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Rubicon Project's Big Winners: Clearstone, News Corp., Mayfield

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Rubicon''s IPO also meant an exit for angel investor Matt Coffin, whose stake in the company is now worth around $648,00 READ MORE>>. rubicon project merger acquisition clearstone news mayfield winners frank addante Who were the biggest winners in the successful IPO of Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project ?

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. It brings together events and content for Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. Los Angeles Startup Community Posts/Articles Here are some interesting articles and posts on the ecosystem around startups in Los Angeles. It brings together events and content for Los Angeles.

Clearstone Backs Openbucks

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures is backing a Bay Area gift card-based, payment network, Openbucks , as part of a Series A funding for Openbucks. giftcard gift mobile card payment financial capital venture clearstone openbucksREAD MORE>>.

It Takes a Village to GROW and Nurture Innovation

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Others still focus on the right balance of angel and venture investment paired with accelerators to nurture the startups. and around the world.

Tech Investor Pierce Makes Offer For Mt. Gox

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BitAngels angel investment group focused on Bitcoin; is a backer of Santa Monica-based GoCoin; and has investments in such companies as Playsino and Xfire, in addition to being involved with the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund. Gox -- in exchange for a single Bitcoin. Pierce is one of the organizers of the. READ MORE>>.

TONIGHT: Brock Pierce & GoCoin Host Oakland Mayoral Candidate, Bryan Parker

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Events Finance Government Politics 41 Ocean bitcoin Brock Pierce Bryan Parker Clearstone Venture Partners GoCoin Oakland Mayoral Candidate

Founder Institute Expands To Los Angeles

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The Founder Institute , the business incubation and mentoring program started by TheFunded's Adeo Ressi , is expanding into the Los Angeles area, and is accepting applications for entrepreneurs for a Spring session, the group said late last week. The Los Angeles effort is being headed by Ken Rutkowski.

Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M

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Los Angeles-based crowdfunding site Crowdfunder.com , the equity crowdfunding site led by Chance Barnett, has raised $3.5M in a Series A funding, the company said late Tuesday evening. Crowdfunder said its equity crowdfunding site has been used in such startups as GoCoin, Social Rewards, Bitvore, and others. READ MORE>>.

Titan Gaming Rounds Up $1M From Who's Who Of LA Tech Investors

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Los Angeles-based Titan Gaming is announcing this morning that it has scored $1M in an angel funding round, from notable local angel investors.

Rubicon Project Files For IPO

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology developer Rubicon Project has filed for an IPO, saying in a filing with the SEC that it is looking to sell up to $100M in its stock in an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., Mayfield, as well as others. READ MORE>>.

Sixgill Raises $6M For Proximity Sensing

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The startup also said the new funds will go towards sales, marketing, and accelerating product development at its new Los Angeles area office.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. To be clear Los Angeles Tech is a jump off point. The content comes from other places.

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

Too many Angels focus on the near term issues without appreciating that even these decisions need to be seen in the context of the exit. Far too many Angels shy away from confronting the management team about exit preparation, seeing this as a confrontation issue rather than a collaborative activity. Post money valuation = $2m. 

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

Too many Angels focus on the near term issues without appreciating that even these decisions need to be seen in the context of the exit. Far too many Angels shy away from confronting the management team about exit preparation, seeing this as a confrontation issue rather than a collaborative activity. Post money valuation = $2m. 

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

Too many Angels focus on the near term issues without appreciating that even these decisions need to be seen in the context of the exit. Far too many Angels shy away from confronting the management team about exit preparation, seeing this as a confrontation issue rather than a collaborative activity. Post money valuation = $2m. 

Ask the Angels

Ask the Angels

Too many Angels focus on the near term issues without appreciating that even these decisions need to be seen in the context of the exit. Far too many Angels shy away from confronting the management team about exit preparation, seeing this as a confrontation issue rather than a collaborative activity. Post money valuation = $2m. 

LeisureLink Ties With Software Firm

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LeisureLink said that InnQuest's system is used in more than 4,500 properties in more than 90 countries. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Sets IPO Range

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology developer Rubicon Project set the pricing range for its initial public offering Thursday, saying that it hopes to offer 6,770,995 shares of its common stock at between $15.00 and $17.00 per share. Rubicon Project is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., READ MORE>>.

