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Clearstone Portfolio Firm Cetas Acquired By VMware

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Cetas was incubated in Clearstone's Palo Alto offices by Sudhakar Muddu, a Ph.D. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture had been backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Beau Vrolyk, Paul Maritz, and Steve Taylor. Clearstone was involved in Apture's Series A in March of 2009.

Clearstone Ventures Into Apture

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners is the lead investor in a Northern California firm focused on the blogging and publishing industry, Apture. David Stern and Sumant Mandal of Clearstone have joined Apture's board along with the funding. Tags: ventures blogging content venture clearstone capital publishing apture

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc.

This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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Had a great chat with Jim Armstrong who is a General Partner at  Clearstone Venture Partners today on TWiVC. Segment Two: “Deal of the Week”.

False Negatives and the Anti-Portfolio

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Seeing last week’s Venture Capital Dispatch in the online Wall Street Journal, When Venture Capitalists Let One Slip Away , reminded me of Jim Armstrong’s (Clearstone Venture Partners) comment last year about false negatives. You cannot afford to be looking the wrong way.&#. Electric guitars are now old hat. in 1977).

Rubicon Project Opens London Office

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Rubicon Project is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures, and operates a service which optimizes online advertising networks and ads for Internet publishers. Thomas was most recenlty at Xelector, and has also served at AOL Europe, and has a degree from UCSB. READ MORE>>.

Geodelic Ships Application With T-Mobile

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Geodelic is headed by Rahul Sonnad, and is backed by $3.5M in funding from Clearstone Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures. and Jamdat.

LeisureLink Raises $3.5M

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online marketplace and service for vacation rental booking, has raised $3.5M in a funding round.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology.

VC Outlook 2009 - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles - GIVING AWAY A FREE TICKET

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VC Outlook 2009: If You Need Funding You’re Fuc%ed ( or are you ) - Candid Talks with VCs in Los Angeles. DECEMBER 2, 2008.

Insights and Opinions: Top 10 Board Meetings Do's And Don'ts For CEOs

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This morning's Insights & Opinions piece comes from Jim Armstrong , Managing Director at Clearstone Venture Partners. Tags: insights opinions armstrong clearstone venture capital Jim is very active helping Southern California's aspiring entrepreneurs, and has been instrumental in helping to promote the technology industry here.

ActionAllStars.com In Partnership With Candystand

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ActionAllStars is operated by Six Degree Games, and is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Prism Venture Partners. Marina Del Rey-based ActionAllStars.com , which develops virtual worlds for kids from six to 14 years old, said this morning that it has linked up with Candystand.com , an online gaming and entertainment site.

Rubicon Releases Ad Numbers For News Publishers

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The company is backed by funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures. The company's publishing customers include MediaNews, Gannett, and Freedom Interactive, among others. The firm said it has optimized more than 18 billion impressions for 150 "Premium News" category publishers using its products. READ MORE>>.

Six Degrees Games Raises $7M

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The round was led by Time Warner, and also included prior investors Clearstone Venture Partners and Prism VentureWorks. READ MORE>>.

Time to Buy or Time To Hide?

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Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- Time to Buy or Time To Hide? Panelists include Samuel Tang, Founding Partner - Montauk TriGuard; Jim Armstrong, Managing Director - Clearstone Ventures; and Randy Lunn, Managing Director Emeritus - Palomar Ventures. Keynote by Ramin Taloui, Executive VP - PIMCO. See [link] (more

Integrien Raises $6.5M

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The firm, which has previously raised funding from Clearstone Ventures and the Acartha Group, continues to have Clearstone's Jim Armstrong and Acartha's Ameet Patel listed as board members. Details on the funding have not been announced by the company.

Six Degrees Partners For Moderation Software

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Six Degrees is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Prism VentureWorks, and Time Warner. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project: 270 Percent Year over Year Growth

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization service firm headed by Frank Addante, is claiming this morning that the firm saw 270%, year over year growth in 2009. The firm is backed by $42M in funding from Clearstone Ventures, Mayfield, IDG Venturs, and the GE/NBC Universal Peacock Equity Fund. READ MORE>>.

Integrien Claims Record Growth

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Irvine-based Integrien , a developer of IT analytics and performance measurement software, reported today that it had "record" quarterly bookings in Q3 of 2009. Integrien is venture backed by Acartha Group, Clearstone Venture Partners, and the Tech Coast Angels. The privately held firm said its bookings were up 238% year-over-year.

LeisureLink Signs Florida Lodging Operator

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Financial impact of the win was not disclosed. According to LeisureLink, the resort has implemented its booking engine on its web site. READ MORE>>.

