Copia Agro & Food, venture capital, Ohad Zuckerman, Eyal Cohen

Israel’s Copia: bridging agtech innovation and global markets

By Joshua Mitnick For Ohad Zuckerman, founder and co-managing partner of Israel’s Copia Agro & Food venture fund, agriculture runs in the family. His great-grandfather planted the orchards of Gadera, one of Israel’s original farming communities. His father founded Zeraim Gadera, which produces high-quality pepper and tomato seeds for export. Zuckerman himself rose from being […]


March IPO Profiles: Unicorn Dropbox leads the pack with its debut

In March, five venture-backed companies went public on U.S. exchanges, compared with one in February. The value of the March IPO proceeds rose 18 times to $1.4 billion from $76 million in February. The largest VC-backed startup to go public in March was Dropbox, raising $870 million in proceeds. The San Francisco online file storage […]

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Kindred, new London seed firm, offers companies carried interest

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Europe’s seed and angel ecosystem has developed quickly in recent years as participation in tax-incentivized and other government investment schemes has grown. So new firms need to stand out from the crowd — which London-based Kindred Capital has achieved by offering its portfolio companies a share of its profits. “There is […]

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Post Venture Capital Index pulls back slightly

After five consecutive months of steady gains, the Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) lost 1.8 percent to end February at 1238.44. That was a drop of 22.7 points from the month before when the PVCI stood at 1261.14 on Jan. 31. Despite falling month-over-month, the February-ending total is 38.35 points, or 3 percent, […]

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Helsinki’s Conor Venture Partners targets between-the-rounds B2B hardware, software firms

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Sparsely populated Scandinavian countries offer a limited market for ambitious entrepreneurs, yet that hasn’t stopped the region from producing a host of well-known startups and, in Stockholm, one of Europe’s top technology hubs. Now, just across the Baltic Sea is Conor Venture Partners, a Helsinki investor currently raising its third […]

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IPO Profile: Cardlytics was the sole VC-backed IPO in February

Only one venture-backed company went public on a U.S. exchange in February, compared with six in January. The VC-backed startup to go public in the month was Cardlytics, an Atlanta provider of card-linked marketing solutions. The company had raised about $180 million in venture funding from Canaan Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, TTV Capital, Kinetic Ventures and […]

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NFX’s new fund: seeking the ‘network effect’

By Joshua Mitnick, VCJ Correspondent A little more than a decade after co-founding the online real estate market Trulia, and two years after it was acquired by Zillow, Pete Flint decided he needed some “time off’’ to figure out his next move. But taking a break didn’t mean a vacation on the beach. “I ended up spending my entire day […]


IPO Profiles: Six VC-backed profiles in January

Six VC-backed companies went public on the Nasdaq and NYSE in January, compared with three in December. All six of the new issues were in the biotech sector. The value of the January IPO proceeds rose more than 36 percent to $600 million from $440 million in December. The largest VC-backed company to go public in […]

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Post Venture Capital Index continues to move up

The Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) gained 5 percent to start 2018 on an upswing. The PVCI stood at 1261.14 on Jan. 31 to end the first month of the year gaining 60 points from the 1,200.19 mark at the end of last year. The January-ending total was the fifth consecutive monthly gain […]

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Fashioning a European VC in Milan

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Europe’s fourth-largest economy, Italy, still trails several smaller nations for venture capital fundraising and investment. One of the country’s few significant early-stage investors is Milan-based United Ventures, which recently held a €75 million ($90 million) first close for its second technology fund. United Co-Founder and Managing Director Paolo Gesess acknowledges […]

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Index of VC-backed stocks gained 24 percent during 2017

The Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) gained 24 percent, or 234 points, to end 2017 at 1,200.19. It was the fourth consecutive monthly gain for the PVCI, which rose 20.56 points above the November-ending mark. The index value began 2017 at 966 points and reached above 1,200 points in only one other month […]


IPO Profiles: Three venture-backed IPOs in December

Three VC-backed companies went public on the Nasdaq and NYSE exchanges in December, compared with 10 in November. The value of the IPO proceeds fell by more than half to $440 million from $890 million in November. The largest VC-backed U.S. startup to go public in December was the biotech company Denali Therapeutics, which raised […]

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New Israeli VC Grove Ventures is betting big on hardware

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent As the man behind the USB flash drive, Dov Moran commands instant recognition in Israeli technology circles. Even so, raising his first early-stage fund as managing partner of Tel Aviv-based Grove Ventures wasn’t easy. “People said, ‘You may be good as an entrepreneur, but it doesn’t mean you’ll succeed as an […]

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Post Venture Capital Index continues to gain ground

For the fourth consecutive month, the Thomson Reuters’ Post Venture Capital Index (PVCI) gained ground. At the end of November, the PVCI gain 0.68 points points to end the month at 1179.63, a 0.05 percent gain from the 1178.95 mark at the end of October. The index value ending on Nov. 30 stands more than 213 […]

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Danish VC Sunstone Tech Ventures sees potential for better pricing

By Alex Derber, VCJ Correspondent Riding buoyant public markets, Nordic technology-company valuations have galloped along in recent years. In 2016, Scandinavia’s Nasdaq Nordic recorded $8.1 billion in IPOs, more than any other European exchange and almost as much as the core Nasdaq in New York. “Valuations have clearly gone up with the stock market across […]