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Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups

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I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. Founders are likely not paid for a long time and have a sizeable equity percentage for early risk and having the concept.

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CTO Salary and Equity Trends 2009-2011

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners - a go to resource here in LA for recruiting C-level positions at startups - was nice enough to compile some data again this year (see last year's Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data ). You can also enter salary and equity data to see where you stand.

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Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.

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CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

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Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. You can find a public Google Spreadsheet with the data: CTO Equity Compensation Google Spreadsheet.

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Marlin Equity Buys LiveOps Cloud

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity has acquired LiveOps Cloud Platform , the companies said today, in a deal which will split LiveOps into two different companies. According to the two, LiveOps has split into LiveOps Cloud Platform , which will be led by LiveOps Ceo Vasili Triant and is now owned by Marlin Equity, from LiveOps Agent Services , which will continue on as a separate organization.

Platinum Equity Buys Clipper Windpower

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Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has acquired wind turbine manufacturer Clipper Windpower , according to Clipper parent United Technologies Corp (UTX) Tuesday. Platinum Technology is the private equity firm founded by Tom Gores.

Abacus Data Systems Acquired By Providence Equity

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La Jolla-based Abacus Data Systems , a developer of software to help law firms manage their practices, has been acquired by private equity investor Providence Equity , the companies announced today. Abacus said the strategic majority investment by Providence Equity will help it quickly sale up its technology infrastructure. abacus data systems legal attorney practice management software merger acquisition private equity investment venture

Cybersecurity Firm Proficio Raises $12M in Private Equity Round

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The Los Angeles-based private equity firm provided funding from its Kayne Partners Fund Group, which invests in high-growth technology businesses. National blog main National top stories San Diego San Diego blog main San Diego top stories computer security Cybersecurity deals Entrepreneurship Financing funding Internet Investor IT Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors Network Security Private Equity Proficio Software Software as a Service (SaaS) startups VC Venture Capital Web

Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data

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A long-time friend and colleague, Steve Wexler, who is great at visualization took my Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data and produced a really need interactive visualization via Tableau. Of course, as you would suspect, equity percentages dilute based on years in business.

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Motion Solutions Gets Private Equity Investment

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Aliso Viejo--based Motion Solutions , a developer of linear motion and motion control hardware used in the semiconductor fabrication equipment, medical equipment, aerospace, and robotics industry, has received a private equity funding from North Branch Capital. motion solutions semiconductor fabrication medical aerospace robotics private equity

Platinum Equity Bumps Offer For Electro Rent To $382M

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Beverly Hills-based private equity investor Platinum Equity announced this morning that it has bumped its offer for Van Nuys-based Electro Rent to $15.50 According to Platinum Equity, the increased offer comes due to a receipt by Electro REnt of an unsolicited, third party acquisition proposal. electro rent platinum equity merger acquisition buyout test equipment

Prime Focus Technologies Gets Private Equity Investment

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Los Angeles-based Prime Focus Technologies , a developer of ERP software for the media industry, says it has received its first round of funding from private equity investor Ambit Pragma. prime focus technologies venture capital private equity ambit software hollywood contentSize of the investment was not announced.

Angeles Equity Partners Finds $360M For First Private Equity Fund

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Los Angeles-based Angeles Equity Partners , a new private equity investor, said this morning that it has raised $360M in its first private equity fund. The fund, Angeles Equity Partners I, L.P., Angeles Equity said it is looking to make investments in closely held or family-owned businesses, in non-core subsidiaries of larger companies, and "build and buy" opportunities with proven executives. erppower investment private partners equity angeles

Vision Internet Gets Private Equity Investment

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The funding came from Caltius Equity Partners. Nachman is the former Chief Business Officer of Velocify, and also served at Marlin Equity Partners, Phoenix Energy Technologies, McKinsey and Company, and Kidder, Peabody & Company. vision internet private equity government venture capital services development executive velocify Santa Monica-based Visio Internet , which develops Internet sites for governments, has raised a round of growth capital, according to the company.

