All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Venture Capital’

Gwyneth Paltrow: ‘I Had No Idea What I Was Getting Into’

Gwyneth Paltrow is learning the hard way what it takes to be the face of a company. She isn’t just the name and profile behind Goop. She sits in meetings with VC investors. She is involved in the running of the company. She recently told Bloomberg: “I didn’t realize that I would be taking on so much more risk. I …

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Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams Launches Obvious Ventures

Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Blogger, is back with his third version of Obvious, the previous versions of which spawned Twitter, Medium, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s Jelly and Super. This one is called Obvious Ventures, and running the show with Williams are investors James Joaquin and Vishal Vasishth. The firm is what it sounds like – a venture …

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Twitch Raises $15 Million in VC Funding

Twitch, the leading online platform for streaming games and eSports events, announced this week that it has received a $15 million investment from venture capital firms during its latest funding round. Venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners provided the bulk of the funding, with Alsop Louie Partners and Draper Associates also participating the the round. Twitch stated that the investment …

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Bitly Raises $20 Million

URL shortening platform bitly has just raised $20 million in a round of funding, roughly double it garnered last time around. Bitly had been the default URL shortener on Twitter since 2009, replacing TinyURL, until Twitter introduced its own shortener called in 2010. Investor Joshua Stylman mentioned to the Verge, “The link shortening has always been a bit of …

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Pinterest Raises $100 Million at $1.5 Billion Valuation

Regardless of varying reports of Pinterest’s growth as of late, the social photo-sharing site was still able to raise $100 million in venture capital, with a valuation of $1.5 billion. Tokyo-based Rakuten, Inc., one of the world’s largest internet companies, contributed $50 million to the latest investment round. Since its inception in 2008, Pinterest was only able to garner about …

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Berlin-based EarlyBird Raises $100 Million

Berlin investment firm EarlyBird recently raised $100 million in its fourth round. EarlyBird was founded in 1997, and has since invested in more than 70 companies, and is presently focusing on European startups, especially those in Germany. Incidentally, LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Geurike is also an EarlyBird partner. Geurike, who is German, though educated at Stanford and based in Palo Alto, …

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SEOmoz Raises $18 Million in VC Funding

SEOmoz, a startup that develops Search Engine Optimization (SEO) software, today announced that the company has raised $18 million in venture capital funding. The announcement came on the company’s Daily SEO blog in a

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Viddy Seeks to Raise $30 Million

Viddy, a sort of Instagram for video, has just revealed that it’s going for $30 million in venture capitol during its series B funding, with a valuation of $370 million – while likely banking on its 10 million users. This comes directly after similar video-sharing platform and likely soon-to-be direct competitor Socialcam reportedly added 4 million new subscribers over last …

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Ark People-Search Engine Raises $4.2 Million

Liz Gannes over at All Things D is reporting that “people-search” engine Ark has just raised $4.2 million during its recent seed round. Ark is a website that promises to help searchers find old acquaintances and new friends based on search parameters. The site can currently only be joined by requesting an invitation from Ark. A Gmail-type invitation system is …

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What Will the JOBS Act Do for Startups & the Tech Industry?

Last week, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, more commonly known as the JOBS Act. The White House administration is hoping that small businesses and startups will drive recovery and create new jobs.

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Latest Instagram Valuation Round led by Sequoia

Any developer of an internet app that people are actually using is likely raising venture capital at present, and Instagram is set to receive $50 million at a $500 million valuation after wrapping up a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital, according to sources close to the dealings. The maker of the growing photo-sharing application, which recently found its …

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Andreessen Horowitz Raises $1.5 Billion For Fund III

VC firm Andreessen Horowitz announced that it has raised $1.5 billion for its Fund III. Co-founder and general partner Ben Horowitz explains, “Fund III is all about extending our capabilities to more disruptors and pioneers. We’re remaking the modern venture capital firm, and entrepreneurs are responding to our unique approach.” The firm has raised $2.7 billion since its founding in …

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Challenges with Raising Venture Capital & Being Transparent about It

It hurts to get close to something that you want and then not get it, doesn’t it? When we’re talking about money and business, this situation is even more painful. Furthermore, talking about the situation does nothing but add more grief to an already complicated situation.

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Third-Party Twitter Business Platform Raises $1.1 Million

CoTweet is a Twitter app, which is described as a real-time business collaboration platform for Twitter. It has also just raised $1.1 million in venture funding.

The funding comes from Baseline Ventures, Founders Fund, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Maples Investments and Freestyle Capital. CoTweet is used by brands like Whole Foods, Starbucks, Microsoft, JetBlue, Ford, Pepsi, Sprint, and Coca-Cola.

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Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz Look for Investments

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz have started a new venture capital firm called (appropriately) Andreessen Horowitz.

Andreessen serves on the boards of both eBay and Facebook, and is a chairman of the board of Ning, which he also co-founded. His biggest claim to fame was co-founding Netscape.

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VC Funds Having Little Financial Luck

Institutional investors seem to be playing it very, very safe.  A new report from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters indicates that venture capital funds weren’t able to raise much money in the first quarter of 2009, and new funds had almost no luck.

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Google May Get Into Venture Capital

Google’s current market cap is a little over $151 billion, and so long as Jerry Yang’s not involved, that means the search giant can buy just about anything it wants.  But there’s word that Google may take a more subtle approach to growth by creating a venture capital unit.

Read More Identifies Top-Rated VCs

Increase, decrease, rise, slide – the economy can’t make up its mind.  The Dow’s down almost 170 points at the moment, though, and companies looking for money might want to check out a new list of popular venture capitalists.

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Calacanis’ Advice For Economic Trouble

Tell that to Bear Sterns.

Mahalo CEO Jason Calacanis, formerly in charge of Netscape, former owner of Weblogs, Inc. who sold to AOL for a reported $25 million, has the answer for startups worried about getting through economic hard times: lots and lots of money.

He’s a Fordham alum, so you know where to send your contributions.

Not known for his silver tongue, the Brooklyn-native reportedly replied to a small, perhaps slightly inebriated group of SES New York karaoke goers’ concerns about the economic disaster the US is headed for with some sage-like advice.

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Google Tightens Bond With Indian VCs

Aside from the U.S., I’d say that India is probably Google’s favorite country.  Now Google’s showing it an extra bit of love by investing in two venture capital funds.

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SEOmoz Takes Cash, Plans Changes

Rand Fishkin disclosed he is giving up a small percentage of SEOmoz in exchange for a venture capital investment of $1.25 million from a pair of investors.

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Is 30 Too Old To Be A Web Visionary?

Ah, your Twenties – when your invincibility nearly reaches the heights of your arrogance. How I miss them, when I was certain any moment Oprah would call to recognize my brilliance, and my bedroom had a revolving door.

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VON: Venture Capital And Leadership

Money. Startups need it, investors have it, and venture capital firms can bring them together. Though the prospect of composing a business plan and getting it in front of a VC might seem daunting, it could be well worth the effort.

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