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Recent articles by Connie:

Fifty Years, a deep-tech investor, has raised $90 million from tens of “unicorn” founders –

Fifty Years, a six-year-old, San Francisco-based outfit with a portfolio that’s already rife with mostly deep tech companies — many with a good story to tell about how they can have an impact on the environment — just closed its third and newest fund with $90 million in capital commitments. The money isn’t coming from […] → Read More

Marcy Venture Partners, cofounded by Jay-Z, just closed its second fund with $325 million –

Marcy Venture Partners, the venture firm cofounded in 2018 by Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), former Roc Nation CEO Jay Brown, and former Walden VC general partner Larry Marcus, says it has closed its second fund with $325 million in capital commitments. The team, which closed its debut fund with $85 million, is now managing $600 million […] → Read More

Parker Conrad’s Rippling is now valued at $6.5 billion — more than Zenefits at its peak –

Founded by entrepreneur Parker Conrad in 2013, the HR company Zenefits was quickly anointed one of the fast-growing companies in Silicon Valley, with a valuation that soared to $4.5 billion within three years. Then it began to fall apart. The company was discovered to face compliance issues. Conrad was forced to resign. And Zenefits’s valuation […] → Read More

Credo AI launches out of stealth with $5.5 million to help companies with “ethical AI” –

There are many in the world of AI who worry about its implications. One of those people is Navrina Singh, a former product manager for Qualcomm, then Microsoft, who saw firsthand at Microsoft how a Twitter bot it developed in 2016 as an experiment in “conversational understanding,” was, to quote The Verge, “taught to be […] → Read More

Republic may build a secondary exchange for digital securities, fueled by $150 million in new funding –

There’s plenty of frustration in the world of startups over when a digital asset does and does not constitute a security in the eyes of the Securities & Exchange Commission. Where many see regulatory murkiness, the five-year-old, New York-based investing platform Republic sees opportunity. Indeed, while many outfits grapple with whether to distance themselves from […] → Read More

Patron, a new fund from former Riot Games colleagues, locks down $90 million –

If you follow tech press, you’ve probably noticed more outlets covering the blockchain-based, play-to-earn trend, wherein individuals playing crypto-powered games can ostensibly earn a living off their gaming skills if they earn assets within the game or tokens that they can then sell for “real” money. A Vietnam company called “Axie Infinity” has been driving […] → Read More

Check out these startups from Pear’s Demo Day (there’s usually a breakout or two in the bunch) –

We can’t check out every investing outfit’s demo day. But one event that we try to catch every year is that of Pear, which is held annually each fall and features (blessedly) just a dozen or so very nascent startups. Pear, a seed-stage venture firm founded in 2013, has an impressive track record when it […] → Read More

We’re now very much at war with China, argues a provocative new book –

If China once seemed to be committed to the free market economy, over the course of 2021, it has shattered that illusion entirely by abruptly disempowering its own tech companies and turning up the dials on media censorship at the direction of a president who, three years ago, oversaw the erasure of presidential limits from […] → Read More

True Ventures is diving deeper into digital assets, aided by a former Homeland Security lawyer –

Many more investment firms are tracking #cryptotwitter than might have been the case even a year ago, but True Ventures isn’t necessarily among them, suggests cofounder Jon Callaghan. As with hardware, synthetic biology, and a lot of other areas where True has made early and often lucrative bets, True was pulled into the world of […] → Read More

Renowned investor Kevin Ryan thinks the big money is in healthcare –

Kevin Ryan has become very wealthy by being at the right place at the right time — including at online ad network Doubleclick, which he joined as its 12th employee and later ran as CEO (it was later acquired, twice) — as well as cofounding numerous companies, including the software company MongoDB, which is currently […] → Read More

Bradley Tusk is seizing the moment: “We’re investing, we’re incubating, we’ve got SPACs” –

Whether or not we’re at some kind of tipping point right now, venture investors, old and new, have done very well in recent years, with their limited partners notching the biggest gains in decades. Among the newer VCs to be having a time of it is Bradley Tusk, the political strategist, lobbyist, and founder of […] → Read More

This new platform is teaching emerging fund managers how to survive and thrive –

More people have begun turning to venture investing as a full-time pursuit, only to discover that it’s not as easy as it looks. That realization explains the rise of Oper8r, a for-profit, venture-backed accelerator that launched last year as a kind of Y Combinator for emerging fund managers. It explains the broad appeal of AngelList, […] → Read More

Tekion, the automotive retail platform headed by a former Tesla CIO, just tripled in value –

A year ago, we told you about the opportunity that former Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan was chasing. His plan? To pull car dealers into the 21st century with a snazzy end-to-end automative SaaS platform like the one he helped develop inside Tesla. Customers could use it to order a car to their precise specifications; dealers […] → Read More

8-Bit Capital, co-led by Jonathan Abrams, has closed its first fund with $40 million –

Jonathan Abrams and Kent Lindstrom have partnered on a lot of things over the years. Lindstrom was an advisor and investor at the early social networking service Friendster, founded by Abrams. He was also the COO of social news aggregator Nuzzel, which was founded by Abrams and that sold to a subscription startup called Scroll […] → Read More

Chamath Palihapitiya speaks to SPAC concerns, from fees to disclosures to quality –

It was almost exactly two years ago that a special purpose acquisition vehicle (SPAC) spearheaded by investor Chamath Palihapitiya took public the space tourism company Virgin Galactic. It was the first human spaceflight company to trade on the NYSE — or any exchange, for that matter — and it was so successful, with the company’s […] → Read More

And that’s that, as the Zoom deal to buy Five9 is called off –

Talk about a roller coaster ride. Zoom, the video conferencing company that became everyone’s primary means of communication around work during the pandemic, will no longer be acquiring Five9, a maker of cloud-based customer-service software. Though the all-stock deal, announced in July, was expected to enable Zoom to tap into the lucrative contact center market, […] → Read More

These two former corporate VCs just raised $110 million for their own fund –

All kinds of teams are raising venture funds these days, so don’t be surprised to see more investors from corporate venture firms decide to create their own outfits, too. They might look to Counterpart Ventures for inspiration. Founded by Patrick Eggen and Joe Saijo, the three-year-old, San Francisco-based outfit just closed a $110 million fund […] → Read More

Kevin Ryan’s AlleyCorp is giving these physicians $100 million to invest in healthcare –

Kevin Ryan — the New York-based investor and entrepreneur who first rose to prominence as CEO of the early online ad business DoubleClick — could have launched or joined a traditional venture firm many years ago. Instead, he has launched one company after another with largely his own capital at the outset to get them […] → Read More

VC Peter Relan helped launched Discord; now he’s “brewing” up two new incubators –

Peter Relan is not exactly a household name, but he has seen a lot over the course of his career and enjoyed a fair amount of success. A Stanford grad who logged time at Hewlett Packard and Oracle before becoming the CTO of the ill-fated company Webvan, Relan has, in more recent years, become […] → Read More

Should Mark Zuckerberg be scared of Peter Thiel? –

Unless you’ve been in a cave over the last week, you’ve likely read a review or some discussion about “The Contrarian,” a new book about billionaire investor Peter Thiel by longtime Businessweek Bloomberg columnist Max Chafkin. It isn’t surprising. Thiel has become an important figure in America over the last 15 years, and Chafkin is […] → Read More