VC meets the land of opportunity

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The wave of venture capital interest in geographies other than Silicon Valley has been building momentum over the past 5+ years. When we think about the opportunity beyond Silicon Valley, we are really speaking of America. Image Credits: PitchBook/NVCA Venture Monitor.

From Our Founder: Creating Opportunity During Times of Crisis

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With all of this turmoil, it’s also important to understand that it’s times like these—times of crisis—in which some of the greatest business opportunities are presented. For those of us who recognize the opportunity in front of us and actively seize it, the benefits will be enormous.

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UC Students Gain New Resources, Opportunities Through Expanded Entrepreneurship Program

TechStars

The $5 million expansion of the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars program will give more UC campuses critical access to resources, opportunities and mentorships for students and recent graduates across disciplines and experience levels. “As We take great pride, especially, in our efforts to break down barriers and increase opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs. Reposted from the University of California Press Room.

Opportunity Amid Volatility

Haystack

Maybe the region will be caught in this perpetual cycle of intense local inflation and an abundance of resources, and the ones who will thrive in such waters are those who, amid all these never-seen-before changes, seize the opportunity that volatility provides. Career Culture Technology Venture CapitalIt’s an unusual time in the markets.

Edtech valuations aren’t skyrocketing, but investors see more exit opportunities

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Bears are hard to find right now: the sector, once undercapitalized, has brought in $10 billion in venture capital funding globally in 2020. Where edtech lacks in impressive valuations, investors see it gaining in exit opportunities. Ashley Bittner, founding partner, Firework Ventures.

7 investors discuss augmented reality and VR startup opportunities in 2020

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For all of the investors preaching that augmented reality technology will likely be the successor to the modern smartphone, today, most venture capitalists are still quite wary to back AR plays. Tipatat Chennavasin, The Venture Reality Fund. Brianne Kimmel, Work Life Ventures.

Lessons from a Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio

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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. The diversity is the direct result of our mission—to build the most accessible venture capital fund in NY. Surrounding yourself with diverse teams means being exposed to a lot of different perspectives and creates learning opportunities not possible when everyone you deal with professionally looks and acts like you do.

“Delivering Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together:” Community Leader Spotlight with Pascale Hyboud-Peron

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Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Co-founder and Director of Venture Centre , has an awesome Twitter bio: “Creating connections and exploring intersections between people and ideas by delivering meaningful opportunities to do good stuff together #entrepreneurship.”. Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together. Pascale’s big goal is to help “create new ventures that do good for our people and our planet.

Happily CEO: Pandemic brings opportunities for tech startups

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Kolomyjec senses another quiet shift in the world of technology startups—an awakening of interest in Midwestern startups from venture capital firms on the coasts. By Scott Meacham. Information technology plays a super-sized role In Oklahoma’s innovation economy.

Hunters raises additional growth funding from Snowflake Ventures

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Only a few months after announcing its $15 million Series A round, Tel Aviv-based cybersecurity firm Hunters today announced that it has received additional growth funding from Snowflake Ventures. With this, Snowflake’s venture arm joins existing investors M12 and U.S.

Ten Realities of Taking Venture Capital Money

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If you take venture capital money. 3) You will almost certainly take more venture capital money after that. 8) There are smaller exit opportunities you will not be able to take because your capital structure makes them financially unattractive. 10) You will face more competition as venture investment signals that what you''re doing may be attractive. Venture Capital & Technology

Prosus Ventures leads $30 million investment in Indian agritech startup DeHaat

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Prosus Ventures, formerly known as Naspers Ventures, led Patna and Gurgaon-based startup’s Series C financing round. The startup, which recently made its second acquisition, is also open to exploring more M&A opportunities, said DeHaat’s Shashank Kumar.

Introducing Revolution Ventures 3

Revolution

Today, we’re announcing the launch of Revolution Ventures III (RV3)?—?an an over-subscribed $215 million fund to invest in transformative early stage companies with the same team and differentiated approach as the successful Revolution Ventures II (RV2). At Revolution Ventures, we match this unique deal flow to the specific skills of our team and our hands-on and distinct approach to investing. venture-capital startup investing

Accenture Ventures Leader Says Time Is Now for Black Entrepreneurs

Smart Hustle Magazine

Accenture Ventures leader Kathryn Ross has advice for black founders that could be initially deemed counter-intuitive. Kathryn is well-placed to shares insights about black founders and how they are faring in the world of venture capital and entrepreneurship.

Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

Both Sides of the Table

Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role. She worked for 5 years as a VC at Battery Ventures and co-headed M&A at IAC working with Barry Diller.

The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

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The fact is, it''s just not cool to criticize the investing side of the venture capital market. I just respectfully don''t see the same opportunity as her investors do, and I reserve the right to be 100% wrong. For the most part, journalists give startups a free pass when venture capital money is raised or when companies that clearly seem to have failed get "acquired". Venture Capital & Technology

Time for the Opportunity Fund?

EntreWorks Consulting

Third Way has recently released a plan to create a new $60 billion Opportunity Fund to encourage venture capital (VC) investments in locations outside of America’s VC hotspots. At $60 billion, the Opportunity Fund is a big idea, but not necessarily a new one. This deep knowledge base yields several important lessons for the Opportunity Fund. Any new venture fund must be part of a continuum of capital sources, closing persistent capital gaps.

Expanding Opportunity In Franklin County, Ohio

Forward Cities

For many cities, a history of red-lining , unequal development, and decisions to build highways through thriving minority communities contributed in significant ways to disparities in wealth and access to opportunities in our neighborhoods. The journey over the last months has illuminated more learning, growth, and community engagement opportunities than we could have ever hoped for. by LC Johnson | Dec 30, 2019 | Insight, Solution Series.

Techstars and HBCUvc Launch 10-City Startup Weekend Tour to Promote Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital

TechStars

October 2, 2019 – Techstars , the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and HBCUvc , a nonprofit fellowship program providing Black and Latinx students with training and mentorship in venture capital, today announced the launch of a joint 10-city Startup Weekend tour across the country. Some teams even started to generate revenue during the event, while others went on to raise funds from angel investors or venture capitalists. WASHINGTON, D.C.

Tickr, which allows retail investors to back impact companies, secures $3.4M from Ada Ventures

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million) in funding lead by Ada Ventures , a VC which focuses on “impact” startups. The vast majority of Europeans don’t invest in markets, so this could be a good opportunity for the product. Tickr , an app that allows U.K.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

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Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. And as a VC I often cultivate relationships with the most talented people with whom I’ve worked over the years and look for opportunities to work with them again. Marketing departments, software partners and investors have now woken up to this opportunity.

Founders don’t need to be full-time to start raising venture capital

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“More than 50% of our founders still are in their current jobs,” said John Vrionis, co-founder of seed-stage fund Unusual Ventures. Leary chalks up the boom to the disruption in consumer behavior, which opens up the opportunity for new companies to win.

Seoul-based payment tech startup CHAI gets $60 million from Hanhwa, SoftBank Ventures Asia

TechCrunch

The round was led by Hanhwa Investment & Securities, with participation from SoftBank Ventures Asia (the early-stage venture capital arm of SoftBank Group), SK Networks, Aarden Partners and other strategic partners.

New venture firm The-Wolfpack takes a fresh approach to D2C startups

TechCrunch

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the consumer, leisure and media companies hard, but a new venture firm called The-Wolfpack is still very upbeat on those sectors. It also plans to invest in startups based on opportunities for them to collaborate or cross-sell with one another. But it also presents opportunities for innovation as consumer habits shift, Nichols said. The-Wolfpack’s co-founders, Toh Jin Wei, Tan Kok Chin and Simon Nichols (Image Credit: The-Wolfpack).

Tiger Global is raising a new $3.75 billion venture fund, one year after closing its last

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million venture fund called Tiger Private Investment Partners XIV that it expects to close in March. It’s a lot of capital to target, even amid a sea of enormous new venture vehicles. Lightspeed Venture Partners soon after announced $4 billion across three funds.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

I think I’m at the expert stage of venture capital and I mean in the Wardley sense. I’ve seen companies who avoided the big round and then struggled without enough resources to ship products on time and then missed market opportunities and sold in mediocre outcomes as others sailed by them. What do I know about venture? VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles.

