VC

  • Ask A VC: Foundation Capital’s Anamitra Banerji Talks About Twitter Ads, Becoming A VC And More

    Ask A VC: Foundation Capital’s Anamitra Banerji Talks About Twitter Ads, Becoming A VC And More

    For this week’s Ask A VC episode, we sat down with Foundation Capital’s newest partner Anamitra Banerji, who was just promoted from entrepreneur in residence to investment partner at the firm. We chatted about Banerji’s decision to become a VC vs. founding a startup, and how being an entrepreneur in residence helped him come to that decision. Read More

  • Participating In Hackathons Is the Best Way To Become Pitch Perfect For VCs

    Participating In Hackathons Is the Best Way To Become Pitch Perfect For VCs

    The proliferation of organized “hackathons” has been a big story over the past few years. Quite a few developers that I’m friends with see them as a way to keep themselves sharp on their own products and ideas, especially when a different company is the one putting the event on. I recently attended, and judged, a Foursquare hackathon in San Francisco, and saw about 20… Read More

  • R.I.P. Frothy Times, A Return To Normalcy

    R.I.P. Frothy Times, A Return To Normalcy

    Whatever it is, it is palpable. A sort of buzz in the Valley that all is not well, and a slight nervousness among entrepreneurs, investors and startup employees as they flit about their day-to-day. We may not be in the middle of an outright private market collapse, but there will definitely be fewer tigers and monkeys at this year’s holiday parties. The fingernail biting is not just… Read More

  • Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall

    Angel Investors Do Make Money, Data Shows 2.5x Returns Overall

    Editor’s note: Robert Wiltbank, PhD, is a professor at Willamette University in Portland, Ore. He is co-author of Effectual Entrepreneurship and of The Catalyst, as well as many academic articles in the fields of entrepreneurship and strategy. I began studying angel investing returns about 10 years ago as a result of a problem I couldn’t resolve. Over these years I’ve… Read More

  • Despite Some Doom & Gloom, The Future For Healthtech (And Health Investing) Is Bright

    Despite Some Doom & Gloom, The Future For Healthtech (And Health Investing) Is Bright

    As digital health data grows, wearable health-tracking devices mature, tools used in remote diagnosis and treatment improve and with healthcare providers soon to be prescribing mobile health apps, there’s a lot to be excited about at the intersection of health and technology. As Michelle Snyder of InterWest recently pointed out, thanks to the quickening pace of innovation in the space… Read More

  • Open Ocean Invests $1.3M To Push Crowdsourced Directory Truecaller’s Global Reach

    Open Ocean Invests $1.3M To Push Crowdsourced Directory Truecaller’s Global Reach

    Open Ocean, the VC fund led by former MySQL and Nokia execs, is investing $1.3 million in Stockholm, Sweden-based startup Truecaller — maker of the crowdsourced phone directory app and web white pages service that lets you look unknown phone numbers and match them with names. The Series A funding comes from Open Ocean’s Fund Three fund. Read More

  • The Path To Starting A Startup

    The Path To Starting A Startup

    Editor’s note: Scott Weiss is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and the former co-founder and CEO of IronPort Systems, which was acquired by Cisco in 2007. He blogs at http://scott.a16z.com and you can follow him on Twitter @W_ScottWeiss. People often ask me what the best path to becoming a successful entrepreneur is: “Should I go try and start a company now? Or go to grad school? Read More

  • Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russian VC Firm NGI Will Invest Heavily in French Startups

    Russia was once known for its undying adoration for all things French back in the day, and a century and a half later you could argue that some of that spark is still hanging around. New Generation Investment, the Russian VC firm part-owned by Leonid Reiman, former Minister of Communications and Information Technologies, has announced that it would like to start investing into the startup scene… Read More

  • Dave McClure On What’s Next For 500 Startups [TCTV]

    Dave McClure On What’s Next For 500 Startups [TCTV]

    Today was a pretty big day for 500 Startups, the Silicon Valley seed venture capital firm and startup accelerator founded by outspoken tech investment extraordinaire Dave McClure. The firm disclosed in a regulatory filing that it’s halfway finished raising a brand new $50 million round of funding, the second in its two-year history and a significant step up from the $29 million… Read More

  • VC In China: 6 To 10X Growth In Past Ten Years

    VC In China: 6 To 10X Growth In Past Ten Years

    The VC market is still strong in China, despite indications to the contrary. The old saying goes, here, that 99% of the returns come from 5% of the firms. This means big bucks for the winners – and some interesting investment opportunities for VCs in Asia and the US. Sarah Lacy sat down with Steve Ji of Sequoia Capital, Rocky Lee of Cadwalader, Hugo Shong of Accel – IDG, and Hans… Read More