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Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture had been backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Beau Vrolyk, Paul Maritz, and Steve Taylor. Clearstone was involved in Apture's Series A in March of 2009. READ MORE>>.

Clearstone Re-Ups On Biometrics Firm AOptix

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Clearstone Ventures has re-upped in a developer of biometric identity verification technology. aoptix biometrics identity management venture capital clearstoneThe firm said the funding will go towards product development, sales and marketing. READ MORE>>.

It Takes a Village to GROW and Nurture Innovation

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All of the stakeholders mentioned above play a role in creating a technology ecosystem. and around the world. Why, you ask? Let me explain.

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”.

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

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The transformative power of technology will aid India — and other developing countries facing similar problems,” Mehta added. in 2011.

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

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remember the day Clearstone associate Jaideep Singh came into my office and said "Dude, you got to meet these guys and you got to invest."

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>>.

Rubicon Project Surges In IPO

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Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project , the online advertising technology and exchange operator founded by Frank Addante, surged in its IPO on Wednesday morning, trading up roughly 34% in morning trading. The IPO is a huge win for backers Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., Clearstone owned about 24.0% of Rubicon Project at the IPO.

Tech Investor Pierce Makes Offer For Mt. Gox

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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. According to a report , Brock--and his investment group, Sunlot--apparently are hoping to help stabilize the Bitcoin economy through its move.

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

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Los Angeles Startup Community

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Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: will do my best to keep this up to date.

BetterWorks Taps Nicole Jordan For Communications Head

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Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the employee fringe benefits services provider headed by Paige Craig, has tapped LA technology advocate Nicole Jordan as its head of Communications. BetterWorks develops software and services focused on delivering fringe benefits to employees. READ MORE>>.

Quigley: Venture Capital Revival Coming

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Disclosure: Clearstone is a sponsor of socalTECH). READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: will do my best to keep this up to date.

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.

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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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.

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

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.

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 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>>.

TechZulu Recaps: The Annual Startup Forecast

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Babak Razi – Founder of Third Waves Ventures, innovator and supporter of emerging high technologies. Summary of Topics. Big or Bust?

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.

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. Here are my TOP 10 BOARD MEETING DOS AND DONTS FOR CEOS. 1.

Mobile Wallet Solution Kuapay Unveils New Interface & Features For User Security

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With first-to-market patent-pending security technology. Eliminating Fraud. But for users to adopt mobile, there is need for security.

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.

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.

Rubicon Project Names Three Execs

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Rubicon Project is headed by Frank Addante, and develops ad optimization technology for web publishers, helping them to pick the best ad networks to optimize revenue on their web site. Los Angeles-based online advertising firm Rubicon Project announced this morning that it has hired three new executives. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Up 33.60 Percent In IPO

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Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project , which develops ad optimization technology and operates a related online advertising exchange, closed up 33.60% at $20.04 in its first day on the markets, after its debut as RUBI on the New York Stock Exchange. Rubicon was venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., and Mayfield.

Rubicon Projects Hires Investment Banker

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The firm said along with the announcement that it will be adding ad serving, forecasting, and other functionality to its system in 2010, and that it is taking an aim at current provider of ad server technology. Tags: rubicon project merger acquisition investment banker advertising software technology server READ MORE>>.

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

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

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>>.

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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>>.

Integrien Adds To Advisory Board

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Irvine-based Integrien , a developer of IT analytics software, announced today that it has added Carol Dingle, most recently VP Product Development and Shared Services at Digital Insight/Intuit, to its technology advisory board. Integrien is backed by Acartha Group, Clearstone Venture Partners, and the Tech Coast Angels. READ MORE>>.

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.

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Integrien Gets Another Patent

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Irvine-based Integrien , a developer of IT performance analytics software, announced this morning that it has received another patent on its technology. Integrien is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures and the Acartha Group. The patent is U.S. Marvasti and Daniel R. Jeske as inventors. Marvasti is Integrien's CTO. READ MORE>>.