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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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.

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.

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.

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?

Going long on LA, India, AI and tech infrastructure March Capital raises $300 million

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March Capital Partners , the Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has raised $300 million for its latest fund.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kobe Bryant Launches $100M Venture Capital Fund

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Kobe Bryant has launched a $100 million venture capital fund

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.

Shamrock Capital Backs Pixellot In $30M Funding

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Shamrock Capital reports this morning that it has led a $30M investment in Pixellot , an Israeli firm developing automatic, artificial intelligence-driven software for producing streaming sports video. The funding was led by Shamrock, and also included other, existing, un-named investors. Pixellot has now raised more than $40M in funding. shamrock capital pixellot venture artificial intelligence sports video editing automated

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

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

A Chat With Kelly Perdew: Moonshots Capital And Its First Dedicated Fund

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This morning, Moonshots Capital (www.moonshotscapital.com), led by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings , announced its first formal fund, a $19M seed stage fund. We sat down with Kelly ahead of the announcement to chat about the new fund, why they think military veterans are particularly well suited as startup entrepreneurs, why the two went from organizing individual deals for funding to a formal fund, and more. So you mention your thesis as a fund.

Toba Capital Backs Grow.com In $16M In Funding

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Toba Capital , the venture fund run by former Quest Software founder Vinny Smith, has backed reporting and analytics dashboard software developer Grow.com in a $16M Series B funding round. The funding also included Peterson Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, Kickstart Seed Fund, and HubSpot. Toba Capital also led Grow.com's SEries A funding. Toba Capital is based in Orange County.

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.

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. Mosaic, which works with both owners and installers to help provide the upfront capital for residential solar installs, said the $220M equity round was led by Warburg Pincus, and also included Core Innovation Capital and Obvious Ventures.

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.

March Capital Backs Nifty Games In $3M Funding

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Santa Monica-based venture investor March Capital is one of the lead investors in a new, video game publishing startup called Nifty Games , in a $3M funding round, announced on Tuesday by Nifty Games. The seed funding round came from aXiomatic Gaming, March Capital Partners, Defy.VC, as well as others in the investment, professional sports and gaming communities, according to Nifty Games. march capital nifty games venture investment content videogame madefire sports

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. TVC said that the investors included fund of funds managers and a university endowment. capital venture investment fund limited partner partners funds software growth private equity

JibJab Acquired By Catapult Capital

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Los Angeles-based JibJab , which provides animated, personalized greeting cards and other social content, has been acquired by private equity investor Catapult Capital LLC , Catapult Capital announced this morning. As part of the deal, Catapult Capital said that JibJab COO Paul Hanges has been promoted to CEO, and will lead the company under its new ownership. Cloud Capital, with Catapult being advised by Reed Smith LLP in the deal.

March Capital Backs SpyCloud In $5M Funding

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Santa Monica-based venture investor March Capital Partners has led additional funding in SpyCloud , a company developing software to prevent account takeovers by cybercriminals, has raised $5M in a Series A funding round. SpyCloud announced this morning that it raised the new funding from Silverton Partners and March Capital Partners, both existing investors in the startup. employee capital venture security cybersecurity cybercriminal march spycloud

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

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A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio, Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out.

Trace Gets Funding From Intel Capital

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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.

Women's Venture Capital Fund Boosts Advisory Board

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Women''s Venture Capital Fund , a venture capital investment fund focused on investing in what it calls "gender diverse" teams, said today that it has added a Harvard Business School professor to its advisory board. The fund said it added Professor Janice H.

Pathnostics Finds Strategic Funding

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healthcare lifescience testing diagnostic urology strategic equity private funding capital venture pathnosticsIrvine-based Pathnostics , which offers up diagnostics tests and services in for urology, women's health, gastroenterology and cancer, has received a strategic investment from Chicago-based private equity investor Water Street Healthcare Ventures, the companies said on Wednesday. Financial details of that investment were not announced.

March Capital Partners Seeks $300M In Two New Funds

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the local venture capital investment fund led by Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery, is looking to raise a total of $300M in two new funds, according to regulatory filings from the firm released today. Those filings indicate March is looking to raise $150M in its second fund, March Capital Partners II, L.P. as well as another $150M in March Capital Opportunity Fund II, L.P.

Report: Backstage Capital Shifting To Accelerator Model After Fundraising Issues

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West Hollywood-based venture investment firm Backstage Capital is shifting entirely to an accelerator model, according to reports today, after failing to raise a new, $36M venture capital fund. The report--from Axios--said the fund is now entirely focused on its accelerator, Backstage Studio, and also has been cutting staff. Backstage Capital focuses on focuses on minorities, including women, People of Color, and LGBT founders.