Steamboat Ventures Cuts US Investment Efforts

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In yet more attrition from Southern California's venture capital ranks, Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, looks to have sharply pulled back on its U.S. investment efforts. Steamboat no longer lists Managing Directors Dan Beldy and Beau Laskey, and the two apparently left the firm sometime last year. Word of Steamboat's moves have been making their way around the community since early January.

Steamboat Ventures Seeks New $100M Fund

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Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital firm linked to The Walt Disney Company, is seeking to raised $100M for its latest fund, Steamboat Ventures V. The investment firm--which once was located in Burbank--has shifted its operations to Hong Kong, and now looks to be focusing strongly on overseas rather than domestic investments. The last, Southern California investment by Steamboat looks to have been in Edgecast back in 2013.

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Steamboat Re-Ups On Mobile Measurement Firm Ground Truth

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of Walt Disney, has re-upped its investment in a provider of mobile and Internet usage analytics and measurement tools. According to Seattle, Washington-based Ground Truth , it has raised another $8M in funding, from North Bridge Venture Partners, Steamboat Ventures, Voyager Capital, Emergence Capital, and OPENAIR Equity Partners.

Steamboat Ventures Boosts Playdom

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital firm funded by Walt Disney Co., According to Playdom, Steamboat--along with Bessemer Venture Partners and New World Ventures--have invested in the firm as part of a new, $33M venture capital funding round. Steamboat is active in investing in technology firms whose products are related to digital media and entertainment.

Steamboat Invests In Greystripe

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of Disney, is one of the investors in Bay Area-based mobile games advertising firm Greystripe , which raised a $5.5M Greystripe said the funding round was led by Incubic Venture Capital, and also included Monitor Ventures, in addition to Steamboat Ventures. Steamboat was the lead on Greystripe's 2007 Series B funding; managing director Dan Beldy sits on Greystripe's board.

Steamboat Supports Baynote In Latest Round

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, has re-upped its investment in San Jose-based Baynote , a developer of personalization and marketing software for the enterprise market. Baynote said that it raised $13M in a Series C led by SingTel Innov8, which also included prior investors Hummer Winblad, Steamboat Ventures and JK&B Capital. Steamboat's Dan Beldy sites on the board of directors of Baynote.

Steamboat Boosts Chinese Advertising Firm

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital firm backed by Walt Disney Co., has invested in a Chinese provider of online advertising. According to Beijing-based Yoyi Media , it received a Series A investment on undisclosed size from Steamboat Ventures and Gobi Partners. Steamboat has offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong in addition to Los Angeles.

Steamboat Backs Camera Maker GoPro

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, has backed Woodman Labs the parent firm of sports camera maker GoPro. Financial details of the investment were not disclosed. The WSJ first reported the investment Wednesday. It appears the investment was led by Steamboat's Beau Laskey. labs woodmand gopro capital venture steamboat

Steamboat Invests In Greystripe

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Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of Disney, is one of the investors in Bay Area-based mobile games advertising firm Greystripe , which raised a $5.5M Greystripe said the funding round was led by Incubic Venture Capital, and also included Monitor Ventures, in addition to Steamboat Ventures. Steamboat was the lead on Greystripe's 2007 Series B funding; managing director Dan Beldy sits on Greystripe's board.

Steamboat Invests In Celebrity Site

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Los Angeles-based Steamboat Ventures has set its sights on the celebrity web space, and is the lead investor in a new round of funding for Fanzter , which operates the celebrity products site Coolspotters.com. According to Connecticut-based Fanzter, Steamboat's Dan Beldy joins the firm's board of directors. Steamboat is the venture capital arm of Walt Disney. Tags: ventures steamboat fanzter content disney venture capital celebrity

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GoPro Plans IPO, Says Report

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GoPro--although based in the Bay Area--has a number of Southern California ties, including staff in San Diego, an investment from Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures, plus a group in San Diego it acquired when it bought Cineform. If true, the IPO will be a big win for former Steamboat VC Beau Laskey, who managed the Steamboat Ventures investment from Los Angeles until recently.

Razorgator Names Technology VP

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Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. Los Angeles-based Razorgator , which provides secondary sports and entertainment tickets online, said today that it has named Ismail Elshareef as the firm's new Vice President of Technology. According to the firm, he was most recently at Edmunds, where he was Director of Front-End Engineering. The firm said that Elshareef will provide oversight of the firm's technology group.

