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Monthly recap of VC fundraising through Feb. 18

U.S.-Focused Funds General Electric is looking at spinning out its venture arm, GE Ventures, as initially reported by MedCity News reported. Details are still being worked out, but one possibility is that Mohr Davidow Ventures would take over responsibility for the new entity, the site said. Also unclear was whether Chief Innovation Officer Sue Siegel would continue to run the […]

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VCs on the Move: Monthly recap through Feb. 14

IBM Ventures: Thomas Whiteaker joined as a partner, according to a LinkedIn post. Whiteaker was a co-founder and partner at Propel Venture Partners, which spun out of BBVA Ventures. At IBM he will continue to focus on fintech and insuretech, as well as expand his areas of interest to cybersecurity, cloud, cognitive computing and impact investing. Greylock Partners GP John Lilly said he’d […]

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Triventures, with heavyweight investors, triples down on Israeli digital-health technology

By Joshua Mitnick, VCJ Correspondent In 2010, Michal Geva and Peter Fitzgerald, Triventures co-managing partners, helped organize a Tel Aviv conference on healthcare-industry trends. A session on how IT and medical technology converge drew skepticism from some participants from big life-sciences companies. Investment in digital startups totaled about $1 billion. Smartphones were relatively new and […]

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Paris-based Quadrille nears target on tech fund, focuses on the U.S.

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Despite big strides by European tech companies over the past decade, the Continent’s investors still clamor for access to the U.S., which remains by far the biggest venture market and the source of the most successful companies and funds. Straddling the Atlantic is Paris-based Quadrille Capital, which is closing on a […]

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The big advantage middle America offers innovators: time

By Tim Schigel, Refinery Ventures It’s hard to fathom a startup exodus from California, of all places, with its balmy weather, sweeping cliff-top ocean views and seemingly endless sources of capital for the next new thing. But innovators are leaving and in droves. How did we end up here? It reminds me of a quote […]

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VCs on the Move: Monthly recap through Jan. 15

A compilation of personnel moves during the previous four weeks at various venture firms, including Patrick Salyer at Mayfield and two new partners at EQT Ventures. OMERS Ventures expanded to the U.S., opening an office in Silicon Valley. The venture arm of Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System hired Michael Yang to lead U.S. operations as a managing partner. Yang joins […]

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Monthly roundup of VC fundraising through Jan. 15

U.S.-Focused Funds Union Square Ventures raised $428.8 million for two new funds: a core VC fund and an opportunity fund. USV 2019 collected $190.6 million from 113 LPs. USV Opportunity 2019 raised $238.2 million from 116 LPs. SEC filings for the funds list Partners Fred Wilson, Albert Wenger, Andrew Weissman, Rebecca Kaden and John Buttrick, but not Brad Burnham. Mary Meeker, Mood Rowghani, […]

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December Dashboard: Up year ends on an up note

The venture industry saw an 18-year record in fundraising in 2018, and December also ended on a strong note. In venture investing, e-cigarette maker Juul’s December investment helped push the deal numbers to an all-time high. M&A activity also took off last year, but the December numbers were more modest. The following indices are based […]

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Israel 2018: Startup Nation begins move to Scale-Up Nation with later rounds

By Joshua Mitnick, VCJ Correspondent A frequent complaint heard over the years in Israel’s technology industry is that startups too often opt for early exits, agreeing to sell to multinationals from abroad and cutting short the possibility of developing into large independent companies. But activity in venture investments in Israel over the past year suggests […]

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Red Capital: Spanish VC addresses funding gap for women founders

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Across a 15-year career as entrepreneur, fund manager and fund-of-funds investor, all sides of the venture capital table, Luz Ramirez was “pretty much the only woman in all my meetings.” Through her recently launched Red Capital Partners, she’s now taking steps to ensure that women entrepreneurs get the funding and […]

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Monthly recap of fundraising

U.S.-Focused Funds Qualcomm unveiled Qualcomm Ventures AI Fund, which will steer up to $100 million to startups working with artificial intelligence. The fund will emphasize technologies for autonomous cars, robotics and machine-learning platforms. Qualcomm Ventures made its first investment from the fund by participating in a Series A round for AnyVision. Autotech Ventures, is seeking $225 million for its […]

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VCs on the Move, monthly recap through Dec. 15

A compilation of personnel moves from the previous month at various venture firms, including Rob Hayes announcing he’s leaving First Round, the promotion of Kyle Lui and Ray Zhao to partner at DCM Ventures and Ben Dahl moving to Signal Peak Ventures. First Round Capital: Rob Hayes will step down from his role as a partner to become […]

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November IPO Profile: Biotech company Vapotherm

IPO activity fell in November with just one U.S.-based VC-backed company debuting on a U.S. exchange in the month, compared with 12 venture-backed IPOs the month before. The medtech company Vapotherm was the lone IPO in November, raising about $60 million in proceeds. The Exeter, New Hampshire-based company develops high velocity nasal insufflations products used […]

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Post Venture Capital Index falls a bit more in November

The Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) declined in November. It was the third consecutive monthly drop for the index although the latest drop was not as steep as previous months. The PVCI lost 8.66 points to end the month at 1137.21. The month before, the index fell by nearly 110 points. The PVCI […]

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November Dashboard: Activity slows as the year winds down

The year is winding down, and as had been expected, venture-related activity also appears to have taken an early holiday break. In November, fundraising, new deals and exits slowed from the month before. The following indices are based on preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. Fundraising (value down 80%) Fundraising fell in November from a robust October. […]

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Post Venture Capital Index takes another dive in October

In October, for the second consecutive month, the Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) declined. The PVCI lost 109.91 points to end the month at 1145.87, a 8.75 percent drop from the end of September when it stood at 1255.78. For the year, the PVCI has dropped 4.5 percent since the 1200.19 figure it […]