Venture Capital

Why Former Navy Secretary Ray Mabus Is Joining a Venture Capital Firm

<i>This article first appeared in Term Sheet, Fortune's newsletter about deals and dealmakers. Sign up here.</i><p>GV, venture the investment arm of Alphabet …

A Question About Risk That Founders Forget to Ask VCs

Here’s a question I recommend founders ask Seed or Series A VCs during their fundraising: “What’s a risk you’re more comfortable with than the …

Startups

The Next Industry for Silicon Valley to Disrupt: Logistics

<i>This article first appeared in Term Sheet, Fortune's newsletter on deals and dealmakers. Sign up here.</i><p>Venture capital pushes entrepreneurs to think …

Series A Round

The Anatomy Of A Successful IPO

I have been fortunate that three of the investments I led for Sapphire Ventures (Nutanix, MuleSoft and Alteryx) have had an IPO in the last six …

IPOs

Startup India To Ease Up India

Quoting Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn's founder, running a startup is much like jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down. The journey …

Startups

Iranian E-Commerce Startups Are A Hot Investment, But Off Limits To Americans

Two investors who have had a hand in running an Iranian financial services company, Turquoise Investment Partners, have set up a small London-based publicly traded investment firm, Indigo, to allow investments into more e-commerce companies in Iran and the rest of the Middle East.<p>“We wanted to be …

Iran

The state of fintech funding, in five charts

Investment in financial technology may have fallen a spectacular 47 percent last year but it is perhaps just an indication of the maturation of the …

FinTech

Term Sheet — Tuesday, March 28

TRILLIONS<p><b>SecNav:</b> GV, venture the investment arm of Alphabet, has added four new advisors to its stable: Craig Kornblau, former president of Universal …

Capitalism

GGV Capital leads Series D round for millennial women site Bustle

<b>Bustle</b>, a media site for millennial women, has raised $12 million in Series D funding. <b>GGV Capital</b> led the round with participation from other …

Capitalism

Silicon Valley Startups Favor IPOs Over Deals as M&A Languishes - Bloomberg

When it comes to choosing an exit, some closely held technology companies are betting they can get richer valuations from a public listing than from …

Silicon Valley

Why We Need More Minority and Women Entrepreneurs

Why Far More Attention is Needed to Help Minority Entrepreneurs.<p><i>By</i> <i>Megan Kashner</i><i>, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Social Impact at</i> …

Arianna Huffington

7 Top VCs Say These Communication Skills Will Set You Apart

The <i>New York Times</i> and CB Insights partnered this week to publish a list of the top 20 “winningest” venture capitalists in the world. I’ve personally interviewed some of the investors who made the <i>New York Times</i> list and I’ve followed the others. Seven of the top twenty have made notable remarks on …

Startups

The $100 million wall: Digital media's scale struggles

Earlier this month, Genius, which started as a rap annotation platform, decided that now it would become a video-focused company. It’s a familiar …

Advertising

London’s social impact accelerator BGV plans seed fund

London-based ‘social impact’ accelerator, Bethnal Green Ventures, which backs pre-seed startups with ideas for using tech to tackle social and/or environmental problems, has taken £1.3 million in funding from three social tech and innovation funders: Big Society Capital, Nominet Trust and Nesta.<p>BVG …

Startups

A new $100 million Russian investment fund is targeting AI startups globally

Global AI investment fever has hit Russia, with a recently launched $100 million fund making its inaugural investments.<p>Announced in late 2016, the fund is backed by Larnabel VC, the venture arm of the Gutseriev family, one of the richest in Russia, and VP Capital, the investment vehicle of …

Artificial Intelligence

Frontier Capital exits NetDocuments

<b>Clearlake Capital</b> has acquired <b>NetDocuments</b>, a cloud-based document and email management provider, from <b>Frontier Capital</b>. No financial terms were …

Investing

Retail Instincts Propel Investor to Venture Capitalism’s Top Tier

SAN FRANCISCO — Kirsten Green had only dabbled in investing in start-ups before she began a venture capital fund in 2012. What she had instead was years of experience covering the retail business as an analyst on Wall Street.<p>So Ms. Green, 45, parlayed that retail knowledge into her venture capital …

Startups

Do Your Homework and Avoid a Venture Capital Nightmare

Three tips to make your venture deals safer.<p>Venture capital can kill.<p>Yes, it can get you the fuel you need to launch your rocket ship. And, yes, you get to join forces with an investor of great power. But if you give minimal thought to the dangers ahead, you are toast. You can find yourself fired …

Entrepreneurship

Where China Invests In America

Startups

European startups need help from family-office investors

The history of family offices – private wealth management vehicles established by high net worth families – has long been entwined with that of venture capital. Indeed, several leading VC firms, including Bessemer Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Frog Capital and Atomico, have emerged from …

Wealth

Decoding the Term Sheet - Types of Funding

'If you have a great startup idea or even if you have progressed further, in this blog, we will walk your through the diverse types of funding …

Angel Investing

Salesforce looks for a future beyond its walls with rising VC investments and acquisitions

When it comes to investments and acquisitions, Salesforce has made headlines lately for deals that didn’t happen. The company’s rebuffed $26 billion bid for LinkedIn last year and a run at Twitter that never got off the ground would have ranked by far as Salesforce’s largest deals.<p>But those …

Salesforce

VC Marketing: Using Your Positioning, Thought Leadership and Results

Yesterday I came across this piece on VC Marketing. It lists notably:<p>Mary Meeker (KPCB), who brought the audience from her “Internet Trends” report …

Meet a Real Unicorn: The First Black Partner at 500 Startups

A <b>venture capitalist</b> is a person who invests in a business venture, providing capital for start-up or expansion. The majority of venture capital (VC) …

Startups

What Initial Coin Offerings Are, and Why VC Firms Care

The venture capital industry is beginning to take a good, hard look at a new financial instrument coming out of the bitcoin community — Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs. Also known as “token sales,” this new fundraising phenomenon is being fueled by a convergence of blockchain technology, new …

Bitcoin

Do Funders Care More About Your Team, Your Idea, or Your Passion?

A new study asked hundreds of venture capitalists to rank the factors that drive their investment decisions.<p>By Martin J. Smith | Stanford Business Contributor<p>In the always complicated courtship between entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, Stanford finance professor Ilya A. Strebulaev may have …

Business Strategy

The Ultimate Start-Up Guide

Hard Won Advice from Venture Capitalists<p>Many of us love to read stories of the beginnings of Apple or Facebook. We imagine what those early days were …

Entrepreneurship

The minimum price a founder can sell their company for

Venture capitalists will tell you they’re in the business of making high-risk, high-reward investments. Their trade isn’t for wimps – you’ve got to …

SoundCloud

How Trump will impact venture capital: The future of QSBS

When we speak of disruption in the startup industry, it would not be uncommon to invoke an innovative technology or a visionary founder. It is a rare occasion when we can celebrate legislators. Yet, some of the most recent strides in the emerging growth ecosystem are owed not to Silicon Valley …

Series A Round

Kindred Spirits - Our Investment In Founder Collective

Foundry Group is best known for our investments in startups, but our vehicle currently investing in other venture funds, Foundry Group Next, is off …

Startups