Steamboat Boosts Video Advertising Firm

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Burbank-based venture capital firm Steamboat Ventures , which is affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, has led a new investment in a Bay area video advertising and monetization firm, FreeWheel. According to FreeWheel, Steamboat led a $16.8M funding, which also included Turner Broadcasting, Battery Ventures, and Foundation Capital. Steamboat's investment was led by Dan Beldy. Tags: freewheel disney ventures steamboat

EdgeCast Gets $54M For Content Delivery Efforts

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The new funding was led by Performance Equity Management, and also included existing investors Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. EdgeCast said the Series D growth investment will go towards developing and launching new services. edgecast venture capital content delivery network internet traffic Santa Monica-based content delivery network EdgeCast has just filled up its warchest, announcing Thursday that it has raised $54M in a big funding round.

RazorGator Links With Amazon

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The firm is venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. Los Angeles-based RazorGator , which operates an online site for buying tickets to sports and entertainment events, reports today that it has inked an agreement with Amazon, to feature its concert ticket selection in Amazon's new Concert Tickets Boutique. Financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed.

RazorGator Gets $10M In Debt Financing

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equity raise last week from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: razorgator ticket htgc venture debt funding capital Los Angeles-based RazorGator , fresh off a recent equity financing round, said Monday that it has raised $10M in an debt financing extension from Hercules Technology Growth Capital. According to RazorGator, the extension will be used for "aggressive expansion" of the firm's services.

RazorGator Confirms Funding

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in a funding round, led by existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: razorgator ticketing venture capital Los Angeles-based RazorGator announced Friday that it has close on $7.5M The funding had been disclosed earlier this week, but not confirmed by the company until today. According to RazorGator, it will use the new round of funding for "aggressive expansion" of its ticketing service.

RazorGator Gains $7.5M

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in a venture funding round. The firm and its venture backers had not returned further information on the funding as of press time. However, venture firm Steamboat Ventures now lists RazorGator as a portfolio firm. RazorGator has previously raised funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, and Oak Investment Partners. Tags: ticketing razorgator venture capital

Passenger Gains $7.5M More

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in an investment. The round came from Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners, and Steamboat Ventures, all existing investors in the firm. The company said that the investment was led by DR. Bahram Nour-Omid. Tags: venture capital passenger executive social networking brand branding corporate Los Angeles-based Passenger , a developer of private social networking sites for brands, said today that it has raised an additional $7.5M

Sometrics Raises Series B

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The investment was led by Steamboat Ventures, and also included prior investors Mail Room Fund and Greycroft Partners. Beau Laskey of Steamboat has joined the firm's board with the funding. According to Ian Swanson, the CEO of Sometrics, the investment came as the firm has shifted its business focus into providing analytics for better monetizing virtual goods--a market which is expected to hit over three quarters of a billion this year in revenues.

EdgeCast Networks Raises $10M

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EdgeCast said the round was led by Menlo Ventures, and also includes an investment from Steamboat Ventures, a prior investor in the company. As part of the funding, Pravin Vazirani of Menlo Ventures has joined the company's board of directors. Tags: network delivery content capital venture networks edgecast

Gendai Games Raises Funding

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The round was led by DFJ Mercury, and also included investments from Steamboat Ventures, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. Tags: content videogame ipad ipod iphone capital venture games gendai Los Angeles- and Austin-based Gendai Games , a publisher of iPhone game development software, has raised a round of funding, according to the firm. Amount of the funding was not disclosed, however the firm said the funding was somewhere over $1M.

SoCal Venture Deals Up In Q2

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Investments by venture capitalists in Southern California were up, both in terms of deals and dollars in Q2, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). in 91 investments, up significantly from the $451.8M Nationally, venture deals in the U.S. invested in 24 deals. The increasing venture activity seems to indicate a recovery in the outlook for startups here.

Venture Conference Highlights SoCal Startups

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The conference, held at the Westin South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, featured pitches by eight different companies vying for the attention--and pocketbooks--of venture capitalists. Magnify360 was voted the best investment opportunity by both venture capitalist audience members and panelists.

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This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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