Alexandria Venture Investments Ramps Investment Activity

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Pasadena-based Alexandria Venture Investments, the venture arm of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, says that has been ranked as one of the year's top five most active U.S. According to the company, it is on track to double its investment activity this year. The company says it invests in companies that improve human health and nutrition, as well as those companies that are combating climate change through sustainable agriculture technologies and practices.

Renovo Solutions Gets Growth Investment

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Irvine-based Renovo Solutions announced this morning that it has raised a round of growth investment, from investor Water Street Healthcare Partners. Size of the investment was not announced. renovo solutions growth investment venture capitalAccording to Renovo Solutions, it will use the new funding to expand offerings. As part of the funding, it has appointed Bill Newell as CEO. Newell previously served at Cardinal Health, Baxter and Dentsply Sirona.

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Launch House Raising $10M For Startup Investments

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The filing said the company is raising $10M to invests in startups. launch house launchhouse venture capital fund funding investment incubator acceleratorBeverly Hills-based Launch House, which hosts month-long, live-in startup programs in Los Angeles and elsewhere, is looking to raised $10M in a new venture capital fund, according to a regulatory filing from the company.

K1 Invests $21 Million in Eltropy

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Manhattan Beach-based private equity firm K1 Investment Management is making a $21 million investment in software company Eltropy Inc

Miva Picks Up Strategic Investment

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San Diego-based Miva, which develops e-commerce software, said today that it has received a "significant equity investment" from growth equity investor Equality Asset Management. Financial details of the investment were not announced. miva strategic investment ecommerce software venture capital equality asset management

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Motive Companies Backs GenXComm In Strategic Investment

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Fountain Valley-based Motive Companies, which provides renewable energy and infrastructure products, says it has made a strategic investment in GenXComm, a developer of dynamic filtering and Radio Frequency (RF)-photonics systems. motive companies genxcomm venture capital strategic investment radio frequency cleantech

10 Tips For Crafting An Investment Grade Venture Plan

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If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple. The one-page Oprah plan is a good executive summary, but it’s not enough to get the investment. business plan investment-grade simple Tim Berry

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Venture Investments Hit Record Highs

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billion was invested across and estimated 4,302 deals in the second quarter, with a total of $150 billion invested across 8,406 deals for the first half of the year. According to the NVCA, in addition to the investments, near-record level of distributions from venture funds--driven by a robust exit market--has continued to drive cash flow back to LPs. venture capital investment nvca financing growth

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Scopely Invests $50 Million in European Gaming Studios

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invested a combined $50 million in three boutique European game studios, the company announced July 19 Culver City-based mobile gaming company Scopely Inc.

Take only “smart money” investments

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Often, that money is worth more than the cash invested, because the investors who often become members of the board, bring a wealth of experience, insight, relationships and deeper pockets to the table. I have served on the boards of several companies with just such VC talent at the table, partners in firms that made subsequent investments in companies where I either made early investments or led a group of fellow investors in early rounds of finance. Close.

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General Motors Invests $71 Million to Launch Pasadena Campus

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will invest more than $71 million in a 149,000 square-foot campus in Pasadena, the automotive giant announced July 13 Detroit-based General Motors Co.

Community Lands $40 Million Investment

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a messaging platform that enables celebrities and brands to communicate directly with fans, has received a $40 million investment Community.com Inc.,

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That’s No Moon Launches With $100 Million Investment

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launched July 28 with a $100 million investment from Smilegate Entertainment, a global game development company based in Seoul, South Korea Sawtelle-based gaming studio That’s No Moon Entertainment Inc.

What use is an investment banker?

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Many CEOs have asked me if I felt an investment banker adds value if the buyer has already been identified. How investment bankers behave. For small deals, an investment banker will ask as much as ten percent, although the average is slightly above half that.

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SurePrep Gets Growth Investment

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Irvine-based SurePrep , a developer of tax automation software and services for the professional tax return preparation market, has received what it calls a "significant" minority growth investment. The investment came from private equity investor Bregal Sagemount. According to SurePrep, the new investment will help it accelerate its development roadmap, plus strengthen its technology and processes, grow its client base, and expand into new product categories.

