Venture Capital

  • Female VCs from Sequoia, Cowboy, Benchmark and others launch female founder office hours

    Female VCs from Sequoia, Cowboy, Benchmark and others launch female founder office hours

    A group of female venture capitalists are launching a series of office hours for female founders. The idea is to host free, quarterly events that explore topics across the range of company stages — from early to hyper-growth. The first event, on November 30 in San Francisco, will be geared toward helping seed-stage female founders finesse their pitches. It will kick off with a talk, by… Read More

  • SoftBank looks to finalize Uber investment today

    SoftBank looks to finalize Uber investment today

    After months of talks, SoftBank Group is close to finalizing its investment in Uber. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that the deal is expected to be signed later in the day on Sunday. SoftBank plans to lead a $1 billion investment directly in the company alongside Dragoneer Investment Group. The joint venture will also buy up to $9 billion of shares from eligible existing shareholders in a… Read More

  • 70 years of VC innovation Crunch Network

    70 years of VC innovation

    How old is venture capital? Probably as old as the first hunter/gatherer. Yet, until the mid-20th century, it was mostly practiced by wealthy individuals and families. Modern VC was initiated by French-born American Georges Doriot in 1946, who founded the world’s first publicly owned VC firm. Since then, VC has not stopped finding new ideas to provide an edge for success. Read More

  • Where venture capitalists invest and why Crunch Network

    Where venture capitalists invest and why

    Entrepreneurs looking to raise capital are often told that investors like to keep things close to home. Is that true? The question influences where people locate companies. After all, if investors are only willing to invest in their own backyard, you might be better off starting your next company as close to capital as possible. Unless, of course, the conventional wisdom is wrong. Read More

  • Famed VC Jim Breyer on finding the next Mark Zuckerberg (and much more)

    Famed VC Jim Breyer on finding the next Mark Zuckerberg (and much more)

    Yesterday, at the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, we caught up with Jim Breyer, renowned in Silicon Valley thanks to a decades-long track record of smart bets, most notably in Facebook. Breyer was the managing partner at Accel Partners, which invested $12.7 million in Facebook in 2005 when the company was priced around $100 million; that bet proved to be among the most lucrative in the… Read More

  • What happens when you sell your startup? Crunch Network

    What happens when you sell your startup?

    This is the final installment in the series “A Startup Takes Flight.” We started by creating a company — the Internet of Wings, a provider of drone-delivered chicken sandwiches that pivoted into general food delivery — and examined some of the most common financing terms entrepreneurs and VC investors discuss. It’s time to get our investors a liquidity event… Read More

  • Hayley Barna just became the first female GP in First Round’s history

    Hayley Barna just became the first female GP in First Round’s history

    Founder turned investor Hayley Barna is now a general partner with the early-stage venture firm First Round Capital. The appointment comes roughly one-and-a-half years after Barna — who cofounded the seven-year-old Birchbox, a start-up that mails monthly packages of beauty samples to subscribers —  joined First Round as a venture partner. Barna is based in New York and… Read More

  • VC Shervin Pishevar sues GOP opposition research firm for “smear campaign”

    VC Shervin Pishevar sues GOP opposition research firm for “smear campaign”

    Sherpa Capital co-founder Shervin Pishevar has filed a lawsuit against Definers Public Affairs, a Republican opposition research firm that he believes is being paid to spread rumors about him. The Uber investor and Hyperloop One co-founder is accusing former Mitt Romney presidential campaign manager Matthew Rhoades and his business partner, Joseph Pounder, of aiming to convince reporters… Read More

  • Backstage Capital invests $50K in singer Kehlani’s tech startup

    Backstage Capital invests $50K in singer Kehlani’s tech startup

    Music artist Kehlani is getting into the tech business and she’s tapped Arlan Hamilton’s Backstage Capital for funding. Backstage Capital, the venture capital firm focused on funding people of color, has invested $50,000 in Kehlani’s stealth startup, Flora. The idea with Flora is to focus on health and wellness for the artist’s target audience of people between the ages… Read More

  • Evolve Foundation launches a $100 million fund to find startups working to relieve human suffering

    Evolve Foundation launches a $100 million fund to find startups working to relieve human suffering

    It seems there’s nothing but bad news out there lately, but here’s some good news — the nonprofit Evolve Foundation has raised $100 million for a new fund called the Conscious Accelerator to combat loneliness, purposelessness, fear and anger spreading throughout the world though technology. Read More

  • Tusk Ventures has closed its debut fund with $36 million

    Tusk Ventures has closed its debut fund with $36 million

    Bradley Tusk, a former political operative who helps companies launch political-style campaigns, runs several businesses. One of them, Tusk Ventures, has been working with startups for a couple of years and, until recently, accepted its payment in equity only. That changed in early 2016 when the outfit began raising money from outside investors looking to get into some of those deals. Read More

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