venture capital

  • Under Tim Draper, Draper Network Extends Reach, Eyes New Funding Model

    Under Tim Draper, Draper Network Extends Reach, Eyes New Funding Model

    Over the years, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the 30-year-old Silicon Valley venture firm, famously created a partner network of independent but DFJ-branded venture firms around the world. It was one of the first and only venture firms that have attempted such a program, in fact. Then, two years ago, it said it was shifting gears. The branding was growing confusing for the firms’… Read More

  • Wary Of The “Next Warby” Crunch Network

    Wary Of The “Next Warby”

    Warby Parker is astonishingly successful, whether you judge it by the rave reviews of customers, its valuation or, more impressively, by the number of startups that compare themselves to the iconic eyeglass innovator. Over the last couple of years, I’ve met with dozens of entrepreneurs who have pitched themselves as the “Warby of ________.” Read More

  • Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Approaches $15 Million Target For Second Fund

    Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Approaches $15 Million Target For Second Fund

    Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, a three-year-old, seed-stage venture firm led by its founder and sole general partner, Charlie O’Donnell, is about to close its second fund with $15 million, up from an $8.3 million debut fund closed last year. It’s a meaningful milestone for O’Donnell, who got his start in venture capital as an analyst at Union Square Ventures and later worked as… Read More

  • Your Firm Is Missing Out On The Biggest Investment In History Crunch Network

    Your Firm Is Missing Out On The Biggest Investment In History

    Looking for an untapped market for a great new investment? Try 50.4 percent of the population. Today, women are the largest emerging investible class across the globe. Only 2.7 percent of venture capital-funded companies have a female CEO, and even in the 36.2 percent of non-farm businesses that are woman-owned, women only earned 11.3 percent of the revenue. Read More

  • Square’s S-1: Of Ratchets And Unicorn Valuations Crunch Network

    Square’s S-1: Of Ratchets And Unicorn Valuations

    Over the last 18 months, those of us following the venture and startup space have gone on a rollercoaster ride of mega rounds, unicorns, sky-high valuations and bubble fears. Look beyond the hyperbolic headlines and you’ll see that there is more than meets the eye to that shiny new unicorn valuation. Square’s recent IPO registration statement provides an opportunity to peel the… Read More

  • CB Insights Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding

    CB Insights Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding

    CB Insights, a nearly six-year-old, New York-based research outfit whose private company data and analysis has become oft-cited in media reports about the startup industry, has raised $10 million in Series A funding from the low-flying, bi-coastal growth stage investment firm RSTP. According to CEO and cofounder Anand Sanwal, the money represents CB Insights’s first equity round. Read More

  • AppDynamics, A “Unicorn,” Raises Fresh $83.4 Million, And It’s Targeting More

    AppDynamics, A “Unicorn,” Raises Fresh $83.4 Million, And It’s Targeting More

    Looks like investors approve of former Adobe digital chief David Wadhwani. Just weeks after it was announced that Wadhwani has joined seven-year-old, San Francisco-based AppDynamics as its new CEO, an SEC filing shows the company has raised a fresh $83.4 million in funding as part of a round that’s targeting up to $150 million. AppDynamics makes software to monitor the performance… Read More

  • Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Earlier this year, the law firm Fenwick & West published a report analyzing the financing terms of 37 U.S.-based venture-backed companies that raised money at valuations of $1 billion or more in the 12-month period ending March 31. The report’s headline-grabbing conclusion was that in all cases, the investors had received significant downside protection in case the… Read More

  • What If The Angels Go Back To Heaven? Crunch Network

    What If The Angels Go Back To Heaven?

    “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” That’s how Ralph Waldo Emerson described his distrust of a certain type of “private adventurer.” I think of that whenever I hear that angel investors will do more and bigger deals next year than they did last year — not because I don’t believe it, but precisely because I do. It… Read More

  • A Look At The Internal Memos Of Twitch And Periscope Crunch Network

    A Look At The Internal Memos Of Twitch And Periscope

    Bessemer is actively investing in consumer video startups. It’s a space we’ve been focused on for a while now. We invested early in Twitch in 2012 following the company’s pivot from JustinTV (which sold to Amazon last year for ~$1 billion) and were one of the first seed investors in Periscope (which was acquired by Twitter earlier this year while their product was still in beta). Read More

  • Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think Crunch Network

    Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think

    Today’s startup scene is all about raising VC money — as much as possible, as fast as possible. The market celebrates VC fund-raising, cheers unicorns and makes it seem like VC-backed startups are the holy grail of innovation. And so my fellow entrepreneurs were somewhat surprised to learn that when my VC-backed startup needed another cash injection, I resorted to the oldest trick… Read More

  • Leaked Pinterest Documents Show Revenue, Growth Forecasts

    Leaked Pinterest Documents Show Revenue, Growth Forecasts

    TechCrunch has obtained documents that show Pinterest has been forecasting $169 million in revenue this year and $2.8 billion in annual revenue by 2018. Pinterest was also expecting to grow its monthly active users to 151 million by the end of 2015 and 329 million by 2018. Andreessen Horowitz used this information to solicit limited partners to invest in its special investment fund for… Read More

  • PubNub Expands Series C To $25M, Banks On IoT To Boost Business On Its Messaging Network

    PubNub Expands Series C To $25M, Banks On IoT To Boost Business On Its Messaging Network

    PubNub, the startup that has built a data network that carries messaging for apps, IoT hardware and other low-latency services, is today announcing that it has extended and closed its Series C round. The San Francisco-based company has raised $25 million, funding that it will use to sharpen its focus on Internet of Things applications and hardware as well as clean energy and social… Read More

  • You Just Raised $10 Million. Now What? Crunch Network

    You Just Raised $10 Million. Now What?

    There are few feelings more intoxicating than raising millions of dollars from a well-known VC. The cash gives you power to exercise control by expanding your team, buttoning up your premises and further experimenting with both online and offline/brand campaigns. This rush of attention and power can often disorient founders. This is where expensive mistakes get made. Read More

  • A Closer Look At European Investing Crunch Network

    A Closer Look At European Investing

    We’re bullish on Europe, and that strikes some folks in the U.S. as a bit strange. It’s not that Europe is all we know — we’re an investor in early venture stage funds (an “LP”) in the US, Europe and Israel. Our portfolio skews towards the U.S.; and within the U.S., to the Bay Area. Over the last 18 months or so, we’ve been crossing and re-crossing… Read More

  • Quirky Files For Bankruptcy While Flextronics Puts Up A $15M Bid For Wink

    Quirky Files For Bankruptcy While Flextronics Puts Up A $15M Bid For Wink

    Quirky, the long-suffering startup that was once held up as a model for bridging the maker movement and corporate world, has filed for bankruptcy. Read More

  • Uniting The CEO And The Board Crunch Network

    Uniting The CEO And The Board

    Cat people and dog people. East Coasters and West Coasters. Capitalists and communists. They all look at the world so differently. Now consider venture capital board members and CEOs. Sure, they all have the same goal: to ensure that the company succeeds. Yet this dynamic can be adversarial, sometimes even hostile. And it really doesn’t have to be that way, even in the worst of times. I… Read More

  • Gobi Partners Launches $94M Fund For Early-Stage Startups In China

    Gobi Partners Launches $94M Fund For Early-Stage Startups In China

    China’s economic slowdown is causing concern all over the world, but that doesn’t mean tech innovation in the country will grind to a halt. Gobi Partners believes companies still have room to grow even as the economy drags. The venture capital firm, which is headquartered in Shanghai, just announced a new RMB 600 million fund dedicated to providing startups in China with… Read More

  • The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill Crunch Network

    The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill

    For as long as I’ve paid attention, Sand Hill Road has been synonymous with venture capital. But that is changing. As the epicenter of the technology renaissance age has shifted, or expanded, from Palo Alto and its environs to San Francisco and other pockets of the peninsula, the monopolistic high ground of venture capital real estate that top venture firms call home base has started… Read More

  • Emergence Capital, Long A Top SaaS Investor, Shifts Focus To The Next Big Thing

    Emergence Capital, Long A Top SaaS Investor, Shifts Focus To The Next Big Thing

    Since its founding a decade ago, Emergence Capital Partners has become among the startup industry’s most highly regarded investors in enterprise software-as-a-service companies. Fact is, few firms are as specialized. But the approach has paid big dividends. In fact, in 2013, Emergence saw one of the industry’s biggest returns with the IPO of Veeva Systems, an enterprise cloud… Read More

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