Scopely Scores $340M Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based mobile games developer Scopely announced this morning that it has raised a huge, $340M Series E funding round. Scopely said the new funding will go towards supporting its M&A strategy as well as expansion into new product categories. games mobile investment content videogame unicorn funding capital venture scopely

Draper Goren Holm Raises $25M Blockchain Fund

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Los Angeles-based Draper Goren Holm , a new venture capital fund founded by Tim Draper, Alon Goren, and Josef Holm, announced on Tuesday that it has raised $25M in its very first fund. According to the firm, its Fund 1 will make seed and Series A investments in the fintech and blockchain startup world. The fund was announced at the LA Blockchain Summit, which is virtual this year. bitcoin blockchain startup investment fund finance capital venture holm goren draper

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Relativity Space Confirms $500M Funding

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Los Angeles-based 3D printed rocket developer Relativity Space has closed $500M in Series D funding, the company disclosed Monday morning, saying it will use the new funding to accelerate commercialization, production scaling, and its long term development. BOND, Tribe Capital, K5 Global, 3L, Playground Global, Mark Cuban, Spencer Rascoff, and Allen & Company LLC also participated in the funding.

Dorian Debuts With $3.25M Funding

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Los Angeles-based Dorian , a startup developing a way for writers and storytellers to create their own games, without coding, has raised $3.25M in a seed funding round, the company disclosed on Monday. The funding was led by March Capital Partners, and also included VGames, Konvoy Ventures, London Venture Partners, Andover Ventures, Night Media, as well as angel Michael Chow (of the Twitch series "Artificial").

Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund. One of the oldest VCs rooted in LA, Upfront previously closed on $400 million for its sixth flagship early-stage fund in 2017. Funding Startups TC Venture Capital gwyneth paltrow Los Angeles Mark Suster Travis VanderZanden U.S. Upfront Ventures , a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has filed paperwork with the U.S.

eTailPet Finds $800K Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. The seed funding was worth $800K, and led by Moonshots Capital, and also included individual angels from the pet industry. According to eTailPet, the funding will go to accelerate its business. moonshot ecommerce petstore funding seed capital venture etailpet

Electric charging gets more juice as Soros Fund Management makes a bet on Amply Power

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Soros Fund Management, the financial investment vehicle led by famed investor George Soros, is placing a small, $13.2 Despite slowdowns, Shao said that his business is relatively recession proof, because of its availability to government funds and the status of public transportation as a vital part of a city’s infrastructure.

LA's Newest Venture Fund, Mantis, Raises $35M

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A new, Los Angeles-based venture capital fund-- Mantis --announced on Tuesday that it has raised $35M in commitments for its debut fund, Mantis Capital Fund I, LP. The new fund--created by Alex Pall and Drew Taggart of the musical group The Chainsmokers , says its limited partners include Mark Cuban, Keith Rabois, Jim Coulter, and Ron Conway. mantis venture capital fund music musician alex pall drew taggard chainsmokers thechainsmokers

10 Alternative Funding Sources For Your New Venture

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For example, professional investors put great priority on your previous experience in building a business, and they expect to own a portion of the business equity and control for the funds they do provide. This is the primary source of non-personal funds for very early-stage startups.

eTailPet Finds Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital. etailpet venture capital seed funding petstore ecommerce moonshot

With its third fund, Revolution Ventures stays true to its mission

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AOL co-founder and former chief executive officer Steve Case’s venture capital fund, Revolution , deploys capital to companies “outside of the hotbeds.” Revolution, the parent company of Revolution Ventures , the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund and Revolution Growth , has evangelized its approach to backing companies in emerging markets, helping promote entrepreneurialism in geographies often overlooked by Silicon Valley’s Patagonia vest-wearing venture capitalists.

ConsejoSano Gets Impact Funding

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North Hollywood-based ConsejoSano , a developer of patient experience and engagement software, aimed at payers, providers, and health care systems, has scored a round of "impact" funding, the company said this week. Tyson Impact Fund, which is administered by the American Heart Association. Tyson Impact Fund invests in organizations that operate in under-resourced communities, providing capital to help organizations improve health equity.

Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Launches New Fund

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Pasadena-based Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health , a healthcare innovation fund led by Jay Goss and Dr. John Nackel, says it has launched a new venture capital fund, Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Fund II. Size of the new fund was not announced. According to Wavemaker 360, the fund focuses on healthcare start-ups seeking seed-stage investment, and importantly avoids biotech.

