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Resolute Ventures sticks to its knitting with $75 million fourth fund

Resolute Ventures, an early-stage firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston, just closed its fourth fund with $75 million. It’s an almost shockingly conservative amount of capital in today’s era of big-is-better funds. And with valuable companies like the real estate startup OpenDoor, the applicant tracking system company Greenhouse, and the dog products company BarkBox in its portfolio, one imagines that seven-year-old Resolute could have raised more. It didn’t want to do that, says firm fo...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Microsoft, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Barkbox, Resolute Ventures, Greenhouse Software, Greenhouse, Polaris Partners, Daniel, Jonathan, Matt


ScoutRFP Scores $33M to Compete in Supplier Management Sector

ScoutRFP, whose software is designed to help businesses streamline the process of ordering goods from suppliers, announced that it raised $33 million in a Series C fundraising round led by Scale Venture Partners.San Francisco-based Scout, part of a tech sector dubbed supplier relations management, or SRM, aims to free businesses from painstaking traditional methods of seeking bids from various suppliers and comparing their merits. Some companies are still doing this by laboriously creating spre...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Cloud, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Vc, Software, Automation, Innovation


BlueRun Ventures closes on $130M, ups Cheryl Cheng to GP

Silicon Valley venture capital firm BlueRun Ventures has lassoed $130 million in capital commitments for its sixth fund. The firm invests in early-stage mobile software and financial services companies, including online lending platform Kabbage and navigation tool Waze. BlueRun has also announced the promotion of Cheryl Cheng to general partner. Cheng joined the outfit in 2008; she’s focused on mobile and data opportunities within the enterprise and consumer markets. The firm also counts founder...
Tags: Tech, Paypal, Korea, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Waze, Nasdaq, Bluerun Ventures, Kabbage, Coupa, Cheng, John Malloy, Jonathan Ebinger, Cheryl Cheng, BlueRun, Waze BlueRun


AlwaysAI Adds $4M to Bring Deep Learning to Embedded ‘Edge’ Devices

Many of our devices, from wearables to medical instruments to drones, can capture reams of images. Using algorithms to analyze those images on the devices, in turn, generally takes loads of computing power and energy—sometimes more than is feasible.AlwaysAI says it is getting ready to sell its software for enterprise developers looking to make applications that use deep learning to better process the immense amount of data from embedded devices, such as cameras, drones, wearables, and robots—an...
Tags: Deals, Cloud Computing, Trends, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, SaaS, Venture Capital, San Diego, Blackberry, Network, Ai, Financing, Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Edge


Riding the RV revolution, Outdoorsy fuels up with $50 million in fresh funding

Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead. The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs and other trucks big enough to camp in overnight, just raised $50 million in Series C funding led by Greenspring Associates, with participation from earlier backers Aviva Ventures, Altos Ventures, AutoTech Ventures and Tandem Capital. That puts its total funding, in less than year’s time, at $75 million. (We’d separately reported on its $25 million Series B round last February. It...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Ecommerce, Europe, Yosemite, Australia, Tech, Austin, Automotive, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Aviva, Bay Area, Greenspring Associates, Cavin, Altos Ventures


Opendoor competitor Knock raises $400M

Home trade-in platform Knock has brought in a $400 million investment to accelerate a national expansion and double its 100-person headcount. Foundry Group has led the Series B funding round in New York-based Knock, with participation from Company Ventures and existing investors RRE Ventures, Corazon Capital, WTI and FJ Labs . Knock co-founder and chief executive officer Sean Black declined to disclose the startup’s valuation. Founded in 2015, Knock helps its customers find a new home, t...
Tags: Startups, Real Estate, New York, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Black, Foundry Group, RRE Ventures, Trulia, PitchBook, Knock, Vision Fund, FJ Labs, Katerra


Former King Digital CFO Hope Cochran becomes Madrona’s first female managing director

Madrona Venture Group has long been one of the premier early-stage venture firms in the Pacific Northwest and in recent years, it has done a good job of recruiting former industry executives. In recent years, those included the former Microsoft developer tools chief S. Somasegar, now a managing director, and former Windows and Xbox exec Terry Myerson, currently a venture partner. In 2017, the firm also announced that former King Digital and Clearwire CFO Hope Cochran had joined its venture partn...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Vc, Venture Capital, Hasbro, Pacific Northwest, Madrona Venture Group, Cochran, Venture, King Digital, Jennifer Chambers, Terry Myerson, Madrona, Clearwire, Matcherino


IBM Vets Launch Sonrai Security, Eyeing Multi-Cloud “Complexity”

