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 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.

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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.

Web 1.0 Entrepreneurs: we are roadkill unless we learn to run as fast as today’s founders.

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Many, many thanks to Jim Armstrong of Clearstone who insisted that I needed visit an incubator or two. “I told you so” doesn’t begin to cover it. New companies are being created at stunning speed by today’s founders. If you can’t keep up, you are dead. As you may have gathered from my blog, I’ve spent the last couple of months visiting with companies and incubators.

Recent Insights & Opinions: Web traffic, trouble in Venture Capital, and more

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Visitors to our web site are most likely familiar with our Insights and Opinions section, where we share advice, opinions, insights, and more from our readers. The latest contributions: Docstoc's Jason Nazar gives a primer on The 7 Ways to Get Traffic On The Web. Frank Peters , of the Frank Peters Show, talks with Clearstone Ventures' Jim Armstrong about Trouble in Venture Capital.

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ANGEL INVESTOR JUDGES: Emil Babadjov, Viovoda Labs; Brad Feldman, Pasadena Angels; Mark Landay, Harvard Business Angels; Jeff Lapin, Tech Coast Angels; Brock Pierce, Clearstone Global Gaming Fund; Joe Platnick, Pasadena Angels, Pan Pacific Capital; Scott Sangster, Tech Coast Angels; Mark Schwartz, Harvard Business Angels. Monday, June 4, 2012 -- aunchFEST Demo Night.

Rubicon Project Bolsters Executive Ranks

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Rubicon develops software which automatically optimizes the ads displayed on web publisher's web sites to increase revenues for those sites. Rubicon Project is headed by serial entrepreneur Frank Addante, and venture backed by News Corporation, Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures Asia, Mayfield Fund, NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund, along with others.

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.

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

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He just pounded out design and code for a few weeks and got Plancast up on the web and users adopting his product right away. In Los Angeles we are at a disadvantage because the founder(s) often have no experience in building consumer web applications.

LeisureLink Signs Florida Lodging Operator

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According to LeisureLink, the resort has implemented its booking engine on its web site. LeisureLink provides online travel booking software used by vacation rental and specialty lodging operators, and is venture backed by Mission Ventures and Clearstone Venture Partners.

Rubicon Project: $100M+ In Revenues This Year, Profitability In Q4

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Addante said the firm--which has taken $42M in venture capital from Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity fund--is on track to achieve the "ultimate test of success" for any startup, profitability. Addante said the firm now is processing over 50 billion ad transactions monthly for over 300 of the web's largest publishers, reaching over 550 million global Internet users.

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. Rubicon's certified inventory program rates publishers' sites for safety, quality, and other factors, so that advertisers can better target their ads to the most appropriate web sites.

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.

LeisureLink Ties With Groupize.com

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which operates an online system for connecting vacation rental properties with travel agents and web booking, has linked with a new automated group hotel booking engine, Groupize.com , the two said this morning. LeisureLink is backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mission Ventures, and Wyndham Worldwide, and is headed by Erik Hovanec.

Rubicon Project Hires International VP

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Rubicon, which provides online advertising optimization for web publishers, said that Stevens joins form MySpace, where he was SVP of Audience and also VP of MySpace's European operations. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project announced today that the firm has expanded into the UK, and hired on Jay Stevens as Vice President and General Manager, International.

ActionAllStars.com In Partnership With Candystand

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According to the firms, ActionAllStars.com's sports entertainment will be available directly from Candystand.com's web site. ActionAllStars is operated by Six Degree Games, and is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners and Prism Venture Partners. Marina Del Rey-based ActionAllStars.com , which develops virtual worlds for kids from six to 14 years old, said this morning that it has linked up with Candystand.com , an online gaming and entertainment site.

Rubicon Project Buys SiteScout

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , the online advertising optimization firm backed by Clearstone, Mayfield, IDG, and Peacock Equity Fund, announced this morning that it has acquired SiteScout , a Seattle-based firm providing malware security technology. Rubicon develops an online service which optimizes which online advertising and online ad networks are used on a web publisher's web site.

Rubicon Project Makes Two Hires

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Rubicon Project develops technology used to optimize advertising revenues for web publishers. The firm is venture backed by Mayfield Fund, Clearstone Venture Partners and IDG Ventures. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project, which develops online advertising optimization software, announced this morning that it has hired on two executives to the firm. Rubicon said that it has hired Mark Douglas as Vice President of Engineering, and Seizo Welch as Vice President of Finance.

Rubicon Serves Up A Trillion Display Ads

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Rubicon Project's services are used by web publishers to pick the best ad networks to run on a specific page of their site, based on the return predicted from that ad network. Rubicon is venture backed by News Corporation, Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures Asia, Mayfield Fund, NBC Universal's Peacock Equity Fund and Jarl Mohn.

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 Project Opens New York Office

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Santa Monica-based Rubicon Project , which provides web advertising optimization software, has expanded into New York, the firm announced Thursday. 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 Extends Into Mobile Ads

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Rubicon's new product provides automation of mobile advertising, based on eCPM, click through rates, and fill rates, similar to Rubicon's web product. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, IDG Ventures, Mayfield, and Peacock Equity Fund. Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project is extending into mobile advertising, the firm said today, with a new mobile ad optimization product.

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: CPMs Up For Ad Publishers

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Los Angeles-based Rubicon Project , which provides online advertising optimization for web publishers, reports this morning that its latest advertising market survey finds that CPMs are up "significantly" in Q2. Rubicon is venture backed by Clearstone Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, and IDG Ventures, and has raised $33M in funding.

Rubicon Signs New York Advertising Firm

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Rubicon Project provides online Internet advertising infrastructure for publishers, which optimizes the advertising placed on their web sites. 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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Rubicon Project provides online Internet advertising infrastructure for publishers, which optimizes the advertising placed on their web sites. 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.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then. But, in running it now for the second half of January, the keyword that popped to the top was: Layoffs And this is definitely a sign of the times.

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.

Los Angeles Tech Launched - Hot List

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

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.

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Rubicon: CPMs Flat, Seeing Revenue Growth

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Rubicon, which is backed by Clearstone Ventures, Mayfield, and IDG Ventures, publishes its market report every quarter, examining the online advertising industry. Rubicon Project develops automated software and services which optimizes the CPM paid to online advertisers, by choosing the best online advertising to run on publisher web sites.

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.