With Pellini on Board, Maris Sets Course at Section 32

Xconomy

Maris acknowledged last year that he was laying plans to raise a new fund, after investing nearly all of the first $160 million he had raised for Section 32. It’s not easy to catch up with Bill Maris at Section 32, the venture firm he founded last year near San Diego.

With Pellini on Board, Maris Sets Course at Section 32

Xconomy

Maris acknowledged last year that he was laying plans to raise a new fund, after investing nearly all of the first $160 million he had raised for Section 32. It’s not easy to catch up with Bill Maris at Section 32, the venture firm he founded last year near San Diego.

Udacity Achieves 50,000 Nanodegree Grads Amid Company Reorganization

Xconomy

Launched four years ago, the Nanodegree courses allow students worldwide to gain expertise in areas such as data analytics, machine learning, and autonomous flight engineering by completing coursework that can take as little as six months.

SBIR/STTR Phase I Grant Proposal Course

SoCal Tech Calendar

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 -- SBIR/STTR Phase I Grant Proposal Course. This one-day, 8-hour intensive course provides an overview of the SBIR and STTR funding process and helps individuals prepare to write a comprehensive grant proposal. See [link] (more

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Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. She had emailed with a partner at a big VC fund and he had passed the request to a junior associate. Of course you have to be careful with this. But confidence is CRITICAL in fund raising.

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. Wait, didn’t you just raise a fund?

Ex-Celgene Dealmaker Tom Daniel Charts a New Course Advising Biotechs

Xconomy

Celgene later did some things Daniel called unusual, such as helping set up opportunities for Agios to get more funding, he says.

Should Startups Announce Their Funding?

Both Sides of the Table

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? ” Funding IS the story. Funding is news.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

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. Explosion in Seed Funds. Now seed funding is conventional wisdom.

Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. Upfront VI is our latest core fund and is $400 million to invest in early stage entrepreneurs.

Planning Your Fund Raising — “Measure Twice, Cut Once”

Both Sides of the Table

The benefits you will receive from doing even some basic planning before you hit the fund raising trail are enormous. Many points will seem obvious but since I observe many fund-raising processes as a VC I can tell you that most people get even the basics wrong.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

Both Sides of the Table

If you have existing investors of course you feel a degree of comfort knowing that they would likely have your back in tough times — but of course you never really know. Fund raising is hard for everybody. Having a list of VCs to approach is of course is a good start.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

Yet as we enter February 2017 the VC funding markets are booming, Snap, Inc has filed for its IPO, AppDynamics was just purchased for $3.7 Unless of course something Trump’s our good weather. billion in venture capital funds with one A-round fund and one late-stage fund.

All The Questions You Wanted Answered about Bird Scooters and Their Recent $300 Million Funding

Both Sides of the Table

Over the course of the first few months I saw a few people out on the street taking Birds and then a steady uptick in riders. This is why so many great LA funds like Upfront, Greycroft and B Capital Global have all backed Bird.

Interview With Jamie Montgomery, March Capital Partners On The Firm's New Fund

socalTECH

Santa Monica-based venture investor March Capital Partners (www.marchcp.com) announced last week that it has raised a second fund, worth $300M. To learn about the new fund, we sat down with Jamie Montgomery , one of the fund's co-founders, to hear about March Capital's strategy and the new fund. Tell us a little bit about the new fund? We did our first close in the summer of 2014, and over the first nine months we raised our fund and started investing.

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

Both Sides of the Table

The most important advice I could give you before you set out in fund raising mode is to understand that fund-raising a sales & marketing process and needs to be managed. Of course there’s no exact number of VCs you should meet?—?these

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

Of course much of it is conflicting. And of course I’ve sat on the other side of the table: As a VC. I now observes the fund raising process as a profession. This is the fund raising perspective from both sides of the table. Fund raising is bloody hard.

Why Hearing “No” in a Fund-Raising Process is Actually Healthy

Both Sides of the Table

Every entrepreneur wants to hear “yes” during the fund-raising process but I would argue that being too risk averse and not pushing hard enough and be willing to hear a “no” is what holds back many people from “yes.” Of course stringing out the process doesn’t lead to good outcomes.

Why We’re Looking to Fund Stuff With More Meaning

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re funding the same stuff as everybody else and if you started your activities when the clues were obvious you’re much less likely to drive enormous returns. When Fred Wilson funded Twitter I guarantee you it wasn’t obvious that it was a billion dollar idea. When the early teams: angels, lowercase capital & first round capital funded Uber they had no idea it would be one of the most revolutionary ideas of our time.

Funding your Innovation

SoCal Tech Calendar

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -- Funding your Innovation. This course is about selling your innovation to investors, grant proposal reviewers, potential strategic partners, and to your intended customers. Santa Ana District SBDC. They are each distinguishable in terms of how to be approached, but all share very similar buyer behavior characteristics, especially in the face of change and disruption.

