Rocket Internet, love it or hate it, isn’t going anywhere and it has raised another $500 million in fresh capital.
“That’s the hope for the future, that Silicon Valley continues to attract many of the best and brightest of the entrepreneurs around the world.”
ForSight Vision5, a mysterious eye technology startup from the incubator ForSight Labs, has raised $8 million in new funding, according to a new SEC filing.
Ed-tech entrepreneurs will be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking an accelerator or incubator program. A deluge of new accelerators have launched in recent weeks, including Kaplan and Pearson’s “corporate” offerings.
The startups that have been selected for the first class are far from sexy — unless a “software-defined infrastructure platform for heterogeneous computing” does it for you — but they’re all generating revenues. What they have in common is that they target their products at businesses, not consumers.
Y Combinator is tightening the purse strings, cutting the $150,000 investments startups get in half.
Silicon Valley hotdog Dave McClure and his incubator, 500 Startups, are looking to the Indian subcontinent for a new wave of entrepreneurship.
Google is the latest to jump on board with new Berlin tech hub The Factory. The company has pledged €1 million ($1.27M) over three years through its “Google for Entrepreneurs” program.
Editor’s Pick In a city that’s no stranger to startup incubators and accelerators, how do you do something different?
Having a big brand behind your startup can do a lot for a company’s name. Pepsi — one of the biggest names in the world — launched an incubator in Brazil today, helping local entrepreneurs create companies, while using their sprightly teams for PepsiCo-brand marketing projects.
Editor’s Pick In a leaked memo, Graham cautioned Y Combinator companies not to accept deals from Google Ventures, calling that firm’s funding term sheets lowball offers.
Microsoft’s newest incubator, the Bing Fund, will invest $50,000-$100,000 in early-stage startups, through standard convertible notes. It will also provide mentorship, office space, and more.
Microsoft is preparing to unveil a new investment arm called the Bing Fund. The company hasn’t made an official announcement, but a variety of public statements and job postings paint a preliminary picture.
A big part of the tech boom in New York has been the arrival of several accelerators and incubators which are minting new classes of top tier startups. Today, in a presentation at Google Ventures in Manhattan, DreamIt Ventures announced its newest class of 15 companies for its New York Accelerator.
Incubators YouWeb and StartEngine are combining their efforts to host a joint demo day for 20 startups funded by the two. The event brings together a couple of the most interesting personalities in tech funding: Peter Relan, chairman of YouWeb, and Howard Marks, founder of Los Angeles-based StartEngine.
Guest Post Have you noticed how many online startups there are again recently? While it’s great for overall innovation, it can create a challenging ecosystem for budding entrepreneurs. I’ve spent more time than I care to remember, evaluating various businesses, looking at models, and seeking opportunities where I could compete. Invariably no matter what idea I find and no matter how niche or arcane it is, it’s likely there are already more than a handful of competitors already in the space.
Guest Post This spring alone, over 100 companies will graduate from startup boot camps, accelerators, incubators, or other similarly named programs. As my own company Dibsie prepares for demo day with Entrepreneur Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) in NYC, I want to share some thoughts with the founders thinking about applying. Do your diligence, and make sure you’re an educated buyer. Here’s what you need to know…
So-called “power angels” have emerged as a force in the U.S. technology start-up scene. They bring money and relationships to help promising start-ups get to the next stage.
The hustling Los Angeles tech scene is revolving around a new center these days: an incubator called Science. It started just a couple months ago and is the work of former MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Color co-founder Peter Pham.
The newest member of Y Combinator’s team is angel investor and successful entrepreneur Geoff Ralston.
Former MySpace chief executive Mike Jones announced a new incubator he calls Science today, which he describes as a technology studio for startups looking to grow in Los Angeles. But is Jones giving past MySpace executives a first pass at the money?
In a shakeup for New York’s startup scene, Andy Weissman, co-founder of the NYC startup incubator Betaworks, is leaving to join VC firm Union Square Ventures.
Shervin Pishevar, the entrepreneur and investor who founded the Social Gaming Network, has joined Menlo Ventures as a managing partner.
Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator is bringing some of its most notable alumni back into the fold — as partners.
Twelve companies fostered by the hybrid incubator-seed fund 500 Startups presented their products today in Mountain View, Calif.
Was the most recent class of startups incubated by Y Combinator the best group ever? That’s what Garry Tan told me, and he should know — he was a YC alumnus through his simple blogging startup Posterous, and now he’s back at the famous incubator as designer-in-residence.
Guest Post As my co-founders and I investigated the idea of creating Founders Den, we frequently heard the questions: “What is the difference between an incubator, accelerator, and co-working space?” and “Is there a need for another one?”
Geekmedia, the company that operates Israeli technology blog newsgeek.co.il, is getting into the startup incubation business with a new program called Venturegeeks.
Guest Post Alan Colmenares is the Facilitator for the Founder Institute program in Colombia, South America, a contributor to VentureBeat and writes about Latin American start-ups at TropicalGringo.
Y Combinator, the increasingly famous Silicon Valley incubator, announced two new general partners today — Gmail creator/FriendFeed co-founder Paul Buchheit and Harj Taggar, who was already working at YC as a startup advisor.
Six startups are graduating from IO Ventures, a San Francisco-based incubator. Five out of the six companies had already launched, but now they’ve also wrapped-up the four-month training period and presented tonight to an audience of investors and journalists.
When you think about hot technology platforms, Twilio might not be the first one that comes to mind. But it looks like there’s a big opportunity here — at least according to 500 Startups, the new seed investment firm led by bombastic investor Dave McClure.
Startup incubators continue to spread across the country, and one of the latest is BoomStartup, a Utah-based organization that’s graduating its first class of entrepreneurs next week.