Do They Have a Great Rolodex, Connections and Advice?

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Part IV of a Continuing Series on How to Select an Angel Group. Several months before Jason Calcanis’ crusade (or jihad—depending on your political affiliation) against for-profit angel groups, I wrote a post about evaluating angel groups and the criteria to use when seeking investment.

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).

Los Angeles: Founder Institute Introduction

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Thursday, January 20, 2011 -- Los Angeles: Founder Institute Introduction. On Thursday evening, January 20th, the Founder Institute is hosting an informational event in Los Angeles at the offices of Clearstone Venture Partners. Anyone interested in becoming a world-class founder is invited to learn how the Institute can help.

BetterWorks Taps Nicole Jordan For Communications Head

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Jordan is well known for her work promoting the Los Angeles technology industry, and has previously served at such firms as Clearstone Venture Partners, Rubicon Project, ThisNext.com, and others. BetterWorks develops software and services focused on delivering fringe benefits to employees. READ MORE>>.

Integrien Acquired By VMware

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The acquisition was a big win for Southern California's investors, particularly from Clearstone Venture Partners and the Tech Coast Angels. Integrien was venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Acartha Group, Mariner Capital Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels. Clearstone owned about half of the firm.

Rubicon Project Hails Growth, New Customers

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project says today that it is one of the "fastest growing ad technology companies in history". Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, News Corp., Peacock Equity Fund, Stanford University, and the University of California Berkeley. The company was founded in 2007.

Southern California Firms Get $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding

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In Los Angeles, near $324.2M was invested across 48 deals; San Diego has $241.5M in 20 deals; and Orange County had $128.8M raised. 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.

Value of *Certain* Angel Investors

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Most of the companies Clearstone invests in have angel money. In the past few years, angels have become much more active than they were following the tech crash of 2000. As a VC, I divide angel investors into two buckets. The first group includes angel investors who know the space they are investing in.

LaunchFEST Demo Night

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Angel Launch, a new event for startups and investors, is producing a networking venture pitch, networking dinner and party the night before E3 Expo in LA for digital media, mobile and tech startups. Monday, June 4, 2012 -- aunchFEST Demo Night. See [link] (more

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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The panel is comprised of Southern California’s Top VC’s, Angels, and Startup Accelerator founders. 28 from 7pm-10pm in Santa Monica. in 2004.

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.

Xfire Raises $4M More

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Los Angeles-based Xfire , the online community and chat service for gamers, announced Thursday that it has raised $4M in a new funding round. Xfire said it has split from Titan Gaming as an independent firm as part of the funding, and the company also ushered in a new executive team. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Taps Barnum As New COO, CFO

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization technology provider headed by Frank Addante, said this morning that it has named Brian Barnum as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, as well as appointed Mark Torres as Senior Vice President of People and Culture. READ MORE>>.

Geodelic Confirms Verizon Relationship

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Geodelic has previously raised funding from Clearstone Ventures, Shasta Ventures and MK Capital, all of whom also participated in that June investment.

Southern California Firms Gets $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding

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In Los Angeles, near $324.2M was invested across 48 deals; San Diego has $241.5M in 20 deals; and Orange County had $128.8M raised. READ MORE>>.

Titan Gaming Taps Pierce, McCurdy For Board

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Pierce was the founder of Affinity Media/IGE, which he sold to Goldman Sachs. On the executive side, Titan said it has hired David D. READ MORE>>.

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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That’s typically not the case in Los Angeles. Challenge #3 – There Needs to Be More Institutional Capital in Los Angeles.

Rubicon Project Prices IPO

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider Rubicon Project priced its IPO last night, saying that it is selling 6,770,995 shares of its common stock at $15.00 per share. Rubicon Project is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., The IPO is the first, technology IPO out of Los Angeles since 2011.

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

Get Angel capital and build a prototype.  Many, many thanks to Jim Armstrong of Clearstone  who insisted that I needed visit an incubator or two.  “I told you so” doesn’t begin to cover it. New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders.  If you can’t keep up, you are dead. For free. 

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.