Steamboat Ventures Cuts US Investment Efforts

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In yet more attrition from Southern California's venture capital ranks, Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, looks to have sharply pulled back on its U.S. Steamboat no longer lists Managing Directors Dan Beldy and Beau Laskey, and the two apparently left the firm sometime last year. Word of Steamboat's moves have been making their way around the community since early January.

Steamboat Ventures Sells Scrapblog

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Scrapblog , an online scrapbooking service backed by Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , has been sold to personal photo publishing firm Mixbook. Scrapblog as venture backed by Steamboat Ventures and Longworth Venture Partners, and allowed users to create a digital scrapbook of personal photos and other information. steamboat venture capital merger acquisition scarpblog mixbook

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Steamboat Ventures Seeks New $100M Fund

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Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital firm linked to The Walt Disney Company, is seeking to raised $100M for its latest fund, Steamboat Ventures V. Steamboat's US portfolio has included such local companies as Edgecast, GameSalad, GoPro, Sometrics, and Fastclick; however, the vast majority of its efforts now appear to be in Asia. The last, Southern California investment by Steamboat looks to have been in Edgecast back in 2013.

Steamboat Re-Ups On Mobile Measurement Firm Ground Truth

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of Walt Disney, has re-upped its investment in a provider of mobile and Internet usage analytics and measurement tools. According to Seattle, Washington-based Ground Truth , it has raised another $8M in funding, from North Bridge Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures, Voyager Capital, Emergence Capital, and OPENAIR Equity Partners.

GoPro Boosted By Steamboat, Others

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GoPro , the maker of wearable, action sports cameras, which has operations in San Diego, has scored a strategic investment which includes the involvement of Burbank Steamboat Ventures , GoPro said today. GoPro said it received a "substantial" strategic investment which included Riverwood Capital, Steamboat Ventures, Sageview Capital, Walden International, and U.S. Venture Partners.

ValueClick Buys Greystripe

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Greystripe was venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Monitor Ventures, Peacock Equity, and Incubic Venture Capital, and was based in San Francisco. Westlake Village-based online advertising firm ValueClick announced this morning that it has acquired Greystripe , an operator of a brand-focused mobile advertising network. The deal was worth $70M in cash.

GameSalad Raises $6M More

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The round was led by Steamboat Ventures, and also included Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. As part of the funding, Beau Laskey of Steamboat joins the board, and Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners have joined the company's board of directors.

Steamboat Supports Baynote In Latest Round

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, has re-upped its investment in San Jose-based Baynote , a developer of personalization and marketing software for the enterprise market. Baynote said that it raised $13M in a Series C led by SingTel Innov8, which also included prior investors Hummer Winblad, Steamboat Ventures and JK&B Capital. Steamboat's Dan Beldy sites on the board of directors of Baynote.

GameSalad Improves Support Tools

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GameSalad is backed by Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital arm of Disney, Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. Los Angeles-based and Austin-based GameSalad , which develops software to easily create iPhone and other iOS platform games, announced earlier this week that it has improved its overall communications and support tools for its users.

Steamboat Boosts Chinese Advertising Firm

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital firm backed by Walt Disney Co., According to Beijing-based Yoyi Media , it received a Series A investment on undisclosed size from Steamboat Ventures and Gobi Partners. Steamboat has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong in addition to Los Angeles. Tags: steamboat venture capital ventures disney walt yoyi media china internet advertising

Rustic Canyon, Steamboat Get Exit At MerchantCircle

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Two Southern California venture capital firms have benefited from an acquisition yesterday of Mountain View-based MerchantCircle , an online local business advertising and networking site, by fellow online advertising firm Reply! 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.

Steamboat Backs Camera Maker GoPro

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, has backed Woodman Labs the parent firm of sports camera maker GoPro. It appears the investment was led by Steamboat's Beau Laskey. labs woodmand gopro capital venture steamboatFinancial details of the investment were not disclosed. The WSJ first reported the investment Wednesday.

Steamboat Invests In Greystripe

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of Disney, is one of the investors in Bay Area-based mobile games advertising firm Greystripe , which raised a $5.5M Greystripe said the funding round was led by Incubic Venture Capital, and also included Monitor Ventures, in addition to Steamboat Ventures. Steamboat was the lead on Greystripe's 2007 Series B funding; managing director Dan Beldy sits on Greystripe's board.

Steamboat Invests in Chinese Web Analytics Firm

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Los Angeles-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of The Walt Disney Company, has invested in a Chinese startup which provides web, video, and search analytics, Gridsum Technology. According to Gridsum, Steamboat led its Series A. As part of the funding, Steamboat's Perry Chui and Alex Hartigan join Gridsum's board. Tags: steamboat ventures walt disney analytics investment china gridsum

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Move Networks Acquired by Echostar

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Move Networks , the venture backed developer of high definition streaming technology for Internet video, has been acquired by Echostar , the firms said Thursday afternoon. Move, which briefly was based in Irvine, was venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Benchmark Capital, Microsoft, Cisco, Comcast and Televisa.

Why The Growth Of The Internet Is Driving EdgeCast's Revenues

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What we've managed to do, is to use our background in web hosting--my partners and I have been building web hosting companies for years in the app hosting space--to run EdgeCast, in a way that is capital efficient, profitable, and highly performant. Really, it's just another source of capital.

