Here Are the VCs and Angels Currently Cutting Checks in Southern California

Harri Weber

Harri is dot.LA's senior finance reporter. She previously worked for Gizmodo, Fast Company, VentureBeat and Flipboard. Find her on Twitter and send tips on L.A. startups and venture capital to harrison@dot.la.

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If you’re curious about who’s forking over cash to startups in Southern California, this recently updated investor list is a solid place to start.


Greg Bettinelli, a partner at Upfront Ventures, created it in part to help companies that he considered “a little too early for Upfront.” (Full disclosure: Upfront Ventures invested in dot.LA.)

“They would always ask, ‘Do you know any investors that might be interested?’ And it’s candidly a little awkward when an investor introduces a company to another investor, because they always ask the question, ‘Why aren’t you investing?’ So I thought it was a little easier to create this list,” Bettinelli said.

Managed by Bettinelli and Upfront investor Molly O'Shea, their rundown of “#LongLA Investors and Angels” lays out about 300 active venture firms and 100 angels that have a physical presence in Los Angeles or the SoCal area today. Over the past few years, Bettinelli estimates the list has doubled in size.

“It’s just meant to be used by anyone who wants to use it. I’m not in the list development business,” he said, in contrast with lists from data firms such as Crunchbase and Pitchbook, and sites like dot.LA.

Anyone is welcome to build on the list, Bettinelli said. “Just make sure they share it with me so I can see it. I don’t think this is information that should be behind a firewall or paywall. I think this is something that everybody should know.”'

A screenshot of the table created by Upfront Ventures' Gregg Bettinelli and Molly O'Shea. View the full list on Airtable.

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Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Genies Wants To Help Creators Build ‘Avatar Ecosystems’

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Genies representatives told dot.LA that the firm is now seeking more creators to try its creation tools for 3D avatars, digital fashion items and virtual experiences. On Thursday, the startup launched a three-week program called DIY Collective, which will mentor and financially support up-and-coming creatives.

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Christian Hetrick

Christian Hetrick is dot.LA's Entertainment Tech Reporter. He was formerly a business reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and reported on New Jersey politics for the Observer and the Press of Atlantic City.

Here's What To Expect At LA Tech Week

LA Tech Week—a weeklong showcase of the region’s growing startup ecosystem—is coming this August.

The seven-day series of events, from Aug. 15 through Aug. 21, is a chance for the Los Angeles startup community to network, share insights and pitch themselves to investors. It comes a year after hundreds of people gathered for a similar event that allowed the L.A. tech community—often in the shadow of Silicon Valley—to flex its muscles.

From fireside chats with prominent founders to a panel on aerospace, here are some highlights from the roughly 30 events happening during LA Tech Week, including one hosted by dot.LA.

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Decerry Donato

Decerry Donato is a reporter at dot.LA. Prior to that, she was an editorial fellow at the company. Decerry received her bachelor's degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to write stories to inform the community about issues or events that take place in the L.A. area. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the Angeles National forest or sifting through racks at your local thrift store.

LA Tech ‘Moves’: HyperDraft Taps LegalZoom Exec
Photo by James Opas | Modified by Joshua Letona

“Moves,” our roundup of job changes in L.A. tech, is presented by Interchange.LA, dot.LA's recruiting and career platform connecting Southern California's most exciting companies with top tech talent. Create a free Interchange.LA profile here—and if you're looking for ways to supercharge your recruiting efforts, find out more about Interchange.LA's white-glove recruiting service by emailing Sharmineh O’Farrill Lewis (sharmineh@dot.la). Please send job changes and personnel moves to moves@dot.la.

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