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Armata Pharmaceuticals Gets $7.0M Investment

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in an equity investment from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CF Foundation). Marina Del Rey-based Armata Pharamceuticals, a biotechnology company developing therapeutics for antibiotic-resistant and difficult-to-treat bacterial infections, said it has received $3.0M According to Armata Pharmaceuticals, it was also receive $4.0 million from Innoviva Strategic Opportunities LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Innoviva.

esVolta Gets Investment From Macquarie

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Aliso Viejo-based utility-scale energy storage project developer esVolta has received an investment from Macquarie's Green Investment Group (GIG), Macquarie announced this morning. Size of the investment was not announced. According to Macquarie, the investment will support the continued North American expansion of esVolta and finance its portfolio of over 600 MWh of contracted energy storage projects, plus an additional pipeline of more than 2 GWh of projects.

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K1 Investment Management Backs ComplySci With $120M

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Los Angeles-basd private equity investor K1 Investment Management has made a $120M investment in New York- and London-based >ComplySci, the two companies said this morning. ComplySci's software is used to identify and mitigate employee regulatory and compliance risks, and serves broker-dealers, registered investment advisers (RIAs), hedge funds, private equity firms, investment advisors, venture capital firms and other businesses across the financial services sector.

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Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Hits 25 Investments

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Los Angeles-based Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health , the venture investment fund focused on healthcare, which is led by John Nackel, Jay Goss, Eric Marton and Kwame Ulmer, says it has just completed its 25th investment--all made in the last 18 months. According to the firm, it believes its pace of investments makes it one of the most active healthcare venture investors in the country. wavemaker health healthcare venture capital fund investment investor lifescience

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CerraCap Cares Invests In Aquagenuity

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Costa Mesa-based impact-focused venture capital investor CerraCap Cares announced this morning that it has made an investment in Aquagenuity, a startup that provides real time information about water quality. Size of the investment was not announced. CerraCap Cares, which says it is a women-led impact fund, said Aquagenity offers up an accessible database and a water scoring tool which provides details on how much lead is in drinking water.

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Should An Entrepreneur Seek Out An Investment Bank?

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The name “investment bank” somehow always sounded like a place where I could deposit my investments, and maybe even earn a little interest. Many investment banks even call themselves “boutiques.” Investment banks normally charge fees consisting of three components.

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How I Invest

Both Sides of the Table

During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends. Often as I describe to people privately why I invested the first reaction is not to immediately get it.

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Kayne Anderson Expands Renewable Investments

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors LP is ramping up its investments in renewables, saying today that it has made a number of solar investments, and has named co-heads of renewable investment for the company. kayne anderson renewable investment solar cleantech executive finance venture capital private equity

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BiasSync Names Former Investment Banker As Chief Revenue Officer

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Jordan was previously Founder and CEO of investment banking firm Tribeca Capital Partners. biassync investment banker banking robert jordan executive hief revenue officer bias software salesLos Angeles-based BiasSync, which provides a service to help companies assess, measure and manage unconscious bias in the work environment, says it has named Robert Jordan as its Chief Revenue Officer.

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GOAT Group Gets Strategic Investment

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Los Angeles-based GOAT, best known for its online marketplace for sneakers, but which now also has expanded into apparel and accessories, has received a strategic investment from Groupe Artemis. Size of the investment was not announced. GOAT said the strategic investment follows its Series E funding announcned in September of 2020, which was worth $100M, valuing GOAT at $1.75

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AutoVitals Gets Private Equity Investment

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According to AutoVitals, the strategic growth investment will go to expand and enhance its offerings. As part of the investment, the company said it named a new CEO, Jon Belmonte, to lead the company. autovitals private equity investment auto automotive software saas growth strategic belmonte executive

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Bird Plans To Invest $150M In Europe

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Santa Monica-based on-demand electric scooter provider Bird says it is planning a major investment in Europe, saying it will invest $150M in the continent in 2021. Bird said the investment is part of an effort to support European cities as they reopen and recover. micromobility investment expansion europe bird

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Former Rubicon Project Founder Launches Startup Investment Fund

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The former CEO and founder of Los Angeles-based advertising exchange Rubicon Project, Frank Addante, has launched a new, startup investment fund, he announced on Wednesday, saying that after a brief foray into retirement he decided to launch TinkerBarn Ventures, a new startup studio and early stage investment fund. rubicon project frank addante venture capital investment startup

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Patron Picks Up $90M For Games, Consumer, Web Investments

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According to Patron, its first fund, Patron Fund I, will go to investments into Web 3 (P2E/NFTs) and consumer categories such as education, fitness, personal finance, and more. patron venture capital investment investor riotgames videogameA new, early-stage venture firm, Patron--which has one of its General Partners based in Los Angeles--said on Tuesday that it has raised $90M in a new venture capital fund.

