Q1 Seed Funding Deals Up From Last Year, Says Amplify LA


Seed stage investments in Los Angeles area startups was up, year-to-year, according to the Q1 2018 LA Seed Deal Report from investor Amplify LA. in seed funding in Q1, which was up 2.5 The most active area for LA area seed investments was in media, entertainment, and gaming, with software-as-a-service businesses also bringing in significant seed funding. amplifyla amplify angeles technology seed funding startups

Tapiture Taps Into Successful Social eCommerce And Secures $2.25M In Seed Funding

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million in seed funding since its founding in 2012. The curated design and photography-driven entertainment site is where GIFs and memes intermingle with stunning photography, video and the ability to purchase in app.

Heal Finds $5M For On Demand Doctor's Housecalls


Santa Monica-based Heal , an on-demand startup offering up access to house calls from doctors via smartphone, has raised $5M in a seed funding round, the company announced this morning. The funding came from Slow Ventures, March Capital and Pritzker Capital, along with angels Paul Jacobs (Qualcomm); James Lassiter (Overbrook Entertainment); Stephen Rader (Clarity Partners); Jamie McCourt; Lionel Richie; and Mike Wortsman (Univision).

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Serious Business Get Funded For Internet Entertainment


A trio of United Talent Agency execs said Friday that they have launched a new, media company focused on the intersection of Internet and entertainment. According to Serious Business , it has raised a second round of seed funding from Brave New Ventures to fund the effort. serious business venture capital seed internet hollywood agent entertainment cheezburger

Eyellusion Gets $2M For Music Hologram Tours


Los Angeles-based Eyellusion , which conducts "hologram music tours" that feature such deceased celebrities as Frank Zappa, Ronnie James Dio and others, has raised $2M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Thomas Dolan, part of the family that owns Madison Square Garden and AMC Networks. content entertainment hollywood zappa frank celebrity tour hologram music eyellusion

Siemer Ventures Backs Japanese Mobile Video Firm


Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Siemer Ventures is one of the backers of a new, Japanese mobile video entertainment startup, Breaker. The funding was led by Dram Incubator, Inc., hollywood content entertainment video mobile ventures siemer japan breaker

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Nettle Gets $500K From Google, Others


La Jolla-based Nettle , a semi-stealth mode firm which says it is creating a "next-generation social/local/mobile application and website for the global entertainment market", has raised $500,000 in a seed funding. nettle venture capital social mobile entertainment

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Disney Accelerator Shows Off First Class Of Startups


Among the announcements at the demo day were the funding of smartphone toy company SnowShoe , and an acquisition of Smart Toy , a developer of an interactive toy. in its seed funding round. disney startup accelerator walt angeles entertainment consumer funding venture capital techstars

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Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities

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Los Angeles-based Next 10 Ventures , a $50 million fund focused on the creator economy, is launching an incubator program to support YouTubers. Former YouTube exec unveils Next 10 Ventures, a $50M fund to back online creators.

Yapert Raises $1.2M For Mobile Magazine


in a seed funding round, for its interactive mobile magazine. According to the firm, the funding was led by the Tech Coast Angels, and also included the Desert Angels, Pasadena Angels, and other independent angel investors. According to Yapert, the new funding brings its total raised to $1.7M, including an earlier angel round last year. The company said it will use the funding for continued platform expansion and sales and marketing.

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ShareSquare Raises $150K


Los Angeles-based ShareSquare , a new startup focused on the QR Code creation area, has launched its services this week, focusing on helping musicians and entertainers create QR codes. According to the firm, it has raised $150,000 in a seed funding round--part of an ongoing, $500,000 funding round in progress--which so far includes angel investors Paige Craig, John Frankel of ff Assett Management, and Hacker Angels' Jeff Miller and Roy Rodenstein.

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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version of this new breed of entertainer, the collective behind the account is far from the only one. The NBA star and studio analyst also committed capital to Toonstar’s recent seed funding, a round led by Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister.

March Capital Backs Nifty Games In $3M Funding


Santa Monica-based venture investor March Capital is one of the lead investors in a new, video game publishing startup called Nifty Games , in a $3M funding round, announced on Tuesday by Nifty Games. The startup--based in San Francisco--says it was founded by videogame industry veterans Jon Middleton and Pete Wanat, and is focused on interactive entertainment and specifically sports videogames.

SourceAudio Finds $1.2M For Music Licensing And Search


in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Emerson Investment Group. According to SOurce Audio, it has develops a business-to-business, professional music licensing catalog which helps music publishers, ad agency, radio stations, entertainment marketing, and others connect. Los Angeles-basd SourceAudio , which provides music licensing search and distribution tools and services, said Monday that it has raised $1.2M

Loop Media Unveils Streaming Media Service, Backed By $10M In Funding


The startup--which says it has been in "stealth" mode for over two years--says it is backed by $10M in seed funding. That funding came from angel investor Dianne Berry plus other private investors from California, Tennessee and Florida. According to the startup, it wants to provide entertainment to consumers at home, on-the-go, or in public venues such as bars, restaurants, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines, stadiums and universities.

