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Tusk Venture Partners just closed its third fund with $140M, double its predecessor fund –

Tusk Venture Partners, the now six-year-old, New York-based early-stage venture firm co-founded by longtime political strategist Bradley Tusk and former Blackstone director Jordan Nof, has closed its third fund with $140 million in capital commitments. That’s double the $70 million that the outfit raised for its second flagship fund, which closed in late 2019. (The […] → Read More

A dive into Haun Ventures with the firm’s first deal lead, Sam Rosenblum –

Sam Rosenblum never imagined he would work at a crypto-focused investment firm. A Southern California native who spent a “large portion of my life outdoors in the sun, playing sports and hanging out with friends,” crypto was not technically a thing until he was in college at UCLA. Stints at the DOJ and as an […] → Read More

A venture firm gets rewarded for selling at the market top –

It used to be that venture capitalists couldn’t sell their stake in a portfolio company before it sold or went public without raising questions about the outfit’s prospects. As startups began staying private longer, VCs and management teams grew more comfortable with selling some of their holdings to new investors, but many VCs are likely […] → Read More

Tiger Global, hit by $17B in hedge fund losses, has nearly depleted its latest VC fund

Tiger Global is having a year. Losses of about $17 billion represent one of the biggest dollar declines for a hedge fund in history. → Read More

Bonobos cofounder Andy Dunn is taking public his secret battle with bipolar disorder –

Andy Dunn, the cofounder and former CEO of the men’s clothing company Bonobos, has something new to sell: his life story. It might just save another life. In “Burn Rate,” hitting bookshelves tomorrow, Dunn goes public with a secret he managed to hide from the public for decades despite being a high-profile founder for much […] → Read More

Sequoia’s Jess Lee explains how VCs think about their deals –

Jess Lee, a partner at Sequoia Capital, shared insights to help startup founders achieve more success when they pitch investors. → Read More

Chingona Ventures lands $52M to fund overlooked founders in massive markets –

Chingona Ventures, a three-year-old, Chicago-based venture outfit that invests in pre-seed startups, primarily in the Midwest and primarily founded by overlooked individuals who are focused on massive markets, has closed a new fund with $52 million in capital commitments. Limited partners in the new fund include PayPal Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Melinda Gates’s Pivotal Ventures, […] → Read More

Unusual Ventures just closed a $485M fund by promising hands-on (full-time) help –

Unusual Ventures, a now 30-person outfit founded nearly five years ago by former Lightspeed Ventures investor John Vrionis and serial entrepreneur Jyoti Bansal, has closed its third fund with $485 million in capital commitments, says Vrionis. It’s not a huge step up from the $425 million that Unusual raised for its second fund in late […] → Read More

Index Ventures is opening shop in New York –

Index Ventures, the venture firm founded in Switzerland in 1996, and now based in London and, as of 2011, in San Francisco, is opening its fourth office in New York. Two Index veterans — Shardul Shah, who joined the outfit 14 years ago as an associate from Summit Partners, and Martin Mignot, who came aboard […] → Read More

Bull City Venture Partners is the opposite of flashy — and its backers approve –

Bull City Venture Partners is the opposite of flashy. The 20-year-old, generalist venture outfit only invests in two to four companies each year. It mostly invests in founders who’ve been around the block at least once, catching them as early in their new adventure as possible. And from its headquarters in Durham, North Carolina, it […] → Read More

USV quietly announces $625M in fresh funding for ‘both Web2 and Web3’ teams –

Union Square Ventures (USV), the 19-year-old, New York-based venture firm, has raised $275 million for its eighth early-stage fund and $350 million for its fourth opportunity fund, the firm announced in a blog post yesterday. In sharing news of the two new vehicles, firm partners Andy Weissman and the firm’s general counsel, Samson Mesele, wrote that USV plans to “invest […] → Read More

Slow Ventures picks up the pace with two new funds and some experimental strategies –

Slow Ventures, a 12-year-old, generalist venture firm that’s headed up by former Facebook execs Kevin Colleran and Sam Lessin, along with Will Quist, formerly of Industry Ventures, says it just closed its fifth flagship seed-stage fund with $195 million in capital commitments and its second opportunity-type fund with $130 million. The announcement comes almost three […] → Read More

This West Point grad started a booking system for restaurants, and VCs just funded it

Defy Partners backs Perfect Venue's approach to build a supply of restaurants and other venues and become their customer relationship management (CRM) vendor. → Read More

‘Decentralized’ web3 startups find out the hard way there’s no safety net –

When the Vietnam-based outfit behind the crypto game Axie Infinity was hacked last month — hackers stole upward of $625 million in Ethereum from its blockchain, with the FBI now pointing fingers at a North Korean state-sponsored group as the culprit — questions quickly arose around who, exactly, would make the company’s customers whole. The […] → Read More

A $30M fund backed by dozens of power players aims to empower founders of Asian descent –

Four years ago, a nonprofit collective called Gold House was formed to advance the interests — and safety — of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the U.S. Given the country’s long history of anti-Asian racism, it was overdue, argues Bing Chen, a former Google product manager turned YouTube exec turned founder and investor […] → Read More

VC distributions are down 90% in Q1, says Industry Ventures, an LP in 450 funds –

If you’re trying to get a pulse on what’s happening in the venture market right now, you could do worse than talk with Hans Swildens, founder of the 22-year-old investment firm Industry Ventures. Industry Ventures is now managing $5 billion in assets – nearly $1 billion of it raised last year — across numerous strategies […] → Read More

Grain lands $16M led by Tiger Global to turn virtual meetings into ‘libraries’

Grain finds increasingly elaborate ways to capture video snippets of online meetings to make important moments easy to share, search and save. → Read More

Landline wants to fully check you in for your flight — far from the airport

The future of the motorcoach business is very much the idea that the airport no longer needs to be next to the runway. → Read More

Lead Edge Capital just closed its newest fund with an astonishing $2 billion (nearly) –

It used to take a while to amass $5 billion in assets under management. Not so for Lead Edge Capital, a 12-year-old California- and New York-based growth-equity firm that just surpassed that amount, closing its sixth and newest fund with a whopping $1.95 billion in capital commitments from roughly 500 investors. The pool follows a […] → Read More

Billionaire investor Jim Breyer left Silicon Valley for Austin in early 2020; here’s why he loves it –

It’s hard to get Jim Breyer to say a critical word, publicly, about anything, so it’s no surprise that, when asked why he moved to Austin from his longtime headquarters in Silicon Valley two years ago, he spends some time talking first about the Bay Area and its many advantages, including Stanford University and the […] → Read More