5 Things VC Associates Wish Founders Knew Before Their Call

Dream It

The venture capital screening call is an important step to get right in due diligence. In this Dreamit Dose, associates Alana Hill and I, Elliot Levy , offer five things we wish founders knew after screening over 1,000 startups in the last year. Startup Insights Fundraising

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A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

The startup economy is alive and well during the pandemic. The NVCA and Pitch Book are out with their Q3 report on the VC industry and what they report is that the VC industry continues to be very active throughout the pandemic. Deal counts and deal values are stable to up over last year.

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Qualcomm Ventures invests in four 5G startups

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Qualcomm Ventures , Qualcomm’s investment arm, today announced four new strategic investments in 5G-related startups. ” So far, Qualcomm Ventures has invested over $170 million in the 5G ecosystem, including this new batch. In total, Qualcomm Ventures has deployed $1.5

The Future of Corporate Venture Capital

500

How has corporate venture capital changed? Conventional wisdom dictated that incumbents should focus their innovation efforts on R&D and growing their cash cows while investing in a few startups. As one of the most active, early-stage investors in the world¹, 500 Startups has a unique perspective on the innovation economy. The post The Future of Corporate Venture Capital appeared first on 500 Startups. The following is an excerpt from 500’s CVC report.

Boston startups expand region’s venture capital footprint

TechCrunch

This year has shaken up venture capital, turning a hot early start to 2020 into a glacial period permeated with fear during the early days of COVID-19. Boston could start 2021 as the number-two place to raise venture capital in the country. billion in venture capital.

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

TechCrunch

Once overlooked, agritech startups are beginning to have a moment in India. Prosus Ventures, formerly known as Naspers Ventures, led Patna and Gurgaon-based startup’s Series C financing round. Agritech startup DeHaat raises $12M to reach more farmers in India.

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. In just 54 hours, participants will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life at a startup. . Diversity Startup Week diversity and inclusion Startup Weeken

NextView Ventures closes its fourth fund with $89 million

TechCrunch

NextView Ventures, a Boston-based venture capital fund, has raised an $89.6 The NextView Ventures team did not immediately respond to request for comment. In April, NextView launched a virtual accelerator for startups to build a more robust pipeline for deal flow.

Mental health startups are raising spirits and venture capital

TechCrunch

A spate of startups focused on mental health recently made enough noise as a group that they caught the eye of the Equity podcast crew. But in preparation, I reached out to CB Insights for new data on the mental health startup space that they were kind enough to supply.

Oklahoma’s startup ecosystem ensures capital continuum for emerging ventures

Innovation 2 Enterprise

All critical success factors — but not make-or-break in the same way capital is to a startup company. In the startup world, the sources of those funds are angel investors and venture capitalists. News capital entrepreneurs Scott Meacham startup ecosystem startups TBFP

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. The diversity is the direct result of our mission—to build the most accessible venture capital fund in NY. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by a diverse community of founders, in the most diverse tech and startup city in the world.

Cloud infrastructure startup CloudNatix gets $4.5 million seed round led by DNX Ventures

TechCrunch

CloudNatix, a startup that provides infrastructure for businesses with multiple cloud and on-premise operations, announced it has raised $4.5 The round was led by DNX Ventures, an investment firm that focuses on United States and Japanese B2B startups, with participation from Cota Capital.

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

TechCrunch

The Seoul-based startup announced today it has raised a $60 million Series B. ” Apps Fundings & Exits Payments Recent Funding Startups TC Asia chai CHAI Card digital payments Hanhwa Investment & Securities SoftBank Ventures Asia south korea

Hunters raises additional growth funding from Snowflake Ventures

TechCrunch

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.

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. ” The-Wolfpack’s debut fund, called the Wolfpack Pioneer VCC, is already fully subscribed at $5 million USD, and will focus on direct-to-consumer companies, with plans to invest in eight to 10 startups. It also plans to invest in startups based on opportunities for them to collaborate or cross-sell with one another.

As venture capital rebounds, what’s going on with venture debt?

TechCrunch

The American venture capital world has staged an impressive comeback from the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a moment, there was worry that startups would struggle to raise for quarters, leading to layoffs, slowed hiring and budget cuts. based startups in Q3 2020?

Announcing the 17 New Startups in Dreamit Ventures’ SecureTech, HealthTech, and UrbanTech Programs

Dream It

Press Release The venture fund and growth-focused accelerator accepted the cohort from a field of nearly 2,000 pre-Series A companies NEW YORK CITY, NY — April 2, 2019 — Dreamit Ventures, an early stage venture fund and growth-focused accelerator, announced its latest batch of startups this week. Other well-known Dreamit startups include SeatGeek, HouseParty, Wellth, Biomeme, Tissue Analytics, Redox, Eko Devices, Raxar, Elevate, Cylera and many others.

