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VC Activity Revs up as Electric Vehicles Prepare to Go Mainstream
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Recent weeks have seen an acceleration—pardon the pun­—of news and developments related to electric vehicles. There's been everything from China setting EV sales quotas to vacuum and hair dryer maker Dyson spending billions to get in on the action. A cavalcade of EV-related announcements out of Europe includes plans for massive battery factories, high-speed EV chargers appearing at gasoline stations,
France's VC Scene Is on Fire (in a Good Way)
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When France’s newly elected president Emmanuel Macron swooped into office in June, he did so on a ticket of change. He vowed to reform some the nation’s stringent labour laws and create a business and investment environment in which entrepreneurs and startups could thrive. Macron ran his campaign not dissimilar to a tech startup; his party, En Marche!, was only
Early Stage Investors Versus Venture Capital: The Importance of Exit Timing and Price
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The “successful exit” ultimately determines the performance of any investment in early stage ventures. The exit price and timing will be critical to overall investment profitability. Because of the realities and incentives they face, participation by venture capital (VC) firms in later stage rounds may often negatively impact the investment returns of early stage investors. Investments in Seed or Series
Would Venture Capitalists Be Better off Buying Bitcoin?
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This article was based on a recent blockchain analyst note from PitchBook analyst Evan B. Morris. Blockchain companies have raised nearly $2.1 billion via ICOs this year, raking in $1.2 billion in 3Q alone, per CoinDesk. Meanwhile, VCs have invested $634 million in the same space thus far in 2017, according to the PitchBook Platform, a peak year for venture
The Rise in VC Deal Sizes Since 2012
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  Up is down. Black is white. Wrong is right. Angel investments apparently equate to $30 million. Oh, and throw in $30 million seed rounds for good measure. A plethora of eight-figure rounds at the earliest stages this year has caught the eye. The companies raising the funds include Romeo Power, Indian insurance technology company Acko and autonomous vehicle startup
Unicorn Count in the US Growing Slowly, Exits Still Hard to Find
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  Note: All the data for this post came from PitchBook’s 2017 Unicorn Report.  Through mid-August, unicorn financings (rounds carrying a post valuation of at least $1 billion), have accounted for less than 1% of total VC deals in the US. And yet those rounds represent more than 20% of the aggregate deal value, highlighting the influence that unicorns have on
High Fidelity: Meet The World’s Top Backer of Unicorns
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As part of our 2017 Unicorn Report, we ranked investors—venture capital, private equity, corporate and nontraditional alike—by the number of US unicorns in their portfolios. Silicon Valley’s VC heavyweights made up a healthy portion of the list, but the firm that claimed the No. 1 spot, once again, was mutual fund Fidelity Investments. Also read: Q2/H1 Hedge Fund Letters -
Slack Now Valued at More Than $5B After Latest Funding Round
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Slack has closed a $250-million funding round that was led by a familiar player: Softbank, which has been aggressively investing in start-ups through its $100-billion Vision Fund. Slack's latest funding rounding places the workplace messaging company's valuation at about $5.1 billion. The company's growing war chest will be crucial in a market that is becoming increasingly competitive, as TechCrunch notes, with
The 14 Most Valuable Startups in the US
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Earlier this summer, we created a list of the five most valuable startups in the US and it was a massive hit. But why stop at five? It's not exactly a secret that Uber and Airbnb sit at the top of the rankings, and the next few in line aren't going to blow anyone's mind, either. But further down the
Europe's VCs Make Bigger Bets in the Search for New Unicorns
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Last month, the UK government proposed a new National Investment Fund aimed at helping the country’s tech companies become unicorns. The move raised a few eyebrows. [REITs] Also read: Q2/H1 Hedge Fund Letters – Letters, Conferences, Calls, And More Hedge Fund of funds Business Keeps Dying Every Year Baupost Letter Points To Concern Over Risk Parity, Systematic Strategies During Crisis