A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

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I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re Others believe that new business models are emerging that could replace venture capital all together.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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The second major trend was the rise of the angel that was a function of the boom in Silicon Valley wealth (Google, Facebook, Zynga, Twitter, Salesforce.com, etc) plus the rise of crowd-funding platforms (AngelList) plus the rise of Y Combinator / 500Startups / TechStars. Non VC Growth Rounds.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis. mm in Series A; IdealLab ( Bill Gross ), Index Ventures ( Danny Rimer ), Revolution LLC ( Steve Case ), First Round Capital , BetaWorks , Jason Calcanis.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 3

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Investors: Foundation Capital (lead), with existing investors: Morgenthaler Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Canaan Partners. Knewton – “Online adaptive test prep and virtual classroom platform&# - I love the innovation that is coming from the test prep industry.

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.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around. Facebook is a “platform cloud&# provider, too.

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

L.A. Business Journal

Burbank-based Shag Enterprises Inc, an artificial intelligence company that’s created a predictive platform for online ordering, announced on May 15 it raised $1.4 million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital

The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

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This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries. But … Downsizing Venture Capital. Creative destruction is what drives capitalism and innovation.

Forge Platform Finds $1M For Ethereum SDK

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Santa Monica-based Forge Platform , which is developing software development kits used for Ethereum, has raised $1M in a seed funding, the company disclosed on Wednesday. The funding came from Manta Ray Ventures and Upfront Ventures. forge platform ethereum venture capital blockchain snapchat shift manifestpartners

Illumina Ventures Raises $230M Venture Capital Fund

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Illumina Ventures , the early-stage venture capital investor which was founded by San Diego-based life sciences equipment maker Illumina , says it has raised $230M for its first fund. The venture capital investment fund said it is focused on genomics, and will invest in companies in the areas of life science research, clinical diagnostics, novel therapeutic platforms, and other technologies impacting human health.

LunaPBC Gets $4.6M For Genomic Health Platform

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The funding included ARCH Venture Partners, Bain Capital Ventures, F-Prime Capital, Illumina Ventures, and Osage University Partners. lunapbc venture capital funding research lifescience health biopharma biopharmaceuticals geneticAre you willing to share your DNA with researchers, if only they'd pay you something for that data? San Diego-based LunaPBC , which operates the online LunaDNA genomic and health data community, has raised $4.6M

How to Avoid Being Disrupted as a VC

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My partner Greg Bettinelli (worth following on Twitter) was recently named by The LA Business Journal as the “ Top deal maker in Los Angeles in Venture Capital.” And Greg has had the most influence on Upfront Ventures’ strategy since he joined.

When Raising Venture Capital Look for an Emotional Tie to Seal the Deal

From the Venture Trenches

Experience has shown that a strong emotional tie to a deal will help more than any other factor when raising venture funding. Ask any venture firm or accelerator which investments get done in their shop and they will tell you the deals that come through their personal network.

InvolveSoft Gets $2.5M For Employee Volunteering Platform

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The funding was led by Bonfire Ventures, and also included Greycroft, Bertelsmann, Launch Capital, CrowdSmart and Noname Ventures. InvolveSoft, led by co-founder and CEO Gaurav Bhattacharya, also said it previously received funding from Mucker Capital. involvesoft employee volunteering venture capital bonfire

AdtoApp Gets $6M For Programmatic Ad Platform For Publishers

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The funding came from Run Capital. adtoapp programmatic platform publishing mobile advertising venture capital ecpm software advertiser publisherLos Angeles-based AdtoApp , a developer of programmatic ad tools for publishers, has raised $6M in a funding round, according to the company.

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.

Stem Snags $8M For Creative Payments Platform

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Los Angeles-based Stem , which is developing a platform to simplify payments for musicians and other content creators, announced Wednesday morning that it has raised $8M in a Series A funding. Stem says it has created a financial platform that unifies and manages contracts, distribution, payments and data for artists and creators. stem venture capital royalties artists upfront creative payments hollywood music musician

The Big VC Thaw – Why The Market is Moving Again (part 2 of 3)

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In my previous post, The VC Ice Age is Thawing (for now) I wrote about the reasons why the VC market came to a screeching halt in September 2008 and remained largely shut until at least April 2009. Let’s be honest – the same is true for VC’s.

How to Handle a VC Presentation with No Deck

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I recently filmed a show for This Week in Venture Capital in which I talked about how to prepare for a VC meeting: whom you’ll meet, who should attend from your side, what materials you should bring and how you should run the meeting. But take prompts from the VC.

