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January 19, 2007


Paul of San Francisco, an online source of experience, recommendations, inspiration and advice for dads, named founder Paul Banas chief executive officer.Banas held marketing and business development positions at Unilever, Visa International, and Yahoo.

J. Ryan Clark,James D. NadauldGenstar Capital of San Francisco, a middle market private equity firm, named J. Ryan Clark and James D. Nadauld vice president.Clark was an associate at Hellman & Friedman. He also worked at Morgan Stanley.Nadauld was an associate at MedEquity Investors. He also served as an investment bank analyst in the global health care group at Lehman Brothers.

John StuppyTutorVista of San Francisco named John Stuppy president.Stuppy served as chief information officer at the Princeton Review and chief operating officer at Software Technology. Before that, he was vice president of product development at Educational Testing Service. Prior to that he served at Articulate Publications.

Larry LoperEcrio, a Cupertino provider of mobile phone applications for high-speed networks, appointed Larry Loper vice president of marketing.Loper held positions at Mobile 365, ONI Systems and 3Com.

Glenn GoelzCast Iron Systems of Mountain View, an integration appliance vendor, appointed Glenn Goelz chief financial officer.Goelz served as vice president of finance at Informatica. Before that, he held finance positions at Business Objects. Prior to that, he held finance roles at Logitech, Auspex, Silicon Graphics and Ungermann-Bass.

Shawn FarshchiCoremetrics of San Mateo, a provider of on-demand Web analytics and precision marketing tools, named Shawn Farshchi chief operating officer.Farshchi is former chief information officer and vice president of technical operations at WebEx. Before that, he was CIO and senior vice president of engineering and product development at BroadVision. Prior to that, he served as regional vice president at Oracle and senior vice president and CIO of DHL Airways. He also held technical and management positions at Pacifc Gas & Electric, Contel, GTE and Bechtel Power.The Mercury News reports promotions of executives at the vice president level or higher.

December 3, 2006

VCS IN INDIA There's been plenty of investment in call centers and service companies in India, but now VCs are looking to fund the next Google or Intel -- Internet, mobile and other tech start-ups.

Here is a sampling of new venture-capital interest in India.

Canaan Partners

Office in Gurgaon, India.

Companies:, matrimonial site.
Canaan and Yahoo invested $8.65 million in Web site.

Clearstone Venture
Office in Mumbai.

Company: BillDesk, a provider of bill-paying technology.
Draper Fisher
Plans to open an office in India.


MChek, a company that provides the technology for payments made through mobile phones.

Seventymm, online movie rental company.

Kleiner, Perkins,Caufield & Byers

Companies: Cleartrip, Internet travel site., careers Web site.
Matrix Partners
Office in Mumbai.
Announced a $150 million India fund Aug. 1.

Seventymm,online movie rental company.

Sequoia Capital
Last spring, Sequoia Capital merged with Bangalore-based WestBridge Capital Partners.
Office in Bangalore.

Guruji, Internet search company.

Travelguru, travel site.

TutorVista, offers online tutoring by Indian teachers of students in the United States and United Kingdom., an Internet matrimonial company.

Nazara Technologies, developer of mobile entertainment.Mauj, mobile gaming company.

Dr. Lal Pathlabs, diagnostics and pathology services.

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