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

Rustic Canyon Boosts Optical Switching Firm

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Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has re-upped its investment in optical switching firm Capella Intelligent Subsystems. The new, oversubscribed round was led by Black Diamond Ventures, and also included SingTel Innov8, Levensohn Partners, Formative Ventures, Lucas Venture Group and Rustic Canyon Ventures. rustic canyon venture capital capella intelligence subsystems optical component electronics

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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. The round came from new investor Rustic Canyon Partners, and also included prior investors Blumberg Capital and Redpoint Ventures. 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 in a Series A round.

Rustic Canyon, Steamboat Get Exit At MerchantCircle

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Both Rustic Canyon Partners and Steamboat Ventures were venture backers of MerchantCircle, which Reply said it would acquire yesterday for $60M in cash and stock. Two Southern California venture capital firms have benefited from an acquisition yesterday of Mountain View-based MerchantCircle , an online local business advertising and networking site, by fellow online advertising firm Reply!

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

Rustic Canyon Re-Ups On Cancer Portal Developer

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Los Angeles-based venture investor Rustic Canyon Partners has re-upped on an investment in cancer portal developer Navigating Cancer , in a new, $10M investment. The round was led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, and also included ORIX Healthcare Capital in addition to the investment by Rustic Canyon Partners. Rustic Canyon was a prior investor in Navigating Cancer.

Rustic Canyon Backs UrbanSitter In New Funding

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is one of the return backers of online babysitting marketplace UrbanSitter , participating in UrbanSitter''s new $15M Series B funding. UrbanSitter said the new funding round was led by DBL Investors, and also included Match Group, Aspect Ventures, Canaan Partners, First Round Capital, Menlo Ventures, in addition to Rustic Canyon Partners.

Rustic Canyon Boosts InSync

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Santa Monica-based venture firm Rustic Canyon , along with Intel Capital, has put more into Silicon Valley-based InSync Software , a developer of software for the RFID and supply chain tracking business. Tags: rustic canyon venture capital rfid software supply chain According to InSync, it has raised $4.7M in a Series B funding from the two investors. Both had invested in InSync in 2006.

Rustic Canyon Bolsters LoopNet

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Los Angeles-based venture capital investor Rustic Canyon Partners is part of a group investing $50M in private equity in San Francisco-based LoopNet, which operates an online marketplace for commercial real estate. According to LoopNet, Calera Capital, Trinity Ventures, and Rustic Canyon Partners are investing $50M in convertible preferred stock in the publicly held firm. Tags: rustic canyon venture capital loopnet realestate real estate

Rustic Canyon Re-Ups On UrbanSitter

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An online marketplace for babysitters, UrbanSitter has just scored new funding Los Angeles-based venture investor Rustic Canyon Partners , as part of a Series A funding, UrbanSitter said this morning. UrbanSitter said it raised $6M in a Series A round, which was led by Canaan Partners, and also included existing investors First Round Capital, Menlo Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and angels. urbansitter babysitter marketplace market venture capital rustic canyon

Silicon Beach Fest | Panels, Hackathons, and Much More!

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Rustic Canyon Adds Associate

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners is announcing later today that it has added Ed Fu as an Associate at the firm. According to Rustic Canyon, Fu will support the firm's investments in Internet and Clean Technology. Tags: associate executive capital venture canyon rustic

Rustic Canyon Boosts Social Gaming Firm PlayFirst

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Santa Monica-based venture capital firm Rustic Canyon Partners has upped its investment in social games firm PlayFirst , which is based in San Francisco. According to PlayFirst, Rustic Canyon, Mayfield Fund, Trinity Partners, and DCM--all current investors in the game developer--have invested $5.2M Rustic's Mark Menell and Nate Redmond are involved in PlayFirst, according to Rustic Canyon's web site.

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.

Local Angels Back Technology Weight Loss Program Retrofit

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Those angels included Renee LaBran , a partner at local investor Rustic Canyon / Fontis Partners, and Howard Lindzon , the founder of San Diego-based StockTwits. retrofit weight loss program rustic canyon renee labran howard stocktwits lindzon nutrition fitnessA number of local angels have backed a technology-driven, weight loss program operator called RETROFIT.

Rustic Canyon's Kim To Leave Firm

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Michael Kim , a partner at Santa Monica-based Rustic Canyon Partners , is departing the firm at the end of the year to startup up a new fund-of-funds, Cendana Capital. According to Kim, he will become an Advisory Partner to Rustic Canyon, and transfer his responsibilities at Rustic Canyon by the end of the year. Tags: rustic canyon venture capital michael executive cendana

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).

Intro to the LA Startup Scene

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Investor Nate Redmond from Rustic Canyon Partners spoke candidly to the audience about the faux pas in approaching investors. Guest article by Eva Hibnick with General Assembly LA.

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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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. Santa Monica-based Docstoc , which is led by Jason Nazar, has been acquired by Intuit, the companies said this morning.

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. 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. According to the company, the new funding will go towards product offerings, strategic partnerships, and awareness of its platform. Leads360's software is used for managing and tracking sales leads. READ MORE>>.

Leads360 Names Hedges CEO

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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. According to the firm, Hedges replaces Dan Morefield, who has stepped down in order to spend more time supporting a family member's health issues. Morefield will remain an advisor to the firm.

Gaikai Signs Capcom

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Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. Los Angeles-based Gaikai said Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Capcom Entertainment , to stream Capcom's games online. Gaikai--which develops videogame streaming technology--said the deal will allow Capcom to reach a broader audience. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

Rincon Backs Rentlyics In $4M Round

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rentlytics venture capital rental real estate management software rentals apartme rustic canyon 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. San Francisco-based Rentlytics disclosed today that the new funding was led by Trinity Ventures and Rincon Venture Partners. The company also counts Cue Ball and Daher Capital as investors.

Lead360 Finds CFO

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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 Darian Hong as its Chief Financial Officer. Hong was most recently CFO of AT&T Interactive. Hong also has served at Spirent Communications, Harris Corporation, and Eaton Corporation. READ MORE>>. leads360 executive finance

Leads360 Becomes Velocify

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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. The firm, which is headed by Nick Hedges, develops cloud-bsaed, sales automation and lead scoring sytsems, used to help sales organizations better prioritize leads in an automated manner.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts. So, I promised I would create this post to help point them in the right direction. I will do my best to keep this up to date.

PayDragon Takes On Mobile Payments

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The new service also revealed that it has scored backing from Y Combinator, SV Angel, Start Fund and Rustic Canyon Partners for its efforts. Looking to make it easier to pay for local items using their mobile phone, Los Angeles-based PayDragon said today that it has launched its mobile purchasing app in Los Angeles.

MuckerLab Takes TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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A new, technology startup accelerator modeled after the TechStars venture incubator in Boulder said today it has launched, and will bring business acceleration to Los Angeles.

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. 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. The firm is headed by David Perry. Gaikai said the new funding will go towards accelerating growth and adoption of its products.