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.

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

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

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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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

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.

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

GroundMetrics Gets $7.5M More In Funding

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in a funding round, with a target of $8.45M, according to a regulatory filing from the firm. of the funding was related to conversion of debt into shares of capital stock. Details on the funding have not yet been announced. Groundmetrics has previously raised funding from such investors as the Cowboy Technology Angels, Tech Coast Angels, Crescent Ridge Partners, ACE Fund, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, along with angels.

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.”

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

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

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

Social Network Adds Funding

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TECH: Startup MeWe sees 30 million users by year end

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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Source Intelligence Finds New Funding

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Carlsbad-based Source Intelligence , which provides supply chain compliance software, has raised new funding, the company announced this morning. Amount of the new funding was not announced. The Series B funding came from Source Capital Partners and Kayne Capital Partners, as well as "local banks". According to the company, it will use the new funding for the development of an artificial intelligence platform and for expansion in the European Union.

Video Interview: Len Lanzi, LAVA on How To Get Your Startup Funded

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Len Lanzi is Executive Director of the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) (www.lava.org), which helps startup entrepreneurs get their companies funded. lanzi angeles venture association interview startup entrepreneur funding capital investment

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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

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.

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?

Restaurant365 Finds $88M In Funding

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Irvine-based Restaurant365 , a developer of cloud-based accounting software specifically aimed at the restaurant industry, has raised $88M in a Series C funding round, the company said this week. The funding was led by ICONIQ Capital, and also included Tiger Global Management and Bessemer Venture Partners. As part of the funding, ICONIQ Partner Will Griffith has joined the company's board of directors.

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".

Kairos Ventures Raises $24.6M In First Close Of New Fund

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in the first close of a new fund, Kairos Venture Opportunities I, L.P. The fund is targeted at an overall capitalization of $100M, per those regulatory documents. According to the filing, so far, 24 limited partners have signed up to the new fund. Kairos Ventures has not yet detailed any information on the new fund, as is usual for venture investment firms still in the midst of fundraising efforts.

Fifth Wall Ventures Gets More Funding in Fund II Aims To Raise $500M

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Venice, California-based venture capital investment fund Fifth Wall Ventures , has just received a sizeable commit into its second fund, Fifth Wall Ventures II , according to a regulatory filing by the company. raised out of a $500M targeted fund size, up from an earlier $100M in raised for the fund in June of 2018. Southern California--and in particular, the Los Angeles area--has been seeing a huge surge in venture capital firms raising funds to invest in startups.

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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

SpaceX Lands $314M More In Funding, Says Report

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in new funding, according to a report from CNBC Thursday, which said part, if not all, of that investment came from the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan. According to CNBC, the funding came at $214 per share, and will bring the total raised by SpaceX in 2019 to $1.33 Privately held SpaceX rarely announces investment details on its funding. spacex venture capital funding ontario pension provider aerospace space spaceflightHawthorne-based SpaceX has raised $314.2M

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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

Cirrus Insight Finds Growth Funding

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The funding came from private equity investor Clovis Point Capital. Size of the funding was not announced. cirrus insight growth funding sales email inbox venture capital private equity salesforceIrvine-based Cirrus Insight , a developer of software used to help sales people with managing their email inbox and calendar, has received what it says is a "significant" growth equity investment.

LA's AET Fund Raises $50M For Entertainment Technology Investment

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A new, Los Angeles venture capital fund, AET Fund said on Wednesday that it has raised $50M to make investments in entertainment technology, and hired someone to head up its U.S. AET Fund--short for Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund--said it has hired Mark Linao as Principal, responsible for managing the company's $50M fund and its operations in United States. fund akatsuki entertainment technology ventura investment augmented reality

Tala Takes $110M More In Funding For Fintech Efforts

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Santa Monica-based Tala , the fintech startup led by CEO Shivani Siroya, has raised $110M more in a Series D funding round, the company said this morning. The funding was led by RPS Ventures, and also included GGV Capital, IVP, Revolution Growth, Lowercase Capital, Data Collective VC, ThomVest Ventures, and PayPal. The funding reportedly values the company at over $500M. Tala said the new funding will help it expand its financial servies to India.

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.

Perceptyx Finds Funding For Employee Analytics

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Temecula-based Perceptyx , a developer of employee analytics and survey software, has raised a round of strategic funding from TCV,according to the company. Size of the investment round was not announced. According to Perceptyx, the "significant" investment will go through product innovation, and positioning of the company. Nasari Ansari, General Partner at TCV, and Dave Eichler, Vice President of TCV also have joined the company's board.

TherOx Finds Debt Funding

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According to ThereOx, the proceeds of the funding will go towards the U.S. lifescience biotech capital venture kasei asahi zoll infarction myocardial acute device medical funding debt theroxIrvine-based medical device company TherOx , which is developing medical devices to treat acute myocardial infarction (AMI), recently announced it has received a debt financing. The financing came from its existing investors, ZOLL Medical Corporation, which is owned by Asahi Kasei Group.

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.

SpaceX Seeks $750M In Debt Funding

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The debt funding effort is apparently the company's first time it has attempted to tap into the institutional debt market. spacex commercial space exploration elon musk loan debt funding aerospaceHawthorne, California-based SpaceX , the commercial space exploration firm run by Elon Musk, is looking to raised $750M in a leveraged loan offering, according to a report on Tuesday. The loan effort is being led by BofA Merrill Lynch.

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Lindora Finds Growth Funding

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Lindora said the funding came from Montage Capital, along with Solis Capital Partners and Innovate Partners. According to Lindora, the new funding will go towards expansion of clinic locations and extend its line of naturally flavored, gluten free, clean-label food products. lindora growth funding medical weight loss wellness venture capital lifescience