Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund. One of the oldest VCs rooted in LA, Upfront previously closed on $400 million for its sixth flagship early-stage fund in 2017. Last year, companies headquartered in LA raised more than $60 billion.

Fika Ventures raises $76M to fund the growing LA tech ecosystem

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The Los Angeles ecosystem is $76 million stronger today as Fika Ventures , a seed-stage venture capital firm, announces its sophomore investment fund. “We feel over the next couple of years, we’ll start to see repeat entrepreneurs come out of these LA companies.

The Honest Company Raises Series E Funding

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the natural home products brand, said late Thursday that it has closed on a Series E financing round. The round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company, along with others. Unconfirmed reports place the funding at $75M, at $19.60 per share, a significant decrease from the company's prior valuation of $45.75. fidelity capital venture ecommerce retail baby products home natural thehonestcompany company honest

Massage-on-demand company, Soothe, raises $31 million

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The massage-on-demand service Soothe seems to be rubbing investors the right way with the close of a new $31 million round of funding. The Series C round from late stage and growth capital investment firm, The Riverside Company , caps a busy first quarter for the massage service.

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eTailPet Finds $800K Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. The seed funding was worth $800K, and led by Moonshots Capital, and also included individual angels from the pet industry. According to eTailPet, the funding will go to accelerate its business. moonshot ecommerce petstore funding seed capital venture etailpet

Chatmeter Finds Private Equity Funding

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Providence Strategic Growth is the growth equity fund of Providence Equity Partners. The company says it helps enterprise retail brands and agencies managing multiple locations increase their revenue. chatmeter private equity funding venture capital local search marketing reputation management

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With a new CEO and fresh funding from Upfront, healthy prepared food delivery service Territory looks to grow

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With a new chief executive officer and $4 million in fresh funding from investors including the Los Angeles-based investment firm, Upfront Ventures, Territory Foods is poised for growth.

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.

The Honest Company Gets $70M

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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.

eTailPet Finds Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital. etailpet venture capital seed funding petstore ecommerce moonshot

Centercode Finds $4M In Ongoing Funding

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Laguna Hills-based Centercode , a developer of software used for managing product and customer testing efforts, has raised $4M as part of an ongoing, $6M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the company this week. Details on the funding have not yet been announced. hggc parallax capital venture testing customer product funding centercode

Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization

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Udacity , a pioneer in the online teaching of IT skills, is celebrating a milestone today—50,000 students have now graduated from one of its revenue-generating “Nanodegree” programs.

Walker & Company Brands Finds Funding From Upfront Ventures, Magic Johnson

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Walker & Company says its Bevel brand of razors reduces and prevent razor bumps and irritation in men with coarse and curly hair. razer products upfront retail color johnson magic capital venture ventures brands company walker

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

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Astound , a company selling automated employee help desk services, has raised a new round of $15.5 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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The Honest Company Gets $200M Growth Investment

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Los Angeles-based The Honest Company , the online natural baby, personal care, and beauty products provider, said Wednesday that it has raised $200M in a strategic minority investment, which came from private equity investor L Catterton. According to The Honest Company, the new funding will go towards its growth strategy, and will go both towards "innovation initiatives" as well as operational capabilities to boost its supply chain and global reach.

The Honest Company Raises $100M In Series D

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Santa Monica-based The Honest Company , which provides baby care, personal care, home care, and other healthy lifestyle products, said this morning that it has raised $100M in a Series D funding round. The company has now raised around $228M in funding.

Here's Who Is Funding Companies In Southern California Today

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Are you a startup looking to find funding in Southern California? It's often tough to figure exactly who the venture capital funds are who are funding startups in the area. However, for members of socaltech.com, it's a click away with our real time analysis of venture funding flows. Here are the venture firms who have been most active in SoCal (Santa Babrara - Los Angeles - Orange County - San Diego) in the last twelve months, based on the number of deals: 1.

