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Interview with Mike Napoli, Tech Coast Angels

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Since the Tech Coast Angels (www.techcoastangels.com), the largest angel investment group in Southern California, is holding one of its several Fast Pitch competitions next week in Los Angeles (www.pitchtheangels.com), we thought it might be a good time to catch up with Mike Napoli , incoming President of the Tech Coast Angels, to hear the his thoughts on the angel investing environment in Southern California from the angels' perspective.

Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer event is turning to be the best one yet! So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer 2011 Judges! He is also an active investor with stakes in companies like Hipmunk, GroupMe, Facebook, Zynga (acquisition stock), and SV Angels.

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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The Spotlight: LA Tech Fall is garnering some excellent companies being submitted and most of which I wish could all be part of this amazing night. So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall 2011 Judges! Mike Jones , Investor and Advisor Located In Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Startup Weekend August 2011 | The Complete Breakdown

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Coming hot off the coat tail of earlier this year’s Startup Weekend LA where Zaarly launched, this LASW was nothing less than amazing and as someone put, one of the best tech events in LA they had ever been to. What a weekend!

Lessons For Entrepreneurs From Tech Coast Angels

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The Tech Coast Angels talk about improving your chances for long-term success in the lead article of the November SCribe Newsletter. Here are quick links to the feature articles in this issue: Lessons For Entrepreneurs From Tech Coast Angels. Check this out, along with our other feature articles and links to the upcoming event schedule. 10 Invisible Threats To Every Business. Member Spotlight:

Submissions Now Open For Spotlight: LA Tech Winter

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TechZulu and The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are pleased to announce Spotlight: LA Tech Winter. Spotlight: LA Tech is part of a quarterly demo series that will highlight the finest technology entrepreneurship in Southern California. We leverage our network in the Los Angeles community to provide members with access to potential employees, mentors and investors. Tech Coast Angels is actively seeking great startups to fund.

Interview with Scott Sangster, Tech Coast Angels

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We thought today for our interview, that we'd get an update on the angel investment environment here in Southern California from Scott Sangster , the incoming President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Tech Coast Angels , the biggest angel investment group in Southern California.

Spotlight: LA Tech SuperDemo Announced! | Mike Jones Former Myspace CEO

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Mike Jones is an Internet executive, investor and advisor located in Los Angeles. Please join TechZulu as well as Los Angeles tech savvy elite comprised of VC’s, Angels investors, startups and your fellow entrepreneurs, as we celebrate LA’s most exciting tech creations of the moment with the brightest digital minds and engineering talents this side of Fresno. Tech Coast Angels is actively seeking great startups to fund.

Somabar Snags $1.5M For Robotic Bartender

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Los Angeles-based Somabar , which is developing a robotic bartender which automatically mixes cocktails for you, has raised $1.5M in a bridge funding round, according to lead investor the Tech Coast Angels. The TCA said that the round also included members of the Harvard Business School Angels and the Duke University Angel Network, as well as local private equity fund rainforest.LA.

Gridtest Systems Secures Investment from Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels

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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) March 20, 2012 – [link]. an independent provider of high-value test and measurement tools for electric vehicle (EV) charging , announced it has closed a seed investment round with Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels. We’re pleased that angel investors have recognized our achievements to date and our commitment to becoming a leading player in the electric vehicle infrastructure testing market.”.

Investor Insights and Highlights | An Unscientific Process as Dating

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Angel Investors look for very different things than more advanced VC’s who’ve been investing for years, who are different still from those who are just getting into the investing world. Angel investors understand this which is why they invest smaller amounts, but are also first in.

Ranker Hits 11.5M Uniques In December

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Los Angeles-based ranking and polling website Ranker , the startup led by Clark Benson and backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Lowercase Capital, BullPen Capital, Data Collective, TenOneTen Ventures, Tech Coast Angels, and Pasadena Angels, said today that it hit 11.5

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. Los Angeles received $260.0M 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.

Southern California Startups Raise More Than $598.4M In VC In Q4

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Southern California''s venture capital investments totaled a little more than $598.4M in the fourth quarter, according to the latest number from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, in its MoneyTree report.

SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. Los Angeles had $222.5M active firms (all with three deals each) being Rustic Canyon Partners , DFJ Frontier , the Tech Coast Angels , Amgen , GRP Partners , and Mission Ventures.

Southern California Firms Get $587.0M In Venture Capital In Q2

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in venture capital investments in Q2 2013 across Southern California, spread across 80 deals. The report comes every quarter from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.

Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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Many thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Spotlight: LA Tech at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. This marks the fourth installment of TechZulu Spotlight: LA Tech and the one year anniversary of the series. Making Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Possible.

Spotlight: LA Tech | One Year, Recap, and Thank You!

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Many thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s Spotlight: LA Tech at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. This marks the fourth installment of TechZulu Spotlight: LA Tech and the one year anniversary of the series. Making Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Possible.

Southern California Startups Raise $761.12M in Q2 2014

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The latest venture capital totals from the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association''s MoneyTree Report was released this evening, tallying up $761.12M in investments in Q2 of 2014 in Southern California, up from Q2 of 2013, when $616.83M was invested in the region. According to the report, there was $472.15M invested in Los Angeles, $222.4M finance investor 2014 tally investment survey nvca moneytree capital venture california southern

Energy Cache Eyes Smart Grid, With Backing Of Idealab

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Los Angeles-based Energy Cache , a new startup backed by Idealab, is eyeing the energy storage and smart grid market with its technology. The firm, which is headed by Aaron Fyke, recently scored one of the top prizes at the recent Tech Coast Angels Fast Pitch in Los Angeles. capital venture utility power grid smart green cleantech clean idealab cache energy

Ranker Finds More Funding

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Los Angeles-based Ranker , the online rankings website where consumers can rank anything they like, has scored a new round of funding, in an inside round. The funding came from Siemer Venture Capital, Rincon Venture Partners, Draper Associates, the Tech Coast Angels, and the Pasadena Angels, according to CEO Clark Benson. ranker venture capital funding ranking list consumer content

Gridtest Systems Gets Seeded

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Los Angeles-based Gridtest Systems , a developer of measurement tools for the electric vehicle (EV) market, said this morning that it has raised a seed round of funding from the Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. gridtest systems venture capital seed funding electric vehicle cleantech

EV Connect Gets Funding For Electric Vehicle Charging

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Los Angeles-based EV Connect , a new startup which helps install, manage, and integrate electric vehicle charging stations for the commercial and government market, announced an initial round of funding this morning. The firm said the funding came from 37 Technology Ventures, Jackrel Ventures , Tech Coast Angels , Maverick Angels , Keiretsu Forum , and other angels. evconnect connect funding venture capital electric vehicle cleantech energy

Accelerator Crazy In Southern California

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Here's a rundown of the latest (but not all) of the incubation/acceleration efforts in the area: MuckerLab --which just launched this morning, is headed by Erik Rannala (formerly of Silicon Valley venture firm Harrison Metal) and William Hsu (formerly of AT&T Interactive), and is looking to apply the TechStars model to startups here in Los Angeles. Similarly, the firm is using a Y-Combinator/TechStars model to startups, and covers Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.

LendAmend Gets $750K

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Los Angeles-based LendAmend , a developer of online software for managing the amendment of leveraged loans, has raised $750,000 in a Series A funding round. The round came from the Tech Coast Angels. angels coast tech investment angel loan leveraged online capital venture lendamend

HitFix Closes Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based HitFix , the online film, TV, and entertainment news site founded by Gregory Ellwood and Jennifer Sargent, said today that it has closed a funding round. Hitfix said the round included investors Golden Seeds, Tech Coast Angels, Liquid Capital Group and a number of prominent individual angels. Liquid Capital Group is a new investor in the firm. entertainment news editorial hollywood content angel capital venture hitfix

Parchment Finds $6M

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Parchment--which started in Los Angeles, and continues to have offices here--said the funding was led by Salmon River Capital, and also included Novak Biddle Partners and Blackboard CEO and President Michael Chasen. Docufide had previously raised funding from local, Los Angeles angel investors, including the Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels; it's unclear if those angels were involved in this latest round, or still have stakes in Parchment.

