It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. I can’t help feel a bit of rear-view mirror analysis in all of “VC model is broken” bears in our industry. This has led to the creation of incubators, accelerators and seed funds.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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This was the first episode where Jason wasn’t on the show, which gave me the chance to have another VC on the show to discuss deals. Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. VC Financings: 1.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Enter VC. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities

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Los Angeles-based Next 10 Ventures , a $50 million fund focused on the creator economy, is launching an incubator program to support YouTubers. Former YouTube exec unveils Next 10 Ventures, a $50M fund to back online creators.

EvoNexus Rolls Out New Tech Incubator Class

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San Diego-based nonprofit EvoNexus has launched a new class of companies to its startup incubator, the group said on Tuesday, for both its San Diego and Irvine locations. evonexus technology startup incubator accelerator venture capitalAccording to EvoNexus, it has added 16 new companies to its portfolio of startups, split between both locations.

Razer Plans Venture Capital Fund

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Irvine-based videogame accessory and hardware maker Razer is planning on launching a new, corporate venture capital fund, starting next year, according to a report. Razer, which is led by Min-Liang Tan, reportedly plans to invest in companies, which it plans to incubate and help with its international business. razer venture capital videogame accessory hardware corporate investment

How To Become a VC

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One the most frequent questions asked of me by entrepreneurs is, "How can I become a Venture Capitalist?" The inquiry is common because being a VC is (to an entrepreneur, at least) a sexy job. In contrast, an Angel Investor is someone who invests their own capital.

Ligand Inks Licensing Deal With Venture Capital Investor

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San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals said on Friday that it has entered into a deal with venture capital investor venBio Partners , which will allow venBio's portfolio companies to enter into a pre-agreed worldwide OmniAb platform license agreement. The two said the deal will result in venBio incubating a series of new companies based on OmniAb's technology. ligand venbio omniab milestone antibody incubate lifescience human

Siemer Ventures Backs Southeast Asian Startup Incubator

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Los Angeles-based technology investor Siemer Ventures has funded an investment firm in Southeast Asia, which is looking to invest in and create e-commerce and digital media companies in the Southeast Asia region. According to Ardent Capital , it received its first, external round of funding, which came from Siemer Ventures, Recruit Strategic Partners, and GMO Venture Partners. siemer ventures venture capital incubator accelerator hong kong southeast asia asian

EvoNexus Opens Up New Applications For Incubator

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EvoNexus , the San Diego-based startup incubator, has opened up application for its next program, with a deadline of January 23rd. EvoNexus, which is run by CommNexus, said it will provide fully furnished open space, mentorship, and access to startup programming to companies accepted to the incubator--and will also consider those same companies for QualcommLabs@EvoNexus, the business acceleration and funding program being run by EvoNexus for Qualcomm.

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

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Picking a VC is hard. I had an enjoyable conversation this morning with a young team straight out of college this morning and they were calling to ask advice on how to approach fund raising (angels vs. VCs, how to select a VC, etc.) And so is venture capital.

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Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator Gets $200,000 Grant, Eyes Investment Fund

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The incubator effort looking to make Los Angeles a key part of the clean technology industry, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) , announced this morning that it has received a $200,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, to help advance its program--and may even start its own investment fund. The incubator said the grant will help fund programs focused on advancing sustainable technology development and adoption in the Los Angeles region.

Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

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Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

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TechZulu is proud to announce that we are a sponsor of the Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit and will be there in full force bringing you all the action. Last July the Variety Venture Capital and New Media Summit was one of the best conferences of the year.

The Design Accelerator Launches Incubator At Idealab

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A new, startup incubator-created by the Art Center College of Design and the California Insitute of Technology --said this morning that it has launched a brand new, design-focused incubator, housed at Idealab. The new incubator is headed by Mark Breitenberg and Erik Hovanec. The incubator said it is focused on the "power of great design to create market disruption"--citing such products as Apple''s smart phone and Pinterest as examples.

Foundry Medical Innovations Opens Startup Incubator In San Diego County

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How Frost Venture Partners Is Incubating The Big Data Future

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Stuart Frost is head of Frost Venture Partners (www.frostvp.com), and the founder of DatAllegro, which he started in Orange County and eventually sold to Microsoft for $275M in 2008. he's been spinning out of his incubator. What's the idea behind the incubator?

Qualcomm Labs Unveils First Incubator Companies

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Qualcomm Labs , the incubator subsidiary of Qualcomm Technologies , has announced the first set of companies funded through its new QualcommLabs@EvoNexus program today, saying that it has funded three companies with a round of seed funding. Qualcomm Labs said that Arynga , FatSkunk , and Breadcrumbs all have joined the EvoNexus incubator, and with Arynga and FatSkunk receiving $250,000 each from Qualcomm, and Breadcrumbs receiving $50,000.

