It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities

TechCrunch LA

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.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Science Inc. Eyes New Venture Capital Fund

socalTECH

The startup studio--which both incubates its own companies as well as works with startup founders to help accelerate their efforts--has backed such companies as Dollar Shave Club , DogVacay , FameBit , EventUp , August Home , Hello Society , Playhaven , and Superfly Labs. The firm already has an existing venture capital fund which invests in its portfolio companies. science venture capital investment startup incubator accelerator

Razer Plans Venture Capital Fund

socalTECH

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

Siemer Ventures Backs Southeast Asian Startup Incubator

socalTECH

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

Ligand Inks Licensing Deal With Venture Capital Investor

socalTECH

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

EvoNexus Opens Up New Applications For Incubator

socalTECH

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.

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

socalTECH

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.

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

Tech Zulu Event

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Coach 392

Some Entrepreneurs Get Big Value From An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. business entrepreneur incubator startup TechStars Y Combinator

How To Become a VC

InfoChachkie

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.

RSS 253

Will A Business Incubator Help Hatch Your Startup?

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the reasons that now is the time to be an entrepreneur is the explosion of startup assistance organizations, usually called incubators or accelerators. As well, these companies usually bring real new venture funding opportunities to the startups they sponsor.

The Design Accelerator Launches Incubator At Idealab

socalTECH

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

socalTECH

foundry medical innovations incubator startup lifescience diganostics devices device diego

Every Startup Gains From An Incubator Or Accelerator

Startup Professionals Musings

A question I often get as an adviser is whether or not to join a business incubator or accelerator as a way to move forward faster and smarter and increase the odds of business success. Most incubators start their program with some aptitude and business acumen tests.

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

TechCrunch LA

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.

SoCal 286

How Frost Venture Partners Is Incubating The Big Data Future

socalTECH

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?

How Does a Startup Incubator Really Help You?

Startup Professionals Musings

More and more entrepreneurs are hearing about the successful graduates and investors queued behind a few well-known startup incubators, including Y Combinator, TechStars, and the Founder Institute. entrepreneur startup accelerator incubator business

Qualcomm Labs Unveils First Incubator Companies

socalTECH

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

socalTECH

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Join Us At Variety 2012 Venture Capital & New Media Summit

Tech Zulu Event

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

Zag 309

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

TechCrunch LA

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.

SoCal 228

To Help Boost Female-led Startups, More Women Join Investor Ranks

Xconomy

Houston —Men have long leveraged their networks to succeed in business, and the tech industry has been no exception. Women, finding themselves outside of the club, are now creating their own networks to do the same. Katelyn O’Shaughnessy already had a solid track record, selling TripScope , a travel startup she co-founded in 2013, to Travefy two years ago.

Help 87

Technology , Cocktails, and Incubators in Santa Barbara

Steve Reich

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

SoCal Tech Calendar

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.

UCI 109

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

Cornerstone OnDemand Launches Incubator & Innovation Fund

Tech Zulu Event

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.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

Both Sides of the Table

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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.

As Unicorns Multiply, Bootstrapped Tech Businesses Holding Steady

Xconomy

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.