards manufacturing, sales, and developing future technologies. angels coast tech capital venture instrument scientific microscope echo

Clearlake Capital Acquires LANDESK


Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group L.P. announced this morning that it has agreed to acquire LANDESK , a developer of IT management software, from private equity investor Thoma Bravo. management software heat bravo thoma equity private acquisition merger landesk capital clearlakeFinancial details of the deal were not announced. As part of the acquisition, LANDESK said it will merge its existing portfolio company, HEAT Software, with LANDESK.

Startup Developing Opioid Alternative Takes Top ‘Quick Pitch’ Honors


Watson Quick Pitch Competition to further the development of its nerve pain management device. The winner of the largest-ever startup pitch contest in San Diego is aiming to solve a problem that is weighing heavily on the national consciousness.