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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>>.

Rustic Canyon Boosts Optical Switching Firm

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has re-upped its investment in optical switching firm Capella Intelligent Subsystems. The new, oversubscribed round was led by Black Diamond Ventures, and also included SingTel Innov8, Levensohn Partners, Formative Ventures, Lucas Venture Group and Rustic Canyon Ventures.

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. The round came from new investor Rustic Canyon Partners, and also included prior investors Blumberg Capital and Redpoint Ventures. READ MORE>>.

Rustic Canyon, Steamboat Get Exit At MerchantCircle

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Both Rustic Canyon Partners and Steamboat Ventures were venture backers of MerchantCircle, which Reply said it would acquire yesterday for $60M in cash and stock. MerchantCircle's other backers are Scale Venture Partners and IAC. The firm had announced a total funding of around $14.3M. READ MORE>>.

Rustic Canyon Gets Quick Exit At Mertado

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has scored a quick exit at Redwood City-based Mertado , after Mertado said Friday that it has been acquired by daily deals site Groupon. Rustic Canyon had led the September 2011 investment in Mertado. Mertado develops a social shopping service for Facebook.

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. percent of Fulcrum; Rustic Canyon Partners owns 23.4 Jim McDermott of USRG, the former founder of Stamps.com, Spoke Software, and Archive, sits on th eboard, as does Tom Unterman of Rustic Canyon Partners, Nate Redmond--also of Rustic Canyon--and Timothy Newell, of USRG.

Rustic Canyon Re-Ups On Cancer Portal Developer

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Rustic Canyon Partners has re-upped on an investment in cancer portal developer Navigating Cancer , in a new, $10M investment. The round was led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, and also included ORIX Healthcare Capital in addition to the investment by Rustic Canyon Partners.

Rustic Canyon Backs UrbanSitter In New Funding

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is one of the return backers of online babysitting marketplace UrbanSitter , participating in UrbanSitter''s new $15M Series B funding. Rustic Canyon was one of the first investors in UrbanSitter back in 2012. UrbanSitter is based in San Francisco.

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

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Rustic Canyon Boosts InSync

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Santa Monica-based venture firm Rustic Canyon , along with Intel Capital, has put more into Silicon Valley-based InSync Software , a developer of software for the RFID and supply chain tracking business. Tags: rustic canyon venture capital rfid software supply chain Both had invested in InSync in 2006.

Rustic Canyon Bolsters LoopNet

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is part of a group investing $50M in private equity in San Francisco-based LoopNet, which operates an online marketplace for commercial real estate. Tags: rustic canyon venture capital loopnet realestate real estate

Rustic Canyon Adds Associate

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners is announcing later today that it has added Ed Fu as an Associate at the firm. According to Rustic Canyon, Fu will support the firm's investments in Internet and Clean Technology. Tags: associate executive capital venture canyon rustic

Can The Next Big Tech Company Be Built In LA?

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During Twiistup 8 a panel moderated by Jason Nazar (DocStoc) and joined by panelist David Travers (Rustic Canyon), Brian Norgard (Namesake), Fouad ElNaggar (Redpoint) and Demian Sellfors (Media Temple), spoke about if the next big tech company could be built in Los Angeles? Visit TechZulu for full story.

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. Rustic's Mark Menell and Nate Redmond are involved in PlayFirst, according to Rustic Canyon's web site.

Local Angels Back Technology Weight Loss Program Retrofit

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Those angels included Renee LaBran , a partner at local investor Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners, and Howard Lindzon , the founder of San Diego-based StockTwits. retrofit weight loss program rustic canyon renee labran howard stocktwits lindzon nutrition fitnessRetrofit is based in Illinois. READ MORE>>.

Rustic Canyon's Kim To Leave Firm

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Michael Kim , a partner at Santa Monica-based Rustic Canyon Partners , is departing the firm at the end of the year to startup up a new fund-of-funds, Cendana Capital. According to Kim, he will become an Advisory Partner to Rustic Canyon, and transfer his responsibilities at Rustic Canyon by the end of the year.

