venture capital

  • Full speed ahead for transport VCs Crunch Network

    Full speed ahead for transport VCs

    Transportation investment has moved into the fast lane. Venture and growth investing in transport-related companies accelerated in the third quarter, fueled by momentum in the autonomous driving and ride-hailing spaces, as well as the prospect of big acquisitions. VCs and seed investors poured more than $6.2 billion into more than 150 companies across the globe with transportation-related… Read More

  • Greylock closes $1 billion fund

    Greylock closes $1 billion fund

    Greylock Partners is getting another $1 billion to invest in startups. The long-time venture capital firm is announcing its 15th fund, bringing the total to $3.5 billion currently under management. With 50 years of investing in the books, Greylock has backed industry leaders in the enterprise IT and consumer internet categories, including LinkedIn, Dropbox, Facebook and Airbnb. Their… Read More

  • Fenox Venture Capital puts India fund on hold after General Partner Venktesh Shukla departs

    Fenox Venture Capital puts India fund on hold after General Partner Venktesh Shukla departs

    Fenox Venture Capital has put plans for its India-focused fund on hold after a recently appointed general partner who was hired to lead that fund, Venktesh Shukla, hastily departed the firm. TechCrunch reached out to Shukla and Fenox partners for information about the abrupt change to its senior investing team. Shukla did not offer much detail, but in an email to TechCrunch said, “I… Read More

  • Andreessen: “I feel 50 pounds lighter” without Twitter

    Andreessen: “I feel 50 pounds lighter” without Twitter

    Speaking at a Strictly VC event in Palo Alto, noted venture capital investor Marc Andreessen talked about why he abruptly quit Twitter this week. “I feel 50 pounds lighter” without it, he quipped. “I feel free as a bird,” Andreessen added, seemingly referencing Twitter’s logo. His departure came as a surprise to some because for a time, he was extremely active on… Read More

  • Why have some of Silicon Valley’s top investors started investing in Latin America? Crunch Network

    Why have some of Silicon Valley’s top investors started investing in Latin America?

    Latin America just might be the most overlooked emerging market on the planet. The venture dollars in Latin America can’t hold a candle to India or China (compare China’s $11.8 billion in new VC funds for the first half of 2016, down 14 percent according the WSJ, to Latin America’s $218 million), and the region’s 600 million inhabitants get overlooked by investors who… Read More

  • Former Rothenberg employees allege mistreatment and cash management problems

    Former Rothenberg employees allege mistreatment and cash management problems

    As TechCrunch has previously reported, there’s been an exodus of talent from the Rothenberg “ecosystem,” amid claims of a significant breach of fiduciary responsibilities and other unconventional behavior by the venture firm’s founder, Mike Rothenberg. This week, we have learned more details about alleged employee abuses within Rothenberg Ventures, recently re-branded… Read More

  • Signia Venture Partners has $85 million in new funds to invest

    Signia Venture Partners has $85 million in new funds to invest

    Signia Venture Partners has closed its second fund at $85 million to lead early-stage deals in emerging tech startups mostly in and around San Francisco. For the unfamiliar, Signia is typically the first money in and the lead investor in the companies it backs, writing $1-2 million in seed stage deals or $2-8 million in later stage rounds. The firm was started in 2012 by Rick Thompson, the… Read More

  • BrightFarms raises $30.1 million to set up futuristic greenhouses across the U.S.

    BrightFarms raises $30.1 million to set up futuristic greenhouses across the U.S.

    Agriculture tech startup BrightFarms has raised $30.1 million in Series C funding to bring its high-tech greenhouses, and fresh produce, across the U.S. The company is on a mission to make all fresh fruit and vegetables locally, rather than require them to be hauled from long distances or imported from overseas before they are sold at groceries. Taking a page from the playbook of solar… Read More

  • Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

    Phononic raises $30 million to rethink refrigeration

    A startup based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Phononic, wants to make refrigeration and temperature control far more efficient, and steadier, than is possible with traditional systems. Instead of relying on vapor compressors, fans, chillers or passive heat sinks, Phononic makes semiconductors that are smaller than a dime, and actively remove heat from the places or… Read More

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