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. Steamboat's US portfolio has included such local companies as Edgecast, GameSalad, GoPro, Sometrics, and Fastclick; however, the vast majority of its efforts now appear to be in Asia. The last, Southern California investment by Steamboat looks to have been in Edgecast back in 2013.

Steamboat Ventures Sells Scrapblog

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Scrapblog , an online scrapbooking service backed by Burbank-based Steamboat Ventures , has been sold to personal photo publishing firm Mixbook. Scrapblog as venture backed by Steamboat Ventures and Longworth Venture Partners, and allowed users to create a digital scrapbook of personal photos and other information. steamboat venture capital merger acquisition scarpblog mixbook

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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. Tags: playdom capital venture steamboat

Steamboat Ventures Backs Elemental Technologies

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Los Angeles-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of the Walt Disney Company, has backed a firm developing massively parallel video processing technology, Elemental Technologies. According to Elemental, which is based in Portland, Steamboat was a new investor in its $7.5M, Series B funding round. Steamboat's Scott Hilleboe joins Elemental's board as part of the funding.

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. 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 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 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.

GoPro Plans IPO

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If success, the IPO is a win for Southern California''s tech community--despite the company being based up North--since one of its major backers is Steamboat Ventures, and many of the company''s employees were previously at San Diego-based Cineform. gopro camera action sports merger acquisition exit steamboat ventures

Steamboat Invests in Chinese Web Analytics Firm

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Los Angeles-based Steamboat Ventures , the venture capital arm of The Walt Disney Company, has invested in a Chinese startup which provides web, video, and search analytics, Gridsum Technology. According to Gridsum, Steamboat led its Series A. As part of the funding, Steamboat's Perry Chui and Alex Hartigan join Gridsum's board. Tags: steamboat ventures walt disney analytics investment china gridsum

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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.

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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.

GameSalad Supports Windows 8 Apps

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GameSalad is venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad , which develops software which helps people create iOS, Android, and web games, said Friday that its software now supports Windows 8 application development. The startup--which has been supporting Windows development since May--said its latest version, 0.10.0

EdgeCast Trumpets Customer Gains

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EdgeCast is venture backed by Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. Santa Monica-based content delivery network provider EdgeCast Networks said Friday that it now has more than 2000 customers, or more than double the number of customers from the previous year, as of the close of 2010. The firm said those customers include AdColony, Dreamstime, SlashGear, StreamCity, and Tumblr. The firm did not say what that customer count equaled in terms of financial performance.

Sometrics Acquired By American Express, Says Report

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Sometrics had raised over $5.25M in funding from Big Sky Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Mailroom Fund, and Steamboat Ventures. El Segundo-based Sometrics , the in-game virtual currency and monetization startup headed by Ian Swanson, has reportedly been acquired by American Express. The value of the deal was $30M, according to the report from TechCrunch. READ MORE>>. sometrics american express merger acquisition social monetization game virtual currency

GoPro Boosted By Steamboat, Others

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GoPro , the maker of wearable, action sports cameras, which has operations in San Diego, has scored a strategic investment which includes the involvement of Burbank Steamboat Ventures , GoPro said today. GoPro said it received a "substantial" strategic investment which included Riverwood Capital, Steamboat Ventures, Sageview Capital, Walden International, and U.S. Venture Partners.

Move Networks Raises $3.0M, Sets Up Shop In Irvine

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Source of the funding was not disclosed, however, Dan Beldy, a venture capitalist at Steamboat Ventures, remains listed as a board member. Comcast Interactive Capital, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Microsoft Corp., and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: move networks movenetworks venture capital adaptive streaming disney steamboat video

GameSalad Expands To Android

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GameSalad is venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. Los Angeles- and Austin-based GameSalad , the developer of mobile game development software, has expanded from the iOS world into Android, the company said this morning. According to GameSalad, its latest version of its software--GameSalad 0.9.85 Beta--now supports publishing apps to the Android market.

