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. Close. This statement could be considered controversial.

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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.

CerraCap Ventures Gets Investment From Mexico Ventures

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Moonshots Capital Leads Investment In Backtracks

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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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Amplify LA Backs Investment Startup Alto

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Los Angeles-based startup accelerator Amplify LA is one of the backers of a new startup Alto , which is allowing investors to invest in nontraditional assets--such as startups, real estate, and more. alto fintech amplifyla amplify accelerator startup investment financialAlto said on Wednesday that it had raised $2.8M

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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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Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health Hits 20 Investments

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Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health , the healthcare startup investment fund led by Jay Goss, has now completed 20 early stage healthcare investments, after approximately one year of making investments, the fund said this week. According to the fund, 9 of the 20 investments it has made are Southern California companies, including Nicolette , Joany , Onramp Bio , Seqonce , Giblib , Evid Science , Health Tensor , Advekit , and Focus Motion.

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Impact Collects $75M In Investment Round

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Santa Barbara-based Impact , which develops software used for partnership automation, said this morning that it has raised $75M in an investment round. impact venture capital investment round automation software customer partnershipThe funding round was led by Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, and also included Silversmith Capital Partners, an existing investor. Impact is led by CEO David A. Yovanno.

Acorns Gets Investment From TPG

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Irvine-based micro-investing app developer Acorns said this morning that it has received an investment from private equity investor TPG, via TPG's The Rise Fund, which is focused on companies in the social and environmental area. According to Acorns, the investment by TPG's Rise Fund is the first in a fintech company. Size of the investment was not announced by the company. risefund finance investing fintech capital venture equity private investment acorns

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LA's AET Fund Raises $50M For Entertainment Technology Investment

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A new, Los Angeles venture capital fund, AET Fund said on Wednesday that it has raised $50M to make investments in entertainment technology, and hired someone to head up its U.S. investment efforts. AET Fund said that so far, it has made investments in six different startups, including HypeVR, FABLE STUDIO, Tyffon Inc., fund akatsuki entertainment technology ventura investment augmented reality

Core Innovation Capital Plans $100M, Third Fund For Fintech Investments

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The fund--managed by Arjan Schutte and Kathleen Utecht--invests in financial technology companies, and counts such portfolio companise as Fair , Honest Dollar (acquired), CoverHound , Mirador (acquired), Nerdwallet , Ripple , Tio (acquired), and many others. Core Innovation's latest investments include banking API developer SynapseFi , a funding for cryptocurrency software developer Decent, and an investment in micro-savings startup Blast.

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Tech Coast Angels Backed 53 Companies In 2018, $10.8M Invested

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The Tech Coast Angels , the largest organized angel investment group both in Southern California as well as across the venture ecosystem, says it backed a total of 53 companies in all of 2018, putting in a total of $10.8M According to the TCA, about 76 percent of its investments in 2018 went to 34 new companies in its portfolio, with the largest investment--nearly 15 percent of its investments--in a single investment worth $1.6

Investing in AI

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Thursday, January 17, 2019 -- CES 2019 at UCLA Anderson. Technology has become an integral part of our lives, changing our lives and work, the opportunities for new ventures and established enterprises, and more broadly society. Technology based disruptions are affecting almost every sector today including transportation, healthcare, financial services and retail. They are also affecting industry structure, organizational capabilities and the future of work for humans and machines/robots.

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Bonfire Ventures closes $60 million to invest in SoCal B2B startups

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Los Angeles is becoming one of the more interesting destinations for startups and the investors that provide money for venture capital firms to place bets on young companies are increasingly starting to take notice.

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Invest in Lines, not Dots

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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

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