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‘A perfect storm for first time managers,’ say VCs with their own shops

Until very recently, it had begun to seem like anyone with a thick enough checkbook and some key contacts in the startup world could not only fund companies as an angel investor but even put himself or herself in business as a fund manager. It helped that the world of venture fundamentally changed and opened up as information about its inner workings flowed more freely. It didn’t hurt, either, that many billions of dollars poured into Silicon Valley from outfits and individuals around the globe ...
Tags: Google, Tech, General Motors, Lp, Silicon Valley, Intuit, Hudson, Felicis Ventures, Ron Conway, Credit Karma, Fika, Ho, Conway, Gosh, Charles Hudson, Precursor Ventures


“A perfect storm for first time managers,” say VCs with their own shops (and who have advice)

Until very recently, it had begun to seem like anyone with a thick enough checkbook and some key contacts in the startup world could not only fund companies as an angel investor but even put himself or herself in business as a fund manager. It helped that the world of venture fundamentally changed and opened up as information about its inner workings flowed more freely. It didn’t hurt, either, that many billions of dollars poured into Silicon Valley from outfits and individuals around the globe ...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, General Motors, Lp, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Intuit, Hudson, Felicis Ventures, Ron Conway, Credit Karma, Fika, Ho, Conway, Gosh


Flexport, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others launch a fund to get supplies to front-line responders

There’s a global shortage of available protective equipment (PPE) and medical supplies for use by frontline responders working to fight the spread of the novel coronavirus, and the Frontline Responders Fund wants to channel donations to help address that shortage. The fund, which is seeking public donations via GoFundMe, will use all proceeds to cover the costs of transportation of these crucial supplies to the hospitals, clinics and public agencies that need them most. Flexport is facilitati...
Tags: Apple, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Safety, Softbank, Articles, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Edward Norton, Philanthropy, Gofundme, Ron Conway, Flexport, Petersen


Teen hit Yolo raises $8M to let you Snapchat anonymously

It wasn’t a fad. Yolo became the country’s No. 1 app just a week after launch by letting teens ask for anonymous replies to questions they posted on Snapchat. But nine months later, Yolo is still in the top 100 iOS apps and has 10 million active users. Now it’s safeguarding the app from predators while revealing a smart new feature for spinning up anonymous group chats, powered by $8 million in fresh funding. “What we are trying to build is a new kind of network where there’s a fluidity to ident...
Tags: Social, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Safety, Developer, Funding, Los Angeles, Tech, Snapchat, Zynga, Paris, Anonymity


Silicon Valley CEOs Appear to Have Chosen Their 2020 Candidate

(Bloomberg) -- The technology industry is looking for something different in a president in 2020. And it appears Pete Buttigieg is their candidate.While Joe Biden and Senator Elizabeth Warren are topping national polls in the contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination, California’s deep-pocketed Silicon Valley is donating to the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana over the former vice president by a 5-to-1 margin.“Pete is a clean slate for the party in ways Biden can’t be,” said Cyrus Ra...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, California, Elizabeth Warren, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Cnn, Afghanistan, Harvard, Hillary Clinton, Washington Dc


How France wants to become a tech giant

Vive la France — that was the dominant message of the day during a tour of the French tech ecosystem. But is it time to invest in French startups? Around 40 partners of venture capital firms as well as limited partners came to Paris to talk about tech in France, from Andreessen Horowitz to Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures and more. The two-day roadshow took place at Station F, the Vision Institute, iBionext and the Elysée Palace. I grew up in France and it always surprises me that the same cli...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, France, Germany, Singapore, Tech, Cisco, Paris, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, Tony Fadell, Donald Trump, Chambers


Y Combinator to give $10K to 100 grads of its online Startup School

Y Combinator wants to lure more companies into the funnel for its accelerator while democratizing free access to startup knowledge. It’s simultaneously moving up and down market to conquer the acceleration space, with both its recent Series A program for more mature startups, and $1 million in grants for high potential founders extra-early stage online course. Today the entrepreneurship academy announced that the third year of its Startup School program will begin August 27th, offering a 10-w...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Education, Funding, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Talent, MOOCs, Stanford University, Amazon Web Services, Ben Silbermann, Online Education, Marc Andreessen, Jan Koum


San Francisco's contested mayoral race is finally over — and the tech-backed candidate is the new mayor

San Francisco is expected to name its new mayor on Wednesday. The mayoral election took place last week, but the results were too close to call. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that former state Senator Mark Leno, who briefly enjoyed an early lead, has conceded the race. Supervisor London Breed, known for being backed by high-profile tech execs, will likely be named mayor of San Francisco.   Supervisor London Breed will likely be named mayor of San Francisco later on Wednesday. The ...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, London, California, San Francisco, Trends, PAC, Silicon Valley, Ev Williams, Ed Lee, Gayle, Ron Conway, Lee, Conway, San Francisco Chronicle, Farrell


