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It’s clear that fewer seed-funded companies are receiving follow-on rounds right now. For nascent startups, it’s certainly cause for hand-wringing. But already venture-backed companies that are gaining traction should also be concerned about what this trend means for them — specifically, more investor visits.
The new Boston startup accelerator Bolt has raised financing from Autodesk, Logitech and Grishin Robotics, according to a press release. Other partners include Mick Mountz, founder of Kiva Systems and Brad Feld of Foundry Group. The accelerator plans to work with startups developing hardware, including robotics and consumer devices.
Entrepreneurs get absorbed into big companies every day when their startups are acquired. When they eventually leave, as so many do, the smart ones exit gracefully. You can put Tobias Peggs in that camp; here’s why.
You don’t often hear venture capitalists talking about the world’s biggest crowd-funding site, Kickstarter. But maybe they should.
The recently surffaced “scouting” affair may remind some of the scene in Casablanca when Captain Renault, feigning horror before the Gestapo, says aloud to Rick: “I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!”
Thanks to astute deal-making, a strong point of view, and a long and savvy relationship with social media, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures [USV] is widely recognized as one of the most influential venture capitalists in the country.
His influence is about to be tested.
Occipital, a Boulder, Colorado-based startup, has raised $7 million in Series A financing led by the Boulder-based venture firm Foundry Group. Occipital is developing software designed to improve the capabilities of smartphone cameras. PRESS RELEASE: Today we’re announcing that we just raised 7M in Series A led by Foundry Group, representing the first major investment in [...]
Top 10 Hub Posts this Week Focus on Pandora’s IPO, IRRs for Morgenthaler and Austin Ventures, and PE Execs in Pro Sports
Catch up on what your colleagues found most interesting on peHUB this week. Posts that garnered the most pageviews from regular readers from June 13 to June 17 focused on reader opinions about expanding the 500-shareholder rule; the biggest winners in Pandora’s IPO; IRRs for Austin Ventures and Morgenthaler provided by UTIMCO; PE pros that have bought into pro sports teams; Searchlight’s new media fund; and more.
1. Slideshow: Top 10 Winners in Pandora’s IPO, by Lawrence Aragon
2. Slideshow: IRRs for Eight Morgenthaler Funds, Courtesy of UTIMCO, by Mark Boslet
3. Slideshow: Who Makes The Most Money Of All?, by David Toll (Subscribers only)
4. Slideshow: VCs and PE Execs Who’ve Made the Leap into Pro Sports, by Jonathan Marino
5. Slideshow: UTIMCO Holds 7 Austin Ventures Funds, 4 of Which Have Negative IRRs, by Mark Boslet
6. Winklevoss Twins Still Pursuing Facebook Founder, by Jonathan Stempel, Reuters
7. Searchlight Reaches $800M On Debut Media Fund, by Gregory Roth
8. TALK BACK: What to Do with the 500 Shareholder Rule, by Jonathan Marino
9. Middle Market M&A Dominates First Five Months, Strategic Most Active Buyers, by Luisa Beltran
10. Reinventing The Board Meeting, by Brad Feld, Foundry Group (Subscribers only)
If your grad school was the only determining factor in getting onto Forbes magazine’s Midas List of top venture capitalists, which school should you attend?
A.) Harvard Business School
B.) Stanford Business School