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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 Ventures Into Apture

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners is the lead investor in a Northern California firm focused on the blogging and publishing industry, Apture. David Stern and Sumant Mandal of Clearstone have joined Apture's board along with the funding. Tags: ventures blogging content venture clearstone capital publishing apture

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”.

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

Steve Reich

Many, many thanks to Jim Armstrong of Clearstone  who insisted that I needed visit an incubator or two.  “I told you so” doesn’t begin to cover it. New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders.  If you can’t keep up, you are dead. Three full time developers and no marketing spend.  They

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts. will do my best to keep this up to date.

LaunchFEST Demo Night

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ANGEL INVESTOR JUDGES: Emil Babadjov, Viovoda Labs; Brad Feldman, Pasadena Angels; Mark Landay, Harvard Business Angels; Jeff Lapin, Tech Coast Angels; Brock Pierce, Clearstone Global Gaming Fund; Joe Platnick, Pasadena Angels, Pan Pacific Capital; Scott Sangster, Tech Coast Angels; Mark Schwartz, Harvard Business Angels. See [link] (more

Rubicon Project Bolsters Executive Ranks

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Rubicon develops software which automatically optimizes the ads displayed on web publisher's web sites to increase revenues for those sites. READ MORE>>. rubicon project executive internet advertising network

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>>.

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

Jason Nazar

In Los Angeles we are at a disadvantage because the founder(s) often have no experience in building consumer web applications. link]. link].

LeisureLink Signs Florida Lodging Operator

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According to LeisureLink, the resort has implemented its booking engine on its web site. Financial impact of the win was not disclosed.

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.

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>>.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology.

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>>.

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>>.

LeisureLink Ties With Groupize.com

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online system for connecting vacation rental properties with travel agents and web booking, has linked with a new automated group hotel booking engine, Groupize.com , the two said this morning. and Canada. Details of the partnership between the two companies was not announced. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Hires International VP

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Rubicon, which provides online advertising optimization for web publishers, said that Stevens joins form MySpace, where he was SVP of Audience and also VP of MySpace's European operations. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures. Stevens has also previously served at Silverpop.

ActionAllStars.com In Partnership With Candystand

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According to the firms, ActionAllStars.com's sports entertainment will be available directly from Candystand.com's web site. ActionAllStars is operated by Six Degree Games, and is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Prism Venture Partners. Financial details of the distribution deal were not disclosed. 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 Makes Two Hires

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Rubicon Project develops technology used to optimize advertising revenues for web publishers. The firm is venture backed by Mayfield Fund, Clearstone Venture Partners and IDG Ventures. Rubicon said that it has hired Mark Douglas as Vice President of Engineering, and Seizo Welch as Vice President of Finance. READ MORE

Rubicon Serves Up A Trillion Display Ads

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Rubicon Project's services are used by web publishers to pick the best ad networks to run on a specific page of their site, based on the return predicted from that ad network. Rubicon is venture backed by News Corporation, Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures Asia, Mayfield Fund, NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund and Jarl Mohn.

Rubicon Project: Q2 Advertising Grows

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising firm which helps web publishers optimize their ad network revenues, reported this week on the latest online ad spending, saying that ad spending tracked at its customers grew 47 percent in the first half of the year. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Project Opens New York Office

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Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project , which provides web advertising optimization software, has expanded into New York, the firm announced Thursday. Rubicon Project offers helps web publishers optimize their advertising revenue, by monitoring the performance and adjusting which advertising networks get a share of a site's ad inventory.

Rubicon Project Extends Into Mobile Ads

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Rubicon's new product provides automation of mobile advertising, based on eCPM, click through rates, and fill rates, similar to Rubicon's web product. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, and Peacock Equity Fund. Financial terms of the deal with mOcean were not announced. READ MORE>>.

Interview with Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic

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Rahul Sonnad: We did a seed round with Clearstone Ventures, that incubated us in their Santa Monica office. This runs on a number of platforms?

Rubicon: CPMs Up For Ad Publishers

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , which provides online advertising optimization for web publishers, reports this morning that its latest advertising market survey finds that CPMs are up "significantly" in Q2. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures, and has raised $33M in funding.

Rubicon Signs New York Advertising Firm

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Rubicon Project provides online Internet advertising infrastructure for publishers, which optimizes the advertising placed on their web sites. The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Taps Firm to Sell Premium Ads

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Rubicon Project provides online Internet advertising infrastructure for publishers, which optimizes the advertising placed on their web sites. The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia. READ MORE>>.

Rubicon Projects Raises $13M More

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The investment included $5M in equity funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia, and also included $8M in debt from Silicon Valley Bank. Rubicon Project operates a service which helps online publishers optimize which advertising networks to use on their web sites, to improve their CPMs. 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>>.

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Startup Movement Hits SVC

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Zejoop also won a working lunch with Clearstone Venture Partners of Palo Alto and Santa Monica, he said. The pair was working on a couple ideas for web and mobile phone applications. Published in  The-Signal.com. 10, 2012. By Jana Adkins. But we sold out at 40 and had to admit three more people at the last minute.”. Local momentum.

Rubicon: CPMs Flat, Seeing Revenue Growth

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Rubicon, which is backed by Clearstone Ventures, Mayfield, and IDG Ventures, publishes its market report every quarter, examining the online advertising industry. Rubicon Project develops automated software and services which optimizes the CPM paid to online advertisers, by choosing the best online advertising to run on publisher web sites.

Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

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The "best of show" prize went to Magnify360, which develops software for optimizing content and web sites for specific users. READ MORE

The Venture Capital Industry: The Current State of Affairs

Jason Nazar

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

Interview with Phil Ressler, BigStage Entertainment

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We spoke with Phil Ressler--a former venture capitalist from Clearstone Ventures--who is now CEO of BigStage. There's been an unusually complex amount of engineering, compared to a web media startup, but that's a good thing. For those not familiar with BigStage, tell us what the company is doing with your avatar technology? Thanks

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

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Analytics also extend to iPhone and web apps using Facebook Connect. Incubated by Clearstone Ventures in 2008. Competitors: Gowalla.

Interview with Eric Hovanec and Steve Reich, LeisureLink

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The board asked me to jump in, and I did, working with Ted Alexander and Jim Armstrong, of Mission Ventures and Clearstone Ventures, respectively. Eric Hovanec: Web developers, operations folks, and we have openings in sales and account management. Yesterday, Pasadena-based LeisureLink (www.leisurelink.com) announced a $6.2M

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. Thanks!