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Rustic Canyon Backs Social Babysitting Service UrbanSitter

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is backing the developer of a service which uses parents' social graphs to help connect them with babysitters. Rustic Canyon's Neil Hansch was involved in the deal, and will join the company's board along with Rob Hayes of First Round. READ MORE>>.

What Mattered in 2010: John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners

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Today, we're featuring the thoughts of John Babcock , a venture capitalist at Rustic Canyon Partners. 1. The iPad. It's a revelation.

From The Valley to The Beach | Interview with Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon

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TechZulu caught  up with Nate Redmond managing partner of Rustic Canyon and he tells us what is happening in the LA Tech Scene.

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Backed By USRG and Rustic Canyon, Files For IPO

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Renewables Group , and Rustic Canyon Partners. Renewables Group (as USRG Management Company) owns 72.7 percent of Fulcrum; Rustic Canyon Partners owns 23.4 percent of the company. fulcrum bioenergy biofuel cleantech clean energy solid waste power merger acquisition rustic usrg canyon

Silicon Beach Fest | Panels, Hackathons, and Much More!

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David Travers, Rustic Canyon Partners , Partner. Join us for 3 days of Panels, Hackathons, BBQ, and beach fun. Ken Chung, Viddy , CTO.

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Rustic Canyon Boosts Social Gaming Firm PlayFirst

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has upped its investment in social games firm PlayFirst , which is based in San Francisco. PlayFirst is the company behind the popular Diner Dash, Cooking Dash and Wedding Dash casual games.

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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Panelists advised attendees to “Just Do It”: Go out and start your company, focusing on the MVP (Minimum Viable Product) to launch.

Rustic Canyon Sells Positions In Portfolio

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San Francisco-based investment firm Saints Capital , and Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners said Tuesday that they have formed a new fund, Saints Rustic Canyon, L.P., Financial details of the sale were not disclosed.

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.

Rincon Backs Rentlyics In $4M Round

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Santa Barbara-based venture capital investor Rincon Ventures is one of the leads on an investment in rental management software developer Rentlytics , on a new $4M funding round for the company. The company also counts Cue Ball and Daher Capital as investors. READ MORE>>.

Docstoc Acquired By Intuit

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc , which is led by Jason Nazar, has been acquired by Intuit, the companies said this morning. Financial details of the buy were not announced, however, the buy apparently was worth around $50M, according to various reports and sources. READ MORE>>. documents business acquisition merger intuit docstoc

Los Angeles Startup Community

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LA Tech Survival Guide A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles Guide to the LA Startup Community Why You Should Start a Company 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.

Ellie Jumps Into Activewear With $2M In Funding

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The firm aid this morning that it has raised $2M in a funding round from Trinity Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and Blumberg Capital.

Leads360 Gets $15M For Sales Lead Software

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The round was led by Volition Capital, and also included Rustic Canyon Partners. According to the company, the new funding will go towards product offerings, strategic partnerships, and awareness of its platform. Leads360's software is used for managing and tracking sales leads. READ MORE>>.

LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti to Keynote Inaugural Silicon Beach Fest

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Demo Day: StartEngine accelerator portfolio companies present. Startup Village : Local startups and other companies featured on the show floor.

Leads360 Becomes Velocify

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The firm said its product is being used by companies such as Allstate, Royal Bank of Scotland, USAA, Nationstar Mortgage and State Farm. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Volition Capital. READ MORE>>. velocify leads360 sales saas cloud leads management lead scoring renaming rename

Leads360 Names Hedges CEO

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Hedges was previously President at Leads360, and previously served as Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Sales, and SVP of Business Development at the company. Prior to Leads360, he was at Bain & Company. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Hedges has been at Leads360 since 2008. READ MORE>>.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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LA Tech Survival Guide A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles Guide to the LA Startup Community Why You Should Start a Company 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.

Savings.com Deal Worth $100M+

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The acquisition price is a healthy return for the investors in Loren Bendele's company, which include U.S. Venture Partners and Rustic Canyon Venture Partners, which invested around a total of $12M in Savings.com. Savings.com is a provider of online coupons and deal information. Cox is the owner of the Valpak coupon business.

Gaikai Partners On Gaming Tablet

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Financial details of the link between the companies were not disclosed. Gaikai is backed by Benchmark Capital, NEA, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. According to the firms, they will offer an attachable, console-quality gamepad control, which integrates Gaikai's cliento into the tablet. READ MORE>>.

Perfect Market Raises $9 Million More

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The round was led by Comcast Interactive Capital, and also included Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, Tribune Company, and Trinity Ventures. As part of the funding, David Horowitz of Comcast Interactive Capital joins the company's board of directors. READ MORE>>.