Geodelic Updates Mobile App

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LeisureLink Gets $6.2M

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink has closed on $6.2M in a first tranche of additional funding for the travel firm, the company disclosed today. READ MORE>>.

Geodelic Lands Universal Studios Hollywood

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According to the firms, the app will enable iPhone and Android users to get park attraction directions, minute-by-minute updates, and tips on shows.

Pitching Venture Capitalists

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Monday, June 22, 2009 -- Pitching Venture Capitalists - Startups Uncensored #8. Mark Suster, a serial venture backed entrepreneur and current Partner at GRP Venture Capital, and David Stern, Partner at Clearstone Venture Capital and kickass VC Blogger. This months Startups Uncensored will be on Pitching Venture Capitalists.

Interview with Eric Hovanec and Steve Reich, LeisureLink

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The board asked me to jump in, and I did, working with Ted Alexander and Jim Armstrong, of Mission Ventures and Clearstone Ventures, respectively. Yesterday, Pasadena-based LeisureLink (www.leisurelink.com) announced a $6.2M funding round for the firm's travel booking service. All of those need to play into the electronic transaction world.

Interview with Peter Lee, Baroda Ventures

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A few months ago, Peter Lee --a venture local capitalist who has served at firms such as Prism Ventures and Clearstone Ventures Partners--joined a relatively unknown venture firm here in Southern California, Baroda Ventures (www.barodaventures.com). He made a lot of money from those deals, so in 1999 he set up Baroda Ventures. Thanks!

Integrien Names Strategy VP

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The firm, which is backed by Clearstone Ventures, Acartha Group, and the Tech Coast Angels, said that Dodd joins the firm from IBM, where he was ran Global Operations and Enterprise Automation supporting Kaiser Permanente. Dodd has also served at United Health Group. READ MORE>>.

The Workshop: Get Funded in One Day (Dealmaker LA)

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009 -- The Workshop: Get Funded in One Day (Dealmaker LA). Brought to you by the team who produces Startonomics and Dealmaker LA, this hands-on "workshop-style" event will allow entrepreneurs to drill down on the key issues we face when laying the foundation to build and fund their company. See [link] (more

Rubicon Raises $9M More

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The Series C funding was led by the GE/NBCU Peakcock Equity Fund, and also included Clearstone Venture partners and Mayfield Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , which provides Internet advertising optimization services to publishers, announced today that it has raised $9M more. The new funding brings the company's total raised to $42M.

Integrien Adds To Advisory Board

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Integrien is backed by Acartha Group, Clearstone Venture Partners, and the Tech Coast Angels. Irvine-based Integrien , a developer of IT analytics software, announced today that it has added Carol Dingle, most recently VP Product Development and Shared Services at Digital Insight/Intuit, to its technology advisory board. READ MORE>>.

SupplyFrame Gains $1.5M

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The firm has previously raised funding from such companies as Clearstone Venture Partners, US Venture Partners; CommerceNet is also now listed as an investor. Pasadena-based SupplyFrame , which operates a service for searching for information on electronic components, has raised $1.5M in an initial funding of a $4.0M

Integrien Gets Another Patent

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Integrien is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures and the Acartha Group. Irvine-based Integrien , a developer of IT performance analytics software, announced this morning that it has received another patent on its technology. The firm said that the patent is the second issued for the firm, which has another 11 additional patent applications.

Rubicon Bolsters Certified Inventory Effort

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Los Angeles-based The Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization firm backed by Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity, said today that it has enhanced its "Certified Inventory" program with a partnership with AdSafe Media. Financial details of the relationship were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Buys Others Online

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Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone, IDG, Mayfield, and others. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , a venture backed provider of online advertising optimization services, said today that it has acquired Others Online , a provider of a behavioral targeting service for the online advertising industry. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Hires International VP

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Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced today that the firm has expanded into the UK, and hired on Jay Stevens as Vice President and General Manager, International. As part of the hire, Rubicon said it has opened up a new office in London.

Rubicon: CPMs Up For Ad Publishers

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Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures, and has raised $33M in funding. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , which provides online advertising optimization for web publishers, reports this morning that its latest advertising market survey finds that CPMs are up "significantly" in Q2.

Rubicon Opens Office In Australia, Hires Away Googler

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Rubicon is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures, and helps online publishers optimize the selection of advertising networks used on their inventory. Smith was most recently Head of Platform Japan + Asia Pacific at Google, and has also served at DoubleClick, Red Sherrif, and Pearson. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Signs New York Advertising Firm

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The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia. Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project has signed a New York company, Katz 360 Sales, to give Katz access to its inventory of premium display ads, the firms announced today. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Taps Firm to Sell Premium Ads

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The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia. Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project has tapped a New York company, Katz 360 Sales, to sell premium display ads to advertisers, the firms announced today. READ MORE>>.