Venture Capital

 

  • 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