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Clearstone Tops CalPERS IRR List

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CalPERS (the California Public Employees' Retirement System), one of the biggest limited partners in venture capital funds, has released its best and worst performing venture capital and private equity funds as of December 31st, showing that two Southern California venture funds were tops in terms of internal rates of return (IRR). percent.

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>>.

Clearstone I Tops CalPERS Fund Performance

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Venture Partners currently tops the list for the best performing fund within CalPERS private equity funds, according to recently released figures from CalPERS. According to the numbers, Clearstone Venture Partners 1-B, which was raised in 1999, has returned CalPERS so far 154.7

Clearstone's Sumant Mandal On Exits, Opportunities

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Over the last few months, Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures (www.clearstone.com) has had a number of high profile exits in its portfolio.

Rubicon Project Hails Growth, New Customers

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

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. READ MORE>>.

Report: Rubicon Project Nearing Deal With New Corp. For FAN

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would take an equity stake in post-merger Rubicon. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, and others. According to a report today from Paidcontent.org, Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising firm founded by Frank Addante, is in talks with News Corp. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project: $100M+ In Revenues This Year, Profitability In Q4

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Addante said the firm--which has taken $42M in venture capital from Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity fund--is on track to achieve the "ultimate test of success" for any startup, profitability. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project: 25 Percent Growth In Ad Spending In Q1

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Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project is reporting today that there was a 25 percent, year-over-year growth in online ad spending, according to the firm's Q1 2010 Online Advertising Market Report. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Debuts New Product

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the developer of online advertising optimization tools funded by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and Peacock Equity Fund, said today that it has rolled out a new product called REVV for demand. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Hires Two Execs

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Rubicon develops online advertising optimization software and related services, and is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and the Peacock Equity Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project is expanding its executive team today, saying that it has hired Ben Trenda as VP of U.S. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project: Online CPMs Up 34 Percent In Q4

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The firm is venture backed by $42M in funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund. Rubicon said it expects 2010 to be a "strong year" for digital advertising. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project: 270 Percent Year over Year Growth

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The firm is backed by $42M in funding from Clearstone Ventures, Mayfield, IDG Venturs, and the GE/NBC Universal Peacock Equity Fund. 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. READ MORE>>.

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>>.

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Rubicon Projects Raises $13M More

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , which operates an online advertising optimization service, is announcing this morning that the firm has raised $13M more in a combination of equity and debt. According to Rubicon, the follow on funding round brings its total raised to $33M. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Serves Up A Trillion Display Ads

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Rubicon is venture backed by News Corporation, Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures Asia, Mayfield Fund, NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund and Jarl Mohn. Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project , the online ad network optimization firm, told its customers today that it has just optimized its one trillionth display ad. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project: Q2 Advertising Grows

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Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund. Rubicon, which has been issuing quarterly reports on ad trends, said that it believes that 2010 is "shaping up to be the strongest year yet" for online ad spending. READ MORE>>.

ThisNext Gets $1.2M In Funding Round

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According to the filing, the first investment in the round was August 4th, and included equity, options, and warrants. Clearstone Venture Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. Update: Edelman says this is the same funding as announced on July 21st. The firm had not announced an amount with that funding announcement.) READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Buys SiteScout

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization firm backed by Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity Fund, announced this morning that it has acquired SiteScout , a Seattle-based firm providing malware security technology. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Launches Updated Ad Product

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Rubicon is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and Peacock Equity Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project has launched an updated sales and pricing application aimed at premium advertisers, the firm said today. According to Rubicon, its Permission Control 2.0 READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Extends Into Mobile Ads

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Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, and Peacock Equity Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project is extending into mobile advertising, the firm said today, with a new mobile ad optimization product. The firm said the new mobile offering comes from a partnership with mOcean Mobile.

Rubicon Projects Hires Investment Banker

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Rubicon has raised over $42M in funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online ad optimization firm headed by Frank Addante , announced this morning that it has hired investment banker Allen & Company. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Updates Publisher Tool

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , which supplies ad optimization software to web publishers, announced today that it has released a new version of its VANTAGE Firefox browser plug-in, which helps provide its publishers with revenue and impressoin statistics and other information. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project: LA's Next IPO?

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Rubicon is venture backed by News Corporation, Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures Asia, Mayfield Fund, NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund and Jarl Mohn. Raifman was most recently at LiveRail, and also founded Mediaplex; Tappin was most recently CEO at SocialVibe, and was founding CFO at Overture. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Raises $18M, Buys Fox Audience Network

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Rubicon said that the new funding round came from News Corporation, Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures Asia, Mayfield Fund, NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund and Jarl Mohn. The new funding brings Rubicon's total funding to $60M. As part of the announcement, Rubicon said it will have over $100M in revenues in 2010. READ MORE>>.

Venture Firms Invest Around $1.6 Billion In Q2 2010 In SoCal

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The analysis was based on tracking of venture capital, angel, and private equity deals by socalTECH.com, which maintains its own proprietary database of local and national venture capital deals and dealmakers. billion in the area in Q2, up slightly from around $1.4 billion invested in Q1, and up from $1.0 billion in Q2 of last year.

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VIEW/ADD COMMENTS (0) | POSTED IN General SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED March 10th, 2010 Valuation for Seed Stage Investments Valuation for Seed Stage Investments | | POSTED BY: Joe Platnick Question: My partner and I are trying to agree on an initial valuation to establish an equity share percentage for a seed stage company that is not yet operating.

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VIEW/ADD COMMENTS (0) | POSTED IN General SUBSCRIBE TO THIS FEED March 10th, 2010 Valuation for Seed Stage Investments Valuation for Seed Stage Investments | | POSTED BY: Joe Platnick Question: My partner and I are trying to agree on an initial valuation to establish an equity share percentage for a seed stage company that is not yet operating.