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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Electrify America to Invest $25 Million in Ports Area

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EV infrastructure company Electrify America will invest $200 million into charging stations and zero-emission vehicle education campaigns in California

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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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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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What use is an investment banker?

Berkonomics

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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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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Dodgers' Investment Arm Backs Oura In $100M Fundraising

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Elysian Park, the investment arm of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is one of the lead investors in fitness ring maker Oura, Oura said on Tuesday. capital venture sports ladodgers dodgers wearable ring fitness investment oura

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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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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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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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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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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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GumGum Lands $75 Million Investment From Goldman Sachs

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announced a new $75 million investment April 13 from the growth equity division of Goldman Sachs Group Inc Santa Monica-based advertising technology company GumGum Inc.

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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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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Red Cell Targets Healthcare, Defense Technology With Investment, Incubation

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Red Cell Partners, a newly formed investment and incubation company targeting healthcare and defense technology, announced it has launched the firm out of Washington and Los Angeles. The company said it will look to invest in companies and technologies in the areas of health care and defense. The company did not say how much it has raised for its investment efforts, but did say its investments include's Los Angeles based Red 6 Aerospace.

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?

Startup Professionals Musings

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.

Electrify America Plans $25M EV Charging Investment In Long Beach

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Electrify America, an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure developer, says it plans to invest $25M in the Long Beach-Wilmington community, part of a larger $200M investment in California for zero emissions vehicles. According to Electrify America, it will support a "Green City" program in the City of Long Beach and Wilmington for a "Green City" program focused on charging stations for electric transit buses and medium / heavy-duty trucks.

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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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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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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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. Round sizes of > $100 million or more now account for 47% of all VC dollars (62% if you count rounds > $50 million) This has made venture capital significantly more valuable for VCs and LPs who invest in the best companies As part of our study we noticed a trend many have spotted but few have explained?—?why

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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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ServiceNow Eyes San Diego Investments As Part Of $100M Fund

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ServiceNow, the digital workflow and service management software developer which has operations in San Diego, said today that it has launched a new $100M investment fund, part of which will look at investments in San Diego. The company said the new fund is managed by RBC Global Asset Management, and specifically will look at investments in San Diego, as well as other markets were ServiceNow has a presence. servicenow diego venture capital investment fund black

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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Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). But they are also a tax on your time with portfolio companies, looking for new investments, running your shop and honestly they are a tax on your family life. So that means 2-3 good investments a year and we are doing well. ” If you don’t feel hugely compelled to invest then you shouldn’t.

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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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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.

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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AlphaTrAI Applies AI To Investment Management

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alphatrai investment management machine learning fintech financialSan Diego-based AlphaTrAI , a fintech startup which is backed by venture capital investor Analytics Ventures, says it is launching its own, extrenal fund, and is expanding its leadership team.

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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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Illumina Accelerator Makes Investments In Nine Startups

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San Diego-based life sciences equipment giant Illumina said today that it has made investments in nine new genomics companies, as part of the company's startup accelerator, the Illumina Accelerator. The company said it made investments in four companies for its effort in the UK, and five companies at its accelerator in the Bay Area.

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Invest in Lines, not Dots

Both Sides of the Table

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 I had 15 meetings or more with Evan Rifkin over a 2-year period of time long before I invested in Burstly. Everyone seems to be in such a rush to get shacked up these days.

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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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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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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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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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8 Keys To That First Investment From People You Know

Startup Professionals Musings

In fact, most investors “require” that you already have some investment from friends and family before they will even step up to the plate. You see, investors invest in people, before they invest in ideas or products.

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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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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.

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). 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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CerraCap Ventures Gets Investment From Mexico Ventures

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