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

TechCrunch

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

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

What’s going on with fintech venture capital investment?

TechCrunch

Over the next few weeks, the venture capital industry will compile and release data concerning its Q4 2020 performance, capping a year that saw the world of private capital freeze , thaw and burn. The Exchange explores startups, markets and money.

Union Square Ventures and Learn Capital file paperwork indicating new funds

TechCrunch

As 2020 comes to a long-awaited end, a series of filings indicate that venture capitalists are ending the year with fresh money. If you’ve been paying attention to news this past year, it’s clear that much of venture capital isn’t just surviving 2020 – it’s flourishing through it.

How Venture Funding For Early-Stage Startups Will Change During the COVID-19 Crisis

Dream It

Martino founded Bullpen in 2010 with a focus on post-seed, pre-Series A startups, and he led the fund’s investments in companies like FanDuel, Namely, Ipsy, SpotHero, Classy, and Airmap. In New York, for instance, there are now venture funds with a West Coast mentality and firms with an East Coast mentality; the same is true for firms in San Francisco. Will a financial crisis affect how venture funds deploy capital? Startups should know how VCs work.

What I wish I’d known about venture capital when I was a founder

TechCrunch

Andy Areitio is a partner at the early-stage fund TheVentureCity , a new venture and acceleration model that helps diverse founders achieve global impact. So, I’ve decided to share the main lessons about VC that I wish I’d known when I was a startup founder chasing venture capital.

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

TechCrunch

million) in funding lead by Ada Ventures , a VC which focuses on “impact” startups. The startup says it is approaching 100,000 users in the U.K. Ada Ventures closes first fund at $50M, investing in diverse founders tackling society’s problems.

How to Raise Capital for a Startup (or Venture Fund) That’s Ahead of its Time

Entrepreneur's Handbook

Precursor Ventures’ Charles Hudson shares his top tips for raising capital for an unconventional, out-there idea. founders startup venture-capital entrepreneurship vc

You can start a venture fund if you’re not rich; here’s how

TechCrunch

For years — decades, even — there was little question about whether you could become a venture capitalist if you weren’t comfortable financially. ” Explore management fee offsets , which investors in venture funds often determine to be reasonable.

WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Top 5 Fastest Growing Sectors of Startup Venture Capital Investment in 2020 (Episode 166)

StartupNation

Did you now that Q4 of 2020 saw the greatest number of startup companies being launched than ever before in our country’s history? Tomasz breaks down the top categories that saw the biggest increase in venture capital investment in 2020.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? I have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. Startup Lessons This week. Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price? Him: It wasn’t priced. We raised a convertible note. Me: With a cap? Him: Yes, $8 million. Me: Ah. I see. So you did raise with a price.

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.

Furniture startup Burrow raises $25M

TechCrunch

Burrow , a startup that first launched with a modular sofa , eventually aims to sell you furniture for every room in your home. Modular sofa startup Burrow raises $14M. ” The startup has now raised a total fo $55 million.

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

This is going to be BIG.

The fact is, it''s just not cool to criticize the investing side of the venture capital market. 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". It''s just not cool these days to say anything bad about the business side of startups unless you cross over into the "Big enough to pick on" world, like an Uber. Venture Capital & Technology

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

500

No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Startups. When I moved to San Francisco in 2012, I was working on my fourth startup and looking to join an accelerator. The post Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it appeared first on 500 Startups. Announcements Founders Venture Capital Investing 500 startups accelerator 500 startups demo day

BadVR is using government grants to build a business that’s independent of venture capital

TechCrunch

When the Los Angeles-based extended reality data visualization company BadVR first heard that one of its earliest benefactors, Magic Leap, was about to shed 1,000 jobs and was fighting for its life , the young startup was unfazed.

The Future of Startup Ecosystems Across the Globe

500

This year we dove headfirst into the rise of corporate venture capital, the changing nature of venture capital education, and the important task of startup ecosystem building. Fast Growing Corporate Venture Capital With headlines from Softbank, Google Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and more, corporate venture capital is growing faster than ever. In 2018, we saw this trend reach new heights with more corporate venture capital (CVC) funds than ever.

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

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Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Before this remark generates too much controversy, let’s be clear: It is absolutely true that a huge percentage of startup teams are young, technical white dudes. I am absolutely looking to fund as many promising startups as possible. Venture Capital & TechnologyTweet. 1) You need it.

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

TechCrunch

“More than 50% of our founders still are in their current jobs,” said John Vrionis, co-founder of seed-stage fund Unusual Ventures. Fundings & Exits Startups TC early stage Extra Crunch Live John Vrionis sarah leary Unusual Ventures