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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 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.

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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. The firm has now raised $78M in funding. Steamboat is active in investing in technology firms whose products are related to digital media and entertainment.

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 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 Series C funding today. Greystripe said the funding round was led by Incubic Venture Capital, and also included Monitor Ventures, in addition to Steamboat Ventures. Tags: steamboat ventures video greystripe game content advertising

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. Size of the funding round was not disclosed. As part of the funding, Steamboat's Perry Chui and Alex Hartigan join Gridsum's board.

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.

Why The Growth Of The Internet Is Driving EdgeCast's Revenues

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James Segil: There's a couple of things to consider with growth, around what does it take to fund a company's growth. We're privately funded today, with some equity from Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures.

RazorGator Confirms Funding

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in a funding round, led by existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. The funding had been disclosed earlier this week, but not confirmed by the company until today. According to RazorGator, it will use the new round of funding for "aggressive expansion" of its ticketing service. Tags: razorgator ticketing venture capital

Gendai Games Raises Funding

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Los Angeles- and Austin-based Gendai Games , a publisher of iPhone game development software, has raised a round of funding, according to the firm. Amount of the funding was not disclosed, however the firm said the funding was somewhere over $1M. The round was led by DFJ Mercury, and also included investments from Steamboat Ventures, DFJ Frontier, and ff Asset Management. Tags: content videogame ipad ipod iphone capital venture games gendai

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.

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 Series C funding today. Greystripe said the funding round was led by Incubic Venture Capital, and also included Monitor Ventures, in addition to Steamboat Ventures. Tags: ventures steamboat video greystripe content game advertising

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

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in a funding round, part of what appears to be a $20M targeted fundraising effort, and also set up its corporate headquarters in Irvine. The firm, which was previously based in American Fork, Utah, has not yet announced the funding or details of the new corporate headquarters. Source of the funding was not disclosed, however, Dan Beldy, a venture capitalist at Steamboat Ventures, remains listed as a board member. and Steamboat Ventures.

RazorGator Gets $10M In Debt Financing

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equity raise last week from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Oak Investment Partners, and Steamboat Ventures. Tags: razorgator ticket htgc venture debt funding capital Los Angeles-based RazorGator , fresh off a recent equity financing round, said Monday that it has raised $10M in an debt financing extension from Hercules Technology Growth Capital. According to RazorGator, the extension will be used for "aggressive expansion" of the firm's services.

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.

EdgeCast Gets $54M For Content Delivery Efforts

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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. The new funding was led by Performance Equity Management, and also included existing investors Menlo Ventures and Steamboat Ventures. EdgeCast also said the funding included a debt facility from Silicon Valley Bank. edgecast venture capital content delivery network internet traffic

EMN8 Scores $12.2M More

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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. 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 EMN8 has previously raised capital from Allegis Capital, GRP Partners, Sid R. The filing indicates Sid R.

Steamboat Boosts Video Advertising Firm

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Burbank-based venture capital firm Steamboat Ventures , which is affiliated with the Walt Disney Company, has led a new investment in a Bay area video advertising and monetization firm, FreeWheel. According to FreeWheel, Steamboat led a $16.8M funding, which also included Turner Broadcasting, Battery Ventures, and Foundation Capital. Steamboat's investment was led by Dan Beldy. Beldy has joined FreeWheel's board as part of the funding.

RazorGator Gains $7.5M

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in a venture funding round. No details on the funding have been released by the company, however, regulatory filings for the firm show that a funding event occurred around February 13th. The firm and its venture backers had not returned further information on the funding as of press time. However, venture firm Steamboat Ventures now lists RazorGator as a portfolio firm. Details on this funding were first disclosed by PEHub.

EMN8 Raises $14.4M

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in a funding round, according to a regulatory filing by the firm this week. The funding has not been announced by the company. 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 EMN8 is backed by GRP Partners, Sid R.

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.

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.

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.

Steamboat Invests In Celebrity Site

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Los Angeles-based Steamboat Ventures has set its sights on the celebrity web space, and is the lead investor in a new round of funding for Fanzter , which operates the celebrity products site Coolspotters.com. According to Connecticut-based Fanzter, Steamboat's Dan Beldy joins the firm's board of directors. Steamboat is the venture capital arm of Walt Disney. Tags: ventures steamboat fanzter content disney venture capital celebrity

EdgeCast Networks Raises $10M

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Santa Monica-based EdgeCast Networks , a content delivery network (CDN) provider, is announcing today that it has raised $10M in a Series C funding round. EdgeCast said the round was led by Menlo Ventures, and also includes an investment from Steamboat Ventures, a prior investor in the company. The new funding will go towards developing and launching new value-added services, expand its network, and for sales and marketing.

Passenger Gains $7.5M More

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The round came from Shelter Capital Partners, StarVest Partners, and Steamboat Ventures, all existing investors in the firm. AS part of the funding, the firm said that Nour-Omid has been named CEO of the firm, and that Steve Howe has become Chairman of the company. Tags: venture capital passenger executive social networking brand branding corporate

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.

Sometrics Raises Series B

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Amount of the funding was not released, however, reports put the amount at $4M. The investment was led by Steamboat Ventures, and also included prior investors Mail Room Fund and Greycroft Partners. Beau Laskey of Steamboat has joined the firm's board with the funding. Tags: analytics capital venture sometrics

Sometrics Launches Virtual Goods Marketplace

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Sometrics is headed by Ian Swanson, and venture backed by Steamboat Ventures, Greycroft Partners, AT&T, and The Mail Room Fund. Los Angeles-based Sometrics is jumping into the virtual goods marketplace, saying today that it has launched a new site called GameCoins.com , which it says will serve as a marketplace for virtual goods.

Four Firms Hoping To Tap Into Facebook's 500M Users

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Backed by Steamboat Ventures, Greycroft Partners, AT&T, and The Mail Room Fund. On the heels of the announcement this morning by Facebook that it has officially hit 500 million users, socalTECH has mined its database of high tech companies , and identified a few of the firms here in Southern California hoping to ride Facebook's coat-tails to success and fortune.

SoCal Venture Deals Up In Q2

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Investments by venture capitalists in Southern California were up, both in terms of deals and dollars in Q2, according to the latest numbers from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Nationally, venture deals in the U.S. Southern California's venture totals were significantly boosted by clean technology, and more specifically, financing for electric car manufacturers.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

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Rustic Canyon is an LA-based, but geography-agnostic VC that is currently investing from a $200 million fund. They were originally founded inside of Times Mirror and had a huge string of major investment success before spinning out as a fully independent fund.