Graduate Fund has written "angel-sized" checks to five companies so far, including Spellbrush and Ally Shoes. : In 2012, early Uber investor First Round Capital decided it needed an avenue to access the best companies brewing inside dormitories across the U.S. So the seed-stage venture capital firm launched Dorm Room Fund, a pool of capital managed by students for students. The project has brought 250 startups, including Harper Wilde and Brooklinen, and more than 400 entrepreneurs into the First Round network to date.
2018 rolled out to be a tough year for angel or seed round of capital with just 484 deals taking place in the entire year compared to 1,030 in 2016 and around 760 deals in 2017, as per data intelligence firm Tracxn.
The C$95 billion Canadian pension fund OMERS is expanding into Silicon Valley to make venture investments in US startups. OMERS Ventures hired Michael Yang as a managing partner from Comcast Ventures to lead the effort. He's planning to staff up and open offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto. US venture capital funding has been climbing, with almost $100 billion invested last year, an 18-year high. Yang is planning to invest in industries like healthcare, transportation, and media. A huge Canadian pension fund is plotting to expand into Silicon Valley, seeking to place bets on hot US tech startups.
One thing that came up was, why don't venture capitalists fund slower growth startups? Or, said another way, why don't VCs invest in startups that grow at a normal pace? This might sound cynical but, as a VC, if you don't return enough money to your LPs (limited partners, a VC's investors) you will not be able to raise your next fund.
Seed-stage deals may be turning a corner. Investors expect that 2019 could reverse the four-year downward trend. : Mumbai: While late-stage venture capital deals saw a record 2018 driven by a slew of big-ticket fundraising and exits, seed-stage deals witnessed a slowdown in recent times owing to valuation concerns, according to venture capital investors. According to data from private capital tracker Venture Intelligence, 2015 onwards, seed transactions have fallen both in value and volume, recording 150 deals worth $124 million in 2018. At its peak in 2015, 211 deals worth $161 million were recorded.
It used to be that investing at the seed stage was purely a local sport. Conventional wisdom has been that, especially at the rawest of company formation stage, having a startup's investors in close proximity was optimal because it could benefit greatly from the hands-on help with early company building. On the ground, however, my [...] The post Seed Fundraising Is No Longer A Local Game appeared first on Moguldom.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bowery Valuation, the tech-enabled commercial real estate appraisal firm raises $12mm Series A round of funding led by Builders VC.
Today, many companies provide developer access to their services via APIs. Moesif, a San Francisco startup, wants to help these companies gain insight into their customer's API usage patterns. Today, the company announced a $3.5 million seed round. The investment was led by Merus Capital, with participation by Heavybit, Fresco Capital and Zach Coelius, whose investments [...]
Since 2017, ICOs have delivered at least 3.5 times more capital to blockchain startups than VCs. All this is on top of the record $2 billion dry powder that Southeast Asian VC investors are already accumulating today.
Three quarters of all venture-funded startups are in Silicon Valley, New York City or Boston (or within those cities' states). Neglecting the talent, innovation and entrepreneurial energy in the remaining 47 states does not seem like the cleverest strategy. Thus, Revolution's Rise of the Rest (ROTR) seed fund was born to address that oversight. Backed... Read More The post MIB: Startups NOT in Silicon Valley, New York City or Boston appeared first on The Big Picture.