Venture Capital

  • The Micro VC Shakeout

    The Micro VC Shakeout

    When we started Bullpen Capital in 2011, there were about 30 or so “microVC” or “micro-seed” funds — and we knew them all. Today, four years later, there are likely over 220 micro VC funds and growing. In fact, I joke with my partners that “we will likely get to 400 before we go back to 40.” That line always elicits a nervous laughter, as it captures… Read More

  • You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million

    I always love peering into the world of executive recruiting. As a grad student and as a writer, the thought that there are people out there chasing other people to get them to work at massive wages always seemed to me like a bounty hunter scene out of a strange science fiction movie. Sometimes the wages offered are as much as $1 million; sometimes, that’s not enough. Competition in… Read More

  • Brazil’s Samba Ads Raises R$3 million To Take Premium Video Advertising Off YouTube

    Brazil’s Samba Ads Raises R$3 million To Take Premium Video Advertising Off YouTube

    Editor’s note: Julie Ruvolo is a freelance writer and editor of RedLightR.io and RioChromatic.com.  Sao Paulo-based startup Samba Ads is announcing a R$3 million ($1 million) investment from a coalition of international investors that are betting on the online video opportunity in Brazil. Brazil’s e.bricks, Brazilian-Israeli firm Initial Capital, Israeli firm Rhodium and Dave… Read More

  • Alphaworks Equity Crowd-Funding Platform Rebrands To Quire

    Alphaworks Equity Crowd-Funding Platform Rebrands To Quire

    Alphaworks, the equity crowd-funding platform for startups and their communities, is today re-branding to Quire.com. CEO Erin Glenn said that the company was eager to get a .com domain and that ‘quire’ (a centuries old word that which means ‘folio’ or collection of single pages) was a perfect fit for what the platform represents. “The imagery of the word is that… Read More

  • Fanbase Co-Founders Discuss Their Pivot To Nextdoor

    Fanbase Co-Founders Discuss Their Pivot To Nextdoor

    In a video from Greylock Partners (from their new greymatter series), Fanbase co-founders Nirav Tolia and Sarah Leary discuss their decision to close their site and launch Nextdoor. Read More

  • Cleantech Is Dead, Long Live Cleantech

    Cleantech Is Dead, Long Live Cleantech

    I’m old enough to remember when the smartest folks on Sand Hill Road thought cleantech was going to be the next big thing. When venture dollars into the “sector” (really, a loose collection of very different markets and technologies, bundled together under a convenient label) were growing by leaps and bounds year over year. When the New York Times declared “Capitalism… Read More

  • Hello Alfred Raises $10.5M To Automate Your Chores

    Hello Alfred Raises $10.5M To Automate Your Chores

    Hello Alfred, a startup that taps into existing on-demand services to automate your weekly chores, has raised $10.5 million in Series A funding. The round was led by NEA and Spark Capital, with participation from Sherpa Ventures and CrunchFund. (CrunchFund is backed by TechCrunch-owner AOL, and like TechCrunch, it was founded by Michael Arrington.) This follows a $2 million seed round led… Read More

  • Chris Dixon Is Coming To Disrupt NY To Talk About All The Weird Shit He’s Investing In

    Chris Dixon Is Coming To Disrupt NY To Talk About All The Weird Shit He’s Investing In

    Today we’re pleased to announce that Chris Dixon, a venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz, will be joining us at Disrupt NY. This is great news, and let me tell you why. Usually venture capitalists are pretty boring. They generally wear khakis while on the hunt for whatever the next Uber-for-X or Airbnb-for-Y will be. They know what all the hot new messaging apps are, and have… Read More

  • Securing A Huge Growth Round

    Securing A Huge Growth Round

    Pitching VCs is a serious challenge at any stage, but asking for a $30-60 million check is usually the sale of a founder’s life. Convincing an investor to accept a valuation that most normal people think you’d deserve in a year’s time (at best) piles on the challenge. I’ve recently been working with a few of our portfolio companies on these kinds of deals and wanted… Read More

