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.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

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VC funding. We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor over funding until we get huge payouts and ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser.

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Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund

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Correlation Ventures , a venture capital investment firm with offices in San Diego, Palo Alto, and New York City, said this week that it has raised $200M in a new investment fund. The company said the second fund was oversubscribed, and brings its total assets under management to $366M. Limited partners in the new fund included endowments, pensions, funds of funds and family offices, according to the firm.

SmartDrive Systems Gets Funding From Michelin

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SmartDrive said it will use the new funding for expansion of its strategy for fleet telematics and mobility services. San Diego-based SmartDrive Systems has received an investment from Michelin North America , the company said on Sunday, in a preferred-stock round of investment. Size of the investment was not disclosed. SmartDrive is a developer of video- and sensor-based driver safety systems, used primarily for commercial fleets.

Former Hulu exec Noah Heller launches new venture fund to focus on LA tech

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Primarily focused on backing Los Angeles-based technology startups, the new fund has already committed capital to three deals, Heller confirmed.

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Kareo Gets $15M Debt Funding

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Irvine-based Kareo , which provides cloud-based, medical office software, said Friday that it has raised $15M in a mezzanine debt funding round. The funding came from Escalate Capital Partners. The company said the new funding brings its total raised to $47M in 2014. Terms of the new funding were not announced. kareo debt funding medical office software venture capital finance

What I Learned In 2015: Lawrence Ng, OnRamp Fund

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Today's thoughts are from Lawrence Ng , who founded Oversee.net, and just launched the OnRamp Fund (onrampfund.com). Lawrence Ng: The big news for us was the launch of OnRamp Fund. oversee accelerator incubator reflections capital venture fund onramp lawrence

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. Explosion in Seed Funds. Now seed funding is conventional wisdom.

Visage Finds $2.15M In Seed Funding

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Irvine-based Visage , which offers up a service aimed at online marketers to help create infographics, said this morning that it has raised $2.15M in a seed funding. The funding was led by Venture51, and also included K5 Ventures and Kima Ventures, along with angels Robin Pimentel and Dan Martell. visage seed funding venture capital infographic data graphics marketing

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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I now observes the fund raising process as a profession. This is the fund raising perspective from both sides of the table. Fund raising (as is much of life) is a sale – pure and simple. Fund raising is bloody hard. But fund raising is a contact sport.

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

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Fund raising is hard for everybody. Fund raising is like a funnel where you need a bunch of potential leads in the top end and only a few will reach the bottom. The biggest surprise to meet in watching people fund raising is how few of them follow up. Fund raising is hard.

Fair Raises Nearly $1 Billion In Strategic Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based Fair , the automotive startup led by serial entrepreneur Scott Painter, has raised nearly $1 billion in a strategic funding, led by BMW i Ventures, along with Penske Automotive Group, Sherpa Capital, and others. The funding also included other, un-named strategic investors.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund

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Startups related to the many University of California campuses in Southern California may soon have a new source of funding: The University of California itself, via a new, $250M venture capital. fund investment capital venture ucsb ucla investor regent ucsd kitepharma finance

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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We will have two well-funded companies educating the market on why this market opportunity for the $24 billion US storage market is ripe for disruption. When we funded Sam , Rahul and team at MakeSpace > 2.5 What should you do when a competitor announces a big fund raise? Pretending the funding didn’t happen is dumb. But honestly you have have known that before the funding. This morning Clutter.io

Core Innovation Capital Backs Mosaic's $220M Funding

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Los Angeles-based fintech investor Core Innovation Capital is one of the backers in a big, $220M equity funding for solar power financing provider Mosaic. Core Innovation Capital is very active nationally in fintech investments, and raised a big fund in 2015. mosaic solar financing funding cleantech photovoltaic residential venture capital utility coreinnovation

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

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We've summarized the funds that have announced new funds in the last nine months or so, or that are in the midst of raising funds--a total of more than $1086 million in total funds. List ordered by fund size). Fund size: $230M fund. Fund size: $40M.

Finistere Plants Investment Seed in Ireland With $24M Agtech Fund

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To that end, Kukutai’s venture capital firm, Finistere Ventures, is joining with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to launch a new 20 million euro ($24 million) fund that will invest in emerging agtech startups in Ireland. Ireland’s top agricultural exports are beef and dairy products.

As the LA venture market booms, Upfront closes its sixth fund with $400 million

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As the firm looks ahead to its own future, Suster and the firm he’s helped grow remain committed to the future of Los Angeles.

Netwrix Gets Series A Funding

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Irvine-based Netwrix , a developer of hybrid cloud security software, has received a Series A funding round, the company said Tuesday. The funding was led by Updata Partners. Netwrix, led by Michael Fimin, said the funding will go towards product development and growth. Size of the round was not announced. Netwrix develops software that monitors both on-premise and cloud applications for unusual user behavior. READ MORE>>.

