venture capital

  • How To Make Calculated Decisions When Forming Your GP Entity Crunch Network

    How To Make Calculated Decisions When Forming Your GP Entity

    You just turned 30 and are either a successful entrepreneur who made a fortune developing a very popular gaming app, or you’re one of the early employees at an emerging technology company that just achieved “unicorn” status. In either scenario, you’ve made your fortune. And having reached a very important milestone in your life, you’re eager to see how the other… Read More

  • How To Plan For Your Startup’s Gruesome Demise Crunch Network

    How To Plan For Your Startup’s Gruesome Demise

    Having children is one of the happiest moments most people will ever enjoy, but it’s also when you need to first think the most seriously about death. The joyous excitement and freneticism that surround birth is paired with the grim reality of life insurance policies and the act of considering the finite valuation of your remaining days. It’s not fun, but it’s the… Read More

  • Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech Crunch Network

    Are Apps The New Gurus? The Rise Of Self-Help Tech

    The way we do everything has been turned upside down: how we read, how we communicate, how we get from point A to point B, how we eat and how we get help when we need it. We are living through the “re-imagination — of nearly everything,” and we are seeing this re-imagination very clearly within the self-help industry. Read More

  • Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders Crunch Network

    Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders

    Scott Kupor, COO and a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, recently published an article on Fortune.com (titled “Your next business partner should come with a prenup”) in which he reviews several of the common pitfalls of business partnerships and wisely suggests to address them using a prenup agreement. Read More

  • American Express Backs Mexican Fintech Startup Clip As Emerging Markets Warm To Financial Startups

    American Express Backs Mexican Fintech Startup Clip As Emerging Markets Warm To Financial Startups

    The latest company to benefit from the newfound attention on technologies to facilitate payments and credit and debit card adoption in emerging markets is the Mexican startup, Clip, which raised $8 million in a Series A round (one of the largest in the country’s largest early-stage investments). Read More

  • The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs Crunch Network

    The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs

    In 15 years as a venture capitalist, I’ve seen just about every market condition you can imagine. I started at Insight Venture Partners in 2000 at a time when the stock market was experiencing historic highs and tech companies were receiving massive private and public valuations. Capital markets were flush, startup burn rates were rampant, and the gold rush was on. Investors came out… Read More

  • Key Person Insurance Is VCs’ Assurance Crunch Network

    Key Person Insurance Is VCs’ Assurance

    Founders soliciting venture funds quickly get comfortable revealing details about their operations, vision and finances. They may also need to be willing to step on a scale and get a blood draw. Investors try to ensure that the startups they’re funding are healthy, and, strange as it might seem, they like to know that critical founders are in good shape, too. Read More

  • Breaking Down Billion-Dollar AR/VR Investment In The Last 12 Months Crunch Network

    Breaking Down Billion-Dollar AR/VR Investment In The Last 12 Months

    Augmented and virtual reality are the new hotness, as VCs and corporates get in on the act. While Facebook’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Oculus got everyone’s attention early last year, it’s only in the last 12 months that investments accelerated. Read More

  • A New Way To Fund Unicorns Starts To Look Less Magical

    A New Way To Fund Unicorns Starts To Look Less Magical

    If you haven’t heard of a fairly new twist on investing called special purpose vehicles (SPVs), you probably aren’t an institutional investor or a wealthy individual with direct ties to either a venture firm or a high-flying startup like Pinterest or Postmates. But don’t worry if you’ve missed the opportunity to invest in one. Investors may find they weren’t worth… Read More

  • 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

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