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Startups Weekly: Squad’s screen-shares and Slack’s swastika

We’re three weeks into January. We’ve recovered from our CES hangover and, hopefully, from the CES flu. We’ve started writing the correct year, 2019, not 2018. Venture capitalists ha

Backing Culture Genesis, T.I. launches Tech Cypha, an investment syndicate for tech deals

With an inaugural investment into the Los Angeles-based entertainment startup Culture Genesis, Clifford Harris Jr., who’s better known as “T.I.”, has launched a new syndicated inve

Why Silicon Valley needs more visas

When I hear protesters shout, “Immigrants are welcome here!” at the immigration office near my startup, I think about how simple a phrase that is for a topic that is so nuanced, especially for me.

Investors and entrepreneurs need to address the mental health crisis in startups

The most brilliant and creative amongst us are sometimes the most troubled, and nowhere is that clearer than in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Private equity buyouts have become viable exit options — even for early-stage startups

About 13 years ago I faced an excruciating decision: whether to sell my company, Pinnacle Systems, to a private equity firm or to another large public company.

In emerging markets there are no copycats, just budding entrepreneurs

Every year I teach an MBA course at Stanford about the exciting opportunities for tech investors and entrepreneurs in developing economies.

TNB Aura closes $22.7M fund to bring PE-style investing to Southeast Asia’s startups

TNB Aura, a recent arrival to Southeast Asia’s VC scene, announced today that it has closed a maiden fund at SG$31.1million, or around US$22.65 million, to bring a more private equity-like appr

The highest-flying consumer tech stocks have lost $1 trillion

Another day, another stock market setback for once high-flying technology companies, which have lost roughly $1 trillion in the latest stock market slide. Shares of the core group of consumer technol

Cities that didn’t win HQ2 shouldn’t be counted out

Now that the hysteria is over and cities have stopped asking “how can we get Amazon,” we’d like to ask this: How can cities build stronger startup ecosystems for the Amazon yet to be built?

In venture capital, it’s still the age of the unicorn

Howie Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Howie Xu is the vice president of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Zscaler. He previously co-founded TrustPath and served as an entrepreneur in res

The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far

Crunchbase News recently profiled a selection of U.S. companies’ largest VC raised in 2018, and no surprise here: the 10 largest rounds all topped out well north of $100 million.

Monashees raises $150 million for its eighth Latin American fund

As technology investment and exits continue to rise across Brazil, early-stage venture capital firm monashees today announced that it has closed on $150 million for its eighth investment fund. Commitm

Africa Roundup: Local VC funds surge, Naspers ramps up and fintech diversifies

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Flutterwave and Visa launch African consumer payment ser

Uber investor Hillhouse goes after food and beverage startups with $100M fund

The food and beverage market is having a moment as venture capital money sloshes around looking for its high-potential startups. Hillhouse Capital, the China-based investment fund that counts Airbnb,

Silicon Valley’s sovereign wealth problem

It’s time to bring out into the open the conversation about where Silicon Valley gets its money. Following recent revelations into Saudi Arabia’s extensive reach and influence in the U.S. technolo

The SaaS VC gap: China & other markets trail the US

Chinese startups rule the roost when it comes to total reported venture dollars raised so far in 2018. That is, mostly. In one key category at least — software-as-a-service, better known as SaaS —

Local venture capital fund formation is on the rise in Africa, led by Nigeria

Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Flutterwave and Visa launch African consumer payment ser

Lessons from building Brex into a billion-dollar startup

When I think about my experience as an immigrant and entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, I remember growing up in Brazil and how we saw tech founders and CEOs as kings. We imagined what it would be like t

The Hack Fund will use crypto to give startups early liquidity

Now that “utility” tokens have become a popular and international way to fund major blockchain projects, a pair of investors are creating a new way to turn tokens into true equities. The i

Humbition is a new fund led by the Indiegogo’s Slava Rubin

Zocdoc founder Cyrus Massoumi and Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin have created a new $30 million fund called Humbition aimed at early stage, founder-led companies in New York. “The fund is focused
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