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  • Chat app Line doubles its stake in Snapchat clone Snow

    Chat app Line doubles its stake in Snapchat clone Snow

    Ahead of Snap’s eagerly awaited IPO, Line, one of the U.S. tech IPO highlights of 2016, has doubled down on sister service and Snapchat clone Snow. Line and Snow both share the same parent company — Naver — but the two firms have increasingly become financially entwined. Line bought up 25 percent of Snow last September for $45 million, and now it is nearly doubling its… Read More

  • Baidu’s iQiyi video service raises $1.53 billion

    Baidu’s iQiyi video service raises $1.53 billion

    Baidu is charging up its video content push after iQiyi, its YouTube-style service in China, raised $1.53 billion from the sale of convertible notes to investors. The deal appears to end speculation that the firm was mulling an IPO. iQiyi, which had an offer to go independent fall through last year, raised the capital from a number of top-name investors including Hillhouse Capital… Read More

  • Venture capital in 2017 is when the rubber hits the road for returns Crunch Network

    Venture capital in 2017 is when the rubber hits the road for returns

    In the United States, VC funds raised a whopping $40.6 billion in 2016[1]. It was the largest year for VC fundraising since 2000 when the venture industry raked in a jaw dropping $101.4 billion[1]. Yet the 2016 exit market was a mixed bag. Despite many forecasting (hoping?) that herds of unicorns would enter the public market in 2016, the IPO market was lackluster at best. There were only 31 U.S. Read More

  • Mall cop robot startup Knightscope is launching a “mini-IPO”

    Mall cop robot startup Knightscope is launching a “mini-IPO”

    Knightscope, the Dalek-like mall security robot startup we’ve mentioned here before has decided to do one of those new crowdsourced “mini-IPOs.” Also referred to as Regulation A+, these types of public offerings for private companies just became legal about a year ago to give startups access to capital from just about anyone. They are basically crowdfunding with… Read More

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    Silicon Valley Bank predicts a 2017 cure for the healthtech investment doldrums

    Silicon Valley Bank predicts a 2017 cure for the healthtech investment doldrums

    Things are looking up for biotech and health device startups wanting to cash in on VC dollars or go public this year. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s latest report on healthcare investments and exits, a conservative 2016 has set up 2017 for a hearty boom. Though biopharma M&A activity declined slightly last year and IPOs declined more than 30 percent, according to the report… Read More

  • Coupa is the latest unicorn to file for an IPO

    Coupa is the latest unicorn to file for an IPO

    It has been a slow year for tech IPOs, but cloud software maker Coupa has publicly filed. This is generally an indication that the company will debut on the stock market in a matter of weeks. The unicorn, whose largest shareholders include Battery Ventures and BlueRun Ventures, plans to list on the Nasdaq under the ticker, “COUP.” The company plans to raise roughly $75 million… Read More

  • Twilio beats expectations with revenue of $64.5M in solid Q2 earnings

    Twilio beats expectations with revenue of $64.5M in solid Q2 earnings

    Twilio, exceeded revenue expectations in Q2 earnings released today after the bell. Immediately share prices increased in after-hours trading before falling back to the market closing price. The cloud-communications company reported revenue of $64.5 million and a loss per share of $0.08. Twilio beat revenue by over 10 percent. Analysts had expected a loss of $0.14 per share on revenue… Read More

  • What’s next for Twilio and its unicorn brethren?

    What’s next for Twilio and its unicorn brethren?

    Brexit. Trump. The Federal Reserve. The world threw nearly everything at Twilio for its untimely IPO. Despite market volatility, the company continues to impress. The week the world met Twilio can only be defined as positive. Unfortunately, the greatest challenges for the company lie ahead. Short Term Herd behavior fuels IPOs. Casual investors often jump in immediately because of the… Read More

  • Signs point to a contraction, but no one’s bursting venture capital’s bubble Crunch Network

    Signs point to a contraction, but no one’s bursting venture capital’s bubble

    Regardless of the economic climate, the real job of any investor is to help entrepreneurs build meaningful companies and technologies. The best investors that we know don’t try to time the market, and neither do the best entrepreneurs. We have to keep at it. Read More

  • Dropbox says it is cash flow positive, in no rush to IPO

    Dropbox says it is cash flow positive, in no rush to IPO

    With a $10 billion valuation, cloud storage business Dropbox is larger than many public companies. But don’t expect an IPO anytime soon, according to CEO Drew Houston. “Nothing right now,” said Houston, when asked if the company was working on a plan to go public. Speaking at Bloomberg’s Technology Conference in San Francisco, Houston said that Dropbox is… Read More

  • Are buyouts the new IPOs?

    Are buyouts the new IPOs?

    Buyouts may replace IPOs as the exit of choice for tech companies in the coming months. This comes as the number of startups unable to exit into a frozen market continues to grow. With only two tech IPOs so far in 2016, and poor market returns for the majority of those already public, companies are turning elsewhere to cash in on their efforts. Just this week, analytics firm QLik was… Read More