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The Problem Of Scale: Building The Next Big Silicon Valley Company -SVW

Silicon Valley Watcher - reporting on the business of innovation at the intersection of technology and media.

I spotted this recently from CB Insights: 67% of Tech M&A Exits in 2013 Went to Early-Stage Startups

The headlines may obsess over the WhatsApps and Twitters of the world, but the reality is most venture-backed startup exits are smaller and far from being unicorns. According to CB Insights data, 2013 saw 67% of tech startups exit after either the seed or Series A stages. 

CB Insights says that, “A portion of those went to acqui-hires of startups hitting the Series A Crunch” but it also shows that the majority of startups didn’t see a future for themselves as independent companies. Or, that they would be able to grow to a sufficient size that allows them to be sustainable businesses.

This is very bad news for Silicon Valley and the rest of the world because it implies that there is no way to get to sufficient scale for young companies. Innovation will be squandered and trampled by the incumbent scale players: Google, Facebook, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.

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Why private equity is appealing for high net worth families

Why private equity is appealing for high net worth families | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Martin Pelletier: Investors have begun to look elsewhere for return potential — and one such area is private equity

With stock markets like the S&P 500 setting new all-time highs, interest rates testing new all-time lows and alternative investments such as hedge funds performing badly investors have begun to look elsewhere for return potential — one such area is private equity. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Many first-time founders seek advice when thinking about what ideas would be great for a startup company and receive the wrong advice that you need to focus on a billion-dollar idea.

There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. So what should you do?

I advise founders to focus on what I call "basecamp," which is the first level of success or validation at a startup. Raise only the money you need to arrive at basecamp and build only the team required to make it there. The advantage of basecamp is that once acclimatized you can look for the right route up the mountain and from that vantage point you know a lot better what your options are. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The three fundamentals for success in business | AlphaGamma

The three fundamentals for success in business | AlphaGamma | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Having a nice idea isn't all that matters. To have success in business, first, you must be in business and develop these personality traits.

When planning a new business, what usually comes to mind when you think about your success odds?

‘Is my idea profitable enough?’

Don’t we all tend to think that the market opportunity relies on a perfect and incredibly innovative idea?

But why are we always so concerned about the business concept like it is all that matters to create a successful business?

Could the idea, by any chance, be a mere excuse to hold down a business project a bit more?

When you think about it, it’s impressive how many people struggle to start their own business because they are waiting for that perfect idea to fall from the sky. There’s this curious common notion that to be successful in business, all you need is an excellent idea.

Well, allow me to share my brutally honest opinion: having a fabulous idea means absolutely nothing about the potential for the business to be a success. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Obama might want to be a venture capitalist after leaving office

Obama might want to be a venture capitalist after leaving office | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
He's been constantly criticized as being bad for businesses, but President Obama could be joining their ranks after his time as president.

When the next US president steps up to the inauguration lectern in January, Barack Obama will leave his post as the nation's commander in chief and hand off the country to his successor.

He's already announced that he will be staying in DC after office, but he might also try his hand in the venture-capital market.

In an interview with Bloomberg, Obama voiced his little-known inclination toward the private sector, specifically Silicon Valley and the VC scene. Read more: click image or title.

 

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A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Pitch Johnson about Venture Capital and Business

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Pitch Johnson about Venture Capital and Business | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

I decided last week that the next post in this series should be about Franklin “Pitch” Johnson, Jr. who has been a venture capitalist since 1962. It is a good follow up to my previous post on Georges Doriot and posts I have written on Arthur Rock and Don Valentine. These people and a few other innovators created the venture capital industry. Johnson is a founding partner of the venture capital firm Asset Management, which has made more than 250 investments during its more than 40 years of operation. The firm’s investments include Amgen, Applied Bio Systems, Applied Micro Circuits, Sierra Semiconductor, Tandem Computer, Teradyne and Verity. Johnson developed and taught a well-known course in entrepreneurship and venture capital at Stanford from 1979-1990. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Questions you need to ask your VC

Questions you need to ask your VC | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Most entrepreneurs focus on the hard economics of the deal when they negotiate with investors: percentage ownership, valuation, preferences and other terms.

