Fusion Fund launches in Ohio

By Alastair Goldfisher — 6 days ago

Bounce Innovation Hub, Acquire Investments and JumpStart Inc announced the launch of Fusion Fund, a $20-million, for-profit venture fund aimed at growing companies in and around Ohio. The fund will make seed and early-stage investments in advanced materials, life sciences and tech companies located within a four-hour radius of Akron, Ohio.


Ground transportation-focused Autotech seeks $225 mln for second fund

By Alastair Goldfisher — 2 weeks ago

Menlo Park, California-based Autotech Ventures, is seeking to raise $225 million for its second fund, according to a regulatory filing. The firm said last year it raised $120 million for its inaugural fund. The firm is headed up by Managing Directors Alexei Andreev, Quin Garcia and Daniel Hoffer. Autotech Ventures focuses on connected, autonomous, shared and electrified vehicles and related mobility services.


500 Startups wraps up oversubscribed Vietnam fund

By Alastair Goldfisher — 4 weeks ago

500 Startups, which operates worldwide micro-funds, announced it has raised $14 million in an oversubscribed Vietnam-focused fund. The fund, launched in 2016, had targeted initially to raise $10 million. In a blog post, 500 Startups said it has already invested nearly $3 million in 36 companies to date, with a focus on companies serving the Vietnam market or leveraging Vietnamese talent. The fund is led by Eddie Thai (a Vietnam-based entrepreneur) and Binh Tran (co-founder and former CTO of Klout).


Seed-focused 1984 Ventures raises more than $42 mln for first fund

By Alastair Goldfisher — 1 month ago

San Francisco-based 1984 Venture has raised more than $42.27 million from 50 investors, according to a regulatory filing. The firm says it is now targeting $50 million for the inaugural fund. 1984 Ventures, named as an homage to the year Apple introduced the Macintosh computer and advertised it with a futuristic Super Bowl commercial, invests in early seed businesses using software to solve real-world problems. The firm is led by entrepreneur and investor Ramy Adeeb, a onetime principal at Khosla Ventures.


Moonshots raises $20 mln for its inaugural fund

By Alastair Goldfisher — 2 months ago

Moonshots Capital, a seed-stage venture firm founded by military veterans and serial entrepreneurs-turned VCs, announced it has raised $19 million for its inaugural fund. LPs include Dave McCormick, Co-CEO of Bridgewater Associates. The firm, led by Managing Partners Kelly Perdew and Craig Cummings, has offices in Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas. Moonshots said it has already invested in four deals, including cybersecurity company New Knowledge and business travel booking provider Shep.


Dragonfly to invest in cryptocurrencies with $100 mln maiden fund

By Alastair Goldfisher — 2 months ago

San Francisco-based Dragonfly Capital Partners announced this morning its launch of a $100 million fund to invest in cryptocurrency deals. The firm is led by Managing Partners Alexander Pack, who previously headed network investing at Bain Capital Ventures, and Bo Feng, who previously was a founding partner of Ceyuan Ventures.The firm said it already has a portfolio of 20 companies, including Basis, Spacemesh and Oasis Labs. The fund’s investors include Salil Deshpande of Bain Capital Ventures, Marc Andreessen and Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz, Cyan Banister of Founders Fund, Olaf Carlson-Wee of Polychain Capital, Neil Shen of Sequoia China, and others.


Amplify Partners wraps up third fund with $200 mln

By Alastair Goldfisher — 3 months ago

Menlo Park, California-based Amplify Partners announced it has closed its third fund with $200 million in commitments. A regulatory filing indicated 50 investors contributed to the fund. The firm, founded in 2012 by General Partners Sunil Dhaliwal and Mike Dauber, raised $125 million for its previous effort in 2015. The firm backs early-stage technical founders in such sectors as machine intelligence, infrastructure, developer tools and security.


Cybersecurity investor Ten Eleven raises $140 mln for growth fund, adds Temasek as LP

By Alastair Goldfisher — 4 months ago

Burlingame, California-based cybersecurity-focused investor Ten Eleven Ventures announced it has raised $140 million for its second growth fund. The firm, managed by Alex Doll, a digital-security entrepreneur and son of DCM Ventures co-founder Dixon Doll, and investor Mark Hatfield, said it added several new investors into the fund, including Singapore LP Temasek. Ten Eleven said it will work with Temasek to expand geographically, including into Southeast Asia, where the firm says its portfolio companies are aiming to reach when they hit the point of scaling.


Fuel Capital aims to fill up with $75 mln third fund

By Alastair Goldfisher — 5 months ago

San Francisco-based Fuel Capital, which raised more than $46 million in 2016 for its second fund, is seeking to raise $75 million for its third early-stage fund, according to a regulatory filing. Listed as partners on the filing are Founding Partner Chris Howard, a former seed-stage investor at Ignition Partners, and Leah Busque, the TaskRabbit founder who joined the firm last fall as its second general partner.


Builders VC Fund marches toward $200 mln target

By Alastair Goldfisher — 6 months ago

Early-stage venture firm Builders, which has offices in San Francisco and Chicago, has raised more than $115.5 million from 36 investors toward its $200 million targeted inaugural fund, according to a regulatory filing. The Builders VC Fund was launched in late 2016 by Paul Lee, who was formerly with Lightbank, and Jim Kim, who previously was with Formation 8. Separately, Builders raised $10 million from three investors for Builders VC Entrepreneurs Fund I, according to a regulatory document.