Intro to the LA Startup Scene

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Investor Nate Redmond from Rustic Canyon Partners spoke candidly to the audience about the faux pas in approaching investors.

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

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“LA’s best chapter is about to be written,” said Eric Garcetti, LA City Council Member and Mayoral Candidate. Kindling’s: L.A.

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.

Rincon Backs Rentlyics In $4M Round

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rentlytics venture capital rental real estate management software rentals apartme rustic canyon 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. READ MORE>>.

Docstoc Acquired By Intuit

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Docstoc was venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, Crosscut Ventures, as well as local angel investors like Mike Jones, Scott Walchek, Matt Coffin (LowermyBills), Brett Brewer (Intermix/MySpace), Robin Richards (MP3.com), and others. READ MORE>>. documents business acquisition merger intuit docstoc

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.

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. Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of leads management software headed by Nick Hedges, said this morning that it has raised $15M in new funding. 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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He communicates regularly with constituents using his Twitter account: @ericgarcetti. Click here to register.

Leads360 Becomes Velocify

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Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Volition Capital. Sales automation software developer Leads360 said Wednesday that it has renamed the firm to Velocify , saying the new name better reflects its focus on "high-velocity" sales environments. READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Names Hedges CEO

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Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of sales lead management software, said today that it has named Nick Hedges and President and Chief Executive Officer. Hedges has been at Leads360 since 2008. Morefield will remain an advisor to the firm. READ MORE>>.

Science Inc. Gets $30M From Hearst

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Science is also backed by Tomorrow Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and White Star Capital. Science Inc. , the technology startup incubator and studio headed by former MySpace CEO Michael Jones, has raised around $30M in funding from Hearst Ventures , the venture capital arm of Hearst Corporation, Hearst said this morning. board.

Gaikai Signs Capcom

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Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. Los Angeles-based Gaikai said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Capcom Entertainment , to stream Capcom's games online. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed. READ MORE>>.

Lead360 Finds CFO

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Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of sales lead management software, said today that it has named Darian Hong as its Chief Financial Officer. Hong was most recently CFO of AT&T Interactive. READ MORE>>. leads360 executive finance

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.

Adhesive Games Gets $18M For Massively Multiplayer Game

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Adhesive Games , the Alhambra-based, independent game publishing studio which is part of Meteor Entertainment has just scored a big, $18M funding round from Rustic Canyon Partners , Chinese game publisher KongZhong, and others to help bring its first title to market, Hawken. Adhesive and Meteor are looking to launch Hawken in December.

PayDragon Takes On Mobile Payments

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The new service also revealed that it has scored backing from Y Combinator, SV Angel, Start Fund and Rustic Canyon Partners for its efforts. Looking to make it easier to pay for local items using their mobile phone, Los Angeles-based PayDragon said today that it has launched its mobile purchasing app in Los Angeles. READ MORE>>.

Silicon Beach Heads To The White House To Discuss Jobs, Innovation

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MuckerLab Takes TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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Savings.com Deal Worth $100M+

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Venture Partners and Rustic Canyon Venture Partners, which invested around a total of $12M in Savings.com. The acquisition price is a healthy return for the investors in Loren Bendele's company, which include U.S. 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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Gaikai is backed by Benchmark Capital, NEA, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. Los Angeles-based cloud gaming service provider Gaikai is in a deal to take its technology to a "gaming tablet" the firm said today, and has signed a partnership with firm Wikipad. READ MORE>>.

Gaikai Get $30M For Cloud Gaming

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The round was led by New Enterprise Associates, and also included Qualcomm, Benchmark Capital, Rustic Canyon, and Intel Capital. Los Angeles-based Gaikai announced Wednesday that it has raised $30M in a Series C funding round. The firm is headed by David Perry. READ MORE>>.