Slideshow: Welcome to the Family, Motorola!

Google’s latest and greatest acquisition is its $12.5 billion buy of Motorola, incorporating into its stable a major handset maker and patent library that transcends the company’s long-held advertising and search business model. But how many other sectors is the search giant planning to enter? Well, just take a look at Google Ventures’ portfolio, and […]

Slideshow: 75% of VC-Backed IPOs Rebound in Broad Market Upturn

A day after getting beaten down with the rest of the market, three-fourths of this year’s VC-backed IPOs posted gains in today’s market rebound.

Of the 38 VC-backed companies that have gone public on U.S. exchanges this year, 28 saw their share prices increase today, while nine experienced declines and one remained flat, according to data from Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB). That stands in stark contrast to yesterday, when 36 of the stocks lost value and two remained flat.

The biggest gainers in terms of dollars were LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), which shot up

Slideshow: How This Year’s 10 Biggest VC-Backed IPOs Fared In The Market Plunge

As you are well aware by now, the stock market plunged today on fears that the U.S. economy is slipping back into a recession and concerns about a debt crisis in Europe.

It was the biggest selloff in two years, with the Dow and the S&P 500 both declining by more than 4% and the Nasdaq falling by 5 percent.

I was curious how this year’s crop of VC-backed companies fared in the correction, so I took a look at the performance of 2011′s 10 largest IPOs of U.S.-based VC-backed companies. Given that I was expecting to find a bloodbath, I

Slideshow: Redpoint Ventures’ Red-Hot Deals

Redpoint Ventures’ Menlo Park offices must be an awfully happy place to have been these last 12 months. The VC has racked up billions of dollars’ worth of IPOs, sales to strategic buyers and even launched itself into a handful of new investments as of late. Some of its deals—like eye-popping multiples on Cloud.com, or […]

Underwriter: HomeAway IPO Prices at Top of Range

Vacation rental website operator HomeAway Inc priced its initial public offering at the top of the expected range on Tuesday, an underwriter said. Texas-based company and its shareholders sold 8 million shares for $27 each, the underwriter said, raising $216 million. They had planned to sell shares for $24 to $27 each. HomeAway’s websites, which […]

VCJ Report: The IPO Window is Open

It’s still a matter of fun conjecture as to when Facebook, Groupon, Twitter or Zynga will launch their IPOs. But for now, it doesn’t matter. This year is already turning out to be a good one for VC-backed IPOs. As Mark Boslet, senior editor of Venture Capital Journal, reported in the upcoming May issue: The […]

Gas Prices Are High, But VC Interest in Travel-Related Startups Is Still Strong

With gas prices at multi-year highs, long-distance travel is getting less affordable than it’s been for a while. But that apparently hasn’t lessened venture interest in startups in the space.

There were two travel-related funding announcements so far this week. Oktogo.ru, an online hotel booking service for Russians traveling abroad, raised $5 million from Mangrove Capital Partners, ABRT and French fund Ventech VC. Meanwhile, London-based HouseTrip, which specializes in short-term apartment bookings for travelers, raised $2.7 million in a Series A funding round from Index Ventures. (See a list of half a dozen other recent fundings on the jump.)

Those were smaller deals. But with vacation home rental site HomeAway in the pipeline for an IPO, it’s now possible to get a glimpse of larger numbers in a fast-growing space. (HomeAway, which is seeking to raise $230 million in its public offering, had revenue of $153 million and net income of $17 million last year.) Additionally, the recent viral growth of Airbnb, a site for arranging short-term stays in accommodations, ranging from living room futons

What Cult of the Founder CEO?

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Virtually every time VCs talk about how they identify groundbreaking startups, they mention the formative role of a powerful founder-CEO. And looking at the history of famously successful startups of the last several decades — from Apple to Microsoft to Oracle to Facebook — it seems clear they have a point.

Yet looking at the recent spate of IPO filings from high-profile venture-funded companies like Pandora, LinkedIn and Homeaway, the trend actually seems to be one of smaller ownership stakes for founders and, in some cases, reduced leadership roles. Overall, it seems like VC stakes are bigger and founders have already parted with the bulk of their holdings, either through secondary transactions or the dilutive effects of multiple funding rounds.

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HomeAway Keeps Adding On

HomeAway Inc., an Austin, Texas-based operator of an online vacation rentals website, has acquired the publisher of Brazilian vacation rental site AlugueTemporada.com.br. No financial terms were disclosed. HomeAway has raised over $480 million in VC funding, from firms like Technology Crossover Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Trident Capital and Austin Ventures.

HomeAway Buys BedandBreakfast.com

HomeAway Inc., an Austin, Texas-based operator of an online vacation rentals website, has acquired BedandBreakfast.com, a global online directory of bed-and-breakfast properties. No financial terms were disclosed. HomeAway has raised over $480 million in VC funding, from firms like Technology Crossover Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Trident Capital and Austin Ventures.

VC-Backed HomeAway Making Big Play in Super Bowl Ad Debut

It’s that time of the year again, when I and 90 million or so other viewers worldwide will watch the Super Bowl this Sunday. I’m hoping for a great game. (Go Saints!) But I also will have a keen eye on the ads. This has been an annual pursuit of mine since the mid-1990s when […]

American Capital Exits HomeAway

American Capital has sold its equity stake in HomeAway Inc., an Austin, Texas-based operator of an online vacation rentals website, to existing shareholders. American Capital says the $15 million sale represented a $4 million gain. HomeAway has raised over $480 million in VC funding, from firms like Technology Crossover Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Trident Capital, Austin Ventures and American Capital.

HomeAway Buys Homelidays.com

HomeAway Inc., an Austin, Texas-based operator of an online vacation rentals website, has acquired Homelidays SAS, a Paris-based operator of a pan-European for-rent-by-owner vacation rental or “self-catering” site. No financial terms were disclosed. HomeAway has raised over $480 million in VC funding, from firms like Technology Crossover Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners, Redpoint Ventures, Trident Capital, Austin Ventures and American Capital.

HomeAway Raises $250 Million

HomeAway Inc., an Austin, Texas-based operator of an online vacation rentals website, has raised $250 million in new VC funding. Technology Crossover Ventures led the round, and was joined by return backers investors Institutional Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures. It had previously raised over $230 million from IVP, Redpoint, Trident Capital, Austin Ventures and American Capital

HomeAway Raises Whopping $250M Round

As the economy has soured, fresh funding has moved out of the reach of many startups. Not so for four-year-old HomeAway, an Austin-based group of vacation-rental Web sites that just announced a stunning $250 million in new funding led by Technology Crossover Ventures, with participation from existing investors Institutional Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures. That’s $250 million smackeroos – […]

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