Privacy Policy

Effective as of January 9th, 2008

The mission of VentureDeal (hereafter, "VentureDeal", "we" or "our") is to provide you (hereafter, "you", "User" or "Users") with the most useful financial information related to venture-backed technology companies. However, we're not just committed to providing you with up-to-date information, we're also committed to protecting your privacy.

This Privacy Policy outlines, among other items, the type of information we collect from Users about themselves, the type of information and the types of entities to whom we may disclose certain information about Users, how such information may be used, how Users can opt out, certain of Users' rights, steps that VentureDeal takes to protect your privacy, and the steps Users can take to update User information with VentureDeal or deactivate a User account.

If you have any questions about the privacy practices of VentureDeal or this Privacy Policy, please e-mail us.

Categories of personally identifiable information collected on Users while logged into www.venturedeal.com

When you create a login email address and password on VentureDeal, you will be asked to complete a registration form. From this form, VentureDeal will collect the following information:

  • Name, street address and email address as provided by the User.
  • Credit card information provided by User, including name, number, expiration date and security code.

Every time you login to the VentureDeal website, VentureDeal will collect the following information:

  • A User's unique IP address upon login, in order to prevent multiple logins from a single User account email address and to protect the VentureDeal database from unauthorized use. VentureDeal does not track a User's individual actions onsite.

Use of your name and email address

If you sign up for free emails or a subscription to the database, VentureDeal will place your name and email address on the VentureDeal Distribution List in order that we may contact you with details about information concerning other products/services that we think might interest you.

We may also contact you by email or phone regarding your account with VentureDeal or to answer any of your inquiries.

Tell-A-Friend

If you choose to use our referral service to tell a friend about our site, we will ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. VentureDeal does not store this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email.

It is VentureDeal's policy not to share your personally identifiable information with any third parties other than the credit card processing company that we use to bill you for goods and services and the software programming and hosting service providers that we use to maintain the website in proper functioning order. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any other purposes.

Categories of third-party persons or entities with whom VentureDeal may share a User's anonymous information

Certain advertisers (or the companies that serve up advertisements on their behalf, collectively, "Advertisers") may track and store certain anonymous information (the "Anonymous Information") about the Users visiting VentureDeal.

Legal Disclaimer

We reserve the right to disclose your personally identifiable information as required by law and when we believe that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights and/or to comply with a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process served on our Web site.

Agents

We use an outside credit card processing company to bill you for goods and services. These companies do not retain, share, store or use personally identifiable information for any other purposes.

Service Providers

We use other third parties to provide software programming and hosting services on our site. When you sign up for email or a subscription, we will share your personally identifiable information on an as-needed basis as necessary for the third party to provide that service on our behalf. These third parties are prohibited from using your personally identifiable information for any other purpose.

Categories of information gathered by such third party persons or entities

Although different Advertisers may collect different Anonymous Information, the information gathered generally includes such things as: (i) the anonymous cookie ID associated with the User's computer; (ii) portions of the User's Internet Protocol (IP) address that identify the User's domain name and the general geographical area in which the User is located; (iii) the particular ad(s) viewed by the User and the date, time and duration of that viewing; and (iv) whether the User clicked on an ad (or any information within it).

This anonymous tracking process does not reveal the User's personally identifiable information including name, phone number, mailing address, or e-mail address.

Purpose of gathering such information

The purpose of the tracking system is to show the Advertiser(s) how and when the User's computer moved to different ads on the site.

Unless the User voluntarily provides personally identifying information, for instance, by requesting that s/he be sent specifications on a particular product or service within the Advertiser's advertisement, the personal identity of the User will remain unknown to the Advertiser.

While VentureDeal does not control this process or have access to the information gathered by Advertisers on VentureDeal, we did want to make you aware of the practice.

Use of Anonymous Information

As a general rule, the anonymous tracking information from each User is bundled with that of other Users to create an overall usage summary for the ad(s) in question. This summary allows the Advertiser to better evaluate the reach and effectiveness of its ads, both from a content and placement perspective, such as by analyzing how many "hits" a particular ad receives.

Please note that, in certain instances, the Advertiser may also use the unbundled or individual results of this tracking to target specific products or service offerings to particular Users based on their individual usage patterns.

Use of cookies

Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your computer's hard drive that allow us to monitor what sort of content on VentureDeal you find most interesting. By better understanding how you and other Users are using VentureDeal, we can develop tools and customize content to personalize and improve everyone's experience.

We may also use cookies to remember your passwords for you (so that you don't have to keep re-entering them each time you come back to the site) and to better target advertising or features on the site that we think will be of most interest to you.

Your privacy and security are not compromised when you accept a cookie from VentureDeal because we do not use cookies to collect personal information. We do not link the information we store in cookies to any personally identifiable information you submit while on our site.

Please note, however, that any Advertisers on VentureDeal may serve you their own cookies when you click through to their sites. When you do so, we do not control, nor do we have access to, any of the information that such Advertisers may collect.

Of course, you can choose not to accept the cookie by adjusting your browser settings but, if you choose to do so, you may not be able to take full advantage of the certain customized content on VentureDeal that may appear from time to time.