San Francisco's contested mayoral race is coming to an end — and it looks like the tech-backed candidate is the new mayor

San Francisco is expected to name its new mayor on Wednesday. The mayoral election took place last week, but the results were too close to call. The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that former state Senator Mark Leno, who briefly enjoyed an early lead, will concede the race at a news conference. Supervisor London Breed, known for being backed by high-profile tech execs, will likely be named mayor of San Francisco.   Supervisor London Breed will likely be named mayor of San Francisco lat...
Tags: California, San Francisco, Trends, PAC, Ev Williams, Ed Lee, Ron Conway, San Francisco Chronicle, Leno, Mark Leno, London Breed, Jane Kim Leno, Gayle Conway


It's election day in California: Meet the 9 tech millionaires and billionaires who are quietly steering San Francisco city politics (CRM)

On a foggy day in San Francisco in May, politicians and tech moguls gathered outside Salesforce Tower, the tallest office building west of the Mississippi, to celebrate the skyscraper's grand opening. This was peak San Francisco — a display of power and influence topped off by Marc Benioff holding hands with the mayor of San Francisco as a blessing was said over the cone-shaped, vaguely phallic 61-story tower. San Francisco is, for better or worse, a tech city. The tech sector creates tens of...
Tags: Craigslist, Mississippi, California, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Salesforce, Oakland, Ed Lee, Brian Chesky, Marc Benioff, Ron Conway, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Conway


Meet the 9 tech millionaires and billionaires who are quietly steering San Francisco city politics (CRM)

On a foggy day in San Francisco last week, politicians and tech moguls gathered outside Salesforce Tower, the tallest office building west of the Mississippi, to celebrate the skyscraper's grand opening. This was peak San Francisco — a display of power and influence topped off by Marc Benioff holding hands with the mayor of San Francisco as a blessing was said over the cone-shaped, vaguely phallic 61-story tower. San Francisco is, for better or worse, a tech city. The tech sector creates tens...
Tags: Craigslist, Mississippi, California, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Salesforce, Oakland, Ed Lee, Brian Chesky, Marc Benioff, Ron Conway, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Conway


Tech Was Supposed to Get Political. It’s Hanging Back in This Election.

While voters get ready for California’s primary on June 5, Silicon Valley’s tech community — which had been politically outspoken — has tried to stay largely under the radar.
Tags: Elections, London, News, California, Silicon Valley, Mayors, Campaign Finance, Ron Conway, Breed, Endorsements, Marc, Altman, Benioff, Computers and the Internet, United States Politics and Government, Silicon Valley (Calif


10 things in tech you need to know today

1. Ron Conway, one of the tech industry's most prominent and powerful startup investors, said in a Medium post on Thursday that his early-stage investment firm, SV Angel, will not be raising a new fund. Conway and his son, Topher, who co-manages the fund, said they will continue to use the SV Angel brand and cut checks — but in smaller amounts and as angel investors. 2. . In addressing concerns about Facebook's recent scandals, Zuckerberg and his team repeated talking points they'd made to the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Congress, China, Russia, Softbank, San Francisco, Trends, Liberia, Gm, Dallas, App Store, Melinda Gates, ZTE


SV Angel says it won’t be raising another fund from outside investors

SV Angel, the seed-stage investment firm, announced today that it’s getting out of the traditional venture business. At least, said the firm, going forward, its founders, meaning famous angel investor Ron Conway and his son Topher, will be investing their own money in startups. In a follow-up email exchange with TechCrunch, Topher Conway explained that several of the firm’s most recent checks, including to the chatbot startup Hugging Face, the hormone-testing company Modern Fertility, and to ...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Paypal, Venture Capital, Ron Conway, Brian Pokorny, Sv Angel, Lee, David Lee, Conway, Ron, Baseline Ventures, Topher Conway, Brian Pokorny Kevin Carter, Topher


The 'Godfather of Silicon Valley's' investment firm, which helped launch Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb, says it won't raise a new fund

Ron Conway, considered the "Godfather of Silicon Valley," said his venture capital firm, SV Angel, will not be raising a new fund. In a Medium post co-authored by the firm's general partners, Conway said it will  "scale back the existing SV Angel team"  and shift focus to angel investing. He expects to cut checks between $25,000 and $100,000 per company. Founded in 2009, SV Angel made early bets on Facebook, Twitter, and Airbnb.   Ron Conway, one of the tech industry's most prominent and po...
Tags: San Francisco, Trends, Angel, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Mary Meeker, National Venture Capital Association, Ron Conway, Sv Angel, Conway, Facebook Twitter, Ron, Brian Pokorny Kevin Carter, Topher, CONWAYS, Airbnb Ron Conway