Fliptu Gets $1.2M For Social Aggregation Tools


Los Angeles-based Fliptu , the developer of social aggregation tools for music and entertainment brands, has raised $1.2M in a seed funding round, the company said Friday. The startup--led by Jeremy Gocke--said the funding came from Scout Ventures, Rick Dalzell (former Amazon CIO), Rich Heise (early Groupon investor), Hivers & Strivers, Kelly Perdew, and other angels. The company said it will use the funds to bolster its product team and expand into new verticals.

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Vyu Raises $825K


Los Angeles-based Vyu , which is developing a personalized, mobile entertainment guide service, said this morning that it has raised $825,000 in a seed funding round. The funding came from Jabbar Internet Group and other investors. As part of the funding, the company said that it has added former Yahoo!

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Bccthis Gets $500K, Launches Communications Tool


Los Angeles-based Bccthis , a startup developing software which connects Microsoft Outlook, Twitter, and BlackBerry smart phones, announced this morning that it has raised $500,000 in seed funding and launched a beta of its service. Source of the seed funding was not disclosed. Waldman was most recently at Twistbox Entertainment, and also had served at Amp'd Mobile and Eyematic.

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Draftpedia Aims At NFL, NBA Fans


The startup is now in the midst of seed funding efforts, after seeing uptake and large numbers of downloads of the app. Are you a fan of the NFL or NBA--and wish you had an easy reference to the players and picks in the draft for those two sports leagues?

Wemo Media Gets $2M For TheBlu


Los Angeles-based Wemo Media , the company led by Neville Spiteri which is developing the interactive ocean environment TheBlu , said today that it has raised $2M in a seed funding round for the firm. theblue wemo media venture capital funding interactive ocean content

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Vadio Finds $7.5M, Taps Sony's Landau As Chairman


in a Series A funding round, and tapped former Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment executive Yair Landau as its Chairman and COO. The funding was led by Marker LLC. Vadio has previously raised seed funding from Mucker Capital, Amplify.LA, and other Los Angeles investors. Vadio , the music video streaming technology developer led by Bryce Clemmer, said today that it has raised $7.5M

Taylor Freeman of UploadVR on Building a Passionate Culture for Good


I saw so many different applications for virtual reality in education, entertainment, mental health and communication,” he said. The company caught the attention of investor from China and secured a seed-funding round around $1.5

ShareSquare Raising $1.5M


in funding on AngelList, as the firm ramps its development efforts. ShareSquare develops a service which allows users to create their own QR codes--3D barcodes--which are being used for promoting musicians, bands, and other entertainment. Galica did not disclose investors in the round, and did not detail how far along to closing the firm is for the seed funding.

Hollywood Insiders Back Social Shopping Site The Hunt


San Francisco-based The Hunt said this week that it has raised a seed funding round worth $2.7M, from such Hollywood insiders as Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary''s AGR-ade Investments, Rohan Oza (Vitamin Water, Pop Chips), RedOne (producer for Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez), Keli Lee (EVP of Casting for ABC Entertainment Group), Anjula Acharia-Bath (CEO of Desi Hits) and Michael Banks (media investor).

Amplify Joins Accelerator Crowd


Bricault is a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners, and Wolpert was most recently at the Mailroom fund. Amplify said it will invest in companies at the intersection of technology and entertainment. in its own fund, and plans to invest $50,000 in seed funding to companies accepted to its program.

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Interview with Jeremy Gocke, Fliptu


The firm already has seed funding from such investors as Kelly Perdew, Sugarmaker Media, and support from talent agency ICM Partners. We showed it to other brands, and colleagues in music, sports, and entertainment, and finally brought it to the MAGIC apparel trade show.

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

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I told David, “Look at the changes we’ve seen in the VC / funding market. The whole movement to seed funds / early investments happened for a reason. And a fourth partner – Jennifer Massey – will join from an entertainment background. I wrote a blog post on how to work with lawyers at a startup nearly two-and-a-half years ago. It was very widely read.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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This has led to the creation of incubators, accelerators and seed funds. Contrary to some press reporting, the boom in startups, the creation of accelerators and seed funds as well as the deserved popularity of AngelList do not signal doom for our industry.

Get Inside the Mind of an Angel Investor

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When I meet with Tom offline it’s obvious that he immediately is thinking about product issues, technology trends, funding rounds, etc. A very big thanks to Alexandra Harris, the founder of FanCause , a company that aims to connect entertainment brands with their fans to raise money.

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This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. They were originally founded inside of Times Mirror and had a huge string of major investment success before spinning out as a fully independent fund.

How Catalog Is Helping SMBs Compete Against Big Brands


in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Techstars and Luma Launch. We're hiring our team to be more diverse, so we an get opinions not just from the tech elites, but from people who have been at agencies, who have been in entertainment, who have been in music, or are from the arts.

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Interview with Brian Nilles, Evolver


Vicon became the largest motion capture hardware and software company and our primary markets there were entertainment, computer games, film, and also life sciences and engineering. We got started after our seed funding on August first of last year and immediately went to work with platform companies. You mentioned you're VC funded? Brian Nilles: Yes, we're funded by a VC, Rho Ventures.

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