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Here are the most active LA-based investors in 2015

Upfront Ventures leads with 18 investments, followed by Wavemaker Partners and Tech Coast Angels

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
October 2, 2015 | Comments
Short URL: http://vator.tv/n/4078

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As we approach our upcoming event in LA (it's just two week away, people!) we are continuing our deeper drive into the ecosystem, seeing what makes it work.A

As we have already shown you, LA is home to the world's best rappers, it's home to some of today's most promising startups, such as SnapChat, Whisper, The Honest Company, DollarShaveClub and JustFab. In fact, recent fundings into SnapChat, DollarShaveClub and The Honest Company this year have driven LA VC investments up 5X in five years.

Now we want to look at who is on the other side of that equation: the investors, the ones who are supplying that funding and allowing those companies to flourish.

Here are the most active LA-based investors, based on number of investments, in the first half of 2015, according to data supplied to VatorNews from NVCA. And, we're proud to say we have partners from the top three firms joining us at Vator Splash LA on Oct. 2015. Have you registered yet? Join us by registering here. Use "vatormember" for a 20% discount. Register here.

Firm: Upfront Ventures

Number of deals: 18 in 17 companies

Total amount invested: $37.14 million

Average equity per deal: $2.06 million

Stage: Seed to late stage

Notable investments: GumGum, ChowNow, Shots Mobile, Kyriba, AlphaDraft

 

Firm: Wavemaker Partners

Number of deals: 16 in 15 companies

Total amount invested: $2.9 million

Average equity per deal: $0.18 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: Clutter, Local Store Identity, Isomnio, Bridg, Sensay

 

Firm: Tech Coast Angels

Number of deals: 12 in 12 companies

Total amount invested: $3.63 million

Average equity per deal: $0.3 million

Stage: Seed/early stage

Notable investments: Beatshare, FloWater, Kitabu

 

Firm: Double M Partners

Number of deals: 9 in 9 companies

Total amount invested: $2.11 million

Average equity per deal: $0.23 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: HONK, Quick.ly, Sense360, Orbitera, Local Store Identity

 

Firm: CrossCut Ventures

Number of deals: 8 in 7 companies

Total amount invested: $6.59 million

Average equity per deal: $0.82 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: Mobcrush, Conversion Logic, Little Labs, Big Monday, Local Store Identity

 

Firm: Queensbridge Venture Partners

Number of deals: 7 in 7 companies

Amount invested: $4.82 million

Average equity per deal: $0.69 million

Stage: Seed/early stage

Top investments: Mobcrush, CoinTent, Shift Messenger, Draft, MightySignal, Fitmob

 

Firm: March Capital Partners

Number of deals: 5 in 5 companies

Total amount invested: $16.08

Average equity per deal: $3.22 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: Quick.ly, Burrito Labs, E8 Security, CoHo Data, Heal

 

Firm: LAUNCH Fund

Number of deals: 5 in 5 companies

Total amount invested: $11.36 million

Average equity per deal: $2.27 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: HomeHero, Signpost, R‚ÄčEscour, ToutApp

 

Firm: Karlin Ventures

Number of deals: 4 in 4 companies

Total amount invested: $8.93 million

Average equity per deal: $2.23 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: ChowNow, Laurel & Wolf, Prevoty

 

Firm: Core Innovation Capital

Number of deals: 4 in 4 companies

Total amount invested: $5.56 million

Average equity per deal: $1.41 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: Mayvenn, Ripple Labs, Honest Dollar, CoverHound

 

Firm: Amplify.LA

Number of deals: 4 in 4 companies

Total amount invested: $2.21 million

Average equity per deal: $0.55 million

Stage: Early stage

Notable investments: AlphaDraft, Big Monday, Mapsense, Little Labs,

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