Category Archives: Venture Capital

New Startup-Focused Bank Gets More than $100 Million From Investors

A New York based bank opened up for in May 2019, after raising over $100 Million from investors. Indeed, Grasshopper Bancrop Inc entered the business world targetting startups. It is an excpetional investment as new banks are rare in the US because of low interests rate and domincane of giant lenders. Grasshopper is known as a venture bank, meankng that, it typically will take deposits from startups that have raised money from investors and firms. This bank aims to lend more established companies investing into startups. But, CEO Judit erwin believes that many barriers are falling down for new banking companies. Read More >>

Five Lessons from a Venture Capitalist with a Long-Term Focus

As more and more businesses and individuals look to invest in the next big idea that can be translated into a unicorn company with huge scale-ability and profit potential, the startup market has become saturated with investors. Often these investors follow red herring companies to limited success and limited returns. Gopi Rangan, adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship for INSEAD Business School, breaks down the logic that has led his friend and mentor, Oren Zeev, to success as a venture capitalist. These are the five tried and true rules for any venture capitalist to live by. Read more>>

AirAsia Targets Startups With New Venture Capital Fund

The latest in a number of airlines that are seeking to diversify their portfolios, AirAsia has started a fund called RedBeat Capital to provide seed money to burgeoning businesses. Sean O’Neal of Skift.com describes how the company is following the examples of JetBlue Technology Ventures and the unsuccessful Qantas AVRO Accelerator Program in its bifurcation of its focus into new and promising businesses. Whether the motivation for this venture capital fund comes from a desire to boost revenue, boost innovation within their cultures, or to insulate themselves from the uncertainties of the market through diversification, it is an undisputedly interesting and savvy move on the part of the Asian budget airline. Read more>>

A Guide to Preemptive Funding Offers

Any seasoned entrepreneur knows that funding is one of the most challenging and headache-producing elements of the startup process. A preemptive offer can feel like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately, sometimes these offers can be more of a Trojan Horse. In today’s market climate of over-capitalization, Aaron Harris of Y Combinator gives some pointers on how to strike a preemptive deal for funding that is good for startup business and investor alike. Read more>>

Industrial tech may not be sexy, but VCs are loving it

Popularity of Industrial Technology over the last eight years has grown significantly. Not only are more venture capitalists investing in this industry but also, the amount they are willing to invest has almost doubled. Series B and C investors have especially seen growth and despite uncertainty within the market, these investors are willing to take bigger risks with this industry than ever before. Read More>>

 

Funding for Early-Stage Startups: How Cisco and Plug and Play are Changing the Investment Game

You have a killer startup business idea. You create a solid business plan, hire your first employees and even have some product development. You are ready for the big leagues, but you need cash investment to get you there. Unfortunately, VCs aren’t giving you the time of day. Does that mean an end for your startup dreams? Not at all. Read more>>

Boeing leads $10 million funding round for BridgeSat laser communications venture

BridgeSat ground stationBoeing HorizonX Ventures is leading a $10 million investment round to boost BridgeSat, a Denver-based satellite communications company that aims to use laser technology for ground-to-space data connectivity. Founded in 2015, BridgeSat is developing a network of optical ground stations and proprietary space terminals for use with satellites in low Earth orbit and geostationary orbit. Read more>>