How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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I now observes the fund raising process as a profession. This is the fund raising perspective from both sides of the table. Fund raising (as is much of life) is a sale – pure and simple. Fund raising is bloody hard. But fund raising is a contact sport.

Start-Up Options for Rapid Development, Funding, and Commercialization

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -- Start-Up Options for Rapid Development, Funding, and Commercialization. Is VC funding the only way to develop and grow your company? Have you heard of accelerators, incubators, angles, and other resources for rapid development, funding, and growth of your start-up? Attend our LAVA event on February 19th as our distinguished panel will share their expertise and insight. See [link] (more

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Start-Up Options for Rapid Development, Funding, and Commercialization

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019 -- Start-Up Options for Rapid Development, Funding, and Commercialization. Is VC funding the only way to develop and grow your company? Have you heard of accelerators, incubators, angles, and other resources for rapid development, funding, and growth of your start-up? LAVA Healthcare. Attend our LAVA event on February 19th as our distinguished panel will share their expertise and insight.

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March Capital Backs Gaming SDK Developer Genvid In $2.5M Funding

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Los Angeles-based venture investor March Capital Partners is the lead investor in a new funding round for gaming software development kit (SDK) developer Genvid , according to Genvid. in new funding led by March Capital Partners, and also including OCA Ventures. Genvid develops an SDK which allows game developers and publishers to connect their games to interactive video streaming services, including YouTube and Amazon Web Services.

Billionaire Soon Shiong Funds Healthcare Systems Developer

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Soon Shiong has been becoming very active in making investment recently, having funded massively multiplayer online gaming firm Fourth Wall Studios in May and acquiring "smart pill" maker Vitality Corp in February.

Erasca Raises $64M For Oncology Drug Development Using AI

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San Diego-based Erasca , a company which is using artificial intelligence to drive the discovery and development of new oncology drugs to help cure cancer, has raised $64M in a Series A funding, the company said this morning. The funding--which included both its Series A and an extension--came from ARCH Venture Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, Reneo Capital, and other private investors. According to the company, the new funding will to towards.

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.

Qpex Biopharma Finds $33M For Antibiotics Development

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San Diego-based Qpex Biopharma announced this morning that it has raised $33M in a Series A funding round, to launch its efforts to battle drug-resistant infections. According to Qpex, the funding was led by New Enterprise Associates, and also included Adams Street Partners, LYZZ Capital, Hatteras Venture Partners and Stanford University Draper Fund. Qpex says it is developing new antibiotics to combat the threat of global antimicrobial resistance.

Scopely Debuts Developer Program

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Los Angeles-based social game developer Scopely announced today that it has launched a new, developer program called LeveUp, which looks to help top independent game studios co-develop titles with Scopely. The firm said it will tape a small group of partners to help develop, design, distribute, scale, and monetize their mobile games. in a funding in September. scopely developer program videogame mobihle social

Startup CTO or Developer

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Most often at the earliest point in the life of a startup, the dominant need is certainly to produce product to get something in the market, get funding, etc. What worries me a bit is how often I read that startups should hire a developer / hands-on lead developer.

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Startup Developing Opioid Alternative Takes Top ‘Quick Pitch’ Honors

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Watson Quick Pitch Competition to further the development of its nerve pain management device. The winner of the largest-ever startup pitch contest in San Diego is aiming to solve a problem that is weighing heavily on the national consciousness.

Metawave Opens New Development Center In Carlsbad

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Metawave , a developer of wireless technology specifically aimed at self-driving vehicles, fixed wireless, and 5G networks, announced on Wednesday that it is opening up a brand new, advanced development center in Carlsbad. Metawave said it is hiring engineers and product development experts at the new office, saying it hopes to attract experts in the wireless sensing and communication industries looking for a "Silicon Valley" experience without having to move to the Bay Area.

Correction: 3D Ram Semiconductor Developer Gets Funding

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Update: Crossbar informs us that its investment announcement incorrectly identified the investor in this story as Tao Venture Capital Partners, when it should be an entirely different company -- Tao Invest, the investment fund of Nick and Joby Pritzker (also referred to as Tao LLC). The two funds are not related. According to Crossbar , it raised $25M in a Series C funding, adding new investors Tao Invest, SAIF Partners, Korea Investment Partners, and CBC-Capital.

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

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750,000 for Scaling & Product development. The post Chippmunk Raises $750,000 in Seed Funding for Scaling & Product Development appeared first on TechZulu.

Echo Gets $7.5M For Microscope Development

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San Diego-based Echo , a startup which is developing a new "hybrid" microscope aimed at replacing both upright and inverted microscopes, has raised $7.5M in a Series A funding. The funding was co-led by Dolby Family Ventures and Tech Coast Angels (TCA). According to the company, the new funding will go towards manufacturing, sales, and developing future technologies.

Urovant Sciences Gets $100M In Debt Funding

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Irvine-based Urovant Sciences , which is developing biopharmaceuticals for treating urologic conditions, said late Friday afternoon that it has entered into a deal for up to $100M in debt financing, from Hercules Cpaital. According to the company, the new funding will go towards ongoing development of its lead compound vibegron, for business development opportunities, and for general corporate purposes.