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They don’t realize that according to statistics from Startup.co , almost 60 percent are funded with personal savings and credit, and another 25 percent get their money from friends and family. Maybe it’s time to rethink your startup funding strategy. Alejandro Cremades funding startup

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Mica Energies Gets Seed Funding

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Irvine-based Mica Energies announced Wednesday afternoon that it has received a seed funding, and says it is working on a "proof of concept" for ite technology, focused on harvesting radio frequencies from the environment. Source and amount of that seed funding was not announced. The company claimed that the seed funding values the company at $39M. mica energies seed funding venture capital radio frequency

Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

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I had originally signed up to talk about the “VC Market Trends” overall but it seemed inauthentic to speak about VC funding without addressing the virus in the room. So I wrote a brand new deck outlining some Upfront views on what we may see in the funding markets ahead. link] Funding in the Time of Coronavirus was originally published in Both Sides of the Table on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story

Virgin Orbit Seeks Funds Ahead of Launch

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Long Beach-based satellite launch company Virgin Orbit, looking to rebound from a failed test flight in May, is seeking to raise funds ahead of a second launch

PeerStreet Launches Real Estate Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based real estate loan marketplace PeerStreet announced on Wednesday morning that it is launching a new fund, called the Peer Street Credit Opportunity Fund LP , which will provide another way for its customers to diversify, expand, and customize their real estate debt portfolios. PeerStreet said the new fund will allow people to take advantage of opportunities in distressed debt, warehouse financing and subordinate investments.

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Thin Line Capital Launches New Energy, Sustainability Fund

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Pasadena-based Thin Line Capital announced this morning that it has launched a brand new, energey and sustainability fund, which will invest in cleantech investing. The new firm, led by serial entrepnd investor Aaron Fyke, said its seed stage fund has had its first close of over $5 million. Thin Line Capital is linked with venture capital firm Wavemaker, which is partnering with Thin Line Capital to establish the new fund.

MemComputing Finds New Funding

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San Diego-based MemComputing , a developer of high performance computing technology, has raised a round of funding, the company said on Tuesday, from two investors. According to MemComputing, the funding came from Revolution's Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, along with IT-Farm. MemComputing says it has now raised over $3M in total funding.

Two LA Venture Funds Get Backing From PayPal

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Two, Los Angeles-area venture capital investment funds have gotten backing from PayPal , as part of a new effort by PayPal to support Black and Latinx-led venture capital funds. According to PayPal Holdings, it invested a total of $50M in eight, early-stage, Black and Latinx-led venture capital funds yesterday, including two, Los Angeles area funds-- Slauson & Co. , paypal venture capital investment fund black latinx minority diversity equity

Kayne Anderson Launches Renewable Infrastructure Fund

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, LP says it has launched a new, renewable energy fund, the Kayne Anderson Renewable infrastructure Fund (KARIX). Kayne Anderson said it launched the fund as the global push to reduce carbon emissions is expected to have a profound impact on the energy and infrastructure sectors in the coming decades. kayne anderson renewable investment fund finance mutual

Vid Gets Strategic Funding

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capital venture social platform video funding strategicLos Angeles-based Vid , a startup developing a social video platform, announced late Monday that it has received a strategic investment from Ontology, a developer of blockchain technology. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. Vid--which has yet to launch its product--says it is developing a video journaling application, where data is secured through "zero-knowledge" encryption and which is powered by Blockchain.

Swoop Snags $3.2M In Seed Funding

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in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Signia Venture Partners, South Park Commons, and angels. software saas limo transportation limousine capital venture funding seed swoopLos Angeles-based Swoop , a new startup which develops software for limousine, party bus, and other transportation providers, has raised $3.2M

LegalMation Lands Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based LegalMation , a startup which develops artificial intelligence and machine learning-based software for litigation and law practices, has raised a round of funding, according to the company. Size of the funding was not announced. litigation legal software learning machine intelligence artificial funding capital venture legalmation

Lassogen Snags $4.5M Seed Funding

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in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Playground Global with participation from Better Ventures, First In Ventures, Tsingyuan Ventures, as well as others. in total funding. San Diego-based Lassogen , a startup developing therapeutics for disease treatment, said yesterday that it has raised $4.5M The comapny says it has now raised $5.1M

VertueLab Launches Climate Impact Fund With Donation From LA Philanthropists

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A new, climate-focused investment fund--the VertueLab Climate Impact Fund --said it launched yesterday afternoon, fueled by a donation from a couple of Los Angeles area philanthropists. Portland-based VertueLab said it launched its $5M, Climate Impact Fund with the first close of $525,000 from the Woka Foundation, ImpactAssets, Vanguard Charitable and a number of individuals. vertuelab climate impact fund cleantech venture capital

JenaValve Finds $50M Funding

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The funding was led by Bain Capital Life Sciences, and also included existing investors Andera Partners, Gimv, Legend Capital, NeoMed Management, RMM, Valiance Life Sciences and VI Partners. As part of the funding, Bain Capital's Andrew Hack, MD, Ph.D., The company said the new funding will supports it ongoing clinical program. Irvine-based JenaValve Technology , which develops aortic valve replacements, said last week that it has raised $50M in a financing round.

Spying a pivot to ghost kitchens, Softbank’s second Vision Fund pours $120 million into Ordermark

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The 29 year-old CEO has, indeed, built a decentralized ghost kitchen — and managed to convince Softbank’s latest Vision Fund to invest in a $120 million round for that the company announced today.

