Crooked Media Finds Funding From Soros

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Los Angeles-based podcast media company Crooked Media has raised a big round of funding from Soros Fund Management, the investment firm owned by billionaire George Soros. Size of the funding was not announced. Soros Fund Management gains a spot on the board of Crooked Media with the investment. crooked media soros podcast funding investment george content venture capital

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Untapped Capital Raises First Fund

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Untapped Capital, a venture capital firm run by Yohei Nakajima and Jessica Jackley, says it has closed its first fund, Fund I. The new startup investment firm says it's a pre-seed/seed fund that looks invest in "unexpected founders, found off the beaten path, not well connected to VCs", adding that it is looking specifically at "young, underrepresented, small town, immigrant" founders. Size of the firm's first fund was not announced.

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On Funding?—?Shots on Goal

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On Funding?—?Shots When you’ve been playing the game a bit longer or when you have responsibilities at the fund level you start thinking more about “portfolio construction.” billion When Ring started, even the folks at Shark Tank wouldn’t fund it. per fund.

On Funding?—?The Denominator Effect

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On Funding?—?The The Denominator Effect I recently wrote a post about funding for investors to think about having a diversified portfolio , which I called “shots on goal.” If you funded 30–40 deals perhaps just 1 or 2 would drive the lion’s shares of returns.

M13 Raises $400M Fund

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor M13 announced this morning that it has raised $400M in its third venture capital fund. The company said the fund was oversubscribed, and exceeded its initial $275M target. venture capital fund funding investor consumer ring dailyharvest fabfitfun classpass matterport losangeles socal

L'Attitude Ventures Raises $100M Fund

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San Diego-based L'Attitude Ventures announced this week that it has raised $100M in funding from JPMorgan Chase and other limited partners, to "solely invest in Latina(o)-owned" seed to Series A companies. The fund is the firm's very first institutional fund. lattitude ventures latino latina venture capital investment fund

6 Realistic Tactics For Funding Charitable Businesses

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A nonprofit organization is generally defined as an organization that does not distribute its surplus funds to owners or shareholders, but instead uses them to help pursue its goals. For a nonprofit, bootstrapping is self-funding from donations and fund-raising.

CurbWaste Raises $6M In Seed Funding

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CurbWaste, a startup developing software to help waste services companies streamline their operations, said today that it has raised $6M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by B Capital, and also included Mucker Capital. in funding. curbwaste venture capital seed funding muckerCurbWaste is based in New York, but has its West Coast headquarters in Santa Monica. The company's CEO is Mike Marmo. CurbWaste says it has now raised $7.2M

Santa Barbara Venture Partners Raises $11M Fund

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Santa Barbara Venture Partners, a new venture capital fund led by serial entrepreneur Dan Engel, has raised $11M in its first investment fund. Engel has been an angel investor in many local startups, prior to creating the new fund. santa barbara venture partners investment fund fundingThe company is aiming at investing in software-as-a-service companies in Southern California.

Fifth Wall Raises $500M For Climate Fund

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Los Angeles-based real estate technology venture investor Fifth Wall has raised $500M in a new, climate fund, aimed at decarbonizing the global real estate market. The company said last week that the Climate Fund's LPs include BBVA, British Land, Camden Property Trust, CBRE, Cosan, The Durst Organization, Equity Residential, Hilton, Host Hotels & Resorts, Hudson Pacific Properties, Invitation Homes, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Kimco Realty Corp.,

Upfront Ventures Raises $650M In New Investment Funds

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm Upfront Ventures, one of the region's most active venture capital investors, announced that it has raised $650M across three venture capital funds, which it says will allow the firm to continue making investments for "many years ahead." upfront ventures venture capital fund funding tech

Lead Edge Capital Raises $150M Fund

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Santa Barbara- and New York-based Lead Edge Capital, a private equity investor which focuses on growth stage investments in technology companies, said on Wednesday that it has raised $150M in a new fund. According to the company, the new fund will be used for public equity investments. Lead Edge Capital said the new fund brings the company's total capital under management to over $3 billion. Lead Edge Capital said the new fund came from both new and existing limited partners.

Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Raises Second Fund, Worth $64M

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Pasadena-based healthare technology investment fund Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health announced this morning that it has raised its second fund, worth $64M. According to WaveMaker Three-Sixty Health, its Fund II is nearly four times the size of its first fund, and will be used to invest in 40-50 early-stage companies in the areas of health-tech, digital health, medical device, telehealth, artificial intelligence, pharma-tech, science and marketplaces.

