Anthem Ventures Gets Second Exit In A Week


Santa Monica-based Anthem Venture Partners has scored two exits in the last week, as Los Angeles-based Demand Media hit a homerun with its IPO Wednesday, and San Diego-based Plixi was acquired by Lockerz Thursday. Brian Mesic, a partner at Anthem, said Thursday afternoon that Plixi is the latest in a "string of good exits" over the past 12 months, which also included Siperian (acquired by Informatica), Wavestream (acquired by Gilat), and Demand Media (IPO).

Venture Group’s Krenn Sees Improving VC Deals for SD Tech Startups


A breakout of regional deal flow so far this year indicates that venture activity in San Diego. Call him an optimist if you must, but San Diego Venture Group president Mike Krenn says venture financings for San Diego’s early stage tech startups are on a tear. “I I haven’t seen it this good since 2007,” he says.

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Scopely Snags Another Zynga Exec


The company has been quite active in hiring away former Zynga executives, most recently hiring Andy Kleinman, another former Zynga GM, as its Chief Business Officer. Scopely is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). Los Angeles-based mobile gaming firm Scopely said Thursday that it has snagged Reed Shaffner, the former General Manager at Zynga, as part of its product team.

FileTrek Debuts iPad Tool


According to the firm,the new FileTrek iPad app helps workgroup managers and team members to track the flow of projects, data, and activity from their iPad tablet. FileTrek is venture backed by Anthem Venture Partners, Telesystem, and the Ontario Emerging Technologies Funds, and also has operations in Ottawa, Canada.

Q1 Southern California Venture Deals Rise To Around $1.4B


billion in venture activity here in Q1, up significantly from around $997M tallied in Q4. 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. Ties With Lilly Pulitzer


Cocodot is backed by Anthem Ventures, Mailroom Fund, and Rincon Venture Partners. The firm claims celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields, David Arquette, Giada De Laurentiis, David Stark, Courteney Cox and Colin Cowie are all active users of the site.

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Investors attending included: Benchmark, New World Ventures, True Ventures, Anthem Venture Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, IdeaLab, GRP Partners, Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, and Maverick Angels.

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


An analysis of Q2's venture capital deals and investment activity in Southern California find that venture capitalists invested around $1.6 The deal totals were significantly boosted in the quarter by activity across Biopharmaceuticals ($247.2M The most active investors in the region, by number of investments, were the Tech Coast Angels (9 tracked deals); followed by clean tech investor Angeleno Investors (3 deals).

Four Sites To Add Adventure To Your Summer Travel Plans


AdventureLink is backed by Allegis Capital, Anthem Ventures, and the Mailroom Fund, and is run by adventurer Jeff Dossett. Laguna Beach-based Kijubi is looking to connect travelers with all of those vacation summer activities you were looking for.

Southern California Venture Totals Drop in Q4


In terms of last quarter's activity by industry in Southern California, Industrial/Energy led, with $76.4M PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released their 2008 Q4 MoneyTree Report this evening, reporting that $28.3

Interview with Kelly Tompkins, AdventureLink


The round came from Anthem Venture Partners and the Mail Room Fund. You can see which agents specialize in that destination and activity, choose the activity, and enter your phone number, and your phone instantly rings. Your call is routed to the first available agency--anywhere in the globe--specializing in that destination and activity.

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But he also says that it wasn’t a negative regarding M&A activities with competitors – this is sometimes seen as one of the pitfalls of strategic money. Current round: $5.0mm in Series A by NEA and Anthem Venture Partners.