Edlio Snags Investment for K-12 Education Software Acquisition


Los Angeles-based Edlio , has received a growth capital investment this morning, for its K-12 education and "community engagement" software, and in particular, acquisitions of other companies. The funding came from private equity investment provider LLR Partners. Size of the investment was not announced. According to LLR Partners, its investment will be used by Edlio to support its market expansion, via organic growth and acquisitions.

GIBLIB Gets $2.5M For Medical Education Content In VR


According to the company, the investment will go to "substantially increase" the quantity of content it is making available to its user base. video educational surgical surgery reality virtual content education medical giblibLos Angeles-based GIBLIB , which offers up a library of on-demand, medical content in 4K and 360-degree virtual reality, announced this morning that it has raised $2.5M in a seed funding round.

eHarmony's Waldorf Backs Online Education Firm Grovo.com


Greg Waldorf , who was the founding investor in Los Angeles-based eHarmony , and was previously its CEO, is the lead investment in an online education firm''s Series A. The company''s online education services are similar to those offered by Carpinteria-based Lynda.com. eharmony lynda video education online capital venture grovo

How I Invest

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During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends. Often as I describe to people privately why I invested the first reaction is not to immediately get it.

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Amgen Foundation Commits $2.5 Million To Science Education Efforts


million in new grants to help bolster scientific education. and United Kingdom communities, and brings its total invested in its program to nearly $8 million. Amgen said its education efforts will reach more than 50,000 students this year. amgen education grant nonprofit lifescience school science stem biopharmaceuticals The Amgen Foundation , the nonprofit arm of biopharmaceuticals giant Amgen, has committed $2.5

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


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. investment efforts. AET Fund said that so far, it has made investments in six different startups, including HypeVR, FABLE STUDIO, Tyffon Inc., fund akatsuki entertainment technology ventura investment augmented reality

Michelson 20MM Invests In AdmitHub


Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson, said it has made an investment in Boston-based AdmitHub. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. The Michelson 20MM Foundation said it invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, and initiatives with the potential to improve postsecondary access, affordability, and efficacy. The foundation's portfolio includes startups ReUp Education, Motimatic, Pragya Systems, Lrnr, and PackBack.

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Amgen Gives $4.5M To LA Education Effort


in a grant to invest in South Los Angeles schools. Tags: amgen manual arts education grant partners school angeles Thousand Oaks-based biotech giant Amgen said today that its nonprofit arm, the Amgen Foundation , is giving $4.5M Amgen said the grant goes to MLA Partner Schools, an effort which looks to prepare children from South Los Angeles for college and life. The effort is being run within the area of West Adaps Prep and Manual Arts.

Brentwood Associates Invests in Credentials Solutions

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6 an investment in Credentials Solutions, a technology company that provides business services to the higher education sector. The amount invested was not disclosed Middle-market private equity firm Brentwood Associates in Sawtelle announced on Feb.

eGuardian Partners With Education Firm


Irvine-based eGuardian , a provider of service aimed at protecting children on the web, has partnered with safety education firm i-SAFE, according to investor the Tech Coast Angels. i-SAFE is a nonprofit which educates consumers about Internet safety. As part of the deal, i-SAFE will offer eGuardian's products as part of its educational program for schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. The TCA invested in eGuardian in August of 2008.

Caltech Invests In Coursera


The California Institute of Technology is backing, Coursera , a startup in the area of online education with an equity investment, plus the promise to put some of its courses online for free, in a deal worth $3.7M, the school announced this morning with Coursera. According to Coursera, Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania have invested a combined $3.7M in investments to back its efforts to put university courses online.

Brentwood Associates Invests In Credentials Solutions


Los Angeles-based private equity investor Brentwood Associates announced this morning that it has made an investment in Credentials Solutions , a provider of software-enabled transcript, verification and parking services to the higher education market. Size of the investment was not announced. software parking investment equity private capital venture solutions credentials

Disney Invests $15M In Kahoot, Maker Of Learning Games


Burbank-based Disney has made a $15M investment in Norwegian educational and learning games developer Kahoot , Kahoot said Friday, in a deal which grows Disney's stake in the company. Kahoot--which was part of the Disney Accelerator in Burbank back in 2017--revolves around user-created quizzes, which people set up and share with other users. READ MORE>>. kahoot disney venture capital educaitonal learning software game games

Serious Games for Simulation, Education and the Enterprise

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Saturday, January 12, 2013 -- Serious Games for Simulation, Education and the Enterprise. Likewise, a wide variety of tasks, from corporate training to childhood education, have been variously recast in a "game" context with dimensions and purposes quite beyond simple "fun and entertainment." Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum. ?Game,? Game,? the phoneme, has spread its wings far beyond familiar "teenage" video games: it now embraces a variety of new and important applications.

William Morris Invests in Mobile Development Firm


Beverly Hills-based talent agency and entertainment giant William Morris Endeavor looks to be busy with investments this week. Financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Vision Internet Gets Private Equity Investment


Size of the investment was not disclosed. Vision Internet provides government website development, and says it has nearly 600 government, non-profit and education clients. Santa Monica-based Visio Internet , which develops Internet sites for governments, has raised a round of growth capital, according to the company. The funding came from Caltius Equity Partners. As part of the funding, Vision Internet said it has named David M. Nachman as its CEO.

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Why Computer Vision Has Become a Major Investment Theme for Me

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Computer Vison Startup Nanit If you follow me on Snapchat ( msuster ) you might already know that I’ve been looking at and investing in a number of companies in the computer vision space.

