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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).

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

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The MoneyTree report--which is compiled with data from Thomson Reuters--found that so far in 2012, $2.5 raised. Image courtesy Bigstock.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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So, I promised I would create this post to help point them in the right direction. I'd also recommend you subscribe to So Cal Tech Central. 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.

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

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The MoneyTree report--which is compiled with data from Thomson Reuters--found that so far in 2012, $2.5 raised. Image courtesy Bigstock.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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So, I promised I would create this post to help point them in the right direction. I'd also recommend you subscribe to So Cal Tech Central. 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.

What Mattered in 2010: Jim Armstrong, Clearstone Ventures

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We've been sharing the opinions of some of the top influencers in Southern California's high tech community all week, and will also do so next week.

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. 1.

Q3 Southern California Venture Deals Around $879M

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A quick analysis by socalTECH of our tracking of venture capital deals in Southern California finds that there was around $879M in venture funding activity here in Q3. Tags: southern california quarterly venture capital last week.

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.).

Southern California Venture Totals Drop in Q4

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Rubicon Project Sets IPO Range

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Rubicon Project is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., Rubicon''s IPO is the first in Southern California from a technology company since June of 2012, when San Diego''s ServiceNow had its IPO. The company said it has been approved to list on the New York Stock Exchange as RUBI. Mayfield, as well as others.

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 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>>.

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 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.

Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

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socalTECH was a media sponsor of the conference). 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.

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.

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.

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

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PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association have weighed in on Q3 venture capital totals, saying that $475.5M was invested in 65 Southern California deals in Q3, compared to $773.3M and 87 deals in Q3 of last year. Orange County had $66.8M in 8 deals. Dow Jones VentureSource tallied $5.1

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: 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. Jim is very active helping Southern California's aspiring entrepreneurs, and has been instrumental in helping to promote the technology industry here. Set the TONE. On key metrics, send (continued).

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.

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. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. Here's the rest. Here’s how to do it.

What Mattered in 2010: Bruce Hallett, Miramar Venture Partners

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All this week, we are sharing the opinions of some of the top influencers in Southern California's high tech community. None tanked.

Rubicon Project Up 33.60 Percent In IPO

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Rubicon was venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., All three exits will help bolster Southern California''s reputation as a technology startup hotbed. and Mayfield. READ MORE>>. rubicon project merger acquisition exit oculusvr oculus facebook maker studios

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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So we think we're the right size for the market in 2009. So we're focused on technology, and financial services. We'd like to be one of the most prominent investors in Southern California. So, give him more warrants, and close the deal with the Minneapolis investor. We invested in Overture, which was sold for $1.2

Rubicon Project: LA's Next IPO?

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Rubicon Project , the online advertising technology firm headed by serial entrepreneur Frank Addante, looks like it may just be the next Southern California company to file for an IPO, based on a number of executive appointments made Tuesday. READ MORE>>. online advertising socialvibe executive acquisition merger project rubicon

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Disney Parks Checks In With Gowalla

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Southern California's closest competitor in the sector is Geodelic , the Clearstone- and Shasta backed startup headed by Rahul Sonnad.

LAVA's Annual VC Breakfast

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Meet the top VCs who are investing in Southern California. Tuesday, August 10, 2010 -- LAVA's Annual VC Breakfast. Find out what they are looking to invest in. 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

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.

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Interview with Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic

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So, if you are a business like a hotel or theme park, or want to create a campus-based experience, we have a toolset that lets you create that.

Yahoo To Shut Geocities

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Geocities was one of Southern California's original, dot com successes, having both a successful IPO in August of 1998, and a $4.5 Internet portal Yahoo is quietly shutting Geocities , the Internet home page portal it acquired in 1999. Yahoo said it is no longer accepting new customers, and will discontinue the service later this year.

Big Stage Emerges From Beta

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , the venture-backed startup which is developing photo-realistic avatar technology, has exited its beta and officially launched its site. The firm had launched a beta of its site in August. READ MORE

Interview with Phil Ressler, BigStage Entertainment

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The firm's technology--which creates a 3D, virtual avatar from digital photos--was originally developed at the University of Southern California for the CIA, and was spun out into a venture funded company targeting the consumer market. So that's what you can do now. Talk about how this works with TV clips and video? Thanks

Interview with Eric Hovanec and Steve Reich, LeisureLink

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They have to manage promotions, manage their inventory in real time--which is very important so they don't overbook--and there is a lot of complexity in actually executing the business. Our business is growing so fast, there's a lot of pressure on our operational team. So, we're happy to make those investments in our operations.