In the first quarter of 2012, investor confidence rose to the highest point it’s been in more than a year. The latest Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index — which measures how much statup investing confidence VCs have — shows a significant jump in confidence over the fourth quarter of 2011.
Critics made a lot of hay over Andreessen Horowitz’s decision not to re-invest in Instagram. As our own Dylan Tweney pointed out, this made a $78 million win seem like a big mistake.
Ray Lane is not a general partner in KP15, but don't count him out
Guest Post The e-commerce industry has broadened in scope in recent years. Originally confined to transaction activity between large financial institutions, e-commerce then expanded in the 1970s and 1980s to include what was termed “EDI” (Electronic Data Interchange) between large companies who could afford the dedicated computing power and related IT department.
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Venture capital funds raised $4.9 billion in the first quarter of 2012, down 35 percent from a year ago, according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association.
Venture capital industry interest and investment in smart grid startups has been up and down over the past five years, ranging from a peak of nearly $316 million in 2009 to around $100 million or less in 2011 (as of the end of September). There’s reason to be optimistic about the future growth of the sector, however. Powerful fundamental factors — the shift to cleaner, renewable energy sources and market deregulation among them — continue to support growth, as do smart grid proponents and technology providers.
Charles River Ventures (CRV), a venture capital firm that focuses on mobile, Internet, and software startups, closed its fifteenth fund of $375 million today.
It was less than six months ago that RTP Ventures opened its U.S. arm in New York, giving it $100 million out of its $750 million fund to make investments. Now, senior managing director Kirill Sheynkman has added two new staffers, bringing on Murat Bicer in Boston and Jalak Jobanputra in New York.
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
Venture capital megafirm Andreessen-Horowitz is likely in the process of doing some fundraising.
Guest Post Venture capital firm investment in peer-to-peer technology continues to build strength, according to a recent VentureTrends report by VentureDeal.
While the overall economy in 2011 was still on shaky ground, VCs continued to “make it rain” on startups in need of institutional funding.
Flagship Ventures, a VC firm focusing on technologies for healthcare and sustainability, has closed its 2011 fundraising efforts with $270 million in the bank.
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.
Editor's Pick Game fundings destroyed the record book for fundings this year as 145 companies raised more than $1.540 billion in 2011, not counting initial public offerings.
Guest Post “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
[vimeo 34006873 w=640 h=360] There are a few ways to give back to your community. Have a bake sale, donate clothes to the Goodwill, or call up your good buddy Rainn Wilson and throw a party in Palo Alto for charity.
Guest Post Venture capital funding hasn’t hit the peaks it saw in early 2000, but it’s still going strong — particularly in Silicon Valley and for software companies.
Daily deals site LivingSocial has closed a monster $176 million round of financing, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission today. VentureBeat has learned that the $176 million is the first tranche of $400 million the company hopes to raise over the next weeks and months to finance continued operations and expansion.
Will 2012 be a continuation of the good, bubble-like times for the venture capital industry and startups that are raising money? Or will we see a dramatic, economic-doldrums-induced slowdown like we did at the end of 2008?
The professional venture capital community is more diverse than ever, but employment is still largely dominated by white men, according to the results of a joint census conducted by the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource, which was released today.
[vimeo 32175141 w=640 h=480] Dan Scholnick is a general partner at Trinity Ventures. In this conversation with VentureBeat editor-in-chief and founder Matt Marshall, he discusses the future and potential of cloud technologies.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), a private equity fund, is looking to raise $6 billion to establish a new pool for Asian startups.
Electric motorcycle maker Brammo has raised $28 million in a new funding round led by Polaris Industries, the company announced today.
Yesterday’s massive layoffs at daily deals site BuyWithMe were the result of shrinking capital markets, the company’s chief operating officer said today.
Venture Capital deals in the third quarter of 2011 dropped 12 percent in dollars invested compared to last quarter. Clean technology and life sciences industries were particularly hard hit, according to a report released today by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association.