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Data report: VC-backed stocks inch higher in May

The Thomson Reuters’ Post-Venture Capital Index (PVCI) inched forward by 3.84 points to end May at 1110.12, a .34 percent gain from the 1106.28 mark at the end of April. The May month ending index value stands more than 144 points above the 966 mark to start the year. The Nasdaq and S&P also moved upwards […]

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Video: Is venture investing an art or a science?

By Jeff Harbach, Kauffman Fellows For too long, venture capital investment decisions have been purely subjective, with investors relying on only gut instinct and pattern recognition to select which startups to fund. Just as often, the people who are funded tend to look a whole lot like one another. But today, a new generation of […]

Fund Profile London Europe China VC

London-based Silk Ventures smooths startups’ entry into China

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent For all the talk about startups with global aspirations, North American companies usually make Europe their first port of call, and vice-versa. Similar legal systems, language and culture justify this move, but some investors are heading in a different direction: China. Atlantic Bridge of Dublin, for instance, has a $100 million […]

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What B2B startups can learn from Midwest (Ohio) founders

By Tom Walker, Rev1 Ventures While capital may be harder to come by in the Midwest versus our coastal counterparts, there is more capital available now in the Great Lakes region and surrounding states. Entrepreneurs are growing increasingly savvy about gaining access to it. Landing customers goes hand-in-hand with landing capital. There’s no better way […]

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VCJ brings home two writing awards from SIPA

Buyouts Insider, publisher of VCJ, took home seven awards from the Specialized Information Publishers Association 41st annual conference last week, including two editorial-writing awards for VCJ. VCJ Senior Editor Mark Boslet won first place in the category Best Financial/Investing Interpretative or Analytical Reporting for a story posted in October 2016 called “Chinese Cash Floods Into […]

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Why data and metrics should matter more than gut in the VC world

By Clint Korver, Ulu Ventures Venture capitalists worldwide make more than $100 billion in investments annually, but rather than making those choices by following a rigorous, analytic process, the average professional looking to finance the next Facebook or Uber relies more on the magic of gut instinct. That’s not just an informed opinion by a […]

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Dashboard: Fundraising climbs in May as deals also inch up

Venture activity in May was mixed as the proceeds from venture-backed M&A and IPOs fell but deal value inched upward. Meanwhile, U.S.-based fundraising had it second best month of the year. Through the first five months, firms have raised in excess of $10 billion in commitments. With New Enterprise Associates expected to soon close its […]

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After the French vote, Elaia’s Lazarus is upbeat

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Emmanuel Macron prevailed against the nationalist challenge of Marine Le Pen in France’s May general election, a victory that was hailed by many, including in the VC community. Among the venture investors who back Macron is the co-founder and partner of Paris-based Elaia Partners, Xavier Lazarus, who notes that “Macron has been involved in the […]


IPO Profiles: Five debuts in May, with three in biotech

Five venture-backed IPOs were done in May, the same number as in April. But combined proceeds fell to $460 million in May from $810 million the month before, a 43 percent drop in value month-over-month. The May debuts were led by Biohaven Pharmaceutical, which raised $168 million in its IPO. The New Haven, Connecticut, company […]

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Venture-backed stocks move upward in April

The Thomson Reuters’ Post-Venture Capital Index (PVCI) gained nearly 30 points to end April at 1106.28, a .0027 percent gain from the 1076.77 mark at the end of March. The April month ending index value stands more than 140 points above the 966 mark to start the year. In comparison, the Nasdaq and S&P also moved […]


IPO Profiles: Five new debuts in April, led by unicorns

There were five venture-backed IPOs in April, compared with three in March. But proceeds fell. The April debuts, led by unicorns Cloudera, Okta and Yext, collectively raised proceeds of more than $810 million, compared to nearly $4.3 billion raised by the VC-backed IPOs in March, which was led by the outsized IPO of Snap that […]

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Germany’s HTGF finds fertile ground for seed funding

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Tracking early-stage investment is a difficult task because plenty of non-institutional funding sources from various angels and companies fly under the radar. In Germany, says Invest Europe, the Continent’s venture trade body, seed investment has halved since the financial crisis. Yet like other Western countries, Germany has seen entrepreneurial activity expand dramatically, […]

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Dashboard: Exit proceeds drop in April, fundraising also drops

All the indices dropped in April, compared with March, with the proceeds from venture-backed M&A and IPOs falling the most. Acquisitions in April were led by McKesson‘s purchase of Columbus, Ohio-based Covermymeds. But the $1.4 billion deal was still less than half the size of the unicorn Appdynamics, which finalized its $3.7 billion to Cisco […]

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London’s Forward Partners steps up and stands out from the crowd

Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Most VCs like to emphasize the benefits they offer entrepreneurs beyond simple equity investments. These might be a bulging contacts book, specialist knowledge or overseas ties, but some European firms now hire dedicated support staff, a practice common in the United States but still novel in Europe. One such firm is […]

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VCs on the Move, recap from April

It was a busy month again for people moves, as two entrepreneurs–Russ Wilcox and Kevin Rose–joined the ranks of venture capitalists. Meanwhile, Chris Sacca announced his retirement. Entrepreneur Wilcox joins Pillar as a partner Longtime operator and angel investor Russ Wilcox has joined the early-stage firm Pillar as a partner. He will invest alongside Pillar […]

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Data spotlight: U.K. startups lead Europe in March with money raised

The United Kingdom led European nations in venture activity in March, as 30 U.K.-based companies raised nearly €264 million ($282 million), according to a VCJ analysis of data from Thomson Reuters. (See table below.) Germany ranked second in the month, with 21 deals that collectively raised more than €186 million ($199 million). France saw 14 startups […]