Faulty Logic in the Venture Capital and Female Founder Discussion

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We all have our inherent biases and what I am not arguing here is that the venture capital world is a fair playing field for anyone. I repeat: I AM NOT ARGUING THAT VENTURE CAPITAL IS FAIR TO ANYONE. billion went to women-led ventures.". We really don''t know, because we''re missing some critical information: HOW MANY WOMEN ARE SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL? I AM NOT ARGUING THAT WOMEN AREN''T SEEKING VENTURE CAPITAL. Venture Capital & Technology

Discuss the unbundling of early-stage VC with Unusual Ventures’ Sarah Leary & John Vrionis

TechCrunch

This year has been everything but business as usual for the venture and tech community. So, why not listen to the aptly-named experts over at Unusual Ventures? And we still have a presidential election ahead of us.

Cybersecurity firm benefits from Oklahoma opportunities

Innovation 2 Enterprise

TokenEx is a case study in the impact of Oklahoma’s initiatives — OCAST research grants, seed capital through the TBFP fund and venture services from i2E — for supporting advanced technology startups and for priming new industries. By Scott Meacham. Copyright © 2019, The Oklahoman. As I talk daily with Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs, elected officials and investors, I have yet to find one single person who does not agree that economic diversification is critical to our state’s future.

Indonesian investment platform Ajaib gets $25 million Series A led by Horizons Venture and Alpha JWC

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Ajaib Group , an online investment platform that says it now runs the fifth-largest stock brokerage in Indonesia by number of trades, announced it has raised a $25 million Series A led by Horizons Ventures, the venture capital firm founded by Li Ka-Shing, and Alpha JWC.

Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. LPs (the people who invest in VC firms) have clearly voted in favor of LA with the creation of 15+ new early-stage venture firms and the continued growth is size and team of the great larger firms that are well established. venture-capital

My Least Favorite Part of Venture Capital

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That's why, out of the 2,000 opportunities I saw this year, you and your company are one of the 8-10 I gave a term sheet to. I'm a lead investor. That means I'm usually the first person to put down a price on what your company is worth--a dollar value on months, if not years, worth of your work, blood, sweat, tears, stress, etc. Here's a piece of paper that says how much I think your dreams are worth."

Money. show me! If you want to change Venture Capital, focus on LPs. #openlp

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In venture, it’s all about getting an opportunity to make partner and being included in the carry—the economic upside of a fund. There are so many different ways to interpret the data on who gets venture and why. There are lots of problems with access to venture connections that account for some of this, but how you invest and pay your own team is the one indisputable thing that is in a VC firm’s control.

Rho, a startup bank aimed at high-growth businesses, raises $15M Series A led by M13 Ventures

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Rho Technologies , the NYC-based fintech behind Rho Business Banking, has raised a $15 million Series A round led by M13 Ventures with participation from Torch Capital and Inspired Capital. Finance Recent Funding Startups TC Banking M13 Ventures Rho Technologies

Solution Stories: Expanding Opportunity in Franklin County, Ohio

Forward Cities

For many cities, a history of red-lining , unequal development, and decisions to build highways through thriving minority communities contributed in significant ways to disparities in wealth and access to opportunities in our neighborhoods. The journey over the last months has illuminated more learning, growth, and community engagement opportunities than we could have ever hoped for. Editor's Note.

Accessibility as an Advantage in Venture Capital: Why Creating Value for Everyone in the Community Wins

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Today's top founders will undoubtedly start something new in the future, but they won't make up the majority of innovators going forward--just as prior generations of venture backed founders don't make up a majority of those who are succeeding today. Opening up our circle to create and scale genuine engagement for people outside of typical venture networks is how we do business—and we’re getting exceptional deal flow because of that.

How to Get into Venture Capital - An Update

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About seven years ago, I wrote a post on breaking into venture capital and I continue to point the five or six people a week who ask me how to break into venture. The candidates for venture capital roles are already out there and usually in plain sight and there simply wasn''t anyone out there doing what Amrit was doing who wasn''t already fulltime at a firm. The opportunities, however, are different than they used to be. Venture Capital & Technology