Anthem Ventures Gets Exit At Siperian

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Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures , the venture capital firm run by Bill Woodward, has scored an exit with portfolio firm Siperian , as Informatica said last week that it would buy the maker of data integration software for $130M in cash. Anthem Ventures was the original investor in Siperian, which was also one of Anthem's first investments, out of its Anthem Venture Partners I fund. Samit Varma at Anthem represented the firm as on Siperian's board of directors.

Venture Firms Invest Around $1.6 Billion In Q2 2010 In SoCal

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Other active firms included Bessemer Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Palomar Ventures, Clearstone Venture Partners, Domain Associates, The Westly Group, Life Science Angels, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Idealab, Versant Ventures, Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and First Round Capital. An analysis of Q2's venture capital deals and investment activity in Southern California find that venture capitalists invested around $1.6

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Viewdle Being Acquired By Google, Says Report

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Viewdle , a developer of computer vision technology which is venture backed by Anthem Ventures and Qualcomm, among others, is in the midst of an acquisition by Google , according to reports today. Viewdle, which was originally backed by Santa Monica based venture firm Anthem Venture Partners, was originally founded in Kiev, and now has operations sprinkled around the globe. reality augmented vision computer anthem google acquisition merger viewdle

Viewdle Gets $10M

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Viewdle , the developer of cross platform, facial recognition technology backed by Santa Monica-based Anthem Ventures, has scored another round of funding, worth $10M, according to Viewdle. The new round comes from Best Buy, BlackBerry Partners Fund, and Qualcomm, in addition to Anthem Ventures, which was the original investor in the company. Anthem's Brian Mesic and Samit Varma oversee the firm's investment in Viewdle.

Cocodot Gets $2.0M

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The funding comes from Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Hollywood-based Cocodot , an online site which provides online invitations and stationery, has raised $2.0M more in funding, according to reports. Cocodot is the latest startup of Shawn Gold, formerly SVP, Marketing & Content of MySpace.com.

Zag Raises $11.1M More

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The firm has previously raised funding from USAA, Capricorn Investment Group, LLC, GRP Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. Santa Monica-based Zag , the online auto buying software firm headed by Scott Painter, has raised $11.1M

Solarflare Raises $5.0M In Debt

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Solarflare is venture backed by Oak Investment Partners, Anthem Venture Partners, Acacia Capital Partners, Intel Capital, and Miramar Venture Partners. Irvine-based Solarflare Communications , a developer of 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters and silicon, has raised $5.0M in a debt funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the source of the debt funding were disclosed.

Cocodot Links With DKNY

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The new collection includes six galleries of invites, greetings, and thank you notes inspired by DKNY's Fall 2010 collection. Gold was SVP Marketing and Content at MySpace, and Cocodot is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitations site run by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, said this week that it has partnered with DKNY , for a collection of fashion cards and invites.

BeachMint Gets $10M

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BeachMint said the funding round was led by Trinity Ventures, and also included Stanford University, New Enterprise Associates, and Anthem Ventures. Santa Monica-based BeachMint said Monday that it has raised $10M in a funding round for its social commerce site. The firm, started by MySpace co-founder Josh Berman and Diego Berdakin, runs jewelry site JewelMint along with Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter.

ThisNext Gets $1.2M More

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No details on the funding have been announced by the firm, however, the filing indicates that Clearstone Ventures Suman Mandal and Anthem Ventures' Bill Woodward remain on the company's board. Santa Monica-based ThisNext , which operates an online social shopping site and community, has raised another $1.2M in venture funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Thursday.

BeachMint Launches Jewelry Site, JewelMint

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Los Angeles-based BeachMint , the stealth e-commerce startup headed by former MySpace exec Josh Berman and backed by Anthem Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, and others, has rolled out a new, fashion e-commerce site, JewelMint. According to BeachMint, the new site will feature unique jewelry designs created by actress Kate Bosworth and celebrity stylist Cher Coulter. BeachMint said that members of JewelMint will pay $29.99 a month to get one piece of designer jewelry every month.

Four Sites To Add Adventure To Your Summer Travel Plans

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AdventureLink is backed by Allegis Capital, Anthem Ventures, and the Mailroom Fund, and is run by adventurer Jeff Dossett. Planning out the rest of your summer travel plans? Hoping to get out of the office before the summer is over? Trying to figure out what/where you will go in August?

TweetPhoto Gets $2.6M

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The round was led by Canaan Partners and also included Anthem Venture Partners and un-named angels. San Diego-based TweetPhoto , an online site which allows users to share photos through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, FourSquare, and other social networking sites, said today that it has raised $2.6M in a Series A funding round. According to the firm, the new funding will go to introduce new products and to expand its developer relations program. TweetPhoto is headed by Sean Callaham.

ThisNext Buys Stylehive, Gains Funding

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ThisNext said the Series C funding round came from Clearstone Venture Partners, Anthem Venture Partners, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. Santa Monica-based ThisNext announced this morning that it has acquired fashion and beauty site Stylehive , and raised a Series C round of funding. The firm did not disclose amount of the funding, however, a regulatory filing by the firm last week indicated the funding round was worth $1.2M.

Cocodot Rolls Out Printed Cards

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Cocodot is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitation card site headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, has rolled out new, printed invitation cards, according to the firm's website. According to Cocodot, it has started offering printed version of the company's invitation cards, starting at $37.25 for a 25-card minimum. The new cards include free, online versions of those same cards.

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Founded in April/May 2010 by Diego Berdakin (Ex-Slingshot Labs) and Josh Berman (Ex-Slingshot Labs, MySpace Co-founder) in Santa Monica, CA. first vertical to launch by 2010 Holiday Season. Current round: $5.0mm in Series A by NEA and Anthem Venture Partners.

