TRNXN Invests In Tabski

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Newport Beach-based payment and point-of-sale software company TRNXN announced on Wednesday that it has made an investment in Tabski, a developer of QR code ordering software. Financial details of the investment were not announced. trnxn strategic investment abski venture qrcode restaurant ordering saas software

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Onramp Invest Finds $7M

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San Diego-based startup Onramp Invest has raised $7M in a Series A funding. The company said it provides financial professionals with crypto investment services for their clients. Onramp Invest is led by CEO Eric Ervin. onramp invest venture capital crypto fintech financialThe funding was led by JAM FINTOP and EJF Capital LLC, via EJF Silvergate Ventures Fund.

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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.

PowerPlant Partners Finds $330M For Food Investments

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The fund, PowerPlant Ventures III, LP, will invest invest between $15 million and $40 million in growth stage companies that are "consumer-facing brands that are better for people and the planet". The firm said the fund has already invested in Miyoko's Creamery, Liquid Death--the canned water brand incubated at Science, Inc--plus Partake Brewing and SYSTM Foods. powerplant partners food investment beverage venture capital consumer

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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

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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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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Venture MLS Invests In SavvyCard

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Chino Hills-based Venture MLS, a real estate focused venture capital firm which was founded by a multiple listing service (MLS), said it has made an investment in SavvyCard, which provides software for real estate marketing, lead generation, and targeted advertising. Financial details of the investment were not announced.

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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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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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Kim Kardashian Launches LA's Newest Celebrity Driven Investment Firm

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According to the new private equity firm, SKKY Partners, it will invest in "large scale consumer and media businesses", leveraging "Kardashian's global reach and unrivaled social influence". According to the new venture capital firm, it is targeting investments in consumer products, digital & e-commerce, consumer media & entertainment, hospitality and luxury. kardashian celebrity investment consumer media business social

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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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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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Renova Energy Gets Investment From SunPower

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Coachella Valley-based Renova Energy, a regional solar power installer with over 300 employees, has received a minority investment from solar panel manufacturer SunPower. Size of the investment was not disclosed. The funding was announced by SunPower, which said the funding is part of its Dealer Accelerator Program. SunPower also made an investmnt in another solar power installer, EmPower Solar, which is based in New York.

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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.

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

Spotter Claims $600M In YouTube Investments

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The company says it pays cash to creators for their catalogs, through licensing their existing videos or future video uploads, allowing those creators to spend, invest, or spend those funds any way they wish; the company said its payments are not a loan and it does not take equity for those payments. Los Angeles-based Spotter, a company which provides cash payouts to YouTube creators for rights to existing and future content, claims it has deployed $600M in capital to YouTube creators.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

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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Backstage Capital Axes Employees, Pauses Investments

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Los Angeles-based Backstage Capital has laid off nine employees, and is pausing new investments. The firm's founder, Arlan Hamilton, announced the layoffs and pause in investments on a podcast on Sunday. The fund had been aimed at funding underrepresented startup founders. Unusually, the venture fund also had been attempting to crowdraise a new fund from general investors. backstage capital layoffs venture

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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