Funding

Your First Round of Funding Should Focus on These 4 Things

By | Sep 13, 2016 at 11:00 am

Ah, funding. When you finally receive an injection of capital which signals that your startup has made it to the big time. After months (and even years) of funding with your personal savings and loans from family, you finally have cash to really move…

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Is This Is What the Funding Apocalypse Looks Like?

By | Sep 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Back in Q1, you couldn’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone advising startups that the world, as they knew it, was coming to an end. Venture dollars flowing to startups had decreased from $16B in Q3 ’15 to $12B in Q4 and VCs…

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San Francisco

Mobile-Carrier Billing Provider Boku Raises $13.75M

By | Sep 1, 2016 at 9:32 am

Today, San Francisco based mobile payments provider Boku is announcing the successful close of a new $13.75 million round. Boku’s offering enables merchants to accept mobile payments by charging their customers’ wireless bill, rather than through a debit/credit card or wire transfer. To date,…

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San Francisco

Grabr Raises $3.5M to Connect Every Product to Anyone on Earth

By | Aug 25, 2016 at 10:07 am

Today, San Francisco, CA-based Grabr is announcing the successful close of a $3.5 million seed round. The round is led by Alexey Repik of RBV Capital with participation from Konstantin Nikolaev of N-Trans Group.. The seed round builds on their initial angel round of $1 million in…

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Reminder for Startup Founders: VCs Are Not Demigods

By | Aug 24, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Responding to a recent tweet from Joe Fernandez, VC Fred Wilson has stepped up to offer an important reminder that any young entrepreneur needs to keep in the back of their mind: Venture capitalists aren’t superheroes. too many young entrepreneurs talk about vc's like they're…

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The Unicorn Hedge and What It Means for Tech

By | Aug 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Unilever acquired Dollar Shave Club for $1 billion. Walmart is grabbing Jet.com for $3 billion. GM bought Cruise for $1 billion. Why are all these unicorns and massive startups getting attention from legacy companies? One exuberant Medium article, the newest entry in the storied “startups…

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Frivolous Spending Could Sink This Silicon Valley VC Firm

By | Aug 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Having a loose wallet is part of being a venture capitalist. After all, you are in the investing business. But the key to being a skilled VC is knowing when to spend your money, and when to call it quits. As soon as you…

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These 3 Trends Are Changing How Startups Get Funding

By | Aug 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

Funding is the key to keeping your startup in the fight. Whether your Series A is floundering or your Series D is flourishing, a little bit of capital can go a long way in making your startup dreams a reality. But with the shifting…

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European VC Funding: Great, But Not at the Pre-Seed Stage

By | Aug 18, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Since 2003, 35 European startups have hit a billion-dollar unicorn valuation. The tech ecosystem in general is booming, according to an Atomico report last year that stated there has “never been a better time to be a European Entrepreneur.” But there’s one problem: Pre-seed…

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5 Things Potential Investors Are Thinking While You Deliver Your Pitch

By | Aug 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

You’re in the middle of an important pitch when you glance over at your investors. Maybe it’s your nerves, but all you see staring back is a sea of grim looking gazes. In times like these when part of you wishes that you could…

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Little Rock

Little Rock-Based VC FinTech Accelerator Funded Through 2018

By | Aug 9, 2016 at 3:00 pm

On Wednesday, August 3, nearly 300 attendees packed the William J. Clinton Presidential Center for the inaugural Global Investor Demo Day of the VC FinTech Accelerator. Investors, financial services professionals, business executives and government leaders celebrated the completion of the 12-week program. The founders of The…

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Here’s How to Launch a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

By | Aug 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm

Countless people dream of starting a business. And as many people know, one of the greatest obstacles to that goal raising enough capital to make that dream a reality. While most of them have viable business ideas that can lead to significant achievements, very few…

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Amsterdam

3D Hubs Raises $7M to Globally Expand 3D Printing Community

By | Aug 2, 2016 at 10:23 am

Today, Amsterdam-based 3D Hubs is announcing the successful close of a $7 million Series B round led by EQT and Balderton Capital. The round is also supported by previous investors from Google, Uber, Booking.com, and Spotify. According to 3D Hubs, the company plans to…

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Why Oracle Is Paying $9.3B for NetSuite

By | Jul 28, 2016 at 1:15 pm

Oracle’s bid for NetSuite Inc. is unlikely to be topped: At $9.3 billion, it’s nine times Netsuite’s projected revenue for the next twelve months. Why make one of the biggest acquisitions in Oracle’s history? The biggest reason is to play catch up: Netsuite, founded in 1998, was…

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Kansas City

John Fein’s Latest VC Gives Midwestern Startups An Edge

By | Jul 26, 2016 at 9:00 pm

When it comes to giving emerging startups the support they need to succeed, some cities are struggling to meet demand. Startups based in large cities like New York and San Francisco often have no trouble finding a variety of startup-focused resources specific to their niche….

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Artificial Intelligence Investments Have Tripled Since 2013

By | Jul 21, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Just a few short years ago, artificial intelligence was seen as nothing more than a villain in sci-fi movies. This revolutionary technology was used to insist that innovating too fast can lead to a future of robot overlords and murderous machines. From Hal 9000…

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Indianapolis

Bluebridge Raises $3M to Increase Employee Engagement

By | Jul 21, 2016 at 9:02 am

Indiana-based Bluebridge announced the successful close of a Series A round of $3 million. The new funding will be used for their newly launched employee engagement platform, Emplify, in an effort to build out the brand, further develop the solutions, and expand on marketing…