Announcing a new strategic investor and partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures

This is going to be BIG.

That''s when Marc offered to be the sole investor in the fund--putting up the whole $15 million. So, unfortunately for everyone else, including my existing investors in Fund I, there is no opportunity for anyone else to invest in my second fund. We might strategically take a few checks from larger accredited investors, but only ones we really like. I''ve said before that I wouldn''t take on a partner.

Strategic Investors-the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly


While there are less corporate investors today, there are also less VCs. However, the deals that they are doing need to be more strategic and less opportunistic. This does not mean that a company looking for funding will get a strategic partnership before a financing. One of the questions I was asked today was how an early stage company can make a strategic investment successful. Go in with your eyes wide open-what is strategic for you may be tactical for your partner.

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Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

View from Seed

In recent years we’ve seen more and more corporations become more active or establish strategic VC arms. When there are many waves of innovation (AI/ML, voice, IoT, genomics, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, etc) propagating across many industries, it’s natural for corporations to use strategic investment as one way to harness that innovation for their own purposes. All things being equal, seed and early stage startups are not usually well suited to take strategic investments.

FloSports Lands $47 Million in Venture Capital Funding


Current investor Discovery Inc. led the round of funding, which also included participation from existing investors Causeway Media Partners, LP, Fertitta Capital, and DCM Ventures, as well as strategic investors World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. FloSports, live digital sports media company, this week announced it has closed $47 million in new funding.

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Should You Allow “Board Observers” on Your Startup Board?

Both Sides of the Table

Strategic Investors ?—?This In some instances strategic investors prefer not to take board seats as it might be their corporate policy. In other situations they might be writing smaller checks but want to be present at board meetings for strategic rationale. There are also times where strategic investors only get a board observer seat because YOU requested it due to the sensitive nature of working with somebody in the industry.

Is Strategic Money an Oxymoron?

Both Sides of the Table

The topic of &# strategic&# investors came up. And I had 2 “strategic&# investors in my first company. What is a “strategic&# investor and why do you keep putting the word “strategic&# in quotes? They are strategic with no quotes.

Six Tips For Startups Outside Of Traditional VC Hubs


Connect with local investors. While it is certainly true that the lion’s share of venture capital activity takes place in a handful of major locations, almost every large city has a local investor community. Connecting with local investors may allow you to raise your first rounds of financing, as well as put you in touch with other investors outside the local area with warm introductions. Be strategic. by Chris Sloan of Baker Donelson.

NextIO Secures $12.3 Million in Series F Financing

Austin Startup

This round included investment by existing investors and an undisclosed strategic investor. NextIO, the pioneer in I/O consolidation and next-generation networking solutions, today announced it has closed a Series F funding round of $12.3 million. NextIO, which demonstrated significant growth in 2011, will use the new funds to further expand sales and marketing efforts and to further expand NextIO’s family of I/O consolidation solutions.

Spanning Cloud Apps Raises $6 Million


The company reported that an undisclosed strategic investor led the round and Foundry Group of Boulder, Colo. Spanning Cloud Apps has closed on $6 million in Series B funding. The Austin-based company makes backup software for Google Apps. also participated. Since its founding in 2010, Spanning Cloud Apps has raised $9 million. “We’ve spent the [.] The post Spanning Cloud Apps Raises $6 Million appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Technology

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Cancer is Bad. Bid On Lunch With Me To Raise $$$ To Fight It.

Hunter Walker

These founders have raised hundreds of millions of dollars from top VCs, celebs and strategic investors – maybe their advice helps YOU land the big deal. Lunch or coffee with me and Satya. Money goes to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. . Auction ends May 31st. We are tossing in BONUS ITEMS to raise even more money! The winner gets: Lunch/coffee with me and Satya Patel. 30 minute call with Beth Scheer, Homebrew’s Head of Talent.