Perch Gets Funding From Citi Impact Fund

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Los Angeles-based Perch, a startup which operates a service that lets users build their credit by paying for Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, and other services on credit, has scored an investment from financial giant Citi, via Citi's new Citi Impact Fund. Citi also announced funding in six other companies, including Clerkie, KETOS, MedHaul, Shift, Superpedestrian, and Vyv. perch citi impact fund financial venture capital fintech finance credit unbanked

Boulevard Parks $70M Funding Round

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Los Angeles-based Boulevard, which is developing a software platform for appointment-based, self-care businesses, said this morning that it has raised $70M in a Series C funding round. The funding was led by Point72 Private Investments, with participation from Toba Capital, Index Ventures, Bonfire Ventures, BoxGroup, and VMG Partners. The company said that the funding will go to "significantly increase" its investmnt in engineering and development.

SoLo Funds Snags $10M

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Los Angeles-based SoLo Funds, a startup which operates an online crowd-lending marketplace, letting users lend and borrow funds from each other, has raised $10M in a Series A round. The funding was led by ACME Capital, and also included Impact America Fund, Techstars, Endeavor Catalyst, CEAS Investments and others. The company says it has now raised a total of $12M in funding. solo funds venture capital lending borrowing financial fintech finance

LIT Method Finds Funding

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Los Angeles-based LIT Method, which offers fitness equipment and programs, said today that it has raised a round of funding. The funding came from Marcy Venture Partners (MVP), the venture capitalist firm co-founded by Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter, Jay Brown, and Larry Marcus, as well an investment from former Los Angeles Dodger Adrian Gonzalez. method funding venture capital fitness equipment

Wavemaker Launches Climate, Sustainability Fund

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Wavemaker Partners, the investment firm which has oeprations both in Los Angeles as well as Singapore, has launched a new climate and sustainability fund, Wavemaker Impact. According to the new fund, it is currently raising $25M for its new fund, which will focus on startups which are looking at climate technology and sustainability. The new fund is based in Singapore, and is led by Quentin Vaquette, Doug Parker, Marie Cheong, Paul Santos, and Steve Melhuish.

8 Personal Attributes Mitigate Startup Funding Risks

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If you are like the rest of us, and need every advantage you can muster, to get the funding and support you need for your new business, see how many of these non-product elements you can highlight in your next networking discussion. entrepreneur attributes smart risks successful funding

SpaceX Inks $850M Funding

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Hawthorne-based SpaceX confirmed a $850M fundraising in a regulatory filing on Tuesday, in an equity funding round which included 69 investors. spacex starlink venture capital funding aerospace aviation space spaceflightThe fundraising had been rumored to have been in process for the last month or so. The filing said the effort started on February 16th. The round reportedly values the company at $74 billion.

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Ascent Funding Targets Coding Bootcamps With Skills Fund Acquisition

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San Diego-based Ascent Funding, a provider of student loans, says it is targeting the coding bootcamp market, with a new set of loans for those programs. As part of the move into the market, the company says it has acquired the Skills Fund, a firm which has provided over $200M in tuition funding for bootcamps for over 16,000 students. ascent funding coding bootcamp skills fund merger acquisition financial fintech loan student studentloan

MaC Venture Capital Raises $203M In Second Fund

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Los Angeles-based MaC Venture Capital, a majority Black-owned venture capital firm, has raised $203M in its second fund, the fund said today. According to MaC Venture Capital, its Fund II nearly doubled its original seed-stage fund, which was worth $110M. venture capital black minority investment fund seed fundingMaC Venture Capital was founded by Marlon Nichols; former Washington, D.C.

Up.Partners Launches $230 Million Fund

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Santa Monica-based early stage venture fund UP.Partners launched its inaugural $230 million fund focused on mobility technology, the company announced on Oct.

AOTI Gets Expansion Funding For Medical Devices

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AOTI), which develops noninvasive, topical oxygen wound healting products, says it has received a "significant round of funding". Size of that funding was not annoucned. The funding came from SWK Holdings Corporation. According to the company, the new funding will go to support its growth plans, and building out their clinical support and commercialization platforms, both in the USA and Internationally. Oceanside-based Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc.

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

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.

Three Good Snags Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based employee wellness and artificial intelligence (AI) software developer Three Good announced that it has raised a seed funding round. in that funding. threegood three good seed funding venture capitalThe company says it is raising $2.5M According to the company, notable pre-seed investors and partners include impact investor Pete De Mare and Guitar Hero founder Charles Huang and industry leaders from Cisco, Dell, Riot Games, and HTC.