Testimonials

We post customer testimonials on our web site which may contain personally identifiable information such as the poster's name. By posting a testimonial on our site you grant us the right to publish your testimonial along with the name you enter. You may withdraw your testimonial by contacting customer service or by calling (650) 924-9239 during 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.

How to opt out of VentureDeal Distribution List and/or Circulation List

If you do not wish to be included on the VentureDeal Distribution List or the Circulation List, then you may contact us at any time to indicate that you wish to opt out of either or both of these lists. You may also utilize the unsubscribe link provided in each email you receive.

Upon receipt of such request, VentureDeal will update its VentureDeal Distribution List and/or Circulation List, per your instruction, by removing your name and email address there from within 7 business days.

Description of process for User to review and request changes to personally identifiable information collected by VentureDeal

A User may review his/her personally identifiable information collected by VentureDeal by logging in to his/her account (the "My Account" section of the website) during any time that the VentureDeal service is operational. Under "My Account", a User may change his/her name, street address, all credit card information and any information that the User has submitted in the Profile section.

If the User wishes to change his/her email address, User must notify VentureDeal via email or by placing a telephone call to the company phone number at (650) 924-9239 (which can also be found under "Contact Us" on the VentureDeal home page) and request a change of the email address. VentureDeal will make the required change within five (5) business days from the date of request, not including national holidays or weekends.

If the VentureDeal service is not operational at the time of login, a User may also notify VentureDeal via email or place a telephone call to the company phone number at (650) 924-9239 (which can also be found under "Contact Us" on the VentureDeal home page) and provide a detailed listing of the change(s) requested.

If you use our blog, on this Web site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these blogs, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these blogs.

Collection of User IP Addresses

To guard against a User's account being compromised and utilized by more than one person, VentureDeal collects unique User IP address login information as a condition of granting User access to the database. If a User is unwilling to accept this condition, then the User's only recourse is to not be become a registered User or to cancel his/her subscription.

Description of process of notification of a change to Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes to this privacy statement, the home page, and other places we deem appropriate so that you are aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

We reserve the right to modify this privacy statement at any time, so please review it frequently. If we make material changes to this policy, we will notify you here, by email, or by means of a notice on our home page. The most up-to-date Privacy Policy can be found by clicking the icon marked "PRIVACY POLICY" at the bottom of each page on the website.

Your continued use of the VentureDeal website following announcement of an update to the Privacy Policy will be deemed to constitute your acceptance of such changes to the Privacy Policy in effect at such time of continued use.

Security procedures taken by VentureDeal to safeguard and protect personally-identifiable information collected

  • VentureDeal manages the permissions of each User so that each User is only allowed to see his/her personal information and no other User's information.
  • VentureDeal uses industry-standard 128-bit Secure Socket Layer certificate encryption of User login and password during the login process.
  • VentureDeal segregates all personally identifiable User data from the website database and related files.
  • The maintenance and operation login information of VentureDeal server(s) are protected by 128-bit Secure Socket Layer-encrypted login and firewall technologies.
  • VentureDeal regularly purges inactive User accounts.
  • VentureDeal maintains an audit trail for User transactions and changes to their personally-identifiable information.
  • VentureDeal restricts employee access to User information, including name, address and credit card by the method of electronic restrictions that deny access by employees who are not trained and specifically instructed by VentureDeal management to access such information.

Deactivation of User accounts

A User who desires to deactivate his/her account at VentureDeal may do so by visiting the My Account section of the website, then choosing the Database Subscription option and finally selecting the Cancel Subscription option. Alternatively, a User may email VentureDeal and request deactivation in writing. As a final alternative, a User may contact VentureDeal by phone and speak to a representative to request deactivation. Leaving a message on a voice mail or other message-storage device is not considered adequate notice.

After deactivation, the deactivated User's personal information will be available only to select VentureDeal personnel for administrative, accounting or legal purposes, including but not limited to fraud prevention, fee collections, dispute resolution, problem troubleshooting, investigation assistance, and compliance with applicable laws, court orders and legal requests.

Links to other sites

To provide Users with a more complete resource for investment information and services, VentureDeal may contain links to certain other sites from time to time. In some instances, we will share demographic information on our Users with sites that link to VentureDeal, but again, this information is shared on an aggregate basis only.

Please note that you may be required to register with a site that links to VentureDeal in order to take advantage of that site's services (for example, if a User wishes to order a book at Amazon.com that was recommended at VentureDeal).

We cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of these sites you may visit voluntarily. Please refer to these sites' separate privacy policies for details.

If you have any questions or concerns in connection with VentureDeal's Privacy Policy, please e-mail us.

VentureDeal is a licensee of the TRUSTe Web Privacy Seal Program. TRUSTe is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to build user’s trust and confidence in the Internet by promoting the use of fair information practices. This privacy statement covers the Web site www.VentureDeal.com. Because this Web site wants to demonstrate its commitment to your privacy, it has agreed to disclose its information practices and have its privacy practices reviewed for compliance by TRUSTe.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this statement, you should first contact Don Jones at VentureDeal via email, or at:

1259 El Camino Real, Suite 410
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 924-9239

If you do not receive acknowledgement of your inquiry or your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should contact TRUSTe at http://www.truste.org/consumers/watchdog_complaint.php TRUSTe will then serve as a liaison with us to resolve your concerns.