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Israeli entrepreneurs "are using technology to create positive change," says PICO co-founder Gina LaVersa.
Los Angeles-based venture firm Fifth Wall Ventures could well serve as a case study for the recent surge in real estate investing. Two years ago, when the firm announced its $212 million debut fund, it raised primarily from nine strategic investors from the U.S. real estate industry. Fast forward to today and Fifth Wall, which […]
The San Diego Venture Group recently unveiled its 2019 list of Cool Companies, young startups in the region that have evolved to the point where they’re ready for institutional investor backing. This year, SDVG bumped the number of Cool Companies to 33, up from 30 in previous years. President Mike Krenn said the group decided […]
There’s a Mark Twain saying that “There’s gold in them thar hills.” A possible rephrasing is that “There’s gold in them thar labs” as rallying cry for Anzu Partners, which announced recently that it is raising a second fund. Anzu already has commitments of $110 million, according to David Michael, managing partner in the firm’s […]
Ohio is not just another flyover state when it comes to venture investing. Although venture activity in the state has appeared to slow in the first quarter of 2019, venture investing has been ablaze in the Buckeye State, especially in and around the Columbus area. In 2018, venture investors pumped more than $1 billion into […]
GFR Fund raised a $20 million second fund to invest in the digital-entertainment sector. The early-stage venture firm, managed by the GREE VR Capital unit of Japanese mobile-gaming company GREE, has offices in San Francisco and Tokyo. The fund is backed by multiple strategic investors from Asia. GFR last year raised an $18 million first fund. A spokesperson […]
For U.S. Venture Partners‘ Dafina Toncheva, the first success factor startup founders need is determination. “Entrepreneurs can beat the odds if they have a relentless conviction in their ideas and abilities,” she says. And she should know. Having struggled out of a childhood in a small Bulgarian town, she’s built her own career on grit […]
Healthcare certainly doesn’t get a very clean bill of health when it comes to data breaches. One report from the Ponemon Institute, and sponsored by the IBM Security, says the sector lost $6 billion in 2016 due to data breaches. Given this large and embarrassing loss, the sector is clamoring for help from software vendors, […]
Over the past decade, Texas has emerged as the world’s 10th-largest economy and the second largest in the U.S. behind California. But Joshua Baer, founder of Capital Factory, an Austin startup accelerator complete with collaborative workspace, thinks the Lone Star State can do even better. The veteran investor has launched what he calls the Texas […]
What’s hot, and what’s not? The question will undoubtedly be top of mind when more than 400 VCs, LPs and others gather for the annual PartnerConnect West conference at the Ritz-Carlton on Oct. 10-11 in Half Moon Bay, California. The array of investors who attend will get lots of chances to network and to hear […]

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