Kevin Durant is becoming a big-time Silicon Valley investor — here are the VCs he considers his mentors

Kevin Durant and the rest of the Golden State Warriors are making a lot of venture capital investments in recent years. Durant talks about his Silicon Valley mentors in a new interview with ESPN. Durant has invested in 16 companies, according to PitchBook data, including Postmates and LimeBike.  Professional athletes often invest their substantial earnings into small businesses, but the Golden State Warriors take it to the next level. Not only is the team owned by Joe Lacob, a partner at leg...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Silicon Valley, Espn, Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz, Jeff Bezos, Golden State Warriors, Kleiner Perkins, Ron Conway, Joe Lacob, Bay Area, Kevin Durant, Durant, PitchBook


Square is acquiring website builder Weebly for $365M

Square just announced that it’s reached an agreement to acquire Weebly for $365 million in cash and stock. While Square is best known for its payment software and hardware, it’s also been expanding into other areas, for example with the acquisition of food delivery service Caviar and corporate catering startup Zesty. Weebly, meanwhile, offers easy-to-use website building tools. While those tools can be used by individuals (my personal website is built on Weebly), the company has increasing...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Square, Payments, Jack Dorsey, Sequoia Capital, Squarespace, Ron Conway, Weebly, David Rusenko, While Square, David Rusenko Chris Fanini, Dan Veltr Rusenko, Sequoia Capital Tencent Holdings Baseline Ventures


Higher Ground Labs backs 13 startups to help Democrats win in 2018 and beyond

With 2018 midterms around the corner, the Democrats are looking for their answer to Cambridge Analytica, the Robert Mercer-backed political data firm that either won the 2016 election or tricked everyone into believing that it did, depending on who’s talking. To that end, a prominent left-leaning accelerator is out with a new graduating class, just in time to gear up for November. Higher Ground Labs seeks to “supercharge” political startups with progressive causes at heart. The incubator and acc...
Tags: Startups, TC, Accelerator, Politics, Elections, Fcc, Government, White House, Virginia, Dnc, Tech, Avalanche, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Cto, Ron Conway


San Francisco is getting a new mayor after Ed Lee’s death, and the tech industry’s cozy status in the city may be finished

San Francisco mayor Edwin Lee died last week, leaving behind a seven year legacy in city politics.  Lee is considered largely responsible for bolstering the city's economy by ushering in the post-recession tech boom.  Lee faced past controversy regarding San Francisco's increased gentrification and punishing housing market. With his passing, it's possible that city candidates might take a tougher stance on the tech industry.  The tech industry's cozy status as San Francisco's most favored gr...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Ed Lee, Ron Conway, Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Leno, Mark Leno, Gilbert Williams, Edwin Lee, Lee Last


Disturbing

This the 21st installment of Startup Decision Making will conclude my writing until after the Holidays. I must take a moment to acknowledge the many kind greetings upon my return to Atlanta and the many well wishes as I departed Austin. Both cities are wondrous, and I will be in Austin regularly for SXSW and other special occasions, one example being the wedding of my daughter there this April.This is the time of year when decisions made over the past twelve months are evaluated, whether formall...
Tags: Google, Startups, Florida, Startup, Atlanta, Austin, Silicon Valley, Unicorns, Mailchimp, Dreams, Ron Conway, Sxsw, Dyer, ALTOS, MSA, Kendra Scott


Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has filed a lawsuit over an alleged 'smear campaign' against him

Venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar is suing a GOP political opposition research group that he alleges was conducting a smear campaign against him. The suit claims that the company, Definers Public Affairs, has been calling up reporters and spreading lies about him such as that he's a Russian agent or that he's made a payoff to settle a sexual assault claim. Pishevar, an outspoken supporter of former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, has recently threatened to file a lawsuit over some of Uber's decis...
Tags: Europe, London, Russia, Softbank, Trends, Gop, Shervin Pishevar, Mitt Romney, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, John Mccain, Kalanick, Ron Conway, San Francisco Superior Court, Tim Miller, Rhoades


10 things in tech you need to know today (AAPL)

Good morning! Here's the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Apple found a new tax haven in the Channel Islands after a 2013 crackdown in Ireland. The revelation comes from the Paradise Papers, a huge leak of documents about offshore tax havens. 2. Quadcomm is reportedly planning to reject a buyout offer from Broadcom. The $103 billion (£78 billion) purchase would be the biggest tech deal ever. 3. 21st Century Fox has been holding talks about selling most of its business to Disney, CNBC ...
Tags: Apple, UK, Trends, Tesla, Intel, Ireland, Silicon Valley, Amd, MacBook Air, Channel Islands, 21st Century Fox, Broadcom, Ron Conway, David Lee, Monzo, Jon Wagner