More Great News for #LATech – Crosscut Ventures Raises $75 Million Fund

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Crosscut Ventures has just announced their 3rd fund and clocking in at $75 million , which will be focused heavily on Los Angeles – FTW. This week Michael Dubin’s startup Dollar Shave Club announced a $75 million funding round at a rumored $650 million valuation.

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The Full Dataset on What VCs are Thinking About Funding in 2016

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We use this try to draw some context that informs our funding decisions. Of course we fund companies in good markets and bad. In venture our goal is to fund companies over a 10-year+ time horizon, which is the time it takes to build truly transformational companies.

Angel Funding Advice

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Very few people fund individuals. I know you’re not a tech guy and haven’t done anything other than an HTML course you once took, but if you’re inspirational and a leader you’ll find somebody to moonlight for free to get your prototype built. Professional angels / former entrepreneurs / seed funds – In Silicon Valley there are people like Ron Conway, Jeff Clavier, Mike Maples and many more. Not just funding but learn their story.

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Lynda.com Debuts Microsoft Office 2013 Content

socalTECH

Carpinteria-based Lynda.com announced this morning that it has released a number of online training courses, to coincide with the release of Microsoft's Office 2013 and Office 365. video software course training office microsoft lynda

An Inside Scoop on the Funding Environment and What it Might Mean for You

Both Sides of the Table

It is an heroic accomplishment in a brutal fund-raising market in which only market leaders can bring in that sort of money. We started planning our fund raising as much as 14 months ago. But of course public markets had begun gyrating. $30 million.

Codesmith Raised $1.1 Million Funding Round Lead by Test Prep CEO

Tech.Co

million funding round led by Chad Troutwine, the CEO of Veritas Prep. round of investment to bring their unique coding education focused on technical excellence, communication and community to new students in Los Angeles,” read the funding announcement. The movement has grown to a include a bevy of online courses, workshops, and events that aim to guide the future employees of tomorrow into a field that needs more help than anyone ever thought.

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Aclima sucks in $24M to scale its air quality mapping platform

TechCrunch LA

“What we’ve really been doing over the course of the last few years is solving the really difficult technical challenges in generating this kind of data.

Tx Zhuo On LA's Newest Venture Fund, Fika Ventures

socalTECH

Last week, Fika Ventures , LA's newest venture fund, announced its formation, led by tech investment veterans Tx Zhuo and Eva Ho. We sat down with Tx Zhuo to chat about the new fund, what investments it hopes to make, and what kind of entrepreneurs the fund is looking to invest in. Tell us a bit about the new fund? Tx Zhuo: The new fund is going to be focused on seed stage investment, and is pretty similar to what we have done in the past.

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

I have been through many months with them but because of lack of funds, I spent lot of time doing non-technical work for first 4-5 months, spending time with them on putting pitches for investors, cash flows, budgets, writing business plans, product prototype setups etc. Obviously, in hindsight it would have been a really good idea to get an agreement that spelled out your equity position and how you would be treated cash+equity prior to and after funding.

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CAA, William Morris Back Online Video Education Site

socalTECH

According to creativeLive , it has raised $8M in a funding round, which came from Creative Artists Agency (CAA), William Morris Endeavor (WME), CrunchFund and Google Ventures. As part of the funding Caterina Fake, the founder of Flickr, will join the company's board. creativeLive competes against Lynda.com , the online video education site based in Goleta, which has grown to be one of the region's fastest growing companies through its online courses for learning creative software.

Lynda.com Buys European Video Training Firm

socalTECH

lynda.com , the online learning and video instruction site based in Carpinteria, is putting some of its new funding to work, saying this morning that it has acquired video2brain, GmbH , a European online video training company, to help expand its services worldwide.

CTO Equity - Negotiation After Funding

SoCal CTO

I have been through many months with them but because of lack of funds, I spent lot of time doing non-technical work for first 4-5 months, spending time with them on putting pitches for investors, cash flows, budgets, writing business plans, product prototype setups etc. Obviously, in hindsight it would have been a really good idea to get an agreement that spelled out your equity position and how you would be treated cash+equity prior to and after funding.

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Chippmunk Raises $750,000 in Seed Funding for Scaling & Product Development

Tech Zulu Event

Where other deal and coupon sites have run their course by confusing consumers with tricks, Chippmunk boasts of a clean, consumer friendly experience to help people quickly and easily compare deals.

2tor Gets $10M Line Of Credit

socalTECH

2tor , the provider of online, graduate program and courses which has strong links to the University of Southern California , has scored a $10M revolving line of credit, the firm said today. According to 2tor, the credit line comes from Comerica Bank, and will be used to fund growth and its strategic initiatives. 2tor education venture capital credit line finance online school courses

Lynda.com Inks Massive, $103M Funding Round

socalTECH

According to Eric Robison, the firm's CEO, the funding round will go towards increasing the firm's global reach and expanding content. Lynda.com offers up online education courses on things like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Microsoft Excel, AutoCAD, and much more. Meritech Capital also participated in the funding. As part of the big new funding, Andrew Braccia of Accel and Vic Parker of Spectrum have both joined the company's board.