The Bouqs Company Finds $12M For Flower Delivery


Venice, California-based The Bouqs Company , the direct, cut-to-order flower delivery provider led by John Tabis, is announcing today that it has raised $12M in a Series B funding. The funding brings the company's total raised to $20M. The Bouqs said the funding came from Quest Venture Partners, Azure Capital Partners and KEC Ventures, along with Enspire Capital and Draper Associates.

Behind the Scenes: Troy Carter’s SMASHD LABS with Suzy Ryoo


Up to seven companies will be selected for this year’s program, which launches right after Labor Day, and wraps in the middle of November. Each mentor spoke for nearly an hour to the entire group, answered questions, and sat with each company for one-on-one mentoring.

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500 Startups Presents Bitcoinference

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The transaction is considered the largest public acquisition in Bitcoin history with both companies exhibiting impressive growth numbers since their respective beginnings. What is it Like to Raise Money for Bitcoin Companies? Adam Draper – Of Boost VC, an SF Incubator/Accelerator.

Siemer Summit 2015 Announced, Tim Draper To Keynote


According to Siemer & Associates, this year's conference, the Siemer Summit 2015, will be held from October 13th to 14th, and will feature Tim Draper as the keynote speaker.

DFJ Mercury Promotes Venture Partner In San Diego


DFJ Mercury , one of the affiliate venture firms of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said Tuesday that it has promoted a venture partner who will be splitting his time between La Jolla and Houston, its headquarters. to Venture Partner, from his prior role as a venture advisor to the company.

Ranker Hits 11.5M Uniques In December


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 The company says it now has 22 employees and is now profitable, although it did not disclose any financials.

Chippmunk Raises $750,000 For Coupon Search Engine


Los Angeles-based Chippmunk said this morning that it has raised $750,000, for the company''s shopping search engine--which helps users with comparison shopping, finding coupons, and with expert shopping recommendations. The startup--led by Brian Nickerson--said the funding came from both Los Angeles and Silicon Valley angels, including Richard Chino (,; Dan Murray (Machinima), Derek Draper (Wildfire), Nikhil Srivastava (KKR), Andrew Schwartz, and others.

Favor Plans Expansion Into San Diego, Gets $13M


Favor--which is based in Austin, Texas--said it raised $13M in a Series A funding, from S3 Ventures, Silverton Partners, Tim Draper, and other angels, specifically for the expansion move. The company currently operates in Austin, Boston, Houston and Dallas. San Diego will be the company''s first foray into California.

Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M


in a Series A funding, the company said late Tuesday evening. The funding came from Tim Draper (DFJ), Bill Quigley (Clearstone, Crypto Currency Partners), Bridge 37 Ventures, Ideas & Capital Venture Capital, Maura O''Neill, Capital Nuts, Marcus Segal (Zynga), Mark Rampolla (ZICO Coconut Water), David Wilner (Windriver Systems), and others. Los Angeles-based crowdfunding site , the equity crowdfunding site led by Chance Barnett, has raised $3.5M

Forbes Midas List Gives Cold Shoulder To SoCal VCs


The list has been short on local investors for the last few years , even as many Southern California companies have helped place other, Silicon Valley venture capitalists high up on the investor ranking.

TicketSauce Takes $2.5M For Live Event Management Software


in a Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The funding was led by Draper Frontier Opp & Tech Fund. The company said the funding goes towards sales and marketing. TicketSace is led by Travis Fisher, who serves as President and CEO of the company. ticketsauce live event management software private label venture capital draper frontierSan Diego-based TicketSauce , a developer of private label event management software, has raised $2.5M

Mogreet Gets $4.1M More


The round was led by Black Diamond Ventures, and also included DFJ Frontier, Ascend Ventures, Bryant Park Ventures and Draper Associates. The company said the new round brings its total raised to $14.1M. Los Angeles-based Mogreet , the provider of mobile video marketing services which is run by James Citron, said this morning that it has raised $4.1M in a strategic investment round.

Prolacta Links With National Milk Bank


The company's products are particularly well suited for critically ill, premature babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs), and specifically to avoid issues with necrotizing enterocolitis, a potentially fatal complication occurring in premature infants.

DFJ Co-Founder Jurvetson Exits Firm Amid Harassment Charges


Steve Jurvetson, co-founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), confirmed via a Twitter post Monday that he has left the Sand Hill Road firm, where he has long focused on emerging technologies, from genomics to space exploration.

SpaceX Sets Satellite Launches


Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies , the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, has set the schedule for two upcoming satellite launches, the company announced this morning. SpaceX is backed by venture firms the Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners.

Mogreet Opens Midwest Sales Office


Los Angeles-based Mogreet , coming off a new round of venture funding, is in expansion mode, saying that it has opened up a new Midwest sales office for the company. in a new round, from Black Diamond Ventures, DFJ Frontier, Ascend Ventures, Bryant Park Ventures and Draper Associates. Mogreet said it has opened up a new office headed by Joshua Pyne, who the firm snagged from ChaCha, the mobile questions and answers service. Mogreet recently raised $4.1M

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CapLinked Adds $1M, New Investors In Funding Round


Los Angeles-based CapLinked , the developer of business transaction and deal management software-as-a-service, said today that it has raised $1M in an expansion round for the company. The company is targeting the software for companies working on asset sales, financing, and mergers. The new funding came from Subtraction Capital, FF Angel, 500 Startups, and other investors. The startup--which is led by PayPal veteran Erik M.

