Rustic Canyon Backs Social Babysitting Service UrbanSitter

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is backing the developer of a service which uses parents' social graphs to help connect them with babysitters. According to San Francisco-based UrbanSitter , it has raised $1.75M in a round, which was led by First Round Capital and also included Rustic Canyon Partners, Menlo Ventures, and angels. rustic canyon partners venture capital urbansittter babysitting social facebook

Fulcrum BioEnergy, Backed By USRG and Rustic Canyon, Files For IPO

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Renewables Group , and Rustic Canyon Partners. Renewables Group (as USRG Management Company) owns 72.7 percent of Fulcrum; Rustic Canyon Partners owns 23.4 percent of the company. Jim McDermott of USRG, the former founder of Stamps.com, Spoke Software, and Archive, sits on th eboard, as does Tom Unterman of Rustic Canyon Partners, Nate Redmond--also of Rustic Canyon--and Timothy Newell, of USRG.

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What Mattered in 2010: John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners

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Today, we're featuring the thoughts of John Babcock , a venture capitalist at Rustic Canyon Partners. Under Nate's leadership, we have redoubled Rustic Canyon's focus on early stage companies working in Internet and Cleantech businesses.

From The Valley to The Beach | Interview with Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon

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TechZulu caught up with Nate Redmond managing partner of Rustic Canyon and he tells us what is happening in the LA Tech Scene. Are companies moving down to Los Angeles away from the Silicon Valley? Established tech companies are adding offices and expanding in LA (e.g.

Rustic Canyon Speaks out on GaiKai Exit, Changing Nature of VC, LA Tech & More

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Nate Redmond is the managing partner of Rustic Canyon Partners – he’s probably one of the youngest managing partners of a major fund you’ll meet. Both companies were in Los Angeles. I don’t know the company or the details first hand.

Can The Next Big Tech Company Be Built In LA?

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During Twiistup 8 a panel moderated by Jason Nazar (DocStoc) and joined by panelist David Travers (Rustic Canyon), Brian Norgard (Namesake), Fouad ElNaggar (Redpoint) and Demian Sellfors (Media Temple), spoke about if the next big tech company could be built in Los Angeles?

Rustic Canyon Sells Positions In Portfolio

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San Francisco-based investment firm Saints Capital , and Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners said Tuesday that they have formed a new fund, Saints Rustic Canyon, L.P., which has purchased the interest of nineteen different portfolio firms of Rustic Canyon Ventures, and a portion of eight other firms (note: Rustic Canyon is a sponsor of this publication, socalTECH.com).

Silicon Beach Fest Celebrates Tech Startups and Hollywood in LA | Pics, Highlights and What’s Next!

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Investors attending included: Benchmark, New World Ventures, True Ventures, Anthem Venture Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, IdeaLab, GRP Partners, Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, and Maverick Angels.

Docstoc Acquired By Intuit

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc , which is led by Jason Nazar, has been acquired by Intuit, the companies said this morning. Docstoc was venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, Crosscut Ventures, as well as local angel investors like Mike Jones, Scott Walchek, Matt Coffin (LowermyBills), Brett Brewer (Intermix/MySpace), Robin Richards (MP3.com), and others.

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

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I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies. I have some pretty specific thoughts on the differences between companies in the two cities, as I wrote about in my previous post A Tale of Two Tech Cities.

Ellie Jumps Into Activewear With $2M In Funding

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The firm aid this morning that it has raised $2M in a funding round from Trinity Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and Blumberg Capital. Science, Inc., the startup incubator headed by Mike Jones, has just tossed its ring into the another e-commerce category: women's activewear.

Leads360 Gets $15M For Sales Lead Software

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The round was led by Volition Capital, and also included Rustic Canyon Partners. According to the company, the new funding will go towards product offerings, strategic partnerships, and awareness of its platform. Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of leads management software headed by Nick Hedges, said this morning that it has raised $15M in new funding.

Leads360 Names Hedges CEO

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Hedges was previously President at Leads360, and previously served as Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Sales, and SVP of Business Development at the company. Prior to Leads360, he was at Bain & Company. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of sales lead management software, said today that it has named Nick Hedges and President and Chief Executive Officer. Hedges has been at Leads360 since 2008.

Leads360 Becomes Velocify

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The firm said its product is being used by companies such as Allstate, Royal Bank of Scotland, USAA, Nationstar Mortgage and State Farm. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Volition Capital. Sales automation software developer Leads360 said Wednesday that it has renamed the firm to Velocify , saying the new name better reflects its focus on "high-velocity" sales environments.

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.:

Rincon Backs Rentlyics In $4M Round

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Santa Barbara-based venture capital investor Rincon Ventures is one of the leads on an investment in rental management software developer Rentlytics , on a new $4M funding round for the company. The company also counts Cue Ball and Daher Capital as investors. rentlytics venture capital rental real estate management software rentals apartme rustic canyon

Savings.com Deal Worth $100M+

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The acquisition price is a healthy return for the investors in Loren Bendele's company, which include U.S. Venture Partners and Rustic Canyon Venture Partners, which invested around a total of $12M in Savings.com. The acquisition of Los Angeles-based Savings.com is apparently worth over $100M, plus an unspecified additional amount based on future performance of the firm, according to new numbers provided to the press by acquiring firm Cox Target Media.

