Venture Capital Journal accepting nominations for our Rising Stars 2020 list

Venture Capital Journal is looking to identify the most talented and up-and-coming professionals in the venture capital community. We’re compiling our inaugural Rising Stars list and we have opened up nominations, asking you to send us your suggested next-generation of leaders. We’re looking for investors, from early to late-stage venture firms, but also eligible are […]

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Bond seeks $1.25 bln, Fuel reloads with $75 mln and a recap of more recent venture fundraising activities

U.S.-Focused Funds Fuel Capital closed a $75 million third fund targeting seed-stage companies developing business software, developer tools and pursuing consumer initiatives, specifically consumer market places. The fund is a step up from the Burlingame, California-based firm’s $46 million second fund and $25 million debut fund when it launched in 2013. The firm said it […]

Data Spotlight: U.K. tops list of European dealmakers in March, thanks to satellite company OneWeb

The London-based satellite internet communications company OneWeb raised the most capital of any European company in March. The company raised $1.25 billion in new capital led by SoftBank Group Corp, OneWeb’s largest investor. Returning backers included Grupo Salinas, Qualcomm Technologies Inc and the government of Rwanda. It was the largest venture deal in Europe during March, […]

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March IPO profiles: Unicorn Lyft leads the way

The start of the unicorn IPO parade kicked off in March as Lyft held its public debut, going out on the Nasdaq and raising more than $2.3 billion in proceeds, valuing it initially at more than $24 billion. The ridesharing company was one of four VC-backed companies to launch offerings in March. In comparison, February […]

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Monthly recap of VC fundraising through April 15

U.S.-focused funds Core Innovation Capital is seeking $100 million for its third fund. The fund is a third larger than Fund II, which closed at about $72 million. Core Innovation was founded in 2010 to invest in financial services and technology. It has offices in the South Park area of San Francisco and in Los Angeles. […]

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At Israel’s ClalTech, author Shinar pens broad tech-investing strategy

By Joshua Mitnick, VCJ Correspondent ClalTech CEO Daniel Shinar, a technology scout in Israel for the executive Len Blavatnik, has taken an unconventional path to venture investing. While Israeli tech leaders emerge from the army’s programming units, Shinar was groomed as an intelligence analyst during the second Palestinian uprising. That experience inspired him to pen the […]

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March Dashboard: Exits surge in the month, thanks to Lyft IPO

A total of eight VC-backed startups disclosed their acquisition prices in March, helping lift the M&A numbers. What also helped the exit totals was the IPO of the unicorn Lyft. Meanwhile, fundraising and deals slowed in March. The numbers below are based on preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. Fundraising (value down 27%) Although the fundraising […]

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VCs on the Move, recap: New Markets taps Chou a GP

Scale Venture Partners promoted Jeremy Kaufmann to principal. Prior to joining the Foster City, California, venture firm, Kaufmann worked at Salesforce. ForgePoint Capital, the cybersecurity-focused venture firm, promoted Will Lin to partner. New Markets Venture Partners promoted Elizabeth Chou to general partner. Prior to joining New Markets, Chou was a senior associate at Gladstone Cos. Glasswing Ventures named Vlad Sejnoha venture partner. He is former SVP and […]

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Data Spotlight: Top 10 deals in March

Below is a report of the top 10 VC-backed deals in the tech, internet, healthcare and consumer sectors. The San Francisco marketplace OpenDoor Labs, raised a $300 million round to stand atop the internet category, according to preliminary data from Thomson Reuters. In the consumer category, mattress maker Casper Sleep raised $100 million. Below are […]

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Recap of VC fundraising over the last month

U.S.-Focused Funds Boulder Food Group, a venture firm focused on early-stage innovative and socially conscious food, beverage, and supplemental brands, raised more than $103 million toward its second fund. The fund, with offices in Boulder, Colorado, and Los Angeles, was oversubscribed and received commitments from 57 LPs. Boulder Food Group was founded by Tom Spier, a co-founder […]