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Healthcare startups are finding alternative funding and support models

July 15, 2014 12:52 pm by | 0 Comments

There’s a panoply of alternative funding streams for healthcare startups out there – fledgling companies are seeking out avenues like prepaid revenue models, grant funding in lieu of venture capital, and…


Startup founders become partners in Kent Goldman’s new extra-early-stage venture fund

Startup founders become partners in Kent Goldman’s new extra-early-stage venture fund

July 10, 2014 10:32 am by | 0 Comments

Startup founders are tremendously invested in the success of their startups and sometimes in that of their business partners, but what about other startup peers? That’s the question venture capitalist Kent…


KPCB raises $1.2B for two new venture capital funds — and fast

KPCB raises $1.2B for two new venture capital funds — and fast

July 2, 2014 2:29 pm by | 0 Comments

That was fast. Just one week after disclosing that it was raising $1.2 billion for two new funds, longstanding venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has finished that…



Digital health on fire: $2.2B invested already tops last year’s total

Digital health on fire: $2.2B invested already tops last year’s total

June 30, 2014 1:07 pm by | 0 Comments

The digital health space has continued to heat up, and it’s looking like 2014 will be a big year for investment in the space. A new Rock Health report says that halfway through…


500 Startups puts new SEC general solicitation rules to work for new $100M fund

500 Startups puts new SEC general solicitation rules to work for new $100M fund

June 27, 2014 10:58 am by | 0 Comments

If crowdfunded investments become the norm for startups trying to raise capital, accelerator/investor group 500 Startups will definitely be at the forefront. Today, 500 announced a new $100 million investment…


RiverVest finds success in blowing the dust off old compounds

RiverVest finds success in blowing the dust off old compounds

June 26, 2014 5:31 pm by | 0 Comments

Niall O’Donnell fancies himself an archaeologist of the pharmaceutical persuasion. His firm, RiverVest Ventures, is scoping out the failed and forgotten drugs of big pharma, building companies to repurpose these…


First Round Capital loads up with $175M for seed-stage startups in the Valley & New York

First Round Capital loads up with $175M for seed-stage startups in the Valley & New York

June 26, 2014 3:04 pm by | 0 Comments

First Round Capital today announced its fifth fund — a $175M round from existing limited partners. With little surprise, the firm intends to do what it always does with new capital: make seed stage investments in…


Why VC firms are raising separate late-stage growth or ‘opportunity’ funds

Why VC firms are raising separate late-stage growth or ‘opportunity’ funds

June 22, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

With this week’s announcement that early-stage VC Greycroft has raised a $200 million growth fund, this type of fund has officially become a trend. But before we dig into the dynamics of…



Khosla Ventures raises a heavy-duty $1B fund

Khosla Ventures raises a heavy-duty $1B fund

June 21, 2014 6:43 am by | 0 Comments

Khosla Ventures has raised another very tall pile of money to invest in startups. The company disclosed the new $1 billion fund, named Khosla Ventures V, L.P., in a filing…


Stanford-originated VC firm discloses $91M for early-stage, high-tech deals

Stanford-originated VC firm discloses $91M for early-stage, high-tech deals

June 18, 2014 10:38 am by | 0 Comments

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, newly formed Stanford venture capitalist firm Danhua Capital raised $91.2 million. Since its founding in 2013, the fund has invested in several…


Getting an introduction to an investor? Here’s the thought process behind one VC’s first impression

Getting an introduction to an investor? Here’s the thought process behind one VC’s first impression

June 13, 2014 10:45 am by | 0 Comments

My friend Ed Zimmerman wrote a terrific post for his WSJ blog, “Help Me Help You”, on soliciting him (and others like him) for investor introductions. I wanted to add to Ed’s…


Index Ventures focuses on Europe with $542M seed-stage venture capital fund

Index Ventures focuses on Europe with $542M seed-stage venture capital fund

June 11, 2014 8:04 am by | 0 Comments

London-based Index Ventures has just announced a new $542 million fund for seed-stage companies that have raised under $20 million. The firm says it will invest in European startups mainly, but may…


Does more venture capital lead to a bigger exit? Not exactly, according to Exitround’s analysis

Does more venture capital lead to a bigger exit? Not exactly, according to Exitround’s analysis

May 30, 2014 4:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Bulking up on venture capital doesn’t always result in a happy payday down the line. It can actually lead to a less valuable exit, a new study from the research group…


Tech and healthcare startups in India will get a boost from Sequoia Capital’s new $530M fund

Tech and healthcare startups in India will get a boost from Sequoia Capital’s new $530M fund

May 30, 2014 9:53 am by | 0 Comments

India’s growing tech scene now has access to a huge pile of money. Venture-money heavyweight Seqouia Capital raised $530 million for its fourth India-focused fund. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital…


Some encouraging news for venture capital: Returns are trending upward

Some encouraging news for venture capital: Returns are trending upward

May 29, 2014 2:11 pm by | 0 Comments

A new report out Wednesday suggests that venture capital investment returns — especially very short and very long ones — might not be as gloomy as some previous reports have…


NEA alum joins Canvas Venture Fund, an early-stage mobile, health IT & big data VC fund

NEA alum joins Canvas Venture Fund, an early-stage mobile, health IT & big data VC fund

May 28, 2014 9:13 am by | 0 Comments

Canvas Venture Fund spun out of venture capital firm Morgenthaler last summer and has been searching for a new partner to round out the team ever since. Now it’s finally found…