Raise money on good news


Or when something happens that makes an investor think this company is about to break out. It’s human nature for investors to want to buy into a fast growing future, proven by some event in the immediate past. If you have been in business for a while and don’t have significant good news to tell, I would make a list of possible strategic investors, people or companies that would benefit from your product or service.

Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

Both Sides of the Table

The first scenario is where an investor puts in money but not enough for them to justify taking a board seat. That’s what “information rights&# are for and you can promise the investor to meet 1-on-1 on a quarterly basis. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice.

Three Startup Financing Myths You Should Avoid


The real issue here is that if an entrepreneur comes in to a pitch and goes on and on about how they’re going to build a billion dollar company in just a few years, most investors eyes tend to glaze over. Like Jerry Yang who started Yahoo, as investors we are looking for entrepreneurs who are obsessed with a new technology. Myth #2: Talk to As Many Investors As You Can. Many entrepreneurs waste time talking to investors who are at the wrong stage, sector or tribe.

How to Have a Smarter VC Strategy

Austin Startup

But every startup’s journey towards getting to the Series A point is certainly unique in its own way, and when I reflect on what it took to reach this goal, there were four key strategies, related to raising funds and seeking out investors, that really set us up for successes and helped us get there not just faster, but smarter. The first one relates to the most important investor…you, the founder(s)! The right investors can fill two gaps, the money gap and the knowledge gap.

Never Been Easier to Become a VC. Never Been Harder to Stay One.

Hunter Walker

As we approach Homebrew’s one year anniversary we’ll do a smaller scale meeting with our investors in San Francisco. strategic investors (including corporates). traditional institutional LPs such as fund of funds, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds ( our investors ).

Startups Must Embrace Coopetition For Rapid Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

As small companies, neither startup could afford to extend their product alone, but through creative leadership, we were able to negotiate a win-win strategic partnership for a joint product. A strategic partnership, negotiated with a win-win attitude, can accomplish growth faster and cheaper than either could do alone. Competitors can become strategic investors or merger candidates.

Congratulations to Appear Here

The Equity Kicker

I’m stoked that Appear Here , brainchild of Ross Bailey and one of our portfolio companies has raised £1m in funding from a range of strong investors. Howzat Partners led the round with participation from Playfair Capital and a small number of strategic investors from the property industry. This funding is just rewards for a hard working team that deserves the success they’re getting. See the Telegraph and Techcrunch for more details.

VCs Bet on Mobile App Development

Business Plan Blog

Given the popularity of mobile devices and the apps that make them great, venture capital investors are chomping at the bit to get a piece of the pie. In addition to the increasing popularity of mobile apps and enterprises deploying mobile apps as a result, M&A activity has helped to make investors bullish in the sector. Notable recent exits that have caught the interest from strategic investors include: Facebook’s $85M acquisition of Parse; and.

[Interview] Patrick Mackaronis, Director Of Business Development At Brabble


Mackaronis, who also has worked on the other side of the fence as an investor/trader, sees it all in simple terms: “I guess you could say that I like a challenge” he says. He founded Brabble in 2013, working the contacts he’s developed over the years to do much better than a shoestring operation – raising millions through his network of private investors and investment bankers. Raising money that is necessary could take years if you don’t do it strategically and the right way.

Siklu Raises $19 Million for Cheaper Wireless Bandwidth

VC Cafe

Israeli startup Siklu Wireless Communications has raised a series B round of $19 million led by new investors Amiti Ventures , Qualcomm Ventures and joined by all existing investors: DFJ- Tamir Fishman Ventures , Evergreen Venture Partners and Argonaut Private Equity. Another strategic investor (CVC) joined the round but remained undisclosed. In the official announcement , the new investors explained their fascination with Siklu.

This Week in VC with Jim Armstrong of Clearstone

Both Sides of the Table

Investors: Lightspeed Venture Partners (Jeremy Liew)(lead), with existing investors: U.S. Investors: Greylock (Asheem Chandna) (lead), LightSpeed (Ravi Mhatre) (lead). Investors: Google Ventures. I believe that “strategic&# money is an oxymoron.

