Jason Rowley

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  • Where and why venture capitalists invest close to home Crunch Network

    Where and why venture capitalists invest close to home

    Public market investors have the luxury of being able to make, invest and move their money anywhere they’d like. But the same isn’t true for startup investors, who, if conventional wisdom is to be believed, tend to invest relatively close to home. Read More

  • Where venture capitalists invest and why Crunch Network

    Where venture capitalists invest and why

    Entrepreneurs looking to raise capital are often told that investors like to keep things close to home. Is that true? The question influences where people locate companies. After all, if investors are only willing to invest in their own backyard, you might be better off starting your next company as close to capital as possible. Unless, of course, the conventional wisdom is wrong. Read More

  • What happens when you sell your startup? Crunch Network

    What happens when you sell your startup?

    This is the final installment in the series “A Startup Takes Flight.” We started by creating a company — the Internet of Wings, a provider of drone-delivered chicken sandwiches that pivoted into general food delivery — and examined some of the most common financing terms entrepreneurs and VC investors discuss. It’s time to get our investors a liquidity event… Read More

  • Where venture capital has peaked Crunch Network

    Where venture capital has peaked

    “Peak startup” is a phrase that no doubt strikes terror in the hearts of entrepreneurs and startup investors alike. But saying “peak startup” is not the same as saying that the market is at the very height of a bubble. Peak startup merely means that the market is running out of steam for this cycle. And that’s what we’re going to examine here. Read More

  • Antidilution: the other way VCs take more of your startup’s equity Crunch Network

    Antidilution: the other way VCs take more of your startup’s equity

    Startup funding may seem like a cut-and-dry affair. Money goes into a startup in exchange for shares in the startup. Easy enough, right?
    Not so much. There are plenty of complex terms, clauses, provisions and other conditions written into investment agreements. So in this series, we’re exploring how some of the most common funding terms affect the fundraising process. Read More

  • How pro rata works in venture capital deals Crunch Network

    How pro rata works in venture capital deals

    To the uninitiated, startup fundraising can be confusing. And even some of the resources designed to be approachable for the newcomer often raise more questions than they answer. So we’ve launched a series called “A Startup Takes Flight” to simply explain the dynamics of fundraising and deal terms. Read More

  • Cap tables, share structures, valuations, oh my! A case study of early-stage funding Crunch Network

    Cap tables, share structures, valuations, oh my! A case study of early-stage funding

    For many entrepreneurs, especially first-time founders, raising outside capital can be daunting. Between all of the new vocabulary and the very real legal implications of the agreements being signed, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Indeed, raising outside money is one of the more esoteric aspects of being an entrepreneur — but it doesn’t need to be confusing. Read More

  • Does it really matter how much your startup raises? Crunch Network

    Does it really matter how much your startup raises?

    “How much money does it take to get a startup off the ground?” Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are faced with this question all the time, and the only right answer — it depends — is also the least satisfying. For any particular startup to succeed, it might take a lot of outside funding or very little. It’s contingent on the business a team is trying to build. Read More

  • Can Didi out-network Uber to win the global ridesharing market? Crunch Network

    Can Didi out-network Uber to win the global ridesharing market?

    News from the ridesharing industry seems to come in one of two flavors. There’s salacious coverage of the cultural and leadership woes of the industry’s reigning champion, Uber. And, every month or so there’s a story about another nine-figure investment/buyout in the sector. We’re going to focus on investment activity and the structure of its investment network in… Read More

  • How SoftBank’s $100B fund is in a league all its own Crunch Network

    How SoftBank’s $100B fund is in a league all its own

    For the average American, the name SoftBank doesn’t mean much. It’s neither soft nor, technically, a bank. It’s a sprawling Japanese mobile carrier, ISP and holding company. And its investment arm has bankrolled some of the world’s largest and most successful upstart technology companies. So where does that cash go, and how is it doled out to startups across the globe? Read More

  • Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest Crunch Network

    Here are the best startup cities in the Midwest

    The American Midwest, to some, is just the “flyover states.” Its tropes — rusted-out factories, cornfields and calorically dense fried foods at state fairs — are well-known. However, it’s also increasingly home to more technology startups. Looking through the lens of startup and VC funding activity, we’ll be looking out how the Midwest and its metros stack… Read More

  • For startups, VC funding is always in season Crunch Network

    For startups, VC funding is always in season

    We’ve entered the dog days of summer. For many, that means time on the beach, backyard barbecues and, if you’re like us, seeking out the blissful respite afforded by a solid air conditioning system. In the land of startups and venture capital, however, summer can mean something a bit different. Read More

  • Inside the Q2 2017 global venture capital ecosystem Crunch Network

    Inside the Q2 2017 global venture capital ecosystem

    One thing is clear: The market for startup equity is on firmer footing now than it was three months ago. With two successive quarters of growth, both in the number of deals struck and the amount of money invested, as well as a growing appetite on the part of public markets for shares in venture-backed startups, there’s reason for cautious optimism going into the second half of this year. Read More

  • Here’s where you’re most likely to randomly run into a unicorn in the US Crunch Network

    Here’s where you’re most likely to randomly run into a unicorn in the US

    Where’s the best place to start a startup? It’s a perennial and somewhat intractable question entrepreneurs love to ask. And before you get your hopes up, we’ll start by saying there is no one right answer to this question. Like much in the world of startups and venture capital, it depends on a number of factors. But what we can tell is that networks matter. Read More

  • Cannabis delivery startup Eaze confirms theft of some user data from service provider Crunch Network

    Cannabis delivery startup Eaze confirms theft of some user data from service provider

    An anonymous source tipped off Crunchbase News that Eaze, the Series B-stage cannabis delivery startup with over $24 million in venture funding, has experienced a security incident. Read More

  • Regulation could stifle growing China-US venture activity Crunch Network

    Regulation could stifle growing China-US venture activity

    Let’s step back from politics and look at some cold, hard numbers to assess the current state of cross-border investment and other transactional activity between the U.S. and China. We’ll look at one type of transaction that could be affected: venture capital investments. We’ll show the “big picture,” as well as analysis of transactions in AI and related sectors. Read More

  • Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing Crunch Network

    Advertising giants leave little room for adtech startups, and VCs are noticing

    Since the earliest days of the commercial web, there was a Faustian bargain struck between users and content publishers: Users got free access to online content in exchange for tolerating ads sold by the very same publishers delivering the latest words, images, and videos. And, by and large, it’s a bargain that’s worked out well for digital advertisers. According to data published… Read More

  • How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICO’d digital assets Crunch Network

    How Ethereum became the platform of choice for ICO’d digital assets

    For most of the history of blockchain-based currencies and assets, the story has been all about Bitcoin. At a market capitalization of around $40 billion, it remains the most valuable cryptocurrency. But with the rise of a new ‘chain on the — ahem — block, namely Ethereum, and new ways to fund the development of new crypto-platforms with ICOs, the narrative is shifting somewhat. Read More

  • Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage Crunch Network

    Here’s how likely your startup is to get acquired at any stage

    Let’s say you randomly selected 1,000 seed-stage startups based in the United States. How many of those would go on to raise a Series A? Of companies that go on to raise a Series A, how many would go on to raise a Series B? You could keep this process going until only a few companies remain. But it’s not enough to just ask what the survival rate of companies is from round to round. Read More

  • Startups, you must raise this much to join the 1% Crunch Network

    Startups, you must raise this much to join the 1%

    Joining the exclusive club of one-percenters is hard, and, by definition, nearly every company fails to gain entry. For founders and investors alike, the heartening thing is that, in most cases, even a small seed and Series A round puts your company in the top half of startups founded in or after 2003. And there’s one good thing about being middle of the pack — you have plenty… Read More