Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Think about how profound a difference adding Sheryl Sandberg early at Facebook was to Mark Zuckerberg and knowing that he should stay in charge of product and strategy while she ran operations. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital.

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 said the funding will go to expand sales, marketing, and product development. celigo capital venture software growth equity

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Sommetrics Hires Financial Advisor For Capital Raise


San Diego-based Sommetrics , a developer of medical devices to treat sleep apnea, said today that it has hired investment advisor Key West Investments to help it raise additional capital. According to Sommetrics, the new capital will go towards supporting its development and commercialization of products to treat disorders of the upper airway such as obstructive sleep apnea and chronic snoring.

How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

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Product Hunt. It seems out of nowhere it has become the go to website for startup companies to launch their new products or businesses. I strong showing on TechCrunch created initial product demand and if you could sustain that it led to buzz overall in the tech community.

Be Honest About Whether Your Product Really Makes a Difference

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This is why I loved Brad Feld’s recent post about the “ illusion of product / market fit.” Are our users addicted to our product? But if users don’t come back to your product directly and often I question whether you have a sustainable product / company. “Hacking” growth is only sustainable with a truly great product. And of course it’s true in personal productivity apps, SMB apps, B2B software and so forth.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

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One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made. The beauty of venture capital is that on any given deal I can only lose one times my money.

6 Steps To Raising Venture Capital – Hint: Preparation Matters More Than Your Pitch


The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. The VC will recognize you as a productive and additive member of the online startup community. Launches Product Discovery Site, Backed By $1M In Funding


Santa Monica-based , a new startup founded by Jake Gold and Steven Fruchter, has launched, looking to help users make product purchase decisions. According to the firm, it has raised $1M in seed funding for its efforts, which the firm's founders says solve the same problem for products as Yelp and TripAdvisor do for local services and travel. products consumer reviewer startup capital venture answer question voting reviews getcom

Anametrix Names Product Management VP


San Diego-based real-time marketing analytics software developer Anametrix said Wednesday that it has named Barry Parshall as its new SVP of Product Management. Parshall was most recently at iJento, where he also served at SVP of Product Management. Parshall will head up product strategy for the company. Anametrix is backed by TVC Capital as well as angels. software analytics management product anametrix

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs


A recent Wall Street Journal article that raised the possibility of Biogen as the target of another huge pharma buyout cited the lack of productivity as a major driver of M&A in the pharmaceutical industry. An obvious place to look for help is the venture community—Bruce Booth of Atlas Ventures pointed out in a recent blog that venture capital is doing well, and is positioned to do even better in the future.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around.

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


The firm's investor was San Diego-based TVC Capital , which invested only $4M in total in Accordent before it was acquired. Jeb Spencer: The goal at TVC Capital is to do exactly this. These companies don't traditionally get venture capital.

Three Factors Which Intoxicate Venture Capitalists - Why Your Startup Will (Probably) Not Raise Venture Capital Funding


End result, the company’s product timeline has been pushed back substantially and the company’s morale is at an all-time low. Naval Ravikant describes how Silicon Valley’s dominance over the venture capital landscape will evolve over time in the previously mentioned interview.

Why Mucker Capital Is Putting More Money To Work In LA Startups


Recently, the team behind MuckerLab has made a subtle shift--becoming Mucker Capital ( on seed stage investments. Talk about the shift from MuckerLab to Mucker Capital?

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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He wanted to build direct customer relationships to get product feedback but only 2% of customers would ever return their registration cards. He thought, “This way any product you launch you can talk instantly with and get feedback from customers.&#

Transphorm Unveils Products


Goleta-based Transphorm , the stealthy, Google and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers startup in the energy conversion space, has unveiled its first product today at a conference. The firm said that its product cuts energy waste by 20 percent, and simplifies design and manufacturing of electrical systems and devices. The firm is backed by Google , Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers , Foundation Capital , and Lux Capital , and has raised over $38M in funding.

Soraa Unveils LED Lighting Product


Soraa , the UC Santa Barbara spinout funded by Khosla Ventures, NEA, and NGEN Partners, has unveiled its first product, a new LED lighting lamp. Soraa's efforts are backed by more than $100M in venture capital, and the firm's founders include Shuji Nakamura, the developer of the blue LED. Soraa is manufacturing its products in Fremont.