Cirrus Insight Finds Growth Funding

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Irvine-based Cirrus Insight , a developer of software used to help sales people with managing their email inbox and calendar, has received what it says is a "significant" growth equity investment. The funding came from private equity investor Clovis Point Capital. Size of the funding was not announced. cirrus insight growth funding sales email inbox venture capital private equity salesforce

Western Digital Backs SiFive In Funding Round

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Western Digital , which has major operations in Irvine, is one of the backers in a new round for RISC processor developer SiFive , which announced on Monday morning that it has raised $50.6M in a Series C funding. SiFive said the funding round came from Sutter Hill Ventures, Spark Capital and Osage University Partners plus Chengwei Capital, Huami, SK Telecom and Western Digital. riscv capital venture developer processor risc funding sifive digital western

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Hiring Developers Before Product/Market Fit?

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Hiring seems to be the preferred use of seed funds (by investors and founders), whereas I'd prefer a focus on customer acquisition. And in most cases they are not ready to hire developers either.

Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything

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I just had an all-too common conversation with the founder of a startup who had spent more than a year working with a software development company who had produced a mess. The mess really comes from a developer who was willing to get started on a product that was not fully thought out. If I’m being asked to do startup software development, I’m going to push fairly hard on key questions that the startup needs to have answered before they develop anything.

Villiger Raises Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based Villiger , a startup developing a mobile app to help parents book tutors, baby sitters, and other services, has raised a seed round of funding, the company said this week. Size of that funding round was not announced. The company said the funding came from Mangrove Capital, Nir Zohar (President and COO, WIX), and Stephen Stokols (CEO, FreedomPop). villiger venture capital mobile mangrove seed funding smartphone parents parenting children kids

YouTubers Come Of Age – Google Scores A Solid Return On Its Video Development Fund

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Despite the snarky rumors that Google’s content development program was poorly managed at its outset (e.g., some of the money was spent by YouTubers to purchase homes and not create videos), the majority of the funds were properly deployed by the emerging community of professional YouTubers.

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Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

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Los Angeles-based cloud-based talent management software solutions firm with over 13 million users, Cornerstone OnDemand has launched Cornerstone Innovation Fund , to invest in disruptive LA-based cloud startups building cutting-edge solutions for organizations.

TherOx Finds Debt Funding

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Irvine-based medical device company TherOx , which is developing medical devices to treat acute myocardial infarction (AMI), recently announced it has received a debt financing. According to ThereOx, the proceeds of the funding will go towards the U.S. lifescience biotech capital venture kasei asahi zoll infarction myocardial acute device medical funding debt therox

ListReports Gets $555,000 In Debt Funding

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Orange, California-based ListReports , a startup developing real estate marketing products for realtors and mortgage loan officers, has raised $555,000 in a debt funding round, from lender Lighter Capital. According to Lighter Capital, its investments in ListReports now exceeds $2M, as it has increased its funding limit for the startup to $3M. Terms of the debt funding were not announced. listreports debt funding realtor mortgage loan real estate marketing materials

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? ” Funding IS the story. Funding is news.

Twitter’s Acquisition, Chirp & Managing Developer Relationships

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The same is true of Twitter, and as a VC I would personally never fund a company that looked to simply plug a functional gap in Twitter. Salesforce was excellent at outlining to the developer community what they considered “core&# and what white space they wanted filled.

VideoAmp Pulls In $70M Funding Round

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Santa Monica-based advertising startup VideoAmp said on Wednesday that it has raised a big $70M funding round, led by the Raine Group, and also included Ankona Capital, Mediaocean, and RTL Group. The company, which develops cross-platform advertising, said it will use the funding to build out its team, as well as for acquisition. As part of the funding, Peter Liguori (former CEO of Tribune Media) joins the company's board of directors.

March Capital Backs Video Game Developer nWay

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners is one of the lead investors in a round for mobile video game developer nWay , which announced a $11M funding on Wednesday. According to nWay, the funding, which was facilitated by Lionsgate, was led by both March Capital Partners and Ridge Ventures, and also included Baseline Ventures (Steve Anderson), TransLink Capital (Jay Eum) and WI Harper Group (Jeffrey Chu).

Rincon Backs Software QA Developer

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Santa Barbara-based venture investor Rincon Venture Partners is one of the investors in San Francisco-based Rainforest QA , which recently announced a $12M, Series A funding. Rainforest QA develops tools to help automate software quality assurance (SQA) tasks. Rincon Venture Partners was joined by Bessemer Venture Partners, which led the round, plus Industry Ventures, and Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com. READ MORE>>.

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.

Boulevard Books Seed Funding

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Santa Monica-based Boulevard a developer of cloud-based software used by salons and other appointment-based businesses to automate the process of booking appointments, has raised a seed round of funding, according to one of its investors. Size of the funding round was not disclosed. The funding was led by Santa Monica-based Bonfire Ventures, and also included Ludlow Ventures and Box Group.

Startups and a Common Misunderstanding in Agile Software Development

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They didn't feel they had visibility into timelines and costs for development of their software. The teams involved didn't seem to be exhibiting many of the Symptoms of a Weak Development Team.

XPRIZE Launches $7M Literacy Prize For Mobile App Developers

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The foundation said the new Adult Literacy XPRIZE challenges mobile app developers to create a mobile app, to help bring illiterate and low-literacy adults to basic literacy within 12 months. The prize, being funded by the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, is aimed at helping an estimated 36 million adults in the U.S. xxprize mobile developer team award literacy reading barbara bush dollargeneral

Some Advice Before You Hit the Fund Raising Trail

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Fund raising. But it’s critical for your business, for you as a leader and people who excel at fund raising have an extreme advantage over those who do not. As a VC I also have to fund raise every three years and these posts 100% apply to VCs raising money, too.