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Mission Ventures Backs Ex-Greenplum Execs

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San Diego-based venture capital firm Mission Ventures has backed a team from former portfolio firm Greenplum , in a new venture round. in a Series A funding from Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sumitomo Corporate Equity Asia. Mission's investment in Alpine Data was led by Leo Spiegel. mission ventures greenplum venture capital alpine data labs analytics insight mining

Dave Ryan of Mission Ventures On Exits

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Last month, San Diego-based venture capital firm Mission Ventures (www.missionventures.com) sold its portfolio firm, Carlsbad-based 3E , just the latest in a string of exits for the firm, which also included an IPO in Maxlinear earlier in the year.

SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $7.5M The most active investors in Southern California companies were Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Versant Ventures , with four deals each.

Mission Ventures Re-Ups On Alpine Data

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San Diego-based venture capital investor Mission Ventures has re-upped its investment in San Francisco-based Alpine Data Labs , a developer of Hadoop software for the big data market. Alpine Data Labs said Friday that it has raised $16M in a Series B funding, which came from Sierra Ventures, Mission Ventures, UMC Capital, and Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH.

SoCal Venture Capital Investments Total $497.8M In Q4

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Southern California venture capital investments total $497.8M, according to the latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, which were released this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. Nationally, venture capital investors invested $21.8 national nvca pricewaterhousecoopers moneytree quarterly capital venture

KidZui Catches $2M, Launches New Service

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The firm said the funding included Mission Ventures, Maveron, and Emergence Capital. kidzui internet search children friendly safety parents venture capitalSan Diego-based KidZui , the developer of a kid-friendly Internet browser, said this week that it has raised another $2M in funding, and launched a new effort called ZUI.com. Zui.com is a new, search engine focused on kids aged 3 to 12 years old. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

Ortiva Wireless Adds $2.0M

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The firm--which is backed by Artiman Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Comcast Interactive Capital, among others--indicated it had raised $2.0M ortiva wireless venture capital debt fundingLa Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless has added another $2.0M in what looks like an inside, convertible debt round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week.

Obamanomics: What it means for Venture Capital

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009 -- Obamanomics: What it means for Venture Capital. Featured speakers include four of the nation's top public policy experts in the venture community: Mark Heesen, Washington, D.C.-based based president of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA); Mitchell Kertzman, managing director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, a leading Bay Area venture capitalist and former chair of the American Electronics Assn.;

Enevate Finds $30M For Battery Technology

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The funding came from Infinite Potential Technologies, Tsing Capital and Mission Ventures along with Presidio Ventures. enevate battery technology energy lithium liion venture capital materials chemistryIrvine-based Enevate , which is developing Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology, said this morning that it has raised $30M in a Series B funding.

KidZui Lands $2.4M More, Launches Original Video Efforts

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The new funding comes from existing investors Mission Ventures and Costella Kirsch. kidzui venture capital original video hollywood content kidsSan Diego-based KidZui , the developer of a service which provides kid-safe content via a search engine and browser, announced this morning that it has raised $2.4M in new funding, and will start creating its own, original video content.

Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3

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Venture capital investments in Southern California in Q3 totaled to $464.18M, according to the latest numbers released by the PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA Money Tree Report this evening, based on data from Thomson Reuters. billion invested in 780 venture capital deals for Q3. Silicon Valley had the lion's share of the venture funding dollars in Q3, with $1.75 For the quarter, San Diego County garnered the most venture capital, with $231.3M

This Week in VC: Michael Montgomery (President, Montgomery & Co.)

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This episode of This Week in Venture Capital featured Michael Montgomery, president of Montgomery & Co. You have to be selected to present and it is typically reserved for companies that have already raised early-stage capital and are well into revenue growth.

Insights and Opinions: What's going on in venture capital in San Diego?

