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--short for Akatsuki Entertainment Technology Fund--said it has hired Mark Linao as Principal, responsible for managing the company's $50M fund and its operations in United States. fund akatsuki entertainment technology ventura investment augmented reality

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. The reality is that as a result of two major trends the costs of starting a technology startup went down massively.

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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.

Champion Technology Gets Investment From R9B

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Santa Monica-based Champion Technology , which develops an artificial intelligence-powered software product for the cybersecurity area, to help improve cyber security analysis, has received a strategic investment from R9B (root9B, LLC), a provider of cybersecurity products and services. Size of the investment was not announced. According to the two, the investment deal came as a result of a strategic partnership and alliance between the companies.

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.

Investment in Technology and Automation Across Industry in LA County

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Talk: Investment in Technology and Automation Across Industry in LA County. aking a closer look at how industries like transportation, aerospace, trade and logistics, manufacturing, and banking are adapting to new waves of technology and advancement in automation. Thursday, March 21, 2019 -- R.E.D

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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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Oaktree Capital Invests In Shoals Technologies Group

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Los Angeles-based private equity investor Oaktree Capital Management has made an investment in Shoals Technologies Group , a developer of junction boxes, wiring, and monitoring products for the solar electrical industry. Size of the investment was not announced. According to Shoals Technologies Group, the funding came from Oaktree's Power Opportunities group. shoals technology group solar hardware photovoltaic private equity

Prime Focus Technologies Gets Private Equity Investment

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Los Angeles-based Prime Focus Technologies , a developer of ERP software for the media industry, says it has received its first round of funding from private equity investor Ambit Pragma. Size of the investment was not announced. prime focus technologies venture capital private equity ambit software hollywood content

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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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Struggling EV firm Faraday Future gets another financial lifeline with new $225M investment

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To secure the financing, Faraday said it had its intellectual property and technology valued — they are apparently worth $1.25 The Chinese real estate giant backed out of a proposed $2 billion investment deal with Faraday at the end of 2018 following an extended dispute over terms.

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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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Technology infrastructure launchpad The Fabric raises $15 million

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The Fabric, an early-stage investment company developing new infrastructure technologies, has raised $15 million for its third investment vehicle.

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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Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

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Propelled by new technologies, new businessmen have been landing in Los Angeles since the invention of the nickelodeon to create a studio that would dominate popular entertainment. Despite billions of dollars in investment, and a sustained marketing push from some of the biggest names in the technology industry, virtual reality still doesn’t register with most regular consumers.

Investing in AI

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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. Thursday, January 17, 2019 -- CES 2019 at UCLA Anderson.

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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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Wave Financial Group Finds Funding From Fineqia, Aims At Blockchain Investing

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Los Angeles-based Wave Financial Group , a new, Blockchain investment company led by former Wavemaker Partners co-founder David Siemer, has received a round of funding from London, UK-based Finequia Investments Limited , according to the two companies. Size of the equity investment was not announced. Fineqia said its investments in Wave Financial Group represents less than 5 percent of its market capitalization.

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IMT Acquired By Cerium Technology

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Santa Barbara-based MEMs technology developer Innovative Micro Technology (IMT) said early this morning that it has received a majority equity financing from Cerium Technology. Size and terms of the majority equity investment were not announced. Cerium Technology is an investment firm focused on the Internet-of-Things (IoT) market. mems merger acquisition venture capital cerium technology semiconductor chip

How TenOneTen Ventures Is Investing In LA's Technology Future

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Despite a growing technology industry here in Southern California, local investors and entrepreneurs tell us there''s still a shortage of local, venture capital. We saw an extraordinary opportunity, in general, and in LA in particular, to really focus in on technology in Los Angeles.

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Hangzhou Liaison Interactive Information Technology Co. Invests $179 Million in Newegg Inc.

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A Chinese tech company announced Tuesday that it would invest more than $179 million to increase its stake in online electronics retailer Newegg Inc. to almost 94 percent from 55.7 percent, according to Bloomberg

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Study: Clean Technology Investments Up In Q3

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Investments in U.S., clean technology deals were up in Q3 of 2011, according to a new analysis published by Ernst & Young this week. venture capital investment in cleantech companies increased by 73%, to $1.1 The study found that clean technology investments were up compared with an overall venture capital trend of more dollars up, but deals down. California led the nation in cleantech investment in 2011 with $1,738.2 million in investments.

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Airspace Technologies Finds $8M For Logistics Technology

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Carlsbad-based Airspace Technologies , which is developing technology for the logistics market, says it has raised $8M in a Series A funding round. The funding was led by Defy, and also included Qualcomm Ventures (the investment arm of Qualcomm Incorporated), Cross Culture Ventures, and Schematic Ventures. According to Airspace, it is providing "time definite" delivery and supply chain services to the healthcare, technology, and aerospace sectors.

Semtech Invests In MultiPhy For 100G Optical Module Technology

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Camarill-based analog and mixed signal semiconductor company Semtech , and optical networking technology developer MultiPhy Ltd. Financial details fot he strategic partnership were not announced, however, Semtech said it has invested in MultiPhy, andis now one of the largest shareholders of the company. semtech 100g optical module analog mixed signal semiconductor venture capital strategic investment

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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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Technology Rodeo - Federal technologies

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Thursday, November 10, 2016 -- Tritech Technology Rodeo. NASA, Navy, University Technologies. Why attend.

Ingram Micro Makes Investment In E-Commerce Logistics Robotics Firm

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Irvine-based technology distributor Ingram Micro has made an investment in e-commerce logistics startup HDS , which is developing a robotics system which uses artificial intelligence and mobile, articulated robots for the logistics industry. According to HDS, Ingram Micro invested an additional $10M note investment in the startup, to help it speed development ofits system.

SoCal Second Place In 2009 Clean Technology Investments

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A report released today by Ernst & Young finds that Southern California was number two in the nation in terms of clean technology investments for the year. in 2009 in the clean technology area, and Q4 investments of $30.5M. venture capital investments dropped to $2.6

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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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Thin Line Capital Backs Solar Technology Developer

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Pasadena-based venture capital investment firm Thin Line Capital , a new venture capital firm led by venture veteran Aaron Fyke, has made its first investment, in a developer of solar technology. According to Thin Line Capital, it has made an ivnestment in Sistine Solar , which is developing technology which allows solar panels to blend in visually with roofs--using a special thin film coated with "ultra-durable" graphics and patterns.

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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Life Technologies Invests in Synthentic Genomics

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Carlsbad-based Life Technologies said Wednesday that it has made an equity investment in Synthetic Genomics , a firm commercializing synthetic genomic advances. Terms of the investment were not announced. Synthetic Genomics develops technology for assembling synthetic genomes and DNA. Life Technologies said SGI is applying its technology to bienergy, food production, clean water, and vaccine development.

Newegg Gets Investment From Hangzhao Liaison Interactive

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Los Angeles-based online technology retailer Newegg announced late Thursday that it has received a "significant" investment from Chinese company Hangzhao Liaison Interactive Information Technology Co., Size of the investment was not announced. newegg hangzhao liaison interactive china international venture capital strategic investment

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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

MTech Capital Raises $75M Insurance Technology Fund

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Los Angeles- and London-based MTech Capital , a brand new venture capital fund focused on the insurance technology, or "InsureTech" market, says it has raised a new, $75M venture capital fund. MTech Capital says that its founders are Kevin McLoughlin and Brian McLoughlin, and that it is focused on technology-enabled investment opportunities with potential to transform the insurance industry.