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.

A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Investing in Cannabis


The cannabis industry has been filled with innovation and investment in recent years. Do you play it safe and invest in industries with less baggage? As a poker player turned venture capitalist, James Conlon, a partner at Bullpen Capital knows a thing or two about risk. Take a look at our interview below and decide whether or not you want to invest in cannabis. Even with little competition and an unprecedented ROI opportunity, investing in cannabis has its risks.

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Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

L.A. Business Journal

The flow of venture capital dollars invested into Los Angeles-area companies fell 16.3 percent from a high of $4.17 billion in 2015 to $3.49 billion last year, according to a report by Dow Jones Venture Source

TVC Capital Backs Celigo


San Diego-based software growth equity investor TVC Capital has backed Celigo , a developer of software to integrate cloud-based applications. Celigo said this morning that it has raised $8M in an expansion capital round, its first institutional funding since it was founded in 2006. A part of the funding, TVC Capital's Steven J. celigo capital venture software growth equity

Santa Barbara, San Diego Tops On Per-Capita Venture Capital


A new study released earlier this month has ranked the Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta metropolitan area, as well as the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos metropolitan area among the top ten markets for venture capital activity. venture capital deals per 100,000 people.

Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund


Correlation Ventures , a venture capital investment firm with offices in San Diego, Palo Alto, and New York City, said this week that it has raised $200M in a new investment fund. The company's portfolio includes Virsto Software (acquired by VMware), InstaEDU (acquired by Chegg) and AirXpanders (IPO), and the firm says it has made investments in 121 companies total via its first fund, Correlation 1. technology investment fund capital venture ventures correlation

Core Innovation Capital Raises $71.5M for Financial Tech Investments

L.A. Business Journal

Core Innovation Capital of Hollywood, a financial services technology investor, has raised a second fund worth $71.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission

Report: Crosscut Ventures Launching Fourth Venture Investment Fund


Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Crosscut Ventures has reportedly started approaching limited partners (LPs) for investments in a new fund, its fourth. crosscut ventures venture capital finance investment investorCrosscut's last fund, Crosscut Ventures 3, was worth $75M. The report, from the Pro Rata newsletter, said there's "a chance" that the new fund will be double in size of the last fund. Crosscut has not yet filed regulatory details on the new fund.

Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar


Prices for agricultural commodities such as corn, soy, and wheat are at their lowest levels in years, but investment in agricultural technology has never been better. Just 10 percent of corporate investments were made to build new technological capabilities, the report says.

Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?

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Just as it’s not always what you know, but who you know, in the world of investment capital, the motto could read: it’s not what you’re doing, but who you are. The post Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital? You’ve identified a pain point.

TealTech Capital Gets $60M For Medtech Fund, Makes First Investment


San Diego-based TealTech Capital , a new, $60M venture investment fund backed by Torrey Pines Investment, has launched its new investment fund, and made its first investment. TealTech said today that it has made is first investment, in TealNet Mobile Medical Office (MMO) , a startup focused on point-of-care diagnostics and telemedicine. Size of the investment in TealNet MMO was not announced.

Western Digital Leads $33M Investment In Tegile Systems


and also included current investors Meritech Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, and Cross Creek Capital, bringing its total raised to $178M. enterprise strategic data array storage flash capital venture systems tegile digital westernIrvine-based Western Digital is the lead investor in a $33M funding round for flash storage array developer Tegile Systems this morning. Tegile says its big funding round was led by Western Digital Corp.,

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 12: Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

L.A. Business Journal

Venture capital investment in Los Angeles drops, Honest Co. recalls baby powder, Snap Inc. sued for alleged patent infringement, and more

Seed-Stage Deals Show Growing Diversity of Agtech Investments


Fundraising is tough for startups but it’s particularly difficult in agriculture, a sector that has fewer firms focused on agtech investments. While the total dollars invested in 2016 decreased by nearly 30 percent year over year, the total number of deals increased by 10 percent.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Be thoughtful about from whom you raise capital.

