The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far

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Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US. Early-stage SaaS VC slip snaps recovery as public software stocks soar. 2018 is already a record year for venture funding worldwide.

The Minority Venture Capital Opportunity

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This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the historic billion-dollar leveraged buyout of Beatrice Foods, put together by African-American business pioneer Reginald Lewis.

Venture Capital Fundraising On Uptick

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It looks like it's going to be a good year for venture capital -- fundraising, that is, according to numbers released by Dow Jones Monday. venture capital fundraising finance dowjones

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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This was the first episode where Jason wasn’t on the show, which gave me the chance to have another VC on the show to discuss deals. Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. VC Financings: 1.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Enter VC. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

Latest Data Show Venture Capital Industry on Pins and Needles

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venture industry is also exhibiting some fatigue as we finish the 88th month since the last recession. According to the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook , this past quarter $15 billion was invested in 1,810 deals , which compares unfavorably to both the prior quarter ($22.1

How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

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There’s a quick litmus-test conversation any early-stage VC will have with the founder and it’s one that you should be as prepared for as your elevator pitch. It goes something like this … VC: “How much money are you raising?” Founder: “$8–10 million” VC: “What’s your current burn rate?”

New VC Firm Blueprint Equity Puts $6M into Florida Software Company

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A new venture capital firm, which in November marked its launch by raising a $53 million-plus fund to invest in startups, has made its first investment.

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

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If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1?— ?controlling controlling your psychology ) you no doubt have heard me say that raising capital is a sales & marketing process. This is critical to build a cohesive venture capital firm.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

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I know that the tone of the title and post will seem a bit aggressive for a post from a venture capitalist on fund raising. If you want to raise venture capital more easily the advice could be quite practical and counter-intuitive. Not so VC. Clean up your own shite.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

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On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? I have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. ’ But do you want to start a relationship with your most important supplier – that of capital to fuel your business – by avoiding talking about his or her expectations in terms of rights or privileges? Try doing THAT with equity.

MediaAlpha Gets Private Equity Injection

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Los Angeles-based programmatic advertising software developer MediaAlpha announced Monday afternoon that it has raised a new, strategic investment, from private equity investor Insignia Capital Group. will remain a "significant equity holder" in the company, according to MediaAlpha, with 42 percent ownership interest in the company after the investment. mediaalpha venture capital programmatic advertising software merger acquisition private equity insignia

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Last Exit Wall Street: 7 Considerations When Raising Venture Capital

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The recent firing of Groupon’s CEO Andrew Mason is a cautionary tale of the increased scrutiny and heightened expectations that come from accessing increasingly larger amounts of investment capital. Is outside capital really required?

Embark Ventures Raising $50M Venture Capital Fund

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Los Angeles-based Embark Ventures , a new venture capital fund led by Yipeng Zhao and venture capitalist Peter Lee, is raising a $50M venture capital fund, according to a recent SEC filing by the firm. Lee was previously at investor at Baroda Ventures, and Zhao was at ZMYX Global Investment, a Chinese equity investor. embark ventures venture inestment peter yipeng zhao early stage seed internet software

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. “It’s still really underserved from a capital standpoint,” Zhuo said of the LA region.

Marlin Equity Backs Elenion Technologies

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Marlin Equity Partners unveiled a new company, Elenion Technologies , focused on silicon photonics. According to Marlin Equity Partners, Elenion has been in existence since 2014, and has been operating in stealth mode. Marlin Equity said that it has named Larry Schwerin, former CEO of Silicon Lightwave Services and Capella Intelligent Subsystems, as CEO of the company.

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VCs say Silicon Valley isn’t the gold mine it used to be

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Venture capital investors are deploying capital outside the Bay Area more than ever before. “It’s not just watching where the capital flows, it’s watching where the talent flows.

StartEngine Plans New Equity Crowdfunding Campaign, For Itself

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Los Angeles-based StartEngine , the equity crowdfunding site led by serial entrepreneur Howard Marks, told its supporters on Friday that it is planning to launch a new, equity crowdfunding effort: for itself. According to StartEngine, in an email to investors in earlier equity crowdfunding efforts on its site, that in the coming weeks, StartEngine will be offering its own shares to investors. startengine equity crowdfunding howard marks venture capital incubator accelerator

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Raising Venture Capital: - Some of the Important Rules Have Changed!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011 -- MIT CC Forum - Raising Venture Capital: - Some of the Important Rules Have Changed! On November 16, the MIT Enterprise Forum - in a joint program with UCSBs Technology Management Program - will address directly some of the important changes in venture investing through the insight of three experts, each of whom represent different segments of the venture investment community: angel investing, VC investing and private equity venture investing.

