Venture Capital

  • Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

    Israel VC Singulariteam Raises 2nd Fund, $102M Backed By Tencent, Renren Founders

    Israel is racking up a growing list of startups that have either exited to big buyers or gone public, and this trend is driving yet more investment into the country. In the latest development, Tel Aviv VC Singulariteam is announcing that it has closed its second fund — $102 million from LPs that include co-founders of China’s Tencent and Renren — that it will use… Read More

  • Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap

    Partech’s New $240 Million Growth Fund Will Close France’s Funding Gap

    2014 was the year of seed funding, 2015 will be the year of late stage funding for Partech Ventures. The French venture capital firm just raised $240 million to launch the Partech Growth fund. This new fund will back late stage startups in Partech’s traditional industries and areas. But this time, the firm will invest between $12 million and $50 million per round. Three new general… Read More

  • Israel Grows From Startup Nation To Exit Nation

    Israel Grows From Startup Nation To Exit Nation

    Thanks to a string of big exits over the past year, Israel’s technology companies are moving the country from a startup nation to an exit nation. With nearly $15 billion in exits through mergers and acquisitions and public offerings, 2014 was an all-time record year for the Israeli hi-tech industry, compared with a mere $1.2 billion raised in 2013, according to a PwC report for 2014. Read More

  • Investors Want Proof You’re High Fantasy

    Investors Want Proof You’re High Fantasy

    Recently, TechCrunch published a post presenting differing investment theories of those in venture capital, unicorns vs. dragons. In the article, an investor legitimately claimed that a unicorn is a good analog for a good investment but dragons are even better. I had flashbacks of all the fantastical terms that investors use to describe good investment opportunities; it’s clear that… Read More

  • The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop

    The Dawn Of Our Robot Overlords Inches Closer As iRobot Starts VC Shop

    Robot domination may have just taken another step forward. Just as venture capital investments in robotics are beginning to take off, the granddaddy of consumer robotics companies, iRobot, is launching a venture capital firm. Read More

  • Mobile-Focused Eniac Ventures Raises $55M Third Fund

    Mobile-Focused Eniac Ventures Raises $55M Third Fund

    Eniac Ventures, a firm that backs early-stage mobile startups, is announcing that it has raised $55 million for its third fund. That’s a big step up from its $12.9 million second fund — to say nothing of the first, $1.6 million fund that it announced back in 2010. Read More

  • For Startup Executives, Age Shouldn’t Matter

    For Startup Executives, Age Shouldn’t Matter

    There needs to be a model that leverages each individual’s strengths: teaming the older visionaries who have incredible domain expertise with younger entrepreneurs who have the energy and ambition to run a company. My team and I call it “Co-Creation”. Read More

  • Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley

    Foreign Founders Should Look Beyond Silicon Valley

    With an increasingly global map of startup hubs, Silicon Valley needs to look not just at the factors bringing talent in, but also the negative factors diverting talent elsewhere. When a hub’s defining trait is optimism, is any time spent thinking of the darker side of foreign founders’ life in Silicon Valley? Read More

  • Rebuilding VC, And Saving Boston Too

    Rebuilding VC, And Saving Boston Too

    There is a tension at the heart of the startup ecosystem in Boston between glorifying the city’s past as a leader in the Industrial Revolution and acknowledging the city’s current status in the tech world behind Silicon Valley and New York City. No where is that tension more visible than in the relationships between founders and venture capitalists. Founders frequently complain… Read More

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