Billy O'Grady
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Orange County's venture capital investment scene reignited last quarter after cooling markedly over the previous year. Two promising young cybersecurity companies topped the VC funding list.

O.C. businesses received a total of $326 million in VC financing in the third quarter, up 147% from $132 million in the second quarter and more than double the $153 million of a year earlier, according to data firm CB Insights.

In a switch, the $326 million that O.C. firms took in last quarter exceeded the $286 million in VC funding for startups in Los Angeles County's hot Silicon Beach area, centered in Santa Monica, but not the $581 million invested in Los Angeles County companies as a whole.

The number of O.C. venture deals rose to 14 in the third quarter from 10 in the second quarter and 12 a year earlier.

The biggest O.C. deal was a $100-million Series C infusion for CrowdStrike, a four-year-old Irvine company that says it has redesigned cybersecurity architecture to foil increasingly sophisticated attacks by hackers. CrowdStrike's investor group includes Google Capital.

Another Irvine firm, Cylance, got $42 million in Series C financing last quarter. The company, launched in 2012, designs systems that use artificial intelligence to expose and halt cybersecurity threats.

CrowdStrike and Cylance share ancestry: Both were founded by former top execs at McAfee, the cybersecurity firm that Intel Corp. bought in 2011.

O.C.'s second-biggest VC deal last quarter was in the county's mainstay industry: health care. Kareo, an Irvine company that provides cloud-based systems to manage small medical practices, won $55.4 million in growth-equity financing. Kareo, launched in 2004, handles duties such as scheduling, billing and records-management for doctors.

Seven of the top 10 O.C. venture deals in the third quarter were in the health care field. They included a $38 million Series D investment in ReShape Medical of San Clemente. ReShape makes inflatable balloons that are implanted in patients' stomachs, without surgery, to help with weight loss. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just approved ReShape's system in July for obese adults.

EQUITY FINANCINGS FOR ORANGE COUNTY VENTURE-BACKED COMPANIES*

  3 Q 2015 2 Q 2015 1 Q 2015 4 Q 2014 3 Q 2014
Number of Financing Deals 14 10 6 7 12
Amount Invested ($MM) $326.44 $132.22 $139.65 $143.44 $152.93

TOP DEALS IN ORANGE COUNTY

COMPANY NAME DESCRIPTION CITY ROUND TYPE RAISED ($MM) INVESTORS
CrowdStrike Cybersecurity SaaS for endpoint protection Irvine Series C $100 Accel Partners, Warburg Pincus, Rackspace, Google Capital
Kareo Cloud-based medical office solutions platform Irvine Growth Equity $55.4 Montreux Equity Partners, Western Technology Investment, OpenView Venture Partners, Stripes Group, Silver Lake Partners, Greenspring Associates
Cylance Provider of cybersecurity products utilizing predictive intelligence Irvine Series C $42 Dell Ventures, DFJ Growth Fund, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, Ten Eleven Ventures, Capital One Ventures
ReShape Medical Medical device company developing a dual intragastric balloon for weight loss San Clemente Series D $38 US Venture Partners, SV Life Sciences, Venture Investors, New Leaf Venture Partners, HealthCor Management, Endeavour Vision
Enevate Advanced rechargeable energy storage technology Irvine Series B - II $30 Mission Ventures, Tsing Capital, Presidio Ventures, Infinite Potential Technologies
Concerto Healthcare Provides healthcare to Medicare, Medicaid and complex-needs patients Irvine Series E $15.25 Versant Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, CHL Medical Partners
Cold Genesys Clinical stage immuno-oncology company Santa Ana Series B $10 WI Harper Group, Ally Bridge Group, Whitesun Healthcare Ventures
Harbor MedTech Advanced wound therapy technology Irvine Series B $10 Arsenal Capital Management
Endurance Biotech Stealth biotechnology company Orange Series A $8.84 Care Capital
Clearflow Medical device company solving problems related to obstructed catheters Anaheim Series C $5.5 California Technology Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Aphelion Capital

 

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