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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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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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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Take only “smart money” investments

Berkonomics

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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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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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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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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Clearlake Boosts Investment In Diligent

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as well as funds from Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, have increased their investment in New York-based Diligent , a developer of portal software for corporate boards. Financial details of that investment were not announced. Santa Monica-based private equity investor Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. , Diligent's biggest investor is Insight Partners. According to Diligent, it now has more than 19,000 clients.

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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. TC investment finance greycroft partners upfront ventures crosscut ventures Los Angeles

Creative Artists Agency, NEA Launch Investment Partnership

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The Creative Artists Agency and venture investor New Enterprise Associates (NEA) have launched a new, investment partnership to invest in early-stage, consumer focused businesses, the two said on Thursday. enterprise associates investment investor venture capital partnershipAccording to the companies, the new venture-- Connect Ventures Spire Animation Studios , which was co-founded by Brad Lewis, the producer of Ratatouille.

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Arqlite Lands Investment From CEMEX Ventures

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Santa Ana-based Arqlite SPC , a company which has developed a way to processes unrecyclable plastic waste into artificial gravel, has received an investment from CEMEX Ventures , the corporate venturing arm of the building materials giant. Size of the investment were not announced. arqlite cemex ventures plastic recycling aggregate materials venture capital strategic gravel investment

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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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Snap’s Yellow accelerator debuts its third batch of investments

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The group occupies some familiar spaces for past investments, with a focus on niche social communities, mobile media tools and augmented reality. Snap investment Hardworkers. Yellow investment SketchAR. Another investment from this batch, Mogul Millennial, is building a media brand around connecting Black professionals with professional resources. Earlier Yellow bets skewed more toward content investments as Snapchat was scaling Discover.

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Acorns Gets Investment From The Rock

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Irvine-based financial wellness program operator Acorns , which operates a program that encourages Americans to save and invest, says it has received a strategic investment from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dany Garcia, the co-founders of Seven Bucks Companies. Size of the investment was not announced.

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

TechCrunch LA

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. TC crosscut ventures finance greycroft partners investment Los Angeles upfront venturesIn that time they’ve seen the city’s technology scene evolve in fits and starts, […].

How I Invest

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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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Mighty Oak Entertainment Gets Investment

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Los Angeles- and Atlanta-based Mighty Oak Entertainment , which produces sports clips for traditional, digital, and streaming, has received an investment from former MGM Television President John Bryan and entrepreneur and KDOCTV (Los Angeles) owner Bert Ellis, Jr., Financial details of the acquisition and investment were not announced, however, Mighty Oak Entertainment said Bryan and Ellis have purchased 50 percent of the company from founder Mark O'Brien.

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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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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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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Humana partners with Heal and invests $100 million in the company’s doctor-on-demand service

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The partnership with Heal is part of Humana’s efforts to build a broader set of offerings across the spectrum of home based care, with high quality, value-based primary care being a key foundational element,” said Susan Diamond, Humana’s Segment President, Home Business , who is joining Heal’s Board of Directors as part of the partnership and investment. “We “The doctor’s office is dead.”

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PeerStreet Launches Real Estate Investment Fund

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PeerStreet said the new fund will allow people to take advantage of opportunities in distressed debt, warehouse financing and subordinate investments. Los Angeles-based real estate loan marketplace PeerStreet announced on Wednesday morning that it is launching a new fund, called the Peer Street Credit Opportunity Fund LP , which will provide another way for its customers to diversify, expand, and customize their real estate debt portfolios.

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Clearlake's NetDocuments Gets New Investment

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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. netdocuments private equity clearlake capital cove hill strategic venture investment document management software saas cloud

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Originate Gets Strategic Investment

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Los Angeles-based "software innovation studio" Originate announced late Tuesday that it has received a strategic investment, from Pacific Growth Investors. Size of the investment were not announced. originate strategic investment software innovationconsulting labs venture capitalOriginate, which is led by CEo Brent Cohen, says it works with global brands and large enterprises to help them build new products or "reimagine legacy systems".

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CerraCap Ventures Gets Investment From Mexico Ventures

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Hyundai Invests In Netradyne

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According to Hyundai CRADLE, Hyundai Motor Company's corporate venturing organization, it made an investment in Netradyne, but did not disclose how much it invested in the startup. Hyundai said the investment deal also included support for further development of Level 3+ Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (L3+ ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) features that may launch over the next few years for Hyundai.

