Spark Capital

  • Spark Capital's Bijan Sabet on Competition, MBAs, and His Work

    Ask a VC: Bijan Sabet on Competition, MBAs, and What He’d Rather Be Doing (TCTV)

    It’s time for Ask a VC, and this week Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital was back. We talked about whether it’s worth it for startups to launch at a conference like DEMO or Disrupt, the decision to turn a profitable lifestyle business into a venture-backed, cash-burning startup, how entrepreneurs in other countries can find US mentors and the value of MBAs. In one of our more… Read More

  • Ask a VC: Bijan Sabet Returns to the Hot Seat. Send Your Questions Now!

    Ask a VC: Bijan Sabet Returns to the Hot Seat. Send Your Questions Now!

    This week, I invited Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital back to Ask a VC, because it’s been a while and there were a ton of questions we didn’t get to last time. Sabet is in the middle of some of the most interesting companies on the Web today including Tumblr, Twitter and Boxee. And as you can see from his last time on the show, he’s a great guest. Last time we talked about… Read More

  • ContextIn Raises "Several Millions" For Algorithmic Approach To Ad Buying

    ContextIn Raises "Several Millions" For Algorithmic Approach To Ad Buying

    ContextIn, an Israeli company I first got to know when they launched their semantic technology platform at my Plugg conference back in 2009, has recently shifted focus to the buying side of the online advertising equation. We’ve now learned that the company has raised “a few million dollars” in a Series A round led by Spark Capital and Pitango. I have to admit I’m not… Read More

  • 8D World Gets $5.25 Million More To Teach English As A Foreign Language Online

    8D World Gets $5.25 Million More To Teach English As A Foreign Language Online

    A startup based in Shanghai, with United States headquarters in Woburn, Mass., 8D World, has attracted a series B investment of $5.25 million for their educational take on massively multiplayer online games, the company announced today. Their flagship product, Wiz World Online, uses sophisticated speech assessment features to teach mostly kids and teens English as a foreign language. The… Read More

  • Bijan Sabet on VC Investment in Africa and Boston

    Bijan Sabet on Why He Has a Hard Time Investing in Africa…and Boston [TCTV]

    This week’s Ask a VC was with Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital, a standout in the younger generation of VCs whether you are looking at his portfolio (Twitter, Tumbr, Boxee, SendMe) or talking to entrepreneurs who work with him. I asked Sabet about how fundraising went for Spark Capital, which just raised its third fund, and how much that early investment in Twitter helped the process. We… Read More

  • Semantic Web Startup Inform Technologies Lands $4 Million, New CMO

    Semantic Web Startup Inform Technologies Lands $4 Million, New CMO

    Inform Technologies, a New York-based developer and provider of semantic web solutions, this morning announced it has secured $4 million in a Series A funding round led by previous backers Spark Capital, The Stephens Group, and The Oklahoma Publishing Company. In addition, the startup has announced that Tony Dunaif, former SVP at Internet Broadcasting, has joined the company as Chief… Read More

  • Union Square, Spark Capital Double Tumblr's Funding To $10 Million

    Union Square, Spark Capital Double Tumblr's Funding To $10 Million

    Microblogging startup Tumblr, based out of New York, has raised $5 million more from the same investors who’d already bankrolled the company with a little over $5 million over two previous rounds, namely Union Square Ventures and Spark Capital. The financing round, Tumblr’s third, was first reported by MediaMemo and comes at a time when the three-year-old startup is starting to push… Read More

  • In English-Crazy China, 8D World Teaches Kids To Speak In Virtual Worlds; Lands A Deal With CCTV

    In English-Crazy China, 8D World Teaches Kids To Speak In Virtual Worlds; Lands A Deal With CCTV

    In China, learning spoken English is giving rise to a huge and growing market. For instance, in addition to English classes in public schools, parents send their children to about 50,000 for-profit training schools around the country, where English is the most popular subject. Instead of American Idol, on CCTV, the national government-owned TV network, they have the Star of Outlook… Read More

  • Boxee Watches $6 Million More In Funding Stream In

    Boxee Watches $6 Million More In Funding Stream In

    Boxee, the media center software startup, has won a lot of fans with its open approach to streaming content. And as a result it has won some more money, to the tune of a $6 million second round, led by Boston’s General Catalyst Partners. The new money will be used for growth: Both expanding the team and expanding the service’s reach in the market, we’re told. But why now? Read More

  • 'How To' Video Site 5min Raises An Extra $7.5 Million

    'How To' Video Site 5min Raises An Extra $7.5 Million

    Instructional video site 5min, based in NYC and Israel, has raised an additional $7.5 million in a round led by Globespan Capital Partners and joined by previous investor Spark Capital, reports Israeli business news site Globes. This brings the total of capital invested in the startup, founded in 2006, to a healthy $12.8 million. Its most recent financing round was $5 million from Spark back… Read More