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Clearstone Backs Openbucks

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures is backing a Bay Area gift card-based, payment network, Openbucks , as part of a Series A funding for Openbucks. The round was led by Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang , and also included Terry Semel , Greycroft Partners , BV Capital, Morado Ventures, Novel TMT Ventures, Inspiration Ventures , CrunchFund, SV Angel and TiE Angels, along with the involvement of Clearstone Ventures.

It Takes a Village to GROW and Nurture Innovation

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In LA’s case, numerous individuals and businesses laid the foundation that has helped our community grow and thrive. Since landing in LA five years ago I’ve had countless conversations around what it takes to build a tech scene.

Clearstone's Sumant Mandal On Exits, Opportunities

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Over the last few months, Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures (www.clearstone.com) has had a number of high profile exits in its portfolio. So we helped create them, with the founders. Clearstone itself was an incubated entity, out of Idealab, it was Idealab Capital.

Tech Investor Pierce Makes Offer For Mt. Gox

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According to a report , Brock--and his investment group, Sunlot--apparently are hoping to help stabilize the Bitcoin economy through its move. BitAngels angel investment group focused on Bitcoin; is a backer of Santa Monica-based GoCoin; and has investments in such companies as Playsino and Xfire, in addition to being involved with the Clearstone Global Gaming Fund.

This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

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Had a great chat with Jim Armstrong who is a General Partner at Clearstone Venture Partners today on TWiVC. Clearstone currently invests out of a $200 million fund based in LA with offices in Menlo Park and in India.

Sixgill Raises $6M For Proximity Sensing

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The company says it is using proximity sensing for the enterprise, helping companies understand the movement of people, places and things in the enterprise. Ressler was previously a venture investor at Clearstone Venture Partners.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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So, I promised I would create this post to help point them in the right direction. Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become.

March Capital Partners Backs E8 Security

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in a Series A funding, for its cyber security analytics software, used to help detect cyber attacks. security march capital partners venture clearstone mandal cybersecurity cyberattack software Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners , the venture capital investment firm led by Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milkin, and Jamie Montgomery, is the lead investor in a new cyber security startup, E8 Security. E8 Security said Tuesday that it had raised $9.8M

Los Angeles Startup Community

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So, I promised I would create this post to help point them in the right direction. Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become.

March Capital Partners Backs Appcito

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Appcito is working on cloud-native, subscription software to help developers deliver cloud applications, improving performance, security, and end-user experience in those cloud applications. appcito venture capital cloud application infrastructure software saas subscription sumant mandal clearstone marchcapital march partners investment

Rubicon Project Hails Growth, New Customers

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Rubicon develops a cloud-based platform which enables real-time buying and selling of advertising for web publishers; the firm''s automated systems help optimize the amount of revenue earned by advertisers, by soliciting up real-time-bids for which advertisements which are presented on a web page. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, News Corp.,

Geodelic Ships Application With T-Mobile

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According to the venture backed firm, the new software for T-Mobile's myTouch 3G, learns a user's favorite locations and helps them find local retailers, restaurants, and attractions. in funding from Clearstone Venture Partners and Shasta Ventures.

Rubicon Project Taps Barnum As New COO, CFO

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Rubicon Project provides an online advertising optimization service, which helps publishers maximize their revenues by strategically determining what ads and ad networks to display in real time. The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures Asia, Comcast Ventures and News Corporation.

Do They Have a Great Rolodex, Connections and Advice?

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9. Do they help entrepreneurs, regardless of whether or not they invest. High-caliber Angels with a lot of experience at both large and small companies, tend to have strong Rolodexes and skills that can be applied to helping portfolio companies. A couple of years ago, William Quigley of Clearstone Venture Partners wrote an appropriate blog post, Value of Certain Angel Investors : As a VC, I divide angel investors into two buckets.

Insights and Opinions: Top 10 Board Meetings Do's And Don'ts For CEOs

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This morning's Insights & Opinions piece comes from Jim Armstrong , Managing Director at Clearstone Venture Partners. Jim is very active helping Southern California's aspiring entrepreneurs, and has been instrumental in helping to promote the technology industry here. Jim has been giving helpful advice to CEOs recently on his blog , and we're sharing his recent top ten list of board meetings do's and don'ts for CEO.

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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.

Rubicon Project Names Three Execs

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Rubicon Project is headed by Frank Addante, and develops ad optimization technology for web publishers, helping them to pick the best ad networks to optimize revenue on their web site. Rubicon Project is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures Asia, GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund and News Corporation. Los Angeles-based online advertising firm Rubicon Project announced this morning that it has hired three new executives.

Los Angeles: Founder Institute Introduction

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On Thursday evening, January 20th, the Founder Institute is hosting an informational event in Los Angeles at the offices of Clearstone Venture Partners. Anyone interested in becoming a world-class founder is invited to learn how the Institute can help. Thursday, January 20, 2011 -- Los Angeles: Founder Institute Introduction. Learn about the program, meet other applicants, and ask any questions. See [link] (more

The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA

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And Mark Suster has been fostering an environment to help find and grow the best and brightest new LA tech companies with LAunchpad. I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies.

