Venture Capital

Why Your Startup Doesn't Need Venture Capital

Advice on what to consider in growing your startup venture.<p>With the popularity of entrepreneurial shows like Shark Tank and the influence of tech news headlines, there is a growing misconception that to succeed as an entrepreneur, you must seek venture capital. Contrary to popular belief, this is …

Business

Bain Capital has now plunged two toy retailers into bankruptcy

Bain Capital has a knack for throwing big toy retailers into bankruptcy.<p>The buyout firm founded by Mitt Romney — which got slammed this week by the …

Business

A Smart Breast Pump: Mothers Love It. VCs Don’t

Before her first meetings with venture capitalists, Janica Alvarez thought she could have a professional discussion about breasts. Alvarez was trying …

Babies

SoftBank’s $93 billion Vision Fund is the biggest of all time — and it’s not even close

Its size could also be a liability.<p>SoftBank’s Vision Fund is a beast like no other. Backed by sovereign wealth fundsand tech behemoths alike, it’s not just the largest tech fund ever — it’s the largest corporate venture capital fund ever, according to data from FactSet. It towers over what were …

Why Startup Founders Should Be Required to Sign a ‘No Go, Bro’ Clause

The recent resignation of Social Finance CEO Mike Cagney, in the wake of allegations that he sexually harassed female employees, fostered a frat …

Governance

IPOs That Should Be on Your Radar

The markets continue to trade at or near all-time highs, with companies in just about every sector (even some in the beleaguered retail and much …

Stocks

Hyperloop One raised an $85 million round at a valuation that tops $700 million

That brings the company’s total funding to $245 million.<p>Hyperloop One, the company built on Elon Musk’s vision for fast and efficient freight and passenger transportation, has closed an $85 million series B round. That brings the company’s total funding to $245 million.<p>That brings the company’s …

Transportation

New Book Frames the 1 Critical Habit of Successful Innovators

Want to create real change? Here's why you need this book on your night stand.<p>Answer these three questions with the first thing that comes to mind. Who's today's great living innovator? Where is the most innovation coming from today? Why does innovation matter? Your answers are probably conditioned …

Business

Revamp of the Takeover Code offers a Cadbury fudge, mystery at Transferwise and TPG's Capital Moves

What links a chocolate factory near Birmingham, a tub of Flora margarine and a British-designed chip that tells you when your fridge is running low …

London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures closes new $95M fund

London and Antwerp-based Hummingbird Ventures, which counts Deliveroo and Showpad in its portfolio, has closed a new $95 million fund to invest in tech startups at the “late Seed and Series A” stage.<p>Targeting Europe and also further afield, having invested in more nascent ecosystems such as Turkey, …

Startups

VC data looks at why companies buy AI startups

The recent acquisition of Blue River Technology by John Deere is an artificial intelligence deal at its best. It shows the impact AI can have across various industries, as well as the scale of that impact. Leaders of previous technological revolutions are paying hundreds of millions for nimble …

John Deere

Y Combinator is helping people invest in startups using blockchain

Smart Investment<p>Y Combinator wants to give people another way to invest in the startups it works with, utilizing the blockchain and cryptocurrency to …

Bitcoin

Venture fundraising in yuan soars as investors target Chinese tech firms | Reuters

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.<p>Published Date: Sep 22, 2017 05:15 am | Updated Date: Sep 22, 2017 …

Tangle of cross-shareholdings links Uber and its rivals

The rivalry between Uber and Lyft is so great that venture capitalists considering making an investment in Uber used to be told they would have to …

Uber

Investors Venture Boldly Into Neuroscience

Neuroscience has quietly become a hot space for startups. Across a range of neurologic conditions, contrarian investors have been fueling entrepreneurs to discover and develop novel therapeutic strategies.<p>Earlier this week, two Atlas-founded companies, Rodin Therapeutics and Disarm Therapeutics, …

Neuroscience

DogBuddy, the European dog sitting marketplace, scores €5M Series A

DogBuddy, a pan-European online marketplace for dog sitting, has closed €5 million in Series A funding, money it plans for further expansion. Backing the London-headquartered startup in this round is existing investor Sweet Capital, the investment fund started by the founders of King.com, and a …

Startups

Despite big losses, database firm MongoDB files for an IPO

New York City-based database company MongoDB Inc. today formally announced its plans to launch an initial public offering. MongoDB, which develops …

Diversity is lacking in venture capital. It's time to change that. | Detroit VC leaders

It’s no secret that minorities are vastly underrepresented in the world of venture capital. While 13% of the American population is black, only 1% of …

Detroit

Benchmark complicates SoftBank's Uber investment; Uber employee cases in court

The Wall Street Journal sources report that Uber (Private:UBER) investor Benchmark has no plans to sell any of its shares to SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBY, …

Business

Term Sheet — Thursday, September 21

Good morning, Term Sheet readers.<p><b>PLATED UP:</b> After Amazon's Whole Foods acquisition sent ripples through the market, grocers are scrambling to find …

Series A Round

Hony Capital-backed VC fund to invest in Hong Kong tech startups

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beyond Ventures, a new venture capital fund backed by China's Hony Capital, plans to raise HK$1.2 billion ($154 million) to invest in early-stage technology startups in Hong Kong as the financial hub continues to struggle to boost entrepreneurship.<p>Sky-high rents and lack of …

Hong Kong

Top Uber Investor Resists SoftBank Deal

As Uber Technologies Inc. works to finalize a potential multibillion-dollar investment deal with Japan's SoftBank Group Corp., one of the ride-hailing giant's earliest and biggest shareholders has indicated it doesn't intend to sell.<p>The opposition by Benchmark Capital is complicating a proposal by …

Uber

As The Fourth Reg A+ NASDAQ IPO Begins Trading, We Explore The Arcimoto Success

The Arcimoto Reg A+ IPO to the NASDAQ has now listed and is trading with the ticker symbol NASDAQ:FUV (which stands for “Fun Utility Vehicle”). Arcimoto is the fifth Reg A+ IPO, to complete and list on a major exchange in the last four months (and the fourth to list on the NASDAQ). Here we explore …

Entrepreneurship

SAVCA appoints four new directors

With the appointment of the of the four new board directors have passion for the venture capital and private equity industry.

Private Equity

Patient Capital? Time for a national database to match investors with innovators

Last November, the Treasury launched the Patient Capital Review.<p>Its aim was to identify the barriers that innovative companies may face in gaining …

Innovation

Why nice guys (and girls) should not always finish last

When the novelist Claire Messud was asked if she would want to be friends with Nora, the rage-filled protagonist of her novel <i>The Woman Upstairs,</i> she …

Walter Isaacson

Primary Market: India Inc lines up to raise close to Rs 1 lakh crore through IPOs

Written by George Mathew | Mumbai |<p>indian economy, china economy, gdp growth, demonetisation, economic growth, GVA<p>After the boom in the secondary …

India

Exclusive: Cisco Chairman John Chambers Is Joining the Board of This Tech Unicorn

John Chambers, the outgoing chairman of Cisco's board, is taking a director's seat at Sprinklr, a software unicorn that aims to help companies boost …

Swedish podcast platform Acast raises $19.5M Series B to fuel international expansion

Startups

Education Catalyst Fund (ECF) Raises $ 20 Million Funding

Fund Manager, CBA Capital, has completed the first close of Education Catalyst Fund, a $20 Million onshore fund, focused on supporting edtech …

Education