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GRP Partners Backs DataSift

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners said today that it has made another investment in the Twitter ecosystem, and has led a $6M, Series A investment in Datasift. Datasift is a provider of real-time, analytics and management tools for third party developers and companies. Suster also led GRP's investment in Ad.ly.

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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This morning's interview is with Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners (www.grpvc.com). GRP has just recently closed on a new $200M fund, and Mark has been one of the more active venture capitalists in the Los Angeles area in recent months. The new fund is focused entirely on technology companies. more).

Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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The company’s CEO, Brendon McQueen, graduated from Columbia with 12 loans that totaled over $120,000. This is class four for Launchpad LA.

GRP Partners Gets IPO At Qualys

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has just chalked up an IPO for its portfolio, with the IPO this morning of Redwood City-based Qualys. GRP Partners owns 8.3% of Qualys after the IPO, and had initially held a 10.67% stake in the company before the public offering. READ MORE>>.

What Mattered in 2012: Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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The most significant news for GRP Partners in 2012 was the first close of our 4th venture fund. American consumers watch 5.3 READ MORE>>.

ChowNow Raises $3M to Level the Online Food Ordering Field for Small Biz

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Steven Dietz, Partner at GRP said, “GRP works with entrepreneurs solving important challenges for many people.

LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

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What Mattered In 2010: Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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Today, we spoke with Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners. 1. year review mark suster partners venture capital

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in. And as a result we have bred a culture of companies that have been quite innovative on making money.

ChowNow Gets $708K

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Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the company. ChowNow has previously raised funding from Daher Capital, Double M Partners, GRP Partners, Karlin Ventures and Velos Partners, and was part of LaunchpadLA. The filing indicates the round is not yet closed, and is targeted at $1.32M. READ MORE>>.

DogVacay Awards College Scholarship

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Hirschhorn spent time in venture capital at Monitor Ventures and GRP Partners (which is now Upfront Ventures), before he switched over to becoming a startup CEO. The company says it plans on another scholarship competition next year. READ MORE>>.

RingRevenue Expands Into New Offices, Ramps Hiring

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The firm said it added four new team members so far this month, and has a number of other positions open at the company. RingRevenue is backed by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. The firm said the move comes as it needed to accommodate new team members. 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.

GumGum Expands To Canada In First International Deal

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GumGum , the provider of in-image advertising services which is backed by GRP Partners, First Round Capital, New Enterprise Associates and Crosscut Ventures, has signed a deal with a Canadian firm, in its first deal out of the country, according to the company Wednesday. READ MORE>>.

Innovation Crush | How an Investor Thinks Through Innovation

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Every day, 1000’s of new bright-eyed and bushy tailed companies sprout from depths of start-up soil. 

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.

Why You Should Give Before You Get

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Of course he wanted to talk a lot about his product and company – he was looking for money after all. ” I see it on Twitter.

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textPlus Lands $18M, Buys Jarvus

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Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Matrix Partners and GRP Partners also participated in the funding. In addition to the new funding, the company also said it has acquired Los Angeles-based Jarvus , which develops an app to people capture and share experiences, events and moments together. READ MORE>>.

RingRevenue Sees Traction In Financial Services

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The firm said companies like Progrexion Marketing--which markets the credit repair product Lexington Law--has been seeing success with pay-per-call using its products. RingRevenue is venture backed by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. READ MORE>>.

Future of TV: The Quick Version

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The first two companies to realize this en mass were Machinima & Maker Studios (where I am an investor. ” It no longer does. TODAY.

Munchery Takes On Pop-Up Pantry, Plans LA Expansion

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The expansion plans put the company on collision course with Pop-Up Pantry, one of the startups out of the LaunchpadLA effort, which offers an almost identical service which delivers gourmet meals to users which users again finish off at home. Munchery said it raised $4M in a Series A from e.ventures for the effort. READ MORE>>.

Southern California Venture Deals Hit $683.7M in Q4 2012

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raised by companies in Q4 of 2011, and less than the $701.18M raised by companies in the region in Q3 of 2012. or the year, $26.5

Silicon Beach Fest Expands Event Lineup, Sets Keynotes

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The conference also said it has added some "pre-events" from June 14-18th, which stretch the conference out to more than a week. READ MORE>>.

Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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For any company interested in applying   please visit the website. To show these companies that they can remain in LA. History.

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.

GumGum Snags Amazon Vet For Sales Efforts

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According to GumGum, Matt Weisbecker has been appointed Vice President, Western Sales for GumGum, a new position for the company. GumGum is backed by NEA, GRP Partners, First Round Capital and Crosscut Ventures, and develops in-image advertising technology focused on interactive ad units integrated with photos on the sites of web publishers.

Bolstering the Partner Ranks at GRP

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It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. Golf more?

Launchpad LA Starts Accepting Fall 2013 Applications

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Launchpad LA offers up a $100,000 investment, free office space in Santa Monica, mentoring and access to resources, and much more to companies. The accelerator is one of the earliest in Los Angeles, having originally started as a mentoring group headed by blogger and venture investor Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners).

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

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But trust me when I say that my observations across many startups (and other companies, frankly) is that not enough time goes into thinking.

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.

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

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AWS helped lower the cost of starting a company by 90%. million to launch a SaaS software company and we took $2.5 Please watch this.

GRP Announces $200 Million Fund. Rebrands as Upfront Ventures

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I am super excited to announce that today is a day of lots of new things for my partners & me: A new fund, a new office and a new brand.

Gumgum Names Sales VP

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The company said it has appointed Brennan Beyer as its new Vice President of Sales. Beyer joins the company from SocialVibe, where he also served as VP of Sales. Gumgum recently raised $7M in a funding from New Enterprise Associates, GRP Partners, and First Round Capital. READ MORE>>. gumgum sales executive advertising

Want to Start a Technology Company in LA?

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But we have a great city for building technology companies. If you decide to build a company in LA, here’s what you need to know: 1.

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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But when I’m looking to invest the dollars that my Limited Partners have entrusted my firm with I’m going with my view. They hate you for life.

RingRevenue In Growth Surge

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RingRevenue is backed by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. The growth comes as the firm has tripled revenues over the last year at the company, according to Spievak. The firm, which is led by Jason Spievak, apparently now has 28 full time employees, up significantly from only 16 in January, according to Spievak.

LA Tech Startup Innovators and Fun Facts

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Previously known as GRP Partners, Upfront Ventures has focused on early stage investments since 1996. Silicon Valley? B2B: Docstoc.

MyTime Snags Funding For Appointment Service

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The round was led by GRP Partners, and also included angels such as Dave McClure, Dave Tisch, Ben Smith (Merchant Circle), Brian Lee (ShoeDazzle, LegalZoom), Jason Calacanis, Evan Rifkin, Jennifer Lum, and Jay Weintraub. GRP's Mark Suster said the round was worth $3M, with GRP putting up most of the funds. READ MORE>>.

NuORDER Nabs $3M For Fashion E-Commerce

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NuORDER , a developer of e-commerce software for fashion brands and retailers, has scored a round of funding led by GRP Partners, the company said this morning. The company was founded by Heath Wells and Olivia Skuza. READ MORE>>. nuorder fashion ecommerce venture capital brands wholesale saas