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Tesla Opens World's Largest Battery Plant in California

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Tesla's Powerpack project is partnering with the Southern California electricity utility to bring renewable energy into the home

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado. That’s the order of states with the greatest dollar value of seed and early stage investment according to a PWC MoneyTree study that my partner Jason blogged about today. 290M invested in 41 companies based in Colorado in 2011. Compare that with 2006 when Colorado ranked 12th on the list with just under $ 90M invested in 32 companies.

Five Questions with: Douglas McGray, Editor-in-Chief of California Sunday Magazine

Hunter Walker

Like Douglas McGray , the CEO and EIC of California Sunday Magazine , a newly launched multiplatform magazine. Hunter Walk: So a few months back this amazing magazine called California Sunday started showing up monthly. How do you describe California Sunday to people and why does it exist? The California Sunday Magazine tells stories about people and culture and ideas in California, the West, Asia, and Latin America for a national audience.

When (& How) to Dump Your Partner

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She was my original partner, but we battled constantly over strategy and the business plan. A lot of bonding goes on when you're stuck at a tollbooth with a highway full of honking cars and no change because we don't have toll roads in California.

Qwilt Raises $24M to Reduce Data Load of Video by Up to 80%

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Qwilt has offices in Hod Hasharon, Israel and Redwood City, California. Crescendo Networks Qwilt video accel partners B2B Cisco content crescendo networks Crescent Point hod hasharon israel juniper landline networks Load Redpoint Ventures redwood city california rob glaser Startup stealth mode trafficQwilt is on the hot on the heels of something big in high-data video delivery.

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Education Start-up Adds 12 New University Partners

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Koller and Ng's online education platform, Coursera--founded in fall 2011--has signed on a dozen new university partners in its goal to democratize education. Cal Tech and Penn also invest $3.7 million in Coursera, bringing the company's total funding to $22 million.

ACTIVE Venture Partners Appoints two New Team Members after Busiest month to date

ArcticStartup

However, for venture capital firm ACTIVE Venture Partners , last month has been more than just recharging batteries. The announcement comes after a month of heavy investing, during which Active Venture Partners has led funding rounds for Spanish startups Traity ( $4.7

[Infographic] Basing Your Startup In Silicon Valley

YoungUpstarts

Well, finding a place in Silicon Valley to call home is not the easiest thing to do, but this infographic from Riviera Partners may help. This infographic was first posted on Riviera Partners ‘ blog.

Next move: RTP Ventures

Passionate Intensity

So, a new fund, Ru-Net Technology Partners (and our U.S. Though I will be based in New York City, many of our investments will happen elsewhere: California, Seattle, Austin, Boulder – anywhere smart entrepreneurs are solving tough problems. Tweet.

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 1

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Billion represents a significant liquidity window for Venture Capitalists and their Limited Partner investors. The author, Igor Sill , is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and founder of Geneva Venture Partners. By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC.

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

California, Massachusetts, New York, Colorado. That’s the order of states with the greatest dollar value of seed and early stage investment according to a PWC MoneyTree study that my partner Jason blogged about today. 290M invested in 41 companies based in Colorado in 2011. Compare that with 2006 when Colorado ranked 12th on the list with just under $90M invested in 32 companies.

Carl Icahn 2014 Would Look Askance at Carl Icahn 1985?s Choice of Business Partner

Marc Andreessen

You’d be my partner,” Boesky said, as odious a prospect as Davis could imagine. Copies may also be obtained by contacting eBay Investor Relations by mail at 2065 Hamilton Avenue, San Jose, California 95125 or by telephone at 866-696-3229. Excerpts from James B.

A Critique of VC, Founders, and Tech

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It raises a number of interesting points and echoes a view of ad blockers that my partner Albert has convinced me is correct (that they are a logical extension of the user agent concept embedded in web browsers). But there’s something very fishy about California capitalism. So what kinds of ideas do California central planners think are going to change the world?

Capital Factory’s New Partnership: Growing the Pie

SiliconHills

By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Silverton Partners and Floodgate’s new partnership with Capital Factory is offering the incubator’s startups a chance to take their companies to the next level, according to Mike Maples Jr., Floodgate’s managing partner. When I moved to California, one of the things I noticed was that the cost […] The post Capital Factory’s New Partnership: Growing the Pie appeared first on SiliconHills.

The Maker Movement Is A New Mecca For Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Back in the early 2000s, the Maker Movement took hold in California, based on the emergence of such do-it-yourself (DIY) tools as 3-D printers, Google''s SketchUp and makerspaces such as TechShop, with all the tools you need to make almost anything.

Mentoring With LivePlan: Success Story

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David Calderon, a teacher at the Villa Park High School in Villa Park City, California, participated in the BEC Boost with his students, and was the mentor to two of the competition’s grand prize winners. How did you hear about the California BEC Boost business plan competition?

CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on CTO Equity and Compensation at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. Southern California - my primary location - looks to be about the middle of the pack

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Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

Episode 5 on Sirius XM Channel 111: Pete Newell, John Kuhn, Matt Weingart, Takashi Tsutsmi and Masato Iino

Steve Blank

My guests this past week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on Sirius XM Channel 111 were: Pete Newell , managing partner of BMNT Partners. John Kuhn , who works at BMNT Partners.

