venture capital

  • How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern Crunch Network

    How I Got Wooed By Startups As An Intern

    My life changed when I got a job at a startup. I was 19 years old and had just finished my first year at the University of Michigan. By some stroke of luck I managed to land a software engineering internship at a venture capital-backed startup called UpTo. Located in downtown Detroit, I actually stayed on with them on and off throughout most of college. Read More

  • How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence Crunch Network

    How To Obliterate A Multi-Million-Dollar Fundraising Process During Due Diligence

    As soon as you capture the attention of a VC, they’re going to start performing the “due diligence” required to justify the investment. This is when the investor checks into the bold claims you have made about the size of your market opportunity and your work experience. The process effectively begins as soon as the VC has a real interest in pursuing your deal, and steps up… Read More

  • Corporate Venture Capital And Exponential Value Creation Crunch Network

    Corporate Venture Capital And Exponential Value Creation

    What if I told you there was a class of investors who are involved in 29 percent of venture funding and whose investments are three times more likely to see an exit than other investors’ startups? Would you know who they are? Would you want to meet them? Would you want to know the secrets to their success? Read More

  • Tech Growth In Asia Is Arriving On The Back Of The Mobile Communications Industry Crunch Network

    Tech Growth In Asia Is Arriving On The Back Of The Mobile Communications Industry

    Years from now, tech billionaires may want to thank the credit collapse that led to the Asian financial crisis. Many people here in Asia believe that the economic disaster that befell them actually pushed the current wave of entrepreneurs on to this track of newfound wealth. Read More

  • Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice” Crunch Network

    Read This Before Meeting VCs For Pre-Pitch “Advice”

    Startups often ask VCs for pre-pitch meetings. These requests usually are positioned along the lines of, “We aren’t looking for money yet, just advice.” Of course, we all know this is just a nice way of getting your foot in the door for a soft pitch. And that’s ok; these meetings enable both sides to get acquainted before the real ask. However, when startups come… Read More

  • Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital Crunch Network

    Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital

    This is the best time to raise money for your startup. At least since 1999. But raising money can be a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs — and receiving a high valuation can cut two ways. First, some context. According to the April 2015 MoneyTree report from PwC, investments in later-stage companies rose by 50 percent, to $4.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2015, the largest… Read More

  • To Bootstrap Or Not? Crunch Network

    To Bootstrap Or Not?

    Bootstrapping is a tougher choice than ever for startups. Seed capital is so widely available that deals for the hottest companies can close in days, and many entrepreneurs never even consider bootstrapping their company. On the other hand, some startups don’t have the luxury of securing investors to help launch their company, and others see enough value in going it alone they forgo… Read More

  • Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone Crunch Network

    Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone

    Nearly all startups use the same methodology to figure out when to raise their next round of capital. The founder projects the planned burn rate and estimates the day they will run out of cash. Then they subtract a margin for fundraising approximately four months from the date the company’s bank account will be empty, and declares the difference the fundraising-process start date. Read More

  • Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities Crunch Network

    Turning Water Problems Into Business Opportunities

    California Governor Jerry Brown recently imposed mandatory water restrictions to combat severe drought that “demands unprecedented action.” Many investors have grown familiar with the global trends changing in the way water is supplied, transported, treated and used. Those mega-trends, however, have not translated into much action from the venture community. Read More

  • Building A Diverse Board Makes Sense For Startups Crunch Network

    Building A Diverse Board Makes Sense For Startups

    While there is a lot of existing data tying board diversity to better company performance, most of it focuses on companies that are already public. That misses the broader and potentially much more impactful opportunity for startups and growth stage tech companies: to build a diverse board now, not later. Why now? Read More

  • Max Levchin’s Lending Startup Affirm Raises $275M In Equity And Debt

    Max Levchin’s Lending Startup Affirm Raises $275M In Equity And Debt

    Affirm is looking to expand its lending business for online shoppers. The new lending startup from PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is today announcing it raised $275 million in debt and equity to do just that. The round was led by Spark Capital Growth, with additional participation from the mid-cap investment bank Jeffferies and Andreessen Horowtiz. Previous investors Khosla Ventures and… Read More

  • Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Meet The Disrupt NY 2015 Speakers And Judges

    Disrupt NY is just a few days away, and we have some of the most iconic entrepreneurs and thought leaders in the tech industry lined up to speak throughout the three-day-long conference. You can still buy general admission tickets for Disrupt NY here. You can find full details about the event here. These are the speakers we are proud to announce and when you can expect to see them take… Read More

  • We Are All Venture Capitalists Now Crunch Network

    We Are All Venture Capitalists Now

    “I would again draw an analogy to venture capital,” observes Ben Thompson, in a typically incisive Stratechery post eviscerating the new streaming service Tidal. “The importance–and amount–of venture capital has never been greater. The truth is that because so many folks can now get started it is that much harder–and more expensive–to cut through… Read More

  • In Latest Deals Brazilian Investor Kaszek Ventures Doubles Down On Women Entrepreneurs

    In Latest Deals Brazilian Investor Kaszek Ventures Doubles Down On Women Entrepreneurs

    Latin American investors Kaszek Ventures have kicked off 2015 with back-to-back investments in startups founded and run by Brazilian women — Dress & Go, a luxury apparel rental site, and Love Mondays, an employer review site. Previously, Kaszek had only one female-founded company in their portfolio of 28 — OQVestir, a Brazilian luxury ecommerce site that closed a Series A in 2011. Read More

  • Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

    Smart Lock Pioneer UniKey Raises $10m And Looks Outside The Home For Growth

    Way back in the year 2011 Phil Dumas’ company UniKey Technologies debuted its product on Shark Tank. It was a lock that used your smartphone as a key. Disruption! At the time smart locks were not really a thing yet UniKey plowed yet as the market exploded with similar products. Now, five years after its primetime debut, UniKey is announcing an oversubscribed Series A to charge forward… Read More

  • As Internal Threats Rise, Investors Back New Security Tech

    As Internal Threats Rise, Investors Back New Security Tech

    Amid this steady drumbeat of technology breaches and security snafus, venture capitalists have spent roughly $6.5 billion on new technologies to combat this menace, according to CrunchBase data. The latest company to benefit from this deluge of dollars, and the one that addresses the issue of bad actors inside corporate networks most directly, is HyTrust, which closed on $25 million. Read More

  • Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure Crunch Network

    Choose Your Own Startup Funding Adventure

    During April, the nation will observe Financial Literacy Month – meaning it’s time to revisit the diverging roads to funding early-stage startups. The rise of non-traditional routes for raising capital, such as Kickstarter, has catalyzed a much-needed renaissance in funding options for entrepreneurs. With the passing of the JOBS Act, entrepreneurs have a bevy of new opportunities… Read More

  • European Tech Verticals To Track Crunch Network

    European Tech Verticals To Track

    While the high-level investment trend in innovative technology is similar between the U.S. and Europe, digging deeper exposes interesting differences. Europe seems to be punching above its weight in some predictable areas like banking and hospitality while being weaker in historically strong areas like fashion and insurance. At a high level, the trend of early-stage technology deals over the… Read More

  • Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not Crunch Network

    Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not

    I’ve heard people wonder if we’re in a bubble with regard to startups. Is it as bad as the 2000 dot-com bubble? Might it actually be worse? I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the available data to see if we can figure this out with more than just a personal opinion. After all, I’m responsible for running Google Ventures, and data are important to us, as is the answer. Read More

  • Media Tech And Venture Capital Crunch Network

    Media Tech And Venture Capital

    “You can’t get venture capital if you’re hiring people who make content.” Of all the people least likely to say those words, Jonah Peretti, chief executive of BuzzFeed, would have to be high on the list. But Peretti is no stranger to having people say exactly that to him. Looking for investment in his startup back in 2006, Peretti found that the mere mention of the… Read More