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

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

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.

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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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 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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

LA's AET Fund Raises $50M For Entertainment Technology Investment

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A new, Los Angeles venture capital fund, AET Fund said on Wednesday that it has raised $50M to make investments in entertainment technology, and hired someone to head up its U.S. AET Fund--short for Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund--said it has hired Mark Linao as Principal, responsible for managing the company's $50M fund and its operations in United States. fund akatsuki entertainment technology ventura investment augmented reality

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Fifth Wall Ventures Gets More Funding in Fund II Aims To Raise $500M

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Venice, California-based venture capital investment fund Fifth Wall Ventures , has just received a sizeable commit into its second fund, Fifth Wall Ventures II , according to a regulatory filing by the company. According to the filing, the company now has $468.0M raised out of a $500M targeted fund size, up from an earlier $100M in raised for the fund in June of 2018. fifth wall ventures venture capital opendoor classpass financial fund

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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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Calibrate Ventures Raises $80M Investment Fund

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Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures , a brand new venture capital firm founded by Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler, announced on Tuesday morning that it has raised $80M in its very first venture capital fund, Calibrate Ventures, L.P. According to the newly created venture capital firm, it will focus on early revenue startups, focused on companies across both the consumer and enterprise sectors.

SpaceX Seeking $510M In New Funding

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX is looking to raise another $510M in funding--the second time the firm has gone out for funding this year-- according to a regulatory filing from the firm. The funding will bring SpaceX's total raised to more than $2.75 The new funding came to light after another, successful launch for the company--the first, commercial flight of a Falcon Heavy rocket on Thursday.

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The Honest Company Raises $25M More

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The Honest Company , the Los Angeles-based e-commerce company founded by Brian Lee and celebrity Jessica Alba, has raised $25M more in a funding round, the firm said this morning. The Honest Company offers up a variety of eco-friendly baby- and kids- products via subscription.

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.

Casa Verde Capital Raises $45M Investment Fund

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West Hollywood-based Casa Verde Capital said this week that it has raised $45M in its debut, investment fund, which will specifically invest in the "ancillary cannabis" industry. The company's Managing Partner is Karan Wadhera. broadus calvin rapper snoop fund agtech cannabis investment venture capital verde casa

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The Virtual Reality Company Finds $23M

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Los Angeles-based The Virtual Reality Company , the startup which is developing a virtual reality version of The Martian , has raised $23M in a funding round, according to the company. The funding came from Hengxin Mobile Business Co, Ltd, and also included Metallica lead singer James Hetfield, Rothenberg Ventures, and Elementum Ventures. According to The Virtual Reality Company, the new funding will go towards developing more, original virtual reality content.

Boring Company Wins $1 Billion Chicago Transport System Deal

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Chicago has selected Los Angeles-based Boring Company , the tunnel-transportation-hat-and-flamethrower company run by tech mogul Elon Musk, for a $1 billion transportation system. According to Emanuel will be fully funded by Boring Company, with "no taxpayer subsidies". boring company chicago transportation system

The Honest Company Partners With Zulily

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The Honest Company , the online brand offering up natural products for babies and families founded by Jessica Alba, has teamed up with daily deals site Zulily , the two said Wednesday afternoon. Financia link between the companies were not disclosed.