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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 ?

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.

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

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But I thought I’d take some more time here to expand on what I think are the challenges, and opportunities, of starting a tech company in LA.

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>>.

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”.

Clearstone Portfolio Firm Meru Networks Files for IPO

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A portfolio firm of Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures , Meru Networks , filed for an IPO late Friday night, saying it is looking to go public on the NYSE. owned by Clearstone Ventures, said it would look to raise up to $86.25M in an IPO underwritten by BofA Merrill Lynch, Baird, Cowen and Company, JMP Securities LLC, and ThinkEquity LLC.

LeisureLink Acquired By VacationRoost

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LeisureLink was venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Mission Ventures, and also had received a strategic investment from Wyndham Worldwide. The company was led by Tom Lamb. Clearstone''s Jim Armstrong joins VacationRoost''s Board of Directors as part of the deal. Financial terms of the buy were not announced.

Games2Win Finds New Investor

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Games2Win , the provider of online casual games backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, has scored an investment from Nirvana Venture Advisors, according to a number of Indian business publications. The firm is one of the companies which Clearstone has invested in as part of its efforts in India. READ MORE>>.

Tech Investor Pierce Makes Offer For Mt. Gox

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Pierce is a leading investor in Southern California companies, and is one of the many investors here who have recently honed in on the opportunities in Bitcoin. Brock Pierce , the Southern California technology investor and Bitcoin mogul, is leading a group of investors looking to take over failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. READ MORE>>.

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>>.

Playsino Releases First Two Network Titles

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The new games are Five-O Poker, developed by Israel-based Chiki Gaming, and Yalla Tarneed, a Middle Eastern card game developed by Yallah Games.

Rubicon Project Surges In IPO

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The IPO is a huge win for backers Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., It''s been a long road for Rubicon''s backers, who first invested in the company back in 2007, when Clearstone Ventures invested in Rubicon''s Series A funding. Clearstone owned about 24.0% of Rubicon Project at the IPO. and Mayfield. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Files For IPO

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The company said it is looking to trade under the symbol RUBI. The company''s IPO is being underwritten by Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Sachs, & Co., RBC Capital Markets, Needham & Company, Oppenheimer & Co, and Luma Securities. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., READ MORE>>.

Sixgill Raises $6M For Proximity Sensing

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Ressler was previously a venture investor at Clearstone Venture Partners. Sixgill is led by CEO Phil Ressler. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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LA Tech Survival Guide A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles Guide to the LA Startup Community Why You Should Start a Company in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

March Capital Partners Backs Appcito

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March Capital has recently invested in such companies as Agent Ace, DeepForestMedia, and TeleSign. appcito venture capital cloud application infrastructure software saas subscription sumant mandal clearstone marchcapital march partners investment March Capital''s Sumant Mandal led the investment round. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Sets IPO Range

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The company said it has been approved to list on the New York Stock Exchange as RUBI. Rubicon Project is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., RBC Capital Markets, Needham & Company, Oppenheimer & Co, and Luma Securities. Mayfield, as well as others. READ MORE>>.

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>>.

LeisureLink Picks Up $17M More For Vacation Rental Booking

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The funding came from Clearstone Ventures, Kinderhook Industries, and Escalate Capital Partners. The company--which has offices in Pasadena, but has its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah--said the funding will go towards scaling company operations. LeisureLink was became part of VacationRoost in 2014. READ MORE>>.

Viewing Technology Companies Through a New Lens

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 -- Viewing Technology Companies Through a New Lens: The 2012 Outlook. Panelists include: Jay Beaghan, Managing Director of Investment Banking in Imperial Capital; William Quigley is Managing Director of Clearstone Venture Partners; Louis A. Please join J.H. Banks, CPA, is a Partner with J.H. See [link] (more

Playsino Hits 1M Installs

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The firm's CEO is Brock Pierce, a gaming industry veteran who has also been heavily involved in Southern California investments and companies.

March Capital Partners Launches $240M Venture Fund

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Armstrong and Mandal previously led Clearstone Venture Partners and idealab Capital Partners, Montgomery was the founder and CEO of Montgomery & Co., as well as the Montgomery Summit, and Milken was the founder and COO of AltEgo and and executive at Knowledge Universe. READ MORE>>. march capital partners venture investment fund

BetterWorks Taps Nicole Jordan For Communications Head

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BetterWorks said Tuesday afternoon that Jordan will serve as Director of Communications at the company, heading up public relations, corporate communications, and thought leadership. BetterWorks develops software and services focused on delivering fringe benefits to employees. READ MORE>>.

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., The company was founded in 2007. READ MORE>>. growth realtime exchange advertising online project rubicon

Los Angeles Startup Community

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LA Tech Survival Guide A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles Guide to the LA Startup Community Why You Should Start a Company in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

Six Degree Games Raises $4.0M

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No details on the funding have yet been announced by the company, which is run by Minard Hamilton. READ MORE>>.

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. Or, to put it another way: if we had invested in any of these companies, we might not still be working.”.

Do They Have a Great Rolodex, Connections and Advice?

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High-caliber Angels with a lot of experience at both large and small companies, tend to have strong Rolodexes and skills that can be applied to helping portfolio companies. When reviewing their experience, consider both their work history and the companies they’ve backed as investors.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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We will also have some of the top companies present that each of the panelist has invested in. 28 from 7pm-10pm in Santa Monica. in 2004.

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.

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

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In terms of deals, the quarter was actually down from last year, with 79 deals completed in Q3 of this year, versus 91 in Q3 of 2011. raised.

LeisureLink Makes Trio of Hires

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The company said it has named Tom Lamb as President of the firm, Alex Hansen as CFO, and Adam Michaelson as Chief Marketing Officer. LeisureLink is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Mission Ventures. Lamb was previously at American Discovery, and also was co-founder and COO of local startup Done Right! READ MORE>>.

Xfire Raises $4M More

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The firm said the round was led by Intel Capital, and also included Tomorrow Ventures, William Quigley and Jim Armstrong of Clearstone Ventures, Kamran Pourzanjani of PriceGrabber, and MP3.com founder Michael Robertson. READ MORE>>. xfire titan gaming venture capital videogame gamer communications chat

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

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In terms of deals, the quarter was actually down from last year, with 79 deals completed in Q3 of this year, versus 91 in Q3 of 2011. raised.

Los Angeles Venture Investors Get Their Mojo Back

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For several years, the phrase "Los Angeles Venture Capitalist" had almost become an oxymoron. READ MORE>>. investment investor capital venture angele

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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Six Degree Games launched its Action AllStars site on December 18th, and features such sports as basketball, baseball, football, and snowboarding; the company is targeting the six through age 14 demographic. However, he said that the site also has eyes on Major League Baseball's opening day. READ MORE>>.

Ask the Angels

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As you prepare your company for exit and seek strategic value investments, you should focus on high growth potential products. VIEW/ADD COMMENTS (0) | POSTED IN Company Creation/Operation , General SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED April 15th, 2010 How Do Those @#$%!$ recently evaluated a software company which ticked all the normal boxes.

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>>.

Insights and Opinions: The Problem with the Super Angels

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To be sure these super angel funds do indeed properly fit into the new trends around company creation. More.). READ MORE>>.

TechZulu Recaps: The Annual Startup Forecast

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The company hopes to prepare advertisers for varying screen sizes. The Annual TechZulu Startup Forecast is one of our most anticipated events.