Those things are all important — but so is the soft stuff, especially in today’s volatile market.

Think about it. Taking venture capital funding is the beginning of an intimate, complicated and usually long-term relationship. It’s easier to get divorced from your spouse than get rid of yourinvestors. (Seriously. And VC investments usually outlast the average time people stay married before a divorce — eight years in the U.S., according to The Economist.)

Particularly as valuations drop and markets churn, it’s tempting to grab whatever fundingyou can, from whatever partner you can. But a well-funded nightmare with the wrong partners can become disastrous. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Finding the right #investor may be more important than just finding #funding.

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There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Blockchains are like Excel spreadsheets, but more secure — and there is no central authority needed to approve transactions.

Wall Street banks are buzzing about blockchain.

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."

JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters. 

Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding from Goldman, Citi, ICAP, and a boatload of other financial firms.

If you're wondering what a blockchain actually is, or how its works, you're not alone. Autonomous Research, which calls the technology a "game changer," has released a report to answer all of your blockchain questions. Read more: click on image or title.

 

 

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Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launches Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women

Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launches Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Former Citigroup CFO Sallie Krawcheck launched her anticipated new startup, a digital investment platform for women called Ellevest, this morning from the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2016 conference’s stage. Krawcheck is not your typical startup founder, which makes her entry in the investing space particularly interesting. Prior to Ellevest, she was the president of Global Wealth and Investment Management at Bank of America and the CEO of Smith Barney and Sanford Bernstein, in addition to Citigroup.

She also bought Ellevate, a global network with tens of thousands of members that promotes women as business leaders.

However, until now, all we’ve known about Ellevest is that it’s focused on helping women invest, and that the company raised $10 million in Series A funding last fall. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The steroid era of startups is over — here's what 8 top VCs think will happen next

The steroid era of startups is over — here's what 8 top VCs think will happen next | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Business Insider spoke to eight leading venture capitalists about what the tech landscape looks like from their point of view — and where startupsfrom here. The answer involves a lot of pain for founders, employees, and investors in the years to come.

The game has changed.

In April, venture capitalist Bill Gurley wrote an essay crystallizing what many VCs had been talking about for months.

Essentially, too many companies have taken too much money at unsupportable valuations. A lot of the money they raised came with huge caveats that would protect late-stage investors.

A lot of these businesses now have limited options, Gurley wrote. They can't raise more money from the private markets because their last rounds came with such strict conditions. They can't go public because their numbers aren't good enough. Read more: click image or title.

 

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The #startup world is changing. Experience has taught a few lessons and VC's are seeing things a bit different now.

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U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade

U.S. venture capital firms just gathered up the most money they’ve raised in a decade | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Many in Silicon Valley may be worrying more and more about how to transform their startup stakes into cold, hard cash. But that's not stopping institutionalinvestors from writing out some very big checks to venture capital firms.

Somewhat astonishingly, U.S. firms just closed on more capital commitments than they have since the second quarter of 2006, according to new data from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Reuters. In hard numbers, 57 U.S. firms raised $12 billion in the first quarter, a 59 percent jump in dollar commitments over the first quarter of 2015.

Institutional investors aren’t necessarily spreading the wealth, with the number of funds raised down 17 percent from this time last year.

Indeed, as you can see from this downloadable fund list, roughly half the new capital commitments in the first quarter were locked up by just four firms: Founders Fund, which announced a new $1.3 billion fund; Norwest Venture Partners, which closed on $1.2 billion; Accel Partners, which raised $2 billion across two funds; and Lightspeed Venture Partners, which sealed up two funds totaling $1.2 billion.

Close behind them,...  Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Plenty of money is still available for #VC funding. How will it affect #startups ? Will this money go to later stage companies, or is #earlystage and #seedfunding still attractive?

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A year investing in European startups: Here’s what I’ve learned

A year investing in European startups: Here’s what I’ve learned | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Last year, I moved to Europe to work in a growth stage venture capital fund. Having invested in tech companies in India and the US before, I expected the European tech ecosystem to be much smaller in comparison. However, the last year has been eye-opening. The European tech industry has more scale and intricacies than you might think.