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How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future


Explain what kinds of investments TenOneTen makes or hopes to make? David Waxman: We''ve been making investments since the beginning of the year. Our investments include companies in the search technology space, such as SRCH2, which is one of our early investments.

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Creating the Next Generation of US Employees. My Investment in Treehouse

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I’ve just completed an investment in Ryan Carson’s new company, TreeHouse. I’m investing heavily in Internet video. So I invested in Maker Studios , which is now the 3rd largest producer of Internet video on the web. Ryan wants to reinvent education.

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Kutcher's Sound Ventures Backs LearnLux in Seed Funding


Sound Ventures , the Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm of Ashton Kutcher, is one of the lead investors in a funding round for LearnLux , a startup which develops software that helps employees of companies with financial wellness. employee learning education wellness financial investment capital venture learnlux

Advertising Wants to be Measurable – An Investment Thesis

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One of the investment themes I’ve been focused on in the past 3 years has been Performance-Based Marketing. When I started investing the US advertising market was $300 billion with only 10% of it ($30 billion) of it being online and measurable.

JPMorgan Chase Invests $2.2 Million to Benefit Phoenix’s Underserved Entrepreneurs


Phoenix communities are celebrating because JPMorgan Chase has made several local charitable investments to support underserved entrepreneurs and small businesses with the goal of creating jobs and spark a growing economy. The post JPMorgan Chase Invests $2.2

Mitsubishi Chemical To Invest $6M In UCSB


The University of California, Santa Barbara and Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation of Tokyo have just announced that Mitsubishi Chemical will invest $6M in the school, as part of an extension of a materials research and education alliance. The funding will go towards the Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) at UCSB, which was established in 2001. The $6M will be spread over four years. Mitsubishi Chemical is the largest chemical company in Japan.

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GoGuardian Acquired by Sumeru Equity Partners


Size of the investment were not announced. The company said that George Kadifa, Sanjeet Mitra and Sean Kendra--all of Sumeru Equity Partners--have joined the company's board with the majority investment. goguardian chromebook management software education educational school merger acquisition venture capital private equity

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Sonosim Scores Funding From GE Healthcare


San Diego-based ultrasound education and training software developer Sonosim has received an equity investment from GE Healthcare , GE Healthcare announced on Monday. According to GE, the deal included a partnership effort which will offer enhanced education services to new and existing ultrasound users around the world. sonosim venture capital ultrasound education training simulation software hardware medical equipment device lifescience

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. News of Fika’s second effort comes as investment in LA tech continues to reach record highs.

Lynda.com's Lynda Weinman Backs EdSurge


Lynda Weinman , the co-founder of online video education site Lynda.com , is one of the angel backers in a funding round for online education-technology news publisher EdSurge. in a funding round, from a number of investors--including Lynda Weinman, who bootstrapped Carpinteria-based Lynda.com into one of the largest online video education sites in the industry, and one of the region''s unsung success stories.

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Amgen Foundation Commits $4M More For Biotech Labs In Schools


Amgen said that it has invested a total of more than $13 million since it launched the Amgen Biotech Experience in 1990. amgen foundation biotech school education funding laboratory stem educatorThousand Oaks-based Amgen , via its nonprofit arm, The Amgen Foundation , said Wednesday that it will spend more than $4M to help bring hands on biotechnology labs to schools.

Wavemaker Three Sixty Teams With USC Keck School of Medicine


Pasadena-based Wavemaker Three Sixty Health, LP , the healthcare startup investment fund led by Jay Goss, has teamed up with the University of Southern California's MESH (Medicine, Engineering, Science, Humanities) Academy at the USC Keck School of Medicine. The two said they expect the deal to both expand the portfolio of external investment at USC, and also help Wavemaker Three Sixty Health widen its investment funnel.

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Green Dot Powers Mobile Banking For Stash


Monrovia, California-based Green Dot , the prepaid card and mobile banking giant, is powering the new banking offerings for mobile investing and financial app startup Stash. Stash offers up a mobile app which lets users buy stocks starting as little as $5, with an aim of helping users become more familiar with investing. The company offers up mostly blue chip stocks and ETFs, letting users buy fractional shares, with a heavy dose of educational content.

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USC: $380M Raised In Last 3 Years By USC Spinouts


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Caltech Taps Venture Capitalist As Trustee


Gupta's firm is based in Menlo Park, and primarily invests in companies serving India and the global markets. caltech venture capital executive trustee education california technology school nexus india investment

HeyTutor Finds $1M From ScOp Venture Capital


Los Angeles-based HeyTutor , an online marketplace for finding tutors, has raised $1M in its Series A funding, the company announced on Tuesday, from Santa Barbara-based ScOp Venture Capital, the venture investment firm led by serial entrepreneur and investor Kevin O'Connor. education school tuturing tutor marketplace market online capital venture scop heytutor

Edlio Acquires Sangha, Raises $40M


Los Angeles-based educational content management software developer Edlio said late Tuesday that it has acquired Sangha , the developer of a personalized, mobile parent interaction app. Financial terms of the acquisition were not announced, however, Edlio said the acquisition and integeration of Sangha was being funded by a $40M investment from private equity investor L Squared. edlio sangha venture capital educational content management software merger acquisition

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JMI Equity Backs CampusLogic In $55M Funding


CampusLogic said it will use the new investment for product development, customer success, and sales and marketing. equity campuslogic venture capital software student financial education schoolJMI Equity , the private equity firm which has one of its main offices in La Jolla, is the lead investor in a round for Phoenix, Arizona-based CampusLogic.

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