Amplyx Pharmaceuticals Adds $53M In Funding

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San Diego-based Amplyx Pharmaceuticals has raised $53M in a Series C extension funding, bringing its Series C funding to over $90M, the comapny announced this morning. the company said the funding will go towards advancing clinical development of two innovative product candidates for the treatment of life-threatening diseases affecting patients with compromised immune systems. immune lifescience biotech funding capital venture pharmaceuticals amplyx

As it adds Jeremy Milken to the partnership, Watertower Ventures nears $50 million close for its new fund

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Milken is taking the plunge into institutional investing, joining Norton as a partner in Watertower Ventures just as the firm prepares to close on a $50 million new fund. The plan, even at the time, was always to raise a larger fund.

Clarify Medical Gets $18M Funding

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San Diego-based Clarify Medical , a developer of light-based systems for treating chronic skin conditions, has raised $18M in a new funding, according to investor H.I.G. Biohealth Partners said it was the co-lead on the funding, which it called a "commercialization round" for Clarify Medical. therapy light home commercialization funding capital venture medical clarify

Chatmeter Finds Private Equity Funding

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Providence Strategic Growth is the growth equity fund of Providence Equity Partners. chatmeter private equity funding venture capital local search marketing reputation managementSan Diego-based Chatmeter , a provider of local search marketing and reputation management services for multi-location businesses, has raised a round of investment from private equity investor Providence Strategic Growth (PSG). Financial details of the investment were not announced.

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Pathnostics Finds Strategic Funding

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healthcare lifescience testing diagnostic urology strategic equity private funding capital venture pathnosticsIrvine-based Pathnostics , which offers up diagnostics tests and services in for urology, women's health, gastroenterology and cancer, has received a strategic investment from Chicago-based private equity investor Water Street Healthcare Ventures, the companies said on Wednesday. Financial details of that investment were not announced.

Lead Edge Capital Raises Fifth Fund, Worth $950 Million

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Santa Barbara- and New York-based Lead Edge Capital , a growth focused, technology investment fund, announced this morning that it has raised $950M in a new fund, Lead Edge Capital V, LP. The company said the funding came from over 500 existing and new limited partners, and was oversubscribed and closed at its hard cap. The firm now has now raised more than $3 billion across all of its funds.

Protomer Technologies Gets Funding For Protein Therapeutics

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Pasadena-based Protomer Technologies announced this morning that it has received funding from both the JDRF T1D Fund, as well as Eli Lilly and Company, in a funding round. The company said Eli Lilly and Company led the funding, with the new investment today from JDRF. Size of the investment was not announced. Protomer said it is developing next-generation protein therapeutics that can sense molecular activators in the body.

Miramar Digital Ventures Targets New $100M Fund

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Corona Del Mar-based Miramar Digital Ventures is in the midst of raising a new, $100M venture capital fund, according to a filing from the firm this week. According to the regulatory filing, the firm has raised $68.75M from 14 investors as part of an ongoing fundraising for the firm's second fund, Miramar Digital Ventures II, L.P. , in what appears to be the first close on the fund. No details on the fund have yet been released by the venture capital investment firm.

Casa Verde Capital Raises $45M Investment Fund

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West Hollywood-based Casa Verde Capital said this week that it has raised $45M in its debut, investment fund, which will specifically invest in the "ancillary cannabis" industry. broadus calvin rapper snoop fund agtech cannabis investment venture capital verde casa

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DermTech Raises $10M In Series C Funding

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La Jolla-based molecular dermatology startup DermTech announced today that it has raised $10M in its Series C funding round, part of an ongoing $15M financing effort by the company. The startup, which is developing precision medicine technology for the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, inflammatory diseases, and other skin diseases, said the funding included investments by RTW Investments, along with other private investors.

Villiger Raises Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based Villiger , a startup developing a mobile app to help parents book tutors, baby sitters, and other services, has raised a seed round of funding, the company said this week. Size of that funding round was not announced. The company said the funding came from Mangrove Capital, Nir Zohar (President and COO, WIX), and Stephen Stokols (CEO, FreedomPop). villiger venture capital mobile mangrove seed funding smartphone parents parenting children kids

HeyTutor Raises $1.0M In Funding

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in what looks like a convertible note funding, based on a regulatory filing by the company. Details on the funding round, which is likely a bridge into a full equity funding, have not been announced. The funding was disclosed on Friday in a publicly available filing. According to the filing, the funding came from a single investor. heytutor venture capital convertible note funding investment scop market marketplace seed

How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

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Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. It is a company with a mission to create better access and more funding for Black entrepreneurs and executives. “I gotta say it was a good day.” I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly.

Kairos Venture Partners Raising New, $250M Fund

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Beverly Hills-based Kairos Venture Partners , which is led by General Manager James Demetriades, is looking to raise $250M in its third fund, Kairos Venture Partners III, L.P. According to the filing, the fund has yet to make its first sale in the new fund. kairos ventures venture capital fund technology transfer scientific advancement