LEADING LOS ANGELES INVESTOR GROUPS
The Pasadena Angels is a nonprofit entity founded in 2000 that offers early-stage start-up ventures the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of more than 100 investor members that includes successful entrepreneurs, technologists, sales and marketing professionals, internet technology leaders, finance specialists and attorneys.
Tech Coast Angels is actively seeking great startups to fund. Providing more than just money, TCA brings connections, knowledge, mentoring and operational assistance to bold early-stage entrepreneurs with game-changing ideas. Let us help you to turn your vision into a sustainable and successful business.
HBS Angels of Southern California, founded in 2011, is comprised of Harvard alumni interested in investing in early stage companies. HBS Angels is open to all Harvard alumni, not just HBS graduates. The companies in which we invest do not need any Harvard affiliation.
LEADING LOS ANGELES VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS
Anthem’ s mission is to build world-class companies by providing early-stage investment and operational guidance to distinctive entrepreneurs. We are usually the first institutional investor in a company, and our typical initial investment is from $500,000 to $4,000,000. We prefer to take a lead or co-lead position where we can have influence on the Board of Directors as well as outside this formal channel through direct ties to the leadership team. Our strategy depends on finding and backing distinctive entrepreneurs – we often say that we back the jockey more than the horse.
Baroda Ventures is a Los Angeles based venture capital firm founded in 1998 by philanthropist and technology entrepreneur David Bohnett, the founder of Geocities. Baroda focuses on early stage venture investments (Seed and Series A) in the consumer internet, e-commerce, mobile, SaaS, and digital media industries with a particular interest in Los Angeles based companies.
Clearstone has been one of the most active firms in Southern California and has helped launch many successful startups. Clearstone embraces a longtime and active role in the Southern California business community as an incubator and financier of early stage startups and continues to incubate companies out of our Santa Monica office. We are the lead investor in most of our financings, are receptive to investment opportunities in market leaders with established syndicates. We seek companies that are creating next-generation infrastructure, eCommerce, social, mobile or other solutions that generate strong economic value and we are methodical in understanding the intricacies of an entrepreneur’s business before making an investment decision.
We are looking for dedicated entrepreneurs who have the foresight and personal fortitude to take their ideas and make them happen. Crosscut is a catalyst for Innovation and is uniquely positioned with the longest investing history in the emerging technology ecosystem of Southern California, dating back to 1997. SoCal has a very unique DNA and will continue to be a hotspot to launch and build large and successful companies in areas such as online advertising, mobile, gaming, consumer Internet, e-commerce and the next-generation of infrastructure and analytics necessary to support them. We do not believe that innovation is geographically constrained and are confident we can help great entrepreneurs build great companies in the sectors where we excel.
Pritzker Group comprises three professional investment teams: private capital, technology venture capital and asset management. Unlike private equity and venture capital firms with traditional limited partner structures, Pritzker Group’s permanent capital base brings significant advantages, including alignment with management teams, efficient decision-making and flexible transaction structures. The Pritzkers’ history and the firm’s success give their companies access to an unparalleled network of advisors, strategic partners and customers.
Launched in 1999, Rustic Canyon helps standout entrepreneurs build innovative companies to create and commercialize disruptive change across industries and sectors within digital media, eCommerce, consumer online services and SaaS. Rustic Canyon is an early stage firm as the first or second institutional investor in a company, our investments range from $100,000 to $10 million. We are one of the largest VC firms in Los Angeles and also have offices in San Francisco.
Siemer Ventures is a boutique, early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to helping motivated entrepreneurs build sustainable technology-related businesses. Siemer predominantly invests in technology companies run by remarkable entrepreneurs with deep domain expertise. We invest in early-stage enterprise and consumer-facing businesses that are positioned for rapid growth.We typically invest up to $750,000 per venture, with our initial investment size ranging from $150K to $350K and usually as a part of a larger investment syndicate.While we are fairly agnostic in the industries we target, we prefer companies that have an information technology element to them.
Upfront Ventures was founded in 1996 with the mission to help entrepreneurs achieve their goals of building big, transformative businesses. Sector focus of: Financial Services & Technologies, Consumer & Retail Innovation, Digital Media & Performance-based Marketing, SaaS & Cloud Infrastructure, Mobile Applications & Infrastructure. We choose not to invest in industries where we have neither unique knowledge nor unique relationships that we can bring to bear.