VC

  • Flirtey drones deliver socks from the sky at Menlo Ventures’ annual partner meeting

    Flirtey drones deliver socks from the sky at Menlo Ventures’ annual partner meeting

    Around the world, drones have been delivering life-saving drugs and blood to clinics, and contrarily tasty treats like burritos, pizza, and Slurpees to homes or campuses. Civilian drones have also conducted countless surveys of farms, construction sites, and surveillance around venues with a high security risk. Now, in a stunt that begs to be spoofed by Mike Judge for his HBO… Read More

  • VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    VC firm Daphni announces its first $165 million fund

    Paris-based VC firm Daphni is announcing its inaugural fund for seed and Series A investments. The team will manage a $165 million fund (€150 million) and try some new things when it comes to venture capital in Europe. On paper, Daphni looks like many other funds. A bunch of limited partners have given a big pile of money so that a team of tech-savvy people can invest everything in startups. Read More

  • Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

    Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

    Tech unicorn and sharing economy darling Airbnb has informed the State of Delaware that it’s raising another heap of cash. TechCrunch independently verified that Airbnb indicated in a 28 page filing on July 28th that it has plans to bring in additional late-stage capital. Almost a year after its last raise of $1.6 billion, the company is said to be adding $850 million to its… Read More

  • 10 most unlikely startup investments made by NBA legends

    As the tech industry has heated up in recent years, athletes with an interest in startups have been jumping on deals. Most have stuck to what they know and supported sports-tech companies like CoachUp and The Players’ Tribune. But for some athletes, even that wasn’t enough. Here’s 10 of the most unlikely startup investments made by NBA legends. Read More

  • MLB All-Star Ivan Rodriguez is joining a VC fund

    MLB All-Star Ivan Rodriguez is joining a VC fund

    Baseball legend Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who is now up for nomination for the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame, is joining a venture capital fund. Pudge is joining z9 Capital, a $25M fund based out of South Florida that focuses on making seed investments between $250k – $4M. He will be taking a VP spot, and focus on both looking for new investments, as well as using things he… Read More

  • Venture firm Accel just raised a new $500 million European fund

    Venture firm Accel just raised a new $500 million European fund

    Accel is on a roll. Shortly after announcing a $500 million seed fund and a $1.5 billion growth fund for U.S.-focused investments, the venture firm has yet another fund. This time, Accel raised $500 million for Accel London V, a fund focused on Series A and B investments in Europe and Israel. Read More

  • Colopl Launches $50M Global Fund Dedicated To Virtual Reality

    Colopl Launches $50M Global Fund Dedicated To Virtual Reality

    There’s no shortage of ideas and projects in the virtual reality space. There are tons of studios popping up all over the world to create immersive content for the platform. With the Oculus, HTC and Sony offerings coming next year, now’s a better time than any to dabble in the space. If only there was money to be raised. Welp, Colopl, a company deeply rooted in mobile gaming… 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

  • How To Be A VC Without Any Capital Crunch Network

    How To Be A VC Without Any Capital

    One of the most frequent questions I get as a VC is how to become a VC. Newly minted MBAs and startup veterans alike want to get into the investing game in increasingly large numbers. Unfortunately, there are so few VC jobs available in any given year it makes the prospect unlikely for most. If you want to be a VC, my advice is to just get started; you can do the job of a VC without a dollar… Read More

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