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  • Sequoia, Accel, And Union Square Top SecondMarket’s New VC Scoreboard

    Sequoia, Accel, And Union Square Top SecondMarket’s New VC Scoreboard

    Demand for private company shares declined in the second quarter versus the first quarter but was up sharply year-over-year, according to a new report released today by SecondMarket. The market for private company stock saw $112 million in transactions last quarter, versus $156 million in the first quarter, or down 39 percent sequentially. On an annual basis, however, it was up 120 percent… Read More

  • Jawbone Raises $70M From JP Morgan

    Jawbone Raises $70M From JP Morgan

    My, what big eyes you have Jawbone! It hasn’t even been four months since the consumer electronics company closed its $49 million in funding from Andreessen Horowitz and already it’s making funding news again. Jawbone has raised another round of growth funding, this time it’s $70 million from a group of unnamed investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management. This brings… Read More

  • With A $9 Million B Round, Taykey Targets Social Interests With Ads In Realtime

    Social advertising is the next hot thing, and startups are starting to come out of the woodworks with different approaches. One to watch is Taykey, a startup we first wrote about a year ago, but which is launching today with a fresh $9 million B round from Crescent Point, Sequoia, and Softbank Capital. It previously raised $2 million in June, 2010 from Sequoia Israel. Taykey tries to… Read More

  • Mu Sigma Helps Companies Analyze 'Big Data', Raises $25 Million From Sequoia

    Mu Sigma, a startup that provides ‘decision sciences’ and analytics services to help companies make business decisions based on ‘big data’, has secured $25 million in Series C financing from Sequoia Capital. Mu Sigma in a press statement says it currently employs some 1,200 analysts (and growing), mostly based in India, in an effort to build the world’s… Read More

  • Airbnb Has Arrived: Raising Mega-Round at a $1 Billion+ Valuation

    Airbnb Has Arrived: Raising Mega-Round at a $1 Billion+ Valuation

    According to several sources Airbnb is in the process of closing a whopper of a funding round: $100 million or more at a $1 billion-plus valuation. The round is being lead by Andreessen Horowitz, and includes participation from DST, say our sources. That’s a big increase from the company’s last funding round of $7.2 million, which included Sequoia Capital, Greylock, SV Angel… Read More

  • The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    The Top 10 VC Firms, According To InvestorRank

    Any seasoned investor knows that past performance is not indicative of future returns. That is as true with public stocks as it is with venture capital firms. But if someone were to ask you to rank the top VC firms today based on their probability of success, how would you do it? Remember, looking at past returns won’t help you. Chris Farmer, a VC at General Catalyst Partners, has come… Read More

  • Sequoia Leads $3M Round in Onavo, The Must-Have Data Shrinking iOS App

    It was only a few shorts weeks ago that we reviewed Onavo, the must-have iOS app that significantly shrinks data consumption. We were so impressed with the app’s ability to save users money on their data usage plans, that we went so far as to say that every iOS user should download it. Today the company is announcing a $3M Round A led by Sequoia Capital, with participation of Magma… Read More

  • Sequoia Invests In Chinese Online Retailer Milanoo.com

    Sequoia Capital has invested ‘multiple millions of dollars’ in Milanoo.com, a China-based online retailer and wholesaler with a “passion for fashion”. The proceeds of the financing rounds will be used to strengthen Milanoo’s product supply system, optimize its online shopping platform, allow it to lower its prices and to hire more people. Read More

  • Sequoia Invests $8 Million In Messaging App Maker WhatsApp: Sources

    Messaging apps that let you use your smartphone to text or chat with your friends or even large groups of people, often free of charge, are red hot. We’ve heard from a reliable source that one of the companies making waves in the space, WhatsApp, has just secured $8 million in financing from Sequoia Capital, and possibly other investors. WhatsApp enables users of iPhone, Android… Read More

  • Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    Is Late Stage the New Early? Behind the Staggering Return of the $1B Venture Fund

    In Silicon Valley it’s not just who you invest in that matters– it’s also when you invest in them. The earlier the investment, the riskier the bet. But the more jawdropping the returns if the company hits it big. It’s so lopsided, that typically just 5% of those unsure early bets create some 95% of the entire venture industry’s returns. Miss one of them, and it… Read More