Top 10 Hub Posts this Week Focus on Shindig Pics, CalPERS’ IRRs, Zynga and Striking Similarities Between KP and A16Z

Catch up with what your peers found most interesting on peHUB this week. The top 10 posts that garnered the most pageviews from regular readers from June 27 to July 1 include GRP Partner Mark Suster’s take on how changes in the software industry will impact venture investing, a giant slideshow of photos from our Chicago Shindig, IRRs from CalPERS, the uncanny similarities between Andreessen Horowitz (aka A16Z) and Kleiner Perkins and the biggest owners of Zynga (which filed to go public today).

1. Slideshow: Chicago Shindig Photos — Lots of ‘em, by Lawrence Aragon
2. Slideshow: IRRs From CalPERS’ Brand Name Venture Funds Underwhelm (Part I), by Mark Boslet
3. Slideshow: CalPERS’ Recent Vintage Brand Name Venture Funds Show Promising IRRs, Largely (Part II), by Mark Boslet
4. Slideshow: Top 10 PE-backed Deals This Year, by Luisa Beltran
5. Kleiner Perkins and Andreessen Horowitz: Separated at Birth?, by Connie Loizos
6. Understanding the Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries, by Mark Suster, general partner with GRP Partners
7. Slideshow: Who Are Zynga’s Biggest Shareholders?, by Lawrence Aragon
8. Slideshow: 10 Largest Pending Q2 LBOs, by Bernard Vaughan
9. Here Comes the Deal That Will Save Kleiner Perkins’ Bacon, by Connie Loizos
10. Slideshow: Accel-erating Returns at the Top-Tier VC, by Jonathan Marino (subscribers only)

Minno Raises Loot, Rebrands Self

Minno is Minno no more. The online payments company raised $700,000 in the form of a seed round from investors including GRP Partners and Farhad Mohit, the Shopzilla founder, and is rebranding itself as well. According to its blog posting, Minno will rebrand as BuySimple. Specifics on the funding or personnel moves were not made public.


RingRevenue Calls Up $4 Million Financing

Marketing company RingRevenue has rased $4 million in venture capital financing, bringing its total financing to $7.5 million. Los Angeles-based GRP Partners and Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Rincon Venture Partners led the latest round, which will be used to bolster its customer development and support teams. Santa Barbara, Calif.-based RingRevenue develops call performance marketing technology, as well as tracking and analytics technology for advertising campaigns.


5 Questions for Mark Suster: VC, Entrepreneur & Blogging Phenomenon

Mark Suster is a venture capitalist, serial entrepreneur and owner of one of the best office views in Los Angeles. He also has become a blogging phenomenon, joining the pantheon of VCs whose every word is devoured by startup CEOs.

He and I have spoken a few times informally, but it was about time to put something on the record. So what follows are 5 Questions for Mark Suster:

GRP Partners once was known as Global Retail Partners, and is best known for deals like Starbucks, Costco and P.F. Chang’s. What’s a tech guy like you doing there?

I’d love to set the record straight on this. We did a lot of that retail and consumer stuff in the 1980s and early 1990s, but our first independent fund was in 1996. Since then, We’ve backed Overture, CitiSearch,, DealerTrack, Bill Me Later and more. We invested in HealthDataInsights, which is just ripping it up. We also did Qualys, a software-as-a-service company that’s got double-digit millions in revenue run rate.

RingRevenue Raises $3.5 Million

RingRevenue Inc., a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based provider of a pay-per-call platform for the affiliate network market, has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. GRP Partners led the round, and was joined by Rincon Venture Partners and Great Pacific Capital.

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