Synthetic biology, which uses engineered gene sequences to create new biological systems and devices, used to be a subject for futurists and sci-fi writers.
In the last few years, however, applications of […]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, Juno shows life science startups can be unicorns, too: VCJ, on the site PE HUB 1 day, 8 hours ago
Internet startups can become viral sensations overnight and attract huge sums of venture capital.
Life science startups, on the other hand, take years just to launch trials, and there’s always a shortage of willing investors.
That’s long been the mainstream views of funding patterns for the venture capital industry’s two largest investment…[Read more]
Listen up. This has been an unusually active period for venture-backed developers of treatments for ear ailments and hearing loss.
In the first half of August, two VC-funded companies developing treatments for […]
When venture capitalists talk about security investments, they’re usually referring to cyberspace.
Lately, however, early-stage VCs have also actively invested in the brick-and-mortar world of home […]
Summation Health Ventures, a Southern California venture firm founded by two large regional healthcare providers, has raised $20 million for a new fund, according to a securities filing.
The firm describes […]
Startup founders have long turned to banks for loans and second mortgages to fund their first months of operation. But when it comes time to scale, they look elsewhere for funding.
For fintech entrepreneurs, […]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, Bubble-era funds prove a value investment for secondaries, on the site PE HUB 1 month ago
For most limited partners, dot-com, bubble-era venture funds aren’t an investment that warrants much bragging.
But recently, one group has done quite well with the asset class. Secondary investors who bought stakes over the past few years in bubble-era venture funds are seeing some nice gains.
In the first half of the year, stakes in…[Read more]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, So Cal early-stage firm CrossCut seeks $50 mln – filing, on the site PE HUB 1 month ago
CrossCut Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm based in Venice, Calif., is seeking $50 million for a planned third fund, according to a securities filing.
The firm invests primarily in the consumer Internet, business software and mobile sectors, with a focus in Southern California. Partners declined comment on the new fund filing for the…[Read more]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, Report lists most consistently performing VCs and buyout firms, on the site PE HUB 1 month ago
Which venture capital and buyout firms have a history of providing the most consistent returns?
According to a new report from investment data provider Preqin, five VCs stand out. They are: Sequoia Capital, […]
Joanna Glasner commented on the post, Proof that Silicon Valley is in a venture capital bubble: VCJ, on the site PE HUB 1 month agoIn reply to: View
One can certainly make a reasonable argument that we’ve entered bubble territory. However, I think the analysis needs to address the extent to which the largest amounts of funding are going into big, later stage rounds — essentially the idea that Series D is the new IPO. In the 1999-2000 bubble, companies that could exit via IPO or M&A were not…[Read more]
Venture capital assets didn’t perform as well as public equity investments last year. But among alternative assets, venture produced the among the highest returns, handily beating hedge, buyout and energy […]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, Siemer Ventures raises $45 mln, changes name to Wavemaker, on the site PE HUB 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Siemer Ventures, an early-stage technology VC with offices in Singapore and Southern California, has raised a $45 million third fund and is changing its name to Wavemaker Partners.
The firm, based in Santa […]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, Opinions vary on what to do with misbehaving execs: VCJ, on the site PE HUB 2 months ago
To fire the CEO or not to fire the CEO?
That is the one of the questions startup boards least enjoy debating.
It’s tough enough when the discussion is merely about replacing an inexperienced founding CEO […]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, E.ventures targeting $100 mln for growth fund: VCJ, on the site PE HUB 2 months ago
E.ventures, a venture firm with offices in six countries and four continents, is seeking to raise $100 million for a growth fund, according to a securities filing.
Firm representatives declined to comment on the fund filing, which lists two current partners, co-founders Mathias Schilling and Thomas Gieselmann, as directors.
The fund will be…[Read more]
SoftTech VC, the seed-stage firm started by technology angel investor Jeff Clavier, has closed on $85 million for its fourth fund.
The new fund is substantially larger than SoftTech’s last one, a $55 million […]
Polaris Partners has become the latest firm to officially add its name to the list of those in fundraising mode.
The Waltham, Mass.-based tech and life science venture investor is seeking to raise $400 million […]
If Formation 8 Partners had a theme song, it might be Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”
Since inception, partners at the San Francisco-based tech-focused venture firm have done things their own way, whether it be setting fund size or determining how many overseas offices a newly launched VC ought to maintain.
The firm closed its first fund, a $448…[Read more]
Emerging venture managers trying to raise capital in the aftermath of the 2008 credit crisis encountered a higher-than-usual rejection rate.
Today, however, many limited partners who turned them down are wishing they’d done otherwise.
With stock indexes near double their crisis lows, IPO demand enduring, and late-stage valuations running…[Read more]
Joanna Glasner wrote a new post, Digital media-focused Lerer closing in on Fund IV: VCJ, on the site PE HUB 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Michael Kim is a big fan of Lerer Ventures. So much so that Kim, founder of venture fund-of-funds Cendana Capital, let it slip last week at the Venture Capital Investing Conference in San Francisco that the New York-based seed-stage venture firm is about to close a new fund of about $60 million.
Lerer Managing Director Eric Hippeau, who was on…[Read more]
Safa Rashtchy, an angel investor and trend-spotter focused on consumer technology, is raising $50 million for a fund called Think Ventures, according to a securities filing.
Rashtchy could not be reached for […]
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