Vida Ventures Raises $825M Fund

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Makers Funds Raises $500M For Interactive Entertainment

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Makers Fund, a venture capital investor with some presence in Los Angeles, said this week that it has raised $500M in a third fund, which it will invest in interactive entertainment startups. Makers Fund said it focuses on early stage investment and invests between $500K to $40M in rounds, with interest in content, VR, AR, and other related areas. makers fund entertainment venture capital

APX Platform Scores Seed Funding

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Size of the seed funding was not announced. saas software funding seed aesthetics apxplatform platformBeverly Hills-based APX Platform, a developer of cloud-based software for the aesthetic industry, says it has raised what it calls an "oversubscribed seed round" for its company. According to the company, it is developing a "disruptive alternative to the traditional option of a practice management consultant" for the aesthetic practice industry.

9 Business Model Components For New Business Funding

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New entrepreneurs are always looking for a shortcut in getting their venture story and plan across to investors, and closing on the funding they need. As a former angel investor, I look for this level of alignment and understanding in every funding presentation I hear.

Diversis Capital Raises $675M Fund

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Diversis Capital Management said this morning that it has raised a new, $675M fund. The company said its new fund, Diversis Capital Partners II, exceeded its target of $500M. The new fund will primarily in businesses based in North America, and selectively in Europe and Australia, and is focused on focused control private equity investments in lower middle-market companies.

Dexcom Launches Venture Capital Fund

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San Diego-based Dexcom, which develops equipment for continuous glucose monitoring for people with diabetes, has launched its own venture capital fund, Dexcom Ventures. According to Dexcom, the new fund will seek to identify and invest in opportunities to supplement growth in its core business and advance the development of adjacent technologies for the future. dexcom venture capital fund glucose monitoring lifescience diabetes finance

6 Obligations That Come With Startup External Funding

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Every funding term sheet is followed by a set of milestone commitments, which should not be considered optional suggestions. Funding can be pulled, and future distributions withheld, if objectives are not met. bootstrapping burden funding lessons startup

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

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Launches Cleantech Loan Fund

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The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator announced this morning that it has launched a brand new, $6M clean technology loan fund, designed to fund early stage startups in the climate area. According to the incubator, the LACI Cleantech Debt Fund will offer up loans of between $25,000 to $250,000 to an estimated 100 early-stage startups over five years. The new loan fund is backed by Sobrato Philanthropies and Homecoming Capital, as well as the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Hawke Ventures Raises $5.6M Investment Fund

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Hawke Ventures, a new, venture capital fund that is part of marketing company Hawke Media, said Friday that it has raised $5.6M for its first, venture capital fund. The new fund is being managed by Erik Huberman, Tony Delmercado, and Managing Partner Drew Leahy, along with angel investor Paige Craig. hawke ventures investment fund funding marketing market paigecraig

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Bonfire Ventures Eyes New, $165M Fund

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Bonfire Ventures is looking to raise $165M in its third fund, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. The regulatory filing says the firm has yet to sign up any limited partners on the new fund. bonfire ventures venture capital funding startup software investmentAs expected, due to legal restrictions, venture capital investor--led by Jim Andelman, Mark Mullen, and Brett Queener--has not detailed its fundraising efforts.

Ankona Capital Raises $66M For New Venture Capital Fund

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Newport Beach-based Ankona Capital, a new, venture capital company founded by Josh Harmsen, Brian Mesic, Newth Morris, and Jared Smith, has raised $66M in its first, venture capital fund. ankona capital venture investment fund financial startup harmsen mesicThe company says it invests between $5M to $10M in early, growth-stage B2B software companies which are already generating $5M to $15M in recurring revenues.

7 Reasons That Investors Won’t Fund Inventions Alone

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business plan early-stage funding market million dollar inventionEvery inventor seems to think their invention is worth a million dollars, but I haven’t seen anyone pay that much for one yet.

10 Tips On Due Diligence On Any Startup Funding Offer

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Some aspiring entrepreneurs are so desperate for funding, or naïve, that they ignore the obvious signs of scams and rip-offs on the Internet, praying for a windfall. Phantom fund investors. Work at home to fund your startup. Cash transfer assistance funding.

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Bonfire Ventures Raises $230M In Two New Funds

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Bonfire Ventures disclosed today that it has raised two new funds, worth a total of $230M. According to the firm, the investment includes $168M in a new, core seed funding, and a "second opportunity" fund worth $63M. bonfire ventures venture capital funding startup software investmentBonfire Ventures is led by managing directors Jim Andelman and Mark Mullen, along with Brett Queener.

VRYNT Gets $1.5M In Seed Funding

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in an initial funding. The company said the funding came from Jaycen Joshua (owner of Canton House Studios), and Steve Miller, (co-founder of Anomaly Create). vrynt seed funding binance metaverseLos Angeles-based VYRNT, a startup developing an e-commerce platform for NTFs, says it has raised $1.5M The company said it is working on a "next-generation e-Commerce platform for NFTs focused on the Metaverse".