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Special Report: Who's Funding What, Really?

There's been a lot of talk about the boom in Southern California's startup world. Driven by success in the sector, accelerators, serial entrepreneurs, and more, there are more startups starting and relocating here than ever. However, local startups still tell us that it can be difficult to find an investor for their company, particularly beyond the seed and Series A rounds. In this special report, we've mined our extensive database of venture capital and angel investment deals in Southern California to reveal who really, is funding companies, so that local startups are armed with the best knowledge and intelligence to optimize their changes of being funded. This is data that is not easy to come about, and which the free and crowdsourced information on the Internet is severely lacking. Image courtesy Bigstock.

In this first report, we've churned through the data in our database, and identified the most active investors, overall, over the past 12 months in the area.

1. Science Inc.

Number of recent deals: 13
Key contacts: Michael Jones, Peter Pham
Recent investments: Fresh Dish, Urban Remedy, HelloInsights, TripleThread, Dollar Shave Club

2. Siemer Ventures

Number of deals: 12
Key contacts: Eric Manlunas, David Siemer
Recent investments: Club W, Ribbon, TakeLessons, Optimal Social, CapLinked, Invested.in

3. 500 Startups

Number of recent deals: 12
Key contacts: Dave McClure
Recent investments: Club W, CapLinked, Tradesy, Chromatik, TripTrotting

4. Tech Coast Angels

Number of recent deals: 12
Key contacts: Stephen Flaim, Michael Green, Stewart Roberts
Recent investments: Club W, CapLinked, Tradesy, Chromatik, TripTrotting

5. GRP Partners

Number of recent deals: 10
Key contacts: Steven Dietz, Brian McLoughlin, Yves Sisteron, Mark Suster
Recent investments: YieldMetrics, Textplus, Gravity, ChowNow, Little Black Bag

6. Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers

Number of recent deals: 10
Key contacts: Aileen Lee, Chi-Hua Chien, Dana Mead
Recent investments: Dollar Shave Club, Textplus, Zaarly, Awarepoint

7. MuckerLab

Number of recent deals: 9
Key contacts: Erik Rannala, William Hsu
Recent investments: Laffster, Chromatik, Surf Air

8. Baroda Ventures

Number of recent deals: 9
Key contacts: Peter Lee
Recent investments: YieldMetrics, Lettuce, Retention Science, SteelHouse

9. Greycroft Partners

Number of recent deals: 8
Key contacts: Dana Settle, Paul Bricault
Recent investments: Scopely, SteelHouse, Viddy, Maker Studios

10. New Enterprise Associates

Number of recent deals: 8
Key contacts:
Recent investments: Scopely, Surf Air, Eventup


posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013

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