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Categories: venture capital

Social Networkers Bet on Education as Next Frontier

Posted by: Rachael King on December 08

By Ari Levy Reid Hoffman and Matt Cohler, two of Silicon Valley's social-networking pioneers, are throwing their hats into the education ring. The entrepreneurs-turned-venture capitalists today led a $15 million...

Draper Fisher Jurvetson Sees More Digital Ad Opportunities

Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 16

Draper Fisher Jurvetson, the venture-capital firm that invested in AdMob, an online ad network later bought by Google Inc., continues to pour funds into new advertising startups, said Mark Bailey,...

Is the Venture Capital Market Getting Its Mojo Back?

Posted by: Spencer Ante on November 13

The venture capital market appears to be bottoming out after a long decline, according to a Fenwick & West survey of the venture capital market for the third quarter of...

Regulating Venture Capital: OK For Now, "Far From Finish Line"

Posted by: Spencer Ante on October 21

Earlier this year, Silicon Valley freaked out when U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress that large venture capital firms should be declared as systemic risks and put under tight...

Venture-Backed Startups: A Growing and Increasingly Important Part of the U.S. Economy

Posted by: Spencer Ante on September 17

Yesterday, the National Venture Capital Association published its fifth overview of the impact of companies backed by venture capital investment in the U.S. economy. The numbers are very interesting and...

Made Men: Why Venture Capitalists Sponsor Other VCs

Posted by: Spencer Ante on July 07

The big news out this week in the venture capital market is the launch of Andreessen Horowitz, a new $300 million venture capital fund co-founded by Marc Andreeseen, a tech...

Brazil: The next hotbed of venture capital and private equity?

Posted by: Spencer Ante on June 26

Yesterday, I attended a packed conference about investing in Brazil. The event, which was sponsored by the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce, drew more than 100 investors, executives and technologists at...

Reinventing Venture Capital

Posted by: Spencer Ante on June 11

Yesterday, as part of his work as Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, blogger Paul Kedrosky released a report, "Right-Sizing the Venture Capital Industry." Now, I couldn't agree more that...

Google Forms Venture Group to Find "Next Big Thing"

Posted by: Rob Hof on March 31

Once companies grow large, it's always tough for them to come up with great new innovations like the one that built them. As Harvard Business School professor Clay Christensen has...

Andreessen & Friedman: Start-ups and VCs to the Rescue!

Posted by: Spencer Ante on February 23

I gotta hand it to Marc Andreessen and Thomas Friedman--they both nailed it this week and repeated a message I've been preaching for the last year on my personal blog,...

Check Out Our New Blog: Technology at Work

Posted by: Olga Kharif on February 03

My colleague Rachael King has just launched a new blog, Technology at Work, where she explores how companies can use innovative software and to cut costs to survive and prosper. Today, she wrote about a company called iWidgets that just raised $4.1 million -- at a time when raising funds is extremely tough. The start-up helps companies take their content and syndicate it on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. CBS, for example, is using iWidgets to syndicate video clips of CSI and other shows on Facebook.

Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists Gather to Figure Out What the Heck Happened

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 29

... and what comes next. Crowded into a small meeting room in a Silicon Valley hotel this morning is an overflow gathering of entrepreneurs at VentureBeat's Downturn Roundtable. They're here,...

LinkedIn Stockpiles More Cash

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on October 23

Professional networking site LinkedIn is storing up more cash for the winter. The company, which commands some of the highest ad rates on the Web, announced on Oct. 23 it’s...

VCs to Entrepreneurs: Seed-Stage Startups OK. Others? Not So Much

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 09

Just for fun tonight, and hoping to view a potentially entertaining mass freakout over the market, I decided to attend one of those ubiquitous Silicon Valley panels where entrepreneurs can...

Sign of the Times: Tech's Repo Man Is Back

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 30

Actually, Marty Pichinson never left. But the co-founder of Sherwood Partners, a corporate restructuring firm based in Mountain View, Calif. (home of Google), is seeing an uptick in his business....

Crisis Schmisis: Mayfield Raises $395 Million Fund

Posted by: Spencer Ante on September 24

The world's most powerful banks and financial companies can't raise money if their life depended on it. But for the premiere venture capitalists, money still seems to be falling out...

Um, Hasn't Google Been Investing in Startups Already?

Posted by: Rob Hof on July 31

Google is mulling the creation of a venture-capital investment arm, according to the Journal. But while I gather that is true as far as it goes, I don't get the...

New England’s Inferiority Complex, Or Why Route 128 Lost its Mojo to Silicon Valley

Posted by: Spencer Ante on May 28

Posted May 28 by Creative Capital New England’s entrepreneurial community has developed a sort of inferiority complex. This is one of the things that struck me when I attended the...

Barry Bonds, VC

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 31

Last September, the DEMOFall conference was roiled by the appearance of Bono, or, as it turned out, an actor who looked an awful lot like the U2 front man. DEMO...

Azure Capital: A New Twist on the VC Game?

Posted by: Peter Burrows on March 24

As we were closing a piece for the magazine this week on Azure Capital, the news broke that the obstruction of justice charges against Frank Quattrone had been overturned. Normally,...

Accel's Book Club Selections

Posted by: Steve Hamm on February 03

Oprah isn't the only one who gets into hot water now and then for her book club selections. Accel Partners, the venture capital firm, is getting a little static for...

Kleiner Perkins Energy Startups Soon to Shine?

Posted by: Rob Hof on January 13

For years, Kleiner Perkins VC John Doerr has been talking up the firm's investments in energy and environmental startups, but he has not revealed many details. Last night, at a...

Tiny Bubbles...

Posted by: Rob Hof on December 17

Mike Arrington also wonders if there's a bubble brewing after all in the land of Web 2.0. His latest red flag is stupid parties: "I was invited, and drove 25...

No Web 2.0 Bubble? Hmmm....

Posted by: Rob Hof on October 25

A new survey of venture capital investment seems to show no incipient bubble in funding new consumer Internet companies, according to Reuters' take. Well, let's hope so. But it's still...


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