Ron Conway

  • Unvarnished Becomes Honestly.com, Raises $1.2 Million And Opens The Floodgates

    Unvarnished is all grown up. The self-described reputation management site, which allows professionals to anonymously submit reviews on their peers, has just renamed its site to “Honestly.com” and raised $1.2 million from several high-profile firms including First Round Capital, Ron Conway’s SV Angel, Charles River Ventures. Significantly, for the nature of the Honestly… Read More

  • Ron Conway's SV Angel Rakes In Another $9 Million

    An SEC Form D filed today revealed a few new things about “Godfather of Silicon Valley” and much lauded angel investor Ron Conway‘s SV Angel fund, namely that it is going after more; The forms show that what the fund is seeking has been raised from $20 million to about $30 million, and that it is also closing in on an almost $9 million update today. This latest Form D… Read More

  • World's Most Sincere, Awesome TechCrunch Fan

    We received this video mail from TechCrunch reader Aditya Kapur shortly after TechCrunch Disrupt, with the subject line “Thank you for Hammer Time.” In it Kapur describes how awesome our Google Ventures/SV Angel party was and apologizes to Ron Conway for “screaming like a little girl at a Justin Bieber concert” within earshot of the powerful VC. Highlight: “I… Read More

  • Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels [Email]

    Ron Conway Drops A Nuclear Bomb On The Super Angels [Email]

    As we just stated in our previous post, there was clearly an email sent by angel investor Ron Conway to a group of super angels who were likely involved in the Bin 38 “AngelGate” meeting that Mike stumbled into a couple days ago. We’ve now received a copy of the email that Conway sent from an anonymous tipster. And we’ve confirmed it is authentic from one of… Read More

  • Finger-Pointing, Emails, Deleted Tweets, Rage. AngelGate Is Far From Over

    Finger-Pointing, Emails, Deleted Tweets, Rage. AngelGate Is Far From Over

    On the surface, it seemed like the situation that has come to be known as AngelGate was dying down. Since we broke the news about the secret meetings between angel investors where they supposedly agree to agree on things, a lot has been said on both sides. Mike said what he knew, and one of the angel investors present at the meeting he crashed, Dave McClure, came out in opposition to the… Read More

  • Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: Meet The Ron Conway Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: Meet The Ron Conway Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    If you are vaguely familiar with the Middle East startup scene, it’s impossible to escape the name Fadi Ghandour. From his office in Jordan, Ghandour has had a heavy hand in laying the foundation of the Arab world’s rising tech scene. Among his many hats, he founded Aramex, the first Arab company to go public on the Nasdaq in 1997, was an instrumental investor in Maktoob (picked up… Read More

  • Betaworks, Conway, And Sacca Embed $250,000 Into Embed.ly

    The angels are lining up to give Y Combinator startup Embed.ly some cash. Betaworks, Ron Conway, and Chris Sacca are investing $250,000 in the company, which specializes in turning links into embed codes. There are hundreds of Websites and APIs out there which let people embed media and data all across the Web. Connecting those embed codes with their underlying links is a Herculean task… Read More

  • Conway: During The Bubble, 77% Entrepreneurs Failed. Now, It's Around 40%

    Conway: During The Bubble, 77% Entrepreneurs Failed. Now, It's Around 40%

    Today, during our Social Currency CrunchUp, angel investor Ron Conway had some interesting data to share for the first time. Conway says that his company, SV Angel, has recently done an audit on the over 500 companies they’ve invested in over the past 12 years. And he was surprised with the results. Conway expected it would show that about one-third of companies fail, one-third get… Read More

  • Paul Graham and Ron Conway on Merger and Acquisitions of Startups

    Ron Conway And Paul Graham Talk About Investing

    Today at our Social Currency CrunchUp in Palo Alto, CA, Michael Arrington sat down with investors Ron Conway and Paul Graham. Obviously, these are two of the biggest names in early-stage investing (with SV Angel and Y Combinator, respectively). Both Conway and Graham had some interesting data to share. Conway, in particular, was able to give some great numbers because he’s recently done… Read More

  • RRE Ventures, Ron Conway, And Founder Collective Bet $8 Million On BuzzFeed

    Making buzz happen online is an elusive enterprise, but BuzzFeed is making a business around it. The New York City startup just raised an $8 million series B financing, led by RRE Ventures. Ron Conway (via SV Angel) and Chris Dixon (via Founder Collective) also invested. BuzzFeed previously raised a $3.5 million series A in 2008 from Hearst, Softbank, and Ken Lerer (who all put in more… Read More

  • Ron Conway Raising $10 Million Angel Fund To Expand SV Angel

    Ron Conway Raising $10 Million Angel Fund To Expand SV Angel

    Super-angel Ron Conway, who is one of the most prolific and successful investors in Silicon Valley, is expanding his SV Angel fund to include outside investors (recently he has invested only his own capital in startups). He is raising a new fund of around $10 million, we’ve confirmed. Conway, who was called the “Godfather of Silicon Valley” in a book by Gary Rivlin, is… Read More

  • Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz Raises $9 million For New Collaboration Startup, Asana

    Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz is starting a new startup called Asana to solve enterprise collaboration, and he just closed a $9 million series A round from Benchmark Capital and Andreessen-Horowitz. this follows $1.2 million angel round last spring from investors including Ron Conway, Peter Thiel, Mitch Kapor, MySpace CEO Owen van Natta, Sean Parker, and former Facebook Director of… Read More

  • YC-Funded DailyBooth Raises $1 Million From Sequoia, Kevin Rose, Ron Conway Et Al.

    When we first covered real-time photo-blogging service DailyBooth last August, we had noticed how remarkably vibrant the community already was, and how quickly the site was amassing tons of traffic. The startup was launched in February 2009, received some initial seed funding from Y Combinator over the summer and has now raised an additional $1 million from an all-star team of institutional… Read More

  • TC50 Backstage: Ron Conway Defends his "Spray and Pray" Honor

    This morning Jason Calacanis made a quip that Ron Conway is such a prolific angel investor that all presenting companies at TC50 were getting $50,000 just for walking on the same stage with him. Conway made a face, so Paul Carr and I grabbed him back stage and asked his thoughts on frequently being called a “Spray and Pray” investor. As evidence that he doesn’t invest in… Read More

  • Ron Conway To Focus On "Real Time Data" Startups: 40-50 New Investments In Next 18 Months

    Heavy hitting angel investor Ron Conway, who’s been called the “Godfather of Silicon Valley” by Gary Rivlin, is now focusing most of his investment attention on “real-time data,” according to an email he sent out to friends and contacts earlier this week. Conway was one of the earliest investors in Google, and has invested in more than 500 startups, he’s said… Read More

  • More TC50 Expert Panelists: Ron Conway, Sheryl Sandberg, and Yossi Vardi

    We are thrilled to announce the next three expert panelists participating in TechCrunch50. Joining Marc Andreessen, Roelof Botha and Marissa Mayer as TechCrunch50 experts are Ron Conway, Sheryl Sandberg and Yossi Vardi. The experts will judge the fifty startups launching at the event, and then discuss each of the demos on stage as a group. More details on the conference are here. TechCrunch50… Read More