investment

  • 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

  • Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s new fund closes initial $140M for deals in Asia

    Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s new fund closes initial $140M for deals in Asia

    Eduardo Saverin — yes, that Eduardo Saverin of Facebook fame — is already a prominent investor in Asia’s tech scene, but his profile and spending is about to increase significantly after a new fund he is running made its first close. Read More

  • Lenovo is launching a new $500 million startup fund

    Lenovo is launching a new $500 million startup fund

    Chinese tech giant Lenovo is investing $500 million in startups after it announced a new fund. Unlike other corporates, Lenovo has a history of making deft investments. Its first fund, created in 2010 and $100 million in size, includes Israeli facial recognition startup Face++, publicly listed Chinese firm iDreamsky and biometrics specialist Nok Nok Labs among its 40-plus company portfolio. Read More

  • StockRadars expands its stock analysis app in Asia and begins to offer live trading

    StockRadars expands its stock analysis app in Asia and begins to offer live trading

    StockRadars, a Thailand-based service providing mobile-based analytics and insight for trading, just followed Robinhood’s lead and enabled real-time stock trading inside its app for the first time. Read More

  • Well-Funded Fundrise Fires CFO, Citing Extortion Attempt

    Well-Funded Fundrise Fires CFO, Citing Extortion Attempt

    It’s strange days for Fundrise, a Washington, D.C.-based crowdfunding platform that allows a range of investors to fund commercial real estate projects. Earlier today, The Real Deal, an outlet that covers New York real estate news, turned up an SEC filing which states that Fundrise has fired its mortgage REIT’s chief financial officer and treasurer Michael McCord, citing an attempt… Read More

  • Doomed-i-corns: Unicorns Seemingly Reach a Tipping Point

    Doomed-i-corns: Unicorns Seemingly Reach a Tipping Point

    This morning, the law firm Fenwick & West published new findings about all the U.S.-based unicorn financings that took place during the last nine months of 2015. It’s rife with interesting nuggets, but perhaps most fascinating is that in the fourth quarter of last year, half of the 12 rounds it tracked featured valuations in the $1 billion to $1.1 billion range — and with… Read More

  • Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Interest Rates, Unicorns And What The Fed Means To Silicon Valley

    Changes in macroeconomic forces — starting with the interest rate hike — could have a dramatic impact on Silicon Valley and other regions. Read More

  • The Erosion Of “Same Round, Same Price” Crunch Network

    The Erosion Of “Same Round, Same Price”

    It seems most founders believe investors asking for “extras” on the side are simply greedy and short-sighted. While it’s easy to criticize investors, I believe this behavior is driven in large part as a response to conditions founders have created in early stage investing. I believe two trends, when taken together, have eroded the “one round, one price” standard. Read More

  • Going Public Isn’t Selling Out, It’s The Best Way To Stay Alive Crunch Network

    Going Public Isn’t Selling Out, It’s The Best Way To Stay Alive

    When Amazon went public in 1997, its stock opened 62.5 percent above the target price and the company ended its day $54 million richer than it had started it. In the three years or so leading up to the IPO, Jeff Bezos had finally begun to prove that the company had a viable business model, real revenues and a proven approach. Investor confidence was high. But how would things have played out… Read More

  • The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs Crunch Network

    The End Of The Startup Gold Rush, Absurd Burn Rates And Tourist VCs

    In 15 years as a venture capitalist, I’ve seen just about every market condition you can imagine. I started at Insight Venture Partners in 2000 at a time when the stock market was experiencing historic highs and tech companies were receiving massive private and public valuations. Capital markets were flush, startup burn rates were rampant, and the gold rush was on. Investors came out… Read More

  • Putting Money Into Security Crunch Network

    Putting Money Into Security

    I’ve long been immersed in the world of technology — as a hobbyist, a venture capitalist, a board member and now as a CEO. But looking back at key segments of my personal investment history, I’m struck by the story it tells about security. Yes, information security — it may just be the most dynamic sector of this dynamic market. Read More