Dick Costolo joins Maybe Capital — a new satirical board game about Valley VC
 As the TV show ‘Silicon Valley‘ has shown, the tech community there is ripe for satire. So it’s not surprising that the next ‘product’ to be born into this satirical ‘vertical’ is a board game where you must go through the sometimes tortuous process of raising money. The Maybe Capital Board Game launched this week on Kickstarter, and its launch… Read More ...
The value of venture capital investors and the importance of physical infrastructure
 Why is it important to invest via VCs, and do they add value further to the money they invest into a growth business? Furthermore, what role do physical transport links play in terms of business success and innovation in this, the digital age? Read More ...
Transcend VR sues investor Mike Rothenberg for fraud and breach of contract
 Mike Rothenberg has been in a heap of trouble over a series of purportedly fraudulent transactions within his investment firm Rothenberg Ventures and his virtual reality startup River Studios. Now Transcend VR, as first reported in the Wall Street Journal, is suing the venture capitalist on allegations of fraud, breach of contract and deceptive diversion of funds. Transcend, which filed… Read More ...
Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 19th class
 Deep in the Valley this afternoon, 500 Startups’ 19th demo day drew to a close at the Computer History Museum. Business-to-business software, fashion and beauty products made up the largest proportion of companies, but 500 left room for a few outliers. It’s tough for anyone to say who the next Twilio will be, but it just might be hidden somewhere in the 40 companies that… Read More ...
Tim Draper is backing Indian startups again with Blume Ventures alliance
 An early stage fund that’s becoming a major player in India’s burgeoning tech scene, Blume Ventures, has joined the Draper Venture Network, the investors announced on Monday. Members of the DVN collaborate on investments, share business intelligence and syndicate their deals to firms in Silicon Valley, with portfolio services provided by a local team there. DVN claims that… Read More ...
2017 is the year your startup gets funded
 The turn of the calendar is cathartic for entrepreneurs — there’s something about starting a new year that inspires folks to launch a new startup, build a new product or raise capital. If you’re starting to raise capital, this is your guide. Let’s get to it. Read More ...
Drain the swamp
 If you’re an average American, your pension fund is likely backing venture capital funds — and subsidizing our massages, dinners and Uber rides. Pension funds are a huge source of capital for VCs, fueling the system that creates minor improvements for the elites while doing little for middle-class America. It’s time to put the money of working class Americans into vehicles… Read More ...
NVCA chair on immigration orders: “If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu”
 Venky Ganesan, managing director of $4.4 billion venture capital firm Menlo Ventures and current chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, is walking a political tightrope and trying not to fall off. The venture capital industry, financiers to many tech giants, relies on immigrant talent to launch startups, help them thrive, and drive their continued success. Right now, that puts… Read More ...
Teachable books $4 million to turn everybody into educators online
 Education tech startup Teachable (formerly known as Fedora) has raised $4 million in a Series A round of funding according to CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal. The company provides a platform that’s like a Shopify or a SquareSpace for tutors or teachers. Its platform allows subject matter experts to quickly construct online courses and sell or give them away to their followers, setting their… Read More ...
Let’s make Series A terms more logical by moving to object-oriented capital
Seed terms have gotten much better, but I still find Series A (and beyond) term sheets frustrating. I think we can change the “norm” by offering entrepreneurs a better alternative. So if you have terms you don’t like, it’s time to try object-oriented capital (OOC). Read More ...
Rocket Internet closes $1B fund, the largest to date out of Europe
 If you thought that all the problems that Rocket Internet has had bringing its portfolio of startups and its business overall into the black would have spelled setbacks for future investing, think again. This week, the firm — based out of Berlin — reported that it had raised a new $1 billion fund, the biggest tech fund of any VC firm to date in Europe, it claims. The Rocket… Read More ...
Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a faster internet
 Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator’s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today. The companies ranged from a Stanford AI labs spinout, Eloquent Labs, to the hardware-makers like Amber Agriculture and PubInno, to lots of software-as-a-service and cybersecurity developers, more like you’d expect from an… Read More ...
Meet Alchemist’s class XIV startups making everything from smart beer taps to a faster internet
 Enterprise tech startups unveiled their products and pitched investors at Alchemist Accelerator’s 14th demo day in Santa Clara, Calif. today. The companies ranged from a Stanford AI labs spinout, Eloquent Labs, to the hardware-makers like Amber Agriculture and PubInno, to lots of software-as-a-service and cybersecurity developers, more like you’d expect from an… Read More ...
Learn how to pitch your startup with Pitchbot.vc
 How much traction? What’s the market size? Who else invested? Are you the target user? These are the questions every investor will ask you, so you better build a business with the right answers and get ready to recite them. That’s what Pitchbot.vc helps you practice. Pitchbot simulates a pitch meeting with an angel, incubator, seed fund, or VC firm. You respond to… Read More ...
Venture capital in 2017 is when the rubber hits the road for returns
 In the United States, VC funds raised a whopping $40.6 billion in 2016[1]. It was the largest year for VC fundraising since 2000 when the venture industry raked in a jaw dropping $101.4 billion[1]. Yet the 2016 exit market was a mixed bag. Despite many forecasting (hoping?) that herds of unicorns would enter the public market in 2016, the IPO market was lackluster at best. There were only 31 U.S. Read More ...
Madrona appoints Microsoft’s former developer division chief as managing partner
 Madrona Venture Group, the Seattle-based early-stage venture capital firm, today announced that it has appointed S. “Soma” Somasegar to the role of Managing Director. Somasegar joined Madrona as a Venture Partner in 2015. Before that, he was the Corporate Vice President in charge of Microsoft’s Developer Division. There, he managed products like Visual Studio and… Read More ...
Roambee adds $3.1M and a partner to help businesses monitor assets in real-time
 Internet of things news in the wake of CES is a bold move, but Roambee isn’t letting the over-saturation of connected everything (hairbrushes!) get in the way of its mission to take the pain out of asset monitoring for businesses. The startup just closed a $3.1 million strategic investment from  Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments and secured a partnership with the group’s… Read More ...
Kuli Kuli raises $4.25 million to make moringa a mainstay in the US diet
 Oakland-based food startup Kuli Kuli has raised $4.25 million in a Series A round of funding to bring moringa, a high-protein plant, to more kitchens in the US according to CEO and co-founder Lisa Curtis. During her time working in Niger for the Peace Corps, Curtis got a taste for the moringa plant, which grows pervasively in tropical climates, and is higher in iron, calcium and protein than… Read More ...
SOSV, “the accelerator VC,” closes third fund at $150 million
 Since the advent of accelerators, venture capitalists have competed to lock in deals with the best startups in a given batch. Entrepreneur turned investor Sean O’ Sullivan thought it would be better to develop a venture firm that owned and ran its own accelerators, instead. Today that firm, SOSV, has closed a $150 million fund, its third, to back startups that are admitted to and… Read More ...
Alven Capital raises $261 million fund to invest in French entrepreneurs
 French VC firm Alven Capital has been around since 2000 and has become a major player in the VC scene in Paris. The firm recently closed a brand new $261 million fund called Alven V (€250 million), which is a big step up as Alven IV was only a $125 million fund (€120 million). Over the years, the firm has managed to invest in many successful startups led by French entrepreneurs. Alven… Read More ...