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San Diego VC Funding Hits $547.2M in Q1; Ideaya Leads Top 10 Deals


Venture capital investors sank $547.2 million into 37 startup companies throughout San Diego County during the first three months of 2018, maintaining roughly the same level of venture funding seen in recent quarters, according to the Venture Monitor Report. The amount of capital invested in the San Diego area was up slightly from the $541.2 million invested in the first quarter last year.

Xconomy Guide to Best Sessions at Startup Week San Diego


Startup Week San Diego, like a lot of other places that host similar events, has been billed as a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship. This year’s Startup Week also has added five new tracks intended to highlight San Diego’s strengths as a startup ecosystem.

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San Diego Startups Raise $287M in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals


Venture Capital investments in San Diego startups fell by roughly a third during the three months that ended September 30, according to data released recently by Seattle-based PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. VC firms invested $280.6 million in 49 startups in San Diego County during the third quarter, according to a breakout of data provided by PitchBook as part of the inaugural “Venture Monitor” report.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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This was the first episode where Jason wasn’t on the show, which gave me the chance to have another VC on the show to discuss deals. Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. VC Financings: 1.

VC Activity Continues Slowdown in Fourth Quarter, and Top 10 Deals


Venture capital firms didn’t exactly take their foot off the accelerator, but the pace of VC investments continued to weaken in the three months that ended in December, extending a slowdown that began in July, according to two venture reports issued today.

VC Funding Surges in Fewer Deals in Third Quarter, and Top 10 Deals


“More dollars, fewer deals” has been a prevailing trend in venture funding over the past couple of years, and it was evident again in the three months that ended September 30, according to the latest Venture Monitor report. Venture firms invested $21.5

Edico Genome Raises $22M to Expand Data Processing and Web Services


San Diego’s Edico Genome, highlighted in Monday’s media debut of Dell Technologies Capital , said today it has raised $22 million in Series B financing led by the Dell investment arm.

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VCs Invest $406M in 61 SD Startups; TP Therapeutics Leads Q2 Deals


TP Therapeutics, which raised $45 million in May to advance its work on drug-resistant cancers, raised the most venture capital in San Diego County during the three months that ended June 30, according to regional data released today. Altogether, venture firms invested a total of $406.4

Black Fellowship Students Headed From HBCUs to VC Boardrooms


In mid-October, eleven college students will be flying to California for an opportunity that would be the envy of any Ivy League MBA candidate—they’ll meet the venture capital firm partners who will personally mentor them throughout the school year.

With Launch of Dynam.AI, Analytics Ventures Shifts to New Model


The debut Wednesday of Dynam.AI, a San Diego startup offering its expertise in artificial intelligence, also marks a shift that has been underway for the past year or so at Analytics Ventures, a local fund that invests in tech deals. The small venture firm, which made traditional seed investments in a number of startups, including the healthtech companies CureMetrix and CureMatch, has evolved into a venture studio, according to managing partner Andreas Roell.

Intel Deepens Move into Sports Tech with SportStream Investment


million in a Series A round that includes Intel Capital as an investor. According to a recent ScoreStream statement , San Diego’s Avalon Ventures, a longtime ScoreStream investor, led the round, and was joined by Sinclair Broadcasting, Verizon Ventures, and R/GA Ventures, the investment arm of the advertising agency R/GA. ScoreStream, a five-year-old startup that created a social media platform for crowd-sourcing local sports scores, has raised $3.7

Why Menlo Ventures Backed Its First Construction Tech Firm


The San Francisco-based construction tech company says it raised $8.5 million in a Series B funding round in 2017, and it has just added another $25 million from a Series C funding round led by veteran Silicon Valley venture capital firm Menlo Ventures. Fieldwire , whose mobile app helps builders and construction crews coordinate their work, announced today it has lined up a total of $33.5 million across two newly disclosed fundraising rounds.

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Bill Maris Takes Stage for 2nd Act, Says New Fund Mostly Committed


In his first public appearance since leaving Google Ventures, Bill Maris said Wednesday his new venture fund, Section 32, is nearly fully invested—less than four months after he officially unveiled its existence in the San Diego area. In a keynote talk at a venture summit in San Diego, Maris said Section 32 already is looking to raise a second fund.

Expectations Rise on Q1 Surge in Venture Funding; and Top 10 Deals


Venture capital investors poured more than $28.2 billion that VCs invested in the first quarter of 2017. The venture deal count, however, is another matter altogether. The 1,683 venture deals that. billion into U.S.

