Venture Capital

  • No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    No Need For Alarm Over Private Company Valuations

    With 137% returns in an approximately two year period, there’s logic in mutual funds continuing to throw big dollars into strong IPO candidates, thus significantly inflating valuations. With this encroaching competition it’s not surprising then that VC’s are sending the warning. Read More

  • How To Play VC Poker With Billions In The Pot

    How To Play VC Poker With Billions In The Pot

    As the ranks of super unicorns continue to grow, such as with Pinterest’s shiny new $11 billion valuation, analysts are increasingly scrutinizing these prices and whether they signal a new tech bubble. Bill Gurley, the Uber investor and partner at Benchmark, argued at SXSW this week that there will be “dead unicorns” among some of these high-priced companies. Another angle… Read More

  • Accel Bets Big On Startup-To-Startup APIs

    Accel Bets Big On Startup-To-Startup APIs

    Uber isn’t just Uber. It’s Google Maps, Checkr background checks, Braintree payments, and Twilio texts. The best way to do business isn’t to build it all in-house. Top companies are increasingly piecing together a composite of APIs from specialized startups. That lets them concentrate on their unique value-add rather than reinventing the wheel. Now, those building blocks… Read More

  • Jeff Clavier’s SoftTechVC Hires Huddle Co-Founder Andy McLoughlin As Its Newest Venture Partner

    Jeff Clavier’s SoftTechVC Hires Huddle Co-Founder Andy McLoughlin As Its Newest Venture Partner

    Following the close of its $85 million fourth fund last year, early-stage venture firm SoftTechVC is bringing on a new venture partner. With an eye on SaaS and enterprise investments, it’s hired Huddle co-founder Andy McLoughlin to join the team and invest in companies in that area. McLoughlin brings with him a wealth of experience in technology, product, marketing and strategy from… Read More

  • Andreessen Horowitz-Backed Leap Buses Are Hitting San Francisco’s Streets This Week

    Andreessen Horowitz-Backed Leap Buses Are Hitting San Francisco’s Streets This Week

    It’s been a year in the making. Transit startup Leap is finally launching in San Francisco with completely overhauled buses and a route from the Marina to the downtown area. The startup, which is trying to rethink mass transit, is competing with a host of other shared transit companies from Y Combinator-backed Chariot to ride-pooling startup Loup and, of course, Uber and Lyft. Read More

  • Atlas Wants To Pay You To Name Its New $200M Tech Fund

    Atlas Wants To Pay You To Name Its New $200M Tech Fund

    Jeff Fagnan of Atlas Ventures has announced a new $200 million fund dedicated exclusively to financing technology startups. The fund is currently operating as FKA (“formerly known as”) and will be the first time that Atlas Ventures has split its tech/life sciences fund into two separate funds, with life sciences keeping the Atlas Ventures brand name. But the fund won’t be… Read More

  • Why Are There So Few Black Investors?

    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

  • An Investor’s Take On The Mobile World Congress

    An Investor’s Take On The Mobile World Congress

    MWC has become a valuable forum to meet with mobile hardware and software innovators, many of which are exhibiting with large partners at the show or behind closed doors as they seek new avenues to access markets. Read More

  • Swiftype Raises $13M More For Its Smarter Site And App Search

    Swiftype Raises $13M More For Its Smarter Site And App Search

    Y Combinator-incubated search startup Swiftype has raised $13 million in Series B funding. When I first covered the company back in 2012, the pitch was pretty straightforward — it provided customizable search tools that didn’t suck to sites like TechCrunch. On the other hand, online publishers might not be the most lucrative customer base, so while co-founders Matt Riley and Quin… Read More

  • Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On The Elements Of A Successful Startup

    Y Combinator’s Sam Altman On The Elements Of A Successful Startup

    You don’t have to have millions of dollars or the best team possible to launch a winning startup. What you do need to have, however, is passion according to Sam Altman in an interview he gave with at Startup Grind 2015 When an entrepreneur has a project he feels passionate about, he’ll be much more likely to succeed than someone who simply launches a startup for the sake of… Read More

  • ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    ToutApp Raises $15M To Build Email Tools For Salespeople

    Email-focused startup ToutApp has raised a $15 million Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz. The company started out as an email-tracking tool, but founder and CEO Tawheed Kader told me that his team discovered that salespeople “used the product the most, complained the least, and stuck around the longest.” So ToutApp decided to do a “zoom-in pivot” and focus on that… Read More

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