DermTech Raises $10M In Series C Funding

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La Jolla-based molecular dermatology startup DermTech announced today that it has raised $10M in its Series C funding round, part of an ongoing $15M financing effort by the company. The startup, which is developing precision medicine technology for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, inflammatory diseases, and other skin diseases, said the funding included investments by RTW Investments, along with other private investors.

SaaS Funding Targest Software Companies With New Santa Monica Office

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SaaS Funding , a new provider of debt funding to software-as-a-service companies, said it has set up an office in Santa Monica. The company, which provides senior and junior debt capital, says it is targeting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), digital media and tech enabled service companies who are bootstrapped or backed by angels. The company said it offers up loans from between $250,000 to $3 million and terms ranging from 12 months to 36 months.

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Clora Reaps $3.3M to Speed Consultant Hunts by Life Sciences Companies

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Rahul Chaturvedi worked for 16 years as a life sciences company executive, but he was also an avid consumer tech fan who chafed at the clunky enterprise apps used in his industry.

Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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I live in LA and fund startups. “You can’t build a large online video company. You have to build a large online tech company that distributes video.” There’s a reason that Maker pulled away while most online video companies did not.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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VC funding. We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor over funding until we get huge payouts and ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser.

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

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If you are networking to assist a startup you are advising, you can substitute the company’s pitch for your personal pitch. Don’t worry, you can apologize after the fact, when you point to the positive impact your initiative had on your company.

SmartDrive Systems Gets Funding From Michelin

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San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems has received an investment from Michelin North America , the company said on Sunday, in a preferred-stock round of investment. SmartDrive said it will use the new funding for expansion of its strategy for fleet telematics and mobility services. The company said it will invest in R&D, sales and marketing, and expansion in North America and international markets.

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. I'm a little surprised that CTO Founders with growth capital funding only have 15% of their companies.

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L.A. Startups Received $369 Million in Seed Funding in 2016

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Seed-stage companies in Los Angeles received a total of $369 million in funding in 2016, according to report from Venice tech accelerator Amplify.LA.

Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund

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Correlation Ventures , a venture capital investment firm with offices in San Diego, Palo Alto, and New York City, said this week that it has raised $200M in a new investment fund. The company said the second fund was oversubscribed, and brings its total assets under management to $366M. Limited partners in the new fund included endowments, pensions, funds of funds and family offices, according to the firm.

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

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But what IS the right amount of burn for a company? Burn rate in case you don’t know is the amount of money a company is either spending (gross) or losing (net) per month. (it Conversely if you’re burning $600,000 per month (yes, some companies do) then you only have 5 months of cash left. I often see companies burning $100,000 per month (net) looking to raise $6-8 million. Ask other portfolio companies how your VC acted when / if they got in a cash pinch.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

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I was at a dinner recently in Chicago and the table discussion was about building great companies outside of Silicon Valley. It’s not the great companies you build, it’s the silent killer of those that should have been build locally and weren’t. For example, Lookout is a mobile security company that was founded by three talented graduates of USC. But I know with local funding and local support that’s certainly less likely.

Mucker Capital closes on $45 million for an early-stage LA-based fund

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Santa Monica-based Mucker Capital has raised $45 million for its third fund, Mucker III. In addition, it will invest in seed and pre-seed stage companies through MuckerLab, a new accelerator program. TC Venture Capital business incubators venture capital Startup company Los Angeles

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

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Understanding “The Funding Angle” I sit at enough board meetings to hear conflicting advice given to entrepreneurs about how to handle PR and announcements at startups. Is Funding a Worthy Announcement? But in 2013 it can also simply be, “Company X raises $2.2

ROX Medical Gets $40M Funding

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San Clemente-based ROX Medical , a startup developing medical devices to treat hypertension, has raised $40M in a Series E funding, the company said this morning. The funding was led by Novartis Venture Fund and Apple Tree Partners and also included prior investors Versant Ventures and Domain Associates. David McIntyre and Sami Hamade of Apple Tree Partners and Steven Weinstein of Novartis Venture Fund all join the company's Board of Directors with the funding.

DFJ, Pasadena Angels lead $1.4M funding in Edufii

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million Series A funding in Edufii Inc., Other participants in the funding round include the Gideon Hixon Fund, Tech Coast Angels, SLO Seed Ventures and coaching industry private investors including Tiger Woods’ first coach Rudy Duran. Blog Company Creation/Operation Fundraising General News Angel Capital Angel Investing Company Sale Exit Strategies Pasadena Angels Startups Valuation VC DFJ Frontier and Pasadena Angels have led a $1.4

Kareo Gets $15M Debt Funding

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Irvine-based Kareo , which provides cloud-based, medical office software, said Friday that it has raised $15M in a mezzanine debt funding round. The funding came from Escalate Capital Partners. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $47M in 2014. Terms of the new funding were not announced. kareo debt funding medical office software venture capital finance

Maximize Your Exit By Not Selling Your Company

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However, in many cases, acquiring companies behave less rationally than Mr. Jackson. Citrix politely approached us, told us they had an interest in acquiring our company and then asked us, “How much?”. Our response was that there was no “price” as our company was not for sale.

