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About Clark Landry

Clark Landry is an angel investor who generally invests $25k-$100k in young, emerging companies with a focus on the funding and support for seed stage consumer internet, advertising and e-commerce startups. Landry prefers companies in the LA area.

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Los Angeles, California,

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Maple Media is basically a private equity firm that only buys apps

Mar 7, 2017

Maple Media is basically a private equity firm that only buys apps Maple Media Maple Media Clark Landry, left, and Michael Ritter co-founded a sort of private equity company for apps that hopes to acquire under-valued mobile apps and optimize their performance. Clark Landry, left, and Michael Ritter co-founded a sort of private equity company for apps that hopes to acquire under-valued mobile apps and optimize their performance. (Maple Media) Paresh Dave Contact Reporter The private equity firm founded by Walt Disney’s nephew Roy is staking a big claim in the next generation of entertainment. Shamrock Capital put up $30 million for acquiring and improving undervalued mobile apps — the leading gateway to the Internet for many consumers today. It’s up to veteran Los Angeles entrepreneur Clark Landry and former video game executive Michael Ritter to decide how to spend the funds. Their firm, Maple Media, has bought several undisclosed mobile apps already. They are generally looking at apps with thousands of users and some small amount of revenue. But the hope is that Ritter’s experience, along with cost efficiencies gained through sharing services across apps, can boost the value of each app. Some of the steps Ritter is undertaking are simple. Many game apps created by one person or a small team don’t have tailored prices for virtual goods sold in their game to the various countries in which players reside. Buying a new life in a game might cost 99 cents in the U.S. but $1.42 in New Zealand. Adjusting the New Zealand price to a round number such as $1.50 can be enough to boost sales there. Lowering the price in poorer countries such as India can lead to more play. “There’s a lot of money going into advertising these apps, but the developers don’t really have the expertise” making money and managing the apps after launching, Ritter said. Maple Media is considering apps involved in gaming, productivity, entertainment, social media and more. Sometimes, they’ll retain the creators of the app on Maple Media’s development team. The short-term goal is to end up with several million daily users across the Maple Media portfolio of apps. Hitting that threshold could lead to more lucrative deals with companies seeking to advertise in those apps. So far, Ritter says Maple Media has 500,000 daily users through acquisitions. Ritter and Landry said they haven’t settled on a plan for what happens if they successfully extract more sales, usage and life out of an app they buy. Would they sell it back to the creator or another company? Would they spin it off into a separate entity? “I think we’ll be opportunistic there,” Landry said. They’ll also be able to ask Shamrock for more money at any time if, for example, they show that spending more on advertising can lead to a commensurate increase in sales on the app, he said. Last year, Shamrock put together a $700-million investment fund, which is contributing to Maple Media. Double M Partners eyes new fund Los Angeles venture capital firm Double M Partners has pooled about $18 million toward a target of $40 million for a new investment fund, according to a regulatory filing . Double M primarily invests in software companies, including those in advertising, retail, mobile gaming and communications. Most of the companies are in Southern California, with leading names such as Scopely and Tradesy. Mark Mullen, the veteran investment banker who’s managed Double M since its founding in 2012, declined to comment. Elsewhere on the Web A former executive at fundraising service Crowdfunder filed a lawsuit saying he was let go for complaining about improper investment disclosures and inappropriate sexual conduct by its chief executive, according to Law360 . Crowdfunder in a statement denied the allegations. Dog-care booking service DogVacay, which connects pet owners to independent contractors, says it has $70 million in annual sales, according to Inc . Santa Monica in-home elder care booking service HomeHero announced its shut down after struggles shifting its workers’ classification to employees from contractors, according to SiliconBeat . In case you missed it Uber's self-inflicted controversies come at a price: public loyalty. The region’s tech community is hoping the wealth unleashed to hundreds of Snap Inc. employees by the third-largest initial public offering in California history spurs them to become entrepreneurs and investors in their own right . Snap employees already are having conversations with venture capitalists to help line up future funding. There's one part of Snapchat that Facebook can't copy: CEO Evan Spiegel.

Clark Landry Investments

16 Investments

Clark Landry has made 16 investments. Their latest investment was in De-Ice as part of their Unattributed VC on July 7, 2017.

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Clark Landry Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

7/19/2017

Unattributed VC

De-Ice

$3M

Yes

2

5/16/2017

Seed VC

Social Native

$8M

Yes

6

1/13/2016

Series B

CourseHorse

$4M

Yes

6

5/19/2015

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

9/17/2014

Pre-Seed

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$99M

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10

Date

7/19/2017

5/16/2017

1/13/2016

5/19/2015

9/17/2014

Round

Unattributed VC

Seed VC

Series B

Seed VC

Pre-Seed

Company

De-Ice

Social Native

CourseHorse

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Amount

$3M

$8M

$4M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

2

6

6

10

10

Clark Landry Portfolio Exits

8 Portfolio Exits

Clark Landry has 8 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was MomentFeed on June 15, 2021.

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6/15/2021

Acquired

$99M

16

5/24/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

7/30/2020

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10

3/18/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

2/11/2020

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$99M

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10

Date

6/15/2021

5/24/2021

7/30/2020

3/18/2020

2/11/2020

Exit

Acquired

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Acquired

Acquired

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Valuation

$99M

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