Nutanix, Called the Next Oracle Raises $140 Million in Funding

Nutanix has often been called the next Oracle and now it is clear why. It its latest round of funding, the company snapped up $140 million. As a result, the value of the company has been pegged at $2 billion. The company is planning to go public next year, which means the company's value may go above $2 billion. After all, Alibaba did pull a coup o...

Why Joint Ventures Fail: Some Mistakes to Avoid With JVs

Some reasons why joint ventures fail might surprise you. Whether they do or not, it is important that you understand the major reasons for JV failures, because only then can you do something to avoid this happening to you. Half of all joint ventures fail, and some estimate the figure to be as high as 70%. Before discussing why, let's first be agree...

Mark Cuban on Silicon Valley Venture Capital Investment

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur with a net worth of $2.6 billion and owns NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He has appeared in several movies and numerous TV programs. One of the latter is Shark Tank, where he appeared as a guest shark investor in Series 2 and has been a regular on the series ever since. This is a program where the goal is to persuade investo...

Want to Join a Startup: Tips on Finding a Successful Startup Firm

If you really want to join a startup then there are things you can do to maximize your time with the company. Remember that startups do not have a high survival rate, and your job might last just a few months – if not just a few weeks. Here are some tips on finding a successful startup firm. Investors divide their money between about 10-20 startup...

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...

The Venture Capital Bubble and Pension Fund Investment

Before discussing the projected Venture Capital bubble, let's first have a look at the relationship between private pension investment and VC. Venture capital is what the name suggests: it is a venture. It is invested capital that involves risk. It can pay big and lose big, and because of this it attracts certain types of investor. Pension funds ...

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...

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...

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...

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...