Startup CTO Salary and Equity Data

SoCal CTO

Todd Gitlin of Safire Partners was nice enough to compile some data on Start CTO Salary and Equity at Venture Backed Companies for the LA CTO Forum and present last year. Southern California - my primary location - looks to be about the middle of the pack

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3 Things You Need For Seeking Investors

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About the team: ‘Do not come to me by yourself,’ says Mike Scanlin, a longtime venture capitalist and CEO of Born to Sell , an investment tool company based in Los Altos, California. ‘A

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 28: Magdalena Yesil and Michael Mondavi

Steve Blank

Michael Mondavi , founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners. In Silicon Valley for three decades, spent eight years as a partner at US Venture Partners. In 2004, he launched Folio Fine Wine Partners with his wife Isabel and their children, Rob, Jr.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 28: Magdalena Yesil and Michael Mondavi

Steve Blank

Michael Mondavi , founder and coach of Folio Fine Wine Partners. In Silicon Valley for three decades, spent eight years as a partner at US Venture Partners. In 2004, he launched Folio Fine Wine Partners with his wife Isabel and their children, Rob, Jr.

The One Video Every Silicon Valley Investor Should Watch

Both Sides of the Table

There was so much great content at the Upfront Summit but I think one held a special place in minds of most people I talked to – our panel on diversity led by my partner Hamet Watt (<– what? We want to partner with you to make money.”

Huge Round for Waze, Raises $25 Million for Social GPS

VC Cafe

The proceeds of this round will be used to scale operations, continue building its platform for real-time location data and move its headquarters from Israel to Palo Alto, California, according to the CEO’s post on the company blog, By The Waze.

Early Growth Financial Services Announces New Partner and VP of Sales

Early Growth Financial Services

New VP of Sales to lead EGFS business development efforts in California San Francisco, CA Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS), an outsource accounting, finance, and tax support firm that provides on-demand services to early-stage companies, has just announced a new partner to their leadership team. Originally published in PRWeb.

Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

Because of my involvement in the Boston and NYC ecosystem as a managing partner at CommonAngels, I’ve been asked by several entrepreneurs a very simple but loaded question: “How should I think about pulling together my seed round?” Cons: you probably won’t get the full time attention of the general partner. Individual general partners. However, the general partner really likes the entrepreneurs and deal, and wants to invest personally.

Who Just Raised A $225 Million Financing in North Carolina?

Feld Thoughts

This time I told him I’d run it by my partners and get their feedback. While roughly 33% of our investments continue to be in California (San Francisco, Los Angeles, and a third city to be named in a week or so) and 33% of our investments are in Colorado (primarily Boulder and Denver), we have developed deep networks in many different cities, including Boston, New York, Seattle, Portland, and Minneapolis through the other 33% of the investments we’ve made.

11 Billion-Dollar Startups You've Never Heard of

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Palantir: Valued at $9 Billion Location: Palo Alto, California Founded: 2004 What is it: Founded by Alexander Karp, Palantir is a software company used by government agencies and financial firms like banks and hedge funds to help sort through large amounts of information.

[Infographic] 2012 Q3: Software Engineering Salaries in Silicon Valley

YoungUpstarts

California-based executive search and technical recruiting firm Riviera Partners recently crunched some numbers by aggregating salary figures from the highest paying tech companies and from a recent report covering the correlation of tech skills in demand and expected salary ranges.

How to Be Smarter than Your Investors – Continuous Customer Discovery

Steve Blank

As a bonus it meant the 1,400 aerial applicator companies could be a potential distribution channel partner. We’re now piloting our application with Tree Farmers in California and working with crop specialists at U.C.

Putting Tom Perkins Comments into Context

Both Sides of the Table

Kleiner has taken a lot of s**t in the press over the past few years and as someone who has known many of the partners and staff over the years I find almost all of it unwarranted. So I hate to see the firm saddled with the remnant thoughts of its long retired founding partner.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

Unique Workspace Photos from 11 Entrepreneurs

Up and Running

” — Ben Pappas, Call Creator Plus / Sell My Couch; California. California. ” — Stephanie Jiang, Lazy Creatures ; California. Stephen Antisdel, Precept Partners, LLC. ” — Stephen Antisdel, Precept Partners, LLC ; Michigan.

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The 20 Public Colleges With the Smartest Students

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17 California Polytechnic State University--San Luis Obispo, California "You literally learn by doing and it''s the best. 12 University of California, Davis--Davis, California "My professors are all so knowledgeable and helpful and most TAs are really great and helpful as well.

How to Find the Top VCs for the Investment You Need

Up and Running

Southern California. One look at sites like socalTECH, which covers tech news for Southern California, and you can see that there’s an ongoing flurry of startup and VC activity in this region.

Too Many Seed Investment Choices

Feld Thoughts

We’ve made a conscious decision as a firm never to grow – either number of partners or size of fund – so we are limited to the number of new investments we can make a year based on our approach. We are geographically agnostic – anywhere in the US – about 33% of our investments are in Colorado, about 33% are in California, and the rest are spread around the US.

How to set the right context to add more power to your story

Life Beyond Code

One of the trustees, Venky Ganesan (partner at Globespan Capital Partners) spoke about a few accomplishments from ICC in the last year. Soon they both decide to bring table tennis in a big way to the valley and rope in people like Steve Westley (former Controller of California).

How I Promise You One of the Most Meaningful Days of Your Life

Both Sides of the Table

On September 10th of this year I spent an entire day in California State Prison with people who had committed felonies and worked with them on business plans to help them create legal enterprise upon their release as part of Defy Ventures 6-month training program.

Don't Ignore Your Failures. Talk About Them

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I also give the playbooks to our partners and our clients. Hayes Drumwright is the founder and CEO of Trace3,a $300 million IT consulting company in Irvine, California