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Rustic Canyon Backs Social Shopping Site

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon is the lead investor in a round of funding from a social shopping site out of Y Combinator. According to Mertado , a social shopping service which links users with home and kitchen products via Facebook said Wednesday that it has raised $2.3M in a Series A round. READ MORE>>.

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.

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.

Rustic Canyon Speaks out on GaiKai Exit, Changing Nature of VC, LA Tech & More

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And I suspect that, at Myspace, he got a lot of experience on how to run a product at scale. Not bad, hey? Both companies were in Los Angeles.

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.

RealPractice Rolls iPhone App

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RealPractice is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Miramar Venture Partners. The firm develops software, marketing products, and other related services aimed at attorneys and law firms, and recently has made a big push into providing tools, marketing services, and helping attorneys put best practices into action.

LA Demo Day

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Companies will have 5 minutes to present their product which will be followed by feedback from a panel of expert judges. LA Startup Demo Day is being sponsored by Docstoc, Rustic Canyon, and Greycroft Partners. Thursday, May 10, 2012 -- LA Demo Day (featuring 20 new LA startups). See [link].

Gaikai Partners On Gaming Tablet

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Wikipad is manufacturing a touch sensitive tablet specifically aimed at videogamers, featuring HD graphics, game console style controls, game controller, and more; the product has yet to be shipped, but was announced at CES 2012. Gaikai is backed by Benchmark Capital, NEA, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital.

Science, Headed by Mike Jones, To Launch Digital Startups

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The new firm said it is backed by Rustic Canyon, White Star Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, Tomorrow Ventures, Siemer Ventures, Philippe Camus, Jean-Marie Messier, Jonathan Miller and Dennis Phelps. READ MORE>>. science mike jones michael myspace digital startups accelerator

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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And post production. In LA the VC shift is clearly to Santa Monica / Venice, home of Rustic Canyon, Greycroft, Anthem and just about every incubator (Amplify, Launchpad, Mucker, Science). Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends. And Facebook.

MuckerLab Startup Accelerator Brings TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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There are four founders Erik Rannala, formerly of Harrison Metal, and William Hsu, who most recently served as Chief Product Officer at AT&T Interactive, HauteLook’s Greg Bettinelli and Happiness Engines founder Yan-David Erlich. Can you feel it folks? Cause I can. Who is assisting MuckerLab with their mentorship ?

Jason Nazar On Startups, Execution, and Hiring

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Once you start building out a product, and raise some seed capital, there's probably one thing that is important to your business. It's great.

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

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The fact that we’re focused on building great businesses and not just great products, give us our own advantages. link]. link]. link].

Leads360 Launches Leads Prioritization Product

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of online sales lead management software-as-a-service, said Tuesday that it has launched a new, real-time prioritization product. According to the company, the new product automatically ranks and prioritizes leads, based on custom business rules defined by its customers. READ MORE>>.

Transonic Combustion Takes $32M For Fuel Injection Technology

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The firm said the round will go towards expanding development of its product and meeting customer commitments. Transonic Combusion is venture backed by Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon and Saints Capital. The firm has now raised around $53.5M in funding for its efforts. READ MORE>>.

REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming [Live]

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Scot has 15+ years experience developing product integration and interactive campaigns for major sports, entertainment and consumer brands.

Buy the CEO Spot

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Featured speakers: RENEE LABRAN and GABRIELLE GREENE; Partners, Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners LC; RENEE COTTRELL-BROWN, Executive Vice President, Johnson Products Co. Thursday, May 26, 2011 -- Buy the CEO Spot. Broads Circle. Want to be the CEO. Where do you get the capital? What do you do once you have the business?

TopFloor Takes $6M For Flash Fashion Sales

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Los Angeles-based TopFloor revealed today that it has raised $6M in a funding round, from Polaris Ventures, Google Ventures, Crosslink Ventures, and Rustic Canyon Partners. The firm is building a celebrity influencer based fashion and e-commerce site, geared around flash-sales of products. operates an in-house startup incubator.

What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

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We last shared the thoughts of John Babcock at Rustic Canyon Partners. What was the biggest news for you/your firm this year?

Leads360 Partners With SEMCAT

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , a developer of sales lead management software, said earlier this week that it has integrated its products with SEMCAT, a provider of quoting products for the insurance industry. Leads360 was founded by Jeff Solomon, and is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. READ MORE>>.