Southern California Sees Boom In Venture Investments In Q4


Think there is a technology investment slowdown? billion invested in venture capital in Q4 of 2015, according to the latest numbers released over the weekend by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. billion invested in Q4 matched the $1.3 billion invested in the region in Q4 of 2014, and was only slightly less than the $1.46 billion invested in Q3, which typically has been the busiest investing quarter for the region.

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?


Currently, carry proceeds are taxed at the long-term capital gains rate of 20%. Will such a change cause some venture capitalists, especially the former operators who are new to investing, to exit the industry? The post Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?

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 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?” venture-capital startup

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


Today, we have the thoughts of Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital (, a software focused growth equity fund which just raised a new fund, and has had some great success in the market. TVC Capital has also been a big supporter of socaltech over the years.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund


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


Mucker Capital Raises $45M Fund, Mucker III


Los Angeles-based Mucker Capital said this week that it has closed on a new, $45M fund, Mucker III. Mucker Capital started fundraising for that new fund in May of last year. Mucker Capital got its start as MuckerLab, a startup accelerator, but has shifted more towards early stage investments, although it continues its accelerator efforts. mucker capital muckerlab venture investor accelerator

NVCA: Venture Investments Drop In Q1


Venture capital investments in the U.S. have dropped to the lowest rate of activity since Q4 of 2011, as venture capital investors continue to be shy about investing in startups, according to the latest PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor report. The NVCA said that is the fewest companies to receive investment since Q4 of 2011. Bobby Frankline, President and CEO of the NVCA, said that the industry is returning to a "more rational level of investment activity".

Terran Orbital Gets Investment From Lockheed Martin


Lockheed announced the investment on Friday. terran orbital venture capital nanosatellite space spaceflight aerospace lockheed martin cubesat satelliteIrvine-based Terran Orbital , a developer of nanosatellite technology, has received a strategic funding round from Lockheed Martin , via Lockheed Martin Ventures. Financial details of the funding were not announced. Terran Orbital is focused on.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. LPs Still Believe Strongly in Venture Capital as a Diverse Source of Returns.

Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief


The latest, Silicon Valley venture capital investor trying to get into the Los Angeles technology market, Lowercase Capital , has decided to tap a former Creative Artist Agency executive to head up its efforts here.

Dubset Gets Strategic Investment From Rhapsody


musician rhapsody content music hollywood capital venture investment strategic holdings media dubset Dubset Media Holdings , a developer of technology used to help DJs monetize their music, and helps identify music for music rights holders--which has offices in Beverly Hills--has scored a strategic round of funding from Rhapsody International. Size of the funding was not announced. Dubset is led by Bob Barbiere, and has offices in New York, London, and Beverly Hills. READ MORE>>.

Southern California Venture Investments Top $1.3 Billion In Q4


Venture capitalists invested more than $1.3 billion in Southern California startup, according to the latest MoneyTree Report issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association last night, based on data from Thomson Reuters. in investments in San Diego.

March Capital Backs VeloCloud In Series C Funding


Santa Monica-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a developer of cloud networking technology, VeloCloud Networks , as part of a new $27M funding round for that company. VeloCloud, which is based in Silicon Valley, said the new Series C funding was led by March Capital Partners, and also included Cisco Investments, New Enterprise Associates, and Venrock.

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I was having dinner with a friend last night and we were chatting about venture capital and a bit about what I’ve learned. I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). But they are also a tax on your time with portfolio companies, looking for new investments, running your shop and honestly they are a tax on your family life.

Razer Plans Venture Capital Fund


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, 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 venture capital videogame accessory hardware corporate investment

ServiceNow Launches Its Own Venture Investment Arm, ServiceNow Ventures


ServiceNow , the developer of service management software led by Frank Slootman--and which started in San Diego--has launched its own venture capital arm, ServiceNow Ventures. ServiceNow did not say how much it is dedicating to investments. As part of the launch of the new venture investment arm, ServiceNow said it will host the CreatorCon Challenge, which will award $500,000 in investments to startups.

Core Innovation Capital Backs Mosaic's $220M Funding


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.