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Startup Grind founders raise $6.4M for community event platform Bevy

The founders of entrepreneurial community Startup Grind have a startup of their own — Bevy, which announced today that it has raised $6.4 million in Series A funding. The funding comes from Upfront

In the next few weeks, you can spend time with any one of these VCs and it will all go to charity

Five years ago, we told you about a venture capital auction wherein dozens of VCs donated their time toward a greater good — helping fund research at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of

VCs are hungry for Instacart, big money for bikes and a slew of enterprise IPOs

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week was a damn corker. Instacart is fighting back! Zuora went

Southern California needs to find its hub for it to develop its own tech ecosystem

Recognizing the tens of billions of dollars that the Southern Californian region leaves on the table, because it hasn’t taken its rightful place in the American technology industry, a new group

Attention LA: Don’t miss this pitch day for female founders, happening in March

On Tuesday, March 13, some of the most well-regarded venture capitalists on the West Coast will converge in LA to hear pitches from women-led startups. The day is part of a growing series of events th

LA investors smell a winner in direct-to-consumer perfumer Skylar Body

The consumer investment train keeps rolling through Los Angeles, with organic perfumer Skylar Body becoming the latest brand that investors here are banking on for a big win. The company raised $3 mil

Giving online retailers a physical returns location nets HappyReturns $8 million

As online retailers continue to seek out ways to bridge the digital divide between themselves and their customers, Happy Returns, which provides physical locations for online shoppers to return and

With the Los Angeles tech scene exploding, CrossCut Ventures raises $125 million to invest

CrossCut Ventures, a Los Angeles-based seed investment firm has just closed its fourth (and largest) fund with $125 million in new cash. It’s been a long road for the firm’s three co-found

Physical storage startup Makespace has a new CEO to represent it

Makespace, one of the many startups that launched to give consumers a new option for storing their stuff, has a new chief executive, TechCrunch has confirmed. The company’s thirty year-old co-fo

Former BBC Worldwide exec is taking the reins at mitú, a digital media company focused on the Hispanic audience

Chalk up another coup for digital media hiring as the media company mitú, focused on digitally distributed content for Hispanic audiences, has managed to score the longtime entertainment executive He

Ritual Vitamins pulls in $10.5 million from Founders Fund to scale the business

Ritual Vitamins has raised $10.5 million in Series A venture funding to attract talent, scale the business and build in-house technology for customer experience and support. Unlike the majority of vi

As the LA venture market booms, Upfront closes its sixth fund with $400 million

As the firm looks ahead to its own future, Suster and the firm he's helped grow remain committed to the future of Los Angeles. The two are paired, and these days if an investor is #LongLA (to use the

Prepared food distribution service Power Supply rebrands as Territory and raises $6.7 million

If you thought the world didn't need another prepared food distribution and delivery service, apparently you'd be wrong, as the newly minted startup Territory has managed to pull in $6.7 million for i

Token, with $2.5 million in funding, wants to help you find the perfect gift

There is nothing better than giving someone the perfect gift. So it’s only natural that giving the wrong gift, for which you searched tirelessly and still came up short, is one of the worst feel

MakeSpace raises $30 million to store your belongings

If you live in New York, you’ve seen the subway ads. MakeSpace wants to free your apartment of clutter. And now the self-storage startup is getting $30 million to execute on their vision. Th

Cordial raises $6 million for its customized, automated email marketing service

Developing a software that tracks user behavior across apps and websites, and generates targeted marketing emails for those users has garnered the San Diego-based technology company Cordial $6 milli

Skurt has raised a $10M Series A to grow its rental car delivery service

Skurt, the Los Angeles-based rental car delivery startup, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Upfront Ventures (which also led a $1.3 million seed round), and included a

Cuban: “Just plain stupid” to not go public

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban spoke on stage at the Upfront Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday, where he voiced concern about the lack of tech IPOs recently. “I don’t understand the reticence

NVCA chair on immigration orders: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”

Venky Ganesan, managing director of $4.4 billion venture capital firm Menlo Ventures and current chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, is walking a political tightrope and trying not

Imbellus raises $4 million for better candidate screening

Does a stellar SAT score and a perfect GPA mean that you’re the right candidate for the job? Not necessarily, according to Rebecca Kantar, founder of Imbellus. She believes her team has a new method
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