eTailPet Finds Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based eTailPet , a new startup which helps pet store owners create online e-commerce sites, has received a round of seed funding, the company said this week. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding was led by Moonshots Capital. etailpet venture capital seed funding petstore ecommerce moonshot

Halla AI Platform for Ecommerce Raises $1.4M Seed Funding

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million in seed funding led by New York-based E&A Venture Capital 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

MedAnswers Gets $5M In Seed Funding For Fertility Info

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Los Angeles-based MedAnswers , a startup which runs FertilityAnswers , an app and website which provides a resource to help match people to fertility services, as well as access to clinically and scientifically validated fertility information, has raised $5M in a seed funding round. The funding was led by Special Situations' Life Sciences Innovation (LSI) Fund, managed by David Sable, and also included Viking Capital.

ENTITY Finds Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based ENTITY , a new media company focused on women, has raised a seed funding round, the company said this week. The funding was led by Susan Rockefeller. entity seed funding venture capital media content women genz millennial nextgen female mentorshipAccording to ENTITY, it is creating a new "experiential media" company focused on "empowering and educating NextGen women".

Villiger Raises Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based Villiger , a startup developing a mobile app to help parents book tutors, baby sitters, and other services, has raised a seed round of funding, the company said this week. Size of that funding round was not announced. The company said the funding came from Mangrove Capital, Nir Zohar (President and COO, WIX), and Stephen Stokols (CEO, FreedomPop). villiger venture capital mobile mangrove seed funding smartphone parents parenting children kids

VC Seed Funding is Dead, Long Live VC Seed Funding!

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This is part of my ongoing series about Raising Venture Capital. A few years ago it became fashionable for large VC’s to do seed funding. If the large VC doesn’t agree to do your A round then you’re in a bit of trouble.

AdQuick Finds $1.1M In Seed Funding

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in a seed funding round, the company said over the weekend. The funding came from Initialized Capital, and also included VTF Capital and Haystack Ventures. adquick seed funding venture capital investment outdoor billboard advertisingLos Angeles-based startup AdQuick has raised $1.1M AdQuick is led by Matthew O'Conoor. The company help companies buy and measure outdoor billboard advertising. READ MORE>>.

Syndio Solutions Scores $650K Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based Syndio Solutions , a developer of web-based software to help companies ensure compliance with state and federal equal pay for equal work laws, has raised $650,000 in its seed funding round, according to the company. The funding was led by Frontier Ventures. According to Syndio Solutions, Robert Perille of Frontier Ventures joins the company's board with the funding.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. Rise of Seed. Explosion in Seed Funds. Now seed funding is conventional wisdom.

Trovata Gets Seed Funding From J.P. Morgan

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San Diego-based Trovata , a company developing cash automation software for the treasury management market, has raised a round of seed funding, led by J.P. The company said the new funding from JPMorgan Chase will go towards accelerating product development and for new customer engagements. trovata venture capital cash automation software fintech financial jpmorgan

VY Esports Gets Seed Funding

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Santa Monica-based VY Esports , a new startup focused on connecting esports, brands, and media companies, said on Thursday that it has raised a seed funding round. Size of the funding was not announced. VY Esports said the seed funding was led by Raine Ventures, and also included Courtside Ventures, Elysian Park Ventures, and others. Blair Ford of Raine Ventures joins the company's board as part of the funding.

Understanding a VC’s Seed Funding Policy is Critical

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There has been much discussion about VCs doing seed funding in the past year. I’ve written about it myself (Is VC Seed Funding Dead?) and (Is There Really a Signaling Problem with VC Seed Funding?).

SeqOnce Biosciences Finds $1M In Seed Funding

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Pasadena-based SeqOnce Biosciences , which is developing next generation sequencing technology, has raised $1M in a seed funding round, according to the company. The funding came from Pasadena-based Mount Wilson Ventures (MWV), a new venture capital investment fund led by longtime Pasadena biotechnology veteran Mike Giardello, Ph.D. seqonce biosciences venture capital next generation sequencing sequenc biotech lifescience

AssetAvenue Gets $3M In Seed Funding

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Los Angeles-based peer-to-peer commercial real estate investment site AssetAvenue said Friday that it has raised $3M in a seed funding round. According to the company, the funding was led by Matrix Partners and NetEase, with other investors, including Vectr Ventures, Russ Meyer (Grandpoint Capital); Bam Ventures; and LaunchpadLA. assetavenue venture capital seed funding real estate marketplace market reit realestate investment finance

Visage Finds $2.15M In Seed Funding

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Irvine-based Visage , which offers up a service aimed at online marketers to help create infographics, said this morning that it has raised $2.15M in a seed funding. The funding was led by Venture51, and also included K5 Ventures and Kima Ventures, along with angels Robin Pimentel and Dan Martell. visage seed funding venture capital infographic data graphics marketing

Unmute Picks Up $2.2M In Seed Funding

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in a seed funding, the company said Friday. The funding came from Greycroft Partners, and also included Comcast Ventures, Crosscut Ventures, Betaworks, as well as the NBA's David Stern and Robert Kirkman of "The Walking Dead". unmute seed funding venture capital phone call voicemail social networking sharing live celebrity

USC Marshall Awards $50K In Seed Funding Competition

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Six companies started by students at the University of Southern California's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at USC Marshall have been awarded a total of $50,000 in seed funding, after competing in the center's New Venture Seed Competition held this week.