Facebook Competitor Altly Becomes Anybeat


The new name was not a surprise, as Shapiro had said the company would be renaming itself before launch. AnyBeat is backed by Freestyle Capital, Social Leverage, Arthur Bilger, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Howard Lindzon, Tom Anderson, Alex Bard, Alex Karelin, Kenny Van Zant, and Francis Costello. Altly , the startup headed by Dmitry Shapiro which is developing an alternative to Facebook, said Monday that it has renamed the firm to

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Qualcomm Backs Video Chat Service Tango


San Diego-based Qualcomm is backing a developer of mobile video chat services, Tango , via its Qualcomm Ventures arm, the two companies announced today. According to Tango, it has raised $40M in a Series C funding round, led by Qualcomm Incorporate, and also including Access Industries, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Michael Birch, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Hambrecht, and others.

Altra Biofuels Spinout Gets $30M More


EdenIQ , the spinout of San Diego-based Altra Biofuels , the developer of biofuels processing technology, has scored $30M in new venture capital funding, the company said today.

AuditFile, Started At UCLA, Raises $3M For Auditing Software


AuditFile , a developer of cloud-based auditing software for CPAs, has raised $3M in a funding round, the company said Thursday. The company was founded by Kevin Bong, who started the company in his dorm room at UCLA as a senior. According to the company, his brother, Steven Bong, convinced him to turn down job offers and move back home to the Bay Area to work on the company full time. The company now has its headquarters in San Francisco.

Sensay Snags $4.5M For Chatbot Technology


in a seed funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Norwest Venture Partners, and also included Greycroft Partners, Sweet Capital, NHN, Draper Associates and other. Los Angeles-based Sensay , a developer of chatbot technology, has raised $4.5M The startup says it has created a "peer-to-peer chat bot" which helps connect people across SMS, Slack, Kik, Telegram and Facebook Messenger. Ariel Jalali is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensay. READ MORE>>.

Activision Ties With Flurry


The company said that the new initiative will identify and assist third party developers to develop, publish, distribute, and promote their titles on iOS and Android. Flurry is venture backed by Borealis Ventures , Draper Fisher Jurvetson , Draper Richards , First Round Capital , Interwest Partners , Menlo Ventures , and Union Square Ventures.

Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model


David Carter and Allen Hurff are two startup veterans, who believe they have a new formula to help create early stage, technology companies, through their new "startup studio", Zuma Ventures ( David Carter: Zuma Ventures is a company that makes other companies.

Active Network Plans Offering For Investors


The venture investors in San Diego-based sports website firm Active Network are looking to take some dollars off the table, via an offering from Active, according to an S-1 filed by the company Friday. Those investors include ICG Holdings, TPG Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, TL Ventures, as well as others.

Ranker Names COO, Taps Jones For Board


The company, headed by Clark Benson, said that Dhillon was most recently the GM of Urbanspoon, and has also served at EA Mobile and Cisco. Ranker is venture backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Pasadena Angels, and the Tech Coast Angels.

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Genomatica Raises $45M


Prior investors Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and TPG Biotech also participated. The new funding brings the company's total raised to $84M. San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. The firm said the funding was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners; Bright Capital, a Russian venture investment firm; and Waste Management.

Genomatica Drops IPO Plans, Raises $41.5M


San Diego-based renewable chemicals developer Genomatica has dropped its IPO plans, according to a regulatory filing by the company this morning. Genomatica is venture backed by TPG biotechnology Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, WM Organic Growth and others. The firm announced that instead, the company has raised $41.5M

WaveMaker Partners Closing New $50M Fund, With Southeast Asia Focus


The new fund has a new focus specifically on investing in companies in Southeast Asia. The new fund is tied to Tim Draper's Draper Venture Network (DVN). Los Angeles- and Singapore-based WaveMaker Partners , the venture capital firm managed here in LA by Eric Manlunas and David Siemer, with Paul Santos in Sinagpore, said over the weekend that it is finalizing its new, $50M fund. WaveMaker said the new fund has a specific focus on B2B, early stage startups in Indonesia.

Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal


The two companies said that Genomatica will create a manufacturing process which converts syngas--synthetic gas made from natural gas--into other chemicals. Genomatica is venture backed by Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow ventures, and TPG Biotech, and has raised $40M in funding.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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We have significant VC commitments (listed below) – every entering company will get $50,000 in funding, mentorship from top VCs and successful entrepreneurs plus free office space. For any company interested in applying please visit the website.

MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down


According to sources near the firm, the firm has sold off its inventory and is now hoping to find a buyer for the company via an assignment for the benefit of creditors. MyShape apparently had run out of money three times between April and November of last year, was unable to garner enough support from its existing investors for more cash, and had hired an investment bank to sell the company, unsuccessfully.

CapLinked Announces New Investors, Signs Up New Clients & Builds New Features

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The new funding brings the company’s aggregate amount of capital raised to over $3 million. Pleased to be an investor in the company, investor Lee Essner said he was particularly drawn to CapLinked’s team, technology and vision. Business Entrepreneurship Startups AccessDNA Artesian Group Caplinked Chris Harris Conversion Capital Draper and Kramer Eric M.