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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Kevin O'Connor, ScOp Venture Capital, On Startup Success and Investments

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This morning's interview is with Kevin O'Connor , a longtime investor and serial entrepreneur, who is now running venture capital investment firm ScOp Venture Capital. Congrats on the new name for your venture capital firm. Just this past September was a year with Amazon, when I left, and we started investing in September under the new name, ScOp Venture Capital. What types of companies are you making investments in?

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Michael Jordan, Declaration Capital Invest in Axiomatic

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Former Chicago Bulls star and owner of NBA team the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan invested in Axiomatic E-sports alongside Declaration Capital, the investing office of Washington, D.C.-based based Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein

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.

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. Portfolio successes with investments in companies like CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity company which was founded in Irvine, Calif.;

Wpromote Gets Investment From Shamrock Capital

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Los Angeles-based digital marketing agency Wpromote has received a private equity investment from Shamrock Capital , the two announced today--the first ever outside investment received by Wpromote, ever. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. The companies did not say how large of a stake Shamrock Capital has taken in Wpromote. marketing agency digital private acquisition merger investment venture capital shamrock wpromote

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Toba Capital Leads Investment In Skupos

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Toba Capital , the investment firm founded by former Quest Software founder Vinny Smith, is the lead investor in a $6.4M, Series A funding for San Francisco-based Skupos. Skupos said its Series A was led by Toba Capital, and also included Dynamo Fund, Loup Ventures, and other existing investors. Toba Capital's investment in Skupos was led by Patrick Mathieson. Toba Capital is based in Newport Beach. smith vinny capital venture skupos toba

Moonshots Capital Ramps Investment Pace With Lead On Two Investments

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Los Angeles- and Austin-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital fund led by serial entrepreneur Kelly Perdew, is ramping its investment pace, with the first two formal investments out of its new fund. The two investments, both announced in January, were cyber-defense firm Threatcare , and bot detection developer New Knowledge. Moonshots also led the investment in New Knowledge.

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Arrowroot Capital Invests $38M In ClickFox

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Arrowroot Capital has invested $38M in big data and analytics software developer ClickFox , according to a regulatory filing from ClickFox this week. Arrowroot Capital is led by Founder and Managing Partner Matthew Safaii; Arrowroot says it invests in business-to-business software companies. clickfox venture capital data analytics software bigdata arrowroot private equity

OnShift Gets Investment From Santa Monica's Clearlake Capital

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital is the lead investor in a strategic funding round this week for Cleveland, Ohio-based OnShift , a developer of human capital management software for the long-term, post-acute care market. Financial details of that strategic investment were not disclosed. OnShift has previously raised funding from Draper Triangle Ventures, Early Stage Partners, Fifth Third Capital, Glengary LLC, HLM Venture Partners, Jumpstart Inc.,

Arrowroot Capital Raising $50M Investment Fund

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Santa Monica-based Arrowroot Capital , an investment firm which invests in software-as-a-service and Internet-based businesses, said in a regulatory filing that it is raising a $50M fund. No details on the fund have been announced by Arrowroot Capital, which did not indicate any limited partners yet committed to the fund. Arrowroot lists such portfolio investments as Zift Solutions, EiQ Networks, 4Tell, and MedNet Solutions.

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Arrowroot Capital Raises $177M Fund For Software Investments

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Santa Monica-based Arrowroot Capital Management announced today that it has raised a $177M, third fund, Arrowroot Capital II, L.P. , to invest in growth equity for enterprise software companies. According to the firm, led by founder and managing partner Matthew Safaii, it is focused on growth capital for healthy, recurring revenue enterprise software companies in the lower-middle market. Arrowroot Capital said the fund was oversubscribed.

