venture capital

  • Uniting The CEO And The Board Crunch Network

    Uniting The CEO And The Board

    Cat people and dog people. East Coasters and West Coasters. Capitalists and communists. They all look at the world so differently. Now consider venture capital board members and CEOs. Sure, they all have the same goal: to ensure that the company succeeds. Yet this dynamic can be adversarial, sometimes even hostile. And it really doesn’t have to be that way, even in the worst of times. I… Read More

  • Gobi Partners Launches $94M Fund For Early-Stage Startups In China

    Gobi Partners Launches $94M Fund For Early-Stage Startups In China

    China’s economic slowdown is causing concern all over the world, but that doesn’t mean tech innovation in the country will grind to a halt. Gobi Partners believes companies still have room to grow even as the economy drags. The venture capital firm, which is headquartered in Shanghai, just announced a new RMB 600 million fund dedicated to providing startups in China with… Read More

  • The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill Crunch Network

    The Shifting Sands Of Sand Hill

    For as long as I’ve paid attention, Sand Hill Road has been synonymous with venture capital. But that is changing. As the epicenter of the technology renaissance age has shifted, or expanded, from Palo Alto and its environs to San Francisco and other pockets of the peninsula, the monopolistic high ground of venture capital real estate that top venture firms call home base has started… Read More

  • Emergence Capital, Long A Top SaaS Investor, Shifts Focus To The Next Big Thing

    Emergence Capital, Long A Top SaaS Investor, Shifts Focus To The Next Big Thing

    Since its founding a decade ago, Emergence Capital Partners has become among the startup industry’s most highly regarded investors in enterprise software-as-a-service companies. Fact is, few firms are as specialized. But the approach has paid big dividends. In fact, in 2013, Emergence saw one of the industry’s biggest returns with the IPO of Veeva Systems, an enterprise cloud… Read More

  • 500 Startups Targets $200 Million For Fourth Fund, Plans Growth Fund Next

    500 Startups Targets $200 Million For Fourth Fund, Plans Growth Fund Next

    Just days after the third fund of 500 Startups was officially closed with $85 million, the five-year-old Mountain View-based firm has kicked things into high(er) gear, officially setting out to raise its fourth fund with a target of $200 million. In what’s perhaps a more meaningful shift, the outfit is preparing to raise a growth fund for the first time, too. It’s a lot for… Read More

  • CommonBond Attracts Another $35 Million For Its College Lending Marketplace

    CommonBond Attracts Another $35 Million For Its College Lending Marketplace

    New York-based lending marketplace, CommonBond, has managed to attract a more modest — but still significant — $35 million in fresh financing for its own expansion plans. Read More

  • We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution Crunch Network

    We’re At The Beginning Of A Venture Capital Revolution

    Backers of startups worldwide are looking for the next “disruptive trend” that can overturn industries. Ironically, the venture capital industry has begun to resemble markets that investors themselves are looking to disrupt. Read More

  • The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley

    There was a time when Stanford University was considered a second-rate engineering school. It was the early 1940s, and the Department of Defense was pressed to assemble a top-secret team to understand and attack Germany’s radar system during World War II. It’s hard to imagine Stanford passed over as an innovation hub today — Stanford has outpaced some of the biggest Ivy… Read More

  • The SaaS Success Database Crunch Network

    The SaaS Success Database

    What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise-software company? We gave a 30,000-foot answer to this complex — and fascinating — question in a recent TechCrunch post, The SaaS Adventure. To recap: We’ve observed seven key phases in most SaaS companies’ go-to-market success. We dubbed this journey the “SaaS Adventure,” which is broadly how we… Read More

  • Riding The Funding Wave Crunch Network

    Riding The Funding Wave

    When we observed an increase in Series A fundings in the first quarter of 2015, we had two theories as to what was happening. First, people are attracted to the Series A figures more than Series B or beyond. This is similar to how people bid on mid-market houses in San Francisco, overbidding on houses around $2 million, but the $5 million houses see much less competition. Second, we might see… Read More

