venture capital

  • Check out the trailer for our new series “The Down Round”

    The new series “The Down Round” is a six-episode look at what many are considering the burst of the Silicon Valley bubble. While Silicon Valley has boomed for most of the past decade, funding has become harder to come by and unicorns are having trouble proving their worth. Companies that have raised huge funds are folding. However, venture funds are richer than ever, but are just… Read More

  • Lively racks up $4 million to become the Warby Parker of lingerie

    Lively racks up $4 million to become the Warby Parker of lingerie

    Following in the footsteps of Warby Parker, Everlane and Bonobos, a New York City startup called Lively has raised $4 million in seed funding to grow its direct-to-consumer lingerie brand. Incorporated as Intimates Online Inc., Lively was founded by CEO Michelle Cordeiro Grant, a long-time fashion insider. Working previously within the online division of Victoria’s Secret, and at… Read More

  • Online VC FundersClub launches Network Search to better connect its 18,000 members

    Online VC FundersClub launches Network Search to better connect its 18,000 members

    Network effects in venture capital are no joke. Sure, people want to close rounds with brand name funds like Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz because they validate startups. But perhaps more importantly, companies become more likely to succeed after closing high profile rounds because of their newfound access to the friends and connections of prominent investors. Alex Mittal, CEO of… Read More

  • Hangar raises $6.5 million to give companies all the drone data they want without having to fly themselves

    Hangar raises $6.5 million to give companies all the drone data they want without having to fly themselves

    Drones and pilots legally permitted to fly them are here in spades. So American businesses are scrambling to figure out how to use drones to gain a competitive advantage. Recent examples saw Travelers Insurance using drones to inspect properties after Hurricane Matthew, and Hahn Estate Winery using drones to monitor the health and density of vegetation on their vineyards, and forensic… Read More

  • Joy raises $2.5M for its interactive photo frame

    Joy raises $2.5M for its interactive photo frame

    Joy, hardware startup and resident positive emotion, today announced the launch of its first product, the Joy Album — an interactive photo frame designed from the ground up. Joy has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from investors including Obvious Ventures, The Chernin Group, BoxGroup, and Maywic Select Investments. At first glance, the tablet-like device seems to have a lot… Read More

  • 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