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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. Backstage Capital focuses on focuses on minorities, including women, People of Color, and LGBT founders. Backstage Capital is led by Arlan Hamilton. backstage capital startup accelerator angeles minority venture investment diversity

Impact Collects $75M In Investment Round

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Santa Barbara-based Impact , which develops software used for partnership automation, said this morning that it has raised $75M in an investment round. The funding round was led by Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, and also included Silversmith Capital Partners, an existing investor. impact venture capital investment round automation software customer partnership

PriceSpider Receives Growth Investment

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Irvine-based PriceSpider , which develops software to help retailers and brands understand consumer buying behavior, has received a round of growth investment from Frontier Capital, the firms said this morning. Size of the investment was not announced. PriceSpider will use the funding for growth capital, market expansion, and growth acceleration, according to the two. Frontier said it made the investment out of a $700M fund, the Frontier Fund V.

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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

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Calibrate Ventures Raises $80M Investment Fund

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Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures , a brand new venture capital firm founded by Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler, announced on Tuesday morning that it has raised $80M in its very first venture capital fund, Calibrate Ventures, L.P. According to the newly created venture capital firm, it will focus on early revenue startups, focused on companies across both the consumer and enterprise sectors.

Oaktree Capital Invests In Shoals Technologies Group

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Oaktree Capital Management has made an investment in Shoals Technologies Group , a developer of junction boxes, wiring, and monitoring products for the solar electrical industry. Size of the investment was not announced.

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

March Capital Partners Leads Series A Investment In Pensa

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners has made another investment, this time as the lead in data center automation software maker Pensa. March Capital Partners' investment in Pensa comes on top of an earlier, seed funding round from The Fabric. software orchestration automation intelligence artificial pensa investment capital venture partners march

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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.

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Clearlake Capital Buys symplr

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group has acquired Houston, Texas-based symplr , a provider of healthcare governance, risk, and compliance software. Clearlake acquired symplr from its existing set of private equity investors, Pamlico Capital and The CapStreet Group. SkyKnight Capital co-invested in the transaction with Clearlake, which financed the deal via Antares Capital, Bain Capital Credit and Golub Capital.

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.

Moonshots Capital Leads Investment In Startup Uncovering Propaganda, Bot Farms

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Los Angeles-based Moonshots Capital is the lead investor in the seed round of a startup, New Knowledge , which developed the artificial intelligence software which uncovered a large-scale Russian effort to influence U.S. in a seed funding, which was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included participation from Haystack, GGV Capital, Geekdom Fund, Capital Factory and Spitfire 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.

Amplify LA Backs Investment Startup Alto

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Los Angeles-based startup accelerator Amplify LA is one of the backers of a new startup Alto , which is allowing investors to invest in nontraditional assets--such as startups, real estate, and more. in its seed funding round, which it received from such investors as Foundation Capital, Sequoia Capital's Scout Fund, Amplify.LA, First Check Fund, Green D Funds, and Jack Gibson, the co-founder of NerdWallet.

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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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Core Innovation Capital Announces $100M In Second Venture Capital Fund

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Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital announced this morning that it has closed its second fund, which is at $100M so far. As part of the funding, the company said it has just made an investment in Fundera, a New York company which provides a service to help small business owners shop and compare personalized credit recommendations. Size of that investment was not disclosed.

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

Moonshots Capital Leads Investment In Complai, Developer Of Shep

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Los Angeles- and Austin-based Moonshots Capital , the new venture investment fund founded by Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings, is on an investment roll, and has made another investment from its fund. As part of the funding, Craig Cummings, co-founder and General Partners of Moonshots Capital, has joined Complai's board. Moonshots Capital has been on a roll, having just announced the lead on two other companies earlier this month.

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

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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.

LAVA Investment Capital Conference

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 -- LAVA Investment Capital Conference. Bringing companies and capital together for an afternoon of content-rich discussions with real companies and their investors. See [link] (more

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Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

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Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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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.

Vicente Capital Invests In Wireless Software Company

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Vicente Capital Partners announced MOnday that it has invested in iBwave Solutions , a Canadian company providing in-building wireless design software. Financial details of the investment were not announced. Vicente Capital said that its Growth Equity Fund, jointly with Farol Asset Management, acquired a "significant" equity interest in iBwave, which is based in Montreal, Canada.