  • Two Lies And A Truth About “The Bubble” Crunch Network

    Two Lies And A Truth About “The Bubble”

    There has been a lot of discussion about startup valuation over the past few months. Luminaries across the industry have chimed in, suggesting we’re returning to a time of irrational investment valuations hearkening back to the bubble of the late 90s. My colleagues and I at Sapphire Ventures are seeing the rise in private market valuations firsthand. The stage at which we invest, the… Read More

  • Cash In On The Gift That Is Grit Crunch Network

    Cash In On The Gift That Is Grit

    I’ve watched from the sidelines for years as the debate has played out about race and gender in Silicon Valley, and tech at large. Recently, I read an article shaming Facebook, Google and others about their “diversity numbers,” and felt compelled to weigh in; if it were early in my career and I saw those numbers it would make me run the other way. And fast. My goal here is… Read More

  • Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter Crunch Network

    Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter

    In the last few years, there’s been a massive decoupling between private and public markets. A Goldman Sachs report shows that since December, five of the seven most recent IPOs for billion-dollar startups came in at valuations equal to or below their pre-IPO valuations. Read More

  • Mobile Exits Drop Below Investments For First Time Since 2013 Crunch Network

    Mobile Exits Drop Below Investments For First Time Since 2013

    It’s been party time for mobile, with massive growth and disruption helping VCs to raise huge funds, entrepreneurs to raise massive rounds, and valuations to skyrocket. With 89 mobile Internet unicorns now worth almost $1 trillion, it’s no surprise that folks from Silicon Valley to Shanghai are asking what’s going on with return on investment. Read More

  • Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech Crunch Network

    Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech

    More than 30 diverse tech startups recently attended the first-ever White House Demo Day as part of President Obama’s Startup America initiative to call attention to the low numbers of women and minority tech entrepreneurs. Obama’s call to action included new public/private partnerships that promise to provide Americans with the opportunity to “pursue their bold… Read More

  • Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan Of True Ventures To Talk At Disrupt SF 2015

    Jon Callaghan is a founder and managing partner of True Ventures, an industry-leading venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology firms. We’re thrilled to announce that Callaghan will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2015, where he’ll talk about all things tech and what he looks for when investing in new startups. Callaghan is an entrepreneur… Read More

  • There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While Crunch Network

    There Is No Silicon Valley Crash Coming — For A While

    Talk of the bubble bursting eventually surfaces with every successful market. When valuations are increasing exponentially, excitement is building to a fever pitch, and companies are sprouting seemingly overnight — it’s almost like everyone becomes afraid that success won’t last. Read More

  • Navigating The New Waters Of Fundraising Crunch Network

    Navigating The New Waters Of Fundraising

    As a VC that has been in the industry for 15 years, I have watched many trends come and go. For the first few years of my career, my colleagues and I spent most of our time sourcing these trends and then incubating new innovation right here in Silicon Valley in the labs at IBM and AT&T. Today, however, the most successful venture capitalists all over the world are looking for innovation… Read More

  • Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan Crunch Network

    Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan

    When it comes to raising money in the U.S., corporate venture capital is seemingly synonymous with “Plan C.” If you can’t raise money from top-tier firms, you move on to Plan B, second-tier firms. If that fails, Plan C is corporate. There are exceptions, but corporate does tend to be the last resort: The place you go when your company has been shopped, or your valuation is… Read More

  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How A Big Round Can Hurt Your Startup Crunch Network

    Bigger Isn’t Always Better: How A Big Round Can Hurt Your Startup

    When you’re a struggling team eating away at your meager savings and trying to get your startup profitable, venture capital funding seems like the holy grail. Raising money from investors gives you the resources to grow your team, buys you time to do things properly and gives you no small amount of credibility in the eyes of other entrepreneurs, prospective hires and even some… Read More

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