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The Globalization Of Venture Capital Investing

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

When I look at all of the opportunities we are currently considering plus all of the investments we have made this year to date, what stands out most to me is the location of the founders and teams. It takes a long time, at least five years and more likely a decade, to know how changes in the startup economy and venture capital will play out.

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Finding Founder-Market-Geography Fit


One is “tentpole company,” or a category-defining startup that helps put their hometown on the map, both for investors and future generations of founders. Internally, we’ve begun using the term “founder-market-geography fit” to describe this idea. What is Founder-Market-Geography Fit? Let’s get into it.

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Japan’s Fintech Sensation: SmartPay Secures $7M From SMBC Venture Capital


Japanese fintech leader SmartPay has secured $7 million in a pre-Series A funding round, oversubscribed and led by SMBC Venture Capital. Other participants in the round include Japanese venture capital firm Angel Bridge, European venture capital firm Global Founders Capital, and American venture capital firm Matrix Partners.

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4 problems venture capital can’t solve


As the technology industry retrenches and venture capital firms tighten their standards, savvy founders should consider this counterintuitive question: Even if my vision is compelling enough to secure funding, should I take it? As an investor, my job is to put capital to work. People problems?

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Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

This is going to be BIG.

Brooklyn Bridge Ventures , the pre-seed and seed stage VC fund I run in NYC, has invested in 64 companies in the last six and a half years. Twenty-five of them have at least one female co-founder. Fifteen had co-founders over 40. Five have LGBTQ+ founders. Three teams have African-American founders.

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As a startup founder, you really need to understand how venture capital works


At TechCrunch, it often seems as if every other startup story is about yet another fun company raising satchels full of venture capital. A lot of the pitch decks I see, however, make me wonder if the founders have really thought through what they are doing. That’s a problem for a number of reasons.

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Shield Capital’s Inaugural Venture Capital Fund Focuses on Frontier Technologies

American Entrepreneurship

30 Investments to date in the areas of AI, autonomy, cybersecurity and space Shield Capital was launched in 2021 by the Managing Partners Philip Bilden and Raj Shah, both of whom have deep experience in technology and investing, driving their passion to support founders of frontier technologies.