Venture Capital

Maintaining a Software-Obsessed Tech Industry is Self-Sabotage –

Can we see that maintaining a software-obsessed tech industry is self-sabotage? As a venture capitalist, I know there’s incredible excitement around quantum computing. Yet, as a material scientist, I also see the technology is at least five years away from commercialization. Once again, we see a bias that plagues the tech community: software overshadowing hardware. …

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83North closes $300M fifth fund focused on Europe, Israel – TechCrunch

83North has closed its fifth fund, completing an oversubscribed $300 million raise and bringing its total capital under management to $1.1BN+. The VC firm, which spun out from Silicon Valley giant Greylock Partners in 2015 — and invests in startups in Europe and Israel, out of offices in London and Tel Aviv — last closed …

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Wall Street Deflates America’s Favorite Start-Ups

“Investors are buying the future, so help them pencil out the future,” said Rett Wallace, whose firm, Triton Research, analyzes tech companies that are going public. “You can do that with Pinterest. You can’t do that with WeWork. You can’t do that with Uber or Lyft either.” Charles Kantor, a senior portfolio manager at Neuberger …

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Hear about investing in African tech at Disrupt SF with Marieme Diop, Wale Ayeni and Sheel Mohnot – TechCrunch

If you’re a VC or founder in London, Bangalore or San Francisco, you’ll likely interact with some part of Africa’s tech landscape for the first time — or more — in the near future. When measured by monetary values, the continent’s tech ecosystem is small by Shenzhen or Silicon Valley standards. But when you look …

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The Week in Tech: Silicon Valley’s Alternate Reality

Each week, we review the week’s news, offering analysis about the most important developments in the tech industry. Greetings from the alternate reality we call Silicon Valley. I’m Nicole Perlroth. Here’s a look at the week’s tech news: Uber’s very bad, horrible, no good day Arguably, the biggest news to come out of the Apple …

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Heavily funded Element AI grows war chest with new $151M round

Element AI Inc., a Montreal-based startup selling artificial intelligence software, today cemented its position as one of the better-funded players in its corner of the market by announcing that it has raised 200 million Canadian dollars (about $151 million) in additional capital. The investment came from a group of public and private sector backers. Canadian pension fund CDPQ led …

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Seattle startup Swiftly raises $15.6M, launches supermarket OS to help retailers battle Amazon – GeekWire

(Swiftly Photo) Swiftly raised a $15.6 million seed round to help grocery stores and other retailers up their technology offerings to keep up with Amazon and Walmart. The funding round coincides with the debut of what the Seattle startup calls an “operating system for brick and mortar stores.” The system is live in grocery stores …

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Want to Do Business in Silicon Valley? Better Act Nice

The first rule of Silicon Valley venture capital is never insult a start-up. Founders are always killing it, disrupting the world or just plain 🙌🙌🙌. If a start-up is fizzling, shuttering or caught scamming? The socially acceptable response is total silence. Everyone knows that. Except Jason Palmer. The start-up in question was AltSchool, a Mark …

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Ashton Kutcher, Ann Miura-Ko and Mamoon Hamid are coming to Disrupt! – TechCrunch

The Disrupt Battlefield is one of the best parts of the conference. Twenty+ startups step on to the Disrupt Main Stage with a product, a pitch, and a dream. They have six minutes to convey how they’re going to fundamentally disrupt their industry, and six minutes of Q&A with world-renowned judges from the VC world. …

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Canadian biotech company Chinook Therapeutics raises $65M for rare kidney disease therapies – GeekWire

Chinook Therapeutics CEO Eric Dobmeier. (Chinook Photo) Chinook Therapeutics, a Vancouver, B.C.-based biotech company creating targeted therapies for kidney diseases, raised $65 million in a Series A financing round led by Versant Ventures with Apple Tree Partners and Samsara BioCapital. The company is creating precision medicines for rare and severe kidney disorders. Chinook said it …

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Looking for Venture Capital? Avoid the 3 Biggest Pitch Deck Mistakes

By Katie Bronnenkant Most entrepreneurs know they should avoid the obvious mistakes when creating their pitch deck: pitch is too long or not clear, it says there are no competitors, etc. But what a lot of first-time entrepreneurs do not know is what venture capitalists are actually looking for. In a way, VCs are like clients. …

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Raising Venture Capital Can Have Some Downsides—Here’s How to Avoid Them

By Adam Cragg Raising money for your business can be great. Many entrepreneurs see it as validation that they’ve “made it.” While it is a good sign that a professional investor has kicked the tires on your company and is willing to invest their money, there are many reasons why raising venture funds may not …

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