Venture Capital

It’s been 50 years since Venrock established itself to expose investors to venture capital opportunities. Today, the global venture capital industry tracks just south of $200 billion and continues to grow as new entrepreneurs, engineers, financiers, and thought leaders create the economy of tomorrow. The DailyAlts VC channel tracks the trends, opportunities, key thought leaders, and next-generation industries that will generate billions in returns.

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Venture Capital: The U.S. IPO Drought May be About to End

As this is being written, the Dow is up nearly 600 points and the S&P 500 is above the psychological 3,000 mark. The markets are up as investors cheer the reopening of the economy and look forward to a vaccine that could mark an end to the suffering from the virus. Favorable and positive sentiments in the capital markets augur well for new capital issues, of which there are quite a few in the pipeline. These had been put on a forced hold amidst the market plunge and lockdowns from the coronavirus outbreak.

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Venture Capital: The Virus Deals A Body Blow To Chinese Startups
February 28, 2020

Chinese startups are facing a massive cash crunch following the coronavirus outbreak. With personal meetings placed on hold due to fears of contagion, it has become difficult for venture capitalists…

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FinTech: South African Fintech Jumo Secures US$55M in Goldman Sachs-Led Round
February 28, 2020

Jumo secures US$55M in Goldman Sachs-led round. It will use the funds to expand into new markets and launch in Africa and Asia. Odey Asset Management and Leapfrog Investments participated…

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Venture Capital: VCs, Wake Up And Smell The ClimateTech Coffee
February 27, 2020

Andrew Chung, of 1955 Capital, says climate change is the perfect storm. A huge market is shaping up around ClimateTech, a category of solutions that enable governments, companies, and individuals…

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Venture Capital: SambaNova Systems Raises $250M for Its AI Systems Platform
February 26, 2020

SambaNova Systems, whose founders are the crème-de-la-crème of Silicon Valley, raised $250 million in a Series C funding. The startup is at the cutting edge of AI and large-scale computing….

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Venture Capital: Salesforce Snaps Up CRM Startup Vlocity For $1.33B
February 26, 2020

Salesforce snaps up CRM startup Vlocity for $1.33B. Vlocity builds CRM systems that are industry-specific, cloud and mobile-based. Vlocity’s industry solutions are communications, media and entertainment, insurance and financial services,…

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FinTech: Revolut’s Valuation Surges to $5.5B in Latest $500M ‘D’ Round
February 26, 2020

Mobile-based neobank and a digital provider of financial services, Revolut just raised $500 million in its ‘D’ round led by TCV. Though it is yet to report a profit, Revolut…

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Private Equity: PE Shops are Going on a Startup Spending Spree, Says Pitchbook
February 26, 2020

A new Pitchbook report shows that private equity shops are snapping up an interesting alternative investment. Flush with dry powder, PE shops have been snapping up VC-backed startups, according to…

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Venture Capital: M33 Raises $260M to Fund “Scrappy, Bootstrapping” Founders
February 25, 2020

M33 raises $260m to fund scrappy, bootstrapping founders. In its second fund, M33 will continue to back hi-tech startups who grew their way to profitability without institutional support.

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Venture Capital: Jay-Z Co-founded Marcy Venture Partners Raises $85M
February 24, 2020

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, hip-hop’s first billionaire, co-founded venture capital firm Marcy Venture Partners along with Jay Brown and Larry Marcus. The firm raised $85 million for its first fund.

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Venture Capital: Hercules Capital Reports A Blowout Quarter
February 21, 2020

Hercules Capital reports a blowout quarter. The leading VC company beat estimates and posted new business records.

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