venture capital

  • Dear VCs, there’s something you need to know about raising funds this year Crunch Network

    Dear VCs, there’s something you need to know about raising funds this year

    Times are changing. Startups and VCs are facing tougher times, layoffs, down rounds and eroding valuations. However, already a record amount of money has gone into U.S. venture funds this year. As an LP, am I seeing something others aren’t? Or am I just nuts? I believe the first quarter of 2016 was a classic example of what happens when there is uncertainty in the overall market. Read More

  • Practice safe financing Crunch Network

    Practice safe financing

    The convertible note is a useful and common financing structure in Silicon Valley. It’s a form of debt that is really more a type of equity — one where the valuation hasn’t been determined yet. It’s helpful because sometimes you want to align a new investor or bridge a company with extra capital, but not argue about the valuation or have to price the round yet. Read More

  • Leaked Postmates financials suggest company might be doing better than everyone thought

    Leaked Postmates financials suggest company might be doing better than everyone thought

    Postmates, the delivery app, is often seen as emblematic of the struggling on-demand businesses. Countless venture capitalists have told TechCrunch that the company, despite its popularity with consumers, is doomed because its unit economics don’t add up. The costs of paying the couriers is greater than the money generated from delivery fees, according to the narrative.  And naysayers… Read More

  • You never forget the pain, so try to avoid it Crunch Network

    You never forget the pain, so try to avoid it

    They say once you’ve had frostbite, you never forget the cold. A founder who has suffered a bad board, or board member, never forgets that, either. I took my company public at age 33 with a board of four: me, someone I trusted and two people who taught me the meaning of the word acrimony. I have been obsessed ever since with helping my founders pick the right board members and avoid… Read More

  • The fall of the unicorns brings a new dawn for water bears Crunch Network

    The fall of the unicorns brings a new dawn for water bears

    Last year was a big year for unicorns. According to Venture Beat, there are now 229 unicorn startups, with $175 billion in funding and $1.3 trillion in valuation. In 2015 alone there were 81 new entrants crowned as the legendary beast. However, the glory did not last. We are starting to see the first signs of a tech slowdown. Read More

  • Venture capital isn’t the only way to build a ‘successful’ business Crunch Network

    Venture capital isn’t the only way to build a ‘successful’ business

    In “Silicon Valley’s Unchecked Arrogance,” Ross Baird and Lenny Mendonca boldly ask an important question that’s becoming a white elephant in the Silicon Valley pitch room: How can we enable great people, regardless of zip code, to solve messy societal problems? To get to an answer, as investigative journalists would say, we need to follow the money. Read More

  • PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    Acorns, the investing app, is announcing a $30 million strategic investment from PayPal, with participation from the Rakuten FinTech Fund. This brings the team’s total funding to $62 million. With 850,000 investment accounts, Acorns works by rounding up purchases and investing the remainder. In other words, if you buy a latte for $3.99, that penny will go into an ETF. Users trust Acorns… Read More

  • The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune Crunch Network

    The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune

    One of the most oft-repeated quotes about investing goes something like this: Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. While Warren Buffett may not have had venture capital in particular in mind when he offered up that bit of sage advice, it is a fitting way to describe the current climate of the VC industry. Read More

  • What bubble? VCs spent $12 billion on startups in first quarter

    What bubble? VCs spent $12 billion on startups in first quarter

    Venture capitalists will tell you that a lackluster IPO market and struggling tech stocks mean that they are being more cautious, but the data suggests otherwise. Apart from last year, which saw $13.7 billion invested in the first quarter, National Venture Capital Association data shows that the $12.1 billion invested at the beginning of 2016 was the best start to a year since the dot-com boom… Read More

  • Women in tech: What’s the real problem? Crunch Network

    Women in tech: What’s the real problem?

