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GRP Partners Backs DataSift

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners said today that it has made another investment in the Twitter ecosystem, and has led a $6M, Series A investment in Datasift. Datasift is a provider of real-time, analytics and management tools for third party developers and companies. GRP was joined by IA Ventures in the investment. Mark Suster, who led the investment for GRP Partners, explained that he is "doubling down" on the Twitter ecosystem via the investment.

HealthDataInsights Sells for $400 Million. Big Win for GRP Partners.

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It’s even more exciting when you can report an exit of a company that is a major win. That’s why I’m proud to announce today that HealthDataInsights (founded by Victor Chaltiel), where GRP Partners was a 30% owner, has been acquired for $400 million.

GRP Partners Gets IPO At Qualys

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has just chalked up an IPO for its portfolio, with the IPO this morning of Redwood City-based Qualys. GRP Partners owns 8.3% of Qualys after the IPO, and had initially held a 10.67% stake in the company before the public offering. GRP's investment in Qualys is overseen by Yves Sisteron. qualys cloud security software merger acquisition exit grpvc partners

Interview with Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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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. It looks like GRP has been making lots of early stage investments lately--can you talk a little bit about your investment preferences and what you are looking at nowadays?

LA’s Own Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding

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According to sources there are several funds and firms participating in the investment of the startups including, Rincon Ventures , Idealab , Baroda Ventures , GRP Partners , David Cohen , David Tisch , DLA Piper and Stubbs Alderton.

GRP Partners Hits $148.6M In New Fund, GRP IV

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GRP Partners , the venture capital firm managed by Steven Dietz, Brian McLoughlin, Yves Sisteron, and Mark Suster, seems to be making good progress on its newest fund, GRP IV, according to a regulatory filing from the firm filed Wednesday. partners venture capital fund funding

Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Mark Suster of GRP Partners and Launchpad was confirmed to keynote along with Nely Galan of Galan Entertainment, the first Latina president of Telemundo. Companies represented include: Disney, Warner Bros., Start-up Showcase : 30-40 startups give company pitches to the community.

What Mattered in 2012: Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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Today, we're featuring Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners , founder of LaunchpadLA , the startup accelerator, not to mention well read blogger and highly watched host of This Week In Venture Capital.

What Mattered In 2010: Mark Suster, GRP Partners

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Today, we spoke with Mark Suster , a venture capitalist at GRP Partners. In your opinion, what events, companies, or people made the biggest impact on the technology world in 2010? year review mark suster partners venture capital

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

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RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles By: Laura Rich February 26, 2010 It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley. Mark Suster, a partner at GRP Partners in Los Angeles, spoke with Fastcompany.com about what makes L.A.s

ChowNow Gets $708K

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Details on the funding have not yet been announced by the company. ChowNow has previously raised funding from Daher Capital, Double M Partners, GRP Partners, Karlin Ventures and Velos Partners, and was part of LaunchpadLA. Los Angeles-based mobile food ordering startup ChowNow has raised $708,414 as part of a new funding round, according to regulatory filing by the firm this week.

RingRevenue Expands Into New Offices, Ramps Hiring

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The firm said it added four new team members so far this month, and has a number of other positions open at the company. RingRevenue is backed by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue , the developer of pay-per-call technology for the affiliate marketing industry, told its customers Friday that it has moved into a new space on East Figueroa Street in Santa Barbara.

RingRevenue Sees Traction In Financial Services

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The firm said companies like Progrexion Marketing--which markets the credit repair product Lexington Law--has been seeing success with pay-per-call using its products. RingRevenue is venture backed by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. The company has been closely watched due to its executives' track record; the executive team, including Spievak, were previously at Callwave.

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

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The latest numbers from the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report finds that companies here in Southern California raised $695.4M in investments, split across only three companies, including JustFabulous raising $76M, and Nasty Gal raising $25M.

