venture capital

  • The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune Crunch Network

    The investor psychology and why VCs aren’t immune

    One of the most oft-repeated quotes about investing goes something like this: Be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful. While Warren Buffett may not have had venture capital in particular in mind when he offered up that bit of sage advice, it is a fitting way to describe the current climate of the VC industry. Read More

  • What bubble? VCs spent $12 billion on startups in first quarter

    What bubble? VCs spent $12 billion on startups in first quarter

    Venture capitalists will tell you that a lackluster IPO market and struggling tech stocks mean that they are being more cautious, but the data suggests otherwise. Apart from last year, which saw $13.7 billion invested in the first quarter, National Venture Capital Association data shows that the $12.1 billion invested at the beginning of 2016 was the best start to a year since the dot-com boom… Read More

  • Women in tech: What’s the real problem? Crunch Network

    Women in tech: What’s the real problem?

    In my 20-plus years in tech, and now in Silicon Valley as part of a tech foundation that supports innovations, I’ve had the opportunity to partner with many entrepreneurs and help foster the growth of dozens of startups for social good. As a woman, the fact that I’m still working in tech, and in a leadership position, is not lost on me. Read More

  • Dinner Lab shuts down after failing to find a sustainable business model

    Dinner Lab shuts down after failing to find a sustainable business model

    After laying off staff in December as it shifted business models to find a sustainable operation, Dinner Lab has officially shut down, according to a blog post on the company’s site. Dinner Lab, like many startups, is facing a challenging environment for startups that lately have to find their way to profitability instead of simply fund operations with venture capital. Gumroad, for… Read More

  • Poshmark raises $25 million for its fashion resale marketplace

    Poshmark raises $25 million for its fashion resale marketplace

    Poshmark, the site for buying and selling women’s fashion, has announced that it has raised $25 million in a round led by GGV Capital. Hans Tung, managing partner at GGV Capital is joining the company’s board of directors. Attracting 1.5 million sellers since its launch, Poshmark has found a niche in the clothing resale business, with an app that makes cleaning out your closet… Read More

  • From Uber driver to venture capitalist Crunch Network

    From Uber driver to venture capitalist

    How did you get into venture capital? And why did you decide on that versus another startup? These are two questions aspiring VCs often ask. While I usually hop on 15-30 minute calls with those looking to learn more, I thought it might be more impactful to share my experience here. Although there is no guaranteed way for you to get into it, I’ve learned a lot through the stories of my… Read More

  • Europe’s Octopus Ventures tops up early stage fund with further £100M

    Europe’s Octopus Ventures tops up early stage fund with further £100M

    London-based VC firm Octopus Ventures has topped up its evergreen early stage startup investment fund with another £100 million, bringing the total backing the fund to more than £400 million. It says it plans to invest more than £75 million in early stage startups this year. Read More

  • Can Israel build big, sustainable companies? Crunch Network

    Can Israel build big, sustainable companies?

    For all the “Start-up Nation” fanfare, Google’s acquisition of Waze – Israel’s highest profile start-up exit to date – was valued at just $1.1B. And, while Israel officially has two Unicorn companies on the CrunchBase list (more if you count companies like Taboola and WeWork), only a handful of Israeli companies have actually exited in the billion dollar range. Read More

  • Crowdfunder launches a VC fund for the crowd

    Crowdfunder launches a VC fund for the crowd

    Angel investors who wish they could invest alongside top-shelf VCs like Andreessen Horowitz, Greylock and 500 Startups finally have an opportunity to do just that. Crowdfunder today announced the world’s first VC Index Fund, which enables smaller investors to get involved with much bigger deals while still being able to spread their investment risk. Read More

  • TiE Global Chairman Venktesh Shukla Joins Fenox Venture Capital as General Partner

    TiE Global Chairman Venktesh Shukla Joins Fenox Venture Capital as General Partner