AmplifyLA: Dramatic Drop In Seed Funding In LA In Q1

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reports that seed funding in Q1 of 2017 dropped precipitously, falling 42.2 According to AmplifyLA , the number of seed deals dropped to 27 in the quarter, down from 32 from Q4, and--making a grim quarter even worse--the average seed size declined to only $1.9M AmplifyLA said it will be reporting quarterly on seed deals, a change from the annual reporting it did in 2016. amplifyla seed funding venture capital investment angel accelerator incubator

Portfolium Raises $900,000 In Seed Funding

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San Diego-based Portfolium , a startup developing an online platform to share a students'' academic portfolio, has raised $900,000 in a seed funding, according to startup incubator EvoNexus. The funding came from the Tech Coast Angels, Taner Halicioglu of Keshif Ventures, and others. Portfolium is based in EvoNexus, which said this newest funding brings the total raised by its startups to $573M.

Sanguine BioSciences Finds Seed Funding

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Valencia-based Sanguine Biosciences , a startup developing a service around blood sample collection for research and development, said Thursday that it has closed on a seed financing round. The funding was led by INVENT Ventures and Heliant Ventures. sanguine biosciences seed funding research blood lifescience venture capital

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. I can’t help feel a bit of rear-view mirror analysis in all of “VC model is broken” bears in our industry. This has led to the creation of incubators, accelerators and seed funds.

ForwardMetrics Gets $1M In Seed Funding

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Encinitas-based ForwardMetrics has just taken $1M in a seed funding round, to help companies better conduct their strategic planning. The startup said that the new funding round brings its total raised to $1.75M. Source of the seed funding was not announced. forwardmetrics forward metrics strategic planning software venture capital

Mave Finds Seed Funding For Personal Concierge Startup

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Santa Monica-based Mave has raised seed funding, for a yet-to-be-launched personal concierge startup, according to Fortune this morning. Details on the funding have yet to be announced, and the company's site consists of a waitlist and no other details on the service. mave seed funding venture capital snapchat instagram

Toast Labs Gets Seed Funding, Launches Food App

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veteran Ashley King, said today that it has raised a seed round of funding, and launched its first app, Dysh. The startup said it recently closed a seed funding round from BAM Ventures, Chaotic Investments, John Bendheim Enterprises, and Suntoy Enterprises along with Courtney and Carter Reum, Jeff Stibel, and Matt Toledo, Publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal. Financial details of the seed funding round was not announced.

Kutcher's Sound Ventures Backs LearnLux in Seed Funding

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Sound Ventures , the Los Angeles-based venture capital investment firm of Ashton Kutcher, is one of the lead investors in a funding round for LearnLux , a startup which develops software that helps employees of companies with financial wellness. The $2M seed fudning round came from Sound Ventures, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff, Underscore VC, and Adam Nash, the former CEO of Wealthfront.

Service Finds $3.1M In Seed Funding

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in a seed funding round, the company said this week. The funding was led by the Founders Fund, and also included Menlo Ventures, Maveron, Eight Ventures, Arena Ventures, Alex Bard, Tikhon Bernstam, Brenden Mulligan and Robin Chan. getservice service customer venture capital angry customers business

PayDragon Reveals $1.35M Seed Funding For Mobile Payments

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Los Angeles-based PayDragon has raised $1.35M in its seed funding, the firm disclosed Friday. The firm--which had earlier disclosed the seed roudn , but without dollar amounts--said the funding included Rustic Canyon Ventures, SV Angel, and Y Combinator, as well as Yuri Milner and Mark Schwartz. paydragon venture capital seed funding ycombinator mobile payments financial

eGood Gets $3M In Seed Funding

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Glendora-based eGood , a startup developing a social giving platform, said today that it has raised $3M in a seed funding round. The funding came from Wolfgang Buehler, and angel investor. According to eGood, it is using the funding to develop its mobile and in-store check-in platform. egood venture capital angel funding social charity cause mobile checkin

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.

L.A. Seed Funding Falls Sharply in First Quarter

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While venture capital investment in L.A. startups rose slightly in the first quarter of 2017, seed-stage investments went in the other direction

Tapiture Takes $2.25M In Seed Funding

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Venice, California-based social sharing site Tapiture said this morning that it has raised $2.25M in a seed funding round, which was led by JUMP Investors, along with angels Barry Sternlicht, Herb Simon, Brad Keywell (Lightbank), Brian Lee, Sam Bakhshandehpour, Dave Leyrer (Boulevard Capital), Happy Walters, Hilary Swank, Dwight Howard, and Amar''e Stoudemire. The company said the new funding includes $1.25M in new capital, plus a $1M convertible note from last year.

Chalk Digital Gets Seed Funding For Mobile Ad Technology

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San Diego-based Chalk Digital , a provider of location-based, mobile advertising technology aimed at local businesses, said today that it has raised a seed funding round. Size of the funding was not announced. The funding came from Composite Capital Partners, Kernal Capital Inc., KLab Ventures, Tallwave Capital along with angels Peter L. chalk digital advertising mobile location smartphone venture capital angel investment seed

Grid2Home Gets Seed Funding

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San Diego-based Grid2Home , a developer of energy management software, said today that it has raised a seed round of funding. The funding was led by Granite Ventures. Financial details of the funding were not disclosed by the company. According to the firm, Doug Rasor has joined the firm as Chairman of its board, and Rick Kornfeld has joined as President and CEO, along with the funding.

Fika Ventures Launches New, $40M Seed Fund In LA

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Fika Ventures , a new startup venture fund led by venture capitalists Tx Zhuo, Eva Ho, and Arteen Arabshahi, has officially launched this morning, saying that it is investing in startups focused on data, related AI-enabled technologies, and automation. The new seed stage fund says it is looking to invest in "founders solving meaningful, systemic problems" in those areas.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

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At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. Another Area of Concern is in the Seed Investor Class.