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Newport Beach Investment

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Thursday, March 7, 2019 -- Newport Beach Investment Networking Expo. Evening of investment networking at Fashion Island's Mariposa Restaurant as we bring together Southern California's top investment professionals to form new connections and discuss opportunities. See [link] (more

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Think ahead when raising your early investments

Berkonomics

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. First, VC’s in general cannot invest in ‘S’ corporations or limited liability companies (LLC’s). More importantly, VC’s will worry over several issues when looking at a company and deciding about an investment. Some businesses just can’t fit within the angel capital or friends and family model for raising funds.

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Calibrate Ventures Raises $80M Investment Fund

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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. The firm's founders have previously made investments in such companies as Chegg, Dollar Shave Club, Ring, ServiceMax, and SolarCity, according to the venture firm.

6 Keys To Measuring Return On Investment In Marketing

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Revenue performance needs to be applied to each individual program, and also rolled up to show the overall performance per dollar invested. Return on investment for demand generation.

Moonshots Capital Ramps Investment Pace With Lead On Two Investments

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Los Angeles- and Austin-based Moonshots Capital , the venture capital fund led by serial entrepreneur Kelly Perdew, is ramping its investment pace, with the first two formal investments out of its new fund. The two investments, both announced in January, were cyber-defense firm Threatcare , and bot detection developer New Knowledge. Moonshots also led the investment in New Knowledge. moonshots capital kelly perdew cybersecurity security venture investment

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RLH Equity Partners Invests in MCA Connect

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners (RLH) has made an investment in Denver-based systems integrator MCA Connect, LLC , the two announced t morning. Size of the investment was not announced. RLH says it makes investments in profitable enterprises with revenue of $30-$150 million in the business services, healthcare, and government services sectors.

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PeerStreet Drops Investment Minimums To $100

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Los Angeles-based PeerStreet , the startup which offers up investment opportunities in real estate backed loans, says it has dropped investment minimums on its service to just $100, when used with automated investments. peerstreet investment investing real estate realestate loans fintech finance

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Synadia Communications Snags Investment From Accenture

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Size of the strategic investment was not announced. Los Angeles-based Synadia Communications , a software startup that is behind the open source NATS.io project, has raised a round of funding from Accenture , the two companies said today. NATS.io is an open source project for cloud applications, IoT messaging, and microservice architectures, which says it is being used by companies such as MasterCard, Ericsson, HTC, Siemens, VMware, and others.

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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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Acorns Gets Investment From TPG

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Irvine-based micro-investing app developer Acorns said this morning that it has received an investment from private equity investor TPG, via TPG's The Rise Fund, which is focused on companies in the social and environmental area. According to Acorns, the investment by TPG's Rise Fund is the first in a fintech company. Size of the investment was not announced by the company. risefund finance investing fintech capital venture equity private investment acorns

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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

Clearlake Backs DigiCert In Growth Investment

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Santa Monica-based private equity investment firm Clearlake has made an investment in security certificate provider DigiCert , in a joint investment with TA Associates, the companies said on Tuesday. Size of the investment was not announced. clearlake digicert growth investment security certificates private equity venture capital

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Trace3 Gets Strategic Investment

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Irvine-based Trace3 , an IT solutions provider which focuses on medium- and large- enterprise clients, has scored a strategic investment from H.I.G Size of the investment round was not announced. trace3 strategic investment venture capital consultingCapital, H.I.G. said on Thursday morning. Trace3 was founded in 2002, and has around 250 engineers providing IT consulting services. Trace3 founder Hayes Drumright will continue to serve on the company's board, according to H.I.G.

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Young Investors Drive Increased Use of Investing Apps

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Amid the market volatility caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, fintech and investing apps are reporting a rise in user activity as amateur investors enter the market

Angel Investing 101 Workshop

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019 -- Angel Investing 101. It turns out that angel investing is more than art - it's also very much a science. On April 3rd, 2019 we're pleased to offer you another round of the popular "Angel Investing 101" workshop. This workshop is designed to prepare new investors with background information, strategies, tools, and resources to succeed in angel investing. Tech Coast Angels.

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TDK Ventures Joins In Investment In Wheels

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TDK Ventures , the venture investment arm of TDK Corporation , has made an investment in Los Angeles-based Wheels , the last-mile, on-demand, electric bicycle company led by Josh Viner. According to TDK Ventures, the investment came as part of the recently announced funding round led by DBL Partners. ventures wheels venture capital electric vehicle investment strategic mobility scooter

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Invest in Lines, not Dots

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In normal times investors will look for “traction&# before investing. I spoke about this more in depth in these two posts: 4 things I look for in an investment & how to manage VC relationships. I didn’t invest in Orgoo but by the time he launched Ad.ly

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