What do advanced driverless system Mobileye, augmented reality company Magic Leap and Google-owned crowdsourced traffic app Waze have in common? They were all founded by Israel-born or second-generation Israeli entrepreneurs. Israel, a nation of less than 9 million people, is a hotbed for innovative and successful startups. It has about 4,000 of them active and […]
When Facebook formally unveiled its cryptocurrency, Libra, on Tuesday, the company announced it signed four venture capital firms to the 28-member Libra Association that will govern it. Membership required investing a minimum of $10 million and permits a role in managing its reserves and controlling its blockchain. The firms are Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, […]
Top shareholders Accel and Andreessen Horowitz stand to benefit with big gains as Slack shares begin to trade Thursday. Later-stage investors Social Capital and the SoftBank Vision Fund also could win handsomely as they hold substantial portions of the company. Slack has said it will list shares on the New York Stock Exchange in a direct […]
The concept of mental health is still somewhat taboo, especially in the workplace. But in the digital age, workplace stress and burnout are increasingly real problems, especially as workers are now expected to be connected to the office at all hours. Simply put, office workers today are under a lot more pressure than just a […]
The following story is part of a cover package VCJ published in its June issue about how the latest developments in gene editing and gene therapy are triggering new wave of investments. Read the main story here: Gene editing rides new investment wave. Read here about the moral implications to consider: Ethical concerns dog gene editing. […]
The following story is part of a cover package VCJ published in its June issue about a new wave of investments related to gene editing and the moral implications investors must consider. Read the main story here: Gene editing rides new investment wave. —Ed. In late April, GV Venture Partner Anthony Philippakis joined more than 60 academics and […]
In his 2019 Canadian venture and startup predictions, OMERS Ventures Managing Partner Jim Orlando laments the lack of big exits of VC-backed tech companies in 2018. Orlando argues the market should be generating more “top 10-in-10” exits — liquidity events large enough to be counted among the top 10 during the past 10 years. To qualify, […]
Ray Lane, founder of GreatPoint Ventures and partner emeritus at Kleiner Perkins, does not believe in venture investment at scale. He aims to work as closely as possible with the founders of his portfolio companies, offering strategic and operational help along the way, Lane told VCJ. “All my CEOs would say, ‘of all my board members, […]
Clinical approvals are lifting confidence in gene editing and gene therapy, triggering a new wave of investment. Could this be healthcare’s new new thing?
Sovereign wealth funds continued to pour money into private technology companies last year, accelerating a multi-year shift away from public markets as investment opportunities in private startups turned more exciting. These well-heeled investors steered $3.4 billion into 44 direct private technology deals worldwide in 2018, an almost 2.5x increase in capital over 2017, according to […]

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