Venture Capital

7 Podcasts That Will Make You a Smarter Leader

Top tech investors share the best podcasts for becoming a better leader.<p>"Venture capitalists are great aggregators of information (and opinions) on specific industries, geographies and market sentiment," said Kara Nortman a seasoned entrepreneur and venture capitalist at Upfront Ventures. "They're …

Podcasting

A tech investor analysed his 5000 monthly emails and explained how startups can stand out

There's a lot of advice for startup entrepreneurs who are pitching venture capitalists for funding for the first time. But VCs don't often talk about how many emails they get, and how impossible it is to manage their inboxes.<p>UK-based VC Christian Hernandez decided to do some data analysis on his …

Entrepreneurship

'Food revolution': megabrands turn to small start-ups for big ideas

LONDON (Reuters) - Food and drink megabrands are seeing their sales chewed away by smaller, nimbler, cooler rivals. They can't beat them - so now they're joining them.<p>Nine of the world's biggest industry players, including Danone (DANO.PA), General Mills (GIS.N), Campbell Soup (CPB.N) and Kellogg …

Food and Drink

The Advantage Chicago Has Over Silicon Valley

A look at why Silicon Valley is losing its mojo and how Chicago might take it over as the center for innovation.<p>The entrepreneurial spirit in Chicago has never been more alive. Over the last 3-5 years, there's been a growing buzz in Chicago's technology community. As a Chicago native and tech …

Silicon Valley

Naspers investors see billions trapped by China success

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - It was the investment that transformed Naspers (NPNJn.J) from a small-time South African newspaper publisher into Africa's most valuable company and made its long-serving director and chairman Koos Bekker a billionaire.<p>Now, Naspers' 33 percent stake in Chinese internet …

Business

Microsoft reportedly acquires Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite for $100 million

Microsoft has acquired Israeli cybersecurity startup Hexadite in a deal thought to be worth around $100 million, according to a report (in Hebrew) in local Israeli business publication the <i>Calcalist</i>.<p>Founded in 2014, Hexadite is perhaps less about preventing cyberattacks than it is about identifying …

Startups

5 Ways To Find Angel Investors For Your Tech Startup

One of the common challenges that most, if not all, businesses face is finding the initial investment needed to get off the ground. Angel investors can be the perfect solution to get your startup or small business up and running.<p>Landing an angel investor is not always an easy task, especially if …

Angel Investing

Investors Make a Big Bet on Spinning Classes

The old stationary bike has gone high-tech, too.<p>Investors are turning to a mix of slick tablet-sporting stationary bikes, high-octane spinning class instructors and interactive streaming video as the fitness industry’s next big thing.<p>New York-based Peloton Interactive Inc., maker of a $1,995 …

Business

Term Sheet — Wednesday, May 24

ET CETERA<p><b>Purse purgatory:</b> We’ve written about Coach’s increasing interest in M&A before. Today <i>Fortune’s</i> Phil Wahba published a feature on the …

Seed Funding

Just some of the investors you’ll run into at #TheEuropas, June 13, London

In partnership with TechCrunch, The Europas Conference & Awards, is a different kind of tech startup event which features smaller breakout sessions on key subjects for startups, as well as main-stage speakers and panels. It’s also very different, in that there’s no “off-limits speaker room” at The …

Angel Investing

Battle hardened eastern European tech entrepreneurs draw global interest

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Tech entrepreneurs in central and southeastern European, many of whom already have experience of launching their own businesses, are now having more success at enticing global investors the second time around.<p>Until recently, the region's tech start-up scene was stagnant, failing …

Startups

Acko General Insurance Raises $30 Million Seed Funding

Acko General Insurance, set up by Coverfox co-founder Varun Dua, has raised USD 30 million (about Rs 200 crore) in a seed round of funding. The …

Seed Funding

This Tech Cycling Company Is Now Worth $1 Billion

Peloton, which sells an Internet-connected fitness bicycle, just raised a massive new round of funding.<p>The New York-based startup raised another $325 …

Cycling

PolicyGenius raises $30 million from Norwest Venture Partners

Consumers increasingly are going online to search for insurance, and when they do, PolicyGenius wants to be right there to help them find the right policy. To expand its offerings and support more customers, the company raised a $30 million Series C funding round led by Norwest Venture …

Insurance

EVAmore Bets on Digital Marketplace Model to Disrupt Music Booking for Private Events

Imagine you’re throwing a party, and you want to book a musician for the occasion. How do you find and hire someone to perform? If you don’t have any personal connections, then your search will likely involve scouring online databases, contacting booking agencies or posting classified ads on …

Series A Round

Are India's top start-ups losing their sheen?

