Venture Capital

  • 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

  • SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier

    SpaceTech Is Venture Capital’s Final Frontier

    Today, our new frontiers lie in space, which humanity must eventually colonize for minerals, energy and new homelands. As Carl Sagan observed, “All civilizations become either space-faring, or extinct.” The commercialization of space began in 1965 with the deployment of the first private communications satellite IntelSat1, only 4 years after US FCC Commissioner Craven saw… Read More

  • Notation Capital Is A New Pre-Seed Investment Fund From Betaworks’ Nick Chirls And Alex Lines

    Notation Capital Is A New Pre-Seed Investment Fund From Betaworks’ Nick Chirls And Alex Lines

    A new fund is rolling into town with a fresh $8 million to invest in pre-seed companies. The fund is called Notation Capital, based in Brooklyn, and it is led by Nick Chirls, who led seed investment at betaworks and helped build Alphaworks, and Alex Lines, an architect at betaworks who contributed to products like Digg, Chartbeat, and bit.ly. The duo originally targeted $6 million for the… Read More

  • As Startups Mature, Debt Markets Beckon

    As Startups Mature, Debt Markets Beckon

    Editor’s note: Malte Susen and Ariadna Masó are both working as debt investment professionals at international corporate and investment banks.  As debt financing professionals, we have witnessed hundreds of challenging loan and bond financings for larger businesses. A company’s financing can be pivotal to its success, yet executives often struggle to optimize capital structures… Read More

  • After Funding, Watch Burn Rates And Beware The Tyranny Of Incrementalism

    After Funding, Watch Burn Rates And Beware The Tyranny Of Incrementalism

    Every dollar the founders take out of the company sets the tone for the entire business going forward. Every dollar spent is a dollar of dilution, as it costs equity. Every unnecessary dollar spent on the founders sets the tone that cash should be more important than equity to everyone involved in the business. Read More

  • CoVenture Raises $3M To Build Software For Startups

    CoVenture Raises $3M To Build Software For Startups

    Co-founder and general partner Ali Hamed describes his firm CoVenture as “a new type of venture firm, a service-focused firm” — and he’s announcing that it’s raised $3 million in funding. For the most part, the money won’t go directly into startups, but rather to funding CoVenture’s operations. Hamed told me the firm employs 55 developers and designers… Read More

  • Venture Investors Put $2 Billion Into The Blackboard Jungle

    Venture Investors Put $2 Billion Into The Blackboard Jungle

    Venture capitalists really hit the books in 2014, investing nearly $2 billion in EdTech companies. That’s a 50% jump from the previous year. For millions of children in the American education system, more venture money doesn’t necessarily translate to a better education. Read More

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