Startup Funding: Why Should Investors Invest in Your Startup?

Startup funding is a gamble for any investor. A venture capitalist might offer funding to 10 companies with the hope of making money on one. However, VCs will still evaluate your business very closely before making a decision, and so too will an angel. They will not just throw money into the air for the first firm to catch it. There are things tha...

Should American Venture Capitalists Be Less Picky?

American venture capitalists appear reluctant to invest outside the United States. Deloitte's annual survey of worldwide venture capitalists has show year after year that Americans have least confidence in investing outside their own country: only 2.41% American venture capitalists showed confidence in investing outside the USA in the 2013 poll of ...

Mobile Security Company Lookout Bags $150 Million in Venture Capital Funding

Lookout is a fast growing mobile security company based in San Francisco. In what was the largest funding round for a security company in 2014, the company received an infusion of $150 million from venture funds and investment bankers. It is the largest tranche of investment that the company has got till date, which has brought its total investment...

Salesforce Ventures Launches $100 Million Venture Fund

Salesforce Ventures, the venture capital arm of Salesforce.com (CRM on New York Stock Exchange), has announced the launch of a new $100 venture fund for startup investment in businesses involved in the development of mobile apps that are related to Salesforce products. The San Francisco-based SaaS company is best known for its cloud-based CRM produ...

Charles River Ventures caps off new $393M fund

Charles River Ventures has disclosed that it is has raised $393 for its 16th fund. The disclosure was made on July 2nd, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Named from the Boston river, Charles Rivers Ventures was started up in 1970, with offices in Cambridge, MA and Menlo Park, CA where it now seems to be focusing. Commonly known as ...

Felicis Ventures Support Founders With New $96 Million Fund

The venture capital company, Felicis Ventures, describes itself as a 'boutique venture fund' that forms relationships with each of its portfolio firms. The company promises to focus upon, and to support, the vision of their founders. For this reason, Felicis Ventures tends always to side with the founders in votes that are put to shareholders. Th...

Defending Silicon Valley: Separating the Good Apples from the Bad

Sam Altman is a partner at Y Combinator. He also previously founded Loopt - a geosocial networking app, which allows people to share their location with their friends. He sold the company for $43.4 million. Sometimes you will catch him wearing a T-shirt that says, 'make things that people want'. If you ask him why outsiders have such a bad impressi...

Will My Business Idea Work: Venture Capital Funding Might Help

Will your business idea work? Venture capital funding might help you make it work, but only with certain provisos. These are designed to protect the VC firm from bad decisions, and investing in companies that lack the desire or knowledge to succeed. You will not get investment just by having an idea. You might have this great idea for a new busine...

Five Startups that Stood Out at Y Combinator's Latest Demo Day

Y Combinator is well known for its successful startup incubation platform. Demo Day is a special day when all the companies incubated by Y Combinator present their ideas to a group of investors. Recently, on the Demo Day held in August, 85 startups- one of the largest groups ever incubated at Y Combinator got an opportunity to sell their ideas. A n...

Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley: San Francisco or NYC for Startups?

Is it Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley for startups? Should you look to San Francisco or NYC for startup finance? The most famous area for startups is indisputably Silicon Valley – and San Francisco is the biggest city in the area. They no longer come with flowers in their hair - it's now the latest chips and other 'next great things.' It's no coin...