What I Learned In 2015: Lawrence Ng, OnRamp Fund

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Today's thoughts are from Lawrence Ng , who founded Oversee.net, and just launched the OnRamp Fund (onrampfund.com). Lawrence Ng: The big news for us was the launch of OnRamp Fund. oversee accelerator incubator reflections capital venture fund onramp lawrence

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

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As Guy Kawasaki pointed out in our recent conversation , “…it is cheaper than ever to start a company. If there was ever a time to start a company, this is it.”. However, a recessionary market also generates a number of Big Dumb Company (BDC) refugees.

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. In other words, it isn’t that VCs suddenly got smart, it’s that the costs of starting a company went down dramatically.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America. And also why today Mitu attracted $27 million in funding from AwesomenessTV (DreamWorks/Hearst), WPP, Verizon and Upfront Ventures.

CrownPeak Gets $50M In Merger With UK Company

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Los Angeles-based web content management software developer CrownPeak has raised $50M in a funding round, and merged with UK-based ActiveStandards , according to the two companies. According to the companies, the combined company will be based in Los Angeles, and will also have locations in Denver and London. The company said it will use the funding to re-launch the company and for future product enhancements.

Fair Raises Nearly $1 Billion In Strategic Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based Fair , the automotive startup led by serial entrepreneur Scott Painter, has raised nearly $1 billion in a strategic funding, led by BMW i Ventures, along with Penske Automotive Group, Sherpa Capital, and others. The funding also included other, un-named strategic investors. The company is changing the traditional models of buying a car with its service, which only requires a driver's license and bank account information.

Southern California Companies Raise $2.49 Billion In VC In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $2.49 The boost in funding came despite a lower overall deal count, with 89 funding deals in Q2, versus 97 in Q1. The big numbers were directly impacted by several large fundings in Southern California--most notably, a giant, $1.27 billion in venture capital in Q2 of 2016, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Venture Capital Association, and Thomson Reuters.

Calacanis Debuts LAUNCH Fund I To Back 100 Companies

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Jason Calacanis , the serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and conference organizer, announced Tuesday morning that it has closed his first, formal angel investing fund, The LAUNCH Fund I. Calacanis said the fund will invest $100-$250K in 50-100 startups. LPs in the fund include Calacanis, David Sacks, and others. Calacanis also said he''ll be syndicating deals on AngelLIst, letting investors put their own money into deals he is making with the fund.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

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You have cash in the bank, a monthly burn rate and a “cash out” date that few in the company truly comprehend. Fund raising is hard for everybody. Fund raising is like a funnel where you need a bunch of potential leads in the top end and only a few will reach the bottom.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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I’ve raised money as a “hot company” and I’ve raised capital when no one would return my phone calls. I raised money as an entrepreneur, like you, in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005 for two different companies. Fund raising is bloody hard.

LA, and Southern California's Surge In Venture Capital Funds

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We've summarized the funds that have announced new funds in the last nine months or so, or that are in the midst of raising funds--a total of more than $1086 million in total funds. List ordered by fund size). Fund size: $230M fund. Fund size: $40M.

Core Innovation Capital Backs Mosaic's $220M Funding

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Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the backers in a big, $220M equity funding for solar power financing provider Mosaic. The company is based in Oakland. Core Innovation Capital is very active nationally in fintech investments, and raised a big fund in 2015. The firm recently saw a quick exit at portfolio company Honest Dollar, which was recently acquired by Goldman Sachs.

Radicle Accelerator Fund Launches to Nurture AgTech Innovation

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Radicle, a new accelerator fund focused on agricultural ventures, is launching today with plans to seed and nurture the next generation of agtech companies addressing global farming problems. We expect a deeper and better prepared pipeline of new agtech companies to emerge,” he said.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. When we funded Sam , Rahul and team at MakeSpace > 2.5 market share today and are stuck with high real-estate costs, shitty customer service, bad value propositions and no ability to respond to competition because they have effectively become real-estate holding companies that store stuff for cashflow.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund

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Startups related to the many University of California campuses in Southern California may soon have a new source of funding: The University of California itself, via a new, $250M venture capital. fund investment capital venture ucsb ucla investor regent ucsd kitepharma finance