Ross Levinsohn Takes Charge At Yahoo


A familiar face in Southern California's technology industry reappeared in a high profile position this weekend: Ross Levinsohn , the former head of Fox Interactive Media and venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, has taken the reins at troubled Internet portal Yahoo , after the company decided to replace CEO Scott Thompson. Yahoo has also replaced its Chairman, Roy Bostock, by Fred Amorosa, who had been heading up the board's investigation of Thompson's credentials.

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First Round Capital Launches Dorm Room Fund | $500,000 Pilot Investment Fund For Students

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Josh Kopelman, managing partner at Philadelphia based First Round Capital has launched Dorm Room Fund, in a move to reach out to college dorm entrepreneurs, like he was in 1992 while at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Less Capital is Capital Still.

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Ross Levinsohn Joins SteelHouse's Board


Los Angeles-based advertising software developer SteelHouse announced on Thursday that it has named Ross Levinsohn, the former CEO of Yahoo!, Levinsohn, who is a well known advisor and investor in the digital media and technology market, has previously served as CEO of Yahoo!, SteelHouse is led by Mark Douglas, and venture backed by Mercato Partners, Staley Capital and Silicon Valley Bank.

It's Official: Ross Levinsohn Out At Yahoo


Ross Levinsohn , who has been heading up Yahoo as Interim CEO, is officially leaving the firm tomorrow, according to a regulatory filing by Yahoo. The move is not at all surprising or unexpected, given Yahoo's hiring of former Googler Marissa Mayer as CEO earlier this month.

AdventureLink Snags CEO From Yahoo


Dossett was most recently at Yahoo!, AdventureLink is venture funded by Anthem Venture Partners, The Mailroom Fund, and Allegis Capital. Tags: adventurelink travel executive booking yahoo

Yahoo Confirms Ross Levinsohn Hire


Internet portal Yahoo confirmed Wednesday afternoon that it has hired Ross Levinsohn , former head of Fox Interactive Media, and current venture capitalist at Fuse Capital, as its new Executive Vice President of Americas. According to Yahoo, Levinsohn reports directly to Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, and will manage the company's media group, advertising sales, and partnerships for the Americas region. Tags: yahoo ross levinsohn executive media content

Spotlight: LA Tech Summer Judges Includes BetterWorks, CallFire, Idealab, and Tech Coast Angeles

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He also designed the Farmville iPhone application (top iPhone app), and worked on corporate development deals including Microsoft, Yahoo, Zynga Japan, and Zynga corporate strategy. The Spotlight: LA Tech Summer event is turning to be the best one yet!

Yahoo Deal With Microsoft May Hit Overture


In a major deal, search portal provider Yahoo and software giant Microsoft said that the two companies are in a deal where Yahoo will replace its own search engine technology with that of Microsoft--with potentially huge repercussions to Yahoo's Southern California search engine marketing operations. Tags: technology advertising engine search microsoft overture yahoo

Why Google Fiber? Moat-widening Endeavor & Future of Computing.

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The first half of the value chain is far more capital-intensive, so they weren’t able to move into those layers until the company grew and matured. 02 per Google search, and provided Yahoo for free. In twenty years, Fiber will be one of Google’s most valuable assets.

Report: Levinsohn May Head Up Yahoo North America


Ross Levinsohn , the former head of Fox Interactive Media, is possibly the top candidate to head of Yahoo 's North American operations, according to a report from AllThingsD. It's unclear where that would leave Levinsohn's venture firm, Fuse Capital , as well as a new digital media fund the firm recently established with Best Buy. Yahoo has been undergoing some management turmoil, and recently lost Hilary Schneider, who headed up Yahoo's US operations.

Gradient X Snags Exec From OpenX


Gradient X , the online mobile marketing and advertising technology developer backed by GRP Partners, Rincon Venture Partners, Crosscut Ventures, Founder Collective, Double M Capital, Baroda Ventures, Siemer Ventures, and others, has snapped up some talent from OpenX with its latest hire.

