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Zuma Ventures: Creating A New Technology Startup Model

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David Carter and Allen Hurff are two startup veterans, who believe they have a new formula to help create early stage, technology companies, through their new "startup studio", Zuma Ventures (www.zumavc.com).

500 Startups Presents Bitcoinference

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The next portion of the discussion moves into investments into Bitcoin: the currency, technology, and in startups in the space. Adam Draper – Of Boost VC, an SF Incubator/Accelerator.

Siemer Summit 2015 Announced, Tim Draper To Keynote

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The Siemer Summit , the invite-only conference which has been organized by technology investment banking firm Siemer & Associates for the last four years, is returning this year, according to the firm.

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Sensay Snags $4.5M For Chatbot Technology

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Los Angeles-based Sensay , a developer of chatbot technology, has raised $4.5M The funding was led by Norwest Venture Partners, and also included Greycroft Partners, Sweet Capital, NHN, Draper Associates and other. in a seed funding round, according to the company. The startup says it has created a "peer-to-peer chat bot" which helps connect people across SMS, Slack, Kik, Telegram and Facebook Messenger. Ariel Jalali is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sensay. READ MORE>>.

Enevate Expands Battery Efforts In Irvine

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Irvine-based Enevate , a developer of rechargeable battery technology, is expanding in Irvine, according to reports today. The venture backed firm, which has investments from Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, is tripling its office space to 22,000 square feet, according to the Orange County Register. Enervate is a spinout of technology from UC Irvine, and is developing batteries aimed at 3G and 4G smartphones and tablets.

EdeniQ Links With German Firm

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Visalia-based EdeniQ , a developer of biofuels technology and a spinout of Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels , said Wednesday that it has linked with German firm IKA Works on supplying biomass mixing and milling technology for the biofuels and biochemical markets.

SpaceX Sets Satellite Launches

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Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies , the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, has set the schedule for two upcoming satellite launches, the company announced this morning. SpaceX is backed by venture firms the Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners.

Edeniq Acquired By Aemetis

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Edeniq , a cellulosic biofuels technology developer which had spun out of now defunct, Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels, has been acquired by Silicon Valley biofuels developer Aemetis , the two said late last week. Edeniq had raised around $100M from Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Angeleno Group, The Westly Group, I2BF Global Ventures, along with US Department of Energy (DOE) grant funding.

Altra Biofuels Spinout Gets $30M More

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EdenIQ , the spinout of San Diego-based Altra Biofuels , the developer of biofuels processing technology, has scored $30M in new venture capital funding, the company said today.

Cognition Raises $200K

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Culver City-based Cognition Technologies , the developer of natural language processing technology software, has raised $200,000, as part of an ongoing $500,000 funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. Cognition has previously raised funding from the Tech Coast Angels and Draper Associates, as well as Tim Draper and Scott Jarus.

SpaceX Announces Second Satellite Launch Deal

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In the second satellite launch deal announced today, Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and ORBCOMM said that SpaceX will carry two new satellites to orbit this year. SpaceX is venture backed by Founders Fund, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Valor Equity Partners, and is headed by technology mogul Elon Musk.

Enevate Gets $24M For Battery Technology

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The round came from CEC Capital, Tsing Capital, and Presidio Ventures, along with prior investors Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The firm says its technology "dramatically" increase energy density over conventional battery technology. The company said the funds will go to bring its first products to market and to accelerate commercialization of its technology.

Clean Technology Deals Hit $1.9B In Q1

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Clean technology venture cpaital deals hit $1.9 billion, across 180 clean technology companies in Q1, according to a report released yesterday by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte. According to the report, the investment represent a new record total in the number of quarterly clean technology investments. Tags: clean technology venture capital cleantech energy solar automobile green

Genomatica Claims Milestone

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San Diego-based Genomatica , the venture-backed developer of sustainable chemical technology, said this morning that it has achieved demonstration-scale fermentation using its process, on schedule. to Genomatica to further develop its technology.

