Funding

Deals - Q1 2014 Review - The Next Generation [slideshow]

Over the past couple of days, we've been taking a look at some of the major deals over Q1 2014.  On Tuesday, we highlighted The Big Ones (exited or ready for one), yesterday...

Deals - Q1 2014 Review - Scaling to the Next Level

Q1 2014 has been a very active quarter in the Boston tech community.  Yesterday, we reviewed the exits or companies on the verge of one with The Big Ones.  Today, we are going...

Deals - Q1 2014 Review - The Big Ones

The first quarter of 2014 was very active in terms of deals for companies at all stages.  We are going to take a look at the major deals over three days:  The Big Ones...

“And Now For the Rest of the Story…”

Spent some time this weekend looking at the recently released 4Q13 investment data compiled by the National Venture Capital Association/PricewaterhouseCoopers/Thomson Reuters in their “MoneyTree Report.”

Smarterer Raises More Funding and "Flocks" to the Enterprise

Smarterer has been making some major waves as the company evolves towards solving an enterprise problem for companies with their skills assessment platform called Flock...

Codeship's Series A Has Landed... Time to Start a Software Testing Revolution!

As cofounder and CFO of STARTeurope, Moritz Plassnig had seen tech startups struggle to keep up with the need for updates. "You have to be really fast at a software...

Datadog Raises $15M for Monitoring & Data Analytics Platform

Boston-based OpenView Ventures announced yesterday that they led a Series B round of funding for Datadog, a monitoring and data analytics platform...

Localytics Raises $16M in Series C Funding... The Next Step in Building a Big Company in Boston

This morning, Localyitics, the Boston-based mobile/web app marketing and analytics platform, announced a $16M Series C round of funding. The most recent round was led...

Angel Investing: Know (What Motivates) Thyself

I was recently talking with another member of LinkedIn’s founding team.  It’s been awhile since we worked together on a daily basis so a lot was just general catch up, but one of...

Venture Capital is Swimming Upstream: Why?

Pitchbook recently released their Q4 valuation and trends report. While the quarterly data is always a bit noisy, there’s one long-term trend I find especially interesting...

A Seed VC’s Decision Tree

I continue to be on a kick towards better and more systematic decision-making.  One exercise I’ve tried is to codify my mental decision-tree for early stage investing.  Essentially, it is the...

Why AngelList Syndicates is Great For the Boston Startup Community

I’ve been thinking a lot about what AngelList means for the entrepreneurial ecosystem, especially here in Boston where I live. I continue to think that seed/angel investing is a pretty...

Mobiquity Announces $12M Series B Round of Funding

Mobiquity, the local mobile solutions for enterprise company, announced a new round of funding today.  NewSpring Growth, a growth equity fund of NewSpring Capital...

How to Know When Your EdTech Startup Is Ready for VC Funding and How to Get It

When your grand idea for an edtech startup begins to take shape and you’re ready to get the engines revving for a team and product, it’s time to get some funding behind the...

 

Zombie VCs Take II - How to Spot an Active Firm

An entrepreneur called Danielle Morrill just kicked up a bit of a shitstorm with a nicely titled "Zombie VC" post.   It's a nice pendant to her recent Zombie Startups post...

Mobiquity Acquires Vertical Performance Partners

Boston mobile innovation company Mobiquity announced today the acquisition of Providence’s Vertical Performance Partners, makers of the mobile business-solution software...

VF Tidbits: Actifio Raises Additional $50 Million to Advance Leadership in $44 Billion Copy Data Storage Market

Actifio™, the radically simple copy data storage company, today announced it has closed a $50 million investment round led by Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV)...

Storage Performance Startup, Infinio Raises $10M in Funding from Highland & Bessemer

Cambridge-based Infinio Systems announced a new round of funding this morning. The $10 million Series A investment brings the company’s total investments to date to $12 million...

High Conviction Investors Are Your Best Ally in Beating the Series A Crunch

While it is likely that 2013 will be a year of reckoning for many seed funded companies, I think the most important point about the so-called “Series A Crunch” was recently made...

Is that the Fat Lady?

One of the more interesting press releases from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is the VC Quarterly Fundraising announcement which came out...

Can Angel Groups Regain Relevancy?

In a previous post, I discussed the importance of angel investors for the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Startups need angels. But do they need angel groups?  As it turns out, formal angels...

Traits of a True Angel

Angel investors are an important source of capital for early stage startups. Without them, many startups would never get beyond the idea phase. However, not all angels are...

Why VC’s Don’t “Crossover” Invest

A little more inside baseball from the VC biz… why VC’s rarely make “crossover” investments, with capital from multiple funds the VC firm manages invested in a single startup...

The Team Behind RoughDraft.vc

Yesterday, a new fund launched within the local college scene yesterday called RoughDraft.vc
This fund is backed by General Catalyst but...

Two Million to Series A

I’m seeing a trend in the early stage market where most teams end up raising about $2M before going to market for their Series A.  If it sounds high to you, you’re not alone...

Incentive Targeting Sold To Google, 82 Angels Cash Out

You may see lots of Scowling Scrooges and Sourpuss Santas this season, but you’ll see Smiling Angels all around Boston, 82 of them, who invested in Incentive Targeting...

How Do I Get In Touch With a VC?

I got this question on a panel last week, and coincidentally, I had a couple folks on Twitter tweet out the same question.  Generically speaking, the question is...

On Historical Returns and Venture Capital Flavours

Story of of the last few years in Venture Fund Land : large institutional investors concentrate money with fewer managers and flagship brands AND / OR find emerging managers...

Great Night for Timbre, CoachUp at Boston Shark Tank

The six finalists of the FutureM/BzzAgent Shark Tank arrived at Microsoft NERD with a promise that at least $100,000 would be committed by a group of investors that included...

Why Average VC Returns Don’t Really Matter

The VC industry (both the GP part and the LP part) pays attention to the sector’s returns, but the broader tech ecosystem only occasionally tunes in.  Typically it’s...