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Fifth Wall, focused on real estate tech and managing $3.2B, looks to eat up even more of its market

Brendan Wallace’s ambition is beginning to seem almost limitless. The L.A.-based venture firm that Wallace and cofounder Brad Greiwe launched less than seven years ago already has $3.2 billion in assets under management. But that firm, Fifth Wall, which argues there are massive financial returns at the intersection of real estate and tech, isn’t worried […] → Read More

Opportunistic investors are giving up on aging pre-IPO companies, shows a new report

Forge speculates there are two reasons behind the trend, including that '20 and '21 were big years for IPOs and a lot of investors were keen to jump in ahead of public market investors. → Read More

Cowboy Ventures goes bigger, with $260M across two new funds, including an opportunity fund

Cowboy Ventures, the now-10-year-old, Bay Area-based seed-stage focused fund founded by renowned investor Aileen Lee, has closed on two new funds totaling $260 million in capital commitments. The outfit garnered $140 million in commitments for its fourth flagship fund and another $120 million for its first opportunity-type fund (its “Mustang Fund”). The amount is more […] → Read More

A $32 million seed round for Chris DeWolfe’s next gaming biz defies 2023 trends

A $32 million seed round may seem like a throwback to frothier times like . . .2021. But that's how much PLAI Labs just raised in a deal led by Andreessen Horowitz. → Read More

A lot of fintechs “have to fix their business models,” say VCs who invest in fintech

In recent years, working for, or banking with, a traditional financial institution was decidedly uncool. Far cooler was working for or banking with one of the many fintech startups that seemed to thumb their nose at stodgy bank brands. Then the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates, stocks tanked, and a lot of fintech outfits that […] → Read More

That Microsoft deal isn’t exclusive, video is coming, and more from OpenAI CEO Sam Altman

Altman declined to talk about the company's current business dealings, firing a bit of a warning shot when asked a related question. Bu he did reveal a bit about the company's plans going forward. → Read More

A peek into future as Sam Altman sees it

Because Altman is an active investor -- one whose biggest return to date comes from the payments startup Stripe -- we spent the first half of our time together focused on some of his most ambitious bets during this rare sit-down with him. → Read More

Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin in his first public interview since the implosion of FTX (video)

Last night, at an industry event hosted in San Francisco by this editor, venture capitalist Alfred Lin of Sequoia Capital sat down for a one-on-one conversation about the evolution of his storied investment firm, which has enjoyed a largely unblemished record of stunning success — a record since marred by its roughly $200 million investment […] → Read More

Veteran enterprise VC Peter Wagner on the opportunities for AI startups

Artificial intelligence, they say, will either vastly improve our lives or take our jobs. For veteran investor Peter Wagner, it’s more nuanced than that. → Read More

Carta, previously sued for gender discrimination, is now suing its former CTO

Carta, the 11-year-old, San Francisco-based outfit whose core business is selling software to investors to track their portfolios, has sued its former CTO, Jerry Talton, who the company says was fired “for cause” almost three weeks ago, on Friday, December 23. In its lawsuit, Carta is suing Talton for damages, citing “his wrongful and illegal […] → Read More

VCs are pushing startups — will their investors tighten the thumbscrews, too?

If ever there was a moment for the institutions that fund VCs to use their leverage and push back, now would seemingly be the time. → Read More

Katrina Lake is back as interim CEO of struggling Stitch Fix, 17 months after stepping down

Can Katrina Lake save Stitch Fix? The founder of the nearly 13-year-old, subscription-based online personal shopping service is going to try, returning today to her role as CEO 17 month after stepping down from the position. Indeed, as first reported by CNBC, it was Lake who today informed the company’s 1,700 salaried employees in a company-wide […] → Read More

What to look for in a term sheet as a first-time founder

We recently sat down with three VCs who shared tips on spinning up an investing network from scratch and negotiating your first term sheet. → Read More

How to spin up an investing network from scratch as a first-time founder

Building an investor network from scratch sounds daunting, particularly if you aren't part of a circle where talking to potential investors is easy. → Read More

Persistent Jack Sweeney brings back @ElonJet (but delayed) to Twitter

More than a week after being banned from Twitter, Jack Sweeney, the University of Central Florida sophomore who has been a pain in the side of Elon Musk for at least the past year, has a new account on the platform. Called @ElonJetNexDay, the hours-old account tracks the private jet of Elon Musk, but with […] → Read More

Sequoia’s Carl Eschenbach, who led deals for Zoom and Snowflake, to run Workday as co-CEO

Carl Esenbach, a longtime enterprise software executive who joined Sequoia Capital in 2016 and went on to lead a number of lucrative deals for the venture firm, is headed to Workday, where he'll become its sole CEO in 2024. → Read More

Three counterintuitive 2023 predictions about Musk, SFB and even Kraft

Because he's often proven right in retrospect, we talked with political-fixer-turned investor Bradley Tusk to discuss a number of his 2023 predictions. → Read More

The most active global VC firm on deal terms, fatality rates and the drawbacks of credit lines

Yesterday, we had the chance to catch up with Fabrice Grinda, a French, New York-based serial entrepreneur who co-founded the free classifieds site OLX — now owned by Prosus — and who has in recent years been building up his venture firm, FJ Labs. He often likens the outfit to an angel investor “at scale,” […] → Read More

Frustration and anger after SPV platform Assure dumps users at the curb ahead of holidays

As the market has soured, many investors are learning the hard way that SPVs are not the path to riches they once appeared to be. In fact, some who began assembling these SPVs were just left high and dry by a popular SPV administration platform. → Read More

Is ChatGPT a ‘virus that has been released into the wild’?

More than three years ago, this editor sat down with Sam Altman for a small event in San Francisco soon after he’d left his role as the president of Y Combinator to become CEO of the AI company he co-founded in 2015 with Elon Musk and others, OpenAI. At the time, Altman described OpenAI’s potential […] → Read More