venture capital

  • Kuvée raises $6 million for smart wine bottles

    Because everything is “smart” these days, wine bottles are getting an Internet connection, too. Meet Kuvée, a refillable case that keeps wine fresh for up to 30 days. Announcing $6 million in funding from General Catalyst, Founder Collective and others, Kuvée aims to impress your dinner guests with a built-in touchscreen that tells you the history of the wine and also suggests… Read More

  • Beware the pitfalls of Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Beware the pitfalls of Silicon Valley

    A recent article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung titled “Will Facebook Enslave Us?” captures a sentiment prevalent among companies around the world: admiration for Silicon Valley — albeit, with a dash of fear. International media outlets eagerly cover disruption developing in labs up and down the San Francisco peninsula. Boards of directors are spending hours debating how… Read More

  • Who has their hand on the tap of deal flow? Crunch Network

    Who has their hand on the tap of deal flow?

    Universities in the U.S. are a wellspring of innovation, but they are almost certainly killing off some (really) good ideas too early. Investors should be paying more attention to how innovation is treated at the places it originates. Read More

  • Domo takes on Slack with $131 million at $2 billion+ valuation

    Domo takes on Slack with $131 million at $2 billion+ valuation

    Utah-based Domo has been a force in the enterprise space for a few years with its data management platforms, but the team is poised for growth with an additional $131 million in Series D funding from existing and new investors, including BlackRock, Credit Suisse and others. These $131 million are an addition to Domo’s previously announced $200 million Series D round. The… Read More

  • Lessons from starting a company during the last downturn  Crunch Network

    Lessons from starting a company during the last downturn 

    I started my last company in mid-2009, just as the market was beginning to recover from the fallout of the financial crisis. In the past several years, surrounded by fast-growth startups with sky-high valuations, many of us forgot what the downturn felt like. Today, things are changing. Again, we’re facing economic uncertainty on a global scale. Read More

  • Why unicorns falter Crunch Network

    Why unicorns falter

    In early February 2016, a study of financing deals reported by The Wall Street Journal found that investors are increasingly protecting themselves from IPOs that don’t perform as expected. This fallout is a continuation of the demise of the so-called “unicorn,” a tech startup with a pre-IPO valuation of over one billion dollars. Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself

    The rise was like a tech startup fairytale. Within three years of founding, this unicorn company had raised more than $1 billion in venture capital — closing an astonishing $950 million in its final private round at a nearly $5 billion valuation. Revenue growth was skyrocketing from $30 million in year two to $713 million in year three and a run-rate of $2.6 billion in year four. Read More

  • Validating adtech: Innovation is a stronger proof point than share price Crunch Network

    Validating adtech: Innovation is a stronger proof point than share price

    Adtech is in trouble because many firms have gotten the cold shoulder from venture capital. Supposedly. Another way to say that, of course, is that smart venture capitalists passed on startups that failed to demonstrate how they would add value to the space. So is that bad news or good news for adtech? Read More

  • 4 factors that will jumpstart the Boston tech party revolution Crunch Network

    4 factors that will jumpstart the Boston tech party revolution

    Boston’s tech scene should shake off its inferiority complex: The “Boston Tech Party” revolution is starting to unfold. After many years of under-the-radar growth and profitable companies, the arrival of General Electric to the Seaport District brings Boston the high-profile “anchor tenant” we’ve been seeking. It is one great step forward for Boston. Read More