Venture Capital

  • Startups Serving The 99 Percent Will Be the Next Billion-Dollar Companies Crunch Network

    Startups Serving The 99 Percent Will Be the Next Billion-Dollar Companies

    Many fast-growing companies in Silicon Valley have one thing in common: they cater to a small, affluent, urban population — the 1percent. Residents in high-cost cities like San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles can order an array of goods and services from their mobile phones. These startups, including Uber, Instacart and a host of food delivery apps like Munchery, GrubMarket, Blue… Read More

  • Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital Crunch Network

    Evaluating The Risks And Rewards Of Unicorn Capital

    This is the best time to raise money for your startup. At least since 1999. But raising money can be a double-edged sword for entrepreneurs — and receiving a high valuation can cut two ways. First, some context. According to the April 2015 MoneyTree report from PwC, investments in later-stage companies rose by 50 percent, to $4.2 billion, in the first quarter of 2015, the largest… Read More

  • 10 Things That Can Derail A Round Of Funding Crunch Network

    10 Things That Can Derail A Round Of Funding

    We read a lot about the seemingly 50-plus eight-figure venture rounds happening every day. All those great stories; this Razor-a-Day company raising at $600 million, that Valets-for-Pets company raising at $400 million. And we see a lot of advice on how to put together a good deck, do a good pitch, etc. What I’ve rarely seen is founder advice on why deals fall apart post-term sheet. Read More

  • The Berlin Startup Ecosystem Needs An IPO In The U.S. Crunch Network

    The Berlin Startup Ecosystem Needs An IPO In The U.S.

    On the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of the Berlin startup darling 6Wunderkinder for a price between $100 and $200 million, the debate rages on about whether Berlin startups should be bolder and wait longer for an exit. The consensus in the Berlin startup ecosystem is that we are still missing one extraordinarily big success. Read More

  • The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst Crunch Network

    The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

    Euphoric reaction to superstar tech businesses is rampant — so much so that the tech industry is in denial about looming threats. The tech industry is in a bubble, and there are sufficient indicators for those willing to open their eyes. Rearing unicorns, however, is a distracting fascination. Read More

  • For Potential Recruits, VC Is So 1999

    For Potential Recruits, VC Is So 1999

    There’s a lot to love about being a venture capitalist. You meet with smart people every day. You make money regardless of whether your investments work. People assume you have smart opinions about things. Strange as it may seem, however, a growing number of illuminati are passing up the chance to work with established firms to do their own thing. Read More

  • With $13 Million From Maveron, Eargo Is The Hearing Aid Of The Future

    With $13 Million From Maveron, Eargo Is The Hearing Aid Of The Future

    After five years of research and $13 million in venture funding, Eargo has created a hearing device that people actually want to wear. Launching out of beta today, Eargo’s invisible, rechargeable hearing aid is modeled after the fishing fly, of all things. It’s made out of flexi fibers — small pieces of soft, medical-grade silicon — which suspend a tiny speaker in… Read More

  • To Bootstrap Or Not? Crunch Network

    To Bootstrap Or Not?

    Bootstrapping is a tougher choice than ever for startups. Seed capital is so widely available that deals for the hottest companies can close in days, and many entrepreneurs never even consider bootstrapping their company. On the other hand, some startups don’t have the luxury of securing investors to help launch their company, and others see enough value in going it alone they forgo… Read More

  • Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone Crunch Network

    Running Out Of Money Isn’t A Milestone

    Nearly all startups use the same methodology to figure out when to raise their next round of capital. The founder projects the planned burn rate and estimates the day they will run out of cash. Then they subtract a margin for fundraising approximately four months from the date the company’s bank account will be empty, and declares the difference the fundraising-process start date. Read More

  • Casper Shoots For The Stars With $55 Million Financing For Its Mattress Business

    Casper Shoots For The Stars With $55 Million Financing For Its Mattress Business

    It seems that even the stars have come to rest on Casper beds. The 14-month-old startup has just closed on $55 million at a $550 million valuation to expand its business. But almost as impressive as the sky-high numbers are the big Hollywood names that have come down from the firmament and are throwing their money (if not their muscle) behind the company. Read More

