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Rubicon Project's Big Winners: Clearstone, News Corp., Mayfield

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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 ? Rubicon''s President, Greg Raifman, now holds a stake worth $11.96M; and CFO and COO Todd Tappin''s stake is worth $10.0M.

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).

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. CupidsPlay said it received seed funding from Clearstone. cupidsplay clearstone venture capital funding online gaming content videogame social games

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.

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. READ 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. Investors: Google Ventures.

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."

The Venture Capital Industry: The Current State of Affairs

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There has been a lot of conjecture about how the Venture community will respond to the economic downturn.

Clearstone Gets Big Win With Meru

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures was among the big winners Wednesday in the IPO debut of Sunnyvale-based Meru Networks , a developer of virtual wireless LAN products. Clearstone was the biggest shareholder in Meru before the IPO, with 20.9 NeoCarta Ventures, Bluestream Ventures, D.E.

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>>.

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. Tags: clearstone calpers venture capital fund performance percent. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired 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.

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.

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

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He build a venture, PlaySpan Inc.  Think Local, Hack Global. The teams of volunteer individuals and organizations are not just in for hype.

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>>.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired 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.

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

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billion has been invested in the region via venture capital. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $6.5 raised. 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.

Crowdfunder Raises $3.5M

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The funding came from Tim Draper (DFJ), Bill Quigley (Clearstone, Crypto Currency Partners), Bridge 37 Ventures, Ideas & Capital Venture Capital, Maura O''Neill, Capital Nuts, Marcus Segal (Zynga), Mark Rampolla (ZICO Coconut Water), David Wilner (Windriver Systems), and others. READ MORE>>.

LAVA's Annual VC Breakfast

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

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 was became part of VacationRoost in 2014. 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>>.

Six Degree Games Gets $4.0M

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The firm's prior backers were Time Warner, Clearstone Venture Partners, and Prism VentureWorks; it's unclear who backed the firm in the latest funding.

Six Degree Games Raises $4.0M

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The firm has previously raised funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Prism VentureWorks, and Time Warner. READ MORE>>.

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Current round: $20.0mm Series-B led by Andreesen Horowitz, with USV and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures. Incubated by Clearstone Ventures in 2008.

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. Babak Razi - Founder  Third Wave Ventures.

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. xfire titan gaming venture capital videogame gamer communications chatREAD 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.

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.

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 fund

Recent Insights & Opinions: Web traffic, trouble in Venture Capital, and more

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Frank Peters , of the Frank Peters Show, talks with Clearstone Ventures' Jim Armstrong about Trouble in Venture Capital. John Greathouse , a partner at Rincon Venture Partners, gives an extensive tutorial on how to (or how not to) compensate entrepreneurial advisors.

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. You cannot afford to be looking the wrong way.&#. Electric guitars are now old hat.

Do They Have a Great Rolodex, Connections and Advice?

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couple of years ago, William Quigley of Clearstone Venture Partners wrote an appropriate blog post, Value of Certain Angel Investors : As a VC, I divide angel investors into two buckets.  If someone of that caliber happens to already be an angel in your business, raising venture capital just got a lot easier.

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

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Challenge #3 – There Needs to Be More Institutional Capital in Los Angeles. That’s typically not the case in Los Angeles. link].

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

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billion has been invested in the region via venture capital. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $6.5 raised. 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>>.

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>>.

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. forbes midas list southern california venture capital finance finaiclREAD MORE>>.

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. investment investor capital venture angeles