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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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital.

Science Inc. Eyes New Venture Capital Fund

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founded by Michael Jones, Peter Pham, Gregory Gilman, and Tom Dare, appears to be launching efforts to raise a new fund. The firm already has an existing venture capital fund which invests in its portfolio companies. science venture capital investment startup incubator acceleratorSanta Monica-based startup studio Science Inc.

March Capital Leads Funding Round In Knock Knock Games

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Los Angeles-based venture investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a new, Series A $4M funding round for a new, video game developer called Knock Knock Games , according to the company on Thursday. The funding also included Raine Ventures, London Venture Partners, and Ludlow Ventures. As part of the funding, March Capital's Gregory Milken joins Knock Knock's board of directors.

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.

FactoryFour Raises $5M in Venture Capital Funding

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Manufacturing software maker FactoryFour, which recently opened a new Culver City office, received a $5 million round of funding led by Menlo Park, Calif.-based based venture capital firm August Capital, with participation from Refactor Capital

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

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It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. So if funding from VCs slowed, valuations dropped and burn rates were slashed, WTF happened to winter again?

March Capital Leads $51M Funding In Uniphore's AI Software

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Los Angeles-based venture investor March Capital is the lead investor in a $51M, Series C funding round for Uniphore , which also included Chiratae Ventures (formerly IDG Ventures), Sistema Asia, CXO Fund, ITP, Iron Pillar, Patni Family, and others. Uniphore said it will use the new funding for go-to-market in North America, research and development, and to grow its employee base globally. March Capital's investment in Uniphore was led by Sumant Mandal.

MiLA Capital Raises First Venture Fund

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MiLA Capital , the venture capital firm that is behind the Make In LA hardware accelerator, says it has raised its first official venture capital fund, officially closing its first fundraise. Size of the fund was not announced. The fund--led by Carmen Palafox, Noramay Cadena, and Shaun Arora--says it has so far made investments into 16 companies since 2015. Source of the funding for the new venture capital fund was not announced.

March Capital Partners Raises Second Fund, Worth $300M

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Santa Monica-based venture investor March Capital Partners said on Thursday afternoon that it has raised a second fund, worth $300M. According to March, its new Fund II includes both existing and new investors. The fund is larger than the firm's first fund, which was worth $240M. March Capital said it is looking to invest in AI in the enterprise, industrial IoT and infrastructure, next-gen consumer technologies, and growth in India, plus in esports and gaming.

Illumina Ventures Raises $230M Venture Capital Fund

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Illumina Ventures , the early-stage venture capital investor which was founded by San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina , says it has raised $230M for its first fund. The venture capital investment fund said it is focused on genomics, and will invest in companies in the areas of life science research, clinical diagnostics, novel therapeutic platforms, and other technologies impacting human health.

Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Upfront Ventures , a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund. Funding Startups TC Venture Capital gwyneth paltrow Los Angeles Mark Suster Travis VanderZanden U.S.

Moonshots Capital Announced First Seed Stage Fund

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Los Angeles-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital investment firm led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings, has raised its first official fund, a $19M seed stage venture fund. The firm--which has been making investments even before raising the official fund, announced today--has already made four investments out of the new fund. Moonshots said the new fund will focus on seed stage deals, holding reserve capital for follow-on pro rata.

MTech Capital Raises $75M Insurance Technology Fund

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Los Angeles- and London-based MTech Capital , a brand new venture capital fund focused on the insurance technology, or "InsureTech" market, says it has raised a new, $75M venture capital fund. According to MTech Capital, the new fund has three anchor investors, including CNA Financial Corporation, NN Group, and a top-3 global insurance company. mtech capital insurance technology insuretech investment fintech venture fund finance

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.

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

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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. The fund--managed by Arjan Schutte and Kathleen Utecht--invests in financial technology companies, and counts such portfolio companise as Fair , Honest Dollar (acquired), CoverHound , Mirador (acquired), Nerdwallet , Ripple , Tio (acquired), and many others.

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Vid Gets Strategic Funding

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capital venture social platform video funding strategicLos Angeles-based Vid , a startup developing a social video platform, announced late Monday that it has received a strategic investment from Ontology, a developer of blockchain technology. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. Vid--which has yet to launch its product--says it is developing a video journaling application, where data is secured through "zero-knowledge" encryption and which is powered by Blockchain.

