venture capital

  • 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

  • Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit accelerator ditches demo days, unveils 25 new health and education startups

    Dreamit Ventures’ accelerator has ditched the demo day, according to Chief Innovation Officer Steve Barsh. That’s not the only change the early-stage venture firm and accelerator has made of late. Today, Dreamit unveiled a list of 25 new health and edtech startups launching from its revamped programs. A full list of those companies provided by Dreamit follows at the end of this… Read More

  • This AI-powered VC is smarter than your local startup cash dispensary

    This AI-powered VC is smarter than your local startup cash dispensary

    You don’t have to sit through a lot of pitches before your will-to-live-o-meter points to “kill me now.” Imagine you’re a VC, sitting through your fifteenth pitch that day — are you still going to be enthusiastic? Probably not. So what happens if you could instead feed your pitch deck into a chatbot that gives you feedback, suggestions and eventually invests… Read More

  • Android co-founder Rich Miner is leaving GV to helm a Google education project

    Android co-founder Rich Miner is leaving GV to helm a Google education project

    Android co-founder Rich Miner is leaving GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) to start an education project within Google Inc., the investor announced today. Miner will be running his mysterious new edtech initiative from Cambridge, Mass. with the bulk of his team in Silicon Valley. GV representatives declined to confirm whether the project would be for-profit or part of a philanthropic… Read More

  • Iris Automation is bringing eyes, and situational awareness, to drones

    Iris Automation is bringing eyes, and situational awareness, to drones

    New drone regulations in the U.S. ostensibly make it easier for companies to put flying robots to work whether that’s in media, construction or agriculture. But drones are still limited to flying within the “line of sight,” or the range where a human operator can see them. So we can’t have pizzas, or prescriptions, delivered by drones as a going concern, yet. And… Read More

  • Why we don’t believe in tech ‘themes’ Crunch Network

    Why we don’t believe in tech ‘themes’

    The tech hype-cycle works something like this: Some driver triggers a flurry of investments in a particular “theme,” which in turn feeds news flow, panel discussions at conferences and a procession of expert “talking heads.” This febrile atmosphere all too often results in companies that are more noise than substance and an increasingly congested marketplace, which makes… Read More

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