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The 5 Most Active VCs in Artificial Intelligence
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Two sorts of AI generally come to mind whenever someone mentions artificial intelligence. It’s either (a), the malevolent kind exemplified by Hal 9000, Skynet, and GLaDOS, or (b), the dutiful and charming ones along the lines of Jarvis, R2D2, and Marvin the Paranoid Android. Okay, so it’s mostly the former, but throwing the robot rebellion angle aside for a while
The Secrets to a Venture Capital Career Path
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What are the secrets to a venture capital career path? Some people think operating experience. Others believe it’s all about the right connections. My path to venture capital started as a waiter. It was my second year of university and the lessons learned from having worked as a waiter have been surprisingly relevant to venture capital. To me, these lessons
Maybe Silicon Valley Isn't Quite the Growth Engine it Used to Be
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Here's an interesting little tidbit from the New York Times, which looked into whether Silicon Valley's explosive growth has now plateaued: It turns out that other sectors of the Bay Area economy are starting to expand at a quicker pace than the tech sector, according to Ted Egan, chief economist for San Francisco. In fact, since hitting its peak last August,
Asian Venture Capital Mainly Aimed at China
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China-focused funds account for nearly two-thirds of the sum raised by Asia-focused venture capital funds since 2014, according to new data. Together, the 138 China-focused funds tracked by research firm Preqin raised $27.6 billion since the start of 2014. In contrast, 49 India-focused funds raised $4.9 billion. “Despite annual fundraising totals declining slightly in 2016, 2017 could mark a landmark
Leonardo Da Vinci Venture Capital and Startup Lessons
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Our firm name Fresco Capital is inspired by the timeless fresco paintings of masters like Leonardo da Vinci. You may wonder “how can there be such a thing as Leonardo da Vinci venture capital and startup lessons?” as he lived hundreds of years before our modern startup ecosystem. Yet Leonardo da Vinci left us a record of his observations and
Uber Rival Grab to Raise Massive Round
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Grab, the Singapore-based ride-hailing company that’s a main competitor to Uber in Southeast Asia, is in the process of raising more than $1.5 billion in a round led by Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank (TKO: 9984), according to a Bloomberg report. The company previously secured a $750 million investment in September, valuing it at about $3 billion and bringing Grab’s total
Life Beyond Silicon Valley: The 20 US Cities That Attract the Most Bay Area Investment
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Although Bay Area-based VCs have long invested heavily in startups in their local geography, lately investors have increasingly ventured beyond, backing numerous companies in various other cities and states. The number of non-local VC deals by Bay Area investors grew 103% from 2010 to 2015; last year, for the first time in a decade, a majority of financings by these
Venture Capital Prepares for Landmark Year in Asia
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Strong fundraising pipeline puts 2017 on course for bumper year as level of capital available for firms to invest surges The latest research from Preqin finds that Asia-focused venture capital fundraising has remained robust in recent years, with funds closed since the beginning of 2014 raising a combined $43bn. Despite annual fundraising totals declining slightly in 2016, 2017 could mark
Female-Founded, VC-Funded: The Numbers Behind Venture Investment in Women [Datagraphic]
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To celebrate International Women’s Day last week, we created a list of 18 successful female founders and VCs changing the tech landscape. Now, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re releasing a collection of data on female-founded companies with VC backing. (Spoiler alert: VCs are investing in women more than they were 10 years ago, but the numbers are still
The Most Effective Way Governments Should Support Startup Ecosystems
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I once met an active angel investor from Europe who was convinced that government subsidies of investors were the most effective way to build startup ecosystems. Of course I asked the obvious question, “what about Silicon Valley?” “Except Silicon Valley” was his reply. Huh. Lightbulbs going on everywhere (at least in my mind). The Best Intentions Small scale grants to