Category Archives: Venture Capital

New Study Sheds Light on Angel Investors in the US Economy

BOSTON—“The American Angel,” a new comprehensive national study released yesterday, provides a detailed picture of angel investors–who they are, where they live, and how they make investment decisions.  Andy Wu, assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School, said they are excited to share the findings of this first large-scale survey of its kind in this country, shedding light on the identity of the ‘American Angel,’ and how that is rapidly changing. Read more>>

Are ICOs The New Startup Lifeblood?

Tech company Hanson Robotics is using SingularityNet, a token-based marketplace, to help fund the development of advanced artificial intelligence. This kind of crowdfunding campaign is known as an initial coin offering (ICO). A video promoting the ICO sale features Sophia explaining SingularityNet’s marketplace. An ICO is a virtual coin or token that is sold to investors in an effort to raise capital for a new company. Depending on the terms of the ICO, the token sold to an investor can represent either an investment security, or a form of currency within a company’s application. And while it might sound a little too futuristic, ICOs are a key tool for launching a business or entrepreneurial effort. Read more>>

There’s an implosion of early-stage VC funding, and no one’s talking about it

Amid record amounts of capital raised by VCs worldwide, and a sharp rise in the number of private “unicorns” valued at $1 billion-plus, there has been a quiet, barely noticed implosion in early-stage VC activity worldwide. Since 2014, the number of VC rounds in technology companies worldwide has nearly halved, from 19,000 to 10,000, according to PitchBook. During that time, the drop in VC funding amount has been nowhere near as dramatic, highlighting that VCs are concentrating investment into fewer later-stage companies. Read more>>

Boeing HorizonX invests in Near Earth Autonomy, boosting self-flying tech

Drone flightBoeing’s venture capital arm, Boeing HorizonX, says it has made a substantial investment in Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based startup that focuses on technologies for autonomous flight. Boeing and Near Earth also announced a partnership to explore future products and applications for emerging markets such as urban mobility. The move follows up on Boeing’s acquisition of a more established company in the realm of autonomous flight, Aurora Flight Sciences, and underscores the fact that the aerospace giant is turning more attention to robotic flying machines. Read more>>