Ron Conway, the 'Godfather of Silicon Valley,' has been sued by his former partner for millions of dollars

VC David Lee is suing his former partner Ron Conway for millions of dollars he alleges that Conway is withholding from him. The two of them were partners in SV Angels, which backed companies like Airbnb, Pinterest and Snapchat. Lee is also looking for a judge to rule that he will be legally owed another $15 million to $20 million in future assets. Ron Conway, one of the tech industry's most prominent and powerful startup investors, who had early stakes in Twitter, Facebook and Google, has be...
Tags: Google, Trends, David, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Travis Kalanick, Ron Conway, Sv Angel, Lee, David Lee, Conway, Ron, Twitter Facebook, Refactor Capital, Axios Dan Primack, SVAngel


Venture capitalist David Lee sues former partner Ron Conway for millions

 Millions of dollars are at stake in a legal battle between Ron Conway and his former SV Angel partner David Lee, according to a suit filed last week in Marin County Superior Court and first reported by Axios. Lee filed the complaint claiming Conway has not paid him in previously promised fees and agreed upon shares in investments in companies such as Airbnb, Pinterest and Snapchat. Lee was… Read More
Tags: Drama, Tech, Ron Conway, Sv Angel, David Lee, Conway, Marin County Superior Court, Axios Lee, Airbnb Pinterest, Snapchat Lee


Watch the final day of TC Disrupt SF live right here!

 All good things must come to an end, but we have one more full day of Disrupt for you to enjoy from home. The lineup today is jam-packed with all-stars of the tech world. Kirsten Green from Forerunner Ventures, Justin Kan, Coursera’s Andrew Ng, and Uber’s new Chief Brand Officer Bozoma Saint John will all be joining us on the Disrupt stage. Plus, Laurene Powell Jobs and Ron Conway… Read More
Tags: TC, Tech, Disrupt, Ron Conway, Laurene Powell Jobs, Kirsten Green, Andrew Ng, Bozoma Saint John, Disrupt SF 2017, Justin Kan Coursera


Laurene Powell Jobs and Ron Conway will talk about investing in America’s youth at Disrupt SF

 The tech community and students need each other to thrive and compete and fuel innovation in this country. That’s why it is more important than ever to invest in America’s youth, and that starts with education and building opportunities for students and young grads across the U.S.    At Disrupt SF, we’re hosting a conversation with one of the country’s most… Read More
Tags: TC, America, Tech, Ron Conway, Laurene Powell Jobs, Disrupt SF 2017


Reddit's valuation is now approaching $2 billion

After its greatest-ever funding round, Reddit, the popular online message board is now valued at $1.8 billion. The San Francisco-based website raised $200 million from big-name Silicon Valley investors Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Coatue Management, Vy Capital, Fidelity, Y Combinator President Sam Altman, and   SV Angel’s Ron Conway, reports Recode. Reddit CEO Steve Huffman told Recode the money will be used to expedite the streamlining of the website's famous home page, as well as t...
Tags: Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Steve Huffman, Ron Conway, Sv Angel, Huffman, Recode Reddit


Reddit just raised a new round that values the company at $1.8 billion

 Reddit, the 12-year-old, San Francisco-based online discussion platform that has long called itself the “front page of the internet,” just closed its biggest round ever, from a whole lot of investors, reports Recode. Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Coatue Management, Vy Capital, Fidelity, Y Combinator President Sam Altman, and SV Angel’s Ron Conway all chipped into… Read More
Tags: TC, San Francisco, Tech, Reddit, Angel, Sam Altman, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Ron Conway


10 things in tech you need to know today (FB, TSLA)

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Tesla and SpaceX have signed the amicus brief filed on Sunday by 97 tech companies against President Trump's immigration ban. CEO Elon Musk is controversially part of Trump's business advisory council, but a spokesman said the companies had "insisted on being added" to the brief. 2. Investors and US tech industry leaders like 500 Startups' Dave McClure, investor Ron Conway and Hyperloop One founder Shervin Pishevar have signed...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, US, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, NHS, Shervin Pishevar, Silicon Valley, Vizio, Dave Mcclure, Ron Conway


A Smart Gun That Is “Relatively Reliable”

This is rich. When Kai Kloepfer points his .40 caliber handgun, it fires like any other weapon. But when someone else gives it a try, it doesn’t work. It’s the first firearm with same built-in security as many smartphones. If the gun is picked up by an authorized user, a sensor recognizes the fingerprint and it will fire. Guns that only work for their owners used to be the stuff of movies, like James Bond’s gun in “Skyfall,” but Kloepfer thinks he has the technology to make them a reality, repor...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Guns, Cbs News, Military, James Bond, Smart Guns, NRC, Ron Conway, Firearms, Smith Wesson, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Conway, Kai, Tony Dokoupil