    In my 20-plus years in tech, and now in Silicon Valley as part of a tech foundation that supports innovations, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with many entrepreneurs and help foster the growth of dozens of startups for social good. As a woman, the fact that I’m still working in tech, and in a leadership position, is not lost on me. Read More

  • Dinner Lab shuts down after failing to find a sustainable business model

    Dinner Lab shuts down after failing to find a sustainable business model

    After laying off staff in December as it shifted business models to find a sustainable operation, Dinner Lab has officially shut down, according to a blog post on the company’s site. Dinner Lab, like many startups, is facing a challenging environment for startups that lately have to find their way to profitability instead of simply fund operations with venture capital. Gumroad, for… Read More

  • Poshmark raises $25 million for its fashion resale marketplace

    Poshmark raises $25 million for its fashion resale marketplace

    Poshmark, the site for buying and selling women’s fashion, has announced that it has raised $25 million in a round led by GGV Capital. Hans Tung, managing partner at GGV Capital is joining the company’s board of directors. Attracting 1.5 million sellers since its launch, Poshmark has found a niche in the clothing resale business, with an app that makes cleaning out your closet… Read More

  • From Uber driver to venture capitalist Crunch Network

    From Uber driver to venture capitalist

    How did you get into venture capital? And why did you decide on that versus another startup? These are two questions aspiring VCs often ask. While I usually hop on 15-30 minute calls with those looking to learn more, I thought it might be more impactful to share my experience here. Although there is no guaranteed way for you to get into it, I’ve learned a lot through the stories of my… Read More

  • Europe’s Octopus Ventures tops up early stage fund with further £100M

    Europe’s Octopus Ventures tops up early stage fund with further £100M

    London-based VC firm Octopus Ventures has topped up its evergreen early stage startup investment fund with another £100 million, bringing the total backing the fund to more than £400 million. It says it plans to invest more than £75 million in early stage startups this year. Read More

  • Can Israel build big, sustainable companies? Crunch Network

    Can Israel build big, sustainable companies?

    For all the “Start-up Nation” fanfare, Google’s acquisition of Waze – Israel’s highest profile start-up exit to date – was valued at just $1.1B. And, while Israel officially has two Unicorn companies on the CrunchBase list (more if you count companies like Taboola and WeWork), only a handful of Israeli companies have actually exited in the billion dollar range. Read More

  • Crowdfunder launches a VC fund for the crowd

    Crowdfunder launches a VC fund for the crowd

    Angel investors who wish they could invest alongside top-shelf VCs like Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock and 500 Startups finally have an opportunity to do just that. Crowdfunder today announced the world’s first VC Index Fund, which enables smaller investors to get involved with much bigger deals while still being able to spread their investment risk. Read More

  • TiE Global Chairman Venktesh Shukla Joins Fenox Venture Capital as General Partner

    TiE Global Chairman Venktesh Shukla Joins Fenox Venture Capital as General Partner

    Fenox Venture Capital is bringing on TiE Global Chairman and the founder of TiE Angels, Venktesh Shukla, as General Partner. For the unfamiliar, TiE is a nonprofit mentoring network for entrepreneurs and promoter of entrepreneurship worldwide. Its annual conference, TiEcon, is in its 23rd year. According to Fenox VC partners, the firm will rely on Shukla to source deals in, as well as… Read More

  • How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world Crunch Network

    How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world

    The last decade has seen a period of extremely high venture capital activity, with a record peak of investment reached in 2015. This period of high VC investments has led to many amazing new products and companies, but it also has sparked a “Hollywood” era of high spending for early-stage companies. This glitzy big-budget period in Silicon Valley and further afield led influential… Read More

  • An oasis in the desert: Special purpose vehicles and behavioral economics  Crunch Network

    An oasis in the desert: Special purpose vehicles and behavioral economics 

    Like an oasis in the desert, special purpose vehicles (SPV) can offer investors critical liquidity and capital to exercise pro-rata rights, even in a world where overall returns in venture capital have been decreasing. With new regulations taking effect around secondary transactions, and recent clarification of the definition of the “accredited investors” allowed to participate… Read More

  • Launching a new service, fragrance subscription provider Scentbird feathers its nest with $2.8 million

    Launching a new service, fragrance subscription provider Scentbird feathers its nest with $2.8 million

    Scentbird, the subscription-based service for perfumes and colognes, has added another $2.8 million in venture funding to its $1 million seed round as it launches a new service that expands beyond the subscription model. Read More

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