venture capital

  • Your Firm Is Missing Out On The Biggest Investment In History Crunch Network

    Your Firm Is Missing Out On The Biggest Investment In History

    Looking for an untapped market for a great new investment? Try 50.4 percent of the population. Today, women are the largest emerging investible class across the globe. Only 2.7 percent of venture capital-funded companies have a female CEO, and even in the 36.2 percent of non-farm businesses that are woman-owned, women only earned 11.3 percent of the revenue. Read More

  • Square’s S-1: Of Ratchets And Unicorn Valuations Crunch Network

    Square’s S-1: Of Ratchets And Unicorn Valuations

    Over the last 18 months, those of us following the venture and startup space have gone on a rollercoaster ride of mega rounds, unicorns, sky-high valuations and bubble fears. Look beyond the hyperbolic headlines and you’ll see that there is more than meets the eye to that shiny new unicorn valuation. Square’s recent IPO registration statement provides an opportunity to peel the… Read More

  • CB Insights Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding

    CB Insights Raises $10 Million in Series A Funding

    CB Insights, a nearly six-year-old, New York-based research outfit whose private company data and analysis has become oft-cited in media reports about the startup industry, has raised $10 million in Series A funding from the low-flying, bi-coastal growth stage investment firm RSTP. According to CEO and cofounder Anand Sanwal, the money represents CB Insights’s first equity round. Read More

  • AppDynamics, A “Unicorn,” Raises Fresh $83.4 Million, And It’s Targeting More

    AppDynamics, A “Unicorn,” Raises Fresh $83.4 Million, And It’s Targeting More

    Looks like investors approve of former Adobe digital chief David Wadhwani. Just weeks after it was announced that Wadhwani has joined seven-year-old, San Francisco-based AppDynamics as its new CEO, an SEC filing shows the company has raised a fresh $83.4 million in funding as part of a round that’s targeting up to $150 million. AppDynamics makes software to monitor the performance… Read More

  • Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Pay To Play: How Investors Get Burned Fast In A Downturn

    Earlier this year, the law firm Fenwick & West published a report analyzing the financing terms of 37 U.S.-based venture-backed companies that raised money at valuations of $1 billion or more in the 12-month period ending March 31. The report’s headline-grabbing conclusion was that in all cases, the investors had received significant downside protection in case the… Read More

  • What If The Angels Go Back To Heaven? Crunch Network

    What If The Angels Go Back To Heaven?

    “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” That’s how Ralph Waldo Emerson described his distrust of a certain type of “private adventurer.” I think of that whenever I hear that angel investors will do more and bigger deals next year than they did last year — not because I don’t believe it, but precisely because I do. It… Read More

  • A Look At The Internal Memos Of Twitch And Periscope Crunch Network

    A Look At The Internal Memos Of Twitch And Periscope

    Bessemer is actively investing in consumer video startups. It’s a space we’ve been focused on for a while now. We invested early in Twitch in 2012 following the company’s pivot from JustinTV (which sold to Amazon last year for ~$1 billion) and were one of the first seed investors in Periscope (which was acquired by Twitter earlier this year while their product was still in beta). Read More

  • Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think Crunch Network

    Bank Loans Are A Better Financing Option Than You Might Think

    Today’s startup scene is all about raising VC money — as much as possible, as fast as possible. The market celebrates VC fund-raising, cheers unicorns and makes it seem like VC-backed startups are the holy grail of innovation. And so my fellow entrepreneurs were somewhat surprised to learn that when my VC-backed startup needed another cash injection, I resorted to the oldest trick… Read More

  • Leaked Pinterest Documents Show Revenue, Growth Forecasts

    Leaked Pinterest Documents Show Revenue, Growth Forecasts

    TechCrunch has obtained documents that show Pinterest has been forecasting $169 million in revenue this year and $2.8 billion in annual revenue by 2018. Pinterest was also expecting to grow its monthly active users to 151 million by the end of 2015 and 329 million by 2018. Andreessen Horowitz used this information to solicit limited partners to invest in its special investment fund for… Read More

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