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What's going on in venture capital in San Diego? And how will the changing venture economy affect angel investors? Mission Ventures' Dave Ryan talks with Frank Peters, and offers advice for angel investors. Tags: ventures interview podcast venture peters capital ryan show mission insights dave frank

VC Invest $587M In SoCal In Q4, But National Investments Drop 47 Percent In 2009

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The latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters, were released this morning, finding that there was $587.8M However, nationally, venture capital numbers were much worse, with venture investments dropping to the lowest level in more than a decade. Tags: venture capital investment quarterly moneytree thomson reuters

Meet The VC

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- Meet The VC. Join us for an informative (and informal) discussion with Dave Ryan of Mission Ventures. Dave will describe his firm's investment philosphy, investment process, and the current state of VC fundraising and investment. Entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to ask many questions and get answers from one of Southern California's most experienced venture investors. OCTANe.

VC Invest $587M In SoCal In Q4, But National Investments Drop 37 Percent In 2009

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The latest numbers from the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters, were released this morning, finding that there was $587.8M However, nationally, venture capital numbers were much worse, with venture investments dropping to the lowest level in more than a decade. Tags: reuters thomson moneytree quarterly investment capital venture

Nexiant Plans Major Upgrade

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Nexiant is venture backed by The Argentum Group, InnoCal Venture Capital, Inverness Graham Investments and Mission Ventures. Lake Forest-based Nexiant , the developer of software-as-a-service for materials management (MRO), said this morning that it is planning a major software release.

LAVA hosts PwC's Shaking the MoneyTree

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Please join LAVA, PwC and a distinguished panel of industry experts and local VCs for their insights on the results of the Q4 2010 PwC/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Report based on data from Thomson Reuters. The MoneyTree Report is a quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the United States. Tuesday, March 8, 2011 -- LAVA hosts PwC's Shaking the MoneyTree.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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of a product up and running in a few months weeks getting thousands of users for next to no capital, in Los Angeles many folks will take over a year and spend a million dollars just to get a beta product ready. Challenge #3 – There Needs to Be More Institutional Capital in Los Angeles.

How to Not Suck at a Group Presentation

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I spotted my fellow VC Leo Spiegel (from Mission Ventures) who had spoken previously to the same group and asked about his experiences. Most people suck at presenting to big groups.

Q3 Southern California Venture Deals Around $879M

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A quick analysis by socalTECH of our tracking of venture capital deals in Southern California finds that there was around $879M in venture funding activity here in Q3. The biggest are for venture activity in the quarter was Biopharmaceuticals, which was $299.13M of the quarterly total. San Diego led investment activity in Q3, with a large number of the biggest VC deals all located in the area. Tags: southern california quarterly venture capital

Vator Makes A Splash In LA!

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Ten companies selected by their peers and vetted by VC judges will get a chance to present onstage with a 3-minute presentation. Vator is bringing its popular Splash event to LA. The inaugural Splash LA event will be held on the evening of May 26, 2011, at The Highlands Hollywood. The Splash event, hosted by Vator, is a celebration of entrepreneurship.

Nirvanix Gains $5M

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San Diego-based Nirvanix , a provider of Internet-based storage services, has raised $5M out of a $6M venture capital funding round, according to a regulatory filing. Tags: nirvanix storage venture capital

LeisureLink Raises $3.5M

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LeisureLink has previously raised funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Group RCI, Kodiak Ventures LP, Mission Ventures, Pasadena Angels and the Tech Coast Angels. Tags: leisurelink vacation rental travel venture capital

KidZui Gets $4M

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The round was led by new investor Mission Ventures, and also included prior backers First Round Capital, Emergence Capital Partners and Maveron. Tags: kidzui browser venture capital San Diego-based Kidzui , which develops a kid-friendly web browsers, has raised $4M in a funding, according to reports.

Report: Slacker Gets $5M Bridge

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Slacker is venture backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, and had previously raised $53.5M Tags: personal radio slacker venture capital

Slacker Gets $2.0M In Debt Funding

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San Diego-based Slacker , the personalized Internet radio service backed by Austin Ventures, Centennial Ventures, Mission Ventures, Rho Ventures, and Sevin Rosen Funds, has raised $2.0M Tags: slacker personal internet radio service venture capital

One Recovery Raises $1.49M

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One Recovery is headed by David Metzler, formerly a venture capitalist at Mission Ventures and investment banker at CIBC World Markets. Tags: recovery onerecovery addiction treatment healthcare lifescience venture capital Del Mar-based One Recovery , an online community site providing support for people recovering from addiction, has raised $1.49M in a funding round, according to a filing from the firm this week.

