Domo, a new software-as-a-service venture launched by Omniture co-founder Josh James has raised $60 million in Series B financing. GGV Capital, Greylock Partners, Bezos Expeditions, the personal investment company of Jeff Bezos, Workday co-CEOs Aneel Bhusri and David Duffield, Founders Fund and Mercato Partners, amongst others, invested in this round.
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Michael Arrington’s controversial CrunchFund got the most press in Q3, but it didn’t break into the top five largest first-time VC funds raised during the period. In what was a weak quarter for overall VC fundraising, CrunchFund was one of 19 newbie that funds raised a combined $300 million, the lowest quarterly amount raised since [...]
Skullcandy, a Park City, Utah-based maker of headphones, priced its initial public offering Tuesday above the expected range, selling 9.44 million shares at $20 per share. The pricing values the company at $535.6 million, Reuters reported. Backers of Skullcandy include Mercato Partners. BofA Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley are underwriters for the offering.
Much ink has been spilled over the “broken” venture capital model. Several years ago, Greg Warnock reached this same conclusion while at vSpring Capital, deciding venture capitalists weren’t being adequately compensated for the risk of investing in pre-revenue deals. So he started a new firm to do the opposite of that.
Warnock, alongside former MarketStar Corp. CEO Alan Hall, formed Mercato Partners to invest exclusively in revenue-producing startups with the goal of finding companies “grappling for their first foothold,” and bolstering their sales forces from ten to 500. That strategy has performed well thus far. Two years and four investments into its life, the firm’s IRR is in the low triple digits, while its portfolio company revenues grew 50% last year.
I asked Warnock a few questions about Mercato’s strategy and how it fits into today’s VC market.