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Unicorn Watch: Meet This Year's 24 New Billion-Dollar Startups
So far this year, 24 VC-backed startups have attained that coveted $1 billion valuation and become “unicorns,” joining a swelling list of about 200 other private companies. We’ve put together a chart highlighting 2017’s unicorn class, with a few extra tidbits below, like geography trends, an industry breakdown and a spotlight on several investors that could see big paydays. Unicorn
Masters in Business: Marc Andreessen, Venture Capitalist at A16Z
Masters in Business  Marc Andreessen Image source: YouTube Video Screenshot Masters In Business: Marc Andreessen Article by Barry Ritholtz This article was originally published in ValueWalk. Photo: TechCrunch
Billionaire Peter Thiel: Starting a Business and Education
An interview with billionaire investor and author of Zero to One, Peter Thiel. In this interview Peter discusses what characteristics a business should aim for and why it is better to have a monopoly instead of intense competition. Peter also talks about higher education, the future of technology and the meaning of life. Billionaire Peter Thiel: Starting A Business And
A Dismal Future for US-China Venture Activity?
Since the beginning of 2014, Chinese investors have participated in more than 900 VC deals with US-based companies. This year alone, they have participated in almost $3 billion worth of US financings, according to the PitchBook Platform. However, deal trends between the trading partners may change dramatically, as the US government is considering measures to increase scrutiny of Chinese investments
Startup Co-Founded by Jared Kushner Just Raised $65M in Series C Round
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New York-based real estate startup Cadre just raised $65 million in Series C funding led by Silicon Valley venture capital heavyweight Andreessen Horowitz, TechCrunch reports. Along with Andreessen Horowitz, Cadre also secured cash from other heavyweights, including Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital and Goldman Sachs, according to TechCrunch. The Ford Foundation, Thrive Capital, General Catalyst Partners and Khosla Ventures also joined the round.
Ecommerce Startups Continue Foray Into Brick and Mortar
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Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has invested $30 million at an estimated valuation of $200 million in UNTUCKit, a maker of shirts designed to be worn untucked. The New York-based company was founded in 2011 as an internet retailer, then began opening physical storefronts in 2015 as part of its so-called “clicks-to-bricks” strategy. With the new financing, the startup plans
Outcome's $500M Round Is Biggest VC Healthcare Deal of the Year
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Outcome Health is raising at least $500 million in new equity funding at a pre-money valuation of $5 billion. Backers include Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Goldman Sachs Investment Partners and Capital G, an investment arm of Google. It’s the first institutional investment for 11-year-old Outcome, which uses digital technology such as touchscreen tablets to streamline communication between doctors and patients.
Is Venture Capital Killing the IPO Market?
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There has been a sharp fall in the number of listed stocks in the US since 1996 with listings falling by roughly 50% in the US over the past two decades compared to growth of 50% in other developed countries notes Michael Mauboussin in his March 22 research note “The Incredible Shrinking Universe Of Stocks.” DasWortgewand / PixabayMauboussin writes that
Billionaire VC Marc Andreessen Isn't Worried About Robots
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Billionaire entrepreneur and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) chairman Jack Ma famously cautioned earlier this year that automation will result in "much more pain than happiness" over the next three decades. The Future Of Robotics Doesn't Spell Disaster For Humanity But not all entrepreneurs see this the same way. Fellow billionaire and general partner of venture capital firm Andreessen
Snapshotting Europe’s VC Industry In 16 Charts
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The European VC industry has struggled recently. Sure, there are several cities that shine as beacons of Europe’s potential, but political and economic uncertainties have worked to hold back a major breakout. Coupled with low levels of mega-funds that can support an ever-growing industry, Europe is hampered by hurdles on every side. While uncertainties persist, changes are in the making.