Gaikai Gets Backing From Intel, Limelight

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Gaikai said in May that it raised $10M in a Series B from TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon partners, and Benchmark Capital. Gaikai is using both Intel's and Limelight's products as part of its service. Additional investment in the firm was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

WD Ships New Solid State Drives

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According to WD, the firm's new SiliconDrive III SSD product family offers capacities of up to 120 gigabytes, and supports 2.5 WD bought Aliso Viejo-based Silicon Systems in March for $65M in cash; SiliconSystems was venture backed by Miramar Venture Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, Samsung, SanDisk, and Shepherd Ventures.

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.

Lead360 Gets XML Support

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Los Angeles-based Leads360, a developer of software for managing sales leads, announced Tuesday that it has released a new product called XML Poster. Leads360 said the addition of XML support will help connect its software to third party packages like SoftVu, predictive dialers such as Five9, Salesforce.com, and other products.

Leads360 Names New CEO

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According to the firm, founding CEO Jeff Solomon becomes Senior Vice President and will focus on product and technology development at the company. Leads360's software is used to manage web-based sales leads; the firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. READ MORE

RealPractice Launches Legal Tools Site

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The firms said the new, bundled product cost $249, and includes access to an online library of case law, information on court deadlines, court messenger and filing services, and RealPractice's SmartRules guide for drafting and filing civil litigation documents, among other services. READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Uses Algorithms To Automate Sales Prioritization

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Los Angeles based Leads360 , the developer of sales leads management software, thinks so, announcing today that it has launched a new product which uses a fancy algorithm to better assign and drive leads and sales followups. Pricing on the new product were not announced. Can an algorithm help improve the conversion rate of leads?

Perfect Market Confirms $6M Fundraising

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The firm said the round was led by Tribune Company, and also included Trinity Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and Idealab. Perfect Market said that the Tribune Company has been using its product on a number of its web properties. According to Perfect Market, the new funding will go to market and deploy its solutions.

Docstoc Exits Beta, Adds Rev Share

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DocStoc, which is venture funded by Rustic Canyon Partners, also said that it has redesigned its home page to feature documents by breaking news and most sought-after professional documents, and added a new API which allows developers to upload, convert documents, and manage documents from third party products or services.

Leads360 Targets Zillow

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , a venture-backed firm developing leads management software, said today that the firm has linked into real estate site Zillow with a new product. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Zillow's Mortgage Marketplace is an online marketplace for finding mortgages.

Factual Partners With Newsweek

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Gil Elbaz, who was most recently at Google, was one of the founders of Applied Semantics, a Santa Monica firm which developed Google's AdSense product.

Transonic Combustion Gets New CEO

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The company--which is backed by clean technology heavyweight Khosla Ventures, Venrock, and Rustic Canyon Partners--said that Ahlborn was most recently president of McLaren Performance Technologies. Transonic Combustion's product is expected to enable practical 100 mpg cars, the firm said. READ MORE

Docstoc Hires Two Execs

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According to Docstoc, Ward will focus on growing product distribution, key partnerships, and sponsorship opportunities; Ehrlich will be reponsible for growing user generated content and related revenue opportunities. Docstoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Ventures. READ MORE

RealPractice Gets New Funding, Execs

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The firm said it has raised a new round of funding from its original angel investors, former employees, and Rustic Canyon Partners and Miramar Venture Partners. The firm said the new funding will go towards expanding its product set and reach, and to serve new customers. Amount of the funding was not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Docstoc Launches Marketplace, Rev Share Effort

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The company also said it will provide live customer support via phone and chat for both sellers and purchasers on the marketplace, provide analytics and reporting tools for sellers, and allow for bundling of documents into packages to help sell related products. Docstoc said now has over 20M unique visitors a month to its site. READ MORE>>.

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

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There are some very talented partners remaining at Rustic Canyon and I’m told some committed LPs. Here’s my take: 1.

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Report: Southern California Venture Capital Totals $464M In Q3

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In Orange County, the biggest deals were for Irvine-based WaterHealth International , a developer of water purification products with $22.1M Nationwide, there was $4.8 billion invested in 780 venture capital deals for Q3. Silicon Valley had the lion's share of the venture funding dollars in Q3, with $1.75 billion invested in the region.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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This week’s guest was David Travers from Rustic Canyon Partners. So my gut says this will be a youth-oriented product.

Docstoc's Jason Nazar Talks About DocStore

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Obviously eBay is really successful because you have the largest inventory of product online. It's the eBay of professional documents. Thanks!