GumGum Expands To Canada In First International Deal

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GumGum , the provider of in-image advertising services which is backed by GRP Partners, First Round Capital, New Enterprise Associates and Crosscut Ventures, has signed a deal with a Canadian firm, in its first deal out of the country, according to the company Wednesday.

textPlus Lands $18M, Buys Jarvus

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Prior investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Matrix Partners and GRP Partners also participated in the funding. In addition to the new funding, the company also said it has acquired Los Angeles-based Jarvus , which develops an app to people capture and share experiences, events and moments together. The company said the fourth round of funding will go towards international expansion, product development and strategic acquisitions.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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LA Tech Survival Guide A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles Guide to the LA Startup Community Why You Should Start a Company in. 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.:

Munchery Takes On Pop-Up Pantry, Plans LA Expansion

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The expansion plans put the company on collision course with Pop-Up Pantry, one of the startups out of the LaunchpadLA effort, which offers an almost identical service which delivers gourmet meals to users which users again finish off at home. Pop-Up Pantry is backed by GRP Partners, CrossCut Ventures, Adam Goldenberg (JustFab), and Michel Daher (of Daher Foods).

Southern California Venture Deals Hit $683.7M in Q4 2012

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raised by companies in Q4 of 2011, and less than the $701.18M raised by companies in the region in Q3 of 2012. billion into 968 companies for Q4 of 2012.

Gumgum Names Sales VP

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The company said it has appointed Brennan Beyer as its new Vice President of Sales. Beyer joins the company from SocialVibe, where he also served as VP of Sales. Gumgum recently raised $7M in a funding from New Enterprise Associates, GRP Partners, and First Round Capital. Santa Monica-based Gumgum , the celebrity image licensing and advertising startup headed by Ophir Tanz, has appointed a new VP of Sales, the firm told socalTECH today.

Silicon Beach Fest Expands Event Lineup, Sets Keynotes

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Organizers of the conference (disclaimer: socalTECH is a media sponsor), which runs from June 19-22nd, said today that the keynote speakers for the event will include Mark Suster of GRP Partners, and Neil Galan of Galan Entertainment.

RingRevenue In Growth Surge

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RingRevenue is backed by GRP Partners and Rincon Venture Partners. The growth comes as the firm has tripled revenues over the last year at the company, according to Spievak. Santa Barbara-based RingRevenue , the provider of pay-per-call technology used by affiliate marketers to track conversions, looks to be in growth mode, with the firm nearly doubling its staff over the last four months.

Innovation Crush | How an Investor Thinks Through Innovation

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Every day, 1000’s of new bright-eyed and bushy tailed companies sprout from depths of start-up soil. Last year, the humbly brilliant and veteran entrepreneur (I totally signed up for www.MoviePass.com the second I saw it), joined Upfront, as a venture partner.

Q2 Venture Funding Drifts Downward In Southern California

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most active in investing in local companies here -- were GRP Partners , with 10 investments; followed by Siemer Ventures. were Qualcomm Ventures , Rincon Venture Partners , Baroda Ventuers , and crosscut Ventures. The most active VCs investing in local companies were GRP Partners (8 investments), New Enterprise Associates (7), Siemer Ventures (6), as well as Baroda Ventures , DFJ Frontier , Rincon Venture Partners.

GumGum Snags Amazon Vet For Sales Efforts

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According to GumGum, Matt Weisbecker has been appointed Vice President, Western Sales for GumGum, a new position for the company. GumGum is backed by NEA, GRP Partners, First Round Capital and Crosscut Ventures, and develops in-image advertising technology focused on interactive ad units integrated with photos on the sites of web publishers.

Why You Should Give Before You Get

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Of course he wanted to talk a lot about his product and company – he was looking for money after all. Later on he would offer to share his advice on SEO with other portfolio companies. He would offer his time to Launchpad LA companies.

