The goal is to provide high quality loans to people who banks typically decline, so they can avoid sinking into mountains of debt.
In yet another sign that e-commerce giant Alibaba has its sights fixed firmly on the U.S. market, the company announced this morning that it was establishing an “investment organization” in the United States.
Guest Post Arie Shpanya is the CEO of WisePricer
The $258 million invested in on-demand car service Uber led the way this past quarter as venture capitalists poured $7.8 billion in 10,005 deals in the past three months.
Guest Post Amr Shady is the CEO of TA Telecom, one of the fastest-growing companies in the Middle East and Africa.
Editor’s Pick “Miley Cyrus could be the next big tech investor,” Ferriss told me. “Therein lies the promise … and the risk.”
Title II of the President Obama’s JOBS Act says that entrepreneurs seeking cash can now notify the world. And that’s exactly what’s starting to happen.
Quick, name one Aussie startup.
Guest Post We’re moving away from the heart of technology innovation — the infrastructure, the machines, the seminal ideas we can touch and feel — to quick fixes that are not setting the stage for the next new thing.
Guest Post The venture capital industry is getting “right sized,” but that’s ultimately a good thing. Here are the trends that still matter in a smaller but more effective VC industry.
How much would you donate to charity to have a private pitch meeting with your favorite venture capitalist?
Editor’s Pick Give me your smart, your educated, your startup founders yearning to build companies?
The Ontario ministry of economic development has invited VentureBeat to check out the center of the universe, AKA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. And I’m the lucky guinea pig.
“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.”
Guest Post We have been fortunate to have raised great rounds, from amazing investors — but fundraising was one of the most stressful events of my life. Here’s what we learned.
Apparently mobile content is hot — $16 million hot — and travel to and within Russia needs a $25 million dollar improvement … all in March 27′s funding daily.
Guest Post What we’re seeing today is not a swingback to the enterprise with the add-on of consumer models. What we’re seeing today is a swingback to more diversified revenue models and a refreshing change to the traditional go-to-market approaches … a head fake if I ever saw one.
Rocket Internet chief Oliver Samwer, his brother Marc, and former Delivery Hero co-CEO Fabian Siegel are teaming up to start Global Founders Capital: a new €150 million ($194 million) fund for high-potential Internet businesses.
Guest Post What are the plusses and minuses of taking in money from a corporation versus a financial investor?
Private company research firm Privco has ranked the top 20 merger and acquisitions of the top 20 technology VC firms of 2012, including Ancestry.com’s $1.6 billion sale to private equity firm Permira and other top tech acquisitions such as Yammer, Meebo, Instagram, and NextG networks.
VC funding was down 15 percent in 2012, while crowdfunding grew 91 percent, as a new infographic from Startups.co shows
What do Silicon Valley’s top VCs expect from 2013? Brace yourselves for self-driving cars, true AI, and much more.
Guest Post Based on working with dozens on C-level executives, here are some characteristics that I have identified that contribute to producing an effective IT startup CEO.
Health care is a massive part of the U.S. economy — about 20 percent — but it’s not one that we talk about often when we think of venture capital. That might be about to change.
If you could bottle the essential startup advice of some of the best founders and VCs in the world, what would it look like? Pretty much like this.
What counts as a startup? Paul Graham has a deceptively simple answer: It’s a tool for generating rapid, exponential growth. But that’s not the only kind of startup.
Last month super-angel Dave McClure told me that one of his hottest areas of investment was education. McClure and 500 Startups are mostly investing in informal education, but all of education is ripe for disruption, as Codeacademy, Khan Academy, and MIT OpenCourseware are teaching us.
Editor’s Pick Legendary venture capitalist Tim Draper is worried about America running out of heroes. And he’s not talking about Superman or the Hulk.
A.J. Steigman is the chief executive of Soletron, a social e-commerce platform. Peter Thiel is a legendary venture capitalist and co-founder of PayPal. Both are internationally ranked “life master” chess players.
London’s Notion Capital just raised a $100m new fund focused on cloud computing and SaaS (software as a service) startups in Europe. The fund is expected to reach $150 million by the time it closes in the next few months.
Redpoint Ventures and BV Capital eVentures announced today that they are teaming up to launch the oh-so-cleverly named Redpoint eVentures, a new venture capital fund for Brazil’s tech industry.
Charles River Ventures (CRV), a venture capital firm that focuses on mobile, Internet, and software startups, closed its fifteenth fund of $375 million today.
Rumor has it that this Chicago sculpture is filled with VC cash
Guest Post VC investment dollars by sector, Q4 2011 (MoneyTree)
Jay Levy at Zelkova's Manhattan office
Guest Post Venture capital firm investment in peer-to-peer technology continues to build strength, according to a recent VentureTrends report by VentureDeal.
Don’t let the good times roll just yet, Silicon Valley: Analysts at Dow Jones are saying the effects of the 2008 economic crash still haven’t worn off for venture capitalists.
Guest Post It’s hard to not get a sinking feeling in my stomach when I watch the stock market drop and hear smart people talk about a 25 percent correction.
As overall VC numbers leveled off in the second quarter, web apps and software continued to be sweet spots for investment through the first half of 2011.