Category Archives: Venture Capital

Early Stage Startups Are Struggling, While VC Investment Dollars Are At All Time High

It’s a mixed bag for startups and funding this year, according to the Q1 2018 PwC/CB Insights MoneyTree™ Report. Since the beginning of the year, the US has seen more than $21B in funding across more than 1,200 deals. Unfortunately for young companies, first venture rounds were on the decline. However, on the plus side, money is definitely flowing in established startup community. Read more>>

When to Raise a Series A

One of the hardest questions to answer when considering an A is “when is my company ready?” This is another one of those questions for which there are hundreds of answers on the internet, none of which are particularly satisfying. The reason these answers don’t work is that each rule has so many exceptions as to make the rule seem silly. Read more>>

With at least $1.3 billion invested globally in 2018, VC funding for blockchain blows past 2017 totals

Image (1) vc-funding.jpg for post 57354Although bitcoin and blockchain technology may not take up quite as much mental bandwidth for the general public as it did just a few months ago, companies in the space continue to rake in capital from investors. One of the latest to do so is Circle, which recently announced a $110 million Series E round led by bitcoin mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain. Read more>>

What To Know Before Going Into Venture Debt

Entrepreneurs who are lucky enough to receive funding from a Venture Capital firm are eligible for a double whammy: Venture Debt. According to Maurice Werdegar, the CEO of Western Technology Investment, venture debt makes up about 10% of the venture market, and it’s growing every year. So what is venture debt all about? This additional form of financing has its merits and some dangers to look out for. Read more>>

Entrepreneur 101: To nurture job growth, U.S. universities seed start-ups

A decade ago, Devin Jameson might have chosen to drop out of college and work on Eversound, a wireless headset start-up for senior communities. Instead, Jameson was able to combine his co-founded company with his academic coursework through Cornell University’s eLab program, an accelerator curriculum he completed in 2015. Jameson said, “Being able to get actual college credit for going through an incubator program was really important.” Read more>>

Here Are The Top States And Cities For Startups In The South

The American South may not be the first region that comes to mind when you hear the phrase “hotbed of tech entrepreneurship,” but, slightly misguided perceptions aside, it’s home to a diverse and growing collection of startups. As is the case with most of the country, the South appears to be experiencing a shift in startup funding as we move toward the latter half of a bull run in entrepreneurial activity. Read more>>

Snoop Dogg’s venture firm just closed its debut fund with $45 million

Snoop Dogg, the rapper, entertainer and businessman, can claim another small victory in a long string of career highlights. The venture firm that he co-founded a couple of years ago, Casa Verde Capital, has closed its debut fund with $45 million. The money was raised in earnest last year, says managing partner Karan Wadhera, an alum of both Goldman Sachs and Nomura Securities who joined the outfit in the summer of 2016 to take over the process of securing capital — as well as investing it along with fellow managing director Evan Eneman. Read more>>

Udacity, with eye to eventual IPO, says revenue more than doubled in 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Online education company Udacity, which offers courses in high-tech subjects such as machine learning, said on Tuesday it more than doubled its annual revenue last year and added about 34,000 new students to its online degree programs. The company, founded by Sebastian Thrun, one of Silicon Valley’s pioneers in self-driving cars, said it increased revenue to $70 million in 2017 from $29 million the prior year. Read more>>

Attention, Founders: That ICO Is About To Dilute You, Too

ICOs are nothing less than a tectonic shift in the startup-funding environment. Alas, one of the most common misconceptions about ICOs is that they allow “non-dilutive financing.” You aren’t selling any shares, so there isn’t any dilution, right? Wrong. Clearly, when selling shares or tokens to investors, the investors expect those to appreciate and increase in value. If that’s the case, they will be sharing some of the future value of your venture, so there must be some dilution hidden here.  Read more>>