Businesses racing faster and faster to put their data and applications into multiple cloud services will soon have to figure out how to keep an eye on it all. Start thinking about the hundreds of users, the dozens of accounts, and the handful of different cloud services that don’t always speak the same language, and the job of monitoring and securing it all quickly gets complicated.This is the problem that Brendan Hannigan and Sandy Bird are attacking with their New York-based company Sonrai Se...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Startups, Open Source, Cloud, New York, Microsoft, Identity, Azure, Trends, Tech, Cisco, It, Cybersecurity, Vc


A VC’s Take: Global Volatility Hurts U.S. Venture Ecosystem

As Xconomy’s editors looked back at the year just passed, we asked technology leaders to comment on the trends they’d observed in 2018, and the developments they expected in 2019. Some leaders responded with their views on the business impact of the Trump era, pointing to specific policy positions such as tax code revisions, curbs on immigration, and the decision by federal regulators to roll back net neutrality requirements on telecom carriers.Alex Niehenke, a partner at Foster City, CA-based ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Hardware, Net Neutrality, Internet, Entrepreneurship, China, Russia, Funding, Immigration, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Investment, Eu, Web


Maverick Ventures announces $382M evergreen fund

In an era when validation-seeking venture capitalists are lauded as much as high-flying founders, Maverick Ventures’ small team of investors have opted to stay quiet. Now, the years-old firm is ready to publicize its successes and shed some light on its global strategy. Today, Maverick is disclosing for the first time the size of its evergreen venture fund: a $382 million early-stage vehicle. Launched in 2015 as the venture arm of 25-year-old hedge fund Maverick Capital, San Francisco-based M...
Tags: Startups, Softbank, Tech, Oscar, Venture Capital, Tencent, Bessemer Venture Partners, Youku, Maverick, Affymetrix, One Medical, Freshdirect, Maverick Ventures, Ambar Bhattacharyya, David Singer, Devoted Health


Pia d’Iribarne joins Stride.VC as third partner

It turns out Stride.VC isn’t going to focus exclusively on the U.K. after all. Pia d’Iribarne is leaving Accel to join Stride.VC as a partner. Stride.VC was originally co-founded by former Accel partner Fred Destin along with Harry Stebbings, producer of “The Twenty Minute VC” podcast. Back in October, when TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear covered the official closing of the £50 million fund, the pair said that they would focus on the U.K. at first. Arj Soysa also joined the firm as operating par...
Tags: Startups, Europe, London, France, Tech, Bloomberg, Paris, Venture Capital, Felix Capital, Accel, Fred Destin, DESTIN, Natasha Lomas, Steve O'Hear, Harry Stebbings, Stebbings


Austin’s Localeur, Millennial-Focused Travel Startup, Hits 100 Cities

Austin—Localeur, a travel recommendation startup, is celebrating its (nearly) fifth anniversary by announcing its 100th city.The Austin startup focuses on recruiting a group of local residents who can provide insider information on each travel destination. The “localeurs”—a portmanteau of local and connoisseur—are millennials catering to the tastes of their own. Localeur made its debut in 2013 at South By Southwest with Austin as its first city and then expanded to San Francisco, New York, and ...
Tags: Travel, Apps, Texas, Instagram, Tinder, Funding, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Investment, Vc, Austin, Innovation, Millennials, Venture Capital


Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures targets $350M for new funds

Valar Ventures, one of the three venture funds co-founded by Peter Thiel, has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to raise $350 million across two new funds. The PayPal co-founder and billionaire investor in Facebook and SpaceX is also behind Founders Fund and Mithril Capital Management. Valar, a New York-based firm, plans to raise $150 million for its fifth flagship venture fund and an additional $200 million for its first opportunity fund, presumably for foll...
Tags: Facebook, Spacex, New York, San Francisco, Tech, Paypal, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Valar Ventures, Founders Fund, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Mithril Capital Management, Andrew McCormack, N26, Mithril, Mithril Capital Management Valar


President Bolsonaro should boost Brazil’s entrepreneurial ecosystem

Romero Rodrigues Contributor Romero Rodrigues is a managing partner at Redpoint eVentures, the Brazilian-focused arm of the Silicon Valley venture firm Redpoint. More posts by this contributor Brazil’s fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors Brazil’s tech-sector bright spots beckon as it begins to emerge from long economic crisis In late October following a significant victory for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s p...
Tags: Amazon, Column, South Korea, Japan, Politics, Congress, Australia, Finance, Singapore, Tech, Chicago, United States, Chile, New York Times, President, Venture Capital


Global VC market sees highest-ever concentration of supergiant dollar volume in Q4 2018

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor SoftBank’s Vision Fund inches closer to $100B The top 10 cities for $100M VC rounds in 2018 so far For the global VC industry, 2018 was a supergiant year. Crunchbase projects that 2018 deal and dollar volume surpassed even the high-water mark left by the dot-com deluge and the drought that followed...
Tags: TC, Column, Softbank, Tech, Venture Capital, Crunchbase, Jason Rowley, Crunchbase News, Crunchbase News More


Startups Weekly: Will Trump ruin the unicorn IPOs of our dreams?