Private Equity Firm Puts Epicor Software On Market

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Epicor Software , the supply chain management software company whose roots are in Orange County, has been put up for sale by private equity firm Apax Partners, according to reports Tuesday. epicor software merger acquisition private equity exit apax The WSJ said that Apax Partners, which owns Epicor, is looking to sell Epicor for around $3.5 billion, and has hired investment banking firm Jeffries to handle the sale.

Lytx Acquired For $500M In Private Equity Acquisition

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San Diego-based automotive telematics provider Lytx has been acquired by private equity investor GTCR , in a deal worth more than $500M in cash, the two said this morning. Lytx--which was originally named DriveCam--was most recently in the hands of private equity investor Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe.

Shopatron Acquired By Vista Equity Partners

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , which develops e-commerce software, is being acquired by private equity investor Vista Equity Partners , according to the companies. Vista Equity partners said the deal combines both Shopatron and another, e-commerce software provider, MarketLive , which it is acquiring in a simultaneous deal. shopatron vista equity partners ecommerce software marketlive

Visualization of Startup CTO Equity and Salary Data

SoCal CTO

A long-time friend and colleague, Steve Wexler, who is great at visualization took my Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data and produced a really need interactive visualization via Tableau. Of course, as you would suspect, equity percentages dilute based on years in business.

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Newlight Gets Investment From Private Equity Investor

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Irvine-based Newlight , a company developing technology which turns greenhouse gases into plastic, has raised an additional funding from private equity investor METRIX Capital Group. Size of the investment was not disclosed, however, METRIX said it doubled its stake in Newlight last week.

JMI Equity Backs BrightLine

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San Diego-based private equity firm JMI Equity has backed a provider of marketing services for the interactive TV market. According to New York-based BrightLine , it has scored a strategic growth investment from JMI Equity, with JMI Equity's General Partner Brad Woloson joining the company's board of directors. equity brightline venture capital private interactive televisoin content advertising

CoreLogic Sells Unit to Private Equity Firm

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gen-E Scores Private Equity Investment

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San Clemente-based Gen-E , a developer of IT process automation software, said Monday that it has received a private equity investment from Solis Capital Partners. equity private capital venture software automation process generatione gen-e

Gores Group Closes $2B Private Equity Fund

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Los Angeles-based private equity firm The Gores Group said Wednesday that it has closed on Gores Capital Partners II, L.P., The private equity firm said its commitments went beyond its original, $1.5 gores group private equity funding financial buyout capitalwith commitments of $2 billion. The firm said that the new fund will acquire companies, primarily in the technology, telecommunications, business services, industrial, consumer, and healthcare sectors.

Private Equity Firm Set To Sell Hulu Stake, Says Report

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A report today from Bloomberg says that Providence Equity Partners , the private equity firm which owns part of Los Angeles-based Hulu , is selling its stake to the firm's other owners in a deal valuing the firm at about $2 billion. hulu private equity merger acquisition providence disney content streaming hollywood

Platinum Equity's Quark Buys Mobile Publishing Firm

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A firm owned by Los Angeles private equity firm Platinum Equity , desktop publishing tools maker Quark , has acquired a UK-based firm developing cloud-based, tablet and mobile publishing software. Quark, which was acquired by Platinum Equity in August of 2011, said it has acquired Mobile IQ , the maker of the Pressrun cloud based, mobile publishing tool. pressrun platinum equity merger acquisition quark private software saas cloud mobile tablet

Platinum Equity Sells Portfolio Firm Canvas Systems

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Los Angeles-based private equity firm Platinum Equity has sold one of its portfolio companies, Canvas Systems , a supplier of refurbished IT hardware and services. Platinum Equity had acquired Canvas Systems in April of 2009. canvas systems merger acquisition platinum equity privateCanvas Systems was sold to electronics distributor Avnet. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

JMI Equity Backs Capsule Tech

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San Diego-based private equity firm JMI Equity has backed a developer of medical device technology, Capsule Tech , the firms announced today. capsule tech technology private equity venture capital medical deviceTerms of the strategic investment were not announced. Capsule Tech said it has named Gene Cattarina as its CEO as part of the investment. Capsule Tech is based in Andover, Mass. JMI's involvement was led by Harry Gruner. JMI manages over $2.1 billion in capital.

