investment

  • Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley

    Changes in macroeconomic forces — starting with the interest rate hike — could have a dramatic impact on Silicon Valley and other regions. Read More

  • The Erosion Of “Same Round, Same Price” Crunch Network

    The Erosion Of “Same Round, Same Price”

    It seems most founders believe investors asking for “extras” on the side are simply greedy and short-sighted. While it’s easy to criticize investors, I believe this behavior is driven in large part as a response to conditions founders have created in early stage investing. I believe two trends, when taken together, have eroded the “one round, one price” standard. Read More

  • Going Public Isn’t Selling Out, It’s The Best Way To Stay Alive Crunch Network

    Going Public Isn’t Selling Out, It’s The Best Way To Stay Alive

    When Amazon went public in 1997, its stock opened 62.5 percent above the target price and the company ended its day $54 million richer than it had started it. In the three years or so leading up to the IPO, Jeff Bezos had finally begun to prove that the company had a viable business model, real revenues and a proven approach. Investor confidence was high. But how would things have played out… Read More

  • The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs Crunch Network

    The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs

    In 15 years as a venture capitalist, I’ve seen just about every market condition you can imagine. I started at Insight Venture Partners in 2000 at a time when the stock market was experiencing historic highs and tech companies were receiving massive private and public valuations. Capital markets were flush, startup burn rates were rampant, and the gold rush was on. Investors came out… Read More

  • Putting Money Into Security Crunch Network

    Putting Money Into Security

    I’ve long been immersed in the world of technology — as a hobbyist, a venture capitalist, a board member and now as a CEO. But looking back at key segments of my personal investment history, I’m struck by the story it tells about security. Yes, information security — it may just be the most dynamic sector of this dynamic market. Read More

  • Fitbit Crushes Expectations In Q3, But A Follow-On Equity Offering Drags Its Shares Down

    Fitbit Crushes Expectations In Q3, But A Follow-On Equity Offering Drags Its Shares Down

    Following the bell, Fitbit announced its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $409.3 million, and earnings per share using normal accounting methods of $0.19. The company’s adjusted profit totaled $0.24 per share. The results are notably strong. Investors had expected the company to report a far-slimmer $0.10 adjusted per-share profit off of revenue of just $350.97. Read More

  • Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Earlier this year, the law firm Fenwick & West published a report analyzing the financing terms of 37 U.S.-based venture-backed companies that raised money at valuations of $1 billion or more in the 12-month period ending March 31. The report’s headline-grabbing conclusion was that in all cases, the investors had received significant downside protection in case the… Read More

  • Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert

    Detroit To Finally Get Fiber-Optic Internet Thanks To Dan Gilbert

    High speed fiber optic internet is coming to downtown Detroit thanks to Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures. The investment group recently confirmed that construction is underway on a fiber-optic network starting in the downtown area. The network, dubbed Rocket Fiber, will serve residents and businesses and will offer internet connection 100 times faster than current services, Crain’s… Read More

  • Dyson Invests $2.35B In R&D, Aims To Launch 100 New Products Over The Next Four Years

    Dyson Invests $2.35B In R&D, Aims To Launch 100 New Products Over The Next Four Years

    Dyson is spending big on new products and product categories, the company announced today. The maker of vacuums, fans, heaters, hand dryers, robots and more announced today that it would be spending a total of $2.35 billion across a UK tech campus, expansion of its manufacturing efforts, investment in British universities to foster talent, and $1.56 billion in new specific tech development… Read More