    Fenox Venture Capital is bringing on TiE Global Chairman and the founder of TiE Angels, Venktesh Shukla, as General Partner. For the unfamiliar, TiE is a nonprofit mentoring network for entrepreneurs and promoter of entrepreneurship worldwide. Its annual conference, TiEcon, is in its 23rd year. According to Fenox VC partners, the firm will rely on Shukla to source deals in, as well as… Read More

  • How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world Crunch Network

    How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world

    The last decade has seen a period of extremely high venture capital activity, with a record peak of investment reached in 2015. This period of high VC investments has led to many amazing new products and companies, but it also has sparked a “Hollywood” era of high spending for early-stage companies. This glitzy big-budget period in Silicon Valley and further afield led influential… Read More

  • An oasis in the desert: Special purpose vehicles and behavioral economics  Crunch Network

    An oasis in the desert: Special purpose vehicles and behavioral economics 

    Like an oasis in the desert, special purpose vehicles (SPV) can offer investors critical liquidity and capital to exercise pro-rata rights, even in a world where overall returns in venture capital have been decreasing. With new regulations taking effect around secondary transactions, and recent clarification of the definition of the “accredited investors” allowed to participate… Read More

  • Launching a new service, fragrance subscription provider Scentbird feathers its nest with $2.8 million

    Launching a new service, fragrance subscription provider Scentbird feathers its nest with $2.8 million

    Scentbird, the subscription-based service for perfumes and colognes, has added another $2.8 million in venture funding to its $1 million seed round as it launches a new service that expands beyond the subscription model. Read More

  • Kuvée raises $6 million for smart wine bottles

    Because everything is “smart” these days, wine bottles are getting an Internet connection, too. Meet Kuvée, a refillable case that keeps wine fresh for up to 30 days. Announcing $6 million in funding from General Catalyst, Founder Collective and others, Kuvée aims to impress your dinner guests with a built-in touchscreen that tells you the history of the wine and also suggests… Read More

  • Beware the pitfalls of Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    Beware the pitfalls of Silicon Valley

    A recent article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung titled “Will Facebook Enslave Us?” captures a sentiment prevalent among companies around the world: admiration for Silicon Valley — albeit, with a dash of fear. International media outlets eagerly cover disruption developing in labs up and down the San Francisco peninsula. Boards of directors are spending hours debating how… Read More

  • Who has their hand on the tap of deal flow? Crunch Network

    Who has their hand on the tap of deal flow?

    Universities in the U.S. are a wellspring of innovation, but they are almost certainly killing off some (really) good ideas too early. Investors should be paying more attention to how innovation is treated at the places it originates. Read More

  • Domo takes on Slack with $131 million at $2 billion+ valuation

    Domo takes on Slack with $131 million at $2 billion+ valuation

    Utah-based Domo has been a force in the enterprise space for a few years with its data management platforms, but the team is poised for growth with an additional $131 million in Series D funding from existing and new investors, including BlackRock, Credit Suisse and others. These $131 million are an addition to Domo’s previously announced $200 million Series D round. The… Read More

  • Lessons from starting a company during the last downturn  Crunch Network

    Lessons from starting a company during the last downturn 

    I started my last company in mid-2009, just as the market was beginning to recover from the fallout of the financial crisis. In the past several years, surrounded by fast-growth startups with sky-high valuations, many of us forgot what the downturn felt like. Today, things are changing. Again, we’re facing economic uncertainty on a global scale. Read More

  • Why unicorns falter Crunch Network

    Why unicorns falter

    In early February 2016, a study of financing deals reported by The Wall Street Journal found that investors are increasingly protecting themselves from IPOs that don’t perform as expected. This fallout is a continuation of the demise of the so-called “unicorn,” a tech startup with a pre-IPO valuation of over one billion dollars. Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself Crunch Network

    Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself

    The rise was like a tech startup fairytale. Within three years of founding, this unicorn company had raised more than $1 billion in venture capital — closing an astonishing $950 million in its final private round at a nearly $5 billion valuation. Revenue growth was skyrocketing from $30 million in year two to $713 million in year three and a run-rate of $2.6 billion in year four. Read More

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