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High valuations and competition among venture capital managers are making it harder for them to find better investment opportunities, a new survey from Preqin finds. In its survey of 221 venture capital fund managers in November, 55% of managers said they found higher pricing for portfolio ...
Startups creating solutions to make travel more efficient, frictionless and interconnected received a record amount of venture capital funding in 2017: At $25.45 billion, it was a substantial 32% increase over investments made in 2016. And the 2018 figure could be even higher. An analysis by ...

There's a compelling economic opportunity when more venture capital money starts flowing to women and entrepreneurs of color, says investor and philanthropist Jean Case. "It turns out that there's an untold story, which is out there in venture capital land there's extreme consolidation going on," says ...
"The power dynamic that exists in venture capital is despicably unfair," he said in a statement provided to Axios in June. "The gap of influence between male venture capitalists and female entrepreneurs is frightening, and I hate that my behavior played a role in perpetrating a gender-hostile environment. Investors
Total SA FP said Tuesday that its venture-capital arm has signed an agreement with Hubei High Technology Investment Guiding Fund Management Co. and Cathay Capital to launch an investment fund focused on innovation in the energy sector in China. Total Energy Ventures and Hubei High ...
At the same time, the Federal Trade Commission confirmed it's investigating Facebook with "substantial concerns." So is tech beyond redemption? A new fund from Social Starts, a $60 million venture-capital partnership, is a reminder that there are still big hopes about using technology to improve the world. Venture Capital Fund

The Bay Area--that is, San Francisco and Silicon Valley--currently accounts for nearly 45 percent of total venture capital investment in the entire United States. And the Acela Corridor, spanning Boston, New York, and Washington, comprises another third. Together, these two geographic regions ...
The amount of venture capital invested in biotech and health care startups based in Michigan nearly doubled in 2017. Venture investors put $115.2 million into 18 companies last year, compared with $63 million in 23 deals the prior year and 16 deals for $132 million in 2015. Those figures come from ...
He and Robinson built their venture capital business into what's now River Cities capital Funds, a downtown Cincinnati firm that has raised more than $750 million in six funds. They've been joined by a boatload of other firms providing capital and other forms of support to the burgeoning local startup world.
Luminate Security said it raised $14 million of seed and Series A funding from U.S. Venture Partners, Aleph Venture Capital and the ScaleUp program from Microsoft. As part of the announcement, USVP's Jacques Benkoski and Aleph's Aaron Rosenson will join the board. Luminate, founded in 2017 with ...
VC fund managers typically want to grow their businesses aggressively, just like the founders we back. But we normally have a clear ceiling on how high we can grow AUM before hitting practical limits to deploying capital within the traditional VC model. My partners at HOF Capital are younger than I am, ...
Venture capital investments, on the other hand, come from hedge funds, private equity firms, or persons of extreme wealth. They're basically individuals and entities with the resources to pour millions of dollars into young and risky-yet-promising projects with the hopes of quality returns on the original ...
As an African-American, Frederik Groce, an associate at Silicon Valley's Storm Ventures, is a rarity in the venture capital world, where only 3% of all employees are black. In addition to being an atypical VC, Groce had an unusual journey into the industry. He grew up poor, planned on being a lawyer, and ...
"We at VGV are excited to be the new venture capital player in Ohio. Our model is unique to the Mahoning Valley, leveraging the many great assets provided by its incubators, businesses, universities, and institutions," Knight said in a statement. "We are looking forward to investing in a strong portfolio of ...
At Correlation Ventures, we spend a fair amount of time using our proprietary database to identify the telltale signs of successful startups. One question we asked recently is whether there are diminishing returns for adding VCs to the board of directors at venture-backed startups. Many of us have seen highly ...
The venture capital industry is the engine that drives the technology industry. The early risk capital that fuels startup innovation helped businesses such as Google, Facebook, Netflix, and Tesla get off the ground. And although only a small percentage of businesses in the U.S. receive venture capital, they ...

