Funding for Southern California startups has stalled as some of the region's biggest investors spread money outside the region.
In 2010, roughly one in every 10 startup dollars deployed nationally funded tech companies in Southern California. A decade later, that share has remained stubbornly static, even as the total sum invested in local startups ballooned from $4 billion in 2010 to $14 billion in 2019. That's according to a new report commissioned by Alliance for SoCal Innovation, a nonprofit advocating for the local tech scene.
"The good news is the pie has gotten bigger, but our slice of it has stayed more or less the same," said Andy Wilson, the executive director of the Alliance.
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Greycroft is getting even bigger.
The Los Angeles and New York firm announced Tuesday it closed two new funds: Greycroft VI, a $310 million venture fund with an emphasis on early-stage investments, as well as Greycroft Growth III, a new growth-stage fund with more than $368 million in commitments.
As one of the earlier VC firms in Los Angeles and one of the few with a war chest large enough to write checks for later rounds of up to $50 million, Greycroft has boomed in the last 14 years. The firm has gone from raising $75 million to $2 billion in capital.