GoGuardian Acquired by Sumeru Equity Partners

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Los Angeles-based GoGuardian , a startup which develops Chromebook management software for schools, disclosed last week that it has raised a majority round of private equity from Sumeru Equity Partners. 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.

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Caltius Equity Partners Backs Health Payment Systems

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Caltius Equity Partners said late Wednesday that it has made a "significant" investment in Health Payment Systems , a developer of healthcare technology and services. health payment systems private equity caltius venture capital

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ChiroTouch Gets Private Equity Investment

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San Diego-based ChiroTouch , a developer of electronic health records and practice management software for the chiropractic market, has raised a round of private equity funding. The funding came from Waud Capital Partners. According to the companies, George Ahn, Operating Executive at Waud Capital, has become ChiroTouch's new CEO, and has also joined the company's board as Vice Chairman.

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JMI Equity Backs CampusLogic In $55M Funding

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JMI 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. CampusLogic, which develops software tools to help streamline the management of student financial aid for schools, said Wednesday morning that it had raised $55M in a funding round from JMI Equity. equity campuslogic venture capital software student financial education school

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LA, and Southern California's Surge In Venture Capital Funds

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Those local funds are on top of a massive injection of funding from out of area venture capitalists, private equity funds, family offices, and strategic investors. Upfront Ventures. Greycroft Ventures. Core Innovation Capital. Okapi Ventures. Fika Ventures.

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. The company''s other backers are GreenSpring Associates, Escalate Capital and University Venture Fund, who also participated in the funding.

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Report: Venture Capital Fund Linked To Convicted Felon In Lompoc

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A new report, published this morning by Fortune, says that a "new" venture capital fund--announced last week in officially looking press releases-- appears to be linked to a convicted inmate, currently imprisoned in Lompoc. The original Asenqua Ventures was led by convicted felon Albert Hu, who was sentenced to spend 12 years in prison for wire fraud in 2013. asenqua ventures felon prisoner scam venture capital fund private equity finance crime

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Sugarfina Raises $35M In Private Equity Funding

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Los Angeles-based upscale, luxury confections brand Sugarfina announced on Thursday morning that it has raised $35M in a growth equity funding, from private equity investor Great Hill Partners. The company said it was advised by Imperial Capital on the funding. sugarfina private equity venture capital great hill luxury chocolate candy retailer

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JMI Equity Invests In Arena Solutions

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San Diego-based private equity investor JMI Equity has made an investment in Foster City, California-based Arena Solutions , the two said this morning. Arena said the strategic growth equity investment will further its growth. arena solutions equity private venture capital strategicSize of thee investment was not announced.

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JMI Equity Invests $35M In Cosential's Construction Proposal Software

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La Jolla-based private equity investor JMI Equity has made a $35M strategic growth investment in Cosential , a developer of customer relationship management (CRM) and proposal automation software for the architecture and engineering market. Cosential announced on Wednesday that it has raised $35M in the strategic growth investment, which came from private equity investor JMI Equity. cosential venture capital construction proposal software equity

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Apposite Gets Private Equity Investment

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Los Angeles-based Apposite Technologies , a developer of enterprise network simulation software and test tools, has raised a round of growth investment from private equity investor Ranch Creek Partners. apposite private equity venture capital enterprise network simulation testing test tool steve fazio

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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.

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Silicon Valley VC's New LPs: Hollywood?

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Looking for some funding for your new Menlo Park venture capital fund? The article did not quantify how much Hollywood money is going to technology venture capital and private equity. silicon valley venture capital hollywood

Club Pilates Gets Private Equity Investment

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Los Angeles-based Club Pilates , a franchisor of Pilates studios, has received a private equity investment from TPG Growth Partners, the two said on Thursday. club pilates private equity investment growth venture capital anthony geisler tpggrowth franchiseSize of the funding round was not announced. Club Pilates is run by Anthony Geisler, the former owner and CEO of LA Boxing; Geisler acquired Club Pilates in 2015 from founder Allison Beardsley. READ MORE>>.

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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 billion in capital.

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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.

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