venture capital

  • 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