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July 18, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The venture capital market bounced back from a dreadful first quarter, but investments in Southern California were still sluggish in the second three months of this year, according to a report scheduled to be released today. Nationwide, investors put $5.27 billion into start-ups in the second quarter, up 32% from the first quarter, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. Southern California attracted $433 million in venture investment in the quarter, down 59% from the same period last year.
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BUSINESS
January 20, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Venture capitalists invested 10% more funds in start-ups last year, shelling out $32.6 billion, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. The number of deals by U.S.-based venture companies increased 6% to 3,209, including several transactions involving consumer information service companies such as Twitter, Zynga and LivingSocial. The median amount invested was up 16% to $5 million. That's even as the fourth quarter, usually the most active of the year, saw a decline of nearly 4% year over year and nearly 2% from the month before to 803 deals.
BUSINESS
March 16, 2000 | Chuck Philips
Sequoia Capital has invested an estimated $7 million in Tonos Inc., an Internet music company founded by songwriter Carol Bayer Sager and record producers David Foster and Kenneth "BabyFace" Edmonds. The Culver City-based music firm is expected to launch a Web site in April that the founders say will function as a "music industry insiders' network," providing visitors with online instruction, tips and gossip about the record business.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1992 | Anne Michaud, Free-lance writer
Government Treasury securities look so safe. But investors of public money learned that looks can deceive, thanks to Newport Beach financial consultant Steven D. Wymer. He is accused of defrauding a dozen small cities--including Orange--out of at least $113 million. Autumn Zamzow and Peggy Eckroth are co-owners of a Dana Point firm that advises municipalities on investments, and Eckroth is a board member of the Local Agency Investment Fund, a state investment pool.
BUSINESS
January 23, 2010 | By Robert Faturechi
Information technology was knocked from its pedestal as the darling of venture capitalists last year, receiving fewer dollars than the healthcare industry for the first time on record, according to a report on venture capital funding. Venture capitalists infused the healthcare industry with $7.7 billion in 701 deals in 2009, compared with $6.1 billion invested in 817 information technology deals. But the shift at the top between the two industries wasn't caused by any surge in capital.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
Altra Inc., a Los Angeles-based biofuel company, said it received $50 million in financing from a group of private investors including venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, a founder of Sun Microsystems. Altra, founded in 2004 as Malibu Capital Partners Inc., acquires and develops projects using renewable energy, including ethanol and biodiesel. The investors are Khosla Ventures, Angeleno Group, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Omninet Private Equity and Sage Capital Partners.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2002 | A Times Staff Writer
Haverford Capital announced plans to invest $300 million in real estate in the West during the next 18 months. The El Segundo company has completed initial funding for Haverford Realty Investors to provide capital to real estate developers and investors. Investments in the $1.5 million to $10 million range will be made in office, industrial, retail, apartment and condominium projects in California, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Salt Lake City and Seattle.
BUSINESS
June 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
American businesses are spending their profits on machinery to enhance the productivity of existing workers rather than hiring more people, according to two government reports released Thursday. Companies surveyed by the Commerce Department in April and May said they will increase investment spending on new buildings and equipment by 6.4% this year. Such an increase would be the largest since an 11.4% rise in 1989.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2000 | Debora Vrana
Finance giant GE Capital said it will make a $10-million investment in Los Angeles-based TelePacific Communications, a business-to-business telecom and Internet provider. "We're fortunate to have been recognized by such an established, reputable organization like GE Capital," said TelePacific's Chairman and CEO David Glickman. The cash infusion is expected to help the privately held TelePacific expand in California and Nevada.
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