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Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Over the past month, I’ve spent a lot of time in NYC, Toronto, and Ottawa for board meetings, conferences, meetings with our founders, re-connecting with co-investors, and meeting new entrepreneurs. The Bay Area is home to smart and strategic investors that contribute far more than just dollars. Just a few years ago, if you wanted to do something big, you needed to go to Silicon Valley.

Rethinking Board Observers – The Role of the “Silent Observer”

Both Sides of the Table

Some “strategic investors” have rules that they can’t sit on board seats. It has always surprised me that founders were so quick to fight over how many board members there were and so quick to agree to have as many board observers as people wanted. I have always been vehemently against board observers and wrote some of the reasons in this previous post.

Will Anobit be Apple’s R&D Center in Israel?

VC Cafe

Intel Capital Pitango Venture Capital , Battery Ventures Micron Technologies and other strategic investors have invested $76 million in the company to date. Apple is in talks to acquire Israeli flash maker Anobit for a rumored $400-$500 million, according to a report by Calcalist. If completed, the deal will potentially make Anobit and its 200 employees in Herzliya the first Apple R&D center in Israel.

Huge Round for Waze, Raises $25 Million for Social GPS

VC Cafe

The round was led by prior investor BlueRun Ventures which valued the company between $90 million and $100 million. New investors joined as well, including Magma Venture Partners and Vertex, together with Qualcomm Ventures who joined as new strategic investors.

Strategic $5 Million B Round for Jinni for Video Discovery

VC Cafe

The round B investors are leading innovators in creating the next-generation entertainment experience, across platforms and devices. A s TV’s gradually get connected to the Internet, there is an increasing appetite for smart content recommendation.

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How to Talk About Valuation When a VC Asks

Both Sides of the Table

How you talk about valuation will of course depend on how well your business is performing and how much demand you have from other investors. Are your existing investors participating in this round? Each new investor knows that the people who have the MOST asymmetric information on your performance are the previous round investors. If it becomes sensitive between a new investors needs and previous investors?—?I’m Many investors.

How to deal with the Series A crunch

Version One Ventures

Not having a lead investor in your seed round can make it tougher to pull together a bridge round or follow-on financing down the road, since no single investor feels in charge or vested in your success. Do your homework on potential investors. You’ll increase your chances of getting funded beyond the seed round if you take money from VCs that are known to be patient investors and have enough funds reserved for follow-on investments.

This Week in VC with Om Malik & Paul Jozefak

Both Sides of the Table

Are “strategic investors&# (e.g. industry investors rather than VCs) a good idea for entrepreneurs. An investment doesn’t guarantee your product will suddenly be on the investor’s price sheet. To see the video of This Week in VC click on this link.

Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

Both Sides of the Table

You have a “strategic investor&# who wants to invest in your B round as long as a financial investor will lead. Your A round investors are not stepping up. - This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital.

Startup Capital: Feast or Famine?


Sources of Capital for Startup Entrepreneurs – The primary sources of cash for new companies are (1) self (the entrepreneurs’ resources), (2) government grants, (3) friends and family, (4) angel investors and Super Angels , (5) venture capitalists and (6) strategic investors. Strategic investors tend to be later stage sources, and will not be addressed here.

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Bitesize Cyber Monday: Anobit, Oberon, Sightic-Vista, MyThings, Celeno and Startup Tools

VC Cafe

Previous Celeno investors Pitango Venture Capital , Greylock Partners , Miven Venture Partners, and Cisco Systems Inc. Previous investors have included: former eBay chairman Jeffrey Skoll through Capricorn Management; Zohar Gilon; Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers before its collapse.

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Good Times Ahead for VC-backed Tech Companies?

Both Sides of the Table

Montgomery believes there will be 50 IPOs in 2010 as there is pent-up supply and a higher risk tolerance amongst institutional public investors harmonizing at 40 deals / year for the 3 years starting in 2011.