LA Demo Day

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Come see the next crop of great LA tech companies demo their startups to the LA community of entrepreneurs, investors and techies as well as a number of esteemed guests. Companies will have 5 minutes to present their product which will be followed by feedback from a panel of expert judges. LA Startup Demo Day is being sponsored by Docstoc, Rustic Canyon, and Greycroft Partners. Thursday, May 10, 2012 -- LA Demo Day (featuring 20 new LA startups).

Gaikai Partners On Gaming Tablet

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Financial details of the link between the companies were not disclosed. Gaikai is backed by Benchmark Capital, NEA, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. Los Angeles-based cloud gaming service provider Gaikai is in a deal to take its technology to a "gaming tablet" the firm said today, and has signed a partnership with firm Wikipad.

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.:

Gaikai, Bigfoot Tie On Games Acceleration

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Los Angeles-based Gaikai , the developer of cloud-based game streaming services which is venture backed by Benchmark, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon, and Intel, has tied today with Bigfoot Networks. The companies said that Bigfoot Networks' technology will automatically recognize the Gaikai service.

Perfect Market Raises $9 Million More

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The round was led by Comcast Interactive Capital, and also included Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, Tribune Company, and Trinity Ventures. As part of the funding, David Horowitz of Comcast Interactive Capital joins the company's board of directors. Pasadena-based Perfect Market , which provides tools for publishers to better create value from their content, is announcing today that it has raised $9M in a new funding round.

Science, Headed by Mike Jones, To Launch Digital Startups

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a new, Santa Monica based company headed by former Myspace CEO Mike Jones , announced this morning that it has scored capital and funding, and is building a "technology studio" to develop new businesses, provide them with advice, and provide them with funding. The new firm said it is backed by Rustic Canyon, White Star Capital, The Social+Capital Partnership, Tomorrow Ventures, Siemer Ventures, Philippe Camus, Jean-Marie Messier, Jonathan Miller and Dennis Phelps.

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

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Wilson joins the company from Electronic Arts, where he was most recently CTO of EA Redwood Shores. Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners and Intel. Los Angeles-based cloud-based game streaming service Gaikai has bolstered its executive staff, saying today that it has named Robert Stevenson as Senior Vice President of Interactive Entertainment, and Tim Wilson as Executive Vice President, Strategic Relationships.

LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti to Keynote Inaugural Silicon Beach Fest

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Demo Day: StartEngine accelerator portfolio companies present. Startup Village : Local startups and other companies featured on the show floor.

LA Startups Gather At Twiistup

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There is an optimism in the room about what's happening in the whole Internet ecosystem, and the talent pool here in LA, and the belief that there is not just one, but many great companies here," according to David Travers, a venture capitalist at Rustic Canyon.

PayDragon Reveals $1.35M Seed Funding For Mobile Payments

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The firm--which had earlier disclosed the seed roudn , but without dollar amounts--said the funding included Rustic Canyon Ventures, SV Angel, and Y Combinator, as well as Yuri Milner and Mark Schwartz. The company is a refinement of Paperlinks, the QR-code based marketing firm started by Chan. Los Angeles-based PayDragon has raised $1.35M in its seed funding, the firm disclosed Friday.

SoCal Gets $739M In Venture Capital In Q2

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Southern California companies raised $739M in venture capital in Q2 of 2011, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on data from Thomson Reuters. billion going into 275 companies in the quarter. The most active investors in Southern California companies were Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Versant Ventures , with four deals each.

Gaikai Appoints VP

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The company is venture backed by Benchmark Capital , TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners , Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. Los Angeles-based game streaming technology firm Gaikai announced today that it has named K. Wayne Peacock as its Senior VP, Business Intelligence. Peacock has previously served at such firms as Teradata , Netflix , and Capital one.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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Further to the south are the legendary companies of Cisco, Apple, Intel, eBay, Yahoo!, Back in 2006/07 when I sold my company and then worked at Salesforce.com there were very few options in SF for technology folk to build their careers at big, growing companies. It’s becoming harder to distinguish tech companies from media companies. Many “tech companies” now have green screens.

Report: Gaikai On The Block, May Bring More Than $500M

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in the company. Backers of Gaikai include Benchmark Capital, Intel Capital, Limelight Networks, New Enterprise Associates, Qualcomm Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and TriplePoint Capital. Aliso Viejo-based Gaikai , the venture-backed developer of videogame streaming services, is looking for buyers for the firm, in what is expected to be a sale worth more than $500M, according to reports today.

Jason Nazar On Startups, Execution, and Hiring

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Jason Nazar: Our venture capital firm is Rustic Canyon, and they've been absolutely amazing partners. There is a group of probably twelve to eighteen of us who hang out after work, are all building our companies together, and talk about what's going on, and share resources.

MuckerLab Startup Accelerator Brings TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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At the end of the program, companies present their businesses to potential investors at a Demo Day event. The group collectively has founded, operated, and helped scale many of the most successful Internet companies including eBay, Google, Green Dot, HauteLook, LinkedIn, Live Nation, AT&T, StubHub and TripAdvisor. Classes kick off in January, including a selection of 5 to 10 companies, depending on the quality of the applications. Can you feel it folks? Cause I can.