Clearstone Gets Exit At Apture

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Clearstone Ventures has scored an acquisition in its portfolio today, with the acquisition of Apture by Google. Apture had been backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Beau Vrolyk, Paul Maritz, and Steve Taylor. Clearstone was involved in Apture's Series A in March of 2009. apture google merger acquisition software browsing clearstone venture capital exit

Clearstone Re-Ups On Biometrics Firm AOptix

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Santa Monica-based venture capital investor Clearstone Ventures has re-upped in a developer of biometric identity verification technology. Campbell, California-based AOptix announced a $42M, Series E funding round today, which came from Clearstone Venture Partners , DAG Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Northgate Capital and W Capital Partners--all existing investors--along with new investor True Ventures.

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It Takes a Village to GROW and Nurture Innovation

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All of the stakeholders mentioned above play a role in creating a technology ecosystem. 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.

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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. In the case of Kazeon, brilliant enterprise search technology, people weren't just willing to buy the search technology.

Rubicon Project Sets IPO Range

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology developer Rubicon Project set the pricing range for its initial public offering Thursday, saying that it hopes to offer 6,770,995 shares of its common stock at between $15.00 Rubicon Project is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., Rubicon''s IPO is the first in Southern California from a technology company since June of 2012, when San Diego''s ServiceNow had its IPO.

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. ICQ (sold by AOL to Digital Sky Technologies ).

Rubicon Project Surges In IPO

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Santa Monica-based The Rubicon Project , the online advertising technology and exchange operator founded by Frank Addante, surged in its IPO on Wednesday morning, trading up roughly 34% in morning trading. The IPO is a huge win for backers Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., It''s been a long road for Rubicon''s backers, who first invested in the company back in 2007, when Clearstone Ventures invested in Rubicon''s Series A funding. Clearstone owned about 24.0%

Tech Investor Pierce Makes Offer For Mt. Gox

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Brock Pierce , the Southern California technology investor and Bitcoin mogul, is leading a group of investors looking to take over failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. 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.

Menlo Ventures Karl Mehta Launches CodeForIndia.Org To Empower Citizens In India

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Professor Vijay Pande of Stanford University, Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education and Vish Mishra, Venture Director at Clearstone and mentor to The Hive and The Fabric have joined CFI’s Advisory Board.

Quigley: Venture Capital Revival Coming

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William Quigley , a venture capitalist at Clearstone Venture Partners, is making the argument that venture capital returns are set to return superior returns in the coming years, due to the disinterest of institutional investors. Disclosure: Clearstone is a sponsor of socalTECH).

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

BetterWorks Taps Nicole Jordan For Communications Head

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Santa Monica-based BetterWorks , the employee fringe benefits services provider headed by Paige Craig, has tapped LA technology advocate Nicole Jordan as its head of Communications. Jordan is well known for her work promoting the Los Angeles technology industry, and has previously served at such firms as Clearstone Venture Partners, Rubicon Project, ThisNext.com, and others.

Southern California Firms Get $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding

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invested in that sector; Industrial/Energy firms, which includes a significant number of clean technology companies, had a total of $137.4M

Viewing Technology Companies Through a New Lens

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012 -- Viewing Technology Companies Through a New Lens: The 2012 Outlook. Cohn's Technology Industry Practice and the law firm of Stubbs Alderton and Makiles for a panel discussion covering: An update on trends and opportunities Positioning for liquidity events and growth financings The market for liquidity events is flourishing as the IPO market improves, private equity flows to growth opportunities, and strategic buyers find the fortitude to tap cash reserves.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Los Angeles LA Tech 101: The Company We Keep A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference The Challenges (& Opportunities) of Starting a Tech Company in LA Los Angeles Startup Networking Here are some guides to many of the different networking events around startups, technology, etc.: I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

Rubicon Project Hails Growth, New Customers

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project says today that it is one of the "fastest growing ad technology companies in history". Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, News Corp.,

Rubicon Project Taps Barnum As New COO, CFO

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization technology provider headed by Frank Addante, said this morning that it has named Brian Barnum as its Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, as well as appointed Mark Torres as Senior Vice President of People and Culture. The firm is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, IDG Ventures Asia, Comcast Ventures and News Corporation.

