Silicon Valley Watcher (VCWatch)

2017
January
11,
2017
| 08:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
Two major reports on venture capital activity from PricewaterhouseCoopers/CB Insights and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) showed a steep drop in US venture capital investments in the last months of 2016 but a strong overall year. The ...
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2015
April
07,
2015
| 04:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
First quarter 2015 Silicon Valley venture capital investments totaled $5.4 billion in 327 deals, representing nearly one-quarter of all VC investments globally. [Source: Pitchbook]The median pre-money valuation of a startup jumped by 35 per cent in j...
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2014
August
26,
2014
| 04:25 PM America/Los_Angeles
 Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Photo: JD LasickaCasey Newton in The Verge has a great story about how Uber, the San Francisco ride app startup, is trying to sabotage its rival Lyft by hiring people to call and cancel thousands of rides.So much for the top...
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2013
November
20,
2013
| 01:58 PM America/Los_Angeles
Peter Delevett at the San Jose Mercury News reports that Tim Draper (above at a 2012 Golden State Warriors basketball game) and John Fisher from Draper Fisher Jurvetson, won't be leaving the firm, contradicting a Fortune report. DFJ is one of the fir...
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October
30,
2013
| 10:45 AM America/Los_Angeles
SF/Silicon Valley Public Schools should be showcases not basket cases.Here’s a fabulous initiative led by New York city’s most successful VC, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures:My colleagues at The NYC Foundation For Computer Science Education and ...
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September
29,
2013
| 12:19 AM America/Los_Angeles
AngelList's recent $50m funding and a new business model, is shaking up the money tree and even 3,000 miles away, New York city's top VC Fred Wilson is feeling a change in the air.He quotes investor Hunter Walk to make his point, and his point is tha...
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September
23,
2013
| 03:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
It's unusual for a publicist to be featured in a big spread in a large newspaper  since it's usually clients that are supposed to get all the attention, but Margit Wennmachers decided to get some ink for herself for a change, in the San Francisco Chr...
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September
22,
2013
| 05:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
AngelList, the company that brings angels and startups together, is planning an expansion taking advantage of a novel affiliate model, and changes in SEC rules on how private companies can raise money.AngelList is a competitor to other early startup ...
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September
11,
2013
| 04:10 PM America/Los_Angeles
Vinod Khosla is a veteran VC and a very successful one. He doesn't think much of other VCs reports  Kim-Mai Cutler: Vinod Khosla: 70-80% Of VCs Add Negative Value To Startups | TechCrunch.Speaking on stage at Techcrunch Disrupt conference:"Maybe some...
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September
01,
2013
| 11:37 AM America/Los_Angeles
Dave McClure, (above) the successful founder/investor of 500 Startups, posted a great response to a post by Sarah Lacy in which she defends the need for traditional VC firms of Sand Hill Road against claims of a broken and disrupted VC model:  A rare...
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July
31,
2013
| 05:50 PM America/Los_Angeles
Marc Andreessen, Bill Maris, and John Doerr, are some of the smartest investors in tech, says Wired.The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Cambridge Associates recently released a study showing that VC funds returned an average of 7.4% a...
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July
08,
2013
| 09:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
Humor Tumblr blog Jesus Christ, Silicon Valley uses Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" manifesto as an excuse to paint incredibly realistic renditions of Sand Hill Road's venture capitalist innovation warriors, and their offices. It's funny because it's tru...
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January
24,
2013
| 11:24 AM America/Los_Angeles
San Francisco based New Media Ventures is a network of 60 angel investors that funds startups that allign with its mission to drive "political innovation."So far it has invested about $4 million in ten startups such as Upworthy, which was featured by...
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2012
November
26,
2012
| 05:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
The consumer web has a bright future, says Dave McClure (above).Dave McClure, the highly successful Silicon Valley Angel/Micro VC investor, published a passionate post about the prosperous future for the consumer web, and criticized other investors f...
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July
23,
2012
| 04:42 PM America/Los_Angeles
I used to know Margit Wennmachers, co-founder of Outcast Communications, a prominent San Francisco PR firm, fairly well and noted with interest when a press release in mid-2010 announced she had left Outcast and joined the VC firm Andreessen Horowitz...