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ThisNext Gets $1.2M In Funding Round

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Clearstone Venture Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. Santa Monica-based ThisNext , the online social shopping and product discovery site now being run by Matt Edelman, has raised $1.2M in a round of funding, according to a regulatory filing from the firm today. According to the filing, the first investment in the round was August 4th, and included equity, options, and warrants.

MySpace Startups: Startups From MySpace Vets

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Venture backers : Anthem Ventures, the Mailroom Fund, Rincon Venture Partners.

ThisNext Gets New Funding

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Clearstone Venture Partners and Anthem Venture Partners also participated. Los Angeles-based social shopping site ThisNext announced this morning that it has raised a new round of funding, and inked a partnership with online advertising firm Federated Media. Amount of the funding was not disclosed.

Cocodot.com Ties With Lilly Pulitzer

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Cocodot is backed by Anthem Ventures, Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. Hollywood-based Cocodot , the online invitation and greetings site headed by former MySpace exec Shawn Gold, said today that it has unveiled a new invitation and greeting collection along with women's fashion retailer Lilly Pulitzer. According to the firms, they will debut a new set of invitations and cards that incorporate Lilly Pulitzer's prints and color palette.

BUZZMEDIA Snags Editors From PopEater, TMZ

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BUZZMEDIA is backed by Anthem Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and others. Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the venture backed online entertainment content network, has snagged two editors for a new, yet-to-be launched celebrity site, the firm said today.

BUZZMEDIA Further Boosts Sales Team

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BUZZMEDIA is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Focus Ventures, Interscope, New Enterprise Associates, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Universal Music Group. Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the parent company of Buzznet, Celebuzz, Stereogum, and a network of other sites, is in the midst of expansion, saying this week that it has hired on four new additions to the firm's advertising team.

Q1 Southern California Venture Deals Rise To Around $1.4B

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The most active venture firms in Southern California were Benchmark Capital , TPG Ventures , and Redpoint Ventures , with three deals each; followed by NBGI Ventures , JAFCO , Trinity Ventures , Venrock , Domain Associates , Sanderling , The Founder Collective , Anthem Ventures , DFJ Frontier , and Interwest Partners , all with two deals apiece. Interestingly, only Redpoint, Domain, Anthem, and DFJ Frontier have local offices in Southern California.

This Week in VC with Farb Nivi, Founder of Grockit

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Founded in January 2010 by Stephen Hood (ex-Delicious head of product), Dave Baggeroer (Stanford’s Institute of Design), and Josh Whiting (ex-senior engineer at Delicious and Craigslist).

BUZZMEDIA Boosts Sales Efforts With Hires

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BUZZ MEDIA is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Focus Ventures, NEA, Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Universal Music Group. Hollywood-based BUZZMEDIA , the entertainment and pop culture publishing firm founded by Anthony Batt , said today that it has hired on two new sales execs, as part of a push to expand its advertising sales. The firm said it has hired Christopher Sanders as Vice President of Ad Sales, and Judah Wiedre as Senior Director of Sales.

TrueCar Launches New Pricing Tool

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The firm is venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Arcturus Capital, Capital One, Capricorn Management, and GRP Partners. Santa Monica-based TrueCar.com , the online automotive pricing startup headed up by Scott Painter, said Thursday that it has launched a new tool to help new car buyers. TrueCar said that it has launched a Best Local Price tool, which will allow car shoppers to search for the best local deals on a vehicle.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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I don’t believe that search is the only answer in 2010 as it was in 2000. 2.6mm in Series A : Canaan , Anthem. I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis.

Interview with Ramit Varma, Revolution Prep

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My brother is actually at Anthem Ventures, working with Bill Woodward, and I was an intern there in business school. Last week, Santa Monica-based Revolution Prep announced its first, institutional round of funding, worth $15M, from Kennet Partners.

Three Southern California Firms Building Blog Empires

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Venture backed by Anthem Ventures, Redpoint Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Focus Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures, and others. News today that AOL has acquired technology news blog TechCrunch highlights the growing place of blog publishers in the online world. Here are three, Southern California blog networks which have quietly growing their network of properties: BUZZMEDIA. www.buzzmedia.com). Profile ].

FileTrek Debuts iPad Tool

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FileTrek is headed by Dale Quayle, a serial entrepreneur whose last firm, Integrien, was sold to VMware in 2010. FileTrek is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds, and also has operations in Ottawa, Canada. Los Angeles-based FileTrek , the developer of software which helps teams to track changes and updates in their projects, data, and documents, said Tuesday that it has released a new iPad application.

Interview with Dale Quayle, FileTrek

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Dale's last firm, Integrien, was sold to VMware in 2010. One of the investors, Anthem Ventures, is here in Los Angeles, which is how I got involved.

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Vator Makes A Splash In LA!

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The event includes keynotes from Shawn Colo, co-founder of Demand Media, one of the hottest IPOs of this year, Zorik Gordon, co-founder and CEO of ReachLocal, one of the hottest IPOs of 2010. Vator is bringing its popular Splash event to LA. The inaugural Splash LA event will be held on the evening of May 26, 2011, at The Highlands Hollywood. The Splash event, hosted by Vator, is a celebration of entrepreneurship.

FileTrek In European Distribution Deal

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FileTrek is backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds, and Quayle is a technology vet, having last led Integrien, which he sold to VMware in 2010. Los Angeles-based FileTrek , the cloud-based file sharing, collaboration, and revision tracking software firm headed by Dale Quale, said today that it has linked with a European firm in a distribution deal.