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  • PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    PayPal leads $30 million round in Acorns investing app

    Acorns, the investing app, is announcing a $30 million strategic investment from PayPal, with participation from the Rakuten FinTech Fund. This brings the team’s total funding to $62 million. With 850,000 investment accounts, Acorns works by rounding up purchases and investing the remainder. In other words, if you buy a latte for $3.99, that penny will go into an ETF. Users trust Acorns… Read More

  • New law changes the liquidity game for tech company founders, workers and investors Crunch Network

    New law changes the liquidity game for tech company founders, workers and investors

    Late last year, Congress passed legislation that substantially improved the legal landscape for startups, early-stage companies and the stakeholders in the ecosystem. You might have read about, for example, Congress making permanent the 100 percent tax exclusion for sales of qualified small business stock held for more than five years (up to $10 million). This is great news for company… Read More

  • When capital prefers venture over public markets Crunch Network

    When capital prefers venture over public markets

    Market movements in the technology sector — particularly in SaaS tech companies — are causing a stir among investors. It’s always a challenge to estimate valuation ranges for publicly traded companies because these calculations require assumptions of growth. Investors are trying to draw parallels between publicly traded companies and private venture-funded companies, but a… Read More

  • Managing Your Startup In 2016: New Rules For A New Environment Crunch Network

    Managing Your Startup In 2016: New Rules For A New Environment

    It’s a new environment for startups in 2016. Financing will get harder. Valuation inflation will dissipate. Profitability will be in vogue again. And old-fashioned business fundamentals will balance out the disruption frenzy of the past five years. Given the new investment climate, what’s an entrepreneur to do? To answer that, let’s first examine the factors behind… Read More

  • Will the Bubble Burst? Ask Your Cabbie Crunch Network

    Will the Bubble Burst? Ask Your Cabbie

    There are too many headlines and articles about bubbles, market crashes, negative interest rates and venture-backed unicorns. Why write one more? Because I believe there is a much more pragmatic way to evaluate what you are reading from all the “experts.” Experts armed with mountains of data and statistical analysis predict the stock market is going to crash, while at the same… Read More

  • Square’s S-1: Of Ratchets And Unicorn Valuations Crunch Network

    Square’s S-1: Of Ratchets And Unicorn Valuations

    Over the last 18 months, those of us following the venture and startup space have gone on a rollercoaster ride of mega rounds, unicorns, sky-high valuations and bubble fears. Look beyond the hyperbolic headlines and you’ll see that there is more than meets the eye to that shiny new unicorn valuation. Square’s recent IPO registration statement provides an opportunity to peel the… Read More

  • Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist

    Suddenly Every Company Is Becoming A Venture Capitalist

    It has often been said that every company is a software company or even a big data company, but as I attended the Intel Capital Global Summit last week, another thought occurred to me: every company is now also an investment company. The star of the show last week was Intel Capital of course, the venture arm of Intel Corporation, but it’s far from alone. Over dinner strictly by… Read More

  • Megan Quinn Heads To Spark Capital As GP To Focus On Growth Stage Investing

    Megan Quinn Heads To Spark Capital As GP To Focus On Growth Stage Investing

    Today, investor Megan Quinn shared that she’d be joining Spark Capital as a general partner for its growth stage fund (its first), which we covered last year. Quinn stepped down from KPCB this year after nearly three years with the firm. Read More

  • Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech Crunch Network

    Doing Good Tech Versus Doing Good With Tech

    The FDA is currently considering clinical trials for a drug that would delay aging. The idea of extending human longevity is a controversial one, with some arguing for immortality and others arguing that a lifespan into the mid-70s is perfectly adequate. So is the drug good or bad? As an investor in science and technology, this is a non-trivial question for me. Read More

  • Interview: Tim Draper Doubles Down On Europe

    Interview: Tim Draper Doubles Down On Europe

    DFJ, the storied Silicon Valley venture capital firm, has built out a global presence not just through direct investments but through a network of firms that are affiliated with the mothership yet raising and investing from their own funds. Now that network is going through some changes, and with it comes a new role for one of the firm’s founders. The DFJ Network has rebranded to… Read More

  • Investing In Games: Broad Or Deep? Crunch Network

    Investing In Games: Broad Or Deep?

    Suppose two studios approach you. Studio A has a strategy centered around making a big play on one game. It plans to take your investment and use it to make that game as best it can and find success. Studio B has a different idea. It plans to make many small games, build a platform and ecosystem between them and see which works. Then to accelerates what works to success. Which should you choose? Read More