Once known as the next frontier for tech investments, India has seen many of its top start-ups seem to be going through a bit of a rough patch lately.<p>…

India

Travel tech investment deals hit four-year high

The number of new funding rounds into travel tech businesses increased by 12% between 2015 and 2016.<p>Although the volume of individual deals climbed …

Travel

Softbank’s Nvidia stake is reportedly worth $4BN

When Softbank announced the first close of its Vision Fund this weekend — securing an initial commitment of $93 billion, from investors including Apple, Qualcomm and Foxconn — it also quietly disclosed it had taken a stake in Nvidia.<p>Bloomberg is today reporting the size of that stake is $4 billion, …

Startups

Sources: Unity raising $400M at ~$2.8B valuation, led by private equity firm Silver Lake

Startups

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Des Moines

Mahesh Murthy Exits From Media Startup The Ken In Just Three Months

The Ken is a new, digital, subscription-driven publication headquartered out of Bangalore, India. Founded on October 3, 2016 by a trio (experienced …

India

Microsoft to buy cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million: report

(Reuters) - Microsoft has agreed to acquire cyber security firm Hexadite for $100 million, Israeli financial news website Calcalist reported on Wednesday.<p>Hexadite, headquartered in Boston with its research and development center in Israel, provides technology to automate responses to cyber attacks …

Cybersecurity

GREE Ventures closes $67M fund for deals in Japan, India and Southeast Asia

GREE Ventures, the Singapore-based VC firm connected to Japanese games firm GREE, has closed its newest $67 million fund for early stage investments in Asia.<p>AT-II — the firm’s second fund — sees GREE Ventures spread its focus of deals in Japan and Southeast Asia to cover India for the first time. …

Startups

Is This the Airbnb of Cloud Computing? - Bloomberg

It’s too late to invest in Airbnb Inc. but a company that bills itself as the Airbnb of cloud computer storage is raising cash -- and anyone with an …

Bitcoin

China's richest tech companies could make serious cash off unicorns

It's a good time to be a Chinese internet giant.<p>China's biggest internet companies stand to reap major rewards from investments in other Chinese tech companies, according to data released by CB Insights.<p>Almost half of China's "unicorns" — private companies valued at $1 billion or more — have taken …

China

American Eagle May Team Up With Private Equity Firm To Buy Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch, the teen-oriented clothing store that you haven’t visited since age 17 because the music is too darn loud, let the world know …

Abercrombie & Fitch

How to stage an ICO (and answers to other lingering questions you might have)

Over the last month, it’s been hard to miss talk in the media and on social channels about initial coin offerings, or ICOs. What are they? Where did they suddenly come from? Who’s investing in them?<p>When the popular investing platform AngelList announced on Monday that it’s jumping into the business …

Bitcoin

Meta SaaS takes in $1.5 mln seed

<b>Meta SaaS</b>, which helps customers monitor and manage their SaaS subscriptions, contracts, usage and spending, has secured $1.5 million in seed …

SaaS

SoftBank Takes $4 Billion Stake in U.S. Chipmaker Nvidia, Sources Say - Bloomberg

SoftBank Group Corp. has quietly amassed a $4 billion stake in Nvidia Corp. making it the fourth-largest shareholder in the graphics chipmaker, …

Business

Outstanding Pitch Decks That Captured Investors’ Attention In 2017

<i>Owlr</i><p><b>Startups usually</b> prepare a “pitch deck” to present their company to prospective angel or venture capital investors.<p><b>Raising capital from</b> investors …

Startups