Rocket Lab Finds $140M For Satellite Launch Platform

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The funding was led by Future Fund, and also included Greenspring Associates, Khosla Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, DCVC (Data Collective), Promus Ventures, K1W1, pluse the Accident Compensation Corporation of New Zealand. rocketlab rocket space aerospace venture capital payload cubesat spaceflightHuntington Beach-based Rocket Lab said on Thursday that it has raised a big new funding round, worth $140M, in its Series E funding round.

When Raising Venture Capital Look for an Emotional Tie to Seal the Deal

From the Venture Trenches

Experience has shown that a strong emotional tie to a deal will help more than any other factor when raising venture funding. Ask any venture firm or accelerator which investments get done in their shop and they will tell you the deals that come through their personal network. At Kline Hawkes & Co, the venture firm where I worked for 14 years, the “personal relationship” deals comprised approximately 90% of the entire portfolio.

This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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Had a great chat with Jim Armstrong who is a General Partner at Clearstone Venture Partners today on TWiVC. It was especially fun for me because we got the chance to talk about the VC industry and how entrepreneurs should think about the VC industry in addition to discussing deals.

Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

TechCrunch LA

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. More Labs, for example, is backed with $8 million in VC funding. Startup capital.

Ligand Inks Licensing Deal With Venture Capital Investor

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San Diego-based Ligand Pharmaceuticals said on Friday that it has entered into a deal with venture capital investor venBio Partners , which will allow venBio's portfolio companies to enter into a pre-agreed worldwide OmniAb platform license agreement.

This Week in VC with Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital

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We had a special edition of This Week in Venture Capital this week shooting out of the Next New Networks offices in New York. Our guest was Mo Koyfman of Spark Capital. Topics we discussed in the first 45 minutes of the video include: What is VC like in NY?

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

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To see the video of This Week in VC click on this link. We spent the first 45 minutes or so talking about industry trends (in this order): The history and background of True Ventures, one of my favorite early-stage VC’s (and the one with whom Om is a venture partner).

Approved Opens for Business with $1M and Digital Mortgage Platform

Xconomy

Following a six-month trial of its digital mortgage platform, San Diego-based Approved has officially launched its Web-based software for home loan applications. Our goal is to create a platform [for both lenders and borrowers] that is just as frictionless as possible,” Taylor said at the downtown EvoNexus incubator, where he has been working with co-founder Navtej Sadhal.

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Current round: $20.0mm Series-B led by Andreesen Horowitz, with USV and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. A social analytics platform for Facebook app developers and publishers that provides detailed demographic and engagement data. Incubated by Clearstone Ventures in 2008.

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VideoAmp Raises $2.2M For Video Advertising Platform

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Santa Monica-based VideoAmp , which operates a programmatic video advertising platform, said this morning that it has raised $2.2M in a funding round, from Anthem Venture Partners, Simon Equity Partners, Third Wave Capital, Wavemaker Partners and ZenShin Capital. videoamp video advertising venture capital ross mccray

Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

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Freeletics , headquartered in Munich, Germany, is today announcing its first round of private capital after bootstrapping since 2013. Artificial Intelligence Funding Startups Venture Capital Causeway Media Partners freemium Germany Los Angeles TechCrunch

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L.A.’s NuOrder Closes on $15M Investment to Grow B2B Platform Between Businesses

L.A. Business Journal

Los Angeles-based NuOrder, a B2B wholesale e-commerce platform, closed on a $15 million Series C financing round, led by Radnor, Pa.-based based venture capital firm NewSpring and joined by existing investors Upfront Ventures of Santa Monica and Argentum of New York City

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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I first heard this term from the guys at First Round Capital. Incidentally, VC’s hate when they hear companies pitching who say, “ I don’t have real competitors &# as I outlined point three in the linked post). This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.

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You Can’t Rely on a VC for Your Hardest Decisions

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*. What is the role of a VC for entrepreneurs? Platforms have changed. They are unique to you and not to each other situation that VC has faced. If you rely on your VC to make the toughest calls that probably says more about your own insecurities with tough, unknowable, judgment calls than about your VC. I was reminded about the role of a VC last week when my partner Kara Nortman (<—- yes, of course you should follower her!

Phunware Gets $26.25M For Mobile App Platform

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The funding was led by the Firsthand Technology Value Fund, and also included Fraser McCombs Ventures, Maxima Ventures, Wild Basin Investment and the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), as well as new strategic investors Cisco and WWE. phunware venture capital mobile advertising analytics software

Political Focus on Rust Belt Could Help Boost VC Investment

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Many coastal VCs and entrepreneurs believe that Trump’s America-first, anti-immigration platform could put the brakes on the venture industry’s core globalization strategies. Much has been written in the tech industry as a result of the Presidential election.

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