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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.

Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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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

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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

Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund

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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

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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

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

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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.

Report: Crosscut Ventures Launching Fourth Venture Investment Fund

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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.

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

NVCA: Venture Investments Drop In Q1

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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".

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.

Is Venture Capital A Path To Riches?

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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?

Southern California Sees Boom In Venture Investments In Q4

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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.

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.

Arrowroot Capital Aims To Raise $175M In Third Investment Fund

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Santa Monica-based Arrowroot Capital , an investment firm focused on investing growth equity in growing software-as-a-service and internet-based businesses, has launched an effort to raise $175M in its third fund, Arrowroot Capital III, LP. Safaii, has made investments in such companies as 4tell, Agilence, EiQ, Embotics, Evergage, Icix, MedNet, ServiceAide, and ZiftSolutions. arrowroot capital investment fund internet business technology saas software

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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Today, we have the thoughts of Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital (www.tvccapital.com), 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.

Mucker Capital Raises $45M Fund, Mucker III

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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

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

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 VCs made fewer investments at lower prices and generally on terms that were more favorable to investors relative to 2015.

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.

ServiceNow Launches Its Own Venture Investment Arm, ServiceNow Ventures

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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.

March Capital Backs VeloCloud In Series C Funding

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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.

Silicon Valley Investor Lowercase Capital Names LA Chief

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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.

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.

Dubset Gets Strategic Investment From Rhapsody

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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>>.

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, 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

Southern California Venture Investments Top $1.3 Billion In Q4

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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.

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.

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Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

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According to the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook , this past quarter $15 billion was invested in 1,810 deals , which compares unfavorably to both the prior quarter ($22.1 billion of value, coincidentally an amount just below how much was invested that quarter.

UTA Targets Early Stage Investments With New Hire

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According to the United Talent Agency, it has hired Robyn Ward as part of its Digital Media practice, to work closely with its existing portfolio of early stage companies and help identify new investment, incubation and representation opportunities.

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Tech Coast Angels Makes Eight Investments, Sees Two Exits In Q1

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The Tech Coast Angels , one of the most active angel investment groups nationwide in addition to here in Southern California, said Friday that it invested in eight new and follow on deals in the first quarter of 2015, in addition to seeing two exits out of its portfolio. tech coast angels venture investment exit merger acquisition capital

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members. The Pasadena Angels’ 100 plus members invest individually and directly, without any legal pooling of financial resources. Members have invested over $65 million in over 175 companies.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

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It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” Having worked through the data with Glenn I am even more optimistic about venture capital than I was even a year ago. Companies are now raising much more capital in the private markets now before they go public. These are most notable in late-stage, D-round, investments.

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. Embark's website says it is focused on pre-seed and seed stage investments in Internet and software companies. Lee was previously at investor at Baroda Ventures, and Zhao was at ZMYX Global Investment, a Chinese equity investor.

American Solar Direct Lands Investment Funding For Rooftop Solar

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Los Angeles-based residential solar energy provider American Solar Direct has raised a round of investment, from Dubai-based solar developer and investor Adenium Energy Capital. American Solar Direct said the investment is Adenium's first investment in the United States. americansolardirect american solar direct cleantech energy dubai adenium venture capital international photovoltaic rooftop utility

Siemer & Associates Acquired By Chinese Investment Bank

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Santa Monica-based investment banking firm Siemer & Associates , which has focused on the technology and media sector, has been acquired by Chinese investor CEC Capital Group. CEC Capital Group (formerly known as Chine eCapital) says it focuses on tech, media, telecom, consumer, and healthcare investments. Chen has been involved with Siemer & Associates for a number of years, and also served at TPG Capital, Montgomery & Co.,

Tech Coast Angels: Record Amount Invested In 2014

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Southern California''s biggest organized, angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , said this morning that the group had its biggest investment year ever in 2014, investing a total of $16.37M across 61 total deals. The group said the investments make 2014 its largest ever since 1997 in terms of deals funded and amount raised. The investments were up by 12 percent from 2013, when the angel group invested $14.64M in its portfolio.