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Mary Meeker’s Bond is closing on $2 billion for its second fund, per a new filing –

Bond, the growth-stage firm that spun out of the Kleiner Perkins Digital Growth Fund in late 2018, is closing a second fund with $2 billion, suggests a new SEC filing that says the amount has not yet been raised, though investment firms sometimes file their paperwork at the final stages of their fundraising and even […] → Read More

Atomic, which only funds the startups it launches, just closed its newest fund with $260 million –

Jack Abraham has a lot of confidence in what he’s building. Then again, you can’t be immodest or unsure of yourself if you’re going to bet exclusively on your own startups as an investor, which is precisely the model that Abraham’s San Francisco-based venture studio, Atomic, has followed since it was launched nine years ago. […] → Read More

What the NFT? VC David Pakman dumbs down the digital collectibles frenzy and why it’s taking off now –

Non-fungible tokens have been around for two years, but theses NFTs, one-of-one digital items on the Ethereum and other blockchains, are suddenly becoming a more popular way to collect, primarily, visual art, whether it’s an animated cat or an NBA clip or virtual furniture. “Suddenly” is hardly an overstatement. According to the outlet Cointelegraph, during […] → Read More

How to land startup funding from Brookfield Asset Management, which manages $600 billion in assets –

There are big investment firms, and then there are big investment firms. Brookfield Asset Management, the 122-year-old outfit that’s based in Toronto; is valued at roughly $63 billion by public market shareholders; and oversees $600 billion in assets, clearly falls into the latter camp. Think real estate, infrastructure, renewable power, private equity, and credit. If […] → Read More

Meet Smash Ventures, the low-flying outfit that has quietly funded Epic Games, among others –

When in 2018, Smash Ventures showed up as an investor in a $1.25 billion round for Epic Games — reportedly the largest ever investment in a video game company at the time — it was the first time many had heard of the investing outfit. When the brand showed up again last summer in an […] → Read More

Eat this, exercise now; new personalized software predicts and helps prevent blood sugar spikes –

Not everyone has Type 2 diabetes, the disease that causes chronically high blood sugar levels, but many do. Around 9% of Americans are afflicted, and another 30% are at risk of developing it. Enter software by January AI, a four-year-old, subscription-based startup that in November began providing personalized nutritional and activity-related suggestions to its customers […] → Read More

As the SPAC frenzy continues, questions surface about how much the market can absorb –

Another week and the biggest story in a sea of big stories continues to center on SPACs, these blank-check companies that raise capital through IPOs expressly to acquire a privately held company and take it public. But some industry watchers as starting to wonder: Is this party just getting started, with more early guests still […] → Read More

Boldstart Ventures gets bigger thanks to Kustomer and other early bets on technical founders –

Boldstart Ventures, a New York-based firm that started with a $1 million proof-of-concept fund in 2011, has just closed on $155 million in capital commitments for its fifth flagship fund and $75 million for its second opportunity fund, a vehicle meant to support breakout startups in its portfolio. Given Boldstart’s focus — and its track […] → Read More

Onboard says it can help SaaS companies bring new their customers up to speed faster and better –

While companies have embraced the offerings of software-as-a-service companies with growing vigor, getting those new offerings to work in a seamless way from the outset isn’t so easy, with some business customers feeling forgotten as soon as the digital ink dries. Enter Onboard, a 10-month-old, startup that aims to help SaaS businesses delight those new […] → Read More

Onboard says it can help SaaS companies bring new their customers up to speed faster and better –

While companies have embraced the offerings of software-as-a-service companies with growing vigor, getting those new offerings to work in a seamless way from the outset isn’t so easy, with some business customers feeling forgotten as soon as the digital ink dries. Enter Onboard, a 10-month-old, startup that aims to help SaaS businesses delight those new […] → Read More

01 Advisors, the venture firm of Dick Costolo and Adam Bain, has closed fund two with $325 million –

Dick Costolo and Adam Bain, renowned early Twitter execs who served as company’s CEO and its chief operating officer, respectively, have quietly closed a second venture fund just one-and-a-half years after disclosing they’d secured $135 million for a debut fund under their firm, 01 Advisors. According to an SEC filing, they wrapped up their second […] → Read More

Tony Florence, the low-flying head of NEA’s tech practice, on the art of building household brands –

Tony Florence isn’t as well known to the public as other top investors like Bill Gurley or Marc Andreessen, but he’s someone who founders with SaaS and especially marketplace e-commerce companies know, or should. He’s responsible for the global tech investing activities for NEA, one of the world’s biggest venture firms in terms of assets […] → Read More

Maisonette is becoming a go-to brand for fashion-conscious families; here’s how –

Maisonette, a four-year-old, New York-based company has aimed from the outset to become a one-stop curated shop for everything a family might need for their young children. That plan appears to be working. Today, the company — which launched with preppy young children’s apparel and has steadily built out categories that include home decor, home […] → Read More

VC Alexa von Tobel on the most overlooked driver of social-media-driven stock trading –

Alexa von Tobel has always felt strongly that too many people are shut out of the stock market. She felt this as a 23-year-old who didn’t have $5,000 to open a brokerage account. She felt it while building LearnVest, a financial planning startup she launched in 2009 and sold in 2015 to Northwestern Mutual for […] → Read More

A former NEA partner and a former Uber exec just closed their $140 million debut VC fund –

In hindsight, Dayna Grayson and Rachel Holt didn’t have the best timing. It was late in 2019 when the two, both Washingtonians who met six years ago through a mutual acquaintance, decided to act on earlier conversations and start a fund together. At the time, Grayson spied an opportunity to create a new venture brand […] → Read More

Two new efforts push to transform more people into limited partners of VC funds –

Venture funds have historically counted on a few types of investors — or limited partners — for their investing capital. One of these groups is institutional investors — think pension funds, university endowments, hospital systems and the like. Another is corporations. A third bucket centers on the family offices of wealthy individuals. It’s a fairly […] → Read More

This insurtech alleges a venture backer founded and funded a copycat: a founder’s “nightmare” –

Relationships can be messy, including between startup founders and their venture investors. But in a case that takes messy to an extreme, an insurtech company in Santa Monica, Calif. called Sure is alleging that its Series A investor used privileged information to provide to a New York-based startup called Boost that the venture firm incubated […] → Read More

Could eyelash extensions become a huge market? This robotics startup thinks so –

Eyelash extensions have taken off in recent years — particularly in Asia — but the audience is only so broad. Getting extensions — semi-permanent fibers that are attached to one’s natural eyelashes — can require hundreds dollars and hours of in the seat of a lash stylist, which not everyone can afford. There’s always the […] → Read More

Kindred Ventures just closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments –

Two years after launching its $56 million debut fund, Kindred Ventures, a San Francisco-based pre-seed and seed-stage venture fund founded by Steve Jang and Kanyi Maqubela, has closed its second fund with $100 million in capital commitments. Jang is himself a founder who later jumped into investing. In more recent years, he cofounded Bitski, a […] → Read More

The biggest exit for this L.A. venture firm may wind up being . . . canned water –

Earlier this week, Science, the 10-year-old, L.A.-based incubator and venture firm, rolled out a blank-check company onto the Nasdaq, raising $270 for what firm founders Peter Pham and Mike Jones say will ultimately be used to take public a company in the mobile, entertainment or direct-to-consumer service space — or maybe one that combines all […] → Read More