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Clearstone Backs CupidsPlay.com

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has backed a developer of an online social dating and games firm, CupidsPlay. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. CupidsPlay said it received seed funding from Clearstone. CupidsPlay is based in Bellevue, Washington. READ MORE>>.

Clearstone Tops CalPERS IRR List

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Topping the list of IRR investments was Clearstone Venture Partners I-B, L.P. , a 1999-vintage fund from Santa Monica-based Clearstone, which had an IRR of 154.7 investment calpers ventures capital venture avalon clearstonepercent. Second on the returns list was Avalon Ventures VIII, L.P. with 109.7 READ MORE>>.

Clearstone Backs Games2Win

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners has upped its investment in Mumbai, India-based Games2Win , an online developer of casual and other games. Rajan Mehra of Clearstone Ventures joins the board of directors of Games2Win along with the funding. Clearstone's efforts in India are run by Sumant Mandal and Rajan Mehra.

Insights and Opinions: A VC's Comments On Investing and Startups in LA

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And while I generally agree and give similar advice, here are three anecdotes or truths about SoCal investing and startups that contradict.

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.

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>>.

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. Clearstone''s Jim Armstrong joins VacationRoost''s Board of Directors as part of the deal. Financial terms of the buy were not announced. The company was led by Tom Lamb.

Tech Investor Pierce Makes Offer For Mt. Gox

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According to a report , Brock--and his investment group, Sunlot--apparently are hoping to help stabilize the Bitcoin economy through its move. Brock Pierce , the Southern California technology investor and Bitcoin mogul, is leading a group of investors looking to take over failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox -- in exchange for a single Bitcoin.

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. Some summary notes are below.

Menlo Ventures Karl Mehta Launches CodeForIndia.Org To Empower Citizens In India

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Mehta too has been appointed by Governor Brown to the Workforce Investment Board in California. Think Local, Hack Global. Student performance.

Playsino Releases First Two Network Titles

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Playsino is headed by Brock Pierce, a gaming industry veteran who has been heavily involved in investments and work with local startups.

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% Rubicon--which priced at $15.00 and Mayfield. READ MORE>>.

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

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billion has been invested in the region via venture capital. billion in investments; followed by New England, with $826.1M was raised.

Los Angeles Venture Investors Get Their Mojo Back

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

March Capital Re-Ups On E8 Security

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March Capital Partners made its first investment in E8 back in March of 2015. security e8security venture capital cybersecurity sumant mandal clearstone marchcp march partnersE8 Security has now raised $21.8M in funding. READ MORE>>.

Quigley: Venture Capital Revival Coming

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Rubicon Projects Hires Investment Banker

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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. Rubicon has raised over $42M in funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund. READ MORE>>.

March Capital Partners Backs Appcito

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor March Capital Partners --the new investment firm led by longtime Southern California venture capital veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken, and Jamie Montgomery--has made an investment in cloud application infrastructure developer Appcito. READ MORE>>.

Insights and Opinions: The Problem with the Super Angels

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At Clearstone, we have also launched a super angel fund and strategy. More.). READ MORE>>.

March Capital Partners Backs E8 Security

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the venture capital investment firm led by Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milkin, and Jamie Montgomery, is the lead investor in a new cyber security startup, E8 Security. March Capital Partners led the investment, which also included Allegis Capital and The Hive. READ MORE>>.

Insights and Opinions: Idealab and the Bill Gross Legacy

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For today's Insights and Opinions section, we thought we'd share a recent article penned by Clearstone Ventures' William Quigley. Continued.).

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

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An analysis of Q2's venture capital deals and investment activity in Southern California find that venture capitalists invested around $1.6 billion invested in Q1, and up from $1.0 in investment), Energy ($190.2M in investments) and Medical Deviecs ($128.1M in investments in Q2). billion in Q2 of last year.

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.

Venture Capitalists Invest $475.5M In Southern California In Q3, Says MoneyTree

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was invested in 65 Southern California deals in Q3, compared to $773.3M billion invested in 637 deals in Q3, up 17 percent quarter-to-quarter, but down three percent in deals. Tags: reuters thomson moneytree financing investment nvca pricewaterhousecooper capital venture and 87 deals in Q3 of last year. in 25 deals. in 8 deals.

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. leisurelink venture capital vacation booking rental rentals investmentLeisureLink which provides booking and distribution software for the vacation rental industry, announced today that it has raised $17M in a funding round. 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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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. 2. Do they actually have capital and a track record of investing their own personal funds. 7. Advice.

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 2008.

March Capital Partners Launches $240M Venture Fund

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the venture capital investment firm founded by venture investment veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery, said this morning that it has had a final close on its first fund, at $240M. march capital partners venture investment fundREAD MORE>>.

TechZulu Recaps: The Annual Startup Forecast

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Some quick numbers: In 2013, $100M was invested into Bitcoin-related ventures. Is Micro-Investing the Future? Summary of Topics. Verdict?

What Mattered in 2010: Bruce Hallett, Miramar Venture Partners

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In each technology company in which Miramar invests, we are focused on supporting the management teams successful execution of its plan. Exits.

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.

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

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In the bay area there are dozens of firms that are actively making investments. That’s typically not the case in Los Angeles. link].

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

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Forbes Midas List Skips SoCal, Again

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The last time Forbes has placed a Southern California venture capitalist on the Midas List appears to have been in 2009, when Jim Gauer of Palomar Ventures made the list. READ MORE>>. forbes midas list southern california venture capital finance finaicl

LeisureLink Gets $9M In Series C

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The round came from current investors, including Clearstone Venture Partners, Mission Ventures, and Wyndham Exchange & Rentals. READ MORE>>.

Southern California Venture Totals Drop in Q4

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billion was invested in 3,808 deals in the fourth quarter of 2008. billion in 818 deals, down from $7.3 billion in the third quarter.

LeisureLink Signs Wholesale Travel Firm

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LeisureLink is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Mission Ventures, along with strategic investment from Wyndham Worldwide. Pasadena-based LeisureLink , the developer of travel booking software and services, has added a new customer, the firm said Tuesday. Financial details of the link were not announced. READ MORE>>.

LAVA's Annual VC Breakfast

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Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Find out what they are looking to invest in. Tuesday, August 10, 2010 -- LAVA's Annual VC Breakfast. Find out what does it take to secure Venture Capital for your company. Learn about the hottest trends and the mistakes NOT to make. See [link] (more

Business and Financial Outlook 2012

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Thursday, February 2, 2012 -- Business and Financial Outlook 2012. GABA, German American Business Association. Moderated by Michael Metzger, Covert and Co. See https://s01.123signup.com/servlet/SignUpMember?PG=1532265182300andP=15322651911423816200andInfo. PG=1532265182300andP=15322651911423816200andInfo.