Ginkgo Bioworks Pulls In $275M as Synthetic Biology Funding Soars

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For Ginkgo Bioworks, its latest venture funding round is about all of the above, says CEO and co-founder Jason Kelly. Companies sometimes raise big venture capital rounds to invest in equipment, people, and other tools for growth. Other times they do it to provide the business a cash cushion.

Avalon Leads $18M in Early Funding for Cancer Immunotherapy Startup

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[ Note: The headline has been corrected to better describe the company’s type of funding. Fortis Therapeutics, a new San Diego biotech, has raised $18 million in initial funding to develop drugs for hard-to-treat prostate and bone marrow cancers.

Thrive Market raises $111 million for its online organic grocery store

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That’s the mantra of Los Angeles-based Thrive Market, which has raised a significant $111 million Series B funding round, led by Invus. Food Fundings & Exits organic food Diets thrive market funding whole foods Los Angeles greycroft partners

The Full Dataset on What VCs are Thinking About Funding in 2016

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We use this try to draw some context that informs our funding decisions. Of course we fund companies in good markets and bad. In venture our goal is to fund companies over a 10-year+ time horizon, which is the time it takes to build truly transformational companies.

Embodied Gets Funding From Intel For Personal Robots

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Pasadena-based Embodied , a new startup developer "affordable personal robots", has raised funding from Intel Capital. Size of the funding was not announced. A recent regulatory filing from Embodied suggests the funding round was worth around $3.79M. Embodied was co-founded by Paolo Pirjanian, the former CTO of iRobot and Professor Maja Mataric, a researcher in robotics and neuroscience at the University of Southern California.

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Hutch Raises $10M Funding From Zillow

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West Hollywood-based Hutch , the home interior design app developer led by Beatrice Fischel-Bock, has raised a $10M round of funding from Zillow Group , the company said this morning. As part of the funding, Zillow's Spencer Rascoff joins the company's board. Hutch, lets users take a picture of room us‌ing its mobile app, and lets users apply "filters" on how they might redecorate the space. READ MORE>>. hutch zillow venture capital home interior design

SaaS Funding Targest Software Companies With New Santa Monica Office

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SaaS Funding , a new provider of debt funding to software-as-a-service companies, said it has set up an office in Santa Monica. SaaS Funding's Santa Monica office is led by Charlie Perer. saas funding santa monica debt financing finance venture capital software investmentThe company, which provides senior and junior debt capital, says it is targeting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), digital media and tech enabled service companies who are bootstrapped or backed by angels.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members. The Fund will give PA members the opportunity to invest as a group and increase their portfolio diversification.

mobileStorm Gets Debt Funding

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Los Angeles-based mobileStorm , the provider of mobile messaging and email marketing services headed by Jared Reitzin, has scored a venture debt funding, according to provider Agility Capital. Financial details of the funding and terms were not announced. mobilestorm venture capital debt funding agility mobile marketing

Mucker Capital Raises $45M Fund, Mucker III

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Los Angeles-based Mucker Capital said this week that it has closed on a new, $45M fund, Mucker III. The fund, run by Erik Rannala and William Hsu, did not detail the limited partners in the new fund. Mucker Capital started fundraising for that new fund in May of last year. William Hsu, in a blog post likened the new fund to the firm's "Series A", as the first two funds from Mucker were much smaller.

The Newest Source Of Startup Funding – The Sharing Economy

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Tradesy, one of the fastest growing sharing economy companies, was initially funded by the sharing economy. Thus, Tracy not only funded her business to profitability by leveraging the sharing economy, she also met her life mate. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

Quarterly Gets Funding From Science

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Los Angeles-based subscription box service Quarterly , which develops unique gift boxes every three months from such influencers as Pharrell Williams, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and actress Rosario Dawson, has raised a round of funding and connected with Los Angeles-based Science Inc.

Unitas Global Gets Funding For Private Cloud Efforts

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Los Angeles-based Unitas Global , a new, cloud services company founded by infrastructure veteran Grant Kirkwood, said today that it has raised a new funding round, from MK Capital and Azure Capital. Size of the funding round was not announced. The company said the new funding will help it grow its sales force and expand customer service capabilities. enterprise infrastructure capital venture funding cloud private global unitas

Report: Crosscut Ventures Launching Fourth Venture Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Crosscut Ventures has reportedly started approaching limited partners (LPs) for investments in a new fund, its fourth. Crosscut's last fund, Crosscut Ventures 3, was worth $75M. The report, from the Pro Rata newsletter, said there's "a chance" that the new fund will be double in size of the last fund. Crosscut has not yet filed regulatory details on the new fund.