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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. Navigating Cancer--which is based in Seattle--develops web-based portal software used by cancer treatment centers and programs. READ MORE>>.

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

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>>.

Leads360 Gets $15M For Sales Lead Software

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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. The round was led by Volition Capital, and also included Rustic Canyon Partners. Leads360's software is used for managing and tracking sales leads. READ MORE>>.

Lead360 Finds CFO

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

Leads360 Becomes Velocify

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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. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Volition Capital. READ MORE>>.

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.

RealPractice Rolls iPhone App

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Santa Ana-based RealPractice , the legal software firm headed by Carey Ransom, said this week that it has released iPhone and iPad applications. RealPractice is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Miramar Venture Partners. realpractice legal software marketing iphone ipad application mobileThe nwe app is free.

MuckerLab Takes TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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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. Gaikai is developing a cloud-based, game streaming service which allows users to play games without having to install software. The firm is headed by David Perry. READ MORE>>.

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

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Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners and Intel. gaikai executive videogame content softwareStevenson joins the firm from Namco Bandai Games, where he was VP of Online Development; Stevenson has also served at Atari. READ MORE>>.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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For those that aren’t aware of the broader technology shifts of cloud computing, the trend is described in a post I did about changes in the software industry. 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).

MuckerLab Startup Accelerator Brings TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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Much like the model employed by TechStars and Y-Combinator, MuckerLab will recruit Internet software, services, and media entrepreneurs through an open, but selective, application process. Can you feel it folks? Cause I can. Excited to announce  MuckerLab , a new startup accelerator and member of the TechStars Network, launched today in L.A.

Docstoc Connects To Twitter, Facebook

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Docstoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, along with local angel investors. Tags: internet software update sharing document facebook twitter docstoc READ MORE>>.

VentureNet Screening Committee Announced

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Wow, what a prestigous list of Southern California venture capitalists, angel investors, and conference sponsors!  We’re fortunate to have such a talented group that will ensure a very exciting software and IT capital conference this year.  Jim Andelman, Rincon Venture Partners John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners.

Leads360 Links With Mortgage Software Firm

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 reported today that it has linked its sales lead management software with offerings from web-based mortgage software firm Optimal Blue. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, and is headed by Dan Morefield, who was CIO of Overture Services before its acquisition by Yahoo. READ MORE>>.

FoodLink Online Names CEO

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Torrance-based Foodlink Online , a provider of supply chain software for the perishable food market, said this week that it has named Eric Peters as the firm's new CEO. Peters previously served at Acosta TrueDemand as President, and also served at TrueDemand Software, where he was a co-founder before its acquisition by Acosta.

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

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Tonight starting at 7:00pm PST we will be streaming and bringing you all the action live from Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Make sure to tune in!

Docstoc Ties Into Firefox Browser Software

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Docstoc is backed by Rustic Canyon Ventures; MashLogic is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, and is based in Menlo Park. Santa Monica-based Docstoc is tying into a Firefox browser extension, saying Wednesday that it has tied into MashLogic, which analyzes web pages and gives users more information about sites they are visiting.

Practice Technologies Becomes RealPractice, Moves To OC

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Practice Technologies , a developer of software for attorneys and law firms, is announcing today that it has renamed itself RealPractice , moved its headquarters to Santa Ana, and also hired Carey Ransom as its new CEO. RealPractice is venture backed by Miramar Venture Partners and Rustic Canyon Partners. READ MORE>>.

Perfect Market Acquired By Taboola

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Perfect Market was backed by Comcast Ventures, Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, Square 1 Bank, Tribune Company, and Trinity Ventures. perfect market taboola merger acquisition content advertising optimization software idealab Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Perfect Market was advised by Headwaters MB in the deal.

Gaikai Acquired By Sony For $380M

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The firm's backers included Benchmark Capital, Intel Capital, Limelight Networks, New Enterprise Associates, Qualcomm Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and TriplePoint Capital. Gaikai is a provider of game streaming technology, which allows users to run full videogames on their PCs without having to download large software packages.

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>>.

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. Leads360 was founded by Jeff Solomon, and is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: leads360 lead sales management saas software READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Wins Automobile Insurance Firm

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , a developer of hosted software for managing sales leads, reported yesterday that the firm has signed on Infinity Auto Insurance, a unit of Infinity Property and Casualty Group. According to Leads360, Infinity's independent agents will have access to its lead management software and services at a reduced price.

Leads360 In Win With Google

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Los Angele-based Leads360 , a developer of web-based, lead management software, is powering a new feature in Google's Adwords program, the firm said Tuesday. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: leads360 google mortgage lead software management READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Claims 4000th Client, Profitability

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , which provides web-based, leads management software, announced Monday afternoon that the firm has signed its 4000th client, Jones International University. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: leads360 lead management software READ MORE>>.

Gaikai Names Strategy Head

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Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. The firm's technology allows users to play any games inside a web browser, with having to download or install game software. She also served as SVP of JAMDAT Mobile. READ MORE>>.

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. According to the firm, the new software allows the posting of leads information in real time in XML format.

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. The software is free for a single salesperson, and costs $35 a month for up to five salespeople. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. READ MORE

Perfect Market Gets $6.0M

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Pasadena-based Perfect Market , a provider of software which enables monetization of long tail content of publishers such as newspapers, has raised $6.0M in a funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the funding have been announced by the company. Perfect Market is a spinout of Idealab. READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Names New CEO

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Los Angeles-based Leads360, a developer of lead management software, has tapped Dan Morefield as the firm's new President and CEO, the firm announced this morning. Leads360's software is used to manage web-based sales leads; the firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. 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. Leads360 is led by Nick Hedges; the firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Volition Capital.

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. Tags: perfect market venture capital tribune newspaper publishing software content According to Perfect Market, the new funding will go to market and deploy its solutions. READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Ties Into Allstate

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , a developer of Internet leads management software, reported earlier this week that the firm has partnered with firm Quote Burst to allow Allstate agents to receive, quote, follow-up, and track new sales leads. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. READ MORE>>.

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. Tags: leads360 realestate real estate software leads zillow

Factual Partners With Newsweek

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US Renewables Group Launches Wind Power Firm

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US Renewables Group is managed by Jim McDermott--who, aside from private equity experience and investment banking, was the founder of Stamps.com, Spoke Software, and Archive Inc--and Lee Bailey, formerly a partner with Rustic Canyon Partners. US Renewables Group did not say how it has capitalized Westerly Wind. READ MORE>>.

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