Privacy Policy

Ventures Media is committed to the responsible management, use, and protection of your personal information on this Web site (the Site). This Privacy Policy outlines the types of information we gather, how we use it, with whom we might share it, the means by which we keep it secure, and the choices you have about the information you choose to share with us. Please note that, depending on the area of the Site from which you access or select a particular product or service, you may be required to enter different or additional information to register for, subscribe to, or purchase that product or service. If a separate privacy policy applies to the information you submit in conjunction with that product or service, then that separate privacy policy will be accessible through the page on which you enter the information.

We recognize that the personally identifying information that you enter on the Site (whether your own or that of your clients) is very sensitive, and protecting the privacy of this information is a top priority for us. Any personally identifying information that you enter on the site is kept strictly confidential and not voluntarily shared with any third parties (except as set forth herein).


What Information Do We Collect and How Do We Use It?

When you register for, subscribe to, or purchase a product or service on this Site, we may ask you to provide us with certain personal and/or business information. This demographic information may include, but not be limited to, your name, company’s street address, phone number, e-mail address, your company name, funding and investor information.

We use this personally identifying information (a) to contact you with details about the product or service you registered for, subscribed to, or purchased, (b) to send you information on other Ventures Media products that may be of interest to you, and (c) to provide you with the products or services you subscribe to or order from us. Except as provided below, it is our policy not to share personal identifiable information that you send us as part of the registration/subscription/use process with anyone outside of Ventures Media. There are only two limited exceptions to this policy. First, in cases where you check the appropriate opt-in box to receive products, services, or information from third-party advertisers listed on certain pages of the Site, we can forward your contact information (including your phone number and e-mail address) to those advertisers in whose products or services you have indicated an interest. Second, we offer certain well-screened partners the opportunity to share information about products and services that we think might be of interest to you. You may, of course, notify us at any time that you no longer wish to be contacted by Ventures Media or have your contact information forwarded on to these third-party companies. Please remember, however, that we do not have any control over this information once it has been released to a third party. Subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy and applicable law, Ventures Media retains the right to use and disclose any information provided by you through this Site (including but not limited to information provided through e-mail) or made available through your use of this Web Site, for any lawful purpose. In no event shall you be entitled to any compensation for the use of any of this information.

Please note that, in addition to personally identifying information, Ventures Media may also collect and use aggregations of demographic and usage information. Ventures Media may utilize and/or share this information with third parties for a variety of purposes, including, but not limited to, marketing, product development, and Site maintenance. Because this information contains only aggregations of individual inputs, no personally identifying information is made available to any third party as a part of this process.


Is Information Collected by Advertisers?

Advertisers (or the companies that serve up advertisements on their behalf) often track and store certain anonymous information about the users of a site. While Ventures Media does not control this process or have access to the information gathered by these advertisers/ad servers on the Site or other Ventures Media Web sites, we did want to make you aware of the practice.

Although different advertisers may collect different information, the information gathered generally includes such things as: (a) the anonymous cookie ID associated with the user’s computer; (b) 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; (c) the particular ad(s) viewed by the user and the date, time, and duration of that viewing; and (d) whether the user clicked on an ad (or any information within it). This anonymous tracking process is not supposed to reveal the user’s name, phone number, mailing address, e-mail address, or any other personally identifying information. Instead, the tracking system is designed merely to show the advertiser 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 he or she be sent specifications on a particular product or service, the personal identity of the user should remain unknown to the advertiser.


How is this Anonymous Information Used?

As a general rule, the anonymous tracking of 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; for instance, by analyzing how many “hits” a particular ad receives. However, 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.


What About Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses and Cookies?

The Site logs IP addresses and browser types, but does not link IP addresses to personally identifying information. This means that, while a user’s session is tracked, the identity of that user remains anonymous. We also use these IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the Site, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

Cookies are used for the same reasons. Cookies are small pieces of information stored on your computer’s hard drive for recordkeeping purposes. The use of cookies is an industry standard, and many major Web sites use them to provide useful features for their visitors. Cookies allow us to monitor what sort of content you find most interesting. By better understanding how you and our other users are using the Site, we can develop tools and customize content to personalize and improve everyone’s experience. If requested, we also use cookies to remember any 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 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 this Site because we do not use cookies to collect personal information for marketing purposes. Please note, however, that advertisers may also serve you their own cookies when you click through to their sites. We do not control, nor do we have access to, any of the information that they may collect. Also, this Site does contain links to other sites that may contain cookies. In the same way that we cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of these other sites, we cannot control their use of cookies.

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 certain customized content on the Site, or you may have to sign into the Site each time you visit.


Links to Third-Party Sites

To provide you with a more complete resource for investment information and services, this Site contains links to certain other sites. We cannot be responsible for the privacy practices of these sites; you should refer to these sites’ privacy policies for details.


Community

Certain pages contain links to Community areas that allow users to engage in a lively discussion with a community of startup founders, service professionals and potential investors. Please remember that any information you disclose in a conversations area will become public information.

We encourage you to maintain a healthy skepticism about any information posted to the community area and to do your own research before making any investment decisions. People writing in a conversations area may not be who they say they are, may not know what they say they know, or may not be affiliated with whom they say they are affiliated. Conversations areas are offered for entertainment purposes only. Ventures Media expressly disclaims any responsibility for the content or accuracy of any information posted to these areas and for any trading, investment, or other decisions made on the basis of this information.


How to Control or Change Your Profile Information

You can edit any of the registration information you’ve provided by visiting https://ventures.media. Because this information is protected, you will be required to enter your user name and password to make changes.


Changes to the Privacy Policy

If we ever change the Privacy Policy, we will post that information on this Privacy Policy page. We invite you to come back from time to time to review the policy.

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after certain period of time.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, You can request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.