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Clayton Christensen, author of “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” has passed away at age 67 –

Clayton Christensen, a longtime professor at Harvard Business School who became famous worldwide after authoring in 1997 the best-selling business book, “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail,” passed away last night, The Desert News reported earlier today that the cause tied to complications from leukemia treatments that Christensen was receiving […] → Read More

As the venture market tightens, a debt lender sees big opportunities –

David Spreng spent more than 20 years in venture capital before dipping his toe into the world of revenue-based financing and realizing there was a growing appetite for alternatives to venture capital. Indeed, since forming debt-lending company Runway Growth Capital in mid-2015, Spreng has been busy writing checks to a variety of mostly later-stage companies […] → Read More

Goldman Sachs says it won’t take startups public without at least one ‘diverse’ director, but it could have gone further –

Some of the biggest banks in the United States are among the most powerful institutions in the world. But like every incumbent, they still have to hustle to stay relevant. Morgan Stanley has increasingly gotten behind investors who say they want to see more direct listings, for example. Some of those investors wield a lot […] → Read More

Bear Robotics, a company making robot waiters, just raised a $32 million round led by SoftBank –

Back in August, we flagged a filing for you that we’d found interesting, one for a now 2.5-year-old, 40-person Redwood City, Calif.,-based startup called Bear Robotics that’s been developing robots to deliver food to restaurant customers. The filing listed a $35.8 million target; Bear Robotics founder and CEO John Ha now tells us the final […] → Read More

Goldman Sachs’s CEO just called WeWork’s pulled IPO — which Goldman was underwriting — proof that the market works –

It’s hard to put a positive spin on terrible situation, but that didn’t stop Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon earlier today. Asked during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos about WeWork’s yanked IPO in September, Solomon suggested it was proof that the listing process works, despite that the CFO of Goldman — […] → Read More

Deep tech VCs on what they view as some of the most impactful young startups right now –

During this week’s Democratic debate, there was a lot of talk, unsurprisingly, about ensuring the future of this country’s children and grandchildren. Climate change was of particular interest to billionaire Tom Steyer, who said repeatedly that addressing it would be his top priority were he elected U.S. president. As it happens, earlier the same day, […] → Read More

Investors like Sundar Pichai; they just pushed Alphabet into the trillion dollar club for the first time –

Alphabet this afternoon became the fourth tech giant to join the highly exclusive trillion-dollar club, one whose original member, Apple, saw its market cap soar past $1 trillion for the first time in August 2018 and that has since welcomed — and pushed back out — Amazon, which passed the $1 trillion mark in September […] → Read More

Collaborative Fund just hired a former top Goldman Sachs investor to do later-stage deals –

Collaborative Fund emerged on the scene nearly 10 years ago to fund seed-stage and, as time passed, early-stage startups, many of them in New York, where the firm is based. Apparently, the firm has ambitions to do more later-stage investing, too. It just brought aboard Ian Friedman, former co-head of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners, Venture […] → Read More

Another women-led venture firm gains momentum, with Uber exec Rachel Holt as cofounder –

Last November, Axios reported that New Enterprise Associates partner Dayna Grayson was leaving the storied venture firm after roughly six years to launch her own shop in Washington, D.C. called Construct Capital. Today, we know Grayson has company, no pun intended. Rachel Holt, one of Uber’s first employees and until now its head of new […] → Read More

Another former Kleiner partner launches a fund; this time it’s Lynne Chou O’Keefe with Define Ventures –

Kleiner is known for many things. Among them, increasingly, is the growing number of people who’ve logged time at the firm, then struck out on their own to hang their own shingles. The latest among them: Lynne Chou O’Keefe, who joined Kleiner Perkins in 2013 as a partner in its life sciences group, where she […] → Read More

Identifying opportunities in today’s saturated cybersecurity market –

Yoav Leitersdorf is the founder of YL Ventures, a 12-year-old, Mill Valley, California.-based seed-stage venture firm that invests narrowly in Israeli cybersecurity startups and closed its fourth fund with $120 million in capital commitments last summer — a vehicle that brings the capital it now manages to $260 million. The outfit takes a concentrated approach […] → Read More

Alphabet’s controversial chief legal officer David Drummond is leaving, saying he has decided to retire –

The changing of the guard at Alphabet continues. Roughly one month after Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin announced they’d be stepping down as the CEO and president of the search giant’s parent company, one of their top lieutenants, Alphabet’s chief legal officer, David Drummond, told employees that he is also leaving the company. In […] → Read More

“Hillbilly Elegy” author J.D. Vance has raised $93 million for his own Midwestern venture fund –

Underserved areas are becoming hot, hot, hot, from the standpoint of venture capitalists and their own backers. In October, Steve Case’s Revolution announced that a second Rise of the Rest seed fund had closed with $150 million in commitments. In November, Drive Capital, a Columbus, Oh.-based venture firm that was started by two former Sequoia […] → Read More

Roofstock, which makes it easier to buy a home as an investment property, just raised $50 million in new funding –

There are plenty of startups that say they’re making it easier to buy a home. There are fewer startups that are promising to make it easier to buy a home as an income-producing property. Among these is Roofstock, a four-year-old, Oakland, Ca.-based online marketplace where buyers and sellers buy and sell rental homes in more […] → Read More

Not over it: California officials just sued billionaire Vinod Khosla in a now 12-year-long battle over access to a popular beach –

One thing is certain: Vinod Khosla will be remembered in California — if not for his work, then for his now 12-year-old battle to keep private a stretch of beach in front of an 89-acre property that the billionaire venture capitalist purchased in 2008. It has exhausted colleagues and associates, who have privately complained over […] → Read More

The Guild, which turns apartments into short-term rentals, has nabbed $25 million in Series B funding –

The Guild, a nearly four-year-old, Austin, Texas-based startup that turns apartments into comfortable short-term accommodations for business and other travelers, has landed $25 million in Series B funding from some of its earlier investors, including Maveron and Convivialite, along with real estate companies like the Nicol Investment Company, which owns some of the buildings in […] → Read More

A venture firm that invests ‘from Park City to Kansas City’ just closed its third fund –

Sometimes, in venture capital, it pays to specialize. The latest indicator is a Kansas City, Mo.-based venture firm that’s focused on seed-stage startups that are based anywhere from “Park City to Kansas City.” According to an SEC filing, it just closed on $16.4 million in capital commitments. It’s the third fund for the outfit, Royal […] → Read More

This startup just raised $7 million, led by Google, to authenticate people based on their typing style –

TypingDNA, a four-year-old, 18-person startup that was founded in Bucharest, Romania and more recently moved its headquarters to Brooklyn, New York, has closed on $7 million in Series A funding for something interesting: AI-driven technology that it says can recognize people based on the way they type, both on their laptops and mobile devices. We […] → Read More

While other tech giants fund housing initiatives, Amazon is opening a homeless shelter — inside its HQ –

As big tech gets bigger, industry leaders have begun making more noise about helping homeless populations, particularly in those regions where high salaries have driven up the cost of living to heights not seen before. Last January, for example, Facebook and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, among other participants, formed a group called the Partnership for the […] → Read More

Fyre Festival meets Mr. Bone Saw –

Social media influencers have been known to promote events around the world for the right price — decisions that sometimes prove to be mistakes. Kendall Jenner was reportedly paid $250,000 for a single Instagram post announcing the launch of ticket sales to the Fyre Festival and offering her followers a discount code. When the event […] → Read More