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March 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tylt Lab, a new Santa Monica venture capital firm, has raised $20 million for early-stage start-ups in Silicon Beach. The fund will support local entrepreneurs through seed to series A investments, Tylt said, estimating that this year it will be making 12 to 15 investments ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. The company said it focuses on "businesses disruptive to their industries," which include lifestyle products, mobile platforms and services, home automation, software-oriented transactions, consumer goods, clean tech, e- healthcare and entertainment.
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BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tylt Lab, a new Santa Monica venture capital firm, has raised $20 million for early-stage start-ups in Silicon Beach. The fund will support local entrepreneurs through seed to series A investments, Tylt said, estimating that this year it will be making 12 to 15 investments ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. The company said it focuses on "businesses disruptive to their industries," which include lifestyle products, mobile platforms and services, home automation, software-oriented transactions, consumer goods, clean tech, e- healthcare and entertainment.
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BUSINESS
October 4, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Tech Coast Venture Network is seeking listings for a directory of venture capital firms and other business funding sources in Southern California. Firms that offer equity funding, debt funding and professional services can sign up for a free listing at http://www.techcoast.org. The Tech Coast Funding Directory, which is being produced in association with the Tech Coast Alliance and the Tech Coast Small Business Development Corp., will be available in January.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
L.A. techies, typically found close to the beach, are going east of the 405 -- at least for a day. Hundreds of top entrepreneurs and investors are congregating at the newly opened Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday for the Upfront Summit . The annual technology and investor conference, hosted by Santa Monica venture capital firm Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners), quickly reached capacity thanks to a lineup of speakers that includes Jeremy Liew of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon and Dana Settle of Greycroft.
BUSINESS
June 15, 1993
A New York venture-capital firm, Steinhardt Partners, has emerged as the high bidder for Burbank-based AME Inc., offering about $12 million for the video post-production company that is operating under the protection of bankruptcy court, according to published reports. John Hyde, AME's court-appointed trustee, said Monday that other bids topping the $12-million offer are still possible. An investor group paid $108.5 million to take AME private in 1989, mostly with leveraged or borrowed funds.
BUSINESS
October 4, 1999 | KAREN KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the folks at Draper Fisher Jurvetson heard that the Central Intelligence Agency had established a venture capital company in Silicon Valley to nurture new technologies for U.S. spies, the Redwood City, Calif., firm--a venture capital veteran--decided to pass along some tips to the newcomer. Among the suggestions sent via e-mail to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va.: * "Hits" are what we call visits to Web sites, not what you know them as. * The only bugs we have out here are in our software.
BUSINESS
April 15, 1992 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a year of laying the groundwork, an Irvine venture capital company has launched a $50-million fund to invest in environmental companies that do business in Mexico. Ventana Growth Funds will jointly manage the North America Environmental Fund with Nacional Financiera S.N.C., Mexico's biggest state-owned development bank, said Glenn Kline, a Ventana vice president. Nacional Financiera has contributed $12.5 million--or 25%--of the investment fund.
BUSINESS
October 22, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The founder of one of the hottest online retailers has joined forces with one of the world's biggest Internet investment companies to form a venture capital firm in Dana Point that initially will invest $220 million in Internet start-up companies. ThinkTank.com is the product of Scott Blum, the founder of Aliso Viejo-based Buy.com Inc., and Japanese investment giant Softbank Corp. Blum chipped in $20 million, while Softbank has committed to providing $200 million. ThinkTank.