  • Bringing Eye Exams To The Palm Of A Doctor’s Hand, Smart Vision Raises $6.1 Million

    Bringing Eye Exams To The Palm Of A Doctor’s Hand, Smart Vision Raises $6.1 Million

    Commercializing a new tool to bring the basic eye exam into the palm of a doctor’s hand could save the eyesight of nearly 1 billion people worldwide. That’s the goal that Zhou Yaopeng and Marc Albanese, two former photonics researchers who met at Boston University nearly a decade ago, have set for themselves and for their two-year-old startup, Smart Vision Labs. Read More

  • Ignoring Junior VCs Is A Mistake Crunch Network

    Ignoring Junior VCs Is A Mistake

    Many first-time founders underestimate the value of junior VCs, which can be a costly mistake. Investors look for hungry founders because they have the grit to fight through sleepless nights, setbacks and roadblocks. Similarly, founders should be looking for hungry venture capitalists; they will find none hungrier than the junior VC on the team. Read More

  • More Startup Funding Is Available, But Who’s Getting It? Crunch Network

    More Startup Funding Is Available, But Who’s Getting It?

    Last year was fantastic for startup fundraising, continuing an upward trend with a dramatic increase to more than $47 billion (a 62 percent increase from 2013’s figures). On the surface, this is great news — more venture capitalists are pouring more money into startups, thereby increasing the amount of available resources for new ideas. Read More

  • Nod Labs Gets $13.5 Million In Funding To Push Nod Backspin, A Gaming Ring To Rule VR Headsets

    Gesture recognition and motion tracking hardware startup Nod Labs has raised $13.5 million in Series A funding to market the latest addition to its ring controller family – the Nod Backspin. Nod released a gestured controlled ring that could work with almost any Bluetooth-enabled device in 2014. The Nod Backspin is the second iteration of that ring and comes complete with gaming… Read More

  • The Growth Equity In Venture Capital Crunch Network

    The Growth Equity In Venture Capital

    The technology industry is booming and contrary to popular belief, it’s not just early stage venture funding that’s steering the ship. Helping to propel this rapid expansion is actually another group of investors who specialize in growing established companies and taking them to the next level, aptly named “growth equity.” Read More

  • Dat Venture Opens Second Class For Startups Expanding Into The U.S.

    Dat Venture Opens Second Class For Startups Expanding Into The U.S.

    For people who didn’t grow up in the U.S., navigating the American startup scene can be intimidating. Dat Venture, a Boston-based accelerator for international entrepreneurs, wants to change this. Dat, which is kicking off its second cohort today, has refashioned the traditional accelerator model into a program designed to lower the barriers for international entrepreneurs looking… Read More

  • The Real Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    The Real Silicon Valley

    Every time I hear people talking about Unicorns, I think “all hat, no cattle” or “another person living in the land of style over substance.” In spite of the fact that I’ve never been diagnosed with Aspergers, I’ve found myself blurting out, “F$&@ Unicorns!”* twice recently, including when I was on a panel at Stanford School of Engineering… Read More

  • When Will European Fintech Startups Grow Up? Crunch Network

    When Will European Fintech Startups Grow Up?

    Fintech is hot. It is the home of the fabled unicorn. There are now 36 fintech unicorns in the wild. This is up 25 from 11 over the last year. This staggering growth is a reflection of the hype around fintech, where a plethora of startups are using technology to compete against or collaborate with established financial players. The result is a dramatic increase in company valuations as… Read More

  • Gin Lane Creative Studio Opens Joint Venture Arm

    Gin Lane Creative Studio Opens Joint Venture Arm

    You might not have heard of Gin Lane, but chances are you’ve come into contact with their work. The design and development studio helps some of the biggest consumer brands in the world build products, and today Gin Lane is taking more of a stake in those products. The company announced that it will open up a joint venture segment in its own shop, taking as much as 20 to 50 percent of… Read More

  • Don’t Let Your Investors Buy All The Options Crunch Network

    Don’t Let Your Investors Buy All The Options

    One of the most pronounced misalignments between investors and entrepreneurs is around the concept of “optionality.” I’m not talking about stock options, but the freedom to choose from a variety of different strategic and tactical options when running your startup. Read More

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