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Big-Name VCs Form "Glass Collective" to Back Google Glass App Makers

Benchmark's Eisenberg And Face.com's Shochat Raise $120M+ For Aleph, An Early-Stage Fund For Israeli Startups

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Two veteran investors who have been integral in the development of a new generation of Israeli startups are on a mission to reverse a trend in a country that has traditionally favored later-stage and enterprise-skewed venture capital. Benchmark’s Michael Eisenberg and Genesis Partners’ Eden Shochat are teaming up to create...
Benchmark's Eisenberg And Face.com's Shochat Raise $120M+ For Aleph, An Early-Stage Fund For Israeli Startups

Google expands venture fund to $300 million, expects growth in deals

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Google has increased the size of Google Ventures’ fund to $300 million annually, up from $200 million, and the firm’s partners said they expect to increase their involvement in later investment rounds as they grow, Reuters first reported Thursday. We've increased our fund by 50% to $300MM a year. We...
Google expands venture fund to $300 million, expects growth in deals

Why NYC startups are winning the engagement race, and other Silicon Alley trends to watch

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Hadley Harris is a general partner at ENIAC Ventures and Chief Business Development Officer at Thumb. As a NYC based investor, it’s been pretty incredible to watch New York’s startup scene grow into a dynamic tech playground over the past few years. Even though Silicon Valley will continue to...
Why NYC startups are winning the engagement race, and other Silicon Alley trends to watch
Meet Genesis Angels, A New $100M Fund For AI And Robotics, From Investor Kenges Rakishev And Led By Israel's Ex-PM

Making Seed-Stage Investing Easier

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A rising class of professional “angel” investors–who typically put sums of less than $1 million to work in a start-up company–is changing the venture-capital landscape. Now these angels and their smaller investments, dubbed “seed” stage investments, have their own set of legal documents to go with them. Ted Wang, an...
Making Seed-Stage Investing Easier

MG Siegler Joins Up With Google Ventures

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Mr. Siegler. (Photo: LinkedIn) A year and a half after bailing on the blog life during the Great TechCrunch Conflagration of ’11, MG Siegler is wading deeper into the world of venture capital. He announced today that he’s heading to Google Ventures as a general partner. He’ll join Kevin Rose and Wesley Chan,...
MG Siegler Joins Up With Google Ventures

Why it's the right time for the Lean Startup Accelerator

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For the last year and a half, I’ve been working with one of Europe’s top accelerators, HackFwd, as their marketing geek. But now it’s time to make the entrepreneurial leap: I’m founding Vuact, a platform for finding and delivering interesting video to the right audiences. Suddenly being outside the accelerator...
Why it's the right time for the Lean Startup Accelerator
Sequoia Capital hires Admob founder to ramp up investments in mobile
Sequoia Capital is raising funds again

Corporate VC Funding Plummets by 30 Percent—Except for Internet Investing

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(cbinsights.com) News flash: it is not 1999 anymore, and it appears that corporate venture capitalists have adjusted accordingly. CB Insights released its Q1 Corporate Venture Capital Report yesterday, revealing that CVCs participated in just 84 deals totaling $1.09 billion, a record low for the past five quarters. But while overall...
Corporate VC Funding Plummets by 30 Percent—Except for Internet Investing

Walkie Talkie App Voxer Goes Big, IVP And Intel Lead $30 Million Round

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Voxer, a walkie talkie mobile app that lets you talk to friends across iPhones and Androids, looked like an overnight success last November when it soared to its current place as a top social networking app in the app stores. But the company is five years old and has been...
Walkie Talkie App Voxer Goes Big, IVP And Intel Lead $30 Million Round
Is the technapolocalypse upon us as investments drop in Q3?

Flybridge Capital Partners Plants NYC Flag for Early Stage Deals

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Boston-based Flybridge Capital Partners has officially opened the doors to its New York office. David Aronoff, one of the firm’s five partners, moved to New York earlier this year. He’ll lead the office’s investments alongside Principal Matt Witheiler, who recently moved to New York, and a new associate hire. Caitlin...
Flybridge Capital Partners Plants NYC Flag for Early Stage Deals
Funding Daily: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund

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Today sees the launch of one more venture capital fund backed by a large European telecoms carrier: Orange, the retail face of France Telecom, is teaming up with the advertising giant Publicis and Iris Capital Management to start OP Ventures Growth, a new $400-million-plus fund to back French and other...
Another European Carrier Goes VC: Orange Partners With Publicis, Iris In $400M Fund
Peter Thiel Makes His First Brazilian Investment With Affordable Furniture Startup Oppa

