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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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Kevin O'Connor, ScOp Venture Capital, On Startup Success and Investments

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This morning's interview is with Kevin O'Connor , a longtime investor and serial entrepreneur, who is now running venture capital investment firm ScOp Venture Capital. Kevin O'Connor: I've been doing venture since my first deal in 1995, and have been investing on and off since I moved to Santa Barbara in 2001, under the name O'Connor Ventures, and did that full time until 2009, when I started Graphiq, and switched back into doing another company.

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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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Backing Culture Genesis, T.I. launches TechCypha, an investment syndicate for tech deals

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With an inaugural investment into the Los Angeles-based entertainment startup Culture Genesis , Clifford Harris Jr., ”, has launched a new syndicated investment vehicle called Tech Cypha. Launched by the music and cultural impresario with more hustle than hustle and his business partner Jason Geder, the new collaborative investment strategy focused on tech startups will allow high net worth individuals to participate in deals.

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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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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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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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Qualcomm Sets Up New, $100M AI Investment Fund

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San Diego-based Qualcomm announced on Wednesday that it has launched a brand new, venture capital investment fund, which will focus only an artificial intelligence. The first investment out of the fund is in AnyVision , a startup working on face, body, and object recognition. learning machine finance investment capital venture intelligence artificial qualcomm

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Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks Invests in Daybreak Games

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6 it invested an undisclosed sum into Daybreak Game Co., creating through the investment a joint venture titled NantG Mobile Wilshire-based NantWorks, a diversified holding company run by Patrick Soon-Shiong, announced Sept.

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Michael Jordan, Declaration Capital Invest in Axiomatic

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Former Chicago Bulls star and owner of NBA team the Charlotte Hornets Michael Jordan invested in Axiomatic E-sports alongside Declaration Capital, the investing office of Washington, D.C.-based based Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein

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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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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Do you engage 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. Investment bankers sometimes slow the process by requiring a “deal book” to be prepared containing considerable information about a company to help a buyer.

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Edlio Snags Investment for K-12 Education Software Acquisition

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Los Angeles-based Edlio , has received a growth capital investment this morning, for its K-12 education and "community engagement" software, and in particular, acquisitions of other companies. The funding came from private equity investment provider LLR Partners. Size of the investment was not announced. According to LLR Partners, its investment will be used by Edlio to support its market expansion, via organic growth and acquisitions.

Acorns Adds $105M For Micro Investing Apps, Now Valued At $860M

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Irvine-based Acorns , which offers up a micro-investment and savings app, has raised $105M in a Series E funding, which values the company at $860M, the company said this week. Acorns' mobile apps include one which rounds up the purchases users make, and invests them in an index fund run by Acorns. savings financial finance fintech investing micro capital venture acorns

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Cred Launches Micro-Investing App For Cryptocurrency

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said this morning that it has launched a new mobile app to help consumer invest and learn about cryptocurrency. The startup, led by Brendon McQueen, says its mobile app let users invest in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others for as little as $10--and even lets users purchase cryptocurrency with the change they have from their everyday purchases. The "micro-investing" part of the app rounds everyday purchases--for example, rounding up a $3.55

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Shamrock Leads Sport Video AI Investment

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Shamrock Capital Advisors led a $30 million investment round in artificial intelligence and sports video production firm Pixellot

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NVCA: Venture Investments Drop In Q1

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Venture capital investments in the U.S. have dropped to the lowest rate of activity since Q4 of 2011, as venture capital investors continue to be shy about investing in startups, according to the latest PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor report. The NVCA said that is the fewest companies to receive investment since Q4 of 2011. Despite the investment slowdown, the NVCA said that venture firms have "plenty of cash to deploy" to startup across the United States, with $7.9

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OncoSec Finds $15M In Investment

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San Diego-based cancer immunotherapy developer OncoSec Medical announced this morning that it has raised $15M in an investment in the publicly held company. OncoSec, which is publicly traded on the NASDAQ as ONCS, said it secure the $15M investment from Alpha Holdings, via a strategic investment. Although publicly traded, OncoSec--like many public biopharmaceuticals firms--has taken a number of other private investments in its publicly traded stock (PIPEs).

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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.

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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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AECOM Forms Investment Fund

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Los Angeles-based AECOM Technology , which provides professional, technical, and other support services to companies, reported that it has created a new $150M investment fund. has offices in both New York City and Los Angeles, and will invest in real estate and public-private projects.

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CalAmp Invests In ThinxNet

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Irvine-based CalAmp has made an minority investment in German connected car company ThinxNext GmbH , the two said this week. Financial details of the investment were not announced. The two said that CalAmp has been providing telematics devices for ThinxNet's solutions since 2015. According to CalAmp, ThinxNet's automotive Internet-of-Things applications enables smartphone-based fuel payments in Germany. READ MORE>>.

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Swell Launches Social Impact Investing Platform

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Newport Beach-based Swell , a new fintech startup, said on Tuesday that it has launched a new online platform which lets consumers invest in specific portfolios focused on social impact. Swell said it lets users invest as little as $500 into such themed investments in the areas of green technology, renewable energy, zero waste, clean water, healthy living, and disease eradication. swell social impact investing financial fintech investment

Novatel Wireless Gets Strategic Investment

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San Diego-based Novatel Wireless reported late Monday that it has received a strategic investment from HC2 Holdings. According to publicly traded Novatel, HC2 will invest up to $23.7M in the company, with an initial cash investments of approximately $14.4M.

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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 in investments in San Diego. raised by SnapChat , and $320M in an investment in NantHealth.

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