Rustic Canyon Backs Social Shopping Site

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon is the lead investor in a round of funding from a social shopping site out of Y Combinator. According to Mertado , a social shopping service which links users with home and kitchen products via Facebook said Wednesday that it has raised $2.3M The round came from new investor Rustic Canyon Partners, and also included prior investors Blumberg Capital and Redpoint Ventures.

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.

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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. Happy workers are productive workers. The post From The Valley to The Beach | Interview with Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon appeared first on TechZulu.

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. Nate, tell us a bit about Rustic Canyon Venture Partners.

Gaikai Get $30M For Cloud Gaming

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The round was led by New Enterprise Associates, and also included Qualcomm, Benchmark Capital, Rustic Canyon, and Intel Capital. Gaikai said the new funding will go towards accelerating growth and adoption of its products. Los Angeles-based Gaikai announced Wednesday that it has raised $30M in a Series C funding round. Gaikai is developing a cloud-based, game streaming service which allows users to play games without having to install software.

RealPractice Rolls iPhone App

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RealPractice is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Miramar Venture Partners. The firm develops software, marketing products, and other related services aimed at attorneys and law firms, and recently has made a big push into providing tools, marketing services, and helping attorneys put best practices into action. Santa Ana-based RealPractice , the legal software firm headed by Carey Ransom, said this week that it has released iPhone and iPad applications.

LA Demo Day

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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). 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.

Gaikai Partners On Gaming Tablet

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Wikipad is manufacturing a touch sensitive tablet specifically aimed at videogamers, featuring HD graphics, game console style controls, game controller, and more; the product has yet to be shipped, but was announced at CES 2012. Gaikai is backed by Benchmark Capital, NEA, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital.

Science, Headed by Mike Jones, To Launch Digital Startups

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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. > Science, Inc. , 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.

Jason Nazar On Startups, Execution, and Hiring

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Once you start building out a product, and raise some seed capital, there's probably one thing that is important to your business. Jason Nazar: Our venture capital firm is Rustic Canyon, and they've been absolutely amazing partners.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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And post production. In LA the VC shift is clearly to Santa Monica / Venice, home of Rustic Canyon, Greycroft, Anthem and just about every incubator (Amplify, Launchpad, Mucker, Science). Like many I read the headlines about Pinterest moving from Palo Alto to San Francisco and thought about the trend it portends. For those not familiar with the local geography, Palo Alto is the north end of what most consider “Silicon Valley” although nobody local calls it that.

MuckerLab Startup Accelerator Brings TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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There are four founders Erik Rannala, formerly of Harrison Metal, and William Hsu, who most recently served as Chief Product Officer at AT&T Interactive, HauteLook’s Greg Bettinelli and Happiness Engines founder Yan-David Erlich. Can you feel it folks? Cause I can. Excited to announce MuckerLab , a new startup accelerator and member of the TechStars Network, launched today in L.A.

Leads360 Launches Leads Prioritization Product

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of online sales lead management software-as-a-service, said Tuesday that it has launched a new, real-time prioritization product. According to the company, the new product automatically ranks and prioritizes leads, based on custom business rules defined by its customers. The firm said the product is aimed at helping provide for more efficient and contact by sales professionals.

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

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In the bay area it’s quite common for the entrepreneurs starting a company to be developers or technologists who can build the first versions of their products. 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.

Transonic Combustion Takes $32M For Fuel Injection Technology

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The firm said the round will go towards expanding development of its product and meeting customer commitments. Transonic Combusion is venture backed by Venrock, Khosla Ventures, Rustic Canyon and Saints Capital. Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion , which is developing high efficiency, fuel injection systems for internal combustion engines, said today that it has raised $32M in a Series D funding round.

Buy the CEO Spot

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Featured speakers: RENEE LABRAN and GABRIELLE GREENE; Partners, Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners LC; RENEE COTTRELL-BROWN, Executive Vice President, Johnson Products Co. Thursday, May 26, 2011 -- Buy the CEO Spot. Broads Circle. Want to be the CEO. why not buy your way into the corner office? - Are you prepared to lead a management buyout? Where do you get the capital? What do you do once you have the business?

TopFloor Takes $6M For Flash Fashion Sales

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Los Angeles-based TopFloor revealed today that it has raised $6M in a funding round, from Polaris Ventures, Google Ventures, Crosslink Ventures, and Rustic Canyon Partners. The firm is building a celebrity influencer based fashion and e-commerce site, geared around flash-sales of products. Science, Inc. , the startup incubator headed by Michael Jones, has debuted another fashion-related startup out of its incubation efforts this morning.

What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

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We last shared the thoughts of John Babcock at Rustic Canyon Partners. So many important companies and products come to mind in 2010, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, the iPad, Android, but I think the company that had the biggest impact was Groupon.

