Initiative to Boost SoCal’s Startup Scene Teams With GV Founder


A Silicon Valley entrepreneur has set out to boost the startup ecosystem in San Diego and the rest of Southern California—and he already has scored a coup by partnering with Bill Maris, the founder and former CEO of Google Ventures, now known as GV. Maris raised $160 million last month for the inaugural fund of Section 32, a new venture firm he founded.

Technology , Cocktails, and Incubators in Santa Barbara

Steve Reich

Appropriately enough, ­­­we gathered in the about-to-open Synergy Business and Technology Center, Santa Barbara’s latest incubator. Then drive for the best funding you can get. If you still don’t like the answer—separate the funding and location decisions.

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MoneyTree Report: Southern California Q3 Venture Totals Drop To $663.27M


Southern California's venture capital totals dropped significantly in Q3 of 2016, to a mere $663.2M in funding, according to the latest numbers from the PricewaterhouseCoopers MoneyTree report, based on data from Thomson Reuters. in funding in Q3, down from the much larger, $2.5 billion in funding received in the region in Q2. Q2 fundings in Southern California were much higher, due to a giant $1.27 billion funding round for Snapchat.

University of California Plans $250M Venture Capital Fund


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.

SBA Recognizes SoCal Firms


The SBIR is a funding program which provides research and development dollars to small businesses and startups. in San Diego, and Wyatt Technology , in Santa Barbara. small business administration sbir funding grant qualcomm research developmentThe U.S. Small Business Administration honored a number of local small businesses and individuals at the White House today, who are participants in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Q1 Southern California Venture Deals Rise To Around $1.4B


The information--gleaned from funding announcements, regulatory filings, and other sources--are also up significantly from Q1 of last year, when only $729.89M was invested in the region. Biopharmaceuticals continues to drive the investment totals in Southern California, with $222M in investments; followed by Medical Devices, with $120M in investments, and Software, with $119M. Other big funding deals included a big, $115.3M

UCSB Tops Harvard & Wharton In Startup Wars


Instead, grab your surfboard and head to UC Santa Barbara. A decent showing, but well below a number of larger schools, as the ranking is based on the number of graduates who secured VC funding. Image Credit: University Of California, Santa Barbara.

Steve Poizner Boots Up New Southern California Tech Nonprofit


Steve Poizner , the former California gubernatorial candidate and former founder of SnapTrack (which he sold to San Diego's Qualcomm), says he has created a new group called the Alliance for Southern California Innovation , which will focus on further developing Southern California's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Bill Maris recently opened up Section 32 as a new, $150M investment fund in San Diego.

Ansible Acquired By Red Hat For Around $100M


Santa Barbara-based Ansible > , a developer of IT automation software, has been acquireed by Red Hat , to help bolster Red Hat's management capabilities for hybrid and OpenStack clouds, and container-based services. Anssible had only raised around $6M in funding. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed, however, reports say the deal was worth around $100M. Ansible was venture backed by Menlo Ventures, and was led by Michael DeHaan. Inks Massive, $103M Funding Round


According to Eric Robison, the firm's CEO, the funding round will go towards increasing the firm's global reach and expanding content. Meritech Capital also participated in the funding. The funding is the largest funding in Santa Barbara County in recent history, and among the largest fundings across all of Southern California, with the exception of a couple of late stage biotechnology deals in the past year.

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

inLife signed up dozens of merchants in Santa Barbara for their activity site. The emails were so tailored, that many merchants called back to thank them for the personal attention. Then get VC funding, rent a cool space, hire a big team, rebuild and relaunch. But so many companies are being launched so fast that probability tells you that there will be major winners. New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders.

VC Confessions: We Passed On Twilio’s Seed Round


For us, it’s OK if we miss a great deal once in a while, so long as the companies we DO invest in generate outstanding returns. However, in 2008 we were focused almost exclusively within Southern California. A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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Four of Southern California's Cloud Computing Startups


Here are a number of Southern California startups who are making waves in the cloud computing, as mined from our subscription venture capital database. Funding: $25.5M, from Benchmark Capital, BV Capital, and New Enterprise Associates [ Profile ]. Funding: Private [ Profile ].

Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3


Venture capital investments in Southern California in Q3 totaled to $464.18M, according to the latest numbers released by the PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA Money Tree Report this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Silicon Valley had the lion's share of the venture funding dollars in Q3, with $1.75 The biggest investments in Southern California for the quarter were for San Diego's SkinIt , a maker of customized "skins" for electronic devices, with $60.0M

Social Networking Addiction Bears Fruit

Eric Greenspan

It’s been an amazing experience so far, but the best part are the relationships I’ve built since getting started. Yesterday, I met with @LisaBraithwaite, a local Santa Barbaran.

Interview with Fouad ElNaggar, Redpoint Ventures


Redpoint Ventures is one of the venture capital firms which has straddled both Northern California and Southern California, with offices in both locations. We can also write checks as large as $35M out of the Omega Fund.

