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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. I don’t think this is the job.

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.

Digital Map Products Gets $36.3M

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Irvine-based Digital Map Products (DMP), a developer of cloud-based mapping products used by businesses and government for mapping and land use applications, has raised $36.3M The funding and management recapitalization came from Silversmith Capital Partners. in a strategic growth funding. READ MORE>>.

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.

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. This article originally ran on PEHub.

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

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The steps outlined below represent an ideal approach to raising capital from sophisticated investors. I wish that was true. It’s not.”

Get.com Launches Product Discovery Site, Backed By $1M In Funding

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Santa Monica-based Get.com , a new startup founded by Jake Gold and Steven Fruchter, has launched, looking to help users make product purchase decisions. Get.com offers up an online site where people can search for and read reviews on products, including electronics, automotive products, beauty, and more. READ MORE>>.

Pharma’s Productivity Problem: Finding More Blockbuster Drugs

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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. Losses in over-capitalized “vintage years” over the last two decades have left institutional investors (e.g.

Anametrix Names Product Management VP

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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. READ MORE>>.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different. Enter Amazon.

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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The firm's investor was San Diego-based TVC Capital , which invested only $4M in total in Accordent before it was acquired. Thanks! READ MORE>>.

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

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End result, the company’s product timeline has been pushed back substantially and the company’s morale is at an all-time low. Do The Math.

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

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Recently, the team behind MuckerLab has made a subtle shift--becoming Mucker Capital (www.muckercapital.com)--focusing on seed stage investments.

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.

Transphorm Unveils Products

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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. READ MORE>>.

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

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Our superusers include families, roommates and wedding parties who are using the product to manage their tasks together.”.

Reflections on 2016: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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Here, we have the thoughts of Jeb Spencer of TVC Capital (www.tvccapital.com), 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. You can see all of our holiday reflections here. It was a fantastic run. READ MORE>>.

Soraa Unveils LED Lighting Product

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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

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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. She also has previously served at Like.com and Private Road Productions.

Transphorm's Product Go Into Mass Deployment In Japan

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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. Transphorm says that Yaskawa has shipped a 4.5 READ MORE>>.

Pelican Products Buys UK Company

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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. Pelican Products is owned by private equity firm Behrman Capital. READ MORE>>.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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As a generalization LPs seem to recognize this general trend requiring less capital to start businesses and are arguing for smaller VC funds.

Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

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Is outside capital really required? What is your exit strategy? By this measure, Groupon was by no means your typical start-up.

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

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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.

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

Tech Coast Venture Network

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. million in angel and venture capital. By Monica Mehta. million in 2010.

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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.

Qualaroo Launches New Product, Helps Convert Web Visitors

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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--which is backed by $5.5M Qualaroo''s CEO, Sean Ellis, has been involved in such startups as Eventbrite, Dropbox, Xobni, LogMeIn, among other companies.

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

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Less Capital is Capital Still. He says on his blog , “I was a dorm room entrepreneur. For Students By Students. Earlier Experience.

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What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

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This morning, we're sharing the insights of Greg Martin , a venture capitalist at Archer Venture Capital. Stay tuned. READ MORE>>.

March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund

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There's also a great network effect happening in the area of industry clouds, and network capitalism, which is not just marketing poof.

The Honest Company Gets $70M

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honest company venture capital family baby products investment jessica alba ecommerce READ MORE>>.

Grab Green Products Raises $2.5M

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Camarillo-based Grab Green , a developer of eco-friendly products, said last week that it has raised $2.5M in a financing round from Stoneway Capital. The company (whose corporate name is MaddieBrit Products, but goes by its brand name of Grab Green), said the funding will go to "significantly expand" marketing and worldwide sales.

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. See [link] (more

TenOneTen Ventures Emerges As SoCal's Newest Venture Capital Firm

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Because of that, the local high tech industry here has welcomed any and all new capital. READ MORE>>.

Balance Minimal Product Viability With Maximum Utility: Maximize Your Startup’s Value Proposition – MVP²

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In essence, the Beatles offered a product with a higher value proposition as compared to their American counterparts. Double Your A-Sides.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY showcases growing firms needing capital. View products, online demos. See [link] (more

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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If you read this blog often you'll know that I'm a huge fan of First Round Capital. First Round Capital’s Tools, Techniques, Processes.

ZEFR Names Product Head

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Venture Partners, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital and Richmond Park Partners. zefr product management monetizationREAD MORE>>.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, July 28, 2016 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAYtm showcases growing firms needing capital. View products,videos, online demos. See [link] (more

TVC Capital Backs BitTitan

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San Diego-based growth and private equity investor TVC Capital is the lead backer of cloud services company BitTitan , which announced a $15M, Series A financing this morning. According to BitTitan, the funding was led by TVC Capital, and also included Tao Capital Partners, and was the company's first funding since it was foundedi n 2007.