IVP

  • Some VCs want to jump into ICOs, but a host of challenges remain

    Some VCs want to jump into ICOs, but a host of challenges remain

    Venture capitalists are in a pickle. Companies have raised more than $1.7 billion through initial coin offerings, or ICOs, this year by selling their own customized virtual currencies. For the companies, the trend is a godsend. They can raise the money and use it to fuel new projects without having to give away a piece of their company to venture capitalists. Meanwhile, both accredited and… Read More

  • IVP announces $1.5 billion venture fund

    IVP announces $1.5 billion venture fund

    IVP, one of the original late-stage venture capital firms, is announcing its sixteenth fund. And at $1.5 billion, it’s the largest yet. This brings the group’s total committed capital to $7 billion. With a slew of exits this year, including Snap, AppDynamics, MuleSoft and Yext, and a historical IRR of 43%, it was enough to convince LPs that they’re ready for a little more money. Read More

  • Amplitude raises another $30M for its product-focused analytics tools

    Amplitude raises another $30M for its product-focused analytics tools

    Amplitude has raised $30 million to fund what CEO Spenser Skates said is a mission of “helping product people build better products.” That’s not quite how Amplitude pitched itself initially, which was more about undercutting other analytics companies on price. Skates (pictured above with his co-founder Curtis Liu) said this is less a change in direction for the company than a… Read More

  • Despite recent controversy, Tanium announces a $100 million secondary sale

    Despite recent controversy, Tanium announces a $100 million secondary sale

    Tanium hasn’t had the best year, but a new stock sale is telegraphing that while the company may be down, it’s far from out. This morning, the 10-year-old company, whose technology enables organizations to continuously scan all endpoints in a network to detect vulnerabilities and unmanaged devices, is announcing it has raised $100 million led by the private equity firm TPG. Read More

  • MasterClass raises $35 million for celebrity taught classes

    MasterClass raises $35 million for celebrity taught classes

    If you want to learn something new, learn it from the master. That’s the thesis behind MasterClass, which offers tennis tips from Serena Williams, cooking advice from Gordon Ramsay and vocal training from Christina Aguilera. The startup has online courses from leaders in their field, charging about $90 for the hours long sessions. Students also have access to the… Read More

  • Twyla, which sells exclusive artists prints, has just raised $14 million led by GV

    Twyla, which sells exclusive artists prints, has just raised $14 million led by GV

    Twyla, a year-and-a-half-year-old startup that collaborates with artists to create exclusive prints for sale at its site, at prices that range from $1,000 to $5,000, has raised $14 million in new funding led by GV, with participation from earlier investors IVP and Redpoint Ventures. The company has now raised $19 million altogether. Twyla was cofounded by HomeAway cofounder Brian Sharples… Read More

  • IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    IVP Raises $1.4B For Its 15th Fund

    Institutional Venture Partners, better known as IVP, has raised a $1.4 billion 15th fund. The company’s last fund was a smaller $1 billion capital pool. I spoke to the firm’s Steve Harrick, a general partner, about the fund size, cadence, and investment strategy. According to Harrick, the fund was raised in a two month period. That matches other notes I’ve received from… Read More

  • Three Weeks After Launch, Vessel Gets Another $57.5 Million In Funding Led By IVP

    Three Weeks After Launch, Vessel Gets Another $57.5 Million In Funding Led By IVP

    Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has an ambitious plan for transforming the way we think about online video. His new startup Vessel is taking some of the same basic concepts that were successful in getting people to pay to watch streaming versions of their favorite TV shows on Hulu and applying it to YouTube videos. But hey, reinventing the digital video space isn’t cheap! There are all sorts… Read More

  • Location Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP

    Location Is Everything, As Mobile Ad Startup xAd Raises $50M Led By IVP

    xAd, a mobile ad startup that specialises in serving media specific to a user’s location, is today announcing $50 million in funding — significant not only for the size of the round, but also for the context around the money coming into its coffers. xAd is already profitable, growing fast, wasn’t in the market for raising financing (it has “several million dollars… Read More