Redpoint Ventures raises $400 million fund for early-stage investments

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Redpoint Ventures announced Wednesday that it’s raised $400 million for a new fund that will focus primarily on investing in early-stage companies, following its previous $400 million fund raised three years ago. The company now manages more than $3.3 billion across all its funds. The firm explained specifically where it...
Redpoint Ventures raises $400 million fund for early-stage investments

Aileen Lee Has Nearly Finished Raising $40 Million For New Seed "Cowboy Ventures"

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In April, news broke that Aileen Lee, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, was starting a venture fund that would be focused on smaller, “seed-stage” investments. The fund is separate from KPCB, however, KPCB will be the anchored investor, Lee said. At the time of the original report, many of...
Aileen Lee Has Nearly Finished Raising $40 Million For New Seed "Cowboy Ventures"

SEC Watch: Khosla Ventures Raising Money For New Seed Fund, Filing Says

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Looks like the seed funding wave continues to get stronger. The latest evidence: Khosla Ventures, the Silicon Valley venture capital firm headed up by tech industry veteran Vinod Khosla, is raising a new seed fund, according to regulatory documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission this afternoon. According to...
SEC Watch: Khosla Ventures Raising Money For New Seed Fund, Filing Says

Do VCs Like Games? Gaming Startups and Investors

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The gaming industry continues to see phenomenal growth - from console systems to social games. The 12 million subscribers of Blizzard's World of Warcraft - once the giant of gaming - now seems small compared to the 80 million Farmville players. Farmville's maker, Zynga was recently estimated to be worth...
Do VCs Like Games? Gaming Startups and Investors

Kihon Games takes $1.5M in round led by Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson

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Tuscon-based Kihon Games just picked up $1.5 million in a round led by one of mobile and social gaming’s most prolific angel investors, Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson. The funds will go toward Kihon’s second game, a physics-based title called Dojo Danger that will come out next quarter. It’s a strategy...
Kihon Games takes $1.5M in round led by Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson

SEC Filing: First Round Capital Raising $135 Million For New Fund

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From a recent SEC filing, it looks like early stage investment firm First Round Capital is raising $135 million for a new fund, First Round Capital IV, L.P. Managing partners Josh Kopelman, Chris Fralic, Robert Hayes and Howard Morgan are all named in the filing and it appears that the...
SEC Filing: First Round Capital Raising $135 Million For New Fund
Why crowdfunding is disruptive to angels, but not to VCs

Ten million users is the new one million users

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Entrepreneurs and investors have been enamored with consumer internet startups for the last few years. But there are signs this is ending. Some observations: - Thousands of early-stage consumer web/mobile companies were started and funded in last 24 months. - There are only a few dozen VCs who actively write...
Ten million users is the new one million users

Make Way For More Tech Investment: Index Raises Another €350M Fund

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The economic signals coming from Europe are leading some to predict a big drop in startup investments up ahead, but that’s not the message coming from one of the region’s biggest VC firms. Index Ventures has just announced a new fund of €350 million ($442 million), which it intends to...
Make Way For More Tech Investment: Index Raises Another €350M Fund

Series Seed, an Open Source Set of Investment Documents, Moves to GitHub

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If you’re involved in building software, there’s a pretty good chance you use GitHub, the social repository for software code known for the surprise round of funding it took from Andreessen Horowitz last year. Here’s something new going up on GitHub: Starting today, the latest version of documents from Series...
Series Seed, an Open Source Set of Investment Documents, Moves to GitHub

Index Ventures' Volpi Talks About New Fund and the State of the VC Market (Video)

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Yesterday, Index Ventures said it had raised $442 million in its sixth venture fund. I talked to Index’s partner Mike Volpi about the new investment money and more, which it will be aiming at early-stage investments in the U.S., Israel and Europe. We talked about a range of issues, including...
Index Ventures' Volpi Talks About New Fund and the State of the VC Market (Video)

Late State Convertible Debt

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I've written about convertible debt a few times on this blog, most notably here and here. My general take on convertible debt is that its very good for the founders and not very good for the investors in seed and early stage investments and a much better solution in late...
Late State Convertible Debt

Enterprise-Focused Emergence Capital Takes On Alison Berkley Wagonfeld As Operating Partner

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Emergence Capital Partners, an enterprise-focused venture firm that has backed Salesforce.com, Yammer and Box, just took on a new operating partner with the hiring of Alison Berkley Wagonfeld. She comes from Harvard Business School’s California Research Center down in Menlo Park. Before that, she co-created QuickenLoans at Intuit, which eventually...
Enterprise-Focused Emergence Capital Takes On Alison Berkley Wagonfeld As Operating Partner
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