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See Atomico’s most senior VCs on stage at Disrupt Berlin –

Atomico is among the most widely respected venture firms in Europe, ranking right up there with friendly rivals like Accel London and Index Ventures. It’s also just 13 years old at this point, compared with its more established peers. It’s easy to overlook this, considering the impact the firm has made on the European startup […] → Read More

Elon Musk found not liable in case brought against him by British diver –

After a three-day trial, Elon Musk was found not liable for defamation in a federal court today in Los Angeles, where Musk reportedly owns a cluster of six homes as well as oversees the operations of both SpaceX and, to some extent, Tesla, which is headquartered in Palo Alto. British diver Vernon Unsworth had brought […] → Read More

Alfred Lin, the Sequoia VC and former Zappos COO, thinks this retail startup could be a generation-defining brand –

When the storied venture firm Sequoia likes a deal, it will sometimes not only lead one of its financing rounds but fund it exclusively — no matter how that impacts earlier investors. Given the firm’s powerful brand, it’s hard to complain (too much), even if it means that earlier backers see their stakes diluted. Such […] → Read More

Omar Hamoui leaves Sequoia for LA-based Mucker Capital as it looks to lead more Series A deals –

Mucker Capital, the now eight-year-old, Santa Monica, Calif.-based pre-seed startup accelerator and venture outfit, has brought aboard Omar Hamoui, a partner at Sequoia Capital for the last six-plus years, as its third general partner. Hamoui joins firm co-founders Erik Rannala and William Hsu, along with several other investors on the team who are collectively working […] → Read More

In “60 Minutes” appearance, YouTube’s CEO offers a master class in moral equivalency –

Susan Wojcicki may be one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, but she also holds the unenviable role of being ultimately responsible for a lot of garbage that we, along with our parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, colleagues, children — not to mention billions of strangers — now consume on YouTube. That garbage, along […] → Read More

SoFi founder Mike Cagney’s already well-funded new startup is raising another $100 million –

Figure Technologies, a nearly two-year-old, San Francisco-based fintech cofounded by Mike Cagney, the founder of the more established fintech company SoFi, is raising a whole lot of money — again. By February of this year, Figure had already raised $120 million in equity funding from a gaggle of investors, including RPM Ventures, partners at DST […] → Read More

Ockam raises $3.2 million in seed funding to make it easier for developers to secure and scale their IoT apps –

Ockam, a two-year-old, Bay Area-based company that’s selling tools to developers so they can establish an “architecture for trust” within their connected device applications, has raised $3.2 million in seed funding, including from Core Ventures, Okta Ventures, SGH Capital, and Future Ventures. This serverless platform for IoT development is being led by CEO Matthew Gregory […] → Read More

Storm Ventures just closed its sixth fund with $130 million –

Storm Ventures, a now 19-year-old, Sand Hill Road venture firm in Menlo Park, Ca., has closed on $130.4 million, shows a new SEC filing. The outfit began its fundraising late last, according to an earlier filing. It had closed its previous fund with $180 million in 2015. Storm distinguishes itself in numerous ways, including its […] → Read More

TechStars’s new CEO on the state of the famed accelerator and what’s next for 2020 –

Like another famous accelerator program founded around the same time, Techstars has grown considerably since its 2006 launch in Boulder, Colorado. In fact, the brand seems to be in so many places that it’s hard to keep track of its reach, along with its impact. Where is Techstars, exactly? Who funds it? And how many startups […] → Read More

This debut venture firm, backed by an Argentine conglomerate, is investing $60 million in far-flung U.S. startups –

Nico Berardi considers himself to be a citizen of the world, with a penchant for travel and a wide range of interests. Unlike many other VCs, who’ve increasingly specialized as the market has grown more crowded, Berardi is nearly as wide-ranging in his approach to venture capital, too. Somewhat counterintuitively, it’s paying off. At least, […] → Read More

Maryanna Saenko and Steve Jurvetson of Future Ventures talk SpaceX, the Boring Co. and . . . ayahuasca –

Last week, at a StrictlyVC event in San Francisco, we sat down with Maryanna Saenko and Steve Jurvetson, investors who came together to create the investment outfit Future Ventures roughly one year ago. It was their first public appearance together since announcing their $200 million fund, and we started by asking Jurvetson about his high-profile […] → Read More

Austin-based Next Coast Ventures just closed its second fund with $130 million –

It’s November. We’re eleven years into a bull run. And a protracted trade war with China — not to mention the impeachment proceedings — are causing some nervousness about what next year will hold. Little wonder that venture firms, which have been writing checks faster than ever in recent years, are also stocking up on […] → Read More

Morgan Stanley’s ‘Teflon banker’ explains direct listings (and much more) –

After landing a seemingly endless string of coveted deals for his bank, Morgan Stanley, Michael Grimes has been dubbed “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer.” Morgan Stanley has served as the lead underwriter for Facebook, Spotify and Slack. Grimes, a banker for 32 years — 25 of them with Morgan Stanley — has also played a […] → Read More

Michael Grimes, “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer,” says direct listings are “absolutely” more efficient than IPOs –

Michael Grimes has been called “Wall Street’s Silicon Valley whisperer” for landing a seemingly endless string of coveted deals for his bank, Morgan Stanley. In more recent years, it has served as the lead underwriter for Facebook, Uber, Spotify and Slack. Grimes, who has been a banker for 32 years — 25 of them at […] → Read More

Brava, a smart oven maker with big names attached, just sold to an industrial equipment company –

Brava had a lot of things working in its favor as startups go. It was founded in 2015 by serial executive John Pleasants, whose past stints have included as co-president of Disney Interactive Media Group, COO of Electronic Arts, and CEO of Ticketmaster. His plans to create a suite of snazzy direct-to-consumer line of smart […] → Read More

In a race against Travis Kalanick, Kitchen United aims to kill with kindness; here’s its playbook –

Cloud kitchens, ghost kitchens, dark kitchens. No doubt by now you know a little about these businesses that are moving into underused or more affordable properties that can be turned into shared workspaces for the purposes of cooking up meals exclusively for delivery. You probably also know that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been […] → Read More

The House Fund closes its second fund with $44 million to pour into UC Berkeley grads, alums and faculty –

In 2016, we profiled a then-24-year-old named Jeremy Fiance who had managed to pool together $6 million for a fund focused on his alma mater, UC Berkeley, where as a student he’d brought to campus Kairos Society, an organization for budding entrepreneurs, as well as created a student accelerator called Free Ventures. Fiance wasn’t waiting […] → Read More

VC Cyan Banister on her path, who decides what at Founders Fund, and the state of San Francisco –

Cyan Banister is an American success story. A homeless teenager who originally supported herself by making hemp necklaces, then silk-screen T-shirts, she went on to become a self-taught engineer and to later hold several management roles at the security startup IronPort. It was a life-changing experience for her. She made an early fortune when it […] → Read More

Cybersecurity expert Alex Stamos on what scares him most about the upcoming U.S. presidential election –

Alex Stamos rose to fame as the former chief security officer for Yahoo and then Facebook. But today he’s the director of Stanford’s Internet Observatory, where he’s immersed in teaching and research safe tech — and understands better than most the threats that the U.S. is facing, particularly as we sail toward the next U.S. […] → Read More

Norwest closes its 15th fund with $2 billion — its biggest vehicle to date –

Norwest Venture Partners, the 58-year-old venture firm backed primarily by Wells Fargo, has closed its 15th fund with $2 billion. The firm closed its last fund with $1.5 billion at the beginning of 2018; the firm now manages $9.5 billion across all of its funds. We talked with managing partner Jeff Crowe a couple of […] → Read More