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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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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MK Capital Funds ReachForce

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Los Angeles- and Chicago-based venture capital firm MK Capital is the lead investor in Texas-based ReachForce , a provider of data quality software for marketers. According to ReachForce, MK Capital led a $4.6M MK Capital has its Los Angeles offices in Santa Monica.

March Capital Partners Launches $240M Venture Fund

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the venture capital investment firm founded by venture investment veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery, said this morning that it has had a final close on its first fund, at $240M. Armstrong and Mandal previously led Clearstone Venture Partners and idealab Capital Partners, Montgomery was the founder and CEO of Montgomery & Co., march capital partners venture investment fund

LA, and Southern California's Surge In Venture Capital Funds

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We've summarized the funds that have announced new funds in the last nine months or so, or that are in the midst of raising funds--a total of more than $1086 million in total funds. List ordered by fund size). Fund size: $230M fund. Fund size: $40M.

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. The filing says the firm has so far raised $45M out of a $50M target in the fund, from six limited partners. The firm has yet to announce any details of its funding.

Kobe Bryant Launches $100M Venture Capital Fund

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Kobe Bryant has launched a $100 million venture capital fund

SmartAction Finds Funding From Staley, TVC Capital

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El Seguno-based SmartAction , which is developing artificial intelligence-driven, call center automation software, said today that it has raised funding in a management recapitalization by private equity investors Staley Capital and TVC Capital. Staley Capital is based in Boston, and TVC Capital is based in San Diego. ORIX Growth Capital and Silicon Valley Bank provided debt financing to the company, with G-Bar Ventures also participating in the transaction.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund

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Startups related to the many University of California campuses in Southern California may soon have a new source of funding: The University of California itself, via a new, $250M venture capital. fund investment capital venture ucsb ucla investor regent ucsd kitepharma finance

OpenGate Capital Acquires InRule Technology

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital announced this morning that it has acquired Chicago-based InRule Technology , a developer of decision management and business rules management software. According to OpenGate Capital, it obtained a majority interest in InRule, the fifth investment through its second institutional fund. management support decision software equity private acquisition merger technology inrule capital opengate

March Capital Leads $51 Million Funding Round in AI Company Uniphore

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Santa Monica-based venture investors March Capital Partners led a $51 million Series C round for conversational artificial intelligence developers Uniphore Software Systems Private Ltd

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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Interview With Jamie Montgomery, March Capital Partners On The Firm's New Fund

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Santa Monica-based venture investor March Capital Partners (www.marchcp.com) announced last week that it has raised a second fund, worth $300M. To learn about the new fund, we sat down with Jamie Montgomery , one of the fund's co-founders, to hear about March Capital's strategy and the new fund. Tell us a little bit about the new fund? We started March Capital in late 2013. Fund II will also be similarly concentrated.

3L Capital Raises $217M For New Investments

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Los Angeles- and New York-based 3L Capital , a new venture capital investment fund co-founded by former Demand Media CEO Shawn Colo, has raised $217M in a new investment round, the firm said today. Colo co-founded the firm with Dave Leyrer (Nexus Group, Boulevard Capital Management) and Kerry Kellogg (RSE Ventures). capital 3lcapital venture snacknation shawn colo demandmedia investment fund finance

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eTailPet Finds $800K Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. The seed funding was worth $800K, and led by Moonshots Capital, and also included individual angels from the pet industry. According to eTailPet, the funding will go to accelerate its business. moonshot ecommerce petstore funding seed capital venture etailpet

Bonfire Ventures Launches $60M Venture Capital Fund

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Los Angeles-based Bonfire Ventures said this morning that it has officially launched with its first fund, a new $60M fund aimed at early stage startups. The fund was founded by longtime Southern California technology investors Jim Andelman and Mark Mullen, who are joined by Leah Volger, formerly of Google and Santander InnoVentures. investor volger leah mullen mark andelman investment capital venture ventures bonfire

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 venture capital videogame accessory hardware corporate investmentRazer, 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.