Cohu Buys Spring Probe Company

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Poway-based Cohu said late Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire Kita Manufacturing Co LTD , a Japanese companies that develops products used in electronics manufacturing. Cohua said it would pay $15M in cash for Kita, funded out of its cash reserves and through assumption of operating debt of $2.6M The company said Kita had current year sales of estimated $17M. cohu spring probe company kita manufacturing japan electronics merger acquisition

Big tech companies are looking at Hollywood as the next stage in their play for the cloud

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Keeping the focus squarely on tools for artists and designers the company talked up its tools like Zync Render, which Google acquired back in 2014 , and Anvato, a video streaming and monetization platform it acquired in 2016.

SaaS Funding Targets 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.

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

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Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital

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.

Invested.in Turns Attention Towards Funding Companies

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Los Angeles-based Invested.in , the online crowdfunding service headed by Alon Goren, is shifting its focus towards helping companies raise money from accredited investors. The move to launch BoostFunder looks to be the company's first tiptoe into crowdfunding of businesses; its prior efforts had been more focused toward traditional, crowdfunded small projects. boostfunder investedin crowdfunding crowd funding financial angel

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Source Intelligence Finds New Funding

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Carlsbad-based Source Intelligence , which provides supply chain compliance software, has raised new funding, the company announced this morning. Amount of the new funding was not announced. The Series B funding came from Source Capital Partners and Kayne Capital Partners, as well as "local banks". According to the company, it will use the new funding for the development of an artificial intelligence platform and for expansion in the European Union.

Elon Musk's Newest Company Gets Funding To Connect Humans, Computers

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Elon Musk , the CEO and founder of Los Angeles-based SpaceX , has a new company, Neuralink , which is looking to create a brain-computer interface--and now has $26.96M in the bank. According to a regulatory filing, Neuralink has raised $26.96 million from 12 investors. Elon Musk, in a Tweet, said that the startup is not raising additional money, despite indications otherwise in the firm's regulatory filings. Neuralink is based in San Francisco. READ MORE>>.

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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.

Pathnostics Finds Strategic Funding

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Irvine-based Pathnostics , which offers up diagnostics tests and services in for urology, women's health, gastroenterology and cancer, has received a strategic investment from Chicago-based private equity investor Water Street Healthcare Ventures, the companies said on Wednesday. According to the companies, Dave Pauluzzi, co-founder of Pathnostics, will continue to lead the company as CEO.

So You Want to Start a Cybersecurity Company?

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According to data released in January by Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity-focused venture capital firm, global funding for security companies nearly doubled between 2016 and last year, to $5.3 Cybercrime has become a global epidemic.

Goal Structured Solutions Buys Skills Fund

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San Diego-based Goal Structured Solutions , a consumer finance company that managed consumer and student loans, has acquired Skills Fund , a startup which offered up financing for students attending "coding bootcamps", the two said last week. According to the companies, all of Skills Fund's current employees will join Goal Structured Solutions. goal structured solutions skills fund coding bootcamp fintech finance merger acquisition

HeyTutor Raises $1.0M In Funding

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in what looks like a convertible note funding, based on a regulatory filing by the company. Details on the funding round, which is likely a bridge into a full equity funding, have not been announced. The funding was disclosed on Friday in a publicly available filing. According to the filing, the funding came from a single investor. Kevin O'Connor of ScOp Venture Capital , is listed on the company's board of directors.

Funding Tech Companies

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Thursday, March 24, 2011 -- Funding Tech Companies: State of the Credit Market-Senior Financial Executive Roundtable-TechAmerica. How has the banking shakeout affected banks that focus in the tech sector? What is the new landscape for the business of banking now and in the future? Join TechAmerica to hear from several prominent lending institutions in the Los Angeles area whose clientele include the technology industry.

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.

Enjoius raises $1.4 million to bring its party planning services to you

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Enjoius raises $1.4 million to bring its party planning services to you

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Curtail, Fresh Off $3.25M Funding, Names VPs

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Santa Barbara-based Curtail , a new cybersecurity startup which recently landed $3.25M in funding, said this morning that it has named two VPs. According to the startup, Deborah Scanlon will serve as vice president of strategic sales, and Nigel Quinnin will take on the role of vice president of development at the company. Curtail recently raised $3.25M in a seed funding round from Tarus Capital.