In 2017, Georgia companies raised $1.7 billion in venture capital, the most for the region, the Atlanta Business Chronicle notes, since the year 2000 in the peak of the dotcom boom. As venture activity accelerates, it's important to know some of the key regional players in the investment space. Below is a list ...
Editor's note: Led by a Duke graduate and US Navy veteran and backed by more than $320 million in venture capital, Opendoor is now doing business in the Triangle. Here's the backstory about the company as well as the experience of the firm's first Triangle customer. RALEIGH – Ms. Tremaine Roberts ...
The National Venture Capital Association's resources, built with the assistance of experts, come in response to months of accusations against high-profile investors. Months before the #MeToo movement, the world of venture capital had its own moment of reckoning. In the wake of sexual harassment ...
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is spearheading efforts to address the sexual harassment issues looming across the industry, and is standing firm that “harassment of any kind has no place” in the VC world. The Washington, D.C.-based trade organization has released a set of resources ...
Perhaps it's because the venture-capital industry in the United States is an engine of worldwide economic growth and has become an indispensable driver of innovation. And with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross running the program, it will have private equity experience rarely found within government.
It's rare to find women in venture capital. And it's even rarer to find women who've been in the business for more than two decades. Such is the case of 25-year veteran Wende Hutton, a general partner at Canaan Partners, an early stage firm that manages $5 billion. Hutton's career in venture started when ...
Mumbai-based venture capital firm Equanimity Investments has made the first close of its debut fund at Rs 70 crore ($10.8 million), founder Rajesh Sehgal said on Monday. The milestone comes exactly a year after Sehgal floated the early-stage fund after leaving Franklin Templeton Investments. The fund ...
Similarly, the Electronics Development Fund set up by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology is managed by Canbank Venture Capital Funds. However, the predominant role of PSFIs has been as a general partner in venture funds. There are at least 30 PSFIs, which have contributed to the ...
TechOperators' partners combined have raised more than $580 million in venture capital and public offerings. Tom Noonan is best known for selling Internet Security Systems Inc. to IBM Corp. for $1.5 billion. Dave Gould is former chairman and CEO of Witness Systems Inc., acquired by Verint Systems Inc.
Placenta stem cells: Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) led a $250M venture round in its spinout Calularity, a biotech startup mining placenta cells for stem cell treatments. The round brought total fundraising up to $290M. Other investors in the round included United Therapeutics (NASDAQ:UTHR), Sorrento ...
Union Square Ventures and First Round Capital were among two firms last year to take on their first female general partners. And more and more women are founding female-led firms with an express interest in investing in female-founded startups, in order to break up tech's gender discrepancy.
Venture capital activity in Ireland may have declined in 2017 versus the previous year but it was still the second strongest performance in more than a decade, according to new figures compiled by PitchBook. Moreover, PitchBook, whose cloud-based subscription-only database is regularly consulted by top ...
Joe Kraus, a partner with Alphabet's venture capital arm, GV, says that flying cars are starting to seem inevitable instead of impossible. He believes that it's likely that people will be flying around in autonomous vehicles before they're driving around in them. He adds that he doesn't know exactly when GV ...
Rowley's Red Barn honored; Free event on how to attract venture capital; TCIP grants awarded ... founder, and CEO John Richards will explain how to employ lean startup techniques to validate a business model and to build the systems and foundation to get the traction needed to attract venture capital.
Venture Capital (VC) has traditionally been the preserve of institutions and high net worth individuals. It's a part of the investment market that has restricted access to exciting high-growth tech start-ups. It is usually only after the start-up has gained immense success and moved towards an IPO that a wider ...
The best advice about venture capital an inexperienced entrepreneur can receive is that you probably shouldn't try to raise it. We've told you this before: the vast majority of companies are not the kind that should seek venture financing. To sell off a piece of your company at an early stage, you need to be ...
Things are changing for women in the startup and venture capital world. Last year, a handful of them came forward to share their stories of facing sexual harassment and discrimination—and a number of the industry's powerful men, including Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck, 500 Startups founder ...
