Excessive Seed Capital Can be a Burden for a Startup Company

Excessive seed capital can be almost as bad as none for a startup company. There are a number of reasons for this, some general and others specific. Let's start with some general common-sense arguments against too much startup funding first. Sure, it sounds great if you are looking for $1 million dollars in funding and are offered $10 million. Ma...

VC Investments High at $13 Billion with Technology on a Roll

VC investments are looking good all round at the moment. When we compare the first quarter of 2014 with the second quarter, we can see a 34% increase in cash terms ($9.7 billion to $13 billion) and an increase of 13% in the number of individual deals made (985 to 1,114.) VCs are feeling pretty enthusiastic right about now. At least, that’s what th...

Startup Accelerator Programs: How to Find, Apply and Get Accepted

Startup accelerator programs are designed to help entrepreneurs receive mentorship and training from like-minded people who have made it. For many who need help in getting their idea of the ground, an accelerator program is fundamental to their success. The training from those who have already done it, made the video and wear the t-shirt offers a m...

Amazon Vs Alibaba: Who is Winning and Why

Amazon vs. Alibaba refers to respective investment potential between these two online trading companies. Alibaba (baba.us opening at $88.7 US today) is rapidly becoming a serious rival to Amazon (opening at $322.44) for investment cash and for overall consumer spending. The Chinese online trading company started trading on the New York stock exchan...

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...

Qualtrics Lands New $150 Million Funding for Data Insight Platform

If Qualtrics is just a name to you, it is a Utah-based specialist insight company well known for its survey engine that facilitates survey-based enterprise data collection. Its products enable users to find actionable data about every aspect of their company: employees, customers, markets and even processes within the business. It eliminates data s...

Jessica Alba Led Start Up Snaps up $70 million in Venture Capital Funding

Hollywood stars are stereotyped as actors and not as businessmen. Now that view is changing thanks to a crop of young actors who are getting involved in a slew of business activities including startups. A number of celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, Jared Leto have launched businesses or are at least supporting them. Leonardo DiCap...

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...

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...

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 ...