LA Demo Day

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Come see the next crop of great LA tech companies demo their startups to the LA community of entrepreneurs, investors and techies as well as a number of esteemed guests. Companies will have 5 minutes to present their product which will be followed by feedback from a panel of expert judges. See [link].

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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Further to the south are the legendary companies of Cisco, Apple, Intel, eBay, Yahoo!, Back in 2006/07 when I sold my company and then worked at Salesforce.com there were very few options in SF for technology folk to build their careers at big, growing companies. Many “tech companies” now have green screens.

PayDragon Reveals $1.35M Seed Funding For Mobile Payments

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The firm--which had earlier disclosed the seed roudn , but without dollar amounts--said the funding included Rustic Canyon Ventures, SV Angel, and Y Combinator, as well as Yuri Milner and Mark Schwartz. The company is a refinement of Paperlinks, the QR-code based marketing firm started by Chan. READ MORE>>.

Gaikai, Bigfoot Tie On Games Acceleration

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Los Angeles-based Gaikai , the developer of cloud-based game streaming services which is venture backed by Benchmark, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon, and Intel, has tied today with Bigfoot Networks. The companies said that Bigfoot Networks' technology will automatically recognize the Gaikai service. READ MORE>>.

MuckerLab Startup Accelerator Brings TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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At the end of the program, companies present their businesses to potential investors at a Demo Day event. The group collectively has founded, operated, and helped scale many of the most successful Internet companies including eBay, Google, Green Dot, HauteLook, LinkedIn, Live Nation, AT&T, StubHub and TripAdvisor. Cause I can.

LA Startups Gather At Twiistup

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Startups pitching their firms this afternoon are Addroid, Badgeville, Chromatik, Foodme, Nevolution, Sonic Angel, Wanelo, Sharethrough and Wildcard.

Science, Headed by Mike Jones, To Launch Digital Startups

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> Science, Inc. , a new, Santa Monica based company headed by former Myspace CEO Mike Jones , announced this morning that it has scored capital and funding, and is building a "technology studio" to develop new businesses, provide them with advice, and provide them with funding. READ MORE>>.

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

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Wilson joins the company from Electronic Arts, where he was most recently CTO of EA Redwood Shores. Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners and Intel. Stevenson joins the firm from Namco Bandai Games, where he was VP of Online Development; Stevenson has also served at Atari.

VentureNet Screening Committee Announced

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Jim Andelman, Rincon Venture Partners John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners. The VentureNet 2008 Selection/Screening Committee has been announced.  Uri Blackman, GIDEON Informatics. Jeff Carmody,

Jason Nazar On Startups, Execution, and Hiring

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Jason Nazar: Our venture capital firm is Rustic Canyon, and they've been absolutely amazing partners. That was all that mattered to me.

Kin Lands $12M For Women's Lifestyle Channels

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Santa Monica-based KIN , which operates a female-focused lifestyle YouTube network, has raised $12M in a funding round, the company said last week.

SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. billion going into 275 companies in the quarter. raised for the quarter. billion invested across 814 deals.

Gaikai Appoints VP

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The company is venture backed by Benchmark Capital , TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners , Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. Los Angeles-based game streaming technology firm Gaikai announced today that it has named K. Wayne Peacock as its Senior VP, Business Intelligence. READ MORE>>.

How to Raise Venture Capital – Startups Uncensored #17

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More panelists may be added and there will be a large showing of the los angeles venture and angel community in attendance. 00pm on, Reception.

Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Companies represented include: Disney, Warner Bros., Start-up Showcase : 30-40 startups give company pitches to the community.  June 22.

Leads360 Targets Small Companies

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Los Angeles-based Leads360, which develops leads management software, has launched a new product specifically targeting small companies. Leads360 said it has just launched its Leads360 Express product, which is targeted at managing sales leads for small companies in any industry. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners.

Report: Gaikai On The Block, May Bring More Than $500M

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If the sale does happen, it would be a very good return for the firm's backers, who have invested $45.0M in the company. Backers of Gaikai include Benchmark Capital, Intel Capital, Limelight Networks, New Enterprise Associates, Qualcomm Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and TriplePoint Capital. READ MORE>>.

Gaikai Powers Game Site

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Los Angeles-based Gaikai , the cloud-based game streaming service backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital, said Thursday that it is powering a game site, "The Escapist". Gaikai said the deal is the first in the launch of an "Affiliate Network" for the company.

Factual Launches Geo-Coded Business Dataset

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Factual said its geo-coded data also includes local business information for companies in the UK, Japan, Italy, Indonesia, and Australia.