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Steamboat Invests In Greystripe

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of Disney, is one of the investors in Bay Area-based mobile games advertising firm Greystripe , which raised a $5.5M Greystripe said the funding round was led by Incubic Venture Capital, and also included Monitor Ventures, in addition to Steamboat Ventures. Steamboat was the lead on Greystripe's 2007 Series B funding; managing director Dan Beldy sits on Greystripe's board.

Move Networks Raises $3.0M, Sets Up Shop In Irvine

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Source of the funding was not disclosed, however, Dan Beldy, a venture capitalist at Steamboat Ventures, remains listed as a board member. The firm has previously raised funding from Benchmark Capital, Cisco Corp., Comcast Interactive Capital, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Microsoft Corp., and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: move networks movenetworks venture capital adaptive streaming disney steamboat video

EMN8 Scores $12.2M More

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EMN8 has previously raised capital from Allegis Capital, GRP Partners, Sid R. Bass Associates, and Steamboat Ventures. Bass Associates and Allegis Capital continue to have board seats at EMN8. electronics restaurant food fast kiosk capital venture emn8San Diego-based EMN8 , a developer of fast food ordering kiosks for restaurants, has raised $12.2M out of an ongoing, $18.186M funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm last week.

EdgeCast Gets $54M For Content Delivery Efforts

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The new funding was led by Performance Equity Management, and also included existing investors Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. edgecast venture capital content delivery network internet traffic Santa Monica-based content delivery network EdgeCast has just filled up its warchest, announcing Thursday that it has raised $54M in a big funding round.

EMN8 Raises $14.4M

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Bass Associates, and Fort Washington Capital. According to the filing, representatives from RMT Family Partners and Allegis Capital are now on its board. The firm no longer lists former investor Steamboat Ventures on its web site as an investor. Tags: emn8 kiosk fast food retail hardware venture capital San Diego-based b>EMN8 , a developer of order taking kiosks for the fast food industry, has raised $14.4M

Passenger Names Technology VP

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Passenger is venture backed by Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners and Steamboat Ventures. Los Angeles-based Passenger , an operator of online communities for brands, said Wednesday that it has named Michael Winner as the firm's Senior Vice President of Technology. Winner has served at Ideal Soft and Blink Logic, in addition to working at IBM, Compaq and KPMG. The company said that Winner will split his time btween Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

GoPro, With SoCal Ties, Files For IPO

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The firm''s founder, Nicholas Woodman, is a graduate of UC San Diego, and came up with the idea for the company while surfing off of San Diego; the company''s investors also include Steamboat Ventures--the venture arm of Walt Disney--which looks to own something around 3 percent of the company. Morgan, Citigroup, Barclays, Allen & Company LLC, Stifel, Baird, MCS Capital Markets, Piper Jaffray, and Raymond James.

RazorGator Gets $10M In Debt Financing

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Los Angeles-based RazorGator , fresh off a recent equity financing round, said Monday that it has raised $10M in an debt financing extension from Hercules Technology Growth Capital. equity raise last week from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: razorgator ticket htgc venture debt funding capital

Steamboat Invests In Celebrity Site

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Los Angeles-based Steamboat Ventures has set its sights on the celebrity web space, and is the lead investor in a new round of funding for Fanzter , which operates the celebrity products site Coolspotters.com. According to Connecticut-based Fanzter, Steamboat's Dan Beldy joins the firm's board of directors. Steamboat is the venture capital arm of Walt Disney.

RazorGator Confirms Funding

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in a funding round, led by existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: razorgator ticketing venture capital Los Angeles-based RazorGator announced Friday that it has close on $7.5M The funding had been disclosed earlier this week, but not confirmed by the company until today. According to RazorGator, it will use the new round of funding for "aggressive expansion" of its ticketing service.

RazorGator Gains $7.5M

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in a venture funding round. The firm and its venture backers had not returned further information on the funding as of press time. However, venture firm Steamboat Ventures now lists RazorGator as a portfolio firm. Tags: ticketing razorgator venture capital Los Angeles-based RazorGator , which provides an online ticketing service, has reportedly raised at least $7.5M

Steamboat Boosts Video Advertising Firm

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Burbank-based venture capital firm Steamboat Ventures , which is affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, has led a new investment in a Bay area video advertising and monetization firm, FreeWheel. According to FreeWheel, Steamboat led a $16.8M funding, which also included Turner Broadcasting, Battery Ventures, and Foundation Capital. Steamboat's investment was led by Dan Beldy. Tags: freewheel disney ventures steamboat

Passenger Gains $7.5M More

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The round came from Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners, and Steamboat Ventures, all existing investors in the firm. Nour-Omid is a partner at Shelter Capital, and has previously served at Scopus Technology and StudioXchange, and also serves on the boards of Roamware, Isensix, and Kryptiq. Tags: venture capital passenger executive social networking brand branding corporate

Steamboat Gets Big Win With Pure Digital

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures has seen a big exit in one of its portfolio firms, San Francisco-based Pure Digital , with the announcement this morning that Cisco will pay $590M in stock for the video camera maker. Steamboat is one of a number of venture investors in Pure Digital, which makes the popular "Flip" consumer video cameras. Steamboat is a venture capital firm whose primary LP is the Walt Disney Company.

Passenger Self-Service Community Software

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The firm is backed by Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners and Steamboat Ventures. Los Angeles-based Passenger , a developer of software used by brands to run online communities for their customers, announced today that it has released a new version of its platform. According to the company, it has expanded its product to allow agencies to build and manage their own communities using its software.