Genomatica Raises $45M

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San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of sustainable chemical technology, announced today that it has raised another $45M in funding. Prior investors Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures and TPG Biotech also participated. The firm said the funding was led by VantagePoint Venture Partners; Bright Capital, a Russian venture investment firm; and Waste Management.

NeuroVigil Gets Funding

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La Jolla-based NeuroVigil , a firm developing non-invasive wireless brain recording technology and advanced computational analysis techniques, has raised a first round of funding, the firm said this week. NeuroVigil said the funding came from an "anonymous American industrialist and technology visionary". NeuroVigil's technology is based on research from the Salk Instutute for Biological Studies.

Genomatica, Waste Management In Research Deal

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San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of renewable chemical production technology and processes, has inked a strategic joint development agreement with Waste Management , the firms announced this morning. According to the two, they will advance Genomatica's technology and manufacturing processes to produce intermediate and basic chemicals from syngas made from municipal solid waste.

Genomatica Files For IPO

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San Diego-based Genomatica , a developer of renewable chemicals technology, has filed for an IPO, saying today that it is looking to raise up to $100M in an IPO on the Nasdaq Global Market. Genomatica is a developer of processes used to convert renewable feedstocks into high volume chemicals.The firm is venture backed by TPG biotechnology Partners, Mohr Davidow Ventures, VantagePoint Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, WM Organic Growth, among others.

MyShape Runs Out Of Cash, Shuts Down

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Apparently, the firm is now being shopped by Sherwood Partners, which specializes in assignment for the benefit of creditors and shutdown and liquidation of failed technology companies. MyShape had raised north of $36M in funding from such investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Pasadena Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and Tenaya Capital. Los Angeles-based MyShape , the online personalized fashion and women's clothing firm, has shut down.

CapLinked Announces New Investors, Signs Up New Clients & Builds New Features

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Jackson said, “We’re using the proceeds from our financing round to invest in our technology, build new features, and increase sales and support.”. Team, Technology & Vision. Pleased to be an investor in the company, investor Lee Essner said he was particularly drawn to CapLinked’s team, technology and vision. Business Entrepreneurship Startups AccessDNA Artesian Group Caplinked Chris Harris Conversion Capital Draper and Kramer Eric M.

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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The biggest investments for the quarter went to Irvine-based Fisker Automotive , which raised $78.0M, followed by Hawthorn-based Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX), the commercial rocket firm of Elon Musk, which raised $50.2M. The third biggest investment was for San Diego-based Fallbrook Technologies , a maker of transmission systems for the electric vehicle industry, which raised nearly $39.2M

Western Digital Backs Memory Semiconductor Developer

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Irvine-based Western Digital has backed the developer of semiconductor memory technology, as part of a strategic funding round. Everspin Technologies , which develops "magnetoresistive RAM"--aimed at use in such things at solid state storage--said this morning that it has raised $29M in a Series B funding round. everspin semiconductor memory technology venture capital mram globalfoundries western digital

Crosscut Ventures Backs Blockchain Startup

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Crosscut Ventures is one of the backers of a new startup, Fluent , developing blockchain technology for the financial markets. According to Fluent, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky, it raised $1.65M in a seed funding which came from Digital Currency Group, Crosscut Ventures, Draper Associates, Fenbushi Capital, Lindberg Tech Fund and the St.

Enevate Names CFO

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Irvine-based battery technology developer Enevate announced this morning that it has appointed John B. Kennedy was previously CFO at Sprocket Media and SolarBridge Technologies, and also has served at Primarion, ValueClick, and other companies. Kennedy as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Enevate Names CFO

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Enevate is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tsing Capital, Infinite Potential Technologies, Presidio Ventures/Sumitomo, and CEC Capital. Irvine-based Enevate , which is developing advanced Lithium-ion batteries, said this morning that it has named Sameer V. Rao as its new Chief Financial Officer. Rao was previously at MaxLinear, serving as an executive in the finance area, and also has served at Broadcom and PRTM.