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DataPop Raises $7M


The funding was led by MK Capital, and also included prior investors Rincon Ventures, IA Ventures, Momentum Ventures, and Accelerator Ventures. Lehmbeck, as well as a significant number of employees at DataPop, were at Overture Services/Yahoo. datapop venture capital advertising technology targeting overtureLos Angeles-based DataPop , the developer of advertising targeting technology headed byJason Lehmbeck, has raised $7M in a Series B funding round, the firm said today.

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Launch Media's David Goldberg Passes Away


Goldberg had also served as President of Yahoo Music in Los Angeles. Yahoo acquireed Launch Media back in 2001, eventually renaming the site to become Yahoo Music. Goldberg founded LAUNCH Media in 1994, and prior to that, had served at Capital Records in Los Angeles.

Metacloud VC On Cisco Acquisition: "Epic Exit"


According to one of Pasadena-based Metacloud ''s venture capital backers, the acquisition of the cloud services provider by Cisco on Wednesday was an "epic exit". Vice President of Technology Operations at Ticketmaster Entertainment and Steve Curry, the former head of Yahoo''s global storage operations. metacloud venture capital merger acquisition cisco cloud private

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

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I was on This Week in Venture Capital (TWiVC) again this week with Jason Calacanis. billion to Yahoo! mm in Series A; IdealLab ( Bill Gross ), Index Ventures ( Danny Rimer ), Revolution LLC ( Steve Case ), First Round Capital , BetaWorks , Jason Calcanis.

HipGeo Raises $500K


The funding comes from Morado Venture Partners, a seed stage fund run by ex-Yahoo executives Ash Patel and Michael Marquez. hipgeo venture capital funding geolocation smart phone locationLos Angeles-based HipGeo has raised $500,000 in an initial round of funding, the firm is announcing this week. Other investors in the round include Galen Buckwalter, former Chief Scientist at eHarmony, and San Diego angel investor Bob Bingham.

Vicente Capital Partners Raises $150M Fund


Los Angeles-based Vicente Capital Partners said Wednesday that the investment fund has raised $150M for the firm's Growth Equity Fund. The firm said its new fund will invest between $5M and $15M in equity in expansion capital or buyout deals, to companies who have $2M to $25M in revenues and up to $5M in EBITDA. Limited partners in the new fund include CalPERS, Fairview Capital, JP Morgan Asset Mgmt.

Scopely Raises $8.5M


scopely venture capital social videogame video game content elbaz buddiesIt looks like all that bacon paid off. Los Angeles-based Scopely , the startup co-founded by Eytan Elbaz , Eytan Elbaz , Walter Driver and Ankur Bulsara, which is developing social and mobile games, said this morning that it has raised $8.5M in a new, seed financing round, from Anthem Venture Partners, The Chernin Group, Greycroft Venture Partners and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), as well as angels.

Interview Dan Dato and Bruce Brown, Upstart.LA


We're looking to launch our first class in the fall, with five to ten companies, with the TechStars model of a small capital investment, and a seed investment of $6000 per founder. which became Softbank Marketing, selling ads for Yahoo before Yahoo had its own salesforce.

TYLT Labs' New Seed Fund And The Promise Of Silicon Beach


There seems to a perpetual shortage of local venture capital investors in the region, despite the huge growth in startup activity here, particularly along Silicon Beach. Plus, there are companies like Yahoo, Google, and others who have set up shop here.

Insights and Opinions: Angel and Venture Capital Shareholder Liquidity


It has been a long 10 year drought of no IPOs and sub par M&A activity that has stifled the startup, venture capital and angel investment community throughout the US. All of these companies have been courted for M&A opportunities by existing public companies like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, Research in Motion, Nokia to be purchased. Read the rest of Jeff's post on on angel and venture capital shareholder liquidity.

