(Reuters) – Square, the mobile payment start-up that counts former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers on its board of directors, has a new big-name backer: British billionaire Richard Branson. Branson has made a “multimillion” dollar investment in Square, according to a Square spokeswoman who declined to disclose the exact amount. Branson’s investment in Square follows [...]
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Tumblr, a popular blogging platform, has raised $85 million in a venture capital funding round led by Greylock Partners and Insight Venture Partners, plus the Chernin Group and Sir Richard Branson. Also joining the round were the company’s previous investors: Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Tumblr, founded in 2007, previously raised $30 million in [...]
Virgin Green Fund, a private equity firm affiliated with Sir Richard Branson, the media and airline mogul, plans to launch a second fund, the Virgin Green Fund II LP, shortly, a person familiar with the plans told Buyouts, peHUB’s sister magazine.
The new fund will target $300 million and is expected to close by the end of 2011, the person said.
The San Francisco and London-based growth capital firm invests mainly in renewable energy companies and enterprises that develop efficient ways to use resources. It invests primarily in North American and European firms that have already achieved a measure of growth, helping to distinguish it from the many venture capital firms that operate in the renewable energy space.
Social Scene: Tilton Battles Forbes, Redlitz Gets His Hands Dirty, Parker Proposes, Birthday Wishes, More
In this week’s Social Scene, Diva of Distressed Lynn Tilton goes to war with Forbes, Ethernet inventor/VC Bob Metcalfe settles into his fifth career, new NVCA Chairman Paul Maeder explains “bublet,” Founders Fund’s Sean Parker takes himself off the market, Garage Technology Ventures’ Bill Reichert is three days away from his birthday, and lots more.
OUT & ABOUT
Venture capitalists turned out in full force for this year’s annual meeting of the National Venture Capital Association in Boston. My colleague Joanna Glasner was there and shared some of her observations — including the significance of the line for the women’s bathroom — yesterday. Here are more of Joanna’s musings:
Happy Birthday to Venture (and Bob Metcalfe)… Bob Metcalfe turned 65 yesterday -– and he wasn’t afraid afraid to tell everyone. The Ethernet inventor, 3Com founder, Polaris Venture Partners partner and, most recently professor of innovation at the University of Texas at Austin, announced the milestone to a mostly-VC audience of several hundred.