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Biotech is eating healthcare funding

Venture equity invested in healthcare-related companies has increased more than 12 percent since 2015, and the share of that cash going to biotech-related companies has seen the biggest increase, rising 28 percent. Year-to-date through mid-September, there have been 622 venture deals with 560 U.S.-based companies in the medical, health and life sciences sectors, according to […]

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Cosimo Ventures launches tokenized evergreen venture fund

Cosimo Ventures is launching a tokenized evergreen venture fund, as more firms incorporate blockchain technology into their fund structures. With offices in Boston, New York, and Dublin, Ireland, the firm plans to make early-stage investments in companies working in the blockchain technology, artificial intelligence, AR/VR, IoT and cybersecurity sectors. The Cosimo X fund will be […]

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Alexandria Venture Investments leads venture investors in medical, health and life science sectors

New York-based Alexandria Venture Investments is the most active venture investor in the medical, health and life sciences sector in 2018 to date, with 25 deals according to preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. The firm, founded in 1996 as the strategic venture arm of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, launched a seed-stage investment platform in January […]

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SEC takes first action against cryptocurrency-sector firms for failure to register

The SEC levied its first charges and penalties against cryptocurrency firms for failure to register with the agency. The agency on Tuesday announced charges and fines against an online digital token exchange and its owners for being unregistered broker-dealers, as well as against a digital-asset hedge-fund manager for operating as an unregistered investment company. Both cases […]

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Fitness funding, led by Peloton plan for IPO, has investors pumped

Internet-connected-stationary-bike company Peloton, preparing for an IPO, said in August it had raised $550 million, bringing total venture funding for U.S.-based fitness startups to $846 million through Sept. 6. That’s up 27 percent from $666.3 million in all of 2017. Investors are eager to get a piece of the fitness sector, where revenue reached $28 […]

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PE, venture investors back Democrat Newsom over GOP’s Cox for California governor

Three months ahead of California’s gubernatorial election, private equity and venture investors are overwhelmingly backing Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, ahead of his challenger, the Republican businessman John Cox. Newsom’s gubernatorial committee has raised $21.6 million; that excludes contributions to ballot-measure or political-action committees and late contributions, according to a VCJ analysis of campaign-contribution data […]

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As elections approach, advisers and investors must heed SEC pay-to-play rule

Campaign contributions are pouring in ahead of the midterm elections set for 36 states. In California, for example, gubernatorial candidates Gavin Newsom and John Cox have raised a total of more than $50 million, with hundreds of individual donations from investors in PE and venture. And securities-law attorneys say that investment advisers — and particularly employees […]

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Venture investing in electric vehicle companies eclipses 2017’s total

Possible talks to take electric-vehicle company Tesla private have made headlines recently. Amid reports that Saudi Arabia’s public investment fund might supply the cash to support Tesla’s move to become private, Reuters reported that the sovereign wealth fund is in talks to invest instead in competitor Lucid Motors, with an initial outlay of $500 million. The […]

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As ICO funding drops, venture investments surge in blockchain sector

Funds raised by initial coin offerings have dropped this summer, with less funding raised in July than in any other month since November 2017. August projections also similarly low. The same is not true, however, for venture funding in the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector, which year-to-date in 2018 has reached 2.8 times the total raised […]

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ClearSky raises $244.7 mln for security fund

ClearSky has raised $244.7 million of a targeted $300 million for its first security fund, according to a regulatory filing. The venture and growth equity firm has offices in Florida, New York, Boston and San Francisco, and is led by Alexander Weiss, Jay Leek, James Huff, James Goldinger, and Peter Kuper.

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Alvarez & Marsal’s Andy Gandhi on compliance risks for venture investors in crypto

Institutional investors are eyeing blockchain and cryptocurrency investments with caution as regulators continue to crack down on fraud in the sector. Initial coin offerings have raised more than $13.6 billion in 2018, according to Coindesk. But many fail to follow through with the promises made in their projects’ white papers or fail to comply with relevant […]