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July
23,
2012
| 03:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
It was interesting to see Margit Wennmachers, co-founder of Outcast PR, and now working at VC firm Andreesen Horowitz, so prominently quoted in the New York Times today:Venture Capital Firms, Once Discreet, Learn the Promotional Game - NYTimes.comShe...
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June
19,
2012
| 12:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
Glooko, a startup that lets people monitor their blood glucose levels using their iPhone, announced a who's who list of Silicon Valley backers, investing an undisclosed amount.Glooko is founded by Yogen Dalal from veteran VC firm Mayfield. Its invest...
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June
07,
2012
| 04:27 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Bill Draper, third from left.)Wednesday I had dinner with Bill Draper and several startups around the theme of "Millennials" and how their online habits are determining the business models for a new generation of online services.It was great to see ...
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June
06,
2012
| 11:49 AM America/Los_Angeles
There's lots of money in enterprise IT and virtual databases are emerging as a very hot sector for VCs, as Delphix raises $25 million in an oversubscribed C-round.Virtual databases are able to increase the effieiciency of data centers and also help s...
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January
19,
2012
| 01:31 AM America/Los_Angeles
The latest report on trends in US Venture investments shows a massive decline of 40% in seed investments in US startups in the final quarter of 2011, and a much larger drop of 48% for the entire year.The MoneyTree Report, prepared by PricewaterhouseC...
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2011
August
17,
2011
| 06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
A few weeks ago I was over at Sand Hill Road to meet with a group of startups funded by Mohr Davidow Ventures. The theme was "Big Data" and how these companies were using data to build their businesses.It was a varied and interesting collection of st...
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July
19,
2011
| 09:01 PM America/Los_Angeles
The latest MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters:-Q2 2011 VC investments jump 19% to $7.5 billion in 966 deals. Year ago: $6.3 billion in ...
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May
11,
2011
| 12:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
Tuesday afternoon I was in the "Gulag," the warren of Venture Capital firms along Sand Hill Road, to attend SharePost's conference on "Market Issues & Opportunities for Private Companies."The conference room was packed and for good reason. The lack o...
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April
18,
2011
| 08:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
AdWeek reporter Dylan Byers published an interesting profile of Fred Wilson, the New York City based venture capitalist.NYC Venture Capitalist Fred Wilson Is Rich and Grumpy | AdweekIt's not a bad profile, I learned some things I didn't know. But Mr ...
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March
10,
2011
| 12:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble," chanted the witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth, cooking up trouble. Similarly, are the VCs of Silicon Valley cooking up trouble by helping to fuel a new bubble?Valuations for venture bac...
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March
09,
2011
| 03:07 PM America/Los_Angeles
I just finished an interview with Bill Davidow on the subject of his new book "Overconnected: The Promise and Threat of the Internet." I'll post the interview later. I took the opportunity of asking Mr Davidow about the state of Silicon Valley and q...
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February
03,
2011
| 01:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
It was a sold out event: Peter Thiel and Max Levchin at the Inforum Club SF - the club for under 36 year old members of the Commonwealth Club.Mr Thiel and Mr Levchin are two prominent members of what some call the "PayPal Mafia." This is a large numb...
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January
05,
2011
| 02:47 PM America/Los_Angeles
By Georges van Hoegaerden, Managing Director, The Venture CompanyI believe no General Partner at any Venture Capital (VC) firm I know intentionally sets out to destroy innovation, yet the destruction of innovation is the outcome of the economic model...
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January
04,
2011
| 10:57 AM America/Los_Angeles
I spoke with Bob Ackerman, managing director of Allegis Capital and a veteran Silicon Valley venture capitalist about some of the trends and issues in VC. He spoke about his concerns about the secondary market, and that innovation in the US is being ...
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2010
December
08,
2010
| 04:48 AM America/Los_Angeles
Paris: Alexander Tamas, partner at Digital Sky Technologies (DST), a major investor in Facebook, Twitter, Zynga, and Groupon, defended Groupon's rejection of Google's acquisition bid saying that it could become one of the most important companies on ...
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