venture capital

venture capital

On this episode of the LA Venture podcast, Untapped Capital, Alltruits and Kiva founder Jessica Jackley talks about her experience supporting entrepreneurs across the world, and offers advice to founders on what to do when encountering doubt -- from themselves or others.

"The pursuit of an opportunity, a vision, like an imaginary world that you want to make real. You're running after this thing, you're pursuing it without regard to what you have in front of you," she said. "So there's always going to be something wrong."

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Mega-deals. IPOs. Skyhigh valuations. It's only October, but the VC industry has already obliterated many of its annual fundraising records, according to the latest U.S. Venture Monitor report from Pitchbook and NVCA.

Across the country, the quarterly report found $238.7 billion worth of venture deals so far in 2021, the majority of which (57.2%) can be attributed to outsized startup funding rounds of at least $100 million (a.k.a. mega-deals).

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Cornerstone OnDemand, the Santa Monica–based learning and talent management software company, is shaking things up. Shareholders approved on Tuesday a $5.2 billion deal to take the company private.

In an all-cash transaction, Clearlake Capital Group (also based in Santa Monica) takes ownership of the company through a combination of equity and debt, buying the outstanding shares at $57.50 per share.

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