Essential Learning Acquired By Vista Equity Partners

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San Diego-based Essential Learning , which develops interactive education and learning software for behavioral and community health, substance abuse, corrections, developmental disability and child welfare organizations, has been acquird by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. essential learning interactive education software elearning merger acquisition vista equity partners private

Craton Equity Leads Major Investment In Bridgelux

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Los Angeles-based private equity fund Craton Equity Partners said Wednesday that it has led a $60M round of investment in Bridgelux , a developer and manufacturer of LED lighting technology. Craton Equity Partners said other investors in the round included VantagePoint Capital Partners, DCM, El Dorado Ventures, Novus Energy Partners, Invus Group, VTS, Harris & Harris Group and Passport Capital.

Marlin Equity Plans Tellabs Unit Spinout

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity Partners said Wednesday that it is planning to spin out its Tellabs Access products as an independent business. According to Marlin Equity, it has named Mike Dagenais as President and CEO of the Tellabs Access business, which will focus on optical local area networking products. Tellabs was acquired by Marlin Equity in December; the remainder of the company is being merged into its other portfolio company, Coriant.

Vista Equity Sells Majority Of Websense To Raytheon

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Vista Equity Partners the private equity firm which as been gobbling up San Diego high tech companies and moving them to Texas--has agreed to sell 80 percent of Websense to defense company Raytheon , the three said today. Vista Equity will also invest another $335M in the companies for a 19.7 percent equity stake in the new company. software security cybersecurity acquisition merger raytheon websense partners equity vista

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Gores Group, Platinum Equity Back Data Blue

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Los Angeles-based private equity investors Gores Group and Platinum Equity said this morning that they have backed Data Blue , an Atlanta provider of storage, backup and server virtualization and consolidation solutions for the enterprise market. data blue datablue private equity investment gores group platinum venture capital

JMI Equity Re-Ups On AppNeta

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San Diego-based JMI Equity , the private equity firm investing in software and business services, has re-upped its investment in Wellesley, Mass.-based in additional capital, from Bain Capital Ventures, Egan-Managed Capital , JMI Equity, and Business Development Bank of Canada. networks apparent appneta equitybased AppNeta. AppNeta said Wednesday that it has raised $6.2M

JMI Equity Invests In PointClickCare

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San Diego- and Baltimore-based private equity firm JMI Equity has invested in PointClickCare , a developer of electronic health records software for the long-term care industry. JMI Equity Founder and Managing General Partner Harry Gruner joins PointClickCare's board as part of the funding. equity pointclickcare electronic health record lifescience venture capital private software

JMI Equity Backs AtTask

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San Diego-based private equity investor JMI Equity is the lead in a $38M funding for project management software developer AtTask. According to AtTask, it raised $38M in the Series D growth funding for its project management software, and will add JMI Equity''s Peter Arrowsmith to its board. attask venture capital equity project management software cloud

Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

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Convertible debt is an investment that “converts&# into equity in the future usually at a discount to your next funding round price and sometimes has a “cap&# (maximum price). prefer equity to convertible debt): If you’re an early stage investor (e.g.

American Solar Direct Gets $5M in Equity Investment

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Santa Monica-based American Solar Direct , a provider of residential solar lease and power purchase agreements, announced this week that it has raised $5M in an equity investment. american solar direct photovoltaic lease cleantech venture capital equityThe round came from WGL Holdings, inc., along with other existing investors and new investors.

JMI Equity Backs DoubleVerify In $33M Funding

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La Jolla-based private equity firm JMI Equity has made a big investment in online advertising verification firm DoubleVerify , leading a $33M funding round in the New York company. According to DoubleVerify, the investment funding for the company came from JMI Equity, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), as well as previous investors Blumberg Capital and First Round Capital. doubleverify venture capital equity advertising online verification

Websense Acquisition By Vista Equity Partners Completes

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San Diego-based Websense , the developer of security software, is now officially owned by private equity firm Vista Equity Partners , the two said late Tuesday. Vista Equity Partners paid approximately $1 billion for Websense.

Marlin Equity Partners Buys 6N Systems

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity Partners announced this morning that it has acquired 6N Systems , a developer of financial and clinical software aimed at the long-term and post-acute care market. Marlin Equity Partners manages over $2.6