Announcing The socalTECH 50, 2015 Edition

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It's a thankless, unforgiving, made more difficult in that there are no repeats on this list from our prior two years (many were nominated), and our specific exclusion of serial entrepreneurs (who make up a big chunk of Southern California's startup activity), and our exclusion of the influencers from the venture capital, angel investing, and finance side of the industry, in addition to service providers. Congratulations to our third class of the socalTECH 50!

Announcing The Socaltech 50: Southern California's Up-and-Comers

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We''re proud to announce the Socaltech 50 , our list of the 50, up-and-coming people in Southern California''s technology ecosystem. So, without further ado, here''s the list of this year''s 2013 Socaltech 50 : Basil Abifaker , Transaction Wireless (San Diego, digital gift cards).

9 Ways socalTECH Can Help You With Your New Year's Resolutions

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Use our database of venture capital investors --both located in Southern California, and elsewhere--to figure out who is (and isn't) investing in your industry. california southern angeles startup resources resolution years socaltech feature list

Sharpening Our Focus: The Socaltech 100 Is Now The Socaltech 50

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Thanks to all of our readers who submitted their nominations for the socalTECH 100, our first annual list of the up-and-comers in Southern California''s technology ecosystem. So, we''re changing this up to be the Socaltech 50 --the same idea, but a more selective list. Socaltech is going to recognize the Socaltech 50 in conjunction with the Digital Family Reunion on December 11th.

SPONSORED POST: Help socalTECH support Southern California's high tech industry!

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In addition to supporting our news coverage, members get access to our complete database of venture capital firms that invest in Southern California , our list of local high tech companies, free job postings , discounts to events, and much more. Tags: sponsor post socaltech Do you find our news coverage useful? Are we making a difference by keeping you in the loop on what is going on with your clients, customers, contacts, and competitors? Have you benefited from our news coverage?

TenOneTen Invests In Weoutta

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Weoutta , a Silicon Valley developer of an application to help users discover and find events and things happening locally, has raised a funding round from newly formed Los Angeles investment firm TenOneTen , which was founded by David Waxman and Gil Elbaz. The investment by Weoutta was reported this morning by Fortune''s Term Sheet. TenOneTen, via David Waxman, had actually already disclosed its investment in Weoutta in an interview with socalTECH earlier this month.

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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. The group, along with Silicon valley Bank and CB Insights, released the 1Q 2012 Halo Report , which summarized Q1 angel investments. socalTECH has relationships with both the Tech Coast Angels and Silicon Valley Bank, although that does not affect our coverage.)

Q3 Venture Investments For SoCal Total Around $1.0 Billion

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billion in investments, according to the Q3 analysis of venture capital deals by socalTECH.com. According to an analysis of socalTECH's proprietary database of venture capital deals, venture investors invested slightly more than the $966M in Q3 of 2009, but less than the $1.6 billion invested in Q2. Other big deals included $60M in investment in San Diego's Skinit , a developer of personalized "skins" for electronic devices, and $37.0M

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SPONSOR MESSAGE: Tap Into Southern California's High Tech Economy with socalTECH

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Understand the investment landscape - Better understand who is getting funded, what kinds of companies are being funded, and why - before you look for funding yourself. Information is key to understanding how to get funded, and socalTECH is the best source for this information in Southern California. Research local--and national--investors who invest here - Our venture capital database includes all of the active, investors--both local and national--who are investing in the region.

Miven Venture Partners Gets IPO Exit At A10 Networks

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Newport Beach-based Miven Venture Partners , the private investment arm of Linksys founder Victor Tsao, has scored an exit in one of its portfolio companies, A10 Networks , after that company''s successful IPO this morning.

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GumGum Confirms Investment Round

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in a venture round Wednesday, telling socalTECH that the Series A-1 round was led by GRP Partners , with participation by First Round Capital. Publishers are really hurting online, and this is a new revenue opportunity for our publishing partners," Tanz told socalTECH, saying that the firm is now reaching over 50 million unique visitors a month, and has been seeing huge growth in adoption of its product.

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SoCal Investments Totals Around $700M In Q1

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According to numbers derived from socalTECH's venture database, there was $717.96M invested in Southern California in the first quarter, up from only $465M in Q4 of 2008. socalTECH tracks day-to-day venture capital activity in the Southern California region, and uses venture data disclosed by companies announcing funding; self-reported by both technology companies and venture firms; as well as regulatory filings and other sources.

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The Startup UCLA Accelerator Is About Entrepreneurship Not Investment Returns

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Tech Scenes: Greg Bettinelli of Upfront Ventures

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In this solo episode we meet up with Greg Bettinelli and talk about Upfront Ventures, investing in Los Angeles, high performance cultures, building legacy, helping/funding/nurturing entrepreneurs and the future of the Los Angeles tech scene.

Social Rewards Gets Seeded

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Los Angeles-based Social Rewards , the operator of social, loyalty, and affiliate marketing services headed by Joseph Morin, has scored some angel funding, socalTECH has learned. social rewards venture capital affiliate marketing advertising angel investment angelist

Siemer & Associates Names Managing Director

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Los Angeles-based investment banking firm Siemer & Associates , the merchant banking firm headed by David Siemer, said this week that it has named Dan Chen as Managing Director of the company. Editor's note: Siemer is a sponsor of socalTECH, although that does not affect our coverage).

Up Thursday: Episode 1 Of Tech Scenes, A Look At SoCal's Startup Ecosystem

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We've partnered with Tech Scenes, produced by Jeff Martin, to help showcase what makes the region such an attractive community for startup entrepreneurs and venture investments. Looking to figure out what makes Southern California's thriving technology industry tick?

