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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.
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April 18, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Across Silicon Valley, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are busy chanting: "Not a bubble. Not a bubble. Not a bubble. " But with venture capital numbers reaching levels not seen since the dot-com bubble days, the question of whether things in Silicon Valley are a bit too frothy is getting harder to dismiss.  PHOTOS: Top 5 tech acquisitions of 2014 so far According to the latest MoneyTree report released Friday, venture...
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BUSINESS
January 17, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Venture capitalists slammed shut their wallets during the last three months of 2008, investing 45% less in Southern California start-ups than during the same period a year earlier, according to a report scheduled for release today. The sharp fourth-quarter decline, to $422 million from $764 million, turned what was expected to be a full-year gain into a loss, according to the Dow Jones VentureSource report. Venture funding to the region's businesses in 2008 fell 20% to $3.2 billion.
OPINION
February 27, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The sudden collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange Tuesday demonstrated to the public just how risky the virtual currency can be. Prosecutors have rushed to investigate, and regulators in the U.S. and Japan, where Mt. Gox was based, are mulling how to extend their purview to bitcoin trades. One senator even called for a ban on the currency. Investors, however, have long been keenly aware of the perils associated with the volatile commodity. While the currency is in its infancy, those with little appetite for risk should stay away.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2009 | Bloomberg News
The recession brought the U.S. market for initial public stock offerings to a halt in the fourth quarter, closing the worst year for IPOs since 1977, the National Venture Capital Assn. said Monday. No companies backed by venture capitalists went public in the fourth quarter, and only six staged IPOs in all of 2008, the association said. Emerging businesses also had trouble merging with larger companies, with just 37 venture-backed firms selling themselves in the fourth quarter.
BUSINESS
July 29, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Venture capitalists invested a record $3.1 billion in U.S. companies in the second quarter, according to a survey by New York-based Coopers & Lybrand. The investments in 667 American companies boosted the total for the first half of 1997 to a record $5.5 billion, the study found. Information-technology companies accounted for half the number of second-quarter investments and 45% of the dollar amount invested in emerging growth companies.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2000 | JUAN HOVEY
Ask a venture capitalist where to find opportunity these days and you get a surprising answer: Southern California. As recently as five years ago, you could count the number of venture capital firms operating in the Southland on the fingers of one hand. Now the area hosts more than a dozen, about half of them newcomers to Southern California in the last year alone. And it's a good bet that more are on the way.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1990 | TOM PETRUNO
With Wall Street in a depressing plunge that shaved another 6% from the average stock price this week, it's not exactly the best time for small companies to go begging for capital. But 32 such hopefuls still showed up in Newport Beach on Wednesday and Thursday. The companies, mostly very young, private, Southland firms, made presentations to venture capitalists and other big investors at brokerage Cruttenden & Co.'s fifth annual conference on emerging growth companies.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Venture capitalists ended 2004 on their most profitable run since the dot-com bust, according to a report issued Monday. The return on venture capital funds averaged 19.3% in 2004, a big jump from the 11.7% average gain in 2003, the National Venture Capital Assn. and research firm Venture Economics said. Last year's performance represented the venture industry's best one-year showing since 2000, when the average fund generated a 24.7% return.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2001 | Associated Press
Funds managed by venture capitalists dropped by an average of 6.3% in last year's final quarter as the dot-com downfall dragged down the financiers who helped bankroll the e-commerce boom, according to statistics released Monday. The setback marked the venture capital industry's first quarterly losses since the third quarter of 1998, said Venture Economics, a Thomson Financial research firm that compiled the report. The losses came on the heels of a 6.4% gain in last year's third quarter.
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 19, 2013 | By Catherine Green, Los Angeles Times
Inside a cavernous warehouse downtown, crumbling brick walls, exposed wiring and a gaping concrete pit suggest anything but the future of clean technology. A group of Los Angeles nonprofits, utilities and universities aims to change that when work begins this week on what's slated to become a hub of collaboration and green innovation in the city's arts district. Headed by Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, the La Kretz Innovation Campus will take up 3.2 acres of the so-called Cleantech Corridor, a four-mile swath along the Los Angeles River that is intended to house environmentally conscious manufacturers and other businesses.
OPINION
May 28, 2013 | By David Schubert
Those of us fortunate enough to make it to 80 will have a 50% chance of suffering from Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia before we die. And there is currently no known way to reduce the odds or slow the mental deterioration. These grim facts are already a reality to the 5 million Americans living with the disease. It is projected that by 2050, unless breakthroughs are made, 14 million Americans will have dementia, at an annual cost of $1.2 trillion. Finding effective treatment or prevention of Alzheimer's would help avert a huge and costly healthcare disaster.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Wednesday will nominate venture capitalist Thomas Wheeler as the nation's top telecommunications regulator, tapping a major campaign fundraiser with long ties to the media and the telecom industries, White House and industry officials said. Wheeler, managing director of Core Capital Partners in Washington, D.C., would replace Julius Genachowski as chairman of the five-member Federal Communications Commission board. Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who was mentioned as a candidate, will take over as acting chairman when Genachowski steps down in the coming weeks.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Nirav Tolia is trying to build the next big social network - block by block. Nextdoor is like Facebook but for a neighborhood: a private network to find a baby sitter, borrow a cup of sugar, organize a block party or spread word of a break-in. It's not the first time a start-up has tried to network neighbors, but Nextdoor is one of the first to gain momentum. So far, more than 8,000 neighborhoods across the country have signed up for the service, including Laurel Canyon and Atwater Village.
BUSINESS
February 1, 2013 | By Andrea Chang
Silicon Beach is mourning the death of entrepreneur and Ecomom co-founder Jody Sherman this week. Sherman, 47, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said. Since his death Monday, several L.A. tech bloggers, friends and venture capitalists have taken to Twitter, Facebook and personal blogs to share memories of Sherman, who co-founded Ecomom in Santa Monica in 2009. The company, which sells eco-friendly and healthful products for children, mothers and the home, moved to Las Vegas about a year ago. The messages also emphasized the need for a more open dialogue about the pressures of creating a start-up and running a business, with entrepreneurs and others calling on the tech community to open up and offer support to colleagues who may be suffering from depression.
BUSINESS
August 16, 1999 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fledgling Southland companies received record amounts of venture capital dollars from April through June, reflecting a growing sentiment among investors that some of the hottest new firms in the country are springing up in Orange County, the Los Angeles area and San Diego County. Venture capitalists pumped a total of $712.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1991
Michael Schrage's column "Venture Capital Loses Spirit of Adventure" (Sept. 5) totally mis-characterizes the venture capital industry, its importance to the country and the significance of its role in the 1990s. True, early stage investment is at its lowest level in years. Many people predicted that this would happen when, in 1986, Congress raised the tax rate on long-term capital gains. Venture capital professionals aren't taking fewer risks--there simply isn't enough capital to invest because we lack incentive for such investment.
BUSINESS
January 17, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
My experience over the years is that Nolan Bushnell, the guy who founded Atari  and once hired Steve Jobs, doesn't talk to the press much. So when the opportunity to talk to him came up, I jumped at it. "I basically look at PR as something you do if there's an object in mind," Bushnell said during a phone interview this week. "But my ego doesn't need it. " Fair enough. But Bushnell does have an object in mind. In fact, two of them.  The first is a documentary that's going to be airing on various PBS stations over the next few weeks called, "Something Ventured: Risk, Reward And The Original Venture Capitalists.
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