Put five top venture capitalists in a room and you’re likely to get a healthy dose of theories on what the future will bring.
This was true Thursday evening when five practitioners of the startup business […]
Ignition Partners has closed a $200 million sixth fund with a determination to stick with its “boutique” style of Series A enterprise-focused software investing.
The firm said the new fund was $100 million […]
David Lee has left SV Angel, the seed fund he joined eight years ago and ran alongside angel Ron Conway. No explanation for the departure was readily available.
Lee, formerly at Baseline Ventures and Google, […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Houston pension’s FoF strategy brings mixed results–VCJ fund performance report, on the site PE HUB 3 days, 13 hours ago
Houston’s firefighters rely almost exclusively on a venture fund-of-funds strategy and not always with terrific results.
A pair of large Portfolio Advisors funds has delivered acceptable returns. Others […]
Angel investors pulled back a bit in 2014 with fewer dollars going to U.S. startups.
Investments still added up to a healthy $24.1 billion, but were down 2.8 percent from 2013, according to the Center for […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Median pre-money valuations fall in A and C rounds in the first quarter, on the site PE HUB 1 week, 2 days ago
For several years, it seems, venture valuations and round sizes have been on a steady march upward. Here is some data running in the opposite direction.
The law firm Cooley in its quarterly deal analysis found […]
True Ventures says it plans to raise a $175 million select fund, according to an SEC filing. The fund – True Ventures Select 1 – would be the firm’s first select fund, No first close has taken place, the document […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Bubble-era funds make small gains in Pennsylvania portfolio–VCJ fund performance report, on the site PE HUB 1 week, 3 days ago
By the time a venture fund is 10, 12 or even 15 years old, its internal rate of return is typically set in stone. The fund may make small gains here and there, but a large shift up or down isn’t likely.
This is […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Unicorn deals offer venture investors plenty of downside protection, on the site PE HUB 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Big money unicorn financings seem profligate to many outsiders and to an increasing number of venture capitalists, but investors placing tens of millions of dollars with these fast growing companies have significant downside protection on their money.
Unicorn deals, with their billion-dollar-plus valuations, are the talk of the venture business…[Read more]
Rethink Education has set out to raise a $125 million second fund, according to a filing with the SEC.
The new fund, Rethink Education II, would be a big step up from the firm’s first fund in 2012. That fund […]
An investment portfolio with a late-stage bias often trades off risk for consistent performance.
But inconsistency seems to best describe the results of venture investments at one Pennsylvania pension fund. […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Silicon Valley venture capital confidence index falls slightly in first quarter, on the site PE HUB 2 weeks, 3 days ago
The Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index fell slightly in the first quarter of the year as venture capitalists become increasingly alarmed by the high valuations given to some portfolio companies. […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Cleantech investing hits lowest level in 10 years: VCJ data spotlight, on the site PE HUB 2 weeks, 4 days ago
To say cleantech has fallen out of favor in venture circles is an understatement at this point.
Investing in this year’s first quarter hit its lowest level in 10 years with just $129 million going into 26 […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Corporate venture investing hits 16-year high water mark in Q1, on the site PE HUB 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Corporate participation in venture capital deal making kept its torrid pace in first quarter with almost one in five deals attracting dollars from corporate venture arms.
Participation from a dollar perspective […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Indinidat raises $150 mln from TPG at $1.2 bln valuation, on the site PE HUB 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Infinidat said it raised $150 million in a deal led by TPG Growth that values the company at a post money valuation of $1.2 billion, according to a press release. The round is the company’s second and brings total money raised to $230 million. The enterprise storage vendor will use the money to expand globally and meet customer…[Read more]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Fund-of-funds strategy less than spectacular for Ohio pension–VCJ fund performance report, on the site PE HUB 3 weeks, 3 days ago
The Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund is another LP with a venture fund-of-funds strategy, and results that have been less than spectacular.
The top four funds in the portfolio are funds of funds. Unfortunately […]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, Funding Circles raises $150 mln from DST, BlackRock, Sands, others, on the site PE HUB 1 month ago
Funding Circle said it raised $150 million from new investors in a round led by DST Global and joined by Baillie Gifford, BlackRock, Sands Capital Ventures and Temasek.
Existing investors Index Ventures, Accel Partners, Union Square Ventures and Ribbit Capital did not participate. The company, which runs a crowdfunding market place for small…[Read more]
Mark Boslet wrote a new post, LiveOak off to good start in Texas portfolio–VCJ fund performance report, on the site PE HUB 1 month ago
It is early, but LiveOak Venture Partners’ first fund seems to be off to a good start.
New Enterprise Associates 13 and the Red River Venture Capital Fund also seem to be holding their own in the Teacher […]
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