venture capital

  • 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

  • A view on VC from a realistic optimist Crunch Network

    A view on VC from a realistic optimist

    During the last year there has been considerable discussion regarding the current state of the venture capital industry: Are we in a bubble? Did that bubble pop? Why has there been a dearth of major technology company IPOs? How much higher can valuations skyrocket, yet why does it seem increasingly difficult for earlier stage startups to raise their Series A and B rounds? Read More

  • NFX Guild’s James Currier’s journey from baiting hooks to baiting big deals Crunch Network

    NFX Guild’s James Currier’s journey from baiting hooks to baiting big deals

    James Currier focuses on building businesses with network effects, and he builds those businesses by choosing the right people first. Currier started as a schoolboy entrepreneur, selling worms to fishermen at six and later selling boxer shorts in college. After starting his career in venture capital, Currier founded a series of companies and incubators that took advantage of network effects… Read More

  • Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce raises $11 million to help brands offer faster shipping

    Symphony Commerce, a provider of cloud technology for e-commerce platforms, is raising $11 million to grow its fulfillment business. Charles River Ventures, Blue Cloud Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures and FirstMark Capital invested in the round. Symphony, which helps companies like Gatorade and Hershey’s manage their web business, is doubling down on its logistics services, by helping… Read More

  • The pitfalls of venture funding Crunch Network

    The pitfalls of venture funding

    As the venture funding landscape continues to flourish, entrepreneurs who want to build a sustainable business should proceed with caution before heading down the VC path. As a veteran in the startup space, I’ve done and seen a lot. As a result, I’ve become educated about the pros and cons of venture funding, along with the keys to understanding when it’s the right time to… Read More

  • The next wave of transformative digital health Crunch Network

    The next wave of transformative digital health

    Digital healthcare investing has gone through several waves: 2013 was the year of consumer wearables, 2014 of healthcare big data, 2015 of virtual care delivery and 2016, so far, has been about payer disruption. 2017 will be a return to the core practice of medicine: technology that enables providers and biopharma to extend their reach and take greater risk for outcomes. Read More

  • Powerplant Ventures closes $42 million fund to back “plant-centric” food and tech startups

    Powerplant Ventures closes $42 million fund to back “plant-centric” food and tech startups

    In recent years, venture capital has poured into food companies, from meal kit and grocery delivery services to the makers of environmentally sustainable, or health-promoting food products. Now, investors and entrepreneurs from tech, food and the restaurant industry have launched a firm, and closed a $42 million debut fund called Powerplant Ventures, to invest specifically in… Read More

  • A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing Crunch Network

    A Q&A with DFJ Partner, Bill Bryant, on “unicorn” valuations and startup investing

    Pundits are painting a picture of doom and gloom for startups, saying it will be harder to raise money. What do you think? I think the next several months and possibly years will be challenging for raising capital. There has definitely been a reset. The market was over extended in an unhealthy way and we are seeing the impact across the board. The catalyst for this reset has been the collapse… Read More

  • Corporate venture growth in Brazil is another sign of a mature tech ecosystem Crunch Network

    Corporate venture growth in Brazil is another sign of a mature tech ecosystem

    Despite recent positive news and a renewed interest of international investors in the country, the reality is that Brazil is suffering. The country has endured a profound financial crisis for several years. As the mess untangles and we go up from what many experts consider the bottom, the consequences for the region’s overall economy are now very real. For investors, it’s a… Read More

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