CrowdStrike Raises $100M From Google, Others

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Irvine-based CrowdStrike , the developer of security software led by George Kurtz, said this morning that it has raised $100M in a Series C financing round, which was led by Google Capital, and also included Rackspace, Accel, and Warburg Pincus. crowdstrike google capital venture investment rackspace endpoint saas software foundstone mcafee cybersecurity security

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

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Managing Director: Bill Maris (formerly of GV/Google Ventures) Investment interests: Health care investments. Core Innovation Capital. Moonshots Capital. california southern capital venture

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Google Unveils Backing For Snap Inc., As Snapchat's Founders Prep For IPO

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Google Capital , the late stage investment firm owned by Google parent Alphabet, Inc., The confirmation of the investment came via a listing on the portfolio page of Google Capital, which was renamed CapitalG this week. It's unclear when the investment by Google Capital/CapitalG occurred. snapchat snap merger acquisition google capital capitalghas confirmed it is a backer of Snap, Inc. , the parent company of Snapchat.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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The second major trend was the rise of the angel that was a function of the boom in Silicon Valley wealth (Google, Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, Salesforce.com, etc) plus the rise of crowd-funding platforms (AngelList) plus the rise of Y Combinator / 500Startups / TechStars.

CoolPlanetBiofuels Gets Google Backing

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Camarillo-based CoolPlanetBiofuels , which develops technology to convert biomass to biofuels, has scored backing from Google , the firm said Thursday. According to CoolPlanetBiofuels, Google Ventures has joined its Series B funding round. Google joins GE, NRG, and ConocoPhillips, which recently invested in the firm via Energy Technology Ventures. coolplanetbiofuels venture capital cleantech energy biomass biofuel clean

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch

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The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. Judiciously comment on articles they post to LinkedIn, retweet their tweets, vote up one of their Quora posts and establish a Google Alert on them and their firm.

What’s the Business Model for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare?

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This story is part of an ongoing Xconomy series on A.I. in healthcare. These are heady times for using artificial intelligence to extract insights from healthcare data—in particular, from the tidal wave of information coming out of fields like genomics and medical imaging.

Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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In twenty years, Fiber will be one of Google’s most valuable assets. 2) Fiber is a means to Google’s vision of the future of computing. Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are striving to be the super-mega technology company that owns every layer of the value chain.

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. Not Google.

Machinima On Verge Of Investment From Google, Says Report

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Los Angeles-based content developer Machinima is on the verge of an investment deal with Google , according to a report published Monday by AllthingsD. Machinima consistently ranks among the top providers of content on Google's YouTube, and has been one of the companies spearheading YouTube's push into original content. machiima google youtube venture capital rumor investment

Nettle Gets $500K From Google, Others

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According to the firm, the round was led by Google Ventures, and also included Advancit Capital, 500 Startups, and angel investors including former executives of eBay and Qualcomm. nettle venture capital social mobile entertainment

After Mobile App Success, Rock My World Introduces Fitness Chatbot

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National blog main National top stories San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories Adam Riggs-Zeigen Apple Watch Chatbot Chinese telecom ZTE Entrepreneurship Fitbit Google Fit HealthKit Healthtech innovation Jolt.ai

Science 37 Gets $29M To Extend Clinical Trials To Patient Homes

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The round was led by Glynn Capital Management, and also included GV (formerly Google Ventures), plus Amgen Ventures, Lux Capital, Redmile Group, dRx Capital (a Qualcomm and Novartis joint investment company), and Sanofi Ventures. amgen ventures google capital venture patient health study biotech healthcare lifescience trial clinical science37

Nimble Gets $1M From Google, Mark Cuban

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The round was led by Google Ventures and Mark Cuban. nimble ferrara goldmine venture capital google contact management relationship softwareSanta Monica-based Nimble , the developer of online, contact and relationship management software headed by Jon Ferrara, the former founder of Goldmine, said last night that it has raised $1M in a seed funding round. The funding also included Jason Calacanis, Don Dodge, Dharmesh Shah, and others.

Upfront Leads Investment In Navdy's Google Glass For Your Car

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Upfront Ventures is the lead investor in a developer of a heads up display for any car, which the company likens to a "Google Glass for your Car". navdy venture capital auto heads display navigation upfront automobile driving Navdy --which is based in San Francisco--said it raised $6.5M

Venture Capital Totals $603.2M In Southern California In Q3

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Venture capital investments in Southern California for Q3 of 2011 are up from last year, but down from last quarter, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. In San Diego, the top deals were for oneRoof Energy , with $50M raise, MeLLmo , which recently raised $30M, and AwarePoint , with $27.42M raised in venture capital in Q3. 2011 california southern capital venture

Initiative to Boost SoCal’s Startup Scene Teams With GV Founder

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A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has set out to boost the startup ecosystem in San Diego and the rest of Southern California—and he already has scored a coup by partnering with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, now known as GV.