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Meet the bold 20-year-old behind Spanish Firefox OS smartphone maker Geeksphone [Video]

The Next Web

The company is currently raising funding from a number of strategic investors and is looking to secure 1 million euros or more to accelerate growth. It’s almost impossible not to be impressed with Javier Agüera , a 20-year-old technology entrepreneur and engineering student from Madrid.

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Does your business need money? Read this!


It might be useful to list some of the ways in which you can raise money for growth with and without outside investors. You will realize much more from the ultimate sale of your business even if at a considerably lower price than if splitting the proceeds with investors. Friends, family and fools: This term, although pejorative, describes the typical mix of early investors in a small, young growing business. composed of these investors and management.

A Socially-responsible, Triple-bottom line Taco Shop: SMB Tech Talk from Chaia

Hunter Walker

This week I’ll be running a series of Five Question interviews with small businesses which were facilitated by BondStreet , a SMB lending platform (we’re investors). She and I retain the majority of the business, but we brought on strategic investors to help finance our business and to help us grow our company to expansion. I’ve been asked if our investors balked at the idea of a socially-responsible, triple-bottom line taco shop?

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A Socially-responsible, Triple-bottom line Taco Shop: SMB Tech Talk from Chaia

Hunter Walker

This week I’ll be running a series of Five Question interviews with small businesses which were facilitated by BondStreet , a SMB lending platform (we’re investors). She and I retain the majority of the business, but we brought on strategic investors to help finance our business and to help us grow our company to expansion. I’ve been asked if our investors balked at the idea of a socially-responsible, triple-bottom line taco shop?

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This Week in VC: Michael Montgomery (President, Montgomery & Co.)

Both Sides of the Table

Banks are particularly helpful with raising money from “strategic&# investors, which often means corporate investors such as Intuit, SAP, AMD, and the like.

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How to Stay in Control of Your Meetings

Both Sides of the Table

A find many board meetings highly unproductive in that they are often just a date in the calendar where management is set to update its investors and other board members of its performance over the past time period. Make sure you ask if there are any strategic concerns or topics they want to discuss at the board meeting. These leaders are short-term tactically focused more than strategically minded and this is has consequences. Meetings. The bane of many of our existence.

Five Lessons Learned from the Ample Hills $8 Million Raise

This is going to be BIG.

We hosted meeting after meeting, stuffing as many investors in the room as we good in groups, invited via waves of mass e-mails to anyone I thought might be interested. The truth is, it doesn't matter--that you can very easily get caught up in positioning, but at the end of the day, an investor who really wants to invest is going to invest. Rounds aren't close--they either happen or they don't, and an investor on the fence is a pass.

Raise Money For Your Business by Heeding Lessons from an FBI Hostage Negotiator

Growthink Blog

When raising money, you'll learn that some investors are interested in your venture, and others aren't. You generally are going to have a really tough time changing the minds of investors who initially are not interested in you. Investors can't invest in what they don't understand.

Patient Conversation Media Lands $1M in Funding

Austin Startup

company, announced today it has successfully closed its initial strategic funding, securing capital and assets exceeding $1 million dollars. a leading eRecycler, and several strategic investors, is a strong endorsement of our prospects.&# Patient Conversation Media, Inc., PCMi) an eHealth 3.0 PCMi will utilize these assets to expand its content publishing capabilities, acquire assets and extend its Pay-Per-Conversation advertising network.

5 ways to advance your term sheet: AKA “How to think like an investor”

The Next Web

My daily work consists of connecting innovative A round startups with potential investors or strategic partners. One thing I repeatedly see are on the one hand, talented entrepreneurs frustrated by the failed attempts of securing funding for their startups and on the other hand, investors often shaking their heads that entrepreneurs haven’t fully explained their value proposition. Yet this is the time when you will be most in demand by investors.