In 2015 alone, more than $14 billion was invested across 2,400 startups in Europe. That’s a three-fold increase from the $5 billion invested in 2009. While the US and China have stolen most of the attention in the exit market, Europe has seen its fair share of exits as well. Just the last five years saw $45 billion worth of exits from Europe in a wide variety of forms — from IPOs in the US (Criteo, KING, Zendesk, etc.) to IPOs in Europe (JustEat, Scout24, Zalando, Rocket Internet, Zoopla, etc.) to acquisitions by US tech majors  (Mojang, Deepmind, Skype etc.) to acquisitions by Asian companies (Viber, Quandoo, etc.), and more.

Here are some key insights I’ve picked up from my European investing experience that might not be so obvious to those far away: Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The #startup scene in Europe may be a little different than you think. This article will fill you in.

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500 Startups launches $30M micro-fund in Canada

500 Startups launches $30M micro-fund in Canada | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

500 Startups is moving north of the border for its next micro-fund. The fund, called 500CAN, is targeting a $30 million size that will be focused on checking out what investments in Canada are all aboot. 500 is specifically looking to build presences in Toronto and Waterloo where some of the nation’s top engineering talent reside. This fund is going to be headed by 500 Startups local Partner Sanjay Singhal.

500 has already been pretty active with its investments in the area over the past several main funds, with around 37 Canadian companies having received funding from 500 investors.

Canada’s investment scene isn’t radically different from that of the United States, but the region does have its own advantages.

The weakened Canadian dollar has really made the environment much more advantageous for 500 to seek investments, Singhal tells me. Additionally, Singhal detailed that the positive impact of government incentives to drive entrepreneurship and investments is starting to attract more business.

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Another great step from #500Startups for #Canada this time. #Micro-funds are like a grass roots movement for #startups

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Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself

Why Silicon Valley’s ‘unicorn problem’ will solve itself | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The rise was like a tech startup fairytale. Within three years of founding, this unicorn company had raised more than $1 billion in venture capital -- closing an astonishing $950 million in its final private round at a nearly $5 billion valuation. Revenue growth was skyrocketing from $30 million in year two to $713 million in year three and a run-rate of $2.6 billion in year four. On the strength of these meteoric numbers, the IPO was over-subscribed, pricing well above their $16-$18 range and raising another $700 million. Shares popped 30 percent on the first day of trading. It was the largest Internet IPO since Google.

Just as quickly, the fairytale ended. Amazon, Facebook and Google itself aggressively entered the market. Investors grew skeptical the company could live up to the lofty expectations around users and revenue. Expenses ballooned in pursuit of growth, exacerbating concerns the company could generate long-term profit. Within a year of IPO, the stock price plunged 90 percent, wiping out nearly $15 billion of shareholder value. The unicorn in this fairytale-turned-nightmare? Groupon, in 2011. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The Value Of Corporate Venture Arms

The Value Of Corporate Venture Arms | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The rise in corporate venture capital has created a new dynamic in the investment ecosystem.

The rise in corporate venture capital (CVC) has created a new dynamic in the investment ecosystem. Companies have had their eyes opened to a “new” source of capital with CVCs (the ins-and-outs of which, I’ve defined here); however, there is far less discussion on why an established company should or would engage in corporate venture.

In today’s digital economy, internal investment and M&A activity just aren’t enough to drive the growth companies need to stay competitive. Forward-thinking companies such as Intel, Google, and GE are consistently demonstrating the outsized benefits of CVCs to fuel their innovation engine. For the second quarter in a row in 2Q16, CVCs participated in over 25% of all deals worldwide.

This constant chase for innovation creates an opportunity for entrepreneurs to seek strategic investors. Here are some of the ways leading companies think about the value of a corporate venture arm and how entrepreneurs can benefit from it: Read more: click image or title.

 

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How to get your #startup funded by #corporate Venture Capital

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Venture Capital Fundraising Strategies -- and How to Avoid Them

The 7 Deadly Sins of Venture Capital Fundraising Strategies -- and How to Avoid Them | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Every year, thousands of great ideas are funded by venture capital (VC) funds. At the same time, 10 times, if not a 100 times more ideas are not. The recurring mistakes are not always based on the failures of the business.