Early-stage dealmaking in India's venture capital market closed on a subdued note last year as investors continued to struggle to shore up returns from legacy portfolios. Overall, venture capital investors concluded 351 deals worth $1.3 billion in 2017, down 27% in terms of volume and 18.7% in terms of ...
Davos, 26 January 2018. During the third working day of Ukraine House Davos, visitors participated in discussions about the future of blockchain and the prospects of venture capital in both the Ukrainian and global contexts. One of the day's panelists was Robot Sophia – the first social humanoid created ...
Harbert was one of three venture capital firms that had invested $20 million in Shipt in 2016, with another $40 million funding round in 2017. The firm does not disclose specific financial returns on its investments, but Hunter said the return was “really great for us” and “a win-win” for everyone involved.
ID tech: Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) acquired ID verification startup Confirm.io for undisclosed terms. The team and tech will fold into Facebook. The three-year-old company provided an API that let companies quickly verify the authenticity of a government-issued identification card. Confirm.io raised at least ...
NEW DELHI: Venture capital (VC) funding, via private equity as well as corporate, jumped 42 per cent to a record USD 7.2 billion in the digital health sector globally last year through 778 deals, says a report. According to Mercom Capital Group, the sector saw USD 5.1 billion in 622 deals in 2016. The total ...
FIRRMA is "well-meaning legislation intended to deal with a real challenge," warned Scott Kupor, the managing partner at Menlo Park-based venture firm Andreessen Horowitz and chair of the National Venture Capital Association. But he said it raises many questions about venture funds and startups that ...
Editor's note: Pitchbook and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released venture capital data from the 4Q 2017 on January 9th, 2018 in their quarterly PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor report. After a series of articles from WRAL TechWire analyzing the data to identify trends in the Triangle, ...
O'Donnell led the $4 million seed round Ample Hills raised in 2015, though he didn't participate in this latest round, which was led by Rosecliff Ventures. “Venture capital is for growth companies… Not just tech companies,” O'Donnell explained in a text message. “Same with Shake Shack, a public company.
It said venture capital is pouring into the sector and finding success: Over 120 firms made investments in space last year, topping a peak of 89 in 2015. The last eight years have seen around $25 billion in exits, as acquisitions and public offerings take venture capital investments from start-ups to the next ...
Artificial intelligence, particularly its applications in health, finance and the automotive sector, attracted US$12 billion of investment from venture capitalists globally last year, double the volume in 2016, according to a report by KPMG. AI pushed total venture capital (VC) investment in China to a record high ...
Cybersecurity Ventures predicts global spending on cybersecurity products and services will exceed $1 trillion cumulatively, from 2017 to 2021. Where there is opportunity, there will be venture capital firms. Here's a list of 200 cybersecurity startups that received VC funding in 2017, according to the ...
John Chambers, the ex-CEO of Cisco who spent 20 years running the networking giant before stepping down in 2015, is turning his attention to venture capital. The self-funded firm, JC2 Ventures, will back at least a dozen companies that have the potential to go public, according to multiple media reports.
The Dow Jones Venturesource Venture Capital Report is out for Q4 2017. The report covers the European VC market, including Brexit bound UK. The Dow Jones report for the final quarter of the year paints a positive perspective on VC funding as there was a “surge” in number of deals and amount raised.
Startup companies in the Pittsburgh metro area took in more than twice as much venture capital funding last year as in 2016, according to the latest PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree Report. The report stated that venture capital firms poured more than $302.1 million into Pittsburgh companies, the most since ...
In this blog post Professor Anja Lambrecht of the London Business School presents her new research on the relationship between existing EU e-Privacy frameworks and venture capital investment in the EU. Professor Lambrecht's study was first presented at the Center for European Policy Studies at the ...
But unlike before, when many venture capital companies lost their money when the dot-com bubble burst, both organizations noted a healthier ecosystem. One reason is that most of the $84 billion went to large, high-value companies with an established customer base rather than risky, early-stage startups.


 

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