TONIGHT: Brock Pierce & GoCoin Host Oakland Mayoral Candidate, Bryan Parker

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The evening will feature a talk by Pierce about bitcoin technology, and a chance to meet Bryan Parker who shares, “Bitcoin is a tool we can use to dissolve inequality, be it social or economic, and facilitate change for whole communities.”

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. Tags: insights opinions armstrong clearstone venture capital

TechZulu Presents: The Annual Startup Forecast

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Topics of discussion will be Wearables Technology, Bitcoin, SaaS, Cloud, Mobile, Gaming, Social Markets, what surprises are coming for 2014, creating value with your company, hiring problem solvers, and building a sensible businesses.

Southern California Firms Gets $694M In Q3 2012 Venture Funding

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invested in that sector; Industrial/Energy firms, which includes a significant number of clean technology companies, had a total of $137.4M

What Mattered in 2010: Bruce Hallett, Miramar Venture Partners

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We asked the same five questions of a variety of top technology entrepreneurs, investors, and others, to hear what they're thinking about, and are sharing it here over the next two weeks. Who are the people here you think will most influence the technology world in the coming year?

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.

TechZulu Recaps: The Annual Startup Forecast

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In a short, densley packed timeline, our panel of industry experts discussed the fine line topics of wearables technology, bitcoin, SaaS, cloud, mobile gaming, and social markets. Babak Razi – Founder of Third Waves Ventures, innovator and supporter of emerging high technologies.

Rubicon Project Prices IPO

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Los Angeles-based online advertising technology provider Rubicon Project priced its IPO last night, saying that it is selling 6,770,995 shares of its common stock at $15.00 Rubicon Project is venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., The IPO is the first, technology IPO out of Los Angeles since 2011. rubicon project advertising merger exchange exit technology rubi

Mobile Wallet Solution Kuapay Unveils New Interface & Features For User Security

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” According to Joaquin we are headed to an era when phones will replace many of the other items we carry in our pockets such as wallets, from multiple credit cards to eventually cash and ID cards and security technology makes a true mobile wallet experience a reality.

Rubicon Projects Hires Investment Banker

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The firm said along with the announcement that it will be adding ad serving, forecasting, and other functionality to its system in 2010, and that it is taking an aim at current provider of ad server technology. Rubicon also said in its announcement that it had year-over-year growth of 270%, and that during 2009 it made its first acquisition, of technology firm Others Online. Tags: rubicon project merger acquisition investment banker advertising software technology server

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

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While we often lack the technology and product depth of our counterparts in the Bay, I would argue that entrepreneurs in LA would thrive if you dropped them into any industry. I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies.

Big Stage Emerges From Beta

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Pasadena-based Big Stage Entertainment , the venture-backed startup which is developing photo-realistic avatar technology, has exited its beta and officially launched its site. The firm said the official launch will allow users to create what the firm calls an "@actor" -- a 3D avatar which can be inserted into movie and TV clips, music videos, still images, and elsewhere. The firm had launched a beta of its site in August.

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. The company said the new funding will go towards investments in its technology platform, and also for its sales efforts.

Rubicon Project Up 33.60 Percent In IPO

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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 Rubicon was venture backed by Clearstone Ventures, News Corp., All three exits will help bolster Southern California''s reputation as a technology startup hotbed.

Integrien Adds To Advisory Board

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Irvine-based Integrien , a developer of IT analytics software, announced today that it has added Carol Dingle, most recently VP Product Development and Shared Services at Digital Insight/Intuit, to its technology advisory board. Integrien is backed by Acartha Group, Clearstone Venture Partners, and the Tech Coast Angels.

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