Core Innovation Capital Sets Up Shop In LA

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According to Core Innovation Capital , it has moved its offices to Los Angeles from New York City, to be closer to potential investments in its focus area of funding companies serving underbanked consumers in America. Core Innovation Capital told socalTECH that the firm was attracted to the area due to the number of companies in its segment here, including such companies as Green Dot, Wallaby, and others. core innovation capital venture investment fund

The Best Pasadena Tech Company You’ve Never Heard Of

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Only Ben Kuo from SoCalTech has noticed them. Angel Investing Bluebeam Innovate Pasadena Pasadena Angels Why are there great tech companies in Pasadena that no one has heard of?

CapLinked Raises $525K From PayPal Mafia

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I'm really thrilled to have such a great gorup of investors and excited about building out the product, to help entrepreneurs and investors," Jackson told socalTECH, continuing, "Our success will be measured by helping lots of companies get funded, so they can create jobs and build big businesses." caplinked venture capital financing funding investment management paypal

Reflections on 2016: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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TVC Capital has also been a big supporter and sponsor of socaltech over the years. Jeb Spencer: We closed our nineteenth and twentieth software focused growth equity investments this year, a significant milestone for our firm. Every now and then we feel like we are finally starting to get a hang of this investing thing -- though the feeling doesn't always last very long. An interesting investment for our firm, the $16.5

Heal Names Former Dodgers Co-Owner Jamie McCourt To Board

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The company--which is led Dr. Renee Dua--said McCourt was already a founding investor in the company, having invested in the company's seed funding via Jamie Enterprises. Dua--who is both a physician and working mother--told socaltech that "On the day after a woman won a major party's nomination for President of the United States, it is especially meaningful to me to announce that Jamie McCourt is joining our Board of Directors."

Siemer Ventures Targets New Fund

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Los Angeles-based Siemer & Associates , an investment banking firm, appears to be raising a $30M, second fund, Siemer Ventures II, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday. Siemer & Associates earlier fund has invested in such firms as YouMail, XCAST, and Ranker. Editor's note: Siemer & Associates is a sponsor of socalTECH.)

Interview with Alon Goren, Invested.in

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I think that most people that invest in projects have some connection to that person, or have read their story. You'll see fees when you invest in a project, but right now that just covers the cost of credit card transactions.

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Q1 Southern California Venture Deals Rise To Around $1.4B

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A quick analysis of venture capital deals in Q1, tracked by socalTECH, finds that there was around $1.4 The information--gleaned from funding announcements, regulatory filings, and other sources--are also up significantly from Q1 of last year, when only $729.89M was invested in the region. Biopharmaceuticals continues to drive the investment totals in Southern California, with $222M in investments; followed by Medical Devices, with $120M in investments, and Software, with $119M.

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Tech Scenes: Brew Johnson of Peerstreet

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Media Sponsor: SOCALTECH - High Tech News and Information for Southern California. Welcome to Tech Scenes where we explore what makes tech founders and the cities they live in thrive.

Sponsored Message: Find High Tech Law Firms In Southern California

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How do you sort through the thousands of attorneys and firms here, and figure out who really knows venture capital, angel investments, how to deal with a term sheet, how to negotiate a business agreement, how to incorporate, and much more? socalTECH has the definitive listing of the companies who are providing legal services to local startups and high tech companies in our high tech service provider directory. Need to find a top legal company in Southern California?

Southern California Deals Total Around $932M For Q2

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A recent analysis by socalTECH, of our detailed tracking of venture capital investment activity in Southern California, finds that there was around $932M in funding raised in the area in Q2, a rise from roughly $700M in Q1. PwC/NVCA officialy reported $950M invested in Q2 of 2008. in San Diego; actual investment amounts into the firm have not been confirmed by the company. Tags: venture capital investment southern california 2009

SoCal Venture Totals Slip, But IT Shines

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However, Southern California's IT industry actually saw an increase in investments, bucking a national downturn in IT industry investments. According to the report, investments in Southern California total $421.80M across 51 deals, down from $902.16M and 58 deals in Q3. Nationally, venture capital investments slipped 30%, to only $5.5 billion in 554 deals, invested -- the lowest quarter since 2005. invested. billion was invested in the U.S.

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Where to Find Venture Funding in Southern California

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Should you subscribe to Digita LA or TechZulu or SoCalTech you will see that there is some kind of networking event, panel discussion or fast pitch taking place practically everyday of the week.

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TechStar Co-Founder @BFeld: Are We Experiencing A Startup Accelerator Bubble?

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So it’s a very early form of investment. For instance, in Los Angeles, there are currently 23 accelerators, incubators and colocation facilities, as documented in Ben Kuo’s recent SoCalTech series.

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Vokle Gets Funding

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Santa Monica-based Vokle has scored an investment round from the Tech Coast Angels, the angel group formally announced Monday. Amount of the investment was not disclosed, however, a recent regulatory filing indicates that Vokle had recently raised $542,000 out of $1.0M The investment had been uncovered by socalTECH in January, but had not officially been announced as a TCA deal. The investment came from the Tech Coast Angels' Angel Capital Entrepreneurial (ACE) Fund 1.

BitTorrent Starts Distributing Novel

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Disclaimer: Jones--also an investment banker by day--has previously contributed to socalTECH's Insights and Opinions section as an author).

DogVacay Adds Andreessen Horowitz As Investor

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Size of the investment was not disclosed. Ben Ling, Ted Rheingold, Quest Venture Partners, and Baroda Ventures, which invested in a round of funding for the firm in March. Hirschorn told socalTECH that "We'll use the additional funding to accelerate our expansion into major markets across the US and to promote grassroots community involvement in a few of our fastest growing cities."