It is not always because the ideas are unsound, the product not finished or the customers not happy. It is because the process of securing VC financing is difficult, sometimes arcane, requiring a lot of research and often exceptional patience. Very few 1st-time entrepreneurs are knowledgeable of what it takes and ready to go through the struggle. Yet, unless you can fund your project on your own nickel, VCs are the necessary partners to get your enterprise off the ground.

Having been around the block several times, I offer my own version of the “7 cardinal sins”, those mistakes that, if made, will likely result in failing to raise the money your company needs.

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Brexit’s Winners And Losers: How The UK Decision Will Impact Europe’s VC Ecosystem

Brexit’s Winners And Losers: How The UK Decision Will Impact Europe’s VC Ecosystem | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The UK has held a pivotal position in European venture capital as a hub for both investors and startups, and that’s particularly true in categories where it has  been strong, including fintech, games, and biotech.

The decision by UK voters to leave the European Union will have significant ripple effects on the VC landscape both in Europe and beyond.

Here are the top concerns and likely impacts, according to early views we rounded up from investors, founders, corporate execs, government studies, and analysts. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The impact is not immediate but in the next few years some things will change. The main concern is around #fintech and the #EIF, European Investment fund backed by the #EU.

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The secret to how startups like Uber raise billions: Saudi Arabia, China and Singapore

The secret to how startups like Uber raise billions: Saudi Arabia, China and Singapore | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Today's tech startups are raising billions without going public. This is one of the reasons why.

Just when you thought the startup market can't possibly get any crazier, Uber goes and raises another $3.5 billion in funding.

That jaw-dropping amount of money, the single largest round of funding ever raised by a private U.S. company, highlights both the insatiable appetite certain startups have for capital and the little-discussed way they get that money.

Uber's $3.5 billion in funding didn't come from the usual collection of venture capital firms, technology giants or even the mutual funds who have been flooding the market with cash. Instead, all of that Uber money came from one source: Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. 

The fund is just one of many government-owned investment vehicles around the world with access to hundreds of billions in capital that are pumping small but meaningful portions of that money into technology startups. 

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Fund V – Andreessen Horowitz

We are very excited to announce the closing of Andreessen Horowitz Fund V, a $1.5 billion venture capital fund through which we’ll continue to invest in seed, early-stage, and mid-stage-growth tech companies.

Since our founding nearly seven years ago, we’ve been investing under the broad thesis of “software is eating the world”. Fund V will continue that theme. Simply put, software is disrupting a broad cross-section of traditional industries — for example, Airbnb in hospitality, Comma.ai in cars, Everlaw in legal, Honor in senior home care, Instacart in grocery, Lyft in ride-sharing, OpenGov in government data, Soylent in food; Branch, Coinbase, and Transferwise in financial services … and so on.

That trend is continuing. Read more: click image or title.

 

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A positive announcement in the #VC industry for #startups

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The slowdown in equity financing is changing venture debt too

The slowdown in equity financing is changing venture debt too | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Debt funding is an interesting option for start-ups in two scenarios: you can increase your funding base while times are good in order to maximize growth or you can use it stretch your runway when …Read more: click title.

 

 

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Who Gets Venture Capital Funding?

Who Gets Venture Capital Funding? | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
We looked at 890 U.S. startups that were founded from 2009-2015 and received at least $20 million in VC and other equity funding.

Investors flooded startups with a record $63.3 billion in 2015. But a volatile stock market and fears of a tech bubble have led VC firms to make more cautious bets this year. The funding total for 2016 is on pace to drop about 25 percent, which means competition for those dollars is even fiercer than usual. What are investors looking for in companies and founders? Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Great overview from Bloomberg: who gets #VC money?

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LPs are feeling the pressure of startups not finding exits

LPs are feeling the pressure of startups not finding exits | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

All the energy for venture funds flows from LPs — the money goes from LPs to partners at funds, which in turn invest in startups. But since the number of IPOs and exits has started to dry up, the pressure is starting to rise on LPs, and Venture Investment Associates’ Chris Douvos knows it. And he made it abundantly clear to investors on a panel at TechCrunch Disrupt NY today.

