The Underside of the Cloud

Ted Driscoll

The Edward Snowden controversy has highlighted how much presumed private data is actually on public wires, passing through public routers — effectively in the public domain.

The truth is, privacy in our modern society is misunderstood. In fact, true privacy is ephemeral. Thomas Jefferson probably died thinking that knowledge of his sexual relations with some of his slaves was going to die with him. How could he know that two centuries later, modern genetics showed . . .
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Ted Driscoll interview in Health Care IT News “Top 5 pathways to personalized medicine”

Ted Driscoll

Top 5 pathways to personalized medicine

Healthcare IT NewsJeff RoweJuly 22, 2013

If there’s one thing everyone in healthcare can probably agree on right now, it’s that there is an awful lot of data being generated each and every day. What to do with that data, however, is another question.

As Ted Driscoll, digital health director at venture capital firm Claremont Creek Ventures, sees it, the explosion of data is a definite boon . . .
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Exciting New Acquisition: ecoATM Acquired By Coinstar, now called Outerwall

Randy Hawks

Randy Hawks, Managing Director

I am thrilled to announce today that Coinstar, now called Outerwall (NASDAQ:OUTR), the publicly held purveyor of 64,000 coin-counting and Redbox movie and video game rental kiosks, has acquired Claremont Creek portfolio company ecoATM for $350 million in cash. What a promising acquisition it is!

ecoATM makes automated, self-serve kiosks that quickly evaluate and buy back consumer electronics directly from consumers. As . . .
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NuMedii Founder Atul Butte, MD, PhD honored at White House; Claremont Creek Ventures continues investment in health care Big Data.

White House Champions of Change Award

Numedii, Inc.

Thursday June 20, 2013, Atul Butte, MD, PhD, a Stanford University Professor and entrepreneur is being honored at a formal ceremony in the White House Rose Garden in Washington DC. The Obama Administration is honoring Dr. Butte and several other genomics and molecular biology researchers who have focused on making large and complex sets of biological data open and widely accessible to the larger research community. Butte has been a leader . . .
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The importance of getting out of the classroom

Paul Straub

Paul Straub

One of the toughest challenges for a startup is managing through a growth phase while still keeping an eye ahead to a strategy for the next phase. For the past few years I’ve enjoyed enlisting teams of Duke students to get out of the classroom and help company’s in our portfolio with a bit of market discovery. This year’s team just finished a project with Blue Pillar and described . . .
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Xfinity Home adds EcoSaver, a new cloud-based solution that learns heating and cooling patterns of a home for additional energy savings — from Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company EcoFactor

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June 10, 2012 source: Comcast

Xfinity Home adds EcoSaver, a new cloud-based solution that learns heating and cooling patterns of a home for additional energy savings from Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company EcoFactor

Comcast, a global media and technology company, today announced the launch of Xfinity Home Control, a new product under the Xfinity Home umbrella of services. Xfinity Home Control is for customers who want smart home solutions . . .
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Law Enforcement Expert William J. Bratton Joins ShotSpotter, Inc. Board

Randy Hawks

Randy Hawks, Managing Director

With today’s law enforcement agencies struggling to combat rising gun violence with limited resources, it is important to have great minds working together to create a safer world.

On April 12, 2013 ShotSpotter Inc. (SST, Inc), a law enforcement data solutions company, welcomed Bill Bratton to the company’s board of directors. Bratton, a thought leader in modern policing, is the creator of CompStat, a multilayered dynamic approach to . . .
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Congratulations to Natera on Completing $54.6 Million Financing to Support Expansion

Ted Driscoll

Congratulations to Claremont Creek portfolio company Natera on closing a $54.6 million financing round. Given Claremont Creek Venture’s involvement since the company’s earliest round of financing, we know Natera is on its way to dominating the market for noninvasive, prenatal genetic testing. The financing is just the latest recent milestone for the company. In February it announced a major agreement with Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading diagnostic information . . .
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SmartZip’s Predictive Marketing platform achieves 300% annual growth

Randy Hawks

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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Cleantech Startup Investing Out of Favor? Not So for Corporate Investors

Paul Straub

April 8, 2013 source: This article was originally published on PEHub

Many VCs have pulled back from funding energy technologies and cleantech startups, and have been replaced by corporate venture capitalists. Entrepreneurs and traditional VCs alike are finding opportunities where corporate partners provide a critical ingredient that substantially increases their likelihood of success.

During the past three years, players such as General Motors, BMW, and Shell have been among the 182 companies . . .
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