SD Venture Funding Tops $1.9B in 2017; and Q4 Top 10 Deals


Venture capital activity ended the year with a strong finish in San Diego, as investors poured $498.4 million into 61 companies during the last three months of 2017, according to Venture Monitor data released Tuesday. The strength of fourth-quarter deals, lifted by a $125 million financing in November for the molecular diagnostics company Progenity, brought total venture investments in San Diego to nearly $1.92

How Next-Gen Chipmakers Are Raising Money, Taking On Tech Giants


The advent of big fundraising rounds for startup chip innovators—a class shunned by most venture capital firms only a few years ago—seems to mark a turnaround in recent VC attitudes about semiconductor investments.

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Cybersecurity Firm Proficio Raises $12M in Private Equity Round


Proficio, a Carlsbad, CA-based startup providing cybersecurity protection services for middle market companies, has raised $12 million in an investment round led by Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors. The Los Angeles-based private equity firm provided funding from its Kayne Partners Fund Group, which invests in high-growth technology businesses.

Saxena: More Than a Tool, A.I. Must Be Used With Society in Mind


startup CognitiveScale and managing director of The Entrepreneur Fund , which makes investments in early-stage machine learning companies, Saxena believes A.I. [ Updated 12/27/18, 9:54 am ] Manoj Saxena is bullish on artificial intelligence. As chairman of Austin, TX-based A.I.

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Wiliot Finds $30M More From Amazon Web Services, Others


Wiliot , an Israel- and San Diego-based RFID technology developer, has received $30M more in a funding round, the company said on Monday. The funding, a Series B, came from Amazon Web Services, Samsung Venture Investment Corp., Wiliot has previously raised funding from Qualcomm Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, 83North Venture Capital, Grove Venture Partners, and M Partners.

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Smart-Kitchen Startups Give Cooks Digital Help Via Internet of Things


The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and related technologies are being used to connect ovens, refrigerators, and other kitchen appliances to the Web. When it comes to connected homes, the hottest spot is located in your kitchen.

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Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

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I had previously raised VC in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. In case VC’s haven’t figured this out yet, shit rolls downhill. My blog linked to Brad Feld’s blog because I was so grateful for his series on term sheets and he was one of the biggest reasons that as a VC I felt compelled to blog. On December 3rd Brad Feld wrote a one paragraph blog post titled “ Raising Venture Capital &# in which he linked to my blog. Thus is venture capital.

SmartDrive Raises Capital, Rolls Out Distracted Driving Technology


At the American Trucking Association Management Conference in Orlando, FL, this week, San Diego’s SmartDrive Systems announced that Michelin North America has led a new investment round in the company, though SmartDrive wouldn’t say how much it has raised.

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AI Chip Startup Mythic Reaps $40M from SoftBank, Lockheed Venture Arms


Mythic , which last year unveiled its novel computer chip designed for artificial intelligence, announced today that it has raised $40 million in a Series B fundraising round led by the venture capital arm of Japanese telecom and tech giant SoftBank.

Zingle Raises $3M to Expand and Improve Messaging App Technology


Zingle, a Carlsbad, CA-based tech startup targeting the service industry and consumer-facing businesses with its messaging app technology, has raised $3 million in venture capital, according to a regulatory filing earlier this month.

Blockchain, Banks & the New Web: Q&A With Ethereum Co-founder Lubin


billion this year through sales of digital tokens—so-called initial coin offerings or ICOs—and this method of fundraising exceeded traditional early-stage tech startup investments in June and July, CNBC reported in August. Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin is calm and soft-spoken when he shares his vision of how blockchain technology and digital currencies could transform the Internet, the global economy, and many aspects of our daily lives.

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New Bootstrap Fund Pulls Itself Up in World of Health IT Deals


Healthtech entrepreneur Parker Hinshaw and his wife Jean Balgrosky said they intended to take a step back when they founded Bootstrap Incubation near San Diego in the fall of 2012. They came to San Diego in 1996, when Scripps Health hired Balgrosky as CIO and senior vice president.

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Anaplan Ups Estimate For Its IPO Haul; Allogene IPO Raises $288M


San Francisco-based Anaplan , one of five companies planning to close initial public offerings this week, raised the expected price range for its shares in an SEC filing Wednesday, signaling an IPO that could be richer than it had anticipated. Enterprise planning software company Anaplan, which is privately valued at more than $1.4 billion, had originally proposed selling 15.5 million shares of common stock at a range of $13 to $15 per share.

