In the volatile world of venture capital, it isn’t just the financiers who take on risk. Lawyers also make a calculated gamble, given that about 75 percent of venture capital-backed companies fail.
“A lot of times [law firms] see startups before venture investors do, so we have to make the decision: Is this worth our . . . → Read More: Bill Elkus part of expert panel, “California Venture Capital,” hosted by the USC Business Law Society
AIISF’s annual event will feature the third annual Immigrant Heritage Awards this year with the theme of “An Evening in the Splendors of the Forbidden City.” It will be held at the Hilton Financial District in San Francisco (750 Kearny St) on September 2012 at 6 PM. Honorees include the Chinese Hospital Health System, author . . . → Read More: Vish Mishra awarded 2012 Immigrant Heritage Award
by David Stern
I had the good fortune of being alone last weekend. That meant, of course, the opportunity to bathe on a regular basis AND watch for the second and third times, some of the documentaries that we’ve screened at Clearstone’s Storyteller Series. I’ve been lucky to have been mostly “present at the creation” . . . → Read More: Make Grit Happen: A Filmaker’s Advice For Startups And Entrepreneurs
SAN FRANCISCO: “For me, everyday is like a movie in which all the characters and scenes are different. And I’m jumping from scene to scene, character to character,” says Rajesh Setty.
No wonder, because Setty, a Sunnyvale, California-based entrepreneur is involved with nine companies. Some of these, like iCharts and Jiffle, create web or mobile . . . → Read More: Parallel entrepreneurs: Indians simultaneously investing money in different ventures in Silicon Valley
The Rubicon Project, a Los Angeles-based advertising startup, just got major bragging rights. It beat Google on one key metric that advertisers care deeply about—reach, or how broadly their message gets seen. In the month of July, according to ComScore, the ads that Rubicon brokers on behalf of its customers reached 212.7 million unique visitors, . . . → Read More: Rubicon Project Crushes Google On A Key Ad Metric
Individual angel investors generally don’t take leading roles in providing new institutional funding rounds for start-ups, but OpenBucks broke that tradition.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based financial services start-up raised $4.8 million in Series A funding this week led by Yahoo Inc. co-founder Jerry Yang, with former Yahoo Chief Executive Terry Semel and several other . . . → Read More: Clearstone invests in OpenBucks
Rubicon Project U.S. Internet audience in May estimated at 200 million unique visitors
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rubicon Project, the #1 independent digital advertising technology platform for the comScore 500, has been ranked second in scale (measured by unique visitors) only to Google in the comScore Media Metrix monthly ranking of Ad Focus properties for May . . . → Read More: comScore’s Ad Focus Ranking Confirms Rubicon Project, Ranked #2 in US Audience after Google, as the Largest Independent Display Ad Technology Platform for comScore 500 Publishers
by Jim Armstrong
One of our entrepreneurs, Alok Kejriwal, has had his most recent game, Parking Frenzy, go to the #1 app in the apple app store.
Here he shares some tips on how he did this…
So, what were the key lessons that Games2win learnt as it achieved this significant milestone?
1. What . . . → Read More: Lessons from Alok Kejriwal
We are so happy for Alok Kejriwal and his team at Games2win! Parking Frenzy is the #1 app in Free Games and Top Overall Categories!
by Jim Armstrong
SCV Startup — an important accelerator hits the market
Clearstone was excited to sponsor this event and to aid and abet the unchecked enthusiasm that is Erick Arndt in his quest to harness the talent around him into an accelerator program…
. . . → Read More: SCV Startup — A new accelerator
by Jim Armstrong
I am on the board of LAVA (Los Angeles Venture Association) and they have increasing amounts of energy. I wanted to pass on the results of the LAVA Venture Awards…
Santa Monica, CA. – March 15, 2012 – The Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) held its Ninth Annual Venture Awards Dinner Wednesday . . . → Read More: LAVA Awards
By: Sumant Mandal
It is an interesting experience to sell a company. I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in a few successful sales recently, but have to admit that each one is a different emotional experience. It’s probably like watching your kids leave home for college (something I still have to experience).
Venture capitalists are . . . → Read More: The Cetas Story
Santa Monica-based Clearstone Ventures has had another exit in its portfolio, this time with the acquisition of Cetas, a developer of cloud data analytics software, by VMware. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Cetas was incubated in Clearstone’s Palo Alto offices by Sudhakar Muddu, a Ph.D. from UCLA. The acquisition is the . . . → Read More: VMware acquires Clearstone portfolio company Cetas Analytics
About 60 entrepreneurs and investors gathered Wednesday at Embassy Suites for a seminar on starting business. It’s very simple, said Brad Feld, a veteran entrepreneur, investor and author who co-founded TechStars, the No. 1 tech startup accelerator program in the United States according to TechCocktail.com.
“The best entrepreneurs are ones that are completely and totally . . . → Read More: Clearstone honored to sponsor SCV Startup event!
by Jim Armstrong
At Clearstone, we were having a great discussion today around wisdom, and what it takes to make consistently better decisions. Decisions about life, about work, about investments. As is the case with many “big ideas”, the conclusion can me trace to a simple concept. Become aware if you are ever, in ANY . . . → Read More: Never Suspend Your Judgement