GoPro, With SoCal Ties, Files For IPO

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The firm''s founder, Nicholas Woodman, is a graduate of UC San Diego, and came up with the idea for the company while surfing off of San Diego; the company''s investors also include Steamboat Ventures--the venture arm of Walt Disney--which looks to own something around 3 percent of the company.

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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 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.

ValueClick Buys Greystripe

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Greystripe was venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Monitor Ventures, Peacock Equity, and Incubic Venture Capital, and was based in San Francisco. Westlake Village-based online advertising firm ValueClick announced this morning that it has acquired Greystripe , an operator of a brand-focused mobile advertising network. The deal was worth $70M in cash.

GameSalad Raises $6M More

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The round was led by Steamboat Ventures, and also included Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. As part of the funding, Beau Laskey of Steamboat joins the board, and Dana Settle of Greycroft Partners have joined the company's board of directors. gamesalad venture capital funding iphone games videogame content software ipad apple

GameSalad Ships Universal Binaries For iOS

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The company is venture backed by such investors as Steamboat Ventures, Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. GameSalad , the Los Angeles- and Austin-based developer of software which makes it easy for game developers to develop their own, Apple iOS and web games without coding, has just launched a new, universal binary for ioS.

GoPro Prices IPO, To Trade Today

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The company--although based in San Mateo--has a number of Southern California ties, including founder Nicholas Woodman, who founded the company at UC San Diego, operations in San Diego (thanks to the acquisition of Cineform), and investors via Steamboat Ventures (the venture arm of Walt Disney). Action sports camera maker GoPro priced its IPO at $24.00 per share, and will start trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market as GPRO.

Rustic Canyon, Steamboat Get Exit At MerchantCircle

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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! 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. MerchantCircle's other backers are Scale Venture Partners and IAC.

GameSalad Improves Support Tools

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GameSalad is backed by Steamboat Ventures, the venture capital arm of Disney, Greycroft Partners, DFJ Mercury, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. Los Angeles-based and Austin-based GameSalad , which develops software to easily create iPhone and other iOS platform games, announced earlier this week that it has improved its overall communications and support tools for its users.

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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 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.

Sometrics Names Bizdev VP

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Sometrics is venture backed by. Steamboat Ventures, The Mail Room Fund, AT&T, and Greycroft Partners. Los Angeles-based Sometrics , a developer of analytics tools for online game developers, announced today that it has appointed Steve Schepke as its Vice President of Business Development. Schepke was most recently Agency General Manager for Tsavo Media, and has also previously served at Commission Junction and Proceed Interactive.

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EMN8 Scores $12.2M More

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Bass Associates, and Steamboat Ventures. electronics restaurant food fast kiosk capital venture emn8San Diego-based EMN8 , a developer of fast food ordering kiosks for restaurants, has raised $12.2M out of an ongoing, $18.186M funding round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm last week. Source of the new funding was not disclosed. EMN8 has previously raised capital from Allegis Capital, GRP Partners, Sid R. The filing indicates Sid R.

Kofax Buys Kapow Technologies

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Kapow''s investors included Steamboat Ventures and Morgan Stanley, among others. Irvine-based Kofax has acquired Kapow Technologies , a provider of data integration software, the firm announced Wednesday. Kofax said it will acquire Kapow for $47.5M in cash, minus around $1.4M in cash held by Kapow. Kofax said the acquisition will help grow its sales organization and accelerate its software revenue growth.

EMN8 Raises $14.4M

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The firm no longer lists former investor Steamboat Ventures on its web site as an investor. Tags: emn8 kiosk fast food retail hardware venture capital San Diego-based b>EMN8 , a developer of order taking kiosks for the fast food industry, has raised $14.4M in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The funding has not been announced by the company. EMN8 is backed by GRP Partners, Sid R. Bass Associates, and Fort Washington Capital.

