Chris Sacca

  • Crunch Report | Instagram Grows To 700M Users

    Today’s Stories  Instagram’s growth speeds up as it hits 700 million users Twitter desperately needed a hit first-quarter and somehow managed to deliver Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies Uber is making it easier to see your rider rating Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital
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  • Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital

    Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital

    Chris Sacca, a former Google lawyer who rose to fame by betting heavily on Twitter and Uber, says he’s “hanging up his spurs,” and getting out of the investing game. In a new post, Sacca explains that he achieved what he set out to do when he created his venture firm, Lowercase Capital, in 2009, an outfit that was helped along by early checks from Industry Ventures, Yahoo… Read More

  • Chris Sacca says there’s “a greed case for diversity”

    Chris Sacca says there’s “a greed case for diversity”

    Chris Sacca, the angel investor in companies like Twitter, Uber and Instagram, gets it. He understands that diversity is simply good for business. “There is a greed case for diversity,” Sacca told CNN’s Laurie Segall at the Collision Conference yesterday. “Diverse perspectives bring us into markets we didn’t know existed.” It’s true. There’s a… Read More

  • Lowercase’s Matt Mazzeo on being Chris Sacca’s partner and the 3 KPIs to successful investing Crunch Network

    Lowercase’s Matt Mazzeo on being Chris Sacca’s partner and the 3 KPIs to successful investing

    For the small minority who are not aware, Lowercase is the the fund started by Chris Sacca with $8.4m and resulted in what is believed to be the best performing fund in history with investments in Uber, Twitter, Instagram, Docker, just to name a few. Sacca went on to build what must be considered, the largest shareholding in Twitter. And with such a prominent figure at the helm it’s easy… Read More

  • Meet The Competitors Vying For The Crunchie For Angel Investor Of The Year

    Meet The Competitors Vying For The Crunchie For Angel Investor Of The Year

    We’re getting ready for the 9th Annual Crunchies here at TechCrunch, where some of the brightest startups, companies and leaders hope to win the coveted Crunchie award in one of the 12 categories up for grabs. Read More

  • The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company Raises $3.5M To Make Home Maintenance Easier

    The Happy Home Company is aiming to eliminate the headaches of home maintenance and improvement, and it’s raised $3.5 million in seed funding. The company has been relatively quiet, at least in terms of talking to the media, since I wrote about it a year ago. CEO Doug Ludlow told me today that this was intentional — he wanted to work out the kinks in the model before making a… Read More

  • Sacca To Shark Tank: “I Will Not And Cannot Do It If I Have To Wear A Suit”

    Sacca To Shark Tank: “I Will Not And Cannot Do It If I Have To Wear A Suit”

    If you’re not familiar with Shark Tank, it’s ABC’s show that drops companies in front of investors from all walks of life, including the very loud Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks. It’s oddly become a family favorite for a lot of people I know, mostly because they get to shout at the TV and make predictions on whether someone will invest or not, or talk about… Read More

  • Outspoken Investor Chris Sacca Backs Jack Dorsey As Next Twitter CEO

    Outspoken Investor Chris Sacca Backs Jack Dorsey As Next Twitter CEO

    As Twitter marches closer to selecting its next CEO, outspoken early investor in the company Chris Sacca has made his personal choice known. Via Twitter of course: Twitter should name @jack as full-time CEO and promote @adambain to President and COO. @ev should become Executive Chairman of the board. — Chris Sacca (@sacca) August 7, 2015 In a multi-part tweet storm, Sacca backs up… Read More

  • What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    What The Tech Bubble Means Outside Silicon Valley

    It’s a place, a mindset, a nickname, a metonym, an innovation hub, a TV show and a standard against which all cradles of technology are measured. Silicon Valley prides itself on having a meta-status that defies easy categorization, but this cannot save it from the impending bubble. According to investors like Mark Cuban, Chris Sacca, Bill Gurley, Manish Goyal and Bharat Ramnani… Read More

  • Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital Is Raising A New $25M Fund, Led By Matt Mazzeo

    Lowercase Capital is raising another $25 million, we’re hearing. This is notable for a couple of reasons: Due to its Uber investment, Lowercase Capital’s very first fund — a modest $8.5 million raised in 2010 — has seen its value increase by more than 100x , which is perhaps historic in early-stage seed funds. Lowercase’s second fund, “Spur,” has also… Read More

