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.

CerraCap Ventures Invests In Somnoware

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Costa Mesa-based venture investor CerraCap Ventures said today that it has made an investment in Somnoware, a developer of software for managing respiratory care. Financial details of the strategic investment were not announced. The companies said the investment will help to accelerate Somnoware's expansion in sleep, respiratory care, and additional healthcare markets. capital venture investment ventures cerracap somnoware

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Alteryx Ventures Invests In Vertis

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Irvine-based analytics software developer Alteryx announced on Friday that it has made a strategic investment in Vertis, a developer of analytics for employee and real estate. Financial details of the investment were not announced. Alteryx Ventures invests in companies which are complementary to Alteryx and its analytics and data science software. alteryx ventures vertis strategic investment venture capital analytics software

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Finding “stinky clauses” in legal investment documents

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Here’s the problem: Investors sometimes join into investment rounds that have been pre–negotiated by others, receiving the paperwork already created by attorneys from that negotiation. The post Finding “stinky clauses” in legal investment documents first appeared on BERKONOMICS.

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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

Pluto Picks Up $4M For Systematic Investing

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According to the company, it has developed an app which lets retail investors buit their own systematic investing applications, without need for technical or programming skills. fintech capital venture market stock investing systematic plutoMarina Del Rey-based Pluto, a startup which helps stock market traders automate the buying and selling of stocks, has raised $4M in a seed funding round.

ECOTEC Gets Strategic Investment

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Colton, California-based ECOTEC, a manufacturer of methane emissions equipment, has received a strategic investment from Intrepid Investment Management LLC. Size of the investment was not announced. ECOTEC says that it helps companies manage and remediate their environmental footprint by accurately identifying and quantifying their greenhouse gas emissions. Tim Novick is CEO of ECOTEC. ecotec venture capital manufacturer methane emissions

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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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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.

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

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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Acorns Names Chief Investment Officer

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Irvine-based investment app developer Acorns said this morning that it has appointed its first Chief Investment Officer. Wunder previously was at black-and-white Capital, and also served at Contour Asset Management, and got his start at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. acorns chief investment officer financial fintech seth wunder softwareAccording to the company, it has named Seth Wunder, CFA, to the position, ahead of its expected public listing.

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NFINIT Invests $8M In Data Center

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San Diego-based NFINIT, a provider of data center, colocation, and cloud services, said it is investing $8M in a data center upgrade. The company said the investment will help in the areas of sustainability, reliability and cost stabilization. According to the company, it is updating its two San Diego data centers with hardware, software, uninterruptible power supplies, and chillers.

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.

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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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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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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Mortgage Coach Gets Strategic Investment

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Corona, California-based a href="[link] Coach, which operates a service which helps homebuyers better understand the difference between different kinds of mortgage loans, has received a strategic investment from private equity investor LLR Partners. Financial details of the investment were not announced. LLR Partners announced the deal alongside an investment in a Baltimore, Maryland company called Sales Boomerang.

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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.

Coast Energy Gets Investment For Solar PPA Effort

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Los Angeles-based Coast Energy, a developer of commercial and industrial solar projects, says it has received a growth investment from Crosstimbers Capital Group to accelerate its solar PPA effort. Size of the investment was not announced, however, the company said it was a "significant growth investment." coast energy solar growth investment venture capital crosstimbers cleantech

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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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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.

CrescoNet Gets Investment From Private Equity Investor

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Carlsbad-based CrescoNet, an integrator of electric, water and gas smart metering and related services using Internet-of-Things (IoT) and LTE/5G communications, says it has received an investment from private equity investor Brookfield. Financial details of the investment were not announced.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Genies Gets Investment From Disney's Iger

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Los Angeles-based NFT avatar company Genies has scored an investment from former Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger, Iger said on Monday. Financial details of the investment were not announced. The company previously raised funding from Bond Capital, NEA, Breyer Capital, Tull Investment Group, NetEase, Dapper Labs and Coinbase Ventures. According to Iger, he has joined the board of Genies as part of the move.

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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.

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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Elon Musk Sued Over Twitter Investment

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Elon Musk, the CEO of Hawthorne-based SpaceX, has been sued over the timing of his announcement of his major investment in Twitter. Musk--who officially now lives in Texas but still spends much of his time in Los Angeles at SpaceX--recently became Twitter's largest individual shareholder.

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GigXR Gets Strategic Investment For AR/VR CPR Training

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Los Angeles-based GigXR, a developer of mixed reality simulation training for the healthcare industry, says it has received a strategic investment and partnership with a subsidiary of Northwest Permanente P.C. Financial details of the investment were not announced. GigXR said the investment will help it in scaling its product suite and platform. gigxr virtual reality mixed health healthcare training venture capital strategic investment

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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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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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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OpenGate Capital Invests In Annex Cloud

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor OpenGate Capital said on Tuesday that it is making a strategic investment in Annex Cloud, a developer of software-as-a-service used for customer retention and loyalty management. Financial details of that strategic investment were not announced.

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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Infinite Reality In Merger, Investment Deal

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Los Angeles-based Infinite Reality, a new "Metaverse" entertainment company, says it has reached a deal with private equity investor Yorkville GLobal Advisors, for up to $200M in equity financing. The company said the funding is contingent upon a previously announced merger with Universal Security Intruments, which is listed on the NYSE.

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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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