Venture Capital

  • Raising More Than $750K In Hardware Crowdfunding

    Raising More Than $750K In Hardware Crowdfunding

    For months, investors have talked about how crowdfunding is changing the hardware investing landscape. The theory goes that the advent of Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow companies to test product-market-fit in a notoriously challenging category. And the numbers suggest there may be something to this: Venture investing in hardware companies increased 233 percent from 2007 to 2013 according… Read More

  • Northzone Closes $325M Seventh Fund

    Northzone Closes $325M Seventh Fund

    Scandinavian VC firm Northzone, which has offices in the Nordics and also London and New York, and includes Spotify, iZettle and Trustpilot in its portfolio companies, has closed its seventh fund — reporting a hard cap at €250 million ($325 million) for the early stage Fund VII. Read More

  • Unicorns Vs. Dragons

    Unicorns Vs. Dragons

    Everywhere I look I see a unicorn. The trouble is, I’m starting to see the dark side of the unicorn: Venture capitalists and the limited partners who back them are simply on a quest to acquire unicorn logos. Read More

  • Zillabyte’s Funding Maps Show Startups Taking Over Your Favorite Cities

    Zillabyte’s Funding Maps Show Startups Taking Over Your Favorite Cities

    Everyone talks about how San Francisco has been overrun with startups, but now Zillabyte has taken a stab at visualizing it for you. Zillabyte’s actually a San Francisco-based startup itself. It relaunched earlier this year, offering tools for developers who want to build data analysis apps. Read More

  • How Top Founders Juggle Term Sheets

    How Top Founders Juggle Term Sheets

    Breakout startups that are ready for “Fundraising Acceleration” often face the challenge of managing interest from multiple investors. Having been involved in a number of these startups first-hand as an early-stage VC, I’ve noticed a common pattern to how they manage to “juggle” investor interest that we can all learn from. Read More

  • Formation 8 Closes Its $500 Million Second Fund

    Formation 8 Closes Its $500 Million Second Fund

    Formation 8, the investment firm founded by Joe Lonsdale, Brian Koo and Jim Kim, has closed its second fund, the company is announcing today. The new fund will give Formation 8 another $500 million to make investments in startups anywhere from seed- to late-stage, as it seeks to capitalize on some early successes. Read More

  • The Mexican Valley Of Startup Death

    The Mexican Valley Of Startup Death

    The startup universe revolves around Silicon Valley, but there is life on the other planets too. Long has the entrepreneur community been used to the term “startup valley of death” and come to fear it. As most accelerators claim, once you make it out of the ditch, you’re on your way to fame and glory. But not in Mexico. Read More

  • Against Acceleration

    Against Acceleration

    Startups should give up equity for only one of two reasons: work or cash. Startup employees and advisors work in exchange for equity (and salary) and they can be fired if they don’t perform, shutting down their vesting. I’m an advocate of bringing on advisors with defined deliverables, earning somewhere around 100 basis points or less unless they’re working part-time at… Read More

  • Requiem For A Unicorn

    Requiem For A Unicorn

    Marc Andreessen has said that there are 15 companies per year that generate 90% of the returns for VCs. Startups jockey for position in the “Billion Dollar Club.” In the world of startups we don’t have the S&P 500, we have the “Unicorn 50.” Read More

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