venture investor

venture investor

Here’s Facebook’s cap table with ownership for Zuckerberg, other early investors

www.insidefacebook.com
Here’s the sheet with the breakdown of early investors: Mark Zuckerberg manages to hold onto 28.4 percent of Class B shares, which have 10 times the voting power of Class A shares. Facebook said in its filing today that it plans to sell up to $5 billion worth of...
Here’s Facebook’s cap table with ownership for Zuckerberg, other early investors

The problem with SaaS metrics

gigaom.com
As a venture investor and board member, I am relentlessly in pursuit of companies that can set forth aggressive goals, and then exceed them. One of my portfolio company CEOs likes to use the term “consciously competent” — which means being successful by design, rather than by luck. Clearly, this...
The problem with SaaS metrics

Searching For Beasts In Silicon Valley's 'War For Talent'

techcrunch.com
Editor’s note: Glenn Kelman is the CEO of Redfin, a technology-powered real estate broker backed by Madrona Venture Group and Greylock Partners. Follow him on Twitter @glennkelman. At a recent wedding in San Francisco, a friend who runs engineering for a successful, pre-IPO company started talking about a member of the latest...
Searching For Beasts In Silicon Valley's 'War For Talent'

What the mainstream media could learn from BuzzFeed

gigaom.com
If anyone inside most traditional media companies thinks about BuzzFeed at all, they probably see it as the site that posts “viral” photo galleries of kittens and other web ephemera — or possibly as the site that hired reporter Ben Smith away from Politico to head up its more...
What the mainstream media could learn from BuzzFeed

If it looks like a bubble, and it feels like a bubble…

gigaom.com
The debate over whether we are in a technology bubble — and if so, what kind of bubble it might be — flared up again over the weekend, sparked by a piece in the New York Times that said venture-capital investors are encouraging startups to forego revenue so they...
If it looks like a bubble, and it feels like a bubble…

"In The Studio," OATV's Renee DiResta Reflects On Her Transition From Trading To Investing

techcrunch.com
Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. “In the Studio” opens up February by hosting a former Wall Street derivatives trader turned early-stage venture investor in San Francisco. Renee DiResta, an Associate with O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), is relatively new...
"In The Studio," OATV's Renee DiResta Reflects On Her Transition From Trading To Investing

The Startup Visa: Create Jobs, Get A Green Card

techcrunch.com
A bill introduced today in the Senate by Democrat John Kerry and Republican Richard Lugar proposes a new type of visa for immigrants who create startups and jobs in the U.S. A similar proposal is part of an immigration reform bill in the House. The Startup Visa has been...
The Startup Visa: Create Jobs, Get A Green Card
Benchmark's Matt Cohler: No New Investments In 2012

A New $100K Genius Grant, The Cyrus Prize, Seeks Brilliant Iranians

techcrunch.com
Countries around the world have never quite been able to recreate the innovative prowess of Northern California’s Silicon Valley. According to Berkeley Professor Anna Sexanian, a tradition of cultural support groups, mainly Chinese and Indian, is one of the Valley’s most unique and lucrative traits. The “brain circulation,” as she...
A New $100K Genius Grant, The Cyrus Prize, Seeks Brilliant Iranians

Things To Consider Before Saying “I Do” To Investors

techcrunch.com
The right investor, the kind who can help startups get over the inevitable “We’re Fucked It’s Over” (WFIO) moments, can turn a startup into a multi-billion dollar company. The fact is that choosing the right investors, whether it be at the seed level or at a Series B or C...
Things To Consider Before Saying “I Do” To Investors

General Catalyst Joins Start Fund To Back Y Combinator Start-Ups

blogs.wsj.com
General Catalyst Partners, a venture investor behind start-ups like Airbnb, is joining the Start Fund and will now back every Y Combinator company sight unseen, VentureWire has learned. Launched last year by Yuri Milner and SV Angel and later joined by Andreessen Horowitz, the Start Fund presents every Y Combinator...
General Catalyst Joins Start Fund To Back Y Combinator Start-Ups

European VC isn’t dead — it’s just subsidized

gigaom.com
Every few years, the Cassandras of the investment world get together and write the obituary for venture capital. Just recently, we heard how the amount of cash sloshing around America’s VC community is down again, even if the Instagram sale perked everyone up a little. But there’s at least one...
European VC isn’t dead — it’s just subsidized

BlackBerry Partner Fund manager Relay Ventures, formerly ATP, announces second $150M mobile fund

venturebeat.com
ATP Capital, the firm that manages the BlackBerry Partners Fund, Clairmont Capital, and JLA Ventures, is today re-branding itself as Relay Ventures to sex up its image. (And let’s face it, anything is better than three capital letters.) Relay Ventures is also announcing a new $150 million early-stage mobile...
BlackBerry Partner Fund manager Relay Ventures, formerly ATP, announces second $150M mobile fund
A Sign Of The Hiring-pocalypse
To Test The Bitcoin Waters, Adam Draper's Boost.vc Accelerator Adds Backing From Lightspeed, Beluga Founder & More

UserTesting Picks Up $3M To Bring Usability Testing To Mobile Apps And Abroad

techcrunch.com
It’s a terribly common situation: after hundreds of hours of thinking through and building a product, a startup finds that its users stumble through a sign-up flow or in finding a feature. That’s in part why usability testing is a no brainer. In fact, there’s a bit of a cottage...
UserTesting Picks Up $3M To Bring Usability Testing To Mobile Apps And Abroad

“Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

techcrunch.com
Ethical Community, an online, eco-friendly marketplace (which has plans for a snazzier name in the works!), has secured a £200,000 ($316,640 USD) round of seed funding from a syndicate of angel investors, the company is announcing today. Founded in 2009, the marketplace has signed up over 850 sellers from around...
“Etsy For Eco” Ethical Community Raises $300,000+ In Seed Funding

When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)

techcrunch.com
Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from Mastering The VC Game, a new book by Jeffrey Bussgang that goes on sale Thursday. It tells the backstory of Twitter from the perspective of founder Jack Dorsey, from his early obsession with couriers and his attempts to create a better dispatch...
When Jack Dorsey Met Fred Wilson, And Other Twitter Tales (Book Excerpt)

Estonian Accelerator Startup Wise Guys Secures €1M Deal For Alumni Teams

techcrunch.com
Tallinn-based tech accelerator Startup Wise Guys – yes, really – has struck a useful deal for the alumni companies that pass through its programme. It’s secured a deal with a venture investor SmartCap, an Estonian based VC, where it will commit €1 million into SWG alumni companies that have a...
Estonian Accelerator Startup Wise Guys Secures €1M Deal For Alumni Teams
Eco Market, The "Etsy For Eco," Rebrands, Revamps, Raises & Prepares A U.S. Launch

Lessons for Data Driven Businesses

techcrunch.com
Robert J. Moore is the co-founder of RJMetrics, a company whose software helps online businesses make smarter decisions using their own data. He also previously served on the Investment Team of Insight Venture Partners.  One of the fun things that happens when you start a company is that you get opportunities...
Lessons for Data Driven Businesses

Bill Gates invests in energy storage again, this time with battery maker Aquion

www.geekwire.com
In the past few years, Bill Gates has already invested in three energy storage companies — MIT spinout Metal Battery, Berkeley-based LightSail Energy and Bellevue-based TerraPower. Now, the Microsoft co-founder is putting his money to a fourth. Pennsylvania-based Battery maker Aquion Energy announced a $35 million funding round today that includes Gates as a new...
Bill Gates invests in energy storage again, this time with battery maker Aquion

Boot up: Debby does the web, 5 years of US iPhones, Oatmeal update and more

www.guardian.co.uk
Plus 'Flash on iPhone soon!', does Android want RIM's… keyboards?, the problems RIM didn't fix, and moreA quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamMobile is where the growth is >> Fred WilsonThere is a significant shift going on this year, much...
Boot up: Debby does the web, 5 years of US iPhones, Oatmeal update and more

Clusterpoint Secures €1m From BaltCap To Scale Its Database For Clouds

eu.techcrunch.com
BaltCap, a leading venture investor in startups in the Baltics region, has signed a €1 million investment in Clusterpoint, an enterprise software startup created by Latvian programmers and backed by seed investors in the UK and Baltics. Clusterpoint has built a database platform designed for cloud computing infrastructure which they...
Clusterpoint Secures €1m From BaltCap To Scale Its Database For Clouds

"In The Studio," How Patrick Collison Guides Stripe In The Competitive Payments World

techcrunch.com
Editor’s Note: Semil Shah is an EIR with Javelin Venture Partners and is a contributor to TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter at @semil. “In the Studio” closes out its inaugural year by welcoming the young CEO of one of the web’s hottest startups who, before his current...
"In The Studio," How Patrick Collison Guides Stripe In The Competitive Payments World

In Contrast To Facebook, Very Few Yelp Insiders Sold At Their First Chance (YELP, FB)

www.businessinsider.com
When Facebook's first lockup expired, insiders rushed for the exits. The company's first investor, Peter Thiel, cashed out. Early venture investor Accel Partners handed over its shares to its own investors. Cofounder Dustin Moskovitz is still unloading pieces of his position. So, yesterday, when Yelp, another post-IPO Web company reached...
In Contrast To Facebook, Very Few Yelp Insiders Sold At Their First Chance (YELP, FB)
Say hello to the latest MobileBeat 2012 speakers

Inside the mind of an avid bitcoin investor

pandodaily.com
Though not incredibly well known across the entirety of the venture capital ecosystem, Ribbit Capital founder Meyer “Micky” Malka is making a name for himself within a particular subset: the bitcoin ecosystem. Malka has made several bets on the cryptocurrency since first discovering it in fall 2011 and believes...
Inside the mind of an avid bitcoin investor

A Venture Capitalist Made $40 Million On Workday After His Firm Turned It Down (WORKP)

www.businessinsider.com
Workday, the enterprise software maker, has wowed investors with an IPO on Friday that really popped. For one savvy venture capitalist, it was a particularly nice payday. Norwest Venture Partners investor George Still tried to get his firm to back Workday. When it turned the company down, Still invested his...
A Venture Capitalist Made $40 Million On Workday After His Firm Turned It Down (WORKP)

Considering Convertible Debt? Don't Sell Yourself Short

techcrunch.com
Editor’s note: Patricia Nakache is a general partner at Trinity Ventures where she invests in early stage social commerce and entertainment companies. Follow her on Twitter @pnakache. The prevailing wisdom among entrepreneurs these days is that they should initially fund their startups with a $1-2 million convertible note. The logic is that raising...
Considering Convertible Debt? Don't Sell Yourself Short
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?