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Investors Still Love Pouring Money Into Co-Working Startups
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Back in October, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg both ran articles questioning whether WeWork, which has a $20-billion valuation, should really be one of the richest startups in the world. The gist of both pieces was that while WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann insists that the New York-based office space provider is neither a tech company nor a real estate
Vinod Khosla: Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship and Life Philosophy
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An interview and Q&A with billionaire entrepreneur, venture capitalist and founder of Khosla Ventures, Vinod Khosla. In this interview, Vinod discusses his philosophy for life and views on risk taking when investing. Vinod also talks about his early life and career. Video Segments: 0:00 Introduction 0:49 Where does your perseverance and conviction come from? 4:15 Starting your first company at
First-Time Venture Capital Funds See Strong Performance
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Debut funds account for increased proportion of fundraising in 2017 YTD Venture capital* fundraising has seen a slight slowdown in in the first three quarters of 2017 when compared to the same period last year. However, first-time venture capital funds represent a larger proportion of total fundraising compared to last year. As at September 2017, first-time venture capital vehicles represented
Fundraising for Women-Run Venture Capital Funds Accelerates
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Despite remaining underrepresented in the industry, women-owned funds are securing more capital and making more deals in 2017 Women make up an average of 21% of staff at venture capital funds. This proportion falls to 11% of senior staff, and just 6% of board members at venture capital firms. However, women-owned* venture capital vehicles have seen fundraising reach new heights
Venture Capitalist Steve Jurvetson Quits Firm and Then Defends Himself Against Sexual Harassment Allegations
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The day after one of the most prominent venture capitalists in Silicon Valley quit his namesake firm, he defended himself on social media against allegations of sexual harassment. Recode first reported that Steve Jurvetson had left Draper Fisher Jurvetson "by mutual agreement," after an investigation was launched into sexual harassment claims made against him. While DFJ did not specify why Jurvetson had agreed to
Report: SoftBank Will Invest Billions in Uber; But Some Now See a Threat to the IPO Market
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The long-expected investment in Uber by SoftBank is now a reality as a spokesperson for the ride-sharing company confirmed the deal to TechCrunch on Monday. The investment will presumably come from the SoftBank's $100-billion Vision Fund, which the Japanese telecommunications giant launched with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund to invest in tech firms across the globe. These investments have been fast and furious,
TransferWise Banks Mega-Round as VC Deal Sizes Inflate
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Payments startup TransferWise has raised a $280 million Series E, led by Old Mutual Global Investors and IVP. With the new investment, which also included funding from Sapphire Ventures, Japan's Mitsui, and World Innovation Lab, the company is looking to continue its global expansion, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. TransferWise will also use the backing to further develop its Borderless
2017's Startup Graveyard: 11 Failed Companies, $1B in VC Funding
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“Juicero is dead.” That’s the headline that ran in September when Juicero, which made cold-press juice machines that sold for several hundred dollars apiece, went under. The four-year-old company had previously generated a valuation of $459 million and raised $121 million in VC funding from Silicon Valley heavyweights like Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and GV. While Juicero's death was
Should WeWork Really Be One of the Most Valuable Startups in the World?
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With a valuation of more than $20 billion, the New York-based office space provider WeWork is one of the richest startups in the world, having just secured another $4.4 billion in August from SoftBank's Vision Fund. But as WeWork's valuation reaches astronomical levels, it brings with it increased scrutiny and one inevitable question: Is this really a $20-billion company? If you
Study: VC Spending in the U.S. Soars, But Fewer Deals Getting Done
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Venture capital spending this year in the United States is on pace to top its highest level since the turn of the millennium, even as dealmaking continues to lag, according to data from Statista. Per Statista, VC firms invested $61.4 billion in 5,948 completed deals through the first three quarters of 2017. However, citing data from Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor, Statista notes