Aira Raises $12M to Expand Services for Blind and Visually Impaired

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Aira takes advantage of the gig economy by connecting online independent contractors (via dedicated wireless bandwidth provided by AT&T) to guide low-vision users equipped with a modified version of Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear.

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Seed-Stage Deals Show Growing Diversity of Agtech Investments

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A growing number of early-stage agtech startups are raising money and they’re pulling capital from a broader pool of sources, according to a new report from AgFunder, an online agtech investment marketplace.

Connectifier Gets $6M For Recruiting Software

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Connectifier is led by John Jersin, and is heavily staffed with former Google engineers, along with other computer science researchers who have worked at Apple, Amazon, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and elsewhere. connectifier recruiting software venture capital search google googler artificial intelligence computerOrange County-based Connectifier , a sttup founded by ex-Googlers, and which is developing search-powered recruiting software, has raised $6M in a Series A.

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.

Trump’s Election Stunner: Tech and Life Sciences Leaders React

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Spark Capital’s Bijan Sabet : “The idea that this was an anti establishment vote to serve the marginalized makes me so sick.” New England Venture Capital Association’s Jody Rose : “I respect the office of the president and always will. Google’s Adam Singer : “Party is prob over for Silicon Valley for now Trump presidency means recession time.

TenOneTen Ventures Emerges As SoCal's Newest Venture Capital Firm

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Despite the level of venture capital activity in Southern California, the region--according to informal discussions with venture capitalists over the years--continues to suffer from a dearth of local, indigenous capital--at least, compared with the hundreds of investors along Sand Hill Road.

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Why Teenagers Make Great Entrepreneurs

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They don’t know a world without Google and Facebook; they don’t remember a time when people didn’t go around carrying Internet-enabled devices in their pockets. At a time when our entrepreneurial imperative is great, we need to capitalize on this new generation.

6 Reasons Why You Should Jump On The Startup Bandwagon

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As the capital needed to start a small business continues to fall, the number of software companies being started is exploding. Piaw Na, who spent over six years at Google, writes on Quora that she recommends fresh grads to join a startup instead of big companies.

Scopely Dangles $11K, Bacon, Beer For Recruits

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Scopely is headed by Eytan Elbaz, one of the co-founders of Applied Semantics, the firm which eventually became Google AdSense. scopely venture capital applied semantics google eytan elbaz finance social media angel jobs recruiting

March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners (www.marchcp.com) has just announced a brand new, $240M venture investment fund, led by longtime venture investing veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery.

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GLAZED | Wearable Tech Conference [Live]

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The Glazed Conference will seek to bring in all the major players into the discussion including: Over $20bn funding on stage from Blue Chip Investors like Mayfield, Samsung Ventures, Rising Tide Ventures, DN Capital, KPCB, Quallcom Ventures, Spark Capital, Bloomberg Capital and Softtech VC.

The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

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Mike Yavonditte is the founder of the “super hot&# Hashable , a startup out of NYC that has been described as a “ Mint.com for Social Capital ” Mike sold his previous company, Quigo , to Aol for $340 Million. Why AltaVista Failed To Become as Successful as Google.

Lowercase Capital Boots Up New LA Investment Fund

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Another, Silicon Valley investor-- Chris Sacca --has his eyes on investments in Los Angeles, saying that his super angel fund, Lowercase Capital , has just hired a full time director in Los Angeles to make investments in local startups.

Airware Gets $10.7M From Google, Andreessen For Unmanned Drone Technology

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to develop all of the infrastructure for buildling your own, commercial drone, from Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. Airware said the new funding comes on top of existing funding from First Round Capital, Firelake Capital, RRE Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Promus Ventures, and Y Combinator; the company said it has been part of both the Lemnos Labs and Y Combinator incubators. airware venture capital unmanned aerial vehicle drone hardware electronics

Scopely Gets Angel Funding

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Elbaz was a co-founder of Applied Semantics , the firm which eventually became Google AdSense. angel media social finance elbaz eytan google semantics applied capital venture scopelyLos Angeles-based Scopely , a stealth mode firm headed by former Applied Semantics co-founder Eytan Elbaz , has raised a round of seed funding.

Aptera: Still Waiting On Capital From DOE

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Vista-based Aptera Motors , the three wheeled electric vehicle firm backed by Idealab and Google, told its supporters today that it is still looking to score funding from the Department of Energy's Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing (ATVM) loan program.