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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 answered in the same way I always do so I thought I’d just write it publicly. “I

Correlation Ventures Raises $200M In New Investment Fund

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Correlation Ventures , a venture capital investment firm with offices in San Diego, Palo Alto, and New York City, said this week that it has raised $200M in a new investment fund. technology investment fund capital venture ventures correlationCorrelation's co-founders and Managing Directors are David Coats and Trevor Kienzle.

Pasadena Angels Invest Over $4M in 2014

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Pasadena Angels for the 3rd consecutive year invested over $4 million in an array of exciting start-up companies. April 6, 2015 — Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced that the group has invested a total of $4,163,000 in 17 deals during the year of 2014, making it the third consecutive year with over $4 million invested in deals.

Report: Crosscut Ventures Launching Fourth Venture Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Crosscut Ventures has reportedly started approaching limited partners (LPs) for investments in a new fund, its fourth. crosscut ventures venture capital finance investment investorCrosscut's last fund, Crosscut Ventures 3, was worth $75M. READ MORE>>.

Despite Low Crop Prices, Corporate and VC Agtech Investments Soar

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Just 10 percent of corporate investments were made to build new technological capabilities, the report says. They also queried 15 VC firms.

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. Oh, the conferences.

Pasadena Angels Form $1.3M Investment Fund

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Pasadena, California (June 1, 2016) – The Pasadena Angels (PA) today announced the formation of their first investment fund at $1.3 The Fund will specialize in seed and early stage investments and will co-invest exclusively in deals that are subscribed by Pasadena Angels members. million, PA Fund 1 (The Fund). Tweet Tweet.

ServiceNow Launches Its Own Venture Investment Arm, ServiceNow Ventures

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According to ServiceNow, which is based in Santa Clara but still has major operations in San Diego, ServiceNow Ventures will target investments in early stage companies that develop cloud-based applications, built on its platform, as well as growth stage vendors developing strategic technology integration with the ServiceNow platform.

Dubset Gets Strategic Investment From Rhapsody

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Southern California Venture Investments Top $1.3 Billion In Q4

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Venture capitalists invested more than $1.3 billion in investments in Los Angeles, near $125M in Orange County, and $106.6M READ MORE>>.

Why @UpfrontVC invested in Disruptive Rental Car Startup @Skurt

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But it wasn’t until I met the team from Skurt that I felt compelled to invest. Rental cars. Surely the startup can do better.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

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This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. Literally. 170,000.

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UTA Targets Early Stage Investments With New Hire

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Siemer & Associates Acquired By Chinese Investment Bank

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Santa Monica-based investment banking firm Siemer & Associates , which has focused on the technology and media sector, has been acquired by Chinese investor CEC Capital Group. CEC Capital Group (formerly known as Chine eCapital) says it focuses on tech, media, telecom, consumer, and healthcare investments. READ MORE>>.

Tech Coast Angels Makes Eight Investments, Sees Two Exits In Q1

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The Tech Coast Angels , one of the most active angel investment groups nationwide in addition to here in Southern California, said Friday that it invested in eight new and follow on deals in the first quarter of 2015, in addition to seeing two exits out of its portfolio. Both Thermark and Olive Medical were acquired in February.

Tech Coast Angels: Record Amount Invested In 2014

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Southern California''s biggest organized, angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , said this morning that the group had its biggest investment year ever in 2014, investing a total of $16.37M across 61 total deals. The investments were up by 12 percent from 2013, when the angel group invested $14.64M in its portfolio.

Next Coast Ventures Latest Addition to Austin’s Investment Ecosystem

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Austin —Mike Smerklo, co-founder of Next Coast Ventures in Austin, says his venture firm brings a key ingredient to investing: entrepreneurial experience. “We Smerklo says the firm will largely focus on Austin startups, making Series A and B investments in tech companies innovating in.

Why Computer Vision Has Become a Major Investment Theme for Me

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Today I am so excited to announce our latest investment in the category —  Nanit  — which is a smart baby monitor. NFW, I thought. Forking.

Acorns Gets $30M From PayPal, Rakuten For Investing App

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Newport Beach-based Acorns , the developer of a mobile app which turns your spare change into investments in an exchange traded fund (ETF), has raised $30M in a new funding round from PayPal and Rakuten, the company disclosed today. acorns venture capital paypal rakuten investment investor fintech financialREAD MORE>>.

American Solar Direct Lands Investment Funding For Rooftop Solar

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Los Angeles-based residential solar energy provider American Solar Direct has raised a round of investment, from Dubai-based solar developer and investor Adenium Energy Capital. American Solar Direct said the investment is Adenium's first investment in the United States. Size of the funding round was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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The flow of venture capital dollars invested into Los Angeles-area companies fell 16.3 percent from a high of $4.17 billion in 2015 to $3.49 billion last year, according to a report by Dow Jones Venture Source

Simplifying Startup Investments: Ryan Feit (CEO) of SeedInvest

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The investment environment at large in light of the JOBS Act. Direct advice to entrepreneurs, from an investment perspective.