  • Ad Attribution Startup Conversion Logic Raises $4M

    Ad Attribution Startup Conversion Logic Raises $4M

    Conversion Logic has raised a new round to fund its efforts to help advertisers track the effectiveness of their ads across devices and channels. The Los Angeles-based startup is announcing a $4 million seed round led by Rincon Venture Partners, with Ricon’s Jim Andelman joining the board of directors. Crosscut Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, TenOneTen, Founder Collective, and… Read More

  • The Potential Upside To A Technology Bubble

    The Potential Upside To A Technology Bubble

    Over the last few months the question has been asked by almost everyone in the startup and venture capital community: Are we in a tech bubble? I don’t think there’s even a question anymore. Many founders are in deep denial valuing their pre-revenue SaaS Uber for CRM cloud based big data machine learning platform for millions of dollars pre-money. When a potential investor asks… Read More

  • What The Kapors Have Learned From Years Of Working On Diversity in Tech

    What The Kapors Have Learned From Years Of Working On Diversity in Tech

    Almost one year ago, Google released its diversity data, kicking off a wide-ranging industry conversation about why tech companies and venture capital firms are so unrepresentative of the racial and gender make-up of the rest of the U.S. Dozens of other companies followed Google’s suit while the issue of gender in the venture world has been on the front burner with the Ellen Pao… Read More

  • Tapingo Orders Up $22 Million In Series C Funding To Grow Beyond The College Market

    Tapingo Orders Up $22 Million In Series C Funding To Grow Beyond The College Market

    There are at least 12 on-demand food startups within the Bay Area – two of them focus solely on delivering cookies. And there are plenty more beyond the borders of San Francisco. With Postmates, Caviar and Grubhub doing this, let’s just say getting food delivered whenever you want is a crowded space. Mobile food orders startup Tapingo focuses on a more specific vertical to help… Read More

  • London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    London’s Startups Hit A High Of $682M In VC Funding In Q1 2015

    Startups in Silicon Valley, the epicenter of the tech world, and the U.S. overall have seen an unprecedented amount of investment as consumers and businesses buy into more online services, and investors flock to fund the next big thing. But the ripples of that trend are being felt elsewhere, too. A new report says that London chalked up a record $682.5 million of investment in the first… Read More

  • Partech Doubles Down On Seed With New $65 Million Seed Fund

    Partech Doubles Down On Seed With New $65 Million Seed Fund

    It feels like Partech Ventures announced its first seed fund (Partech Entrepreneur I) just yesterday — the Paris-based venture capital firm is already announcing a new $65 million (€60 million) seed fund called Partech Entrepreneur II. “This is the biggest dedicated seed fund in Europe focused on digital startups,” Partech General Partner Romain Lavault told me. “We… Read More

  • Why The Kleiner Perkins-Social+Capital Deal Fell Apart

    Why The Kleiner Perkins-Social+Capital Deal Fell Apart

    In January, reports surfaced that Social+Capital was in “acquisition” talks with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Those talks fell apart. So what happened? TechCrunch has heard from a few people familiar with the discussions about what might have led to the deal falling through. Read More

  • As Internal Threats Rise, Investors Back New Security Tech

    As Internal Threats Rise, Investors Back New Security Tech

    Amid this steady drumbeat of technology breaches and security snafus, venture capitalists have spent roughly $6.5 billion on new technologies to combat this menace, according to CrunchBase data. The latest company to benefit from this deluge of dollars, and the one that addresses the issue of bad actors inside corporate networks most directly, is HyTrust, which closed on $25 million. Read More

  • Crossing the Cybersecurity Trust Chasm

    Crossing the Cybersecurity Trust Chasm

    We need to (re)build trust: between the government and the public; between a company and its employees; between a company and its customers; between different private sector companies; and finally between the government and the private sector. Read More

  • Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    Mobile Messaging Conjures A Commerce Platform

    America is finally discovering what Asia has known for years: mobile messaging is a commerce platform. Read More

  • European Tech Verticals To Track

    European Tech Verticals To Track

    While the high-level investment trend in innovative technology is similar between the U.S. and Europe, digging deeper exposes interesting differences. Europe seems to be punching above its weight in some predictable areas like banking and hospitality while being weaker in historically strong areas like fashion and insurance. At a high level, the trend of early-stage technology deals over the… Read More

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