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Launchpad LA Receives VC Funding: $50,000 Per Startup

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We have significant VC commitments (listed below) – every entering company will get $50,000 in funding, mentorship from top VCs and successful entrepreneurs plus free office space. For any company interested in applying please visit the website.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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LA Tech Survival Guide A Tale of Two Tech Cities – Silicon Valley vs. Los Angeles Guide to the LA Startup Community Why You Should Start a Company in. 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.:

Launchpad LA Starts Accepting Fall 2013 Applications

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Launchpad LA offers up a $100,000 investment, free office space in Santa Monica, mentoring and access to resources, and much more to companies. The accelerator is one of the earliest in Los Angeles, having originally started as a mentoring group headed by blogger and venture investor Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures (formerly GRP Partners). Launchpad LA , one of the more high profile startup accelerators in Los Angeles, has opened up applications for its next class.

Future of TV: The Quick Version

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The first two companies to realize this en mass were Machinima & Maker Studios (where I am an investor. If you press on the link to the company you’ll see a very cool, short video that describes the company). I recently gave a talk about the Future of Television.

Launchpad LA Adds Funding, Office Space For Startups

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Los Angeles-based Launchpad LA , the business acceleration program headed up by Mark Suster of GRP Partners, said today that it has expanded the program, and added $50,000 in funding for startups in the program, plus actual physical office space.

GRP Portfolio Firm Qualys Files For IPO

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One of the portfolio companies of Los Angeles-based venture capital firm GRP Partners has filed for an IPO, according to a filing with the SEC late Friday. GRP Partners owns around 10.94 percent of Qualys before the IPO; the firm's other co-investor in the company, Trident Capital, owns 27.41 GRP's Yves Sisteron leads the investment in Qualys, and sits on the company's board.

GRP Re-Ups On DataSift

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor GRP Partners has re-upped its investment in social data analytics firm DataSift , in a Series A follow-on announced this morning. DataSift said that existing investors GRP Partners and IA Ventures invested $7.2M in the follow-on round for the company, which develops social data analytics services. GRP's investment in DataSift is managed by Mark Suster. datasift venture capital partners suster analytics data

Grubwithus Gets $5M

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The round was led by GRP Partners, and also included Michel Daher, a Lebanese entrepreneur. The firm said that Mark Suster of GRP Partners will join the company's board along with the funding. Venice-based Grubwithus , which operates a service which helps connect people in real life with others over meals and food, said this week that it has raised $5M in a Series A funding round.

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

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The latest numbers from the PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report finds that companies here in Southern California raised $695.4M in investments, split across only three companies, including JustFabulous raising $76M, and Nasty Gal raising $25M.

TrueCar Raises $200M, Acquires Firm

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Santa Monica-based TrueCar , the automotive pricing website headed by Scott Painter, said this morning that it has raised $200M in new debt and equity financing, plus acquired a company. TrueCar said the financng round included USAA, Capricorn Investment Group and GRP Partners, all existing investors in the firm. Other invetors in the round include GR Match, LLC (affiliated with Guthy-Renker, LLC), McCombs Family Partners, DealerTrack Holdings, GSV Capital Corp.

Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

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But trust me when I say that my observations across many startups (and other companies, frankly) is that not enough time goes into thinking. I had one of the biggest mental breakthroughs about what I want to do differently at GRP Partners in 2013.

Southern California Firms Raise $738M In Q4 2011

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Los Angeles had $226.75M invested in companies. Finally, the most active investors in Southern California companies were 500 Startups , the venture investment fund run by Dave McClure, Versant Ventures , Frazier Healthcare and Technology Ventures , and New Enterprise Associates , all with three investments in the region.

Why Aren’t There More Female Entrepreneurs?

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Even more interesting is that at GRP Partners (the VC firm where I’m a partner) our two most successful returns from our previous fund [which is ranked as the top performing fund in the country for its 2000 vintage according to Prequin] were both run by women!

textPlus Adds Windows Phone Support

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Los Angeles-based textPlus , the developer of the popular free texting app on the iPhone and Android, has rolled out Windows Phone support, the company said yesterday.