Venture Capitalists Invest $493.2M In Southern California In Q1

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The latest venture capital numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters, was released tonight, showing that Southern California had $493.2M Nationally, venture capital investment up slightly, at $5.9 Locally, the report totaled $201.28M in deals in the Los Angeles area, $191.89M in the Orange County area, and $100.0M

TCA Stresses Mixers, New Website

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The Tech Coast Angels is stressing its mixer program, seed investment efforts, and a new website, as it kicks off a 2010 program, according to the angel investing group. According to the Tech Coast Angels' Richard Sudek, Chairman of the TCA, the group is looking to hold bi-monthly mixers which will help entrepreneurs connect with its angel investors, after a successful mixer in late 2009.

HitFix Adds $2M

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Los Angeles-based HitFix , an online entertainment news site, announced today that it has closed on a $2M investment round. The new round was led by Golden Seeds, and also included prior investors the Tech Coast Angels. The Tech Coast Angels' lead investor in HitFix is Yuri Pickover, who has previously been involved in such firms as Access360 and Xylan. hitfix venture capital entertainment news publication content angel

Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego

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Seattle’s UP Global, now part of Techstars, oversees the operation of Startup Week and other programs for tech entrepreneurs across the U.S. A Fire Side Chat with San Diego’s Tech Coast Angels.

Atlas Powered Gets $700K

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Los Angeles-based Atlas Powered , a developer of software for managing calendar, task, and contact data on iOS and Android, has raised $700,000 in a funding round, the firm said today.

Atlas Launches Mobile Appointments App

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Los Angeles-based GetAtlas has launched its mobile apps for iOS and Android into beta this week, looking to make it easier for users to track and schedule their appointments and calendar. Wish you had a better calendar app?

HitFix Launches iPad App

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Los Angeles-based Hitfix , the entertainment news site co-founded by Jennifer Sargent and Gregory Ellwood, announced this morning that it has launched its first iPad app. Hitfix is backed by Golden Seeds, Tech Coast Angels, Liquid Capital Group, along with other angels. The company said its new app, HitFix TV , allows television enthusiasts to get news, reviews, recaps, commentary, and alerts about their favorite TV shows.

MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down

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Los Angeles-based MyShape , the online personalized fashion and women's clothing firm, has shut down. MyShape had raised north of $36M in funding from such investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and Tenaya Capital. According to a message on the firm's site, it is "temporarily suspending its retail operations" and is no longer offering products.

Southern California Tech Companies Raise $709.8M In Q3

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in venture capital in Q3, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data From Thomson Reuters. was raised in venture capital.

Docufide Raises $4.5M, Taps Blackboard Founder As CEO

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Los Angeles-based Docufide , which develops educational software and services used to transfer high school transcripts to colleges, said today that it has raised $4.5M Docufide said it will maintain its Los Angeles offices. The firm did not say if prior investors AltoTech Ventures, Pasadena Angels, and the Tech Coast Angels participated in the funding. docufide venture capital blackboard executive education software bbbb

Decoding Signal From Noise For Wall Street, With Bitvore

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Bitvore is based in Irvine, and is backed by serial entrepreneur Yuri Pikover, as well as other angels. It wouldn''t be covered in the Los Angeles Times, and not by the San Diego papers.

Interview with Adi Jaffe, All About Addiction

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To understand how one local company is making that transition, we talked with Los Angeles-based All About Addiction (www.allaboutaddiction.com), a company that grew out of Adi Jaffe's work at UCLA as a trained psychologist.

Karlin Ventures Sets Up Community Office Hours

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Karlin Ventures , one of the newest venture capital funds to emerge in the Los Angeles area, said today that it has launched a new "community hour" with Santa Monica's ROC, where the venture capital investment will help provide feedback on startup ideas and chat with companies. Are you an entrepreneur looking for a sympathetic ear from a local venture capitalist on your idea?