New Leader at Intel Capital Adjusts Strategy as Global Summit Opens


Intel Capital has invested $38 million in 12 technology startups since July, highlighting its venture investment focus on innovations in self-driving cars and machine vision, the Internet of Things, sports and health, drones, and virtual reality. Intel Capital is the corporate venture and deal-making arm of Santa Clara, CA-based semiconductor and technology giant Intel (NASDAQ: INTC ).

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Poshmark Picks Up $87.5M to Power the Social, Digital Wardrobe


million in a Series D investment round led by Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek. Other investors in the firm include Mayfield , Menlo Ventures , GGV Capital , Inventus Capital , SoftTech VC , Union Grove Venture Partners , and Cross Creek Advisors.

A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem


Alex Niehenke , a partner at Foster City, CA-based Scale Venture Partners , weighed in on the same issue after the start of the new year, and when the partial. government shutdown VC Venture Capital volatility Web wireless work visas Yearend2018As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019.

UiPath Snags $225M To Expand Robotic Workforce for Businesses


Top venture capital firms continue to pour money into software robotics companies that promise to automate monotonous business operations, like processing mortgage applications, that are often performed by humans. That follows the $250 million raised in a Series A round announced in July by UiPath’s competitor Automation Anywhere , which is based in San Jose, CA.

SoftBank Continues Funding Spree, Leads $865M Round for Katerra


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Why Entrepreneurs Should Care About Inequality and Divisiveness


Investing in affordable education and training at all levels of society would prepare people for meaningful work, and provide compensation that could help reduce social inequities and divisiveness. We need to value and invest in multiple paths to opportunity and employment.

Convoy Reloads With $185M For Its Freight Shipment Marketplace


Convoy , an online marketplace that connects shippers with freight truck fleets and independent drivers, announced today it raised $185 million in a Series C fundraising round led by CapitalG, the growth equity investment fund of Alphabet, Google’s parent company. Butler Land O’ Lakes Lone Pine Capital Machine Learning Marketplace Mobile OnTruck Predictive Models Robotics and A.I.

Price Check on Aisle 3: Retailers Turn to Robots to Manage Inventory


Bossa Nova, along with San Francisco-based Simbe Robotics, is among a group of tech companies that are using robotics and artificial intelligence. Inventory management is crucial to operating a successful retail operation.

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Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: ScaleVP Comments From the Sidelines


Andy Vitus, a partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Scale Venture Partners , has been keeping his eye on the potential uses of the blockchain, which is best known as the technological foundation for digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Vitus has presided over ScaleVP’s investments in companies such as Apteligent that support the development and secure performance of.

‘Megadeals’ Dominate Q2 as VCs Invest $15.3B, and Top 10 Deals


Showing little concern for stock-market volatility or worries over the Brexit, venture capital firms pumped $15.3 billion into 961 deals across the United States during the three months that ended June 30, according to the MoneyTree Report on venture capital activity. It was the 10 th consecutive quarter that venture firms put at least $10 billion into startups and other high-tech companies, including a $3.5 billion invested in Venice, CA-based Snapchat.

Europe’s New Data Privacy Rules Nourish U.S. Privacy Tech Sector


Take a look at this blurb for a session about data privacy at the upcoming RSA conference on cybersecurity. It sounds a polite warning: “The importance of privacy is often alluded to in generalized, value-laden terms that, while sincere, don’t necessarily help privacy be taken seriously in the enterprise risk management process.”

StockTwits Acquires Mobile App SparkFin to Add Fintech Services


StockTwits, the Twitter-like social media platform for sharing stock market tips and ideas, has acquired San Diego’s SparkFin, a fintech mobile app for discovering and sharing stocks and other investment ideas. The common denominator in both companies is Howard Lindzon, the Wall Street trader and hedge fund manager who founded StockTwits in San Diego in 2008.

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Could Facebook’s Crypto Break Financial System? Congress Airs Fears


Soaring prices of Bitcoin and other so-called digital tokens were attracting investments from speculators hoping to get rich quick—but these virtual coin values were also known to drop just as suddenly, the US Treasury Department’s Financial Stability Oversight Council noted.

Talk of Broadcom Buyout of Symantec Puts Broader IT Focus Into View


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Best Reads for Casual Friday: Big Tech Businesses Gets Political


Uber VC Venture Capital voting machine Web security WhatsApp Wired XconomyYou’ve made it to Friday. Time to curl up in your cubicle, pop open one of these in-depth, entertaining reads, and catch up on some of what you missed during a busy week.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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This was really a fun week at TWiVC because we decided to have an entrepreneur come and talk about raising capital rather than having a VC come on. Raised angel money from Rob Lord, Reid Hoffman, Benchmark Capital and others. He’s a one-man show who hasn’t raised VC.

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