The Firm

Clearstone Venture Partners

Clearstone has been one of the most active firms in Southern California and has helped launch many successful startups. We are the nexus for the entrepreneurial community, with deep connections into Southern California industry. Clearstone embraces a longtime and active role in the Southern California business community as an incubator and financier of early stage startups and continues to incubate companies out of our Santa Monica office.

We Provide Venture Capital to Technology Innovators.

how we invest

  • Lead investor in most of our financings
  • Receptive to investment opportunities in market leaders with established syndicates.
  • Seek companies that are creating next-generation infrastructure, eCommerce, social, mobile or other solutions that generate strong economic value.
  • Methodical in understanding the intricacies of an entrepreneur’s business before making an investment decision

how we work

  • Detailed approach which brings our whole firm as a resource to guide our portfolio companies once we’ve invested.
  • Assistance in recruiting key employees and industry relationships, securing distribution, future financings and the M&A/IPO process

In the Beginning

Clearstone Was Born In The Early Years of Web 1.0.

In 1997, we were the first institutionally-backed venture firm to invest in and be physically housed within an incubator, idealab, gaining deep insights into company formation and entrepreneurship. As one of the first to focus exclusively on Internet investing, Clearstone cut its teeth against the early efforts to commercialize the Internet. With over $600 million invested, 9 IPOs, and nearly a dozen M&A exits, Clearstone has remained steadfast in its love of building great companies alongside great entrepreneurs. Being an early investor and leader in companies such as PayPal, Internet Brands, GoTo/Overture, and United Online has lead us to become accomplished in pattern matching and growing a successful company. Since inception, our portfolio has broadened to include investments in enterprise computing, software applications, infrastructure, storage, communications, and wireless technologies.