Lifecrowd Taps Former Googler For Product Management


Santa Monica-based Lifecrowd , the online site which helps people find local, social activities which is headed by Bong Koh, said this week that it has hired former Google business product manager Jacquie Phillips as Co-founder and Head of Product at the company. Phillips had served as a product manager for Google Offers and She also has previously served at and Private Road Productions.

Pelican Products Buys UK Company


Torrance-based Pelican Products , which is best known for its protective cases and flashlights and other lighting systems, said late Monday that it has acquired UK-based Cool Logistics , a developer of temperature controlled packaging products. According to Pelican Products, it will merge Cool Logistics with its previously acquired Minnesota Thermal Science brand, which is part of its biopharmaceuticals division.

Transphorm's Product Go Into Mass Deployment In Japan


Goleta-based Transphorm , which develops Gallium Nitride (GaN) power conversion technology, reported today that Japanese customer Yaskawa Electric Company has gone into mass production on a product that uses its devices. The company is expected annual production of 34,000 of thse systems, which are used to convert photovoltaic, solar energy into AC power.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Maybe Micro VCs will get larger and emulate a multiple-partner strategy like True Ventures or First Round Capital.

Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

From the Venture Trenches

The recent firing of Groupon’s CEO Andrew Mason is a cautionary tale of the increased scrutiny and heightened expectations that come from accessing increasingly larger amounts of investment capital. Is outside capital really required?

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

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TechZulu is proud to announce that we are a sponsor of the Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit and will be there in full force bringing you all the action. Last July the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit was one of the best conferences of the year.

Reflections on 2016: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


Here, we have the thoughts of Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital (, a software focused growth equity fund, and has had some great success in the market. TVC Capital has also been a big supporter and sponsor of socaltech over the years. million transaction involved buying Docupace back from the scandal ridden, failed public company RCS Capital (RCAP). Innovation yields new companies looking for capital to grow, so we are hoping for an exciting and active year.

Social To-Do List iOS App WeDo Launches Out of Beta


Our goal is to enable our users to get more done as efficiently as possible and based on our customers’ feedback so far, WeDo has helped them increase their productivity immensely,” said Shulem. Earlier in the year the company raised $900K in an angel round led by Telegraph Hill Capital.

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

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Last year, venture capitalists and angels who co-invested with them placed $7 billion into seed and early-stage deals, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report. To help you get a jump-start with fundraising, I’ve gathered tips from active early-stage investors and entrepreneurs who managed to beat the odds by raising capital during and after the Great Recession.

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The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

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This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries. But … Downsizing Venture Capital. Creative destruction is what drives capitalism and innovation.

Qualaroo Launches New Product, Helps Convert Web Visitors


Qualaroo , a developer of website conversion and analytics software which helps web businesses improve the experience and conversion of their visitors, has launched a new product. The company--founded by Sean Ellis, Eugene Mandel, Alex Sherstinsky, and Jason Meresman--said today that it has launched a new "Convert" product which helps website owners convert a higher percentage of their website visitors to customers.

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Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY showcases growing firms needing capital and counse. View products, videos, online demos. See [link] (more

First Round Capital Launches Dorm Room Fund | $500,000 Pilot Investment Fund For Students

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Josh Kopelman, managing partner at Philadelphia based First Round Capital has launched Dorm Room Fund, in a move to reach out to college dorm entrepreneurs, like he was in 1992 while at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Less Capital is Capital Still.

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What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital


This morning, we're sharing the insights of Greg Martin , a venture capitalist at Archer Venture Capital. I left a great firm, Redpoint Ventures (after 11 years), to start a new firm, Archer Venture Capital. opinions thoughts year capital venture archer

The Honest Company Gets $70M


Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the online, family products retailer led by serial entrepreneur Brian Lee, and which was co-founded by Jessica Alba, has raised $70M in a funding round, according to the company Tuesday.

Variety 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 -- 2012 Venture Capital and New Media Summit. Variety is pleased to announce the return of its Venture Capital and New Media Summit on June 27 at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles. As traditional and digital media companies strive to build out a worldwide marketplace for their content, services and products, the event will answer how fundraising, investment and new technologies impact their strategies.