Leads360 Partners With SEMCAT

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , a developer of sales lead management software, said earlier this week that it has integrated its products with SEMCAT, a provider of quoting products for the insurance industry. Leads360 was founded by Jeff Solomon, and is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners.

Gaikai Gets Backing From Intel, Limelight

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Gaikai said in May that it raised $10M in a Series B from TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon partners, and Benchmark Capital. Gaikai is using both Intel's and Limelight's products as part of its service. Los Angeles-based Gaikai , which is developing technology which allows computer gamers to play games through their web browser, said this week that it has added Intel Capital and Limelight Networks as investors in the firm. Additional investment in the firm was not disclosed.

WD Ships New Solid State Drives

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According to WD, the firm's new SiliconDrive III SSD product family offers capacities of up to 120 gigabytes, and supports 2.5 WD bought Aliso Viejo-based Silicon Systems in March for $65M in cash; SiliconSystems was venture backed by Miramar Venture Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, Samsung, SanDisk, and Shepherd Ventures.

REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming [Live]

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Scot has 15+ years experience developing product integration and interactive campaigns for major sports, entertainment and consumer brands. Tonight starting at 7:00pm PST we will be streaming and bringing you all the action live from Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Make sure to tune in!

Leads360 Targets Small Companies

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Los Angeles-based Leads360, which develops leads management software, has launched a new product specifically targeting small companies. Leads360 said it has just launched its Leads360 Express product, which is targeted at managing sales leads for small companies in any industry. Leads360 develops leads management software used to handle and manage Internet and other leads; previously, the firm provided products for larger firms. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners.

Lead360 Gets XML Support

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Los Angeles-based Leads360, a developer of software for managing sales leads, announced Tuesday that it has released a new product called XML Poster. Leads360 said the addition of XML support will help connect its software to third party packages like SoftVu, predictive dialers such as Five9, Salesforce.com, and other products. Leads360 develops software used for web-based sales lead management; the firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners

Leads360 Names New CEO

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According to the firm, founding CEO Jeff Solomon becomes Senior Vice President and will focus on product and technology development at the company. Leads360's software is used to manage web-based sales leads; the firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Los Angeles-based Leads360, a developer of lead management software, has tapped Dan Morefield as the firm's new President and CEO, the firm announced this morning.

RealPractice Launches Legal Tools Site

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The firms said the new, bundled product cost $249, and includes access to an online library of case law, information on court deadlines, court messenger and filing services, and RealPractice's SmartRules guide for drafting and filing civil litigation documents, among other services. RealPractice, which is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Miramar Venture Partners, is headed by Carey Ransom.

Perfect Market Confirms $6M Fundraising

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The firm said the round was led by Tribune Company, and also included Trinity Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and Idealab. Perfect Market said that the Tribune Company has been using its product on a number of its web properties. Altadena-based Perfect Market , which is developing technology to help publishers monetize their long tail content, confirmed today that it has raised $6M in a Series C funding round.

Leads360 Uses Algorithms To Automate Sales Prioritization

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Los Angeles based Leads360 , the developer of sales leads management software, thinks so, announcing today that it has launched a new product which uses a fancy algorithm to better assign and drive leads and sales followups. The firm said its new Performance-Based Distribution and Lead Scoring product continually learns and self tunes itself, based on the performance of sales representatives, to improve the chance of converting sales leads.

Docstoc Exits Beta, Adds Rev Share

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DocStoc, which is venture funded by Rustic Canyon Partners, also said that it has redesigned its home page to feature documents by breaking news and most sought-after professional documents, and added a new API which allows developers to upload, convert documents, and manage documents from third party products or services. Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, said this afternoon that it has officially come out of its public beta.

Leads360 Targets Zillow

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , a venture-backed firm developing leads management software, said today that the firm has linked into real estate site Zillow with a new product. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. According to Leads360, it has teamed up with loan pricing firm LoanSifter to help mortgage professionals using Zillow's Mortgage Marketplace. Zillow's Mortgage Marketplace is an online marketplace for finding mortgages.

Transonic Combustion Gets New CEO

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The company--which is backed by clean technology heavyweight Khosla Ventures, Venrock, and Rustic Canyon Partners--said that Ahlborn was most recently president of McLaren Performance Technologies. Transonic Combustion's product is expected to enable practical 100 mpg cars, the firm said. Camarillo-based Transonic Combustion , which is developing high-efficiency fuel injection systems for cars, said Thursday that it has named Brian Ahlborn as President and CEO of the firm.

Factual Partners With Newsweek

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Gil Elbaz, who was most recently at Google, was one of the founders of Applied Semantics, a Santa Monica firm which developed Google's AdSense product.

Docstoc Hires Two Execs

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According to Docstoc, Ward will focus on growing product distribution, key partnerships, and sponsorship opportunities; Ehrlich will be reponsible for growing user generated content and related revenue opportunities. Docstoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Ventures.