NeuroVigil Finds More Funding

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La Jolla-based NeuroVigil , a developer of brain monitoring tools and technology, said it has received a second financing round. According to the company, the round was led by Howard Morgan, and also included Elon Musk, Tim Draper, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Zone Ventures. Size of the funding was not disclosed. The startup is led by Dr. Philip Low, who founded NeuroVigil based on research he did as a graduate student at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Lalawag Goes To Silicon Valley's Valley Girl

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Los Angeles gossip and technology blog Lalawag , run by Sean and Laurie Percival, has been sold. a publication that is run by Jesse Draper, the daughter of venture capitalist Tim Draper.

Interview with Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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Last week, El Segundo-based Accordent Technologies , a developer of webcasting and presentation services and software, was acquired by Polycom, in a $50M deal. They had been slowly building their technology and growing customers, and it was a very much break-even type of business.

Local Clean Energy Business Plan Contest Awards $160,000

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A local, clean energy business plan competition started by the California Insitute of Technology (Caltech), the University of Southern California (USC), and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has awarded $160,000 in prizes in its latest competition. First Look West also said it provided $5,000 in a "Tansformational Idea Award" funded by Draper University, the entrepreneurial education program from venture capitalist Tim Draper.

Synthetic Genomics Brings Funding Up To $35.0M

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La Jolla-based Synthetic Genomics , a developer of genomics technology for the biofuels industry, has now raised $35M of its ongoing $50M funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing from the company. Synthetic Genomics is backed by ExxonMobil, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Meteor Group, Biotechonomy LLC and Plenus, S.A., synthetic genomics exxon mobil exxonmobil venture startup capital biofuel cleantech clean technology energy

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Carbon Micro Battery Becomes Enovate

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Irvine-based Enovate Corporation , which is backed by Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson, said today that it has renamed itself from Carbon Micro Battery. The firm, which is developing rechargeable battery technology aimed at the smartphone market, said the name "better reflects" the firm's growth strategy in the energy storage space. in venture financing from such firms as Mission Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Ranker Adds Executives

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Walker is an investor and has been involved in such companies as Westpoint Integrated Technologies; Holt previously has been at Internet Brands, eHarmony, OnGreen.com, and Neodata. Ranker is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective, BullPen Capital, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels.

Amonix Ties With Solar Cell Developer

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According to the two companies, Amonix and Solar Junction are in a collaboration which will combine the Amonix module technology with Solar Junction's solar cell technology. Solar Junction, which is backed by New Enterprise Associates, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Advanced Technology Ventures, and IQE, said it is developing highly efficient solar cells specifically for CPV applications.

Cognition In Licensing Deal With Microsoft

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Los Angles-based Cognition Technologies , the developer of semantic, natural language processing technology focused on the Internet search area, is reporting a win with Microsoft's Bing search engine today. The firm--which is headed by Scott Jarus--said it has licensed some of its proprietary semantic technologies to Microsoft Corp. Cognition is venture backed by Draper Associates, Tim Draper, Fingerhut Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels.

MyShape Raises $5.5M More

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The funding came from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Tenaya Capital, and Draper Fisher Jurvetson Growth Fund. The company said the new funding will go to grow its operations, aggressively build out its product assortment, and to further develop its personalization technology. Los Angeles-based MyShape , the online personalized fashion and women's clothing and apparel firm, said today that it has raised $5.5M more in funding.

Altra Biofuels Spinoff EdenIQ Gets $12.4M

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EdenIQ , the biofuels yield enhancement technology firm that is a spinout of Los Angeles-based Altra Biofuels , has scored a $12.4M venture funding round.

SpaceX Gets Satellite Contract

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Hawthorne-based Space Exploration Technologies , the commercial rocket firm headed by Elon Musk, said late Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Israeli satellite firm Space Communications Ltd. ,

Cognition Trumpets Semantic Mapping

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Los Angeles-based Cognition Technologies, a provider of search engine technology, claimed Tuesday that it has created the "world's largest semantic map of the English language." The firm said that the information is being used as part of its technology for helping to improve search results and to personalize and filter content.