  • InVenture Provides Personal Finance Help And Credit Scores To Underbanked Individuals

    InVenture Provides Personal Finance Help And Credit Scores To Underbanked Individuals

    here are more than 2.5 billion people without a credit score in the world today, which means that there’s no way for them to find banking help when they need it. A new startup called InVenture is looking to solve that problem, with personal finance tools that not only help the underbanked keep track of their finances, but also helps provide them with a credit score. Read More

  • Early Twitter Investor Chris Sacca Wins Crunchie For Angel Of The Year

    Early Twitter Investor Chris Sacca Wins Crunchie For Angel Of The Year

    In the year in which Twitter went public, it’s hard to bet against one of the company’s earliest and most influential investors. Which is why it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that Lowercase Capital founder Chris Sacca has won this year’s Crunchie for Angel of the Year. Sacca put some of the earliest money into Twitter, betting on the micro-blogging platform during… Read More

  • Eyeing LA, Chris Sacca Brings On His First Partner At Lowercase Capital: CAA’s Matt Mazzeo

    Eyeing LA, Chris Sacca Brings On His First Partner At Lowercase Capital: CAA’s Matt Mazzeo

    Earlier this month, angel investor Chris Sacca announced that his firm Lowercase Capital was going to be launching a new Los Angeles-focused fund through, and that he’d hired someone to run it. Now we know who that someone is — Matt Mazzeo, a business development executive at Creative Artists Agency. It might seem odd for Lowercase to bring on someone from a talent agency, but his… Read More

  • This is How Sacca Spends His Friday Nights: Wearing A Space Helmet On Turntable.fm

    This is How Sacca Spends His Friday Nights: Wearing A Space Helmet On Turntable.fm

    Ever wonder how super angel and man-about-town Chris Sacca spends his Friday nights? Well, right now you can find him at Turntable.fm, a stealthy, you-can-only-get-in-if-you-know-someone online DJ party. I just stumbled onto it by accident. You can only gain entry if you are Facebook friends with someone already inside. As it happens, I knew some people. Turntable.fm is a project of… Read More

  • Chris Sacca: The Train Has Left The Station On Early Stage Valuations

    Chris Sacca: The Train Has Left The Station On Early Stage Valuations

    Super angel investor Chris Sacca doesn’t like all the new competition pushing up valuations in angel deals and seed rounds these days. “It is a train and it is kind of running away,” he says on a panel this morning at the Wired business conference. “That layer of the market has an abundance of capital.” Sacca, who funded Photobucket from his credit card and was… Read More

  • UpNext Scores $500,000 From Chris Sacca And Others For 3D Mobile Mapping

    Mapping is a big boy’s game, with Google Maps, Bing Maps, and MapQuest dominating maps on both the Web and mobile. But sometimes it takes a startup to push things forward. 3D mobile mapping startup UpNext is hoping to get on the map, so to speak, with its detailed 3D maps of cities and venues like the Super Bowl stadium. The New York city startup, which has been around since 2007… Read More

  • Big Appetite: Greylock Sends Entrepreneurs a Message with Expanded $1 Billion Fund

    Big Appetite: Greylock Sends Entrepreneurs a Message with Expanded $1 Billion Fund

    In case you missed it, being a super angel is officially passe. The new hotness is having a late-stage growth cash. Sequoia Capital is doing it. Andreessen Horowitz is doing it. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is doing it. Accel is doing it. Hell, even Chris Sacca is somehow doing it. Greylock is the latest to officially join the club, with news today of an expansion to its current… Read More

  • Betaworks, Conway, And Sacca Embed $250,000 Into Embed.ly

    The angels are lining up to give Y Combinator startup Embed.ly some cash. Betaworks, Ron Conway, and Chris Sacca are investing $250,000 in the company, which specializes in turning links into embed codes. There are hundreds of Websites and APIs out there which let people embed media and data all across the Web. Connecting those embed codes with their underlying links is a Herculean task… Read More

  • Angel Investor Chris Sacca To Launch $5 million Early Stage Venture Fund

    Chris Sacca, a prolific Silicon Valley angel investor, is closing on a new venture fund he’ll call Lowercase Capital, we’ve confirmed. The fund size will be in the $5 million range, and will make investments ranging from $50,000 – $150,000 per deal. Sacca was previously the head of strategic initiatives at Google (he left Google in 2007), has invested in at least twenty or… Read More