venture capital

  • 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

  • New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity Crunch Network

    New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity

    The tendency for entrepreneurs is to build big products. The problem with big, feature-rich products is that they take substantial time and money. People talk about this topic frequently, especially in the technology sector. What I’m laying out here however, is slightly different. I’m discussing how bootstrapping has evolved. How bootstrapping has become more of a product problem… Read More

  • Why Are There So Few Black Investors? Crunch Network

    Why Are There So Few Black Investors?

    While the technology sector continues to flourish, and its luminaries are seen as role models, the industry as a whole is suffering from a lack of diversity that has undermined its ability to fully realize its transformative potential. Read More

  • Gmail’s Autocomplete Is Suggesting The Wrong Addresses

    Gmail’s Autocomplete Is Suggesting The Wrong Addresses

    Over the last few days, a number of venture capital and startup folk have come forward with complaints ranging from mild frustration to furious anger regarding an autocomplete bug in Gmail’s recipient field. Read More