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    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More

  • Wonga Investors Still Won’t Comment On Censured Payday Loans Firm

    Wonga Investors Still Won’t Comment On Censured Payday Loans Firm

    A panel of Europe’s top investors has publicly declined to comment on what went wrong at payday loans company Wonga, in the wake of a £220 million write down earlier this month. The investors were taking part in a discussion about the European investment ecosystem at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. Read More

  • Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    Google Ventures Unleashes Its Investment Strategy For Europe

    To start off our annual European conference, we brought the new Google Ventures Europe partners onstage at Disrupt Europe in London. The panel was mostly focused on explaining Google Ventures’ investment strategy for its European arm. In particular, Google Ventures will employ the same operational strategy as in the U.S., and will be looking for co-investors for most of its deals. Read More

  • Hundreds Protest At San Francisco City Hall After Soccer Conflict With Dropbox, Airbnb Employees

    Hundreds Protest At San Francisco City Hall After Soccer Conflict With Dropbox, Airbnb Employees

    A week after a video of an argument between a handful of local teenagers and Dropbox and Airbnb employees went viral, hundreds of demonstrators protested at San Francisco City Hall, asking for the city’s parks to be freely open to the public. The city’s parks and recreation general manager acquiesced, dropping the reservation requirement at night for that specific park in the… Read More

  • Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations

    Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations

    I don’t mean to pile onto Snapchat in the middle of the #Snappening. But I thought there was something interesting that went missed in CEO Evan Spiegel’s multi-generational chat with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week at the Vanity Fair Summit. During the Hong Kong demonstrations that blew up this month, he and his team briefly discussed turning the protests… Read More

  • The Key To Raising Your Seed Extension Round

    The Key To Raising Your Seed Extension Round

    Given the growth in seed funding driven by the combined forces of the “Micro-VC glut” and increasing activity by angel investors (often via crowd funding), it’s become increasingly common to meet so called “Seed Orphans” looking to raise seed extension rounds. These companies often have good teams that have achieved solid initial traction, but were asked by Round… Read More

  • Israeli Startup Scene Thriving Despite Conflict

    Israeli Startup Scene Thriving Despite Conflict

    Investments in Israeli startups climbed to near record highs in the third quarter, even as the country was in the throes of the worst violence it has seen in years. Venture investments in Israel-based companies have not only increased in number of deals – with a near 40% rise this quarter over last- but more than tripled the total amount invested in Q1 of 2014. And this doesn’t… Read More

  • Sales And Marketing Software Company Infusionsoft Raises $55M

    Sales And Marketing Software Company Infusionsoft Raises $55M

    Infusionsoft, a company that makes sales and marketing software for small businesses, is announcing that it has raised $55 million in Series D funding. The round was led by Bain Capital Ventures, with participation from past investors Signal Peak Ventures and Goldman Sachs, as well as Arthur Ventures and Allure Ventures. Bain’s Deepak Sindwani is joining Infusionsoft’s board of… Read More

  • Eve Raises $2.3M To Rethink Programming

    Eve Raises $2.3M To Rethink Programming

    While everybody in the tech industry seems to be trying to make programming easier to pick up, most of the efforts that have popped up either repackage the concepts found in existing languages or boil down the logic programmers use to the point where you don’t learn skills that are directly applicable to actual software development. Read More

  • Magma Venture Partners Closes $150M 4th Fund For Early Stage Israeli Startups

    Magma Venture Partners Closes $150M 4th Fund For Early Stage Israeli Startups

    Magma Venture Partners, an Israeli early stage high-tech startup VC fund, has announced the closure of its fourth fund — with $150 million in committed capital. The new raise was supported by existing limited partners and new investors. Read More

  • The Open VC

    The Open VC

    Ten years ago I became a venture capitalist, first with Village Ventures and now at Greycroft Partners. I spent the previous ten years as an entrepreneur. So, equal time on both sides of the table. My chief observation from the past twenty years is that venture capital firms understand much more about the start up’s they invest in than the start up’s understand about the… Read More

