Venture Capital

Teeth straightening startup Candid raises $15 million from Greycroft, Bessemer and others

Candid, the dental startup that aims to straighten your teeth for less than the cost of braces and Invisalign, recently raised a $15 million Series A round led by Greycroft Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, e.ventures and some existing investors.<p>The plan is to use the funding to beef up Candid’s …

Startups

Cash Sloshes Into Venture Funds, Prompting Fears of Excess

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Longtime venture capitalist Greg Sands is no heavyweight in Silicon Valley. His young firm, Costanoa Ventures, has made unglamorous investments in business software, and its profits are almost all on paper.<p>Yet this past summer, the 51-year-old Minnesota native raised $175 million …

Business

Venture capital firms struggle to justify large funds as deals dry up

India’s top eight venture capital firms—Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, SAIF Partners, Nexus Venture Partners, Kalaari Capital, IDG Ventures, …

Business (India)

Silicon Valley’s Startup Cycle Is Never-Ending

Startup employees get rich quick and quit to become venture capitalists.<p>There is a popular narrative that innovation in America is suffering because public companies take all their profits and return them to shareholders in the form of dividends and buybacks, rather than investing them in research, …

Business

Private equity has a persistence problem

Private equity persistence is the theory that a firm's future returns can be predicted by its past returns. But persistence is declining, and it …

Business

The Term Sheet | Newsletters

November 21, 2017<p>WOMEN ONLY<p>Good morning, Term Sheet readers.<p>Remember when I brought to your attention <b>The Wing</b>, the latest startup to launch a print …

Startups

WPP Gives In and Agrees to Sell Asatsu-DK to Bain Capital for $1.35 Billion

After a month-long battle, the world’s largest advertising conglomerate has come to an agreement with the private equity firm made famous by Mitt …

Advertising Industry

Two Harbors Investment From The Perspective Of A Preferred Investor

TWO is a REIT that as far as I know has recently issued it first preferred at a coupon rate of 7.25%.<p>This prompted my research and this article that, …

Business

Squaring Venture Capital Valuations with Reality

<b>NBER Working Paper No. 23895</b> <b><br>Issued in October 2017</b> <b><br>NBER Program(s):AP, CF, PR</b><p>We develop a valuation model for venture capital-backed companies and …

Business

How To Create An Investment Culture That Supports Female Entrepreneurs

In the United States today, women are starting more companies than ever before. A recent report found that amount of female-led businesses has grown by 45% in the last nine years. Female-led companies generate over $1.6 trillion each year and employ close to 9 million people– a number that …

Women Entrepreneurs

Sendwithus Wins $5 Million In Series A Funding

Sendwithus, a firm that assists clients with their email creation process, has raised $5 million in a Series A funding round. The investment was led …

Startups

BioPharmX prices equity offering; shares down 35% premarket

Nano cap BioPharmX (NYSEMKT:BPMX) is down 35% premarket on robust volume in response to its public offering of 73.5M shares of common stock and …

Business

Arc Drilling of Valley View draws majority recapitalization investment from Washington Equity Partners

Washington Equity Partners of McLean, Va., said it has made a majority recapitalization investment of an undisclosed size in Arc Drilling, a Valley …

Cleveland

India’s Opportunity In Hardware

A few months ago I was interviewed by India’s Economic Times. Slightly edited for clarity, with some images for enjoyment.<p><b>Q: How do investors think</b> …

Innovation

Shilpa Shetty & Shweta Shalini Launch 'The Billennium Divas' Angel Fund For Women Entrepreneurs & Startups

They have also announced their upcoming STARTUP INVESTORS SUMMIT 2017 in Ramada Convention Centre, Mumbai which will be having more than 100+ …

India

Palo Alto Networks Is Taking Share - We Raise Our Rating

The October quarter earnings report represented strong market share gains.<p>The company is being selected as the platform of choice among …

