Rounds size continues to expand for early- and growth-stage venture investments in the U.S., but angels across the nation demonstrated restraint last year by doling out smaller amounts of capital. Angel activity across the country was strong in 2018, with 334,565 investors involved in deals, according to the Center for Venture Research at the University […]
While the IPOs of Uber, Beyond Meat and Lyft dominate VC chatter in recent weeks, the majority of venture exits are still realized through a sale to a strategic acquirer or a financial sponsor. The terms of those deals are often not disclosed, but SRS Acquiom, a provider of M&A closing services, released a study […]
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 […]
In advance of its IPO, Uber Technologies said in late April that PayPal Holdings had agreed to invest $500 million in the ride-hailing company. PayPal invested in Uber through a private placement at the price at which the IPO would eventually settle. Uber on May 9 priced its IPO at $45 a share. It was the […]
Venture capital-backed Auto I.D., which provides “information beyond the VIN,” is up for sale, two sources said. FT Partners is advising on the process, the sources said. Sean Smith, an auto industry executive, founded Auto I.D. in 2012 and is CEO. The Nashville company’s software enables users — typically a lender, an auto finance company or […]
Venture capitalists remained a sanguine lot in the first quarter, but valuations for Silicon Valley companies nonetheless softened modestly in Series B and later rounds. Up rounds topped down rounds by a wide margin, essentially matching the results of the fourth quarter and continuing an upbeat multi-quarter trend. Eighty-one percent of deals were marked higher […]
By Michael Kauffman, Tech DNA The technology risks uncovered by technology due diligence fall into three main risk categories: hidden liabilities, increased downside risks, and decreased upside risks. Hidden Liabilities These risks are often the largest liabilities. They include: Cybersecurity / Privacy Risk: By now most professionals understand the reputational risks of being hacked. A […]
bitcoin investor, Micky Malka Ribbit Capital_Venture Alpha West 2013
Watch a bitcoin discussion featuring Micky Malka of Ribbit Capital, Barry Silbert of SecondMarket, and Adam Draper of Boost at Thomson Reuters’ Venture Alpha West 2013 conference. 

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