Hawke Ventures Raises $5.6M Investment Fund

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hawke ventures investment fund funding marketing market paigecraigHawke Ventures, a new, venture capital fund that is part of marketing company Hawke Media, said Friday that it has raised $5.6M for its first, venture capital fund. The new fund is being managed by Erik Huberman, Tony Delmercado, and Managing Partner Drew Leahy, along with angel investor Paige Craig. The company said it plans to write checks of between $100,000 and $250,000 in digital marketing startups.

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LaserAway Snags Private Equity Investment

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West Hollywood-based LaserAway, an aesthetic dermatology business which offers laser hair removal, laser tattoo removal, laser skin rejuvenation services via a series of clinics, has scored private equity funding. According to the company, it raised funding from the Private Equity Group of Ares Management Corporation. Financial details of the deal were not announced. LaserAway was advised by Jeffries LLC with legal counsel. O'Melveny & Myers LLP and Buchalter.

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The Trade Desk Launches Venture Capital Arm, Makes First Investment

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Ventura-based advertising technology developer The Trade Desk is launching its own venture capital arm, and has made its first investment, the company said this morning. The company said that the new investment fund, TD7, will invest in open Internet startups. The first investment made by the fund is Chalice, a developer of algorithmic ad optimization software. tradedesk thetradedesk adtech advertising venture capital investment

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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ChowNow Names IPO Investment Banker As CFO

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Mancl was previously an investment banker, having previously been at Credit Suisse, where he served as the Global co-head of Internet Investment Banking. Los Angeles-based ChowNow, which develops software to manage online ordering and marketing for restaurants, has named a new CFO. According to ChowNow, it has appointed Andre Mancl to the position of Chief Financial Officer.

imre Gets Investment From RLH Equity Partners

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imre, a provider of strategic and creative marketing services to enterprise clients to clients in the life sciences and healthcare and consumer products and services areas, has received a private equity investment from Los Angeles-based RLH Equity Partners. Financial details of the investment were not announced.

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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. Frontier said it made the investment out of a $700M fund, the Frontier Fund V. Houlihan Lokey advised PriceSpider on the growth investment effort.

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Bonfire Ventures Extends Network With Angel, Seed Investment Effort

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investment fund Bonfire Ventures is looking to extend its network--and make more angel, pre-seed, and seed investments--through a new program is is calling Bonfire Firestarters. According to Bonfire, it has partnered with six individuals and five early-stage fund managers who the firm will be using to make investments for the fund. capital venture firestarters seed investment angel ventures bonfire

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Therabody Lands Celebrity Packed Investment

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Los Angeles-based Therabody, a developer of devices which use massage therapy to relieve muscle tension, said it has received a strategic investment round from more than 100 people, including many celebrities, in the professional sports, culture, and entertainment area. The size of the equity investment was not announced.

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Seqster Gets Investment From Takeda

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San Diego-based Seqster , which develops software used f[link] health data management, said today that it has received an investment from Takeda Pharmaceuticals. Size of the investment was not announced. According to Seqster, it will use the new funding to accelerate adoption of its technology, which is used for managing clinical trials and patient engagement. Seqster is led by Ardy Arianpour.

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Assembly Gets Investment Round

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Los Angeles-based Assembly , a developer of e-commerce tools and software, has received what it says is a "significant investment" from private equity investor Providence Strategic Growth. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. According to Assembly, the new funding will go to both build and acquire e-commerce software and services.

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H Code Snags New Investment Round

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Santa Monica-based H Code, which provides digital advertising services to the Hispanic market, said Monday afternoon that the company has received a new, capital investment. The funding came from private equity investor Falfurrias Capital Partners (FCP), which invests in growth-oriented, middle-market companies. Size of the investment round was not announced.

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Qualcomm Invests $97M In India's Jio

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Qualcomm said its investment gives it a 0.15% equity stake in Jio Platforms. Qualcomm said the investment will go towards the buildout of 5G infrastructure and services for Jio's customers in India. semiconductor investment strategic telecommunications telecom indian qualcommSan Diego-based Qualcomm has just taken a $97M stake in Indian telecom provider Jio , via its Qualcomm Ventures venture arm, Qualcomm said on Sunday.

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The 22 Fund Finds Funding, Targets Impact Investments

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Los Angeles-based The 22 Fund, a new startup investment fund which says it focuses on the "impact investing" sector--investing with a racial, gender, climate and social justice lens--says it has received an investment from The Clio Fund and ImpactAssets. The size of that investment was not announced. According to the new investment fund, it is investing in companies led by women, Black, Indigenous and People Of Color (BIPOC).

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