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HealthDataInsights Sells for $400 Million. Big Win for GRP Partners.

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At GRP Partners our focus has always been on having a small number of investments in the industries we know well. Women Entrepreneurs.

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

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ChowNow is helping level the playing field for smaller restaurants through innovation. ChowNow came out of incubator LaunchPad LA.

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. We invested in Overture, which was sold for $1.2 We're taking it seriously.

Meet Launchpad LA’s Graduating Startups

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Less Neglect helps companies reduce churn, upsell users, and increase customer acquisition rates. This is class four for Launchpad LA.

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>>.

RingRevenue Signs Mobile Ad Network Tapjoy

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Santa Barbara-based RinvRevenue , the provider of pay-per-call marketing technology, said today that it has partnered with mobile ad network firm Tapjoy. RingRevenue's technology helps track the source of inbound calls from affiliate networks. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. Shaw Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Why You Should Give Before You Get

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And sometimes I feel happy to help somebody even when we’re just getting to know each other. Be helpful. And in person in spades.

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Innovation Crush | How an Investor Thinks Through Innovation

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On Innovation Crush , Hamet Watt helps shed some light on the intricacies of successes – and failures – in the start-up community. 

Los Angeles Startup Community

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So, I promised I would create this post to help point them in the right direction. 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. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become.

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

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And my company is hugely relevant to what they’re doing so having an advocate at senior levels there is certainly a help.” History.

Gravity Gets $10.6M More For Real Time Personalization

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The funding was led by GRP Partners, and also included Redpoint Ventures and August Capital. READ MORE>>.

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

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They often need teams of people to help them Plan how to turn their ideas into realities. Pitches. Intros. Board Meetings. Conferences. My fund?

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

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AWS helped lower the cost of starting a company by 90%. On my blog I’ve been hesitant to take the topic head on. Please watch this. At 20.

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.

textPlus Updates iPhone, Android Apps

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The firm quietly made the updates over the past few weeks on both of its apps, adding such features as the ability to send 30-second voice notes to other app users; allowing users to manage their Facebook friends directly from the apps; and features to help find friends and invite them to connect. READ MORE>>.

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Launchpad LA Adds Funding, Office Space For Startups

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Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the business acceleration program headed up by Mark Suster of GRP Partners, said today that it has expanded the program, and added $50,000 in funding for startups in the program, plus actual physical office space. The acceleration progrma has set up space in Santa Monica. READ MORE>>.

Grubwithus Gets $5M

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Venice-based Grubwithus , which operates a service which helps connect people in real life with others over meals and food, said this week that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round. The round was led by GRP Partners, and also included Michel Daher, a Lebanese entrepreneur. The firm's CEO is Eddy Lu. READ MORE>>.

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.

GRP Re-Ups On DataSift

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor GRP Partners has re-upped its investment in social data analytics firm DataSift , in a Series A follow-on announced this morning. GRP's investment in DataSift is managed by Mark Suster. datasift venture capital partners suster analytics dataREAD MORE>>.

To Be Successful You’ll Need to Shake Hands and Kiss Babies.

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Or relied upon the fact that he had already met my three partners. felt nostalgic. It’s easy to discount Cincy – it’s a “flyover state.” Still.

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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?

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.

The Power of Getting the Band Back Together

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My other partner, Steven Dietz, was on the board of my second company. Stuart Lander has joined Upfront Ventures to help us run operations.

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GRP Excited to add Sam Rosen to Its Ranks. How Did He Get the Role? Hustle. Here’s the Story.

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Come to partner meetings. Help us review a few deals. But would my partners buy into Sam? And I welcome him to GRP. Loved.

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …)

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This is a post to help you figure out why you should write and what you should talk about. 1. Who are your customers, partners or suppliers?

Here are More Signs that LA Tech is Moving to the Next Level

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” He was generous with his time with me and helpful. They scooped up none other than David Hernand who will join the practice as managing partner. Also coming from DLA Piper is another partner – Christopher Shoff. And a fourth partner – Jennifer Massey – will join from an entertainment background.

Topspin Launches Social Analytics Service

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Los Angeles-based Topspin Media , which develops tools to help musicians market themselves online, has released a new set of analytics tools today, called Topspin Sharealytics. Awe.sm is a San Francisco startup whose backers include Los Angeles-based GRP Partners, among others. Topspin is headed by Ian Rogers. READ MORE>>.

Announcing a Deal I’ve Wanted to Talk About for a Year

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MyTime aims to be the first industry-wide platform to help create consistency across the SKUs in services businesses. “No choice at all!”

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RingRevenue Powers Education Marketer

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The firm revealed the relationship today, claiming that use of its system has helped with the quality and quantities of inquiries for a number of schools and universities served by CUNet. RingRevenue is backed by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. CUNet is a higher education marketer based in Paramus, NJ.

Building A Dream Team For Mobile Advertising, with Gradient X

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We help them to deliver that goal. What is Gradient X? How are you doing that? Michael Lum: We''re doing that through real time bidding. Thanks!

Why I’m Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem

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Providing near real-time information to financial traders made Michael Bloomberg a billionaire and helped create the powerhouse Reuters. Why? 2.

GrubTonight Launches Social Dinner Reservation Service

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Grubwithus is led by Eddy Lu, and is backed by GRP Partners. READ MORE>>.

Tinder Takes On Dating Via iPhone

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Tinder , a brand new iPhone dating app created by Sean Rad and Justin Mateen of Hatch Labs, has just launched, in a quest to help users better connect with others via their iPhone. The new app, the first to spin out of Hatch Labs, helps users find who likes you nearby, and connects you with them if you're interested, via an anonymous process.

Insights and Opinions: Avoid Monoculture

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remember once sitting on a panel with Esther Dyson who is one of the most travelled and broad-experienced technologist I know. It was an enterprise 2.0

A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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Who’s going to help you with improving your marketing / positioning to become a clear platform category leader like Twilio? billion.

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Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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would put my firm, GRP Partners in with the group working with teams in different ways. This led to an explosion in startups. Enter VC.

What You Missed On Your Holiday Vacation, SoCal Technology Edition

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Ways socalTECH Can Help You With Your New Year's Resolutions. It's a new year and it's time to get back to work. Surf Air Gets First Aircraft.

Ad.ly Finds $2M More

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more in funding, from GRP Partners and Siemer Ventures. helps match up celebrities with social media advertisers. READ MORE>>.

RingRevenue Creates A New Performance Marketing Revenue Channel

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But to be successful, what’s worked for us is a laser-like focus on ease of use and building trusted relationships with our partners. Brady”.

GRP Invests In Treehouse

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Los Angeles-based GRP Partners , has invested in UK-based TreeHouse , an online, video-focused site for helping users learn web design and development.