Ron Conway

  • Why Even Ron Conway Couldn’t Persuade Me To Move To Silicon Valley

    Editor’s note: Reggie Bradford is the CEO of Vitrue, a social media marketing platform based in Atlanta. Do serious tech companies still need to be based in Silicon Valley? There seems to be an endless debate about this among founders everywhere. My own startup, Vitrue, turns 5 this week. That’s forever in startup years, and it’s got me to thinking about my friend Ron Conway. Read More

  • SEC Watch: Start Fund Raises First Round, Totaling Nearly $6.5 Million

    Remember Start Fund, the investment vehicle established by DST’s Yuri Milner (as an individual) and Ron Conway’s angel fund, SV Angel? A couple of weeks ago, we broke the news that the fund, which is managed by SV Angel partner David Lee, made a gutsy blanket investment offer to every single one of the 40 or so Y Combinator startups in the most recent batch. Read More

  • How'd Sequoia Let Yuri Milner Grab this Sweetheart Y Combinator Deal?

    Earlier tonight, Mike posted a bombshell that must have made super angels shudder. Not content with the grenade he threw into the late-stage investing world with aggressive investments in Facebook, Groupon and Zynga, tonight Yuri Milner announced a new partnership with Ron Conway that offers similar you’d-be-crazy-not-to-take-this-deal terms for every Y Combinator company. But you know… Read More

  • 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