BitAngels Sets Up Formal Investment Fund Worth Around $4.1M

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BitAngels , the angel investment group which invests in BitCoin related startups, has launched a new, 10,000 BTC structured fund--approximately $4.1 million US dollars at press time--the first, dedicated fund for its BitCoin investments. bitangels investment terpin bitcoin venture capital READ MORE>>.

Boosting the US Economy | Invest in Research & Development for Tax Credit

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For instance, investors in SEIS receive an income tax relief of 50 percent on investments up to £ 100,000 per tax year in qualifying shares.

CoreLogic Hires Investment Bankers

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Typically, companies hire an investment bank to shop itself to buyers. corelogic investment banking merger acquisition strategic database

Watertower Ventures Raises $5M Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based Watertower Ventures has raised a new, $5M investment fund, which will focus on companies in the Internet infrastructure, next-generation e-commerce, digital media, gaming, augmented reality and artificial intelligenec, and consumer Internet areas. Norton is head of digital media and technology advisory firm Watertower Group.

Karlin Ventures Takes Aim At Los Angeles Startup Investments

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Los Angeles has a new, well funded, investment firm in town, with big plans for local investments: Karlin Ventures. The investment firm's website went live Friday, when we spoke with Zhou for an upcoming interview, and the firm has already made a number of investment in companies, including Wallaby Financial and Saygent.

Stubbs Alderton Precellerator Aims At Strategic Investments With Peter Csathy

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Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles LLP , the business, technology and digital media law firm which runs a startup incubator and accelerator called the Precellerator , announced on Tuesday that it has started an effort to make strategic investments in a larger group of digital media and technology companies. READ MORE>>.

Angel Investing Trends for 2012

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in Texas, “If the [entrepreneur's] equation has too many unknowns, then we are not comfortable investing.” FOXBusiness. Wrong.

Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?

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The post Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital? You’ve identified a pain point. You’ve come up with a solution. Or are you?

Core Innovation Capital Raises $71.5M for Financial Tech Investments

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Core Innovation Capital of Hollywood, a financial services technology investor, has raised a second fund worth $71.5 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission

Newlight Gets Investment From Private Equity Investor

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Size of the investment was not disclosed, however, METRIX said it doubled its stake in Newlight last week. Irvine-based Newlight , a company developing technology which turns greenhouse gases into plastic, has raised an additional funding from private equity investor METRIX Capital Group. READ MORE>>.

Tech Coast Angels Leads National Angel Investments

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Southern California's largest angel investment group, the Tech Coast Angels , looks to be one of the lead investors nationally in angel-backed companies, according to a report released Monday by the Angel Resource institute. halo report tech coast angels angel investment venture capitalREAD MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Report Jan. 12: Venture Capital Investment in Los Angeles Drops

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Venture capital investment in Los Angeles drops, Honest Co. recalls baby powder, Snap Inc. sued for alleged patent infringement, and more

Amplify.LA Raises $8M More For Incubator Investments

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Venice, California-based startup incubator Amplify LA , the startup accelerator headed by Paul Bricault and Richard Wolpert, disclosed today that it has raised $8M in a second investment fund for its companies. The funding came from such companies as Accel, Greycroft, Siemer Ventures, Karlin Ventures, Deep Fork Capital, and others.

Qualcomm Re-Ups Investment In Mobile Management Firm Visage

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has renewed its investment in Visage , as part of a Series C funding for the enterprise mobility management software provider.

Crowdfunder Ties With Investment Bank

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Los Angeles-based Crowdfunder , the online, crowdfunding site headed by Chance Barnett, announced this morning that it is in a strategic alliance with investment banking firm WestPark Capital. crowdfunder investment banking westpark capital financial strategic alliance crowdfunding Financial details of the link were not announced.

Live Nation Sets Up Venture Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based ticketing and concert management firm Live Nation is getting into the early stage investment business, announcing Wednesday that it has established the LN Labs Fund , which will invest in early stage technologies and entrepreneurs. live nation livenation social early stage venture capital financial investment concer

Google Invests $103M In Southern California Solar Project

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According to Google, the investment in the Silver Ridge Power, 265.7 READ MORE>>.

SoCalGas Invests In Company

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the subsidiary of Sempra Energy which provides natural gas to the Southern California market, said today that it has invested in. Size of the investment were not disclosed. The investment will go to bring Tecogen's technology to market. tecogen venture capital investment energy cleantech clean natural socalgas cogeneration