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. The venture capital firm--whose founders include Calvin Broadus (aka Snoop Dogg)--said it will specifically invest in agtech, health & wellness, financial services, technology, media, compliance and laboratory technology related to the legal cannabis industry.

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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. The firm said it is targeting initial investment of $5 million in companies generating revenue between $1 million and $5 million, and already has made investments in five companies, including Alpha, Broadly, Built Robotics, Embodied, and Soft Robotics.

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. investment efforts. 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.

AECOM Forms Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based AECOM Technology , which provides professional, technical, and other support services to companies, reported that it has created a new $150M investment fund. AECOM said the new fund, AECOM Global FUnd I, L.P.,

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SoftBank Vision Fund Invests $110 Million in Idea Lab's Energy Vault

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Renewable energy storage firm Energy Vault, a portfolio company of Pasadena's Idea Lab, received a $110 million investment from SoftBank Vision Fund to scale its operations and expand into international markets

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Core Innovation Capital Plans $100M, Third Fund For Fintech Investments

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Los Angeles-based fintech venture capital investor Core Innovation Capital is out looking for new investors in its third fund, with a target of $100M, according to regulatory filing by the firm on Friday. The fund--managed by Arjan Schutte and Kathleen Utecht--invests in financial technology companies, and counts such portfolio companise as Fair , Honest Dollar (acquired), CoverHound , Mirador (acquired), Nerdwallet , Ripple , Tio (acquired), and many others.

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Akatsuki Lauches $50M Entertainment Investment Fund

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Japanese entertainment firm Akatsuki has launched a brand new, Los Angeles-based entertainment fund, called the Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund (AET Fund) , which will invest in augmented reality and other entertainment technology, the Japanese company announced on Tuesday. The new investment fund's Managing Director is Tomoya Ogawa, who is CFO of Akatsuki.

3L Capital Raises $217M For New Investments

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Los Angeles- and New York-based 3L Capital , a new venture capital investment fund co-founded by former Demand Media CEO Shawn Colo, has raised $217M in a new investment round, the firm said today. The startup investor has already been busy making investments in Los Angeles area startups, and already has investments ChowNow , TYT , SnackNation , along with TheRealReal, 101 Commerce, Wheels, and others.

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Watertower Ventures Raises $5M Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based Watertower Ventures has raised a new, $5M investment fund, which will focus on companies in the Internet infrastructure, next-generation e-commerce, digital media, gaming, augmented reality and artificial intelligenec, and consumer Internet areas. The fund, led by longtime technology advisor Derek Norton , is backed by a long list of local LPs from the digital media, entertainment, and technology areas.

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Maco.la Targets Blockchain With New Investment Fund

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Management , a new investment fund, said it its targeting the blockchain market, with a new $6M fund. According to Maco.la, it has a target of raising a total of $40M for its fund. The new investment fund is led by Mark Strome. According to Maco.la, it is looking to invest in enterprises seeking to optimize and accelerate their business with the use of blockchain technology. The fund's CEO is Ron Reed. Los Angeles-based Maco.la

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Bird investor Upfront Ventures eyes $250M growth fund

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Securities and Exchange Commission to raise its third growth-stage investment fund. Though the firm typically invests at the seed and Series A, capital from Upfront Growth III will be used for follow-on or late-stage deals.

With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest

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CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-founders, who have been investing in Los Angeles since 1997.

Qualcomm Sets Up New, $100M AI Investment Fund

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San Diego-based Qualcomm announced on Wednesday that it has launched a brand new, venture capital investment fund, which will focus only an artificial intelligence. Qualcomm said the new Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund , which is worth $100M, will go towards startups who are working around "AI becoming more powerful and widespread" on devices, with an emphasis on autonomous cars, robotics and machine learning.

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Investment Fund Vision Esports Raises $38 Million

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Investment fund Vision Esports announced on Feb. 22 that it raised $38 million in a round led by Evolution Media, the investment firm backed by Creative Artists Agency and private equity fund TPG Growth

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Graduway Gets Investment From Manhattan Beach's K1

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Graduway , a developer of software used for alumni engagement and career services management, has scored an investment from Manhattan Beach-based investor K1 Investment Management. Size and terms of the investment were not announced. K1 Investment Management says it invests in high growth, enterprise software companies. graduway investment enterprise software venture capital private equity education alumni network saas cloud

Moonshots Capital Leads Investment In Backtracks

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in a seed funding round, which was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Capital Factory, Sputnik ATX, Next Coast Ventures, Bull Creek Capital, and BNSG Capital. As a part of the funding round, Kelly Perdew, Managing General Partner of Moonshots Capital, will join the board at Backtracks. The company said the funding will go towards product innovation and to staff key positions.

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Fifth Wall Raises $500 Million Fund to Invest in Tech for Real Estate Industry

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Venice-based Fifth Wall Ventures has raised more than half-a-billion dollars for a new fund, among the largest ever raised in Los Angeles

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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. The company said it expects to invest up to $30M in approximately a dozen companies over the next 18 months, investing between $500K to $5M in each company. Jeffry Weinhuff is Managing Partner of the new fund.

CerraCap Ventures Gets Strategic Investment

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Costa Mesa-based CerraCap Ventures , a venture capital firm which invests in early stage technology companies, announced this morning that it has received a strategic investment, from a unit of IIFL Wealth Management Limited (IIFL Wealth), a large Indian private wealth management company. The investment went into CerraCap's second fund, CerraCap Ventures Fund II. Size of the investment was not announced.

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Think ahead when raising your early investments

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Some businesses just can’t fit within the angel capital or friends and family model for raising funds. Sooner or later you may need to seek venture capital and accommodate the needs of the venture community in negotiating the terms of an investment.

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With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest

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CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-founders, who have been investing in Los Angeles since 1997.

Pontifax AgTech Launches $105M Venture Investment Fund

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In the latest fund in an unprecedented boom in local investment funds, Los Angeles-based Pontifax AgTech Management announced this morning that it has closed on its first fund, a $105M fund calld the Pontifax Global Food and Agriculture Technology Fund. Pontifax AgTech said it will invest in revenue-generating businesses with proven technologies that improve the productivity, sustainability and efficiency of the agriculture supply chain.

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Cornerstone OnDemand Opens Up Incubator, Investment Fund

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Santa Monica-based Cornerstone OnDemand , the developer of talent management and human resources management software, is boosting its efforts to support the Los Angeles technology ecosystem, through the launch of its own incubator and investment fund. According to the company, it has launched the Cornerstone Innovation Fund , which will invest $250,000 to $1M in cloud-based startups, and will also offer up young companies space within its Santa Monica headquarters.

Axiom Materials Gets Funding, Investment

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Santa Ana-based Axiom Materials , a developer of advanced composites for the aerospace, defense, automobile, energy, and other industries, is in a recapitalization and investment deal with private equity investor Sorenson Capital. Financial details of the investment and recap were not announced by the companies. The two son Friday that the deal involves a "significant" investment from Sorenson Capital, along with Yukon Partners.

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First Access Entertainment Launches New Seed Investment Fund For Youth

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Los Angeles-based First Access Entertainment , and entertainment firm which provides music recording management and publishing, film and TV development, and acting and model management, said this morning that it has launched a new investment fund, called The Fund by First Access Entertainment. According to First Access, the new fund will invest in companies started by "creative young people". The new fund will be led by Sarah Stennett and Simon Tikham.

Wave Financial Group Finds Funding From Fineqia, Aims At Blockchain Investing

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Los Angeles-based Wave Financial Group , a new, Blockchain investment company led by former Wavemaker Partners co-founder David Siemer, has received a round of funding from London, UK-based Finequia Investments Limited , according to the two companies. Size of the equity investment was not announced. Fineqia said its investments in Wave Financial Group represents less than 5 percent of its market capitalization.

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Arrowroot Capital Aims To Raise $175M In Third Investment Fund

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Santa Monica-based Arrowroot Capital , an investment firm focused on investing growth equity in growing software-as-a-service and internet-based businesses, has launched an effort to raise $175M in its third fund, Arrowroot Capital III, LP. Safaii, has made investments in such companies as 4tell, Agilence, EiQ, Embotics, Evergage, Icix, MedNet, ServiceAide, and ZiftSolutions. The firm's second fund closed at the end of 2015, and was worth $50M.

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Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Hits 20 Investments

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Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health , the healthcare startup investment fund led by Jay Goss, has now completed 20 early stage healthcare investments, after approximately one year of making investments, the fund said this week. According to the fund, 9 of the 20 investments it has made are Southern California companies, including Nicolette , Joany , Onramp Bio , Seqonce , Giblib , Evid Science , Health Tensor , Advekit , and Focus Motion.

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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.

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Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

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Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. As you can see below the number of seed funds shot up dramatically between 2006 and 2014. thus the rise of “pre seed” investing).

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Clearlake's NetDocuments Gets New Investment

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NetDocuments , the developer of a cloud-based platform for managing the documents of law firms and corporate legal and compliance departments which is backed by Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital , has scored a new, strategic funding. According to NetDocuments, it has received a "significant" new equity investment from another private equity investor, Cove Hill Partners. Size and terms of that investment was not announced by the companies.

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PriceSpider Receives Growth Investment

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Irvine-based PriceSpider , which develops software to help retailers and brands understand consumer buying behavior, has received a round of growth investment from Frontier Capital, the firms said this morning. Size of the investment was not announced. PriceSpider will use the funding for growth capital, market expansion, and growth acceleration, according to the two. Frontier said it made the investment out of a $700M fund, the Frontier Fund V.

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Wavemaker Genesis Aims At Blockchain, Crypto Investments With New Fund

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Pacific Palisades-based Wavemaker Genesis , a new, venture capital investment fund aimed at Blockchain and cryptocurrency investments, has quietly been making the round of limited partners, according to a regulatory filing by the fund. The new fund--led by Wavemaker Partners co-founder David Seimer and Scott Walker, the founder and CEO of Atrinsic and Bitcoin mining guru.

Arrowroot Capital Raising $50M Investment Fund

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Santa Monica-based Arrowroot Capital , an investment firm which invests in software-as-a-service and Internet-based businesses, said in a regulatory filing that it is raising a $50M fund. No details on the fund have been announced by Arrowroot Capital, which did not indicate any limited partners yet committed to the fund. Arrowroot lists such portfolio investments as Zift Solutions, EiQ Networks, 4Tell, and MedNet Solutions. The fund is led by Matthew J.

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Can VC’s Invest Across Two Funds?

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In one of the posts I spoke about how the size and vintage of funds might affect you when you’re raising money. This led Roy Rodenstein (whose company Going.com was sold to AOL ) and others to discuss , what happens when VC’s need to invest across multiple funds.

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