Clearstone Backs CupidsPlay.com

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has backed a developer of an online social dating and games firm, CupidsPlay. CupidsPlay said it received seed funding from Clearstone. cupidsplay clearstone venture capital funding online gaming content videogame social gamesFinancial details of the investment were not disclosed. CupidsPlay is based in Bellevue, Washington. READ MORE>>.

Clearstone Backs Games2Win

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners has upped its investment in Mumbai, India-based Games2Win , an online developer of casual and other games. Rajan Mehra of Clearstone Ventures joins the board of directors of Games2Win along with the funding. Clearstone's efforts in India are run by Sumant Mandal and Rajan Mehra. clearstone ventures venture capital games2win online casual gaming content videogame

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Clearstone Ventures Into Apture

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Santa Monica-based Clearstone Venture Partners is the lead investor in a Northern California firm focused on the blogging and publishing industry, Apture. Apture said this morning that Clearstone was the lead investor in a $4.1M, Series A investment in the firm, which develops tools which allows publishers to add multimedia to their articles and web pages. David Stern and Sumant Mandal of Clearstone have joined Apture's board along with the funding.

It Takes a Village to GROW and Nurture Innovation

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People like Peter Pham and Mike Jones who convinced Debbie Landa to throw monthly Dealmaker LA events, and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and Clearstone Venture Partners for generously hosting them. We’ll be bringing you more updates and exclusive content as we get closer to the event.

ActionAllStars.com Signs Up 100K Users For Sports Site

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The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Prism Venture Partners, and raised $7M in a venture round around September. Tags: actionallstars virtual content world games Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games is off to a rapid start with its new Action AllStars virtual world, the firm tells socalTECH, with more than 100,000 registered user in the first two weeks of public availability.

False Negatives and the Anti-Portfolio

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Seeing last week’s Venture Capital Dispatch in the online Wall Street Journal, When Venture Capitalists Let One Slip Away , reminded me of Jim Armstrong’s (Clearstone Venture Partners) comment last year about false negatives. These examples should give you a pretty good idea why Angels and VCs don’t typically invest in music, movies or other forms of content. Tags: General Anti-Portfolio Bessemer Venture Partners Clearstone Venture Partners Joe Platnick Pasadena Angels

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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He is currently a Managing Director of the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund and sits on the boards of IMI Exchange, Xfire, Playsino, ExpressCoin, GoCoin, FGL, Spicy Horse Games, KnCMiner.cn, Robocoin China and the Mastercoin Foundation.

Six Degrees Games Raises $7M

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The round was led by Time Warner, and also included prior investors Clearstone Venture Partners and Prism VentureWorks. Tags: degree games minard hamilton actionallstars virtual world content venture capital

TechZulu Recaps: The Annual Startup Forecast

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Speakers listed: Brock Pierce – Digital currency pioneer investing in Bitcoin, games, and online gambling businesses; Clearstone Global Gaming Fund. Peter Csathy jumps in to answer questions about content. The Annual TechZulu Startup Forecast is one of our most anticipated events.

Six Degrees Partners For Moderation Software

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Six Degrees is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Prism VentureWorks, and Time Warner. Tags: degree games moderation virtual world game video content

Rubicon Project: Q2 Advertising Grows

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Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund. Tags: rubicon project online advertising content Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising firm which helps web publishers optimize their ad network revenues, reported this week on the latest online ad spending, saying that ad spending tracked at its customers grew 47 percent in the first half of the year.

Integrien Adds Lee Roberts To Board

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Roberts is currently President and CEO of BlueWater Management Consulting , and was formerly General Manager and Vice President of Content Management at IBM, which acquired FileNet in 2006. Integrien is a developer of IT performance management software, and is backed by Acartha Group, Clearstone Venture Partners, and the Tech Coast Angels.

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Rubicon Bolsters Certified Inventory Effort

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Los Angeles-based The Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization firm backed by Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity, said today that it has enhanced its "Certified Inventory" program with a partnership with AdSafe Media. According to Rubicon, it is integrating AdSafe's proprietary content analysis technology to help provide more advanced brand protection for its advertisers.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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I'm happy to announce the launch of the Los Angeles Tech Content Community. This is the beginning of a content community that collects and organizes the best content from blogs and web sites. The goal is to create a place where it's relatively easy to find current content and highly relevant content surrounding Los Angeles Technology. The content comes from other places.

Interview with Rahul Sonnad, Geodelic

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We caught Rahul in a more serious conversation, and spoke to him about his venture funded, location-based information startup and what it's up to, as well as got the story behind the firm's incubation at Clearstone Ventures.

Rubicon Signs New York Advertising Firm

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Katz 360 Sales said it is using Rubicon Project's Internet advertising infrastructure to customize content and audience selections for its advertisers. The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia. Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project has signed a New York company, Katz 360 Sales, to give Katz access to its inventory of premium display ads, the firms announced today.

Rubicon Taps Firm to Sell Premium Ads

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Katz 360 Sales said it is using Rubicon Project's Internet advertising infrastructure to customize content and audience selections for its advertisers, across the 20,000 premium websites that Rubicon is enabling. The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia. Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project has tapped a New York company, Katz 360 Sales, to sell premium display ads to advertisers, the firms announced today.

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Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

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The "best of show" prize went to Magnify360, which develops software for optimizing content and web sites for specific users.

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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Obviously, this being LA, we're also very interested in digital content and distribution. My competition is not Rustic Canyon, it's not Clearstone, or the other venture firms in town. This morning's interview is with Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners (www.grpvc.com). GRP has just recently closed on a new $200M fund, and Mark has been one of the more active venture capitalists in the Los Angeles area in recent months.

Interview with Phil Ressler, BigStage Entertainment

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We spoke with Phil Ressler--a former venture capitalist from Clearstone Ventures--who is now CEO of BigStage. I had gone into Clearstone at their invitiation, and had a really exciting time, and the experiment lasted longer than expected. I had seen BigStage at Clearstone, and wanted to fund it two and a half years ago, but there wasn't support in the rest of the partnership for the deal.

Interview with Eric Hovanec and Steve Reich, LeisureLink

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Our platform enables them to very easily get content into our system, and syndicate that content--which in this case, is the inventory, the rooms they have available for sale--to all the places where a consumer might purchase travel. There's content loading, customer service, and account management--the basic guts of the operation. The board asked me to jump in, and I did, working with Ted Alexander and Jim Armstrong, of Mission Ventures and Clearstone Ventures, respectively.

This Week in VC – Scott Painter, CEO of Zag & TrueCar

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Incubated by Clearstone Ventures in 2008. Includes content mobile guides, ie. Makes money by partnering with brands and marketers to publish location-triggered content.