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February 9, 2000
Venture capital is rolling into Southern California by the billions, spurring growth of small companies. These primarily high-tech firms do not depend on government contracts, as did the aerospace giants of the not-so-distant past, and are less vulnerable than aerospace to the whims of Washington politicians. Moreover, most of the companies that start with venture capital do well, growing fast, attracting more investment and creating high-paying jobs. Only about a quarter fail.
January 24, 2011 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
U.S. venture capitalists began to dip back into their pockets in 2010 after sitting tight the year before, but the number of deals made and the amount invested still trailed pre-recession levels, according to the Dow Jones VentureSource report. Companies around the country scored $26.2 billion in 2,799 venture capital deals ? an 11% increase in funds from the year before and a 6% increase in deals ? according to the report released Monday. Even with the lift, investment is still lagging behind the period from 2006 to 2008, when venture capitalists stuffed more money into more agreements.
August 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Venture capitalists invested $7.1 billion in U.S. start-ups in the second quarter, up 3% from a year earlier, according to data released Monday by Thomson Financial, PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Assn. The amount invested was spread across 977 deals, the most completed during a three-month period since the third quarter of 2001. Back then, high-tech financiers were opening up their wallets in last-gasp efforts to rescue start-ups scrambling to survive the dot-com bust.
March 8, 2000 | JUAN HOVEY
Southern California is no longer an also-ran when it comes to venture capital--good news for entrepreneurs from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. All told, at least 19 venture capital firms now operate here, among them 10 newcomer firms described in this space in recent weeks. At least three more venture capital firms now forming expect to join the competition before midyear. The newcomer firms already have committed, or expect to commit, nearly $3.
April 21, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
U.S.-based companies raised $6.3 billion through 717 venture capital deals during the first quarter of 2012, an 18% decline in capital and 9% decline in deals compared with the same period last year, according to Dow Jones VentureSource. "The declines were pretty evenly spread across industries so there weren't any big winners or big losers in the quarter, but there were some surprises. Investment in consumer Internet companies fell after two exceptional investment years, while the IT industry fared well thanks to strong interest in software start-ups," said Jessica Canning, global research director for Dow Jones VentureSource.
May 27, 1997 | PATRICE APODACA
A $23-million investment in Epoch Networks Inc. helped push total venture capital investment in Orange County to $44.7 million in the first quarter, putting the county on track for another record year, Price Waterhouse found in a survey. Out of nine deals in the first three months of the year, the investment in Epoch was by far the largest. The Irvine company specializes in helping corporations use the Internet.
September 17, 1997 | Patrice Apodaca
Venture capital financing in Orange County surged to $80.9 million in the second quarter from the first-quarter's $44.7 million total, the accounting firm Price Waterhouse found. The number of venture deals in the county also increased in the second quarter, from nine to 14 investments by venture capital firms in the first three months of the year. The biggest recipient of venture funds was Costa Mesa-based Acme Broadcasting, a television broadcasting company that raised $21 million.
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