Passenger Names Technology VP

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Passenger is venture backed by Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners and Steamboat Ventures. Los Angeles-based Passenger , an operator of online communities for brands, said Wednesday that it has named Michael Winner as the firm's Senior Vice President of Technology. Winner has served at Ideal Soft and Blink Logic, in addition to working at IBM, Compaq and KPMG. The company said that Winner will split his time btween Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

Sometrics Powers Virtual Currency Efforts

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Sometrics is venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Greycroft Partners, AT&T, and The Mail Room Fund. Los Angeles-based Sometrics , the virtual currency startup headed by Ian Swanson, released some user and traffic numbers this morning, saying that it has now provided more than 1 trillion virtual currency credits to game users. The firm also said it has connected its to more than 100 million game user accounts.

EdgeCast Doubles Revenues, Tops 225 Employees

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EdgeCast has announced only a total of$20M in funding, from Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. Santa Monica-based content delivery network (CDN) provider EdgeCast said this morning that it doubled its revenues in 2012, and now has more than 225 employees. The privately held firm did not disclose its revenues, however, the firm has previously been reported to have had revenues of between $50-100M in revenues in 2011, and $15-20M in revenues in 2009.

Sometrics Signs Gaming Site

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Sometrics is venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, The Mail Room Fund, AT&T, and Greycroft Partners. Los Angeles-based Sometrics , a developer of analytics tools for online game developers, reported recently that it has signed on gaming site Ijji.com as a customer. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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GameSalad Updates iPhone Game Creation Software

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GameSalad is backed by venture firms DFJ Frontier, DFJ Mercury Venture Partners, ff Asset Management, and Steamboat Ventures. Los Angeles-based and Austin-based GameSalad , the startup developer of software that allows users to easily create iPhone games without programming, said today that it has released a new version of the firm's flagship software, GameSalad Creator. GameSalad said the 0.9.3

Sometrics Signs IGG

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Sometrics is venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Greycroft Partners, AT&T, and The Mail Room Fund. Los Angeles-based Sometrics has teamed up with IGG , an online gaming site, to offer advertiser offers and surveys to gamers on IGG;s games, the firms said this morning. The firms said that Sometrics will offer advertiser-sponsored opportunities for IGG gamers, in exchange for points redeemable within those games.

Passenger Self-Service Community Software

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The firm is backed by Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners and Steamboat Ventures. Los Angeles-based Passenger , a developer of software used by brands to run online communities for their customers, announced today that it has released a new version of its platform. According to the company, it has expanded its product to allow agencies to build and manage their own communities using its software. Previously, Passenger provided full-service development of those communities.

Sometrics Ships Browser Toolbar

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Sometrics is headed by Ian Swanson, and venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, the Mail Room Fund, and Greycroft Partners. Los Angeles-based Sometrics , the operator of virtual goods marketplace GameCoins.com , announced this morning that it has launched a new, browser add-on which will reward users with virtual currency for browsing and shopping and online retailers.

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.

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. It appears the investment was led by Steamboat's Beau Laskey. labs woodmand gopro capital venture steamboatFinancial details of the investment were not disclosed. The WSJ first reported the investment Wednesday.

Move Networks Acquired by Echostar

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Move Networks , the venture backed developer of high definition streaming technology for Internet video, has been acquired by Echostar , the firms said Thursday afternoon. Move, which briefly was based in Irvine, was venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, Benchmark Capital, Microsoft, Cisco, Comcast and Televisa.

GameSalad Finds New CEO

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GameSalad is venture backed by DFJ Frontier, DFJ Mercury Venture Partners, ff Asset Management, Steamboat Ventures, as well as angels Mark Suster, Tom McInerney, Paige Craig, and others. Los Angeles-based GameSalad , the developer of software which makes it easy to create iPhone and other iOS games, has named Steve Felter as the new CEO of the company. Felter joins the firm from Disney.