  • Finance Startup Nubank Nabs $14.3M In Sequoia’s First Brazil Investment

    Finance Startup Nubank Nabs $14.3M In Sequoia’s First Brazil Investment

    Nubank, a financial services startup based in Brazil, is today opening for business with two key pieces of news. It is launching its first product: a MasterCard Platinum credit card that you can manage through an Android or iOS app. And it is revealing some of the details of its own finances so that the world knows Nubank means business: the company has raised $14.3 million led by… Read More

  • Mobile Invoicing App Invoice2go Raises $35M, Former eHarmony Exec Greg Waldorf Joins As CEO

    Mobile Invoicing App Invoice2go Raises $35M, Former eHarmony Exec Greg Waldorf Joins As CEO

    More than a decade after it was founded, Invoice2go is announcing that it has raised $35 million in its first round of external funding. The round, a Series A, was led by Accel Partners and Ribbit Capital, with Accel partner Ryan Sweeney joining Invoice2go’s board of directors. In addition, Accel CEO-in-Residence Greg Waldorf has joined Invoice2go as, yes, its new CEO. Read More

  • Draper Nexus Holds $30 Million First Close For Its Latest U.S.-Japan Fund

    Draper Nexus Holds $30 Million First Close For Its Latest U.S.-Japan Fund

    The cross-border Japanese-U.S. venture capital fund Draper Nexus has raised $30 million for its $100 million second fund in the latest sign that the former affiliate funds in the DFJ Global Network are growing up. A little over a year ago, DFJ restructured its network of affiliate funds, changing the payment scheme and flattening the management structure so that the main DFJ fund did not… Read More

  • The Investments In A Wearables Future

    The Investments In A Wearables Future

    People may debate when the wearable first came into being or what industries will be most impacted by the technology, but there is no debating that startup activity in the wearable space has accelerated. if Apple moving into a category is one sure sign of anything, it’s that. Between consumer interest and investor attention, the wearable category is exploding. In fact, it is exploding… Read More

  • Veteran Venture Capitalist Pierre Lamond Joins Formation 8 As An Advisor

    Veteran Venture Capitalist Pierre Lamond Joins Formation 8 As An Advisor

    After leaving Khosla Ventures after its last fund, Silicon Valley icon Pierre Lamond has resurfaced in a new role. The veteran venture capitalist has taken an advisory position at Formation 8, the three-year old venture firm founded by Joe Lonsdale, Jim Kim, and Brian Koo. Read More

  • Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    Winter Is (Probably) Coming (Soon)

    That’s the gist of a recent interview that venture capitalist Bill Gurley gave. His words matter because they cut to the simple fact that too many companies are burning too much money. Making money is better than losing money, but losing money — burn — can be the prudent and responsible thing to do. Under certain circumstances, it’s great to burn: If you are quickly… Read More

  • Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush

    Venture Capital Is Prime For A Reverse Gold Rush

    Considering how important proprietary deal flow has become as a tool for differentiation within venture capital, it’s surprising that more VCs aren’t shopping in the South. They simply aren’t looking at the concepts and companies coming out of Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Chattanooga, and other Southern startup hubs. At best, VCs might have a token startup on their roster… Read More

  • Navigating The Reality Of Cloud, Mobile And SaaS

    Navigating The Reality Of Cloud, Mobile And SaaS

    The websites of most VCs have a stated investment thesis in SaaS, cloud, mobile, social or some combination of each. Are these really investment theses? Still? No, they are realities. This is worrisome. While SaaS, Cloud, Mobile and Social have been drivers of big success for many funds and entrepreneurs over the past five years, theses-turned-realities cannot continue to drive outsized returns. Read More

  • AngelList Talks Late-Stage Funding Syndicates, Global Expansion And A New Fund Ecosystem As The Angels Take Disrupt

    AngelList Talks Late-Stage Funding Syndicates, Global Expansion And A New Fund Ecosystem As The Angels Take Disrupt

    AngelList is expanding globally and launching new vehicles for accredited investors to back what amount to indexed AngelList syndicate funds for the top deals on the platform. That’s the latest from AngelList co-founder Naval Ravikant and angel investor Gil Penchina from the stage of Disrupt SF 2014 as the angels, who, along with CrunchFund investor (and TechCrunch founder) Michael… Read More

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