The government shutdown entered its 21st day on Friday, upping concerns of potentially long-lasting impacts on the U.S. stock market. Private market investors around the country applauded when Uber finally filed documents with the SEC to go public. Others were giddy to hear Lyft, Pinterest, Postmates and Slack (via a direct listing, according to the latest reports) were likely to IPO in 2019, too. Unfortunately, floats that seemed imminent may not actually surface until the second half of 2019 —...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Money, Pinterest, Wall Street, Softbank, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, SEC, WeWork, Magic Leap, Sequoia Capital, Donald Trump


The US continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, US, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent


The U.S. continues to hammer Chinese tech

It’s another week, and another bevy of hits on Chinese tech by the U.S. government. Let’s get up to speed, plus a request for startup lawyer recommendations. TechCrunch is experimenting with new content forms. This is a rough draft of something new — provide your feedback directly to the author (Danny at [email protected]) if you like or hate something here. Venture capital’s leading advocate NVCA pushes for narrower restrictions on foreign investment Let’s start with the most exciting subj...
Tags: Asia, New York, Congress, Washington Post, Government, China, Boston, Softbank, America, Tech, Policy, United States, House, Venture Capital, Tencent, Silicon Valley


Boston Tech Watch: Boston Metal, TaxJar, ClimaCell, & WithMe Health

A bunch of startups started 2019 off on the right foot taking big checks cut by investors that continue the boom from 2018. Read on for more.—Weather forecast company ClimaCell says its high-resolution data is now available in 40 countries, including India. In October, the Boston-based startup raised $45 million, pushing its total venture capital haul to $65 million, and since then, it added another $5 million from GXP Investments, an arm of Kansas power utility Great Plains Energy, and Nationa...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Boston, India, Israel, Trends, Tech, Mit, Bill Gates, Venture Capital, Cambridge, Kansas, National Grid, Worcester, Affectiva, Wells Fargo


PeakSpan Capital just closed on $265 million more to fund business software companies

PeakSpan Capital, a four-year-old, Burlingame, Ca.-based venture firm, has closed its second fund with $265 million in capital commitments, shows a new SEC filing that shows that 68 investors were involved in the fundraise. That’s a meaningful jump in size from the firm’s $150 million debut fund, which it closed in 2016. PeakSpan was cofounded by Phil Dur and Brian Mulvey, longtime investors who’d spent the previous eight years together working for a firm that’s no longer around called Investor ...
Tags: London, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, San Diego, SEC, Cb Insights, BURLINGAME, PeakSpan Capital, PeakSpan, Phil Dur, Brian Mulvey, PeakSpan According


The pre-seed diligence framework

Gaurav Jain Contributor Gaurav Jain is one of the founders of Afore Capital, a $47 million fund focused on pre-seed. He was also an early early product manager for Android. More posts by this contributor How To Be A VC Without Any Capital APIs Are The New FTEs By now it’s clear that seed is the new Series A. Seed rounds have tripled in size and companies have been around for 2.4 years before they raise ...
Tags: Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Funding, Tech, Venture Capital, Airbnb, Focus, Seed Funding, Gaurav Jain


Mayfield gets a new partner as it celebrates 50 years in the business

Venture firms can come and go, as anyone who lived through the boom and bust of the late ’90s internet bubble can attest. Some firms have staying power, however, and among these is Mayfield, founded 50 years ago, just ahead of Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital (both founded 47 years ago) and Menlo Ventures and New Enterprise Associates, which celebrate their 43rd and 42nd birthdays this year, respectively. Indeed, to ensure it continues to stick around, Mayfield decided it was time to strength...
Tags: Tech, Venture Capital, Sequoia Capital, Sap, Menlo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins, New Enterprise Associates, Mayfield, Gigya, Salyer, Patrick Salyer, Navin -LSB- Chaddha -RSB- Mayfield