Siemer & Associates Launches Singapore Incubator

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Los Angeles-based Siemer & Associates , and its affiliated venture capital fund, Siemer Ventures , said today that it has launched a new, technology incubator--in the country of Singapore. The investment banking firm, which is headed by David Siemer, said that the new WaveMaker Labs is being formed under the Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS) of the Singaporean government's National Research Foundation (NRF).

Want to Work in VC? Here’s How

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I’m often asked by people, “how do I get into VC?&# Well, I know 3-4 VC jobs that are publicly available. Every time I do recruiting I get somebody who says, “I’m willing to take a step back in my career to work in VC.&# This isn’t likely to appeal to us.

Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

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Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

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Cornerstone Innovation Fund will give startups between $250,000 to $1 million after approval by Cornerstone’s board of directors alongside select leading venture capital firms. The post Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund appeared first on TechZulu.

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Current round: $20.0mm Series-B led by Andreesen Horowitz, with USV and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Company plans to use the capital to build out sales and marketing and r&d. -a led by Altos Ventures and Maverick Capital, with Larry Braitman.

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Technology , Cocktails, and Incubators in Santa Barbara

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More than 150 MIT alums gathered Wednesday night for a discussion of incubators/accelerators. Appropriately enough, ­­­we gathered in the about-to-open Synergy Business and Technology Center, Santa Barbara’s latest incubator.

UCI Entrepreneurship: Milton Chang, Incubic

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Managing Director, Incubic Management (a venture capital fund in Mountain View, CA). Tuesday, January 24, 2012 -- Milton Chang, Ph.D., Entrepreneurship Course, 2012 Guest Speaker Lectures, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, UC Irvine. Free and open to the public. This series is part of a course on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers, but enrollment is not necessary to attend these guest speaker lectures Email goran@uci.edu for details.

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Incubators, Accelerators, and New Choices for Entrepreneurs

Steve Reich

Wild times in Southern California—VC firms contracting and incubators/accelerators exploding! You can’t turn around in SoCal without running into new incubators. Incubators and Accelerators southern california accelerators southern california incubators startups

As Unicorns Multiply, Bootstrapped Tech Businesses Holding Steady

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Why do unicorns get all the attention? Brian de Haaff wonders this sometimes, especially as compared to his own tech business, Aha. It’s not a “unicorn”—a business with a valuation of more than $1 billion—and it’s not even close. Instead, Aha is a bootstrapped startup. Founded in 2013 by de Haaff and Chris Waters in the Bay Area, the company announced in July it had surpassed $40 million in annual recurring revenue from the subscribers to its software-as-a-service.

Going long on LA, India, AI and tech infrastructure March Capital raises $300 million

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March Capital Partners , the Los Angeles-based venture capital firm, has raised $300 million for its latest fund.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. I just completed an exercise where I went out to hire a new associate for my VC firm, GRP Partners.

Techstars Sets Up Space Accelerator In LA

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Startup accelerator operator Techstars is setting up yet another accelerator program in the Los Angeles area, with a new startup accelerator focused on space ventures. Starburst Aerospace has a $200M, venture capital fund it raised two years ago specifically to invest in space related ventures. techstars space accelerator incubator starburst aerospace venture capital incubate

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Rustic Canyon Speaks out on GaiKai Exit, Changing Nature of VC, LA Tech & More

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And no wonder, lately he and his partners are on a tear, investing out of their $200+ million VC fund. A summary of the show with direct links to a spot you might like to watch is below: 1:00 Welcome everyone to episode 69, season 3 of This Week in Venture Capital.

In Boston’s Shadow, Rhode Island Fights for Life Science Jobs, Respect

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Tiny Rhode Island and its capital city Providence have always punched above their weight, for better or for worse. Better: Little Rhody’s founder Roger Williams, fleeing religious persecution in 17th-century puritanical Massachusetts, was one of America’s first abolitionists and created the concept of the separation of church and state.

A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive

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skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Saturday, February 17, 2007 A Different Kind of Incubator - The Hive I recently met with The Hive a new incubator in Orange County. What I really liked in my conversations with The Hive is that they are willing to work with and fund ventures that would never get VC dollars. Theres many good companys that will never turn into a $100M VC kind of company.

Mucker Capital closes on $45 million for an early-stage LA-based fund

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Santa Monica-based Mucker Capital has raised $45 million for its third fund, Mucker III. TC Venture Capital business incubators venture capital Startup company Los Angeles

Shared housing startups are taking off

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Seeking roommates and venture capital. W hen young adults leave the parental nest, they often follow a predictable pattern. First, move in with roommates. Then graduate to a single or couple’s pad. After that comes the big purchase of a single-family home. A lawnmower might be next.