“There’s this huge exit sphincter,” Douvos said. “So we’re pushing this capital out and we’re kind of feeding the snake, LPs give money to GPs, GPs give to startups, startups get liquid and it comes back to LPs and the cycle starts over again. When you’ve got this exit sphincter and the snake is getting packed fuller and fuller, it reminds me… for those of you familiar with the Wu Tang Clan there’s a song called Method Man where one of the methods of torture they talk about is, ‘I’m gonna sew your rectum shut and keep feeding you’, that’s what it’s like to be an LP today.” Read more: click image or title.

 

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The 'storytelling' of #VC's gets very colorful at times. The Wu Tang Clan's methods feel a bit painful, is this what these guys feel like right now? Hope not...

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Venture Capital is More Art than Science: 5 Secrets of VC Revealed

Venture Capital is More Art than Science:  5 Secrets of VC Revealed | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

The number one takeaway of the VC Unlocked investor training program was that there are lots of different paths to becoming a successful investor – and no one way is best.

This was great news for the diverse group of participants, who came to Silicon Valley from all over the world for an intensive two week course run by 500 Startups in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development.

The program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing, ran from Feb 8 – 19th, 2016.

On the last day of the program, participants reflected on the question, “Did we really unlock the secrets to venture capital?”

The answer was a resounding yes. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#500Startups ram a 2 weel course at Stanford on becoming a successful #investor. Ever wanted to be a #VC ?

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Accel targets ‘unprecedented opportunity’ in Europe and Israel with fresh $500 million fund

Accel targets ‘unprecedented opportunity’ in Europe and Israel with fresh $500 million fund | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it
Venture capital firm Accel has announced a fresh $500 million as it looks target what it calls an “unprecedented opportunity” to back “the next generation of entrepreneurs” in Europe and Israel.

Founded out of Palo Alto, California, in 1983, Accel has since launched offices in New York, Bangalore, and London — the company’s U.K. hub opened in 2000, in the middle of the first dotcom boom. Its latest fund, Accel London V, comes on the heels of a number of other high-profile fund launches in the region. In February, Index Ventures closed a $550 million fund for U.S., Europe, and Israel, shortly after a Chinese investment firm launched a $715 million fund to help European startups grow in China. And late last year, European VC firm Lakestar announced $400 million for local and U.S. startups. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#SiliconValley 's monopoly on #VC capital is finally spilling over into #Europe.

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Losing Money – AVC

Losing Money

I remember back in the mid 90s, I used to say with some pride that I had not lost money on any of my VC investments. Then one day, someone told me “then you are not taking enough risk.” I ended that streak of not losing money on VC investments in the late 90s in a series of epic flameouts. I lost somewhere between $25mm and $30mm on one single investment. I am not proud of those mistakes. They were stupid. I am ashamed of them to be honest. But I learned a lot from them. Not only was my “winning streak” a case of not taking enough risk, it was also a case of not enough learning. The go-go Internet era of the late 90s fixed both of those things for me. I took more risk and learned a ton.

Our first USV fund, our 2004 vintage, has turned out to be the single best VC fund that I have ever been involved in. We made 21 investments. We made money on twelve of those investments. We lost money on nine of them. And we lost our entire investment on most of those nine failed investments. The reason that fund performed so well has pretty much nothing to do with the losses. It was all about five investments in which we made 115x, 82x, 68x, 30x, and 21x. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Expa raises $100 million to build more companies, launches startup accelerator

Expa raises $100 million to build more companies, launches startup accelerator | Venture Capital Stories | Scoop.it

Expa announced today that it has raised $100 million in funding that’ll be used to continue to ideate and build new companies. The investment round included investors such as TPG founder David Bonderman, Li Ka-Shing, Solina Chau, Google board member Ram Shriram, RIT Capital Partners, Sir Richard Branson, HP chief executive Meg Whitman, SV Angel, and others.Read more: click image or title.

 

 

 

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