Do Not Obsess On Names – Obsess On Delivering Awesome Customer Value


Yahoo – Merriam-Webster defines “Yahoo” as “a boorish, crass, or stupid person.” Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo’s Founders, chose the name, as they considered themselves to be “Yahoos.” Legend asserts that the name change from Cadabra was prompted by Yahoo’s alphabetized listing of search results. The lowercase “c” was eventually capitalized after nearly 10 years, due to the confusion the small “c” created when the company was referenced in print.

Topline Games Raises $25M


The funding came from Cantor Ventures, the venture capital arm of New York investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald. Topline Game Labs is led by David Geller, the prior Global Head of Fantasy Sports at Yahoo! topline games fantasy sports marketplace venture capital content yahoo In the big-fundings-we-recently-missed category, Los Angeles-based Topline Game Labs recently announced that it has raised $25M in a funding round for its fantasy sports and social gaming marketplace.

This Week in Venture Capital with Jason Calacanis

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I was on This Week in Venture Capital today with Jason Calacanis talking about the big VC deals at the moment and talking about the VC industry. I also agree with Charlie O’Donnell that they won’t see to Yahoo!


Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

Both Sides of the Table went on to ink huge distribution deals with Microsoft, AOL & Yahoo! Overture was sold to Yahoo! Entrepreneur Advice This Week in Venture CapitalLast night I had the great privilege to interview Bill Gross , one of the Internet’s true pioneers.

Anthem, DFJ Frontier Back Janrain


Two Los Angeles area venture capital firms have re-upped their investments in a provider of identity management software. Anthem Ventures , represented by Samit Varma , and DFJ Frontier, represented by David Cremin , are two of the investors in Portland-based JanRain , whose software is used to allow websites to use existing online accounts such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Yahoo to sign up for other web services or even corporate applications.

The Corrosive Downside of Acquihires

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And to keep up with the Jones’s it seems that Yahoo! Almost certainly the startup would have raised some capital. You have been at Google,, Yahoo! Does Yahoo! Acquihires and Venture Capital.

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Surveying SoCal's M&A Landscape, with David Siemer


Google and Yahoo aren''t going to buy them, AOL has already made its bet, and your only real path to an exit is an IPO for any kind of liquidity. The large acquirers, the Microsoft and Yahoo''s of the world, were buying 20-40 companies a year.

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Brian Coryat, ValueClick Founder And Internet Pioneer: Startups Should Wing It


Talking To Yahoo''s Jerry Yang. He quickly realized the power of the Internet when he came across a relatively obscure site, called Yahoo! But there was this one site that somebody told me about or maybe I read about and it was called Yahoo! bring in investor capital, and.

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MarketShare Bolsters Advisory Board With Levinsohn, Others


Levinsohn is the best known of the three, having most recently been interim CEO at Yahoo!, in addition to serving at Fuse Capital and Fox Interactive Media. marketshare executive advisory board analytics software marketing markets yahoo levinsohn ross

MetaCloud Raises $10M For Private Cloud Service


Lynch and Curry are technology veterans, having managed cloud deployments for Yahoo and Ticketmaster. metacloud venture capital cloud computing private openstack rackspace deployment management software Metacloud , a provider of managed, Openstack-based private cloud services, announced this morning that it has raised $10M in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Canaan Partners, and also included Storm Ventures and AME Cloud.

Tecca Aims At Women


Tecca was originally spun out as a project of Fuse Capital, the venture capital investment firm formerly headed by Ross Levinsohn, before he was hired away to run Yahoo's Americas business; Tecca is now co-led by Assaf Tarnopolsky (Sony Pictures/MobiTV) and Shannon Ludovissy (Fox Interactive Media/Movielink/Fandango/NBC).

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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Further to the south are the legendary companies of Cisco, Apple, Intel, eBay, Yahoo!, In fact, so many DID NOT that companies like Google & Yahoo! Spark Capital, Flybridge, Founder Collective, NextView Ventures … all in Boston or Cambridge not west of the city. In San Fran you find more recently established VCs like True Ventures, First Round Capital, Freestyle, Kii Capital and others.