BUSINESS
July 8, 1993 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three former Bank of America Corp. executives, including former vice chairman Nicholas B. Binkley, said on Wednesday that they have formed a venture capital firm called Forrest Binkley & Brown. The threesome--which includes Greg Forrest and Jeff Brown--will open an office later this month in Newport Beach, Forrest said. The three men plan to file an application with the U.S. Small Business Administration to establish a $100-million limited partnership fund to invest in small businesses, he said.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2007 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Watch out world, a frozen treat could be the next latte. A venture capital firm co-founded by Starbucks Corp. Chairman Howard Schultz has purchased a large serving of the crazy successful, sweet-yet-tart-dessert chain Pinkberry Inc. for $27.5 million, the firm, Maveron, said late Monday. Schultz and Dan Levitan, the other founder of Seattle-based Maveron, want L.A.-based Pinkberry to expand beyond Southern California, where it has 28 stores, and New York, where it has five.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Maker Studios, the digital media company,  has raised $26 million to expand internationally, increase its staff and grow its technology offerings, the company said Thursday. Maker, based in Culver City, is the company behind YouTube successes such as " Epic Rap Battles of History ," Kassem G, the Shaytards and PewDiePie.  The raise was the second part of its series C financing round, adding an array of European and Asian investors including French media company  Canal+ Group, Malaysian firm  Astro Overseas Limited and  Singapore's SingTel Innov8.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
The gig: Mark Suster is an entrepreneur, angel investor and managing partner at Century City venture capital firm Upfront Ventures, formerly known as GRP Partners. A vocal proponent of L.A.'s growing tech scene, Suster has become known as the go-to guy for early-stage technology companies looking for funding. His current investments include Adly, Maker Studios, Moonfrye and Pose. Suster also founded tech accelerator program Launchpad LA and writes a blog, Both Sides of the Table, in which he shares his views on tech trends and offers advice to start-up founders.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Khosla Ventures is adding to its roster of top Internet executives with the addition of Ben Ling, a veteran of Google, Facebook and YouTube. Ling, most recently the chief operating officer at Badoo, has joined the venture capital firm to invest in Internet companies, he said in an interview Thursday. Khosla has been cleaning up on talent lately. Keith Rabois, the former chief operating officer at Square, recently joined the firm. Rabois, one of Silicon Valley's best known and most accomplished executives and investors, resigned from Square after accusations of an improper relationship with a colleague emerged.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
USC's Viterbi School of Engineering is launching an early-stage technology accelerator to help student and alumni entrepreneurs start their fledgling technology companies in the Los Angeles area. The newly created Viterbi Startup Garage is designed to foster an environment where start-ups could flourish in Southern California with financial resources and business expertise provided by the school and its partners, United Talent Agency and the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2012 | By Tom Hamburger, Los Angeles Time
Voters in South Carolina are about to witness an attack on Mitt Romney and the work of a private equity firm that made him wealthy and has provided the underpinnings for his appeal to voters. The assault will come Monday in the form of a planned $1-million-plus advertising campaign. The effort, which may expand to other states, is sponsored by an independent political group backing Newt Gingrich that has received donations from some of the country's most ardent conservatives. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this story said that the pro-Gingrich super PAC financing the anti-Romney ad campaign was named Winning America's Future.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
The green technology movement in Silicon Valley landed an international name Monday when Khosla Ventures said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair would join the venture capital firm as a senior advisor. Khosla Ventures, the Menlo Park, Calif., firm founded by Vinod Khosla in 2004, made the announcement at its summit for limited partners in Sausalito. Blair will advise Khosla Ventures portfolio companies on public policy. Khosla is currently investing $1.1 billion in tech firms, including so-called clean technology.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2006 | Chris Gaither and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Times Staff Writers
Is the bubble about to burst -- again? Investment in Internet companies has climbed so steeply since the dot-com crash of 2000 that some Silicon Valley veterans worry that too much money is again pouring into too many unproven, unprofitable ideas -- setting the stage for another high-tech shakeout. Watching venture capital firms invest hundreds of millions of dollars in new Web companies last year, longtime Internet executive Richard Wolpert branded the upswing "a mini-bubble."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stuart Moldaw, 81, who founded the Ross Dress for Less retail clothing chain and was a leading philanthropist in the San Francisco Bay Area, died May 24 from cancer in Atherton, Calif. Moldaw saw a niche in the affordable clothing market and started Ross, now one of the country's leading "off-price" retailers, in the early 1980s. The chain began with six stores in the Bay Area and now has more than 900 locations in 27 states. He was also a co-founder of U.S. Venture Partners, a Menlo Park, Calif.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2009 | Tom Petruno
With the market for initial public offerings heating up, online tech retailer Newegg.com is looking to cash in. The fast-growing City of Industry company, which sells computers, software and consumer electronics, filed Monday to sell as much as $175 million in stock to the public. The company was founded in 2001 by Fred Chang, a Taiwanese immigrant. Despite intense competition, Newegg's sales have more than doubled since 2004, to $2.1 billion in 2008. The firm earned $28.8 million last year.
BUSINESS
September 2, 2009 | Todd Woody
In a sign that green technology investing is bouncing back, Silicon Valley venture capital firm Khosla Ventures said Tuesday that it had raised $1.1 billion to spur development of renewable energy and other clean technologies. It is the biggest first-time fund in a decade and comes as venture capital investment in green technology is just beginning to recover from a precipitous fall prompted by the global economic collapse last fall. In the first half of the year, investments in green tech plunged to $513 million from $2 billion in the first six months of 2008, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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