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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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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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.

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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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.

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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Crowdstrike Eyes IPO, Hires Investment Banker

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CrowdStrike , the cybersecurity software developer which has major operations in Irvine, has hired an IPO banker and is eyeing an IPO before the end of the year, according to a report from Reuters. According to the report, CrowdStrike has hired Goldman Sachs to run its IPO process. No other details of the IPO have yet been announced or released. CrowdStrike is led by veteran cybersecurity executive George Kurtz, and raised a big funding round in January.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Upfront, WndrCo Back Rally Rd. For Classic Car Investments

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Los Angeles-based Upfront Ventures , along with Jeffrey Katzenberg's investment fund, WndrCo and rapper Nas , are the lead investors in a new startup, Rally Rd. which lets individuals invest in fractional shares of blue chip, classic cars. said it is building a network of showrooms where users can see collectible cars, and lets them invest in fractional shares of ownership of those vehicles--where they can then buy and sell at will in a secondary marketplace.

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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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LegalZoom Valued at $2 Billion Following Investment

L.A. Business Journal

With this investment, LegalZoom’s estimated value totals roughly $2 billion Glendale online legal technology company LegalZoom.com Inc. announced June 30 it completed a $500 million financing round from four total investors, its second since the firm’s founding in 2001.

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

TechCrunch LA

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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Meg Whitman Invests in Immortals; Joins Board

L.A. Business Journal

Westwood-based Immortals, an e-sports competition league with worldwide reach, announced today an investment from Meg Whitman, who also joined the company’s board of directors

Do you engage an investment banker?

Berkonomics

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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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

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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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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NantWorks Invests In Daybreak Game Company

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Los Angeles-based NantWorks , the investment arm of billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon Shiong, said on Thursday afternoon that it has made a strategic investment in San Diego-based multiplayer online games developer Daybreak Game Company. Size of the investment was not announced. As part of that investment, NantWorks said it has created a new joint venture called NantG Mobile , which will develop and publish mobile version of Daybreak's current games.

Akatsuki Lauches $50M Entertainment Investment Fund

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Japanese entertainment firm Akatsuki has launched a brand new, Los Angeles-based entertainment fund, called the Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund (AET Fund) , which will invest in augmented reality and other entertainment technology, the Japanese company announced on Tuesday. The new investment fund's Managing Director is Tomoya Ogawa, who is CFO of Akatsuki.

Wpromote Gets Investment From Shamrock Capital

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Los Angeles-based digital marketing agency Wpromote has received a private equity investment from Shamrock Capital , the two announced today--the first ever outside investment received by Wpromote, ever. Financial terms of the investment were not announced. marketing agency digital private acquisition merger investment venture capital shamrock wpromote

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Wavemaker Three-Sixty Targets Healthcare Investments

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Pasadena-based Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health , a new, venture capital fund led by John Nackel and Jay Goss, said this week that it has launched a new fund focused on seed stage and Series A healthcare investments. nackel john goss investment capital venture health healthcare sixty three wavemaker