Founders Institute Event

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Founder Institute is hosting an informational event in Los Angeles at the offices of Clearstone Venture Partners. Anyone interested in becoming a world-class founder is invited to learn how the Institute can help. Thursday, January 28, 2010 -- Founders Institute Event. Learn about the program, meet other applicants, and ask any questions. See [link] (more

At The Pool Courts Millennials With New Social Discovery App

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Los Angeles-based At The Pool , the social discovery service headed by Alex Capecelatro, has launched a brand new, mobile app it says is targeted at helping people to connect and interact. At The Pool is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Canyon Creek Capital, and angels.

LeisureLink Gets $9M In Series C

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The round came from current investors, including Clearstone Venture Partners, Mission Ventures, and Wyndham Exchange & Rentals. LeisureLink's systems help vacation rental operators distribute their inventory, and also is used for booking.

LeisureLink Signs Wholesale Travel Firm

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LeisureLink said that Tourico Holidays, a global wholesale travel provider has established a partnership with the firm, to help expand the properties it distributes. LeisureLink is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Mission Ventures, along with strategic investment from Wyndham Worldwide. Pasadena-based LeisureLink , the developer of travel booking software and services, has added a new customer, the firm said Tuesday.

LeisureLink Gets $6.2M

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LeisureLink, which provides a distribution and booking service for specialty lodging, said the round was led by Mission Ventures and Clearstone Venture Partners, and also included participation from its other insiders. Pasadena-based LeisureLink has closed on $6.2M

Six Degrees Partners For Moderation Software

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Marina Del Rey-based Six Degree Games , which runs the Action AllStars online virtual world for tweens and teens, said today that it is tapping a software product from Crisp Thinking to help moderate its online environment.

Rubicon Project Up 33.60 Percent In IPO

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Rubicon was venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., All three exits will help bolster Southern California''s reputation as a technology startup hotbed. Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project , which develops ad optimization technology and operates a related online advertising exchange, closed up 33.60% at $20.04 in its first day on the markets, after its debut as RUBI on the New York Stock Exchange. and Mayfield.

Rubicon Project Debuts New Product

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the developer of online advertising optimization tools funded by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and Peacock Equity Fund, said today that it has rolled out a new product called REVV for demand. The firm said the new product helps advertisers to automate inventory and audience buys in its REVV Marketplace.

Rubicon Project: 270 Percent Year over Year Growth

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Rubicon Project's online advertising service helps publishers pick the best yielding ads from online ad networks. The firm is backed by $42M in funding from Clearstone Ventures, Mayfield, IDG Venturs, and the GE/NBC Universal Peacock Equity Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization service firm headed by Frank Addante, is claiming this morning that the firm saw 270%, year over year growth in 2009.

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.

Rubicon Project Buys Others Online

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Rubicon said the buy will help it build out its platform. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone, IDG, Mayfield, and others. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , a venture backed provider of online advertising optimization services, said today that it has acquired Others Online , a provider of a behavioral targeting service for the online advertising industry. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Rubicon Project Names VPs

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Rubicon Project operates an online platform which helps to maximize the advertising revenue for online publishers, by selecting the most profitable ad networks for publishers on a real-time basis. The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures Asia, Comcast Ventures and News Corporation.

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Rubicon Project: Q2 Advertising Grows

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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. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures and GE/NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund.

Rubicon Updates Publisher Tool

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , which supplies ad optimization software to web publishers, announced today that it has released a new version of its VANTAGE Firefox browser plug-in, which helps provide its publishers with revenue and impressoin statistics and other information.

Rubicon Opens Office In Australia, Hires Away Googler

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Rubicon is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures, and helps online publishers optimize the selection of advertising networks used on their inventory. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced Wednesday that the firm has opened up an office in Sydney, Australia, as part of an expansion in the Asia Pacific region.

Rubicon Projects Raises $13M More

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The investment included $5M in equity funding from Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures Asia, and also included $8M in debt from Silicon Valley Bank. Rubicon Project operates a service which helps online publishers optimize which advertising networks to use on their web sites, to improve their CPMs.

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Rubicon Project Opens New York Office

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Rubicon, which is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, and Mayfield, said that it has hired on Josh Wexler as Director of Strategic Publisher Acquisition, who will head up its New York offices. Rubicon Project offers helps web publishers optimize their advertising revenue, by monitoring the performance and adjusting which advertising networks get a share of a site's ad inventory.

Big Stage Emerges From Beta

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BigStage is venture backed by Mission Ventures, Selby Ventures, and the Tech Coast Angels, and is based on research from the University of Southern California; the firm's CEO, Phil Ressler, was formerly a venture capitalist at Clearstone Ventures, and the firm was co-founded by Jon Snoddy and Jon Kraft, who also helped co-found music service Pandora.

Rubicon Project Raises $18M, Buys Fox Audience Network

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Rubicon said that the new funding round came from News Corporation, Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures Asia, Mayfield Fund, NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund and Jarl Mohn. Rubicon Project operates a service which helps web publishers optimize the advertising on the site, by selecting the best ad networks to run on a particular publisher page.