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.

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.” Today, Washington, DC-based Revolution is announcing its latest fund.

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

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

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

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

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

Avidity Biosciences Finds $100M In New Funding

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La Jolla-based biotechnology developer Avidity Biosciences , which is developing treatments for rare muscle disorders and other diseases, has raised $100M in a Series C funding, according to the company this morning. Avidity Biosciences said that Eli Lilly and Company also particpated in the funding, contributing $15M in connection with a research collaboration between the two companies. As part of the funding, RTW Investments managing partner Roderick T.

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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M13 Raises $175M for Second Fund

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Virgin Group Richard Branson invests in M13’s $175 million fund

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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. The timing is ripe for a fund like ours to capitalize on the opportunity.”

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.

Pathnostics Finds Strategic Funding

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SGI-DNA Finds $25M In Funding

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San Diego-based SGI-DNA , a biotech company which is developing synthetic genomics and dna data storage technology, announced this morning that it has raised $25M in its Series A funding round. The funding was led by Northpond Ventures, and also included Oxford Finance and BroadOak Capital partners. funding venture capital synthetic genomics syntheticgenomics analysis lifescience biotech biotechnology sequencing

Centercode Finds $4M In Ongoing Funding

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Laguna Hills-based Centercode , a developer of software used for managing product and customer testing efforts, has raised $4M as part of an ongoing, $6M funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the company this week. Details on the funding have not yet been announced. hggc parallax capital venture testing customer product funding centercode

SpaceX Receives Funding from NASA to Aid Moon, Mars Missions

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SpaceX is one of 14 companies awarded grants from NASA to boost the agency's mission to return to the Moon and to eventually land on Mars

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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

PushPress Gets $500K Debt Funding

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El Segundo-based PushPress , a startup which develops a gym billing and business management platform, has raised $500,000 in a debt round of funding, which the company says it is using to expand its team. The startup, led by CEO Dan Uyemura, also says it is about to launch a free version of its gym management platform which it says helps startup, smaller gyms, and location-less trainers get their businesses ramped up without the high fixed cost of a software system.

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

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million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4

Upfront Ventures Raised New $280 Million Fund

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We’ve been dying to tell you all for a while that we had raised a new venture capital fund and of course given SEC filing requirements the story was somewhat already scooped by the always-in-the-know Dan Primack a few weeks ago. Wait, didn’t you just raise a fund?

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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Geenee Sees $7M In Seed Funding For AR Software

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Los Angeles-based Geenee , a company developing mobile software that allows physical objects to trigger mobile, augmented reality (AR) experiences, has raised $7M in a seed funding round, the company said on Tuesday morning. The company said the funding was led by IDI Partners. The funding will go towards the company's go-to-market strategy and for additional products, according to the company.

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.

CrowdStrike Launches $20M, Early Stage Investment Fund

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CrowdStrike , the cloud-based cybersecurity software developer which has substantial operations in Orange County, said today that it has launched a new, early stage investment fund called the Falcon Fund. CrowdStrike said the new, $20M fund was created in partnership with venture capital firm Accel, and will invest in security startups which are building applications on its CrowdStrike Falcon platform.

Molecular Assemblies Finds $12.2M in Series A Funding

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in its Series A funding round, the company said this morning. According to the company, the financing was led by iSelect Fund, and also included Agilent Technologies, Alexandria Venture Investments, and Keshif Ventures, all existing investors in the company. Moecular Assemblies said the funding will go to help it advance its enzymatic DNA synthesis tools, for use in the life sciences and data storage markets.

Goal Structured Solutions Buys Skills Fund

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San Diego-based Goal Structured Solutions , a consumer finance company that managed consumer and student loans, has acquired Skills Fund , a startup which offered up financing for students attending "coding bootcamps", the two said last week. According to the companies, all of Skills Fund's current employees will join Goal Structured Solutions. goal structured solutions skills fund coding bootcamp fintech finance merger acquisition

Calibrate Ventures Raises $80M Investment Fund

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Pasadena-based Calibrate Ventures , a brand new venture capital firm founded by Kevin Dunlap and Jason Schoettler, announced on Tuesday morning that it has raised $80M in its very first venture capital fund, Calibrate Ventures, L.P. calibrate ventures investment venture capital fund finance software kevin dunlap jason schoettler caltech

Curtail, Fresh Off $3.25M Funding, Names VPs

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Santa Barbara-based Curtail , a new cybersecurity startup which recently landed $3.25M in funding, said this morning that it has named two VPs. Curtail recently raised $3.25M in a seed funding round from Tarus Capital. cybersecurity quinnin nigel scanlon deborah executive funding capital venture curtail

ENTITY Finds Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based ENTITY , a new media company focused on women, has raised a seed funding round, the company said this week. The funding was led by Susan Rockefeller. entity seed funding venture capital media content women genz millennial nextgen female mentorshipAccording to ENTITY, it is creating a new "experiential media" company focused on "empowering and educating NextGen women".

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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Visionary Venture Fund Raises Funding For Opthalmic Investment Fund

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Aliso Viejo-based Visionary Venture Fund , a new venture capital firm specifically focused on only investing in opthalmology companies, has closed its first round of funding for a targeted $30M venture fund, the company announced on Tuesday. Visionary Venture Fund is partnered with technology and life sciences accelerator OCTANe. Jeffry Weinhuff is Managing Partner of the new fund. visionary venture capital fund opthalmology opthalmologic octane

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.

Moonshots Backs Copper Labs In $2M Funding

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Moonshots Capital is the lead investor in a developer of wireless energy monitoring products, Copper Labs , in a $2M funding round. According to Copper Labs, the new funding was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Blue Bear Capital, Bull Creek Capital, Capital Factory and Service Provider Capital. Craig Cummings of Moonshots Capital joins the company's board with the funding round.

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

Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

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I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. She had emailed with a partner at a big VC fund and he had passed the request to a junior associate. But confidence is CRITICAL in fund raising.