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. Close. This statement could be considered controversial.

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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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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.

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.

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.

Think ahead when raising your early investments

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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).

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Early-stage investment firm Defy updates the venture partner model

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Defy , the early-stage venture investment firm founded by Neil Sequeira and Trae Vassallo, is putting a new twist on the venture partner model as it brings Brian Lee and Sujal Patel on board to help out with investing and guiding companies in the firm’s portfolio.

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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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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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10 Keys To Making Money By Investing In Entrepreneurs

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Investing in entrepreneurs and startups is a fun but different world from investing in conventional stocks, bonds, and commodities. First of all, it’s more of an investment in people than in a business, since the startup is usually an idea barely half-baked when they need your money.

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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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Qualcomm Creates $200M 5G Investment Fund

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San Diego-based Qualcomm said on Thursday that it has launched a new, $200M fund specifically to invest in companies in the 5G ecosystem. According to Qualcomm, the new Qualcomm Ventures 5G Ecosystem Fund will specifically lookin to invest in startups developing new and innovative 5G use cases, driving 5G network transformation and expanding 5G into enterprise markets. qualcomm venture capital investment telecom high speed broadband wireless

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CerraCap Ventures Gets Investment From Mexico Ventures

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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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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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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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Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

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Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. thus the rise of “pre seed” investing). It’s very noticeable in terms of funds raised, dollars invested and deals completed.

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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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Several more real costs of taking outsider investments.

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The investor organization is granted the seat as long as the investment remains, and the documents often name the first representative assigned by the investor group to the position. Close. Let’s talk about the reality of taking money from professional investors.

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Where is the best source of early stage investment?

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If you have been following our recent insights, you’ll be up to speed knowing that professional investors negotiate tough terms, from provisions of control over asset acquisition, eventual sale of the company, future investments, forced co-sale when others attempt to sell their shares and more.

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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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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

Struggling EV firm Faraday Future gets another financial lifeline with new $225M investment

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The Chinese real estate giant backed out of a proposed $2 billion investment deal with Faraday at the end of 2018 following an extended dispute over terms. Faraday has since sought alternative investment.

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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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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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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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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.

CrowdStrike Launches $20M, Early Stage Investment Fund

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CrowdStrike , the cloud-based cybersecurity software developer which has substantial operations in Orange County, said today that it has launched a new, early stage investment fund called the Falcon Fund. CrowdStrike said the new, $20M fund was created in partnership with venture capital firm Accel, and will invest in security startups which are building applications on its CrowdStrike Falcon platform. The new fund will make seed and Series A investments, according to the company.

Equity Investment Platform Preparation Best Practices

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If you are one of the thousands of entrepreneurs who need equity funding to get your startup going (no loans to repay), you are probably overwhelmed at the prospect of finding, contacting and pitching to the huge number of qualified angels and investment groups around the country.

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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Moonshots Capital Leads Investment In Backtracks

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moonshots capital backtracks startup venture seed funding podcasting audio podcast investmentLos Angeles-based venture investor Moonshots Capital is the lead investor in a new startup, Backtracks , a developer of podcast analytics software. According to Backtracks, it has raised $2.1M in a seed funding round, which was led by Moonshots Capital, and also included Capital Factory, Sputnik ATX, Next Coast Ventures, Bull Creek Capital, and BNSG Capital.

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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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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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Swell Rolls Out iOS App For Socially Responsible Investment

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Santa Monica-based Swell Investing , a startup which lets consumers invest in companies which meet socially responsibility, and "impact goals", has rolled out a new iOS app, which lets consumers invest in companies from their smartphone. Swell Investment, led by CEO Dave Fanger, says the app makes it as easy to invest in socially responsible companies as it is to use Instagram or Twitter. The investment app links with a user's existing bank account.

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