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Khosla must open beach-access gate, California court rules

After closing the beach-access gate near his coastal California property, Vinod Khosla must open it to the public, a state appeals court has ruled. The First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Aug, 9 ruled 3-0 that closing the gate at his property near Martin’s Beach south of Half Moon Bay, which the previous […]

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Data spotlight: Top 10 July deals in IT, cleantech, healthcare and security

The number of venture investment deals closed in July dropped in the healthcare, information technology, security, and cleantech sectors compared to July 2016, according to VCJ’s analysis of preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. Deal value dropped in the healthcare and cleantech sectors, but rose slightly in the security sector and substantially in the information technology […]


Three former Black Coral Capital partners launch Spring Lane Capital

Three partners from Boston-based venture firm Black Coral Capital are raising up to $400 million for an inaugural fund as partners of a new firm, Spring Lane Capital, according to a filing with the SEC. Rob Day, Christian Zabbal and Nikhil Garg are listed as partners in Spring Lane Capital, according to the filing from Monday. No investors are mentioned in the filing. Black Coral, which focused on the cleantech sector, is in the process of winding down, Axios reported.

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Superbloom Capital aims to be the Y Combinator of the cryptocurrency world

A startup cryptocurrency hedge fund and accelerator that invests in blockchain companies planning ICOs announced the launch of its own token sale today. San Francisco-based Superbloom Capital is raising $37.5 million by offering SEED tokens, which in turn gives purchasers access to an exclusive platform of ICOs of blockchain startups incubated in the company’s accelerator […]

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Planning an ICO? You could get a call from the SEC

Some blockchain companies planning ICOs or token sales are scrutinizing their regulatory compliance efforts after the Securities and Exchange Commission released an investigative report relating to digital tokens. The SEC’s investigative report, released July 25, examined an ICO from May 2016, when tokens offered on the virtual organization known as the DAO, a decentralized autonomous […]

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Investor confidence drops in Q2 amid disappointing exit market, high late-stage valuations

Confidence among Silicon Valley venture investors plummeted in the second quarter, amid uncertainty about high late-stage valuations, a disappointing exit market, and political uncertainty. That’s according to the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index, which fell to 3.52 in Q2 from 3.83 in the previous quarter, according to Mark Cannice, department chair and professor of entrepreneurship and […]


For LPs and emerging managers, incentives often align

Limited partners are often more aligned with a new manager raising a first or second fund than with a highly in-demand manager who can dictate terms. That’s according to Jason Andris, managing director of Venture Investment Associates, speaking on a panel at the Emerging Manager Connect East 2017 conference July 26 in New York City. LPs and […]


For LPs and emerging managers, incentives often align

Limited partners are often more aligned with a new manager raising a first or second fund than with a highly in-demand manager who can dictate terms. That’s according to Jason Andris, managing director of Venture Investment Associates, speaking on a panel at the Emerging Manager Connect East 2017 conference July 26 in New York City. LPs and GPs converged at the […]

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VC spending on orphan drug companies doubles in first half of 2017

The amount of venture capital going to companies that develop drugs and therapies to treat rare diseases nearly doubled in the first half of 2017, compared with the six months prior. Companies that develop therapies or drugs for orphan diseases—which affect fewer than 200,000 people nationwide, according to the Food and Drug Administration—raised $169.26 million […]

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Khosla: There’s less sexual harassment in VC than other industries

Multiple allegations of sexual harassment have emerged and rocked the venture industry this summer, but at least one prominent investor thinks the issue is overblown. “I did not know that there was any discrimination,” said Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla, adding that harassment in the venture capital world was rarer than in other industries, according […]

Mobile Payment VC

Investments in online payments sector drop in first half of 2017

Deal count and value dropped sharply in the first half of 2017 for the online payments sector, after peaking in the second half of 2016. Venture investors put just under $180 million toward 18 deals with companies in the internet security and transaction services sector in the first six months of 2017, compared to $519.6 […]

VC Bust Dead

Kick the bucket: VC-backed startups that have shuttered in 2017

While Snap and MuleSoft celebrated going public by ringing the NYSE bell this year, other venture-backed startups were laid to rest with little fanfare. VCJ looked at some of the more notable passings of U.S.-based startups in the first half of the year, which raised a combined $1.27 billion in venture capital before closing down. […]

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Fund performance: Column Group, Canaan Partners lead emerging fund portfolio at University of California

Funds from the Column Group, Canaan Partners and GGV Capital lead a portfolio of nascent venture funds in the University of California investment holdings. In June, UC updated its private equity internal rates of return through December 2016. The portfolio largely consists of mid-sized funds that favor early or seed-stage investing. Of the 14 funds, seven […]

Sexual Harassment Legal VC

Many VC firms unprepared to prevent, manage sexual-harassment situations

Venture firms could be on the hook for failing to prevent sexual harassment, and not enough of them are taking steps to prevent it and to protect themselves from liability when it occurs, employment attorneys and insurers say. Firms should enact clear anti-harassment policies in writing and conduct regular staff trainings, obtain insurance coverage, do […]

BioCrossroads raises $5 mln for $12 mln seed fund

Indianapolis-based BioCrossroads has raised $5 million for its targeted $12 million third fund, Indiana Seed Fund III, according to a regulatory filing. As part of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, BioCrossroads invests in life sciences companies based in Indiana and is led by David Lawther Johnson. Three investors have committed to the fund, according to the filing.