Los Angeles Business Journal

Matt is a finance reporter covering venture capital and private equity.

Recent Stories

Equity Firm Puts Money on Loans

INVESTMENT: Shackled banks open up market for Ares.

Equity firm Ares Management stepped into direct lending after new regulations handcuffed banks.

Online Ad Agency’s IPO Connects With Investors

INTERNET: Rubicon stock flourishes in contrast to other recent flotations.

Online ad company Rubicon bucks trend and clicks with investors.

ERIK RANNALA

Investment: Mucker participated in online tuxedo rental company Black Tux’s $2.6 million February seed round.

Everyone loves a wedding.

TIANXIANG ZHUO

Investment: Karlin Ventures invested in Santa Monica mobile advertising company NearWoo’s $1.2 million seed round last August.

About half of Karlin Ventures’ portfolio companies are found through incubators.

MIKE JONES

Investment: Science incubated Dollar Shave Club and participated in the online razor club’s $1 million seed round in March 2012. Dollar Shave Club has since become one of L.A.’s hottest startups.

It began with a viral video. As soon as Mike Jones saw Michael Dubin swinging a tennis racket and riding a forklift through Dollar Shave Club’s downtown L.A. warehouse, he was intrigued.

BUCK JORDAN

Investment: Canyon Creek put a total of $530,000 in retail services tech company Bridg in April and October funding rounds.

Buck Jordan, managing partner at Canyon Creek Capital, says his firm is a “bridge fund” that targets companies between the seed and Series A stages.

YVES SISTERON

Investment: Upfront Ventures provided $500,000 in seed funding last April to downtown L.A.’s DailyLook, an online fashion retailer. Upfront followed that up by investing in DailyLook’s Series A round

Yves Sisteron didn’t get caught up in analysis paralysis when he decided to invest in DailyLook.

Document Finder’s Not Looking Good on Paper

PUBLISHING: Investors shed Research Solutions over plan for reverse stock split.

Document-finding company Research Solutions at a loss with investors after planning a reverse stock split.

Gores Group Invests in Tweedle

West Los Angeles private equity firm Gores Group announced Tuesday that it has made an equity investment in Clinton Township, Mich. automotive publishing company Tweddle Group Inc.

Answer Just a Stone’s Throw Away

Daniel Singer is the 14-year-old creator of Backchat, an anonymous messaging application.

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