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US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4 Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months. After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. They participated in fewer deals…

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Looking back at SoftBank’s big year

Looking back at SoftBank’s big year Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn While venture capitalists vie to fund massively scalable businesses, they tend to view their own industry as size-constrained. Common wisdom is that with a limited supply of successful startups, greatly inflating the amount of available capital to invest in them leads to asset bubbles. This year, SoftBank’s Vision fund — which acts like a super-sized venture fund with…

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Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups

Apple has a history of choosing cash over startups Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn Apple has more cash than any other technology company on the planet. Yet, to date, that hasn’t translated into spending on acquisitions. Over the past five years, Apple has spent the least on M&A out of all the “Big Five” most valuable U.S. technology companies, a Crunchbase News analysis finds. That’s despite…

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How tax changes may impact US startups

How tax changes may impact US startups Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn Although U.S. businesses may be poised for massive tax reductions, most tech startups have little immediate reason to celebrate. After all, the vast majority are unprofitable. So cutting the corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent, as Congress has opted to do, has zero effect on their near-term finances. That said,…

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Virtual reality gets its groove back

Virtual reality gets its groove back Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn Technophiles tend to overestimate the pace of mass adoption. For example, virtual reality fans expected a lot more of us to be whiling away our days with goggles stuck to faces, immersed in virtual worlds. Instead, we’re still glued to our cell phones, as VR headset makers struggle to make headway. While consumers snapped up more…

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Do VC woes extend to portfolio companies? For Rothenberg, probably not

Do VC woes extend to portfolio companies? For Rothenberg, probably not Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn As VC brands go, Rothenberg Ventures has seen better days. The firm built up a reputation as an up-and-coming early-stage investor a few years ago, based on bold bets on virtual reality, a flashy marketing strategy and its well-connected namesake and founder, Mike Rothenberg. Between 2012 and 2016, the San Francisco firm participated…

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These are the US startups that Russian investors are backing

These are the US startups that Russian investors are backing Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn A taxi-hailing app. A transplant device developer. An online mortgage provider. Those businesses may have little in common, but one shared thread is that U.S. startups in these sectors have all secured large funding rounds led by Russia-based investors. They’re not alone. Over the past seven years, Russia-based strategic and venture…

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Quantifying the driverless startup boom

Quantifying the driverless startup boom Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn For driverless car startups, raising capital seems to happen on autopilot. Investors and acquirers have put billions into the space over the past couple of years in the race for early mover advantage. They’ve shown no desire to hit the brakes lately either, as indicated by a spate of recent deals, including last week’s $450 million sale of…

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New seed funds pursue AI, hard tech and the Midwest

New seed funds pursue AI, hard tech and the Midwest Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn Stories about seed funding often contain sappy metaphors about planting seedlings and nurturing them to maturity. In reality, it’s a brutally Darwinian business: most companies fail, successful ones get diluted and exits commonly take a decade or more. That said, seed also has the highest potential returns of any investment stage….

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Q3 2017 US VC report: Exit options dwindle while late-stage dealmaking reaches new heights

Q3 2017 US VC report: Exit options dwindle while late-stage dealmaking reaches new heights Joanna GlasnerContributor Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase. More posts by this contributor: Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items The state of the unicorn U.S. startup investors were good at putting capital to work this past quarter. They weren’t as good at getting it back. Those are two standout trends for the venture investment landscape in the domestic third quarter of 2017, according to reported and projected data from Crunchbase. Data…

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