Funding

What Just Happened – Part II?

The National Venture Capital Association released the 2Q14 fundraising data a few weeks ago which makes for fascinating reading when compared to the 2Q14 VC investing data.

And They Said It Couldn’t Get Any Better…

The 2Q14 VC investment data just released in the MoneyTree Report prepared by the National Venture Capital Association with an assist from PricewaterhouseCoopers and Thomson Reuters details the $13.0 billion invested in 1,114 companies over the last three months.

Deals – Q2 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 Q2 2014. Today, we are going to take a look at The Next Generation, meaning companies that have raised a seed or a Series A round of funding.

Deals - Q2 2014 Review - Scaling to the Next Level [slideshow]

Time for our Q2 2014 Deals review.  Yesterday, we reviewed The Big Ones 
- companies that had an exit or are on the verge of having one...  

Deals - Q2 2014 Review - The Big Ones

The second quarter of 2014 was very active in terms of deals for companies at all stages.

We are going to take a look at some of the major deals over three days...

What Just Happened?

The National Venture Capital Association recently released data on 1Q14 investment activity, which always makes for an interesting read – at least on long plane rides. Point of fact, this past quarter was exceptional in many ways – and arguably somewhat unexpected. The headlines read that $9.5 billion was invested in 951 companies...

Funding Advice & Options for Women Entrepreneurs

Going out to investors can be stressful for any company, whether in their seed stage or at $10 million in revenue. You need to know a lot of information before even thinking about speaking to a VC firm: how to get an introduction, what stage of your business is right to approach an investor, and how you should pitch your company, just to name a few.

Let the Good Times Roll?

Earlier this week the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) released the VC Quarterly Fundraising data for 1Q14. The expectation was for this past quarter to be a strong quarter for fundraising, given the (until recently) buoyant public equity markets and strong M&A environment which drove a lot of liquidity back to LP’s.

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...