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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

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.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. Looking ahead at the next decade I am excited by what I believe will be viewed as one of the best and most rational investment periods for venture capital due to seven discrete factors: 1.

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. And while the US had FANG (Facebook, Amazon/Apple, Netflix and Google) China has BAT (Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent).

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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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

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.

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.

DivShot Acquired By Google

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Los Angeles-based Divshot , which had offered up hosting of static web pages for web developers, has been acquired by Google , and will join Gogole's Firebase software development team. Divshot was venture backed by 500 Startups, Cooley LLP, Daher Capital, Drummond Road Capital, Floodlight Ventures, Rincon Venture Partners, and TenOneTen Ventures. divshot merger acquisition google firebase software developers hosting

Mike Jones of Science Inc, On Exits And Finding The Right Entrepreneurs

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www.science-inc.com), the startup �studio� led by former MySpace CEO and technology veteran Mike Jones , just saw its third acquisition out of its portfolio this year�the acquisition of FameBit by Google/Youtube. Mike Jones: (chuckles) I think I get the feeling that Google chooses you, and you don't choose them, in a weird way. They had been huge fans of the platform, and I think they had a super, genuine connection with Youtube, thus with Google.

Google's Investment In SpaceX Round Totals $900M

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Mountain View-based Google confirmed in its quarterly earnings report this week that it was the biggest investor in the recent, $1 billion funding round for Hawthorne-based SpaceX. The investment gives Google and Fidelity combined a 10 percent ownership in SpaceX.

ChowNow Connects Into Google Wallet

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Los Angeles-based online ordering and marketing software developer ChowNow , which is led by Chris Webb, said this morning that it has partnered with Google to add support for Google Wallet to its platform. ChowNow said it has updated all of its client ordering apps to include Google Wallet, at no additional cost to its restaurant clients. The company recently raised $10M from Upfront Ventures, Steadfast Venture Capital, Daher Capital, and Karlin Ventures.

Google Set To Invest $1 Billion Into SpaceX, Say Reports

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Hawthorne-based rocketship developer SpaceX is close to getting $1 billion from Google , according to reports Monday, as Google seeks to get into the space business. Neither SpaceX nor Google have commented on the rumors, which were first reported by The Information.

MomentFeed Adds Google+, Bing Support

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Los Angeles-based MomentFeed , the developer of tools to help businesses manage their location data in online local search services, says it has added Google+ and Bing management to its tools. According to the company, it now lets brands publish content to local Google+ Pages, aggregates customer reviews from those pages, and also lets brands directly update location data, address, menus, and more in Bing. momentfeed googl plus bing local data information

SpaceX Raises $1 Billion From Google, Fidelity

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The funding came from Google, Fidelity, as well as existing investors Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Valor Equity Partners and Capricorn. SpaceX said the deal gives Google and Fidelity just under 10 percent ownership of the company. google spacex investment venture capital internet satellite constellation launch rocket mars aerospace goog fidelity

MovieClips Gets $7M, Partners With YouTube

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Venice, California-based MOVIECLIPS , the online provider of licensed movie clips headed by Richard Raddon and Zach James, is announcing today that it has scored $7M in a Series B funding round, and also partnered with Google to feature its clips on YouTube.

Pathway Genomics Lands Investment From Google

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San Diego-based Pathway Genomics has scored an investment from Google , the two said Wednesday, as part of an investment out of IBM''s Watson Group. pathway genomics google investment venture capital Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed. According to the companies, the investment brings the total invested in Pathway Genomics to more than $80M in the last six years. Pathway Genomics provides commercial genetic testing and healthcare services.

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Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture's software was used to turn web pages into an interactive, multimedia experience through a browser add-on; the firm said its technology is going to be used to enhance Google's Chrome browser. apture google merger acquisition software browsing clearstone venture capital exit

Keep It Down Up There | The Canadian Tech Scene in Toronto

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Facebook, Google, Zynga, (can we count Disney Interactive?), Although, unlike Rocktr, Perez was on the prowl to raise a real seed round and was finding the Toronto venture capital scene a bit stale.

Transphorm Gets $20M For Energy Technology

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Goleta-based Transphorm , a developer of energy efficiency and power conversion technology, emerged from stealth today, saying it has just closed a $20M, Series C funding led by Google Ventures. The firm, which is headed by Umesh Mishra, said it has now raised over $38M in funding from Google, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Foundation Capital, and Lux Capital for its technology.