Business

Private equity giant KKR wants to help 20k women learn how to code

Private equity giant KKR is backing women in tech in a new effort to help thousands of them learn how to code.<p>The firm is backing an ambitious new …

Cloud infrastructure solution provider Nuvepro raises $400K in seed funding

Bengaluru-based Nuvepro Technologies Pvt Ltd, which provides managed cloud environment solutions, has raised $400,000 (Rs 2.5 crore) in a seed round …

Startups

Ten years on: Seedcamp outs new £41M seed fund and says it’s ready to invest in tokens

“The maturity of founders is just exponentially better and different from when we started in ‘07,” says Seedcamp co-founder and Managing Partner Reshma Sohoni. “[They are] so much more knowledgeable, so much more practiced in the art of starting up”.<p>I’m on a conference call with Sohoni, Seedcamp’s …

Startups

The Secret to Accessing Startup Funding? Treat It the Same Way You Do Sales.

By doing this, you'll shorten your path to checks, alleviate stress related to disorganization and sharpen your company's system-building skills.<p>Venture capitalists are starving, starving! for solid investments. <i>Business Insider</i>, for example, reported that undeployed funds now total more than $121 …

Entrepreneurship

This St. Louis Venture Capital Firm Wants to Invest in Talented Entrepreneurs Living in Middle America

Roughly 70% of venture funding goes to startups in New York, Boston, or San Francisco. Lewis and Clark Ventures wants to change that.<p>All the talented entrepreneurs in America aren't living in just three cities.<p>Yet, nearly 70% of venture capital goes to startups in New York, Boston, and San …

Business

A fast-growing cannabis tech company just raised $17 million in a bid to dominate the market

• <b>LeafLink, a commerce platform for cannabis dispensaries, raised $17 million in an oversubscribed Series A round.</b>• <b><br>The company plans to expand into the lucrative California market, and launch in new states as more legal cannabis markets come online.</b><p>LeafLink, an online commerce platform for cannabis …

Business

Zuckerberg's Wealth Manager Wants to Be a Buyout Shop

A secretive wealth manager that invests money for some of the most prominent names in Silicon Valley plans to ramp up its private-equity investing, a move that raises the specter of possible conflicts with some of its clients.<p>Iconiq Capital LLC, whose early clients included Mark Zuckerberg and …

Business

I Was Blown Away By This Stockholm Venture Capitalist

A former McKinsey consultant takes a Silicon Valley-infused approach to building some of Stockholm's leading startups<p>It takes decades to turn a city into a hopping startup scene. A pioneering entrepreneur has to start a company in the city that enriches early investors -- often through an …

Business

The US-based tech company that just went public in London

Boku, a United States-based carrier billing company, listed on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) recently, selling £45 million in stock. Only about one-third of those shares were from the company, however, with the rest sourced from extant shareholders.<p>The flotation is …

London Stock Exchange

What Are VCs Really Trying to Say? Here Are 3 Common Conversations Translated For You

Use these translations to decode the 3 most common messages to understand what your investors are actually telling you.<p>A good friend stayed with me and my family last week, and as she shared about her trials and tribulations in raising angel and venture investment for her exciting new payment …

Entrepreneurship

Tencent has become the first technology firm from China to be valued over $500 billion

Powered by a <b>69 percent jump</b> in the quarterly net profit of CNY 18 billion or $2.72 billion has helped push the market capital of Tencent to about CNY …

Alibaba Group

The hole in the middle of venture capital

I regularly hear people complain that our region lacks venture capital. Last week I asked members of our entrepreneurial community about this perceived funding gap and what they thought we should do about it.<p>The first thing I learned was that the venture capital funding gap was most profoundly felt …

BRIEF-LGC Capital increases size of oversubscribed private placement financing and provides update on Quebec cannabis investment

Nov 21 (Reuters) - LGC Capital Ltd LG.V<p>* LGC Capital Ltd increases size of oversubscribed private placement financing and provides update on Quebec …

Cannabis

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