Venture Capital

Top 10 Venture Capital Investors That Every Entrepreneur Should Be Pitching Right Now

The most important factor in a successful funding round and a prosperous investor relationship is knowing who to present your pitch deck to and when. In this regard, I recently covered the pitch deck template that was created by Silicon Valley legend and VC, Peter Thiel (see it here), where the …

Entrepreneurship

Should You Launch an ICO to Raise Money for Your Startup?

As of February 2018, 46 percent of the previous year's ICOs had already failed -- despite the fact that they had raised more than $104 million.<p>4 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the past few months, you've likely heard about initial coin offering (ICO) …

Entrepreneurship

Self-driving car startup Zoox raises new funds

Self-driving car startup Zoox has brought in $500M in new funding to bring its total raise up to $800M, according to Axios.<p>The latest round of …

Business

Alternative To Lidar? Startup Light Raises $121M From SoftBank, Leica To Expand To Self-Driving Cars

In February, Dave Grannan, cofounder and CEO of imaging startup Light, flew to Tokyo to meet SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son for the first time since beginning conversations with the Japanese billionaire’s venture-capital arm. After two more meetings, in Tokyo and Silicon Valley, Son agreed to lead a …

Imaging

Will Smith, Japanese soccer star launch venture capital fund with social twist

Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda and Hollywood’s Will Smith are launching a venture capital fund with a social twist.<p>The move was announced by …

Financial Services

Term Sheet -- Wednesday, July 18

THE KINGMAKER’S PLAYBOOK<p>Good morning, Term Sheet readers.<p><i>At Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference yesterday, two SoftBank investors sat down to</i> …

Investing

Chinese VC funds pour $2.4bn into Silicon Valley start-ups | Financial Times

Investment from China into the US has collapsed over the past two years, but over the same period Chinese venture capitalists in Silicon Valley have …

Biotechnology

Light raises $121M led by SoftBank as it prepares to bring its camera tech to smartphones

Camera technology company Light is the latest to do the money dance with SoftBank’s massive Vision Fund after it raised a $121 million Series D round.<p>The funding round was led by Vision Fund, the near-$100 billion fund anchored by SoftBank, with participation from consumer camera giant Leica Camera …

Imaging

Chevron and Siemens venture arms invest $23M in industrial process data analytics platform Seeq

Seeq today announced a $23 million Series B round led by the Altira Group, a venture capital firm focused on the oil and gas industry. Second Avenue …

Startups

New multimillion fund created to invest in minority entrepreneurs

Richelieu Dennis, founder of SheaMoisture products and current owner of Essence Magazine, recently announced the launch of a $100 million investment …

Startups

Latest Sign of China’s Slowdown: A Technology Cash Crunch

HONG KONG — Wang Shidong and his two partners were still finishing graduate school two years ago when they raised $45 million in less than two months …

China

India's online ticketing portal BookMyShow raises $100 mln funding

© Reuters. India's online ticketing portal BookMyShow raises $100 mln funding<p>July 18 (Reuters) - Bigtree Entertainment Pvt Ltd, owner of online movie …

Accel Partners

Blackstone’s Earnings Could Propel Further Gains

By<p>July 18, 2018 8:52 a.m. ET<p>Don’t count on Blackstone Group to announce something called a C-corp conversion on Thursday morning when it reports …

Investing

Venture Investors Are Changing Term Sheets to Include Provisions on ICOs

You can’t discuss investment trends without mentioning the craze of cryptocurrency ripping through the markets.<p>At a <i>Fortune</i> Brainstorm Tech breakout …

Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin Mining Firms Make Unicorn List for First Time

Three bitcoin mining companies have joined a list of "unicorns" – private companies valued at over $1 billion – for the first time.<p>The Shanghai-based …

Cryptocurrency

Greycroft raises $250M for its fifth early-stage fund

Greycroft, the venture capital firm that’s backed companies like the Huffington Post, Plated and Venmo, is announcing that it has raised $250 million for its latest fund.<p>The firm was founded in 2006 by Alan Patricof, Ian Sigalow and Dana Settle, and it now invests from a fund for seed and Series A …

Startups

Biggest Funding Deals For African Tech Firms In 2018

The year 2018 has been kind to tech firms across Africa in terms of funding deals, with over 120 companies already benefiting from investments or …

Financial Services

Dyal in talks to buy stake in credit manager Golub Capital: sources

(Reuters) - Dyal Capital Partners, a subsidiary of asset manager Neuberger Berman Holdings that acquires stakes in private equity firms, is in advanced talks to buy a minority stake in credit investment firm Golub Capital, two people familiar with the matter said.<p>The deal would make Golub the …

Apollo Global Management

Private Equity Funds: Leverage And Performance Evaluation

<i>By Antonella Puca, CFA, CIPM, CPA</i><p>Leverage is pervasive in today’s private equity markets. Portfolio companies generate it directly through guarantees …

Investing

Tencent-Backed PDD Eyes $1.6 Billion in U.S. IPO – Bloomberg

Tencent-Backed PDD Eyes $1.6 Billion in U.S. IPO<p>Tencent-Backed PDD Eyes $1.6 Billion in U.S. IPO<p>Tencent-Backed PDD Eyes $1.6 Billion in U.S. …

China

Quick Take: Fosun-Backed Biotech Firm to Raise $156 Million

A Fosun-backed biopharmaceutical developer plans to raise $156 million by issuing additional shares in a deal that values the company at nearly $3 …

News (China)

KKR buys into AppLovin - Mobile World Live

Private equity company KKR is set to acquire a minority stake in AppLovin for $400 million, a deal which values the app discovery platform at $2 …

Venture Capital

CityBlock Capital Builds All Star Team Comprising Blockchain Industry Leaders to Invest Tokenized NYCQ Venture Fund

CityBlock Capital is pleased to announce the investment partners and presale for its inaugural tokenized fund, NYCQ, which will lead the development …

Blockchain

OfBusiness raises Rs 200 Cr in Series-C Funding from Creation Investments, Falcon Edge and others

Technology-enabled SME financing platform OfBusiness on Wednesday announced that it has raised Rs 200 crore in Series-C financing led by Creation …

Business (India)

Zero2IPO Research: in Q1 2018, private equity and VC funds in China raised less than two-thirds of what they had raised over the same period a year ago

Investing

The continued rise of South Korean private equity

Solid returns and optimistic forecasts have made South Korea an increasingly attractive market for investors.<p><b>Ever since South Korea</b> reopened itself …

South Korea

Chef’d Meal-Kit Maker Suspending Business

Startup has churned through tens of millions of dollars in cash from venture capitalists and big food companies<p>Chef’d, a national meal-kit operator serving major food brands and prominent chefs, has suspended operations after burning through investments and failing to secure more cash.<p>The …

Profit

TPG, Hellman & Friedman boost management fees on new funds: Bloomberg

• <b>Buyouts</b> delivers exclusive news and analysis about private equity deals, fundraising, top-quartile managers and more. Get your <b>FREE trial</b> or <b>subscribe</b> …

Investing

Moon Express lands $5 million in venture capital - Orlando Business Journal

Nearly $8 million was invested in two Central Florida companies in the second quarter of 2018.<p>The bulk of the funding, $5 million, went to Cape …

Orlando

Hedge Fund York Capital Joins Race for Abraaj Assets

York Capital Management, the hedge fund run by Jamie Dinan, is the latest party to join the race to buy the asset-management platform of embattled …

Hedge Funds