FAANG, Public Trust, Valuations, in 2019: The Read from Menlo Ventures

The market caps of some of the most successful tech titans reach as high as $1 trillion. Yet in 2018, perceptions about these dominant companies often reflected uneasiness and doubt—and for some, so did their stock performance.Maybe the mood shift has to do with the fact that the public and government leaders no longer evaluate these tech giants based solely on their spectacular market growth and multi-billion-dollar valuations, but also on the effects of their products, which are woven into al...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Uber, Microsoft, Privacy, Entrepreneurship, Ipo, Russia, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Vc


Daily Crunch: How the government shutdown is damaging cybersecurity and future IPOs

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security The government has been shut down for nearly three weeks, and there’s no end in sight. While most of the core government departments — State, Treasury, Justice and Defense — are still operational, others like Homeland Security, which ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gadgets, Lyft, Apps, Hardware, Enterprise, Finance, Government, Samsung, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, Aws, SEC, Fidelity


The state of seed

“There’s an implosion of early-stage VC funding, and no one’s talking about it,” was the headline of a viral article posted on this site in late 2017. Venture capitalists are deploying more capital than ever, the author explained, yet the number of deals for early-stage startups has taken a nosedive. Roughly one year later, little has changed. Seed activity for U.S. startups has declined for the fourth straight year, according to venture data provider CB Insights, as median deal sizes increased ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Venture Capital, Seed Funding, Cb Insights


E-scooter startup Bird is raising another $300M

Electric scooter startup Bird is said to be nearing a deal to extend its Series C funding with an additional $300 million led by cross-over investor Fidelity, according to an Axios report. Bird declined to comment. Fidelity has not previously invested in Bird and is reportedly doing so at a flat pre-money valuation of $2 billion, which Bird earned with a $300 million Sequoia-led financing in June. Santa Monica-based Bird has raised more than $400 million in venture capital funding to date fro...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Bird, Fidelity, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Upfront Ventures, Accel, Electric Scooters, Lime, Tusk Ventures, Craft Ventures, Recent Funding


Smooth-Driving Startup ClearMotion Gets $115M for Production Push

Auto technology startup ClearMotion says its active suspension system promising buttery-smooth rides on bumpy terrain is ready for prime time.The Boston-area business says it raised a $115 million Series D funding round led by Franklin Templeton Investments and it is working with a handful of automotive manufacturers to commercialize the product.ClearMotion developed a car suspension system it likens to noise-cancelling for potholes and the like that was based on research audio technology compa...
Tags: Deals, Microsoft, Boston, Trends, Tech, Mit, Vc, Automotive, Data Science, Venture Capital, Machine Learning, Mobility, Birmingham, Bose, Qualcomm, BRIDGESTONE


Report: Self-driving car startup Aurora is raising capital at a $2B valuation

Early last year, LinkedIn co-founder and prolific venture capital investor Reid Hoffman called Chris Urmson “ the Henry Ford of autonomous vehicles (AV).” The vote of confidence and big check from Hoffman, coupled with a team of deeply knowledgable AV entrepreneurs, has catapulted his company, Aurora Innovation, squarely into “unicorn” territory. Aurora, the developer of a full-stack self-driving software system for automobile manufacturers, is raising at least $500 million in equity f...
Tags: Google, Startups, Transportation, Uber, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Automotive, Sydney, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins, Greylock, Intel Capital


The Power Combo of A.I. Devices with Cloudlets Comes with Cyber Risks

When we have a chance to view it from a distance, the year 2018 may be seen as a period when innovations in a number of technological fields came together to transform not only the future of computing, but also the very structure of the Internet.First, entrepreneurs vying to invent self-driving vehicles, virtual assistants, and intelligent industrial machines created a hunger for more powerful semiconductors that could enable scattered devices to take over sophisticated calculations powered by ...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Cloud, Hardware, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Web, It, Cybersecurity, Ransomware, Vc, Software


Women’s co-working space The Wing adjusts membership policy to allow all genders

The Wing opened its doors to entrepreneurial women in New York City in 2016 with the support of about $2.5 million in seed funding, marketing itself as a place for women of diverse backgrounds to meet and do work. Now, as it officially amends its membership policy to allow all genders — yes, men included — it will have to work harder to stay true to its promise and purpose: to create a feminist co-working empire. In two years, The Wing built a committed social media following and launched an in-...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, New York City, San Francisco, Tech, Diversity, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Wing, New York Washington DC, New York City Commission On Human Rights, Pietrangelo, Co-working Space, Audrey Gelman, Amy Nelson



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