Transaction Wireless Gets $2M More

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The funding came from its existing investors, Mission Ventures and Okapi Ventures. Tags: transaction wireless venture capital mobile gift card marketing San Diego-based Transaction Wireless , a developer of mobile gift card and other mobile marketing products, announced this morning that it has raised an additional $2M in funding. The company said the new funds will go towards ongoing technology and customer deployment and sales and marketing.

RotoHog Confirms Fundraising

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Los Angeles-based RotoHog , developer of online fantasy sports games headed by Kelly Perdew, has confirmed that the firm's recently $2M funding came from Mission Ventures. In an open letter to customers earlier this week, Perdew said the funding from Mission will help the company grow as a brand. Tags: rotohog fantasy sports games venture capital videogame kelly perdew football

VMIX Raises $2.0M More

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The filing shows representatives from JK&B Capital, Mission Ventures, ATA Ventures, and Enterprise Partners--all prior investors in the firm--remain on the board of directors. Tags: vmix saas video hosting venture capital San Diego-based VMIX , which provides software-as-a-service for video hosting, has raised $2.0M in a new funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm today.

Rotohog Gets $2M More

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RotoHog has previously raised funding from Allen & Company, DFJ DragonFund, Mission Ventures, and SCP Worldwide. Tags: rotohog venture capital online fantasy sports software Los Angeles-based Rotohog , a developer of online fantasy sports games, has raised $2.0M in a new round of funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. According to the filing, the round target is $2.62M. No details on the funding have been released by the firm.

Rotohog Raises $2M

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Los Angeles-based Rotohog , which develops fantasy sports games for sports leagues and others, has raised $2M in an inside round led by Mission Ventures and DFJ DragonFund. Tags: sports rotohog venture capital fantasy Rotohog's CEO, Kelly Perdew, told socalTECH that the idea behind the round is that it will take the firm to profitability. Rotohog powers fantasy sports for the NBA, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, and others.

Nexiant Names New CEO

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Nexiant is venture backed by InnoCal Venture Capital, Argentum Group, Forrest Binkley & Brown, Inverness Capital Partners, and Mission Ventures, among others. Lake Forest-based Nexiant , a provider of products for materials management and supply chain management software and hardware, said this week that it has named Bill Sickler as CEO of the firm.

Ortiva Wireless Finds $8.0M More

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The funding included prior investors Artiman Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Comcast Interactive Capital. Tags: ortiva wireless venture capital convertible video streaming software mobile telecom La Jolla-based Ortiva Wireless , a developer of wireless software used for handling video streaming over mobile networks, has raised $8.0M out of a $10.0M funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

Nirvanix Raises $10M, Names New CEO

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The firm said the new round is a Series B, and comes from investors Intel Capital, Mission Ventures, Valhalla Partnes, and Windward Ventures. Tags: nirvanix venture capital executive storage data cloud

Access 360 Media Gets $8M

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The round was led by Mission Ventures, and also included Bessemer Venture Partners. Venice Beach-based Access 360 Media, which operates an out-of-home advertising network, said today that it has raised $8M in a Series B funding round. Access 360 media operates a content-based network of programming for physical retailers, focused on the youth market. According to Access 360, the new funding will go towards accelerating company growth.

Venture Firm: We Missed That Networks In Motion Deal

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OVP Venture Partners , a venture firm in Oregon and Washington, is highlighting its latest "missed deal" in Aliso Viejo-based Networks In Motion. NIM, which was acquired last week for $170M, had been backed by venture firms Redpoint Ventures, Mission Ventures, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Networks In Motion's CFO is Gregg Marston, who was also CFO of Foundstone and Intek Global; he also is a board member of the Orange County Venture Group.