Finance

Investors like milestone funding as it makes clear how much money you will need and what you’re going to do with it (which inspires confidence that they will see a return on their investment). It also helps to keep you on track, and, because it keeps you from raising too much, it keeps your dilution as low as possible.

The very mention of the word fundraising can illicit some powerful emotions among entrepreneurs. It’s frustrating, taxing; a full time job in itself. And those who have gone through the process, know. Fundraising is a complex dance with a distinct, dichotomous tone. On one end, entrepreneurs who have (at minimum) built something customers love and are willing to pay for, and the other hand, investors who are looking for the very companies who fit that profile.

Coming hot off the tail-end of a much involved SXSW week (where the talk of the town was wearables, alternate-communication apps, and the internet of things); I was excited to immediately find myself in the heart of Silicon Valley, discussing a personal subject of my own curiosity: Bitcoin.

To get some up to speed, Rap Genius, as a team and company have upheld a reputation as anomalies in the tech world.

Pushup Social seamlessly integrates a social network into an existing website in minutes. The unique technology adds a bar to the bottom of the site, which opens or closes the social network with a simple click. With this ability, website owners can now build and engage their community, control messaging, user analytics and advertising revenue, while gaining the increased site optimization that comes with keeping users on their website.

The Immunity Project is a nonprofit initiative using a unique combination of crowdfunding and venture capital, along with a novel machine learning approach in devising an HIV vaccine. Since the official YC announcement and launch of their crowdfunding campaign, they’ve successfully raised an initial goal of $482,000; to fund a final immunization experiments before undergoing Phase I clinical studies.

Some common startup myths have frequently been debunked, like how running your own company will give you freedom (yeah, right!) or how failure leads to future success (it could, but it’s certainly no golden ticket), and how all an entrepreneur needs is passion (who needs the ability to execute when you have passion, right?!).

With over $2.5 billion under its management and a portfolio of over 60 companies, Greenspring Associates has led a $29.5 million round into Kareo, the doctor’s cloud-based platform. OpenView Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank also participated in the round

Last week, they announced the acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business for approximately $2.3 billion. And now they’ve just shocked the world by announcing their plans to purchase Motorola Mobility from Google for about $2.91 billion.

Tonight bitcoin evangelist Brock Pierce is introducing Oakland mayoral candidate Bryan Parker to the Los Angeles tech community during a fundraiser at the prestigious 41 Ocean Club in Santa Monica.