Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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It’s easy to think the role of a VC is to have strong opinions about markets, trends, tech dynamics and so forth. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Marketing departments, software partners and investors have now woken up to this opportunity.

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.

Yardi Wins Cortland Capital Market Services

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Santa Barbara-based property management software developer Yardi said Friday that it has signed up Cortland Capital Market Services LLC, as a new customer. Cortland Capital Market Services, which is based in Chicago, provides investment servicing, and is using Yardi's Investment Management software. yardi cortland capital market services real estate software

Led by LA-based March Capital, Astound raises $15.5 million for employee help desk automation services

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million from investors led by the Los Angeles investment firm March Capital Partners. Previous investors Vertex Ventures, Pelion Venture Partners, Moment Ventures and the Slack Fund also participated in the funding, which brings Astound’s total capital raised to $27 million.

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Consolidation is coming to gaming, and Jam City raises $145 million to capitalize on it

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Add that to the company’s expansion into new markets with strategic acquisitions to fuel development and growth in Toronto and Bogota, and it’s clear that the company is looking to make more moves in 2019.

7 Tips for Biotech Companies Seeking Capital in a Volatile Market

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Aurora Capital Group Sells Market Track To Vista Equity

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Aurora Capital Group has sold Chicago-based Market Track , a provider of advertising, e-commerce, brand protection, and other information to retailers, brands, manufacturers, and others, to private equity buyer Vista Equity Partners. Aurora Capital acquired Market Track five years ago. market track auroracapital private equity vista

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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.

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.

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.

Tan Capital Partners Acquires Assets of Market Research Firm Osurv

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Tan Capital Partners has acquired the intellectual property of market research firm Osurv for an undisclosed sum, the companies announced on Friday

Power Digital Marketing Picks Up Funding Round

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San Diego-based Power Digital Marketing , a digital marketing agency has raised a round of funding, from private equity investor Periscope Equity. Power Digital Marketing is led by CEO Grayson Lafrenz and co-founder Robert Rodrigues. The company says it offers up content marketing, SEO, paid marketing, social media marketing, and other related services. investment agency equity private capital venture marketing digital power

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HeyTutor Finds $1M From ScOp Venture Capital

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Los Angeles-based HeyTutor , an online marketplace for finding tutors, has raised $1M in its Series A funding, the company announced on Tuesday, from Santa Barbara-based ScOp Venture Capital, the venture investment firm led by serial entrepreneur and investor Kevin O'Connor. ScOp Venture Capital was previously known as O'Connor Ventures. education school tuturing tutor marketplace market online capital venture scop heytutor

As the LA venture market booms, Upfront closes its sixth fund with $400 million

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TC Venture Capital economy entrepreneurship finance Los Angeles Mark Suster money Private Equity United States upfront ventures venture capitalAs the firm looks ahead to its own future, Suster and the firm he's helped grow remain committed to the future of Los Angeles.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? It’s simply what a market is willing to pay based on a future belief that your company will grow and non-linear rates and be worth much more in the future. ’ But do you want to start a relationship with your most important supplier – that of capital to fuel your business – by avoiding talking about his or her expectations in terms of rights or privileges? This week.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital.

State of the Capital Markets

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 -- State of the Capital Markets. The economic upheaval of the past several years had made it difficult for companies of all sizes to find the capital needed for growth and shareholder liquidity. As the economy is moving towards recovery and the capital markets showing even stronger signs of improvement, what can we expect from the capital markets in 2011? ACG 101.

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Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

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If others have created awareness of the market, you need only compare yourself favorably to those companies. If the market is moving quickly toward your class of product or service, you may be able to gain a piece just by being there at the right time with the right product or service.

Can a revolutionary concept be too late to market?

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If others have created awareness of the market, you need only compare yourself favorably to those companies. If the market is moving quickly toward your class of product or service, you may be able to gain a piece just by being there at the right time with the right product or service.

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.

March Capital Backed SpyCloud Adds $21M

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SpyCloud , a startup which develops cybersecurity products used to prevent account takeovers and which is backed by Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , has raised $21M more in a Series B funding round, the company announced this morning. March Capital Partners co-led the Series A funding round for SpyCloud in 2018. Ted Ross is CEO and co-founder of SpyCloud, which is based in Austin, another market where March Capital Partners is fairly active.

As the LA venture market booms, Upfront closes its sixth fund with $400 million

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TC finance Private Equity venture capital money economy entrepreneurship Los Angeles United States Mark SusterAs the firm looks ahead to its own future, Suster and the firm he’s helped grow remain committed to the future of Los Angeles.

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. billion in venture capital funds with one A-round fund and one late-stage fund. startup venture-capital

SDIC Green Capital Markets Forum

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Saturday, May 7, 2011 -- SDIC Green Capital Markets Forum. See [link] (more

SDIC Green Capital Markets Forum

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Friday, May 6, 2011 -- SDIC Green Capital Markets Forum. See [link] (more

Clearlake Capital Acquires Provation

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Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group said this morning that it has acquired Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Provation Medical , a developer of software for the healthcare documentation and coding market. documentation healthcare software acquisition merger investor investment equity private capital clearlake provation

March Capital Leads $13.6M Round In ioTium

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor March Capital is the lead investor in a Series B funding round for software-defined, converged infrastructure startup ioTium. in a Series B funding, which it says was led by March Capital Partners, and also included Honeywell Ventures, John Chambers' JC2 Ventures and Hanna Ventures plus GE Ventures and Juniper Ventures. March Capital Partners' investment in ioTium was led by Managing Director Sumant Mandal.

Guerilla Marketing, Brad Feld Style

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Serial entrepreneur, venture investor and startup accelerator pioneer Brad Feld has notoriously mocked traditional marketing throughout his career. If you have amazing products, the marketing of those products is trivial. If you have $hitty products, the marketing is impossible.

Uber Completes $8.1B Public Market Debut in Spite of Tumultuous Past

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billion in new capital late Thursday as it priced an initial public offering that set its market capitalization at $82.4 Ride-hailing giant Uber secured $8.1 billion , according to calculations by The New York Times and other news outlets.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

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We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about.

Diversis Capital Sells Portfolio Firm

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Diversis Capital said this morning that it has sold one of its portfolio companies, BLUE Software , to software company Esko. Diversis says its focus is on companies in the lower and middle markets. diversis capital blue merger acquisition esko private equityFinancial details of the sale were not announced. BLUE Software is a developer of label and artwork management software, and is based in Chicago.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

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They started as an elite black-car service and only once they saw Lyft doing well in the peer driving market did they launch UberX.

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. 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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Reflections on 2018: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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As we close out our contributions for the end of 2018, here's Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital. 2018 was a great year for TVC Capital and we were able to get our fourth growth equity fund closed, taking our assets under management to close to $400 million. The disruption is being led by companies that understand the importance of putting the customer first, a trend I always thought began in the US a long time ago with the entry of Lexus into the US car market.

Biolinq Gets $4.75M For Biosensors, Eyes Glucose Monitoring Market

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The funding came from JDRF T1D Fund, Aphelion Capital and LifeSci Venture Partners. Prior investors in the round include M Ventures and Hikma Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Hikma Pharmaceuticals. biolinq venture capital biotech continuous glucose monitoring biosensor medical device