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

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Renewables Group , and Rustic Canyon Partners. percent of Fulcrum; Rustic Canyon Partners owns 23.4 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. fulcrum bioenergy biofuel cleantech clean energy solid waste power merger acquisition rustic usrg canyon

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. Navigating Cancer--which is based in Seattle--develops web-based portal software used by cancer treatment centers and programs. 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.

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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

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 operates a 12-month program which creates a personalized nutrition and fitness plan for participants, and uses Skype video meetings, wireless tracking devices, and software to help people lose weight. retrofit weight loss program rustic canyon renee labran howard stocktwits lindzon nutrition fitness

Lead360 Finds CFO

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , the developer of sales lead management software, said today that it has named Darian Hong as its Chief Financial Officer. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. 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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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. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners and Volition Capital. 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.

RealPractice Rolls iPhone App

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Santa Ana-based RealPractice , the legal software firm headed by Carey Ransom, said this week that it has released iPhone and iPad applications. 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.

MuckerLab Takes TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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MuckerLab , headed by Erik Rannala, William Hsu, Greg Bettinelli and Yan-David Erlich, said it will employ a similar model to TechStars and Y-Combinator, recruiting Internet softwar,e services, and media entrepreneurs through a three month program.

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 is developing a cloud-based, game streaming service which allows users to play games without having to install software. Los Angeles-based Gaikai announced Wednesday that it has raised $30M in a Series C funding round.

Gaikai Bolsters Exec Lineup

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Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners and Intel. gaikai executive videogame content softwareLos 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.

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.

Docstoc Connects To Twitter, Facebook

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Docstoc is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, along with local angel investors. Tags: internet software update sharing document facebook twitter docstoc 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.

Why Technology is Driving More Urban Renewal

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For those that aren’t aware of the broader technology shifts of cloud computing, the trend is described in a post I did about changes in the software industry. 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.

MuckerLab Startup Accelerator Brings TechStars Incubation To Los Angeles

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Much like the model employed by TechStars and Y-Combinator, MuckerLab will recruit Internet software, services, and media entrepreneurs through an open, but selective, application process. The investors serving as mentors include Aileen Lee of Kleiner Perkins, Beau Laskey of Steamboat, Chris Farmer of General Catalyst, Dana Stalder of Matrix Partners, Dana Settle of Greycroft, David Travers of Rustic Canyon, Jeremy Liew of LightSpeed, and Jesse Jacobs of Chernin Group.

Leads360 Links With Mortgage Software Firm

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 reported today that it has linked its sales lead management software with offerings from web-based mortgage software firm Optimal Blue. Leads360 said that its software--used to manage sales leads from online channels--will help mortgage lenders using Optimal Blue's software to close the gap between leads and revenue. Tags: leads360 sales lead management software saas mortgage optimal blue

FoodLink Online Names CEO

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Torrance-based Foodlink Online , a provider of supply chain software for the perishable food market, said this week that it has named Eric Peters as the firm's new CEO. Peters previously served at Acosta TrueDemand as President, and also served at TrueDemand Software, where he was a co-founder before its acquisition by Acosta. The firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: software chain supply executive online foodlink

VentureNet Screening Committee Announced

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We’re fortunate to have such a talented group that will ensure a very exciting software and IT capital conference this year. Jim Andelman, Rincon Venture Partners John Babcock, Rustic Canyon Partners. The VentureNet 2008 Selection/Screening Committee has been announced. Wow, what a prestigous list of Southern California venture capitalists, angel investors, and conference sponsors!

Docstoc Ties Into Firefox Browser Software

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Docstoc is backed by Rustic Canyon Ventures; MashLogic is backed by Bessemer Venture Partners, and is based in Menlo Park. 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. According to Docstoc, its documents will be used to provide another layer of information in the MashLogic browser extension.

Practice Technologies Becomes RealPractice, Moves To OC

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Practice Technologies , a developer of software for attorneys and law firms, is announcing today that it has renamed itself RealPractice , moved its headquarters to Santa Ana, and also hired Carey Ransom as its new CEO. RealPractice is venture backed by Miramar Venture Partners and Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: executive management attorney software technologies practice realpractice

Perfect Market Acquired By Taboola

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Perfect Market was backed by Comcast Ventures, Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, Square 1 Bank, Tribune Company, and Trinity Ventures. perfect market taboola merger acquisition content advertising optimization software idealab Pasadena-based Perfect Market , the Idealab-backed developer of programmatic advertising technology, has been acquired by New York-based Taboola. Financial terms of the buy were not disclosed.

Gaikai Acquired By Sony For $380M

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The firm's backers included Benchmark Capital, Intel Capital, Limelight Networks, New Enterprise Associates, Qualcomm Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, and TriplePoint Capital. Gaikai is a provider of game streaming technology, which allows users to run full videogames on their PCs without having to download large software packages. Aliso Viejo-based Gaikai has been acquired by Sony , in a deal worth $380M, Sony announced early Monday morning.

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 develops web-based lead management software used to streamline sales operations and sales teams; the firm said it currently has more than 400 insurance companies using its software. Leads360 was founded by Jeff Solomon, and is backed by Rustic Canyon 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. Make sure to tune in! TechZulu & Gadget Review present REACH.

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. Leads360 was founded by Jeff Solomon, and is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: leads360 lead sales management saas software

Leads360 Wins Automobile Insurance Firm

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , a developer of hosted software for managing sales leads, reported yesterday that the firm has signed on Infinity Auto Insurance, a unit of Infinity Property and Casualty Group. According to Leads360, Infinity's independent agents will have access to its lead management software and services at a reduced price. Leads360 is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners, and headed by former Overture Services CIO Dan Morefield.

Leads360 In Win With Google

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Los Angele-based Leads360 , a developer of web-based, lead management software, is powering a new feature in Google's Adwords program, the firm said Tuesday. Financial details of the win were not disclosed, however, Leads360 said its software is being used by mortgage originators to manage inquiries generated from Google's mortgage lead program. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: leads360 google mortgage lead software management

Leads360 Claims 4000th Client, Profitability

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Los Angeles-based Leads360 , which provides web-based, leads management software, announced Monday afternoon that the firm has signed its 4000th client, Jones International University. Leads360 is backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Tags: leads360 lead management software No details on the financial impact of the new client were released.

Gaikai Names Strategy Head

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Gaikai is venture backed by Benchmark Capital, TriplePoint Capital, Rustic Canyon Partners, Limelight Networks and Intel Capital. The firm's technology allows users to play any games inside a web browser, with having to download or install game software. Los Angeles-based Gaikai , which develops a cloud-based, game streaming services, said today that it has named Nanea Reeves to the position of Chief Strategy Officer.

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. According to the firm, the new software allows the posting of leads information in real time in XML format. 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 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. The software is free for a single salesperson, and costs $35 a month for up to five salespeople. 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.

Perfect Market Gets $6.0M

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Pasadena-based Perfect Market , a provider of software which enables monetization of long tail content of publishers such as newspapers, has raised $6.0M According to the filing, funding included new backer Mayfield Fund, along with prior investors Idealab, Rustic Canyon Partners, and Trinity Ventures and others. in a funding round, according to a recent regulatory filing by the firm. No details on the funding have been announced by the company.

Leads360 Names New CEO

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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. Leads360's software is used to manage web-based sales leads; the firm is venture backed by Rustic Canyon Partners. Morefield is the former COO of Experian Consumer Direct, as well as CIO at Overture Services. Morefield has also served at PayMyBills and at Home Savings of America.