SoCal Angel Investors See IPO Pop At CytomX


A number of Southern California angel investors are undoubtedly breaking out the champagne this morning, after the successful IPO of CytomX Therapeutics , a developer of cancer therapeutics which was spun out of UC Santa Barbara. CytomX was founded by UC Santa Barbara professor Patrick Daugherty.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

Both Sides of the Table

Either way, it’s natural that buyers “shop around” so expect it as a healthy part of the process. So we took a stand. We knew that all buyers would be concerned about security, privacy, back-ups, data protection and so forth. So our pitch went. When we went to raise funds we faced lots of competition as there are of course many other VC funds in the country. I think that’s where many startups and even VC funds go wrong.

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NGEN Partners Gets Exit At Choose Energy


Santa Barbara- and New York-based clean technology investor NGEN Partners has scored an exit at Choose Energy , a startup which lets consumers comparison shop for and select electric energy providers, according to a report. Choose Energy had also raised funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, BlueScape Resources, and angels, and was based in Texas.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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28 from 7pm-10pm in Santa Monica. The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders. Babak received a BA degree in Business Economics and Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

HP Selects UCSB, UCSD, USC Profs For Funding


According to HP, among the sixty professors were Dr. Amin Vahdat of the University of California, San Diego; Dr. John Bowers at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and Dr. Gerard Medioni and Dr. Alan E. Willner at the University of Southern California. Tags: ucsb ucsd research grant computer funding

The Resumator Gets $2.1M From Rincon


Rincon Venture Partners , the Santa Barbara-based venture capital fund run by Jim Andelman , John Greathouse , and Brian Kelly , has led the investment in a developer of social recruiting software tools for companies, The Resumator. Resumator is unusual in that it is located in Pittsburgh, PA--Rincon tends to make mostly Southern California investments.

Streamlining The Sports Recruiting Process with FieldLevel


Coaches are looking to use technology more efficiently, so they can connect in a more effective manner with the people they want to, but still have the rules around our industry and how the industry operates.

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Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

Both Sides of the Table

So spending time thinking about what your leadership style is, whether it’s effective and what you could do to improve it can yield dividends. We all know that we use renewal to be thoughtful about our futures so why not take the time this week to take stock in where you want to be a year from now and what steps you could take personally to make a difference. We want to invest in early-stage technology enabled startup businesses – upfront in the funding cycle.

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Local Charities Score Funding From Facebook Program


Two, Southern California charities are among the charities who are receiving grants from JPMorgan Chase in a promotion on Facebook, Chase said today.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

This is stuff I tell people verbally at least twice / month so I’m glad to finally get it into written format. So eventually you have your company funded but only 2 of the 5 people who started the company are still around. So it doesn’t have to be a small firm.

Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Summer 2011 Judges! He holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a JD from Southwestern University, and suffers from an addiction to cheeseburgers.

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners


GRP has just recently closed on a new $200M fund, and Mark has been one of the more active venture capitalists in the Los Angeles area in recent months. In 2000, we set up our second fund--worth almost $400M--and for that vintage year, that fund is one of the top tier performing funds in the entire country. Our brand new fund is a $200M fund, and we think that's the perfect size for a new fund. Here in Southern California, we do have a ways to go.

CytomX Therapeutics, Founded At UCSB, Queues Up For IPO


CytomX Therapeutics , a biotech startup which was founded by UC Santa Barbara professor Patrick Daugherty, and which has a significant number of Southern California angel investors, filed for an IPO last week, saying that it is looking to raise $100M on the NASDAQ Global Market. CytomX was initially capitalized by a group of Southern California angel investors, right after it was launched out of UCSB, according to a number of those investors.

Spotlight: LA Tech Judges and SuperDemo Bill Gross of Idealab!

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Always looking to provide the very best for our community so that you may learn and grow as a startup or entrepreneur, Bill Gross is one of the best experts we could provide. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

Interview with Kos Galatsis, Carbonics


The company just announced its first product, so we thought it would be interesting to follow up with Kos on his progress bringing the company's technology to market. Not only that, we all grind our teeth when our battery goes low, so we have to do that in a low power, efficient manner, which does not chew up all that battery capacity. So explain where you are now with the taking your technology to market? So those resources have been fantastic.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009


When I drill down on that term, you can see why with posts like: Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals Lops A Third Of Company THQ Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes San Diego Office Citrix Cuts 10 Percent; Santa Barbara Hit And it's also interesting to see what geographies are being associated with "Layoffs" more often than others: Layoffs Woodland Hills Layoffs San Diego Layoffs Santa Monica Layoffs Los Angeles I guess this is a sign of the times.

Spotlight: LA Tech Fall Judges Include Mike Jones, CallFire, Idealab, Tech Coast Angels, Coloft

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So with out further ado I present the Spotlight: LA Tech Fall 2011 Judges! He has contributed to the success of dozens of companies, including the funding and strategic acquisitions of Movoxx, Tsavo and People Media. There is still time to apply so if you have yet to do so APPLY HERE.