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

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

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David Travers, Rustic Canyon Partners , Partner. Concurrent panels at several different hubs from Santa Monica to Venice and Hollywood including: Meet the Accelerators Panel, 10-12p @ Viceroy. Come join us and get some work done over at Coloft in Santa Monica.

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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.

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.

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.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

Docstoc Rolls iPad App

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, said Thursday that it has launched an iPad version of its service. The firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. The new app, Docstoc Premium, allows users to access both free and premium versions of documents on the site. The firm is also working on an Android version of the application.

LA Mayoral Candidate Eric Garcetti to Keynote Inaugural Silicon Beach Fest

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The keynote will take place this Friday, June 22 from 9 – 10am during the Welcome remarks at Cross Campus , located at 820 Broadway in Santa Monica. The moniker Silicon Beach refers to the technology scene in Los Angeles concentrated around the areas of Santa Monica and Venice.

Los Angeles Startup Community

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Networking Events in Los Angeles and Southern California More Web Events in Los Angeles Technology Networking in the Greater Los Angeles area Technical Networking Groups and Meetups in Los Angeles SoCal Networking Event Organizations Los Angeles Tech 101 - Conferences and if you want to find informal networking, you might head over to CoLoft , in Santa Monica. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community.

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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.

Jason Nazar On Startups, Execution, and Hiring

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Jason Nazar is CEO of Santa Monica-based Docstoc (www.docstoc.com), the online document sharing site, and a fixture at Los Angeles technology events. 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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These days it’s Santa Monica and Venice. 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.

Docstoc Connects To Twitter, Facebook

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the venture funded web-document sharing firm run by Jason Nazar, has connected the firm's document sharing service with Facebook and Twitter updates. Docstoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, along with local angel investors. The new features allow users to automatically post a link in the Facebook social networking site or the Twitter micro-blogging service with any upload or download of a document.

Kin Lands $12M For Women's Lifestyle Channels

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Santa Monica-based KIN , which operates a female-focused lifestyle YouTube network, has raised $12M in a funding round, the company said last week. The funding came from Corus Entertainment, Emil Capital, Mayfield Fund, General Catalyst Partners and Rustic Canyon Partners.

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

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There’s Santa Monica, Westside, Hollywood, Downtown LA, the Valley, and Pasadena. I may be biased, but it really feels like downtown Santa Monica is becoming the tech hub of LA. I recently hosted a panel at the Twiistup Conference about LA tech companies.

Mark Suster, Nely Galan to Keynote Silicon Beach Fest

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Silicon Beach Fest takes place June 19-22, 2013 in Santa Monica. Key Events include: June 14-16: Hackathon presented by AT&T will gather a few hundred developers, coaches, and business professionals who will create startup pitches at ROC Santa Monica.

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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An opportunity to pitch your business idea to Sir Richard Branson and a conference full of venture capitalists, angel investors and influential entrepreneurs.Our judges represent over $3 Billion in funds, including executives from August Capital, Baroda Ventures, Cal Cap Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, Santa Monica Capital Partners, Tech Coast Angels and Price Waterhouse Coopers. Monday, October 26, 2009 -- The Perfect Pitch 2009.

Total Beauty Buys LimeLife

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Santa Monica-based Total Beauty Media , the online fashion content site run by Emrah Kovacoglu, said this morning that it has acquired LimeLife.com , a female lifestyle and celebrity news site. LimeLife is based in Menlo Park, and had raised somewhere north of $20M in funding from Core Capital, i-Hatch Ventures, Monitor Venture Partners, Rustic Canyon Partners, and US Venture Partners.

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

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Tonight starting at 7:00pm PST we will be streaming and bringing you all the action live from Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Event Details: Where : Cross Campus 820 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Factual Gains Funding, Names Investors

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Santa Monica-based Factual , the new data focused startup run by Gil Elbaz , the co-founder of Applied Semantics , which invented Google's AdSense technology, is announcing the investors in the firm this evening.

DECA Raises $10M More

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Santa Monica-based DECA has raised $10M in a new round of funding worth $10M, according to a regulatory filing. The funding was led by new investor Rustic Canyon Partners, with participation from Series A investors Atomico, General Catalyst Partners, and Mayfield Fund.

US Renewables Group Launches Wind Power Firm

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Santa Monica-based US Renewables Group , a private equity firm focused on renewable power, biofuels, and clean technology, said this morning it has created a new company, Westerly Wind LLC , to provide capital and expertise to developers of wind power systems.

DocStoc Releases Collections

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Santa Monica-based DocStoc , the online document sharing site run by Jason Nazar, just released a new feature Thursday afternoon, DocStoc Collections , which allows users to create their own groupings of documents by topic. DocStoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners.

Docstoc Exits Beta, Adds Rev Share

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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. 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.

Docstoc Adds Preview Feature

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc rolled out a new feature for the firm's web-based document sharing service Thursday, which allows users to embed preview links into their web pages of documents on the site. Docstoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, and also has scored funding from notable local angel investors Scott Walchek, Brett Brewer, Robin Richards, and Matt Coffin.

Docstoc Ties Into Firefox Browser Software

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc is tying into a Firefox browser extension, saying Wednesday that it has tied into MashLogic, which analyzes web pages and gives users more information about sites they are visiting. Docstoc is backed by Rustic Canyon Ventures; MashLogic is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, and is based in Menlo Park.

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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Santa Monica-based business document sharing site Docstoc.com has made two executives hires, saying Wednesday that it has hired Robyn Ward as Vice President of Business Development, and Serena Ehrlich as Director of Marketing. Docstoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Ventures.

Factual Launches Geo-Coded Business Dataset

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Santa Monica-based Factual , the open data startup headed by Gil Elbaz, the inventor of Google's AdSense technology, said today that it has launched a new open set of data that the firm says provides geo-coded data for 14 million local U.S.

Docstoc Launches Marketplace, Rev Share Effort

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Santa Monica-based Docstoc , the online document sharing site run by Jason Nazar , is launching a new marketplace this morning which will allow users to sell their own content on the firm's site. The firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Ventures, Crosscut Ventures, along with local angels Matt Coffin, Robin Richards, Brett Brewer and others.

Three Epic Startup Battles With SoCal Players

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DocStoc, based in Santa Monica, is headed by Jason Nazar , and offers a way for people to share and purchase professional documents. Backers: Rustic Canyon Partners, Scott Walcheck, Brett Brewer, Robin Richards, Matt Coffin. Here are three, Southern California startup firms--and their competitors--who are engaged in head to head battles to dominate their industry.

How to Raise Venture Capital – Startups Uncensored #17

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This month’s session will be hosted by Jason Nazar (CEO, Docstoc.com), and we will be joined by Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon , Josh Stein of Draper Fisher Jurvetson , Thomas Ball of Austin Ventures , Jim Tybur of Trinity Ventures , and Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital.