Randy Hawks, Managing Director
Claremont Creek Ventures is proud of the recent success of our eCommerce/payment portfolio company, SmartZip. During the first quarter of 2013, SmartZip’s SmartTargeting solution for real estate professionals achieved a 300% revenue increase over the same quarter just one year ago. In this current real estate climate, these results are impressive to say the least.
SmartZip’s national platform of real estate big data and . . .
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December 10, 2012 source: The Economist
It’s the holiday season and this year, 4G smartphones and tablets are the gifts most desired under the Christmas tree. But buying that new iPhone or Android could have its consequences. As mobile-phone technology advances by the minute, holding on to yesterday’s popular cell phone make and model becomes passé, and unfortunately, more likely than not, that “old” cell ends up in the dump. Market-research firm . . .
→ Read full post: Trading Devices for Dollars In The News: ecoATM in The Economist
August 27, 2012 source: originally published on
The average American generates 4.6 pounds of garbage every day, making the U.S. one of the biggest throwaway societies on the planet. E-waste, including cell phones, TVs, and computers, is a huge part of the problem. In 2009, this country generated 3,190,000 tons of e-waste, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The vast majority of that e-waste (82.3%) ended up in landfills and incinerators, with only . . .
→ Read full post: Cleantech Startups Turn Garbage into Gold With Reverse Logistics
Ted Driscoll, PhD
I am happy to announce today that Ted Driscoll, formerly a technology partner at Claremont Creek Ventures, has been promoted to Director and will lead the Digital Healthcare team. Driscoll’s new appointment is effective immediately. (you can read the full press release here) In his tenure with us, Driscoll has sourced and led four healthcare deals: GigaGen, GeneWeave Bioscience, Zipline Medical and → Read full post: Ted Driscoll has been promoted to Director and will lead the Digital Healthcare team
I recently enjoyed the New York Times story, Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over, featuring Erica Goode’s account of the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system in action. The article does a great job of calling attention to the success of the company’s collaboration with police forces, which in turn is creating safer communities.
For instance, less than four minutes after gunshots were detected by the ShotSpotter technicians in Mountain View, California . . .
→ Read full post: Life-Saving ShotSpotter Technology In Action
Congratulations to our portfolio company ecoATM, the award-winning San Diego start-up known for its commitment to the environment and its innovative kiosks that automate the buy-back of used mobile phones and other used portable electronics directly from consumers.
It is closing its series B investment round today of approximately $17 million. Claremont Creek Ventures, Coinstar, Inc. and TAO Ventures all increased their investments while new investors joined the syndicate.
ecoATM is expanding . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company ecoATM attracts $17 million in second round of investments
March 22, 2012 source: Billeo
Recently, one of our portfolio companies Billeo, Inc. released data on current online shopping trends from its network of over 100,000 online shoppers. The findings suggest that the rewards offered by a loyalty program can have a large impact on online shopping behavior. One statistic I found to be intriguing is that shoppers are almost five times more likely to use a reward offering the ability . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company Billeo’s data reveals what rewards consumers find most appealing
February 15, 2012 guest post originally published at: peHUB
Recent attacks against leading GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney depict him essentially as a brutal, bare-knuckled capitalist when he ran Bain Capital. They shed a very unflattering light on the private equity world. Romney rivals have cast him as a “vulture capitalist” that took over companies, aggressively sold significant assets and fired workers to maximize profits.
This is highly exaggerated hyperbole. The fact is, . . .
→ Read full post: A VC Leaps to Private Equity’s Defense
My hearty congratulations goes to our portfolio company ecoATM, who won The Crunchies Award for Best Clean Tech Startup in 2011 last night. The San Diego-based startup, which makes an intelligent self-serve kiosk to evaluate and purchase used electronics from consumers, bested a field of five finalists that also included Array Power, Alta Energy, EcoMotors and Hara.
The Crunchies, of course, is a big deal. Hosted by GigaOm, Venturebeat and . . .
→ Read full post: ecoATM Wins 2011 Crunchies for Best Clean Tech Startup
January 16th, 2012 source: GigaOm
We are excited by the promise of EcoATM as I mentioned in a prior post. Although a lot of these kiosks won’t be in place for a couple of years, they are gaining traction. As reported by Katie Ferenbacher in the GigaOm article, the company’s secret sauce is the kiosks’ ability to automatically estimate — using electronic and visual techniques — a . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek Ventures’ portfolio company EcoATM featured in article: The Internet of Things meets cell phone recycling