Blossom Capital closes $432M fund for Series A deals in Europe

European startups collectively raised a record $100 billion+ in funding in 2021, a sign of their swelling ranks, ambitions and stature. Now, a VC in London has closed a record round of funding to cater specifically to that opportunity. Blossom Capital, which makes investments in European startups at the Series A stage, has raised $432 […]

Jakarta-based investment app Pluang raises $55M led by Accel

Jakarta-based investment app Pluang announced that it has raised $55 million led by Accel. This is a follow-on to its Series B and brings that round’s total to $110 million. The funding will be used to make Pluang available in more Southeast Asian countries, increase its asset classes and on hiring.  Pluang’s last round of […]

Kleiner Perkins starts 50th year with $1.8B in two new funds

Kleiner Perkins, one of Silicon Valley’s legacy venture capital firms, is kicking off 2022 right by celebrating five decades in business and $1.8 billion in funds raised for two new funds — KP20 and Select2. KP20 is an $800 million venture fund focused on early-stage investments in enterprise, consumer, hardtech, fintech and healthcare companies, while […]

Are early-stage funding rounds out of control?

Curtis Townshend Contributor Share on Twitter Curtis Townshend is senior director of growth at OpenView. Software businesses are setting new heights for fundraising nearly every day. Transmit Security broke records last summer with their $543 million Series A, and in Q3 2021, $26.4 billion was invested in North American early stage startups, compared with $12.1 […]

Refinery Ventures’ second fund aimed at getting startups to Series A

Refinery Ventures, a Cincinnati-based venture firm, announced the close of its second fund with $36 million, which was more than two times its first fund. Fund II is backed by a group of LPs, including Cintrifuse, Great American Insurance, Western and Southern Insurance and The Cleveland Foundation. The firm invests in enterprise and SaaS “early […]

What are the ‘jobs to be done’ of an investment manager?

David Teten Contributor Share on Twitter David Teten is founder of Versatile VC and writes periodically at teten.com and @dteten. More posts by this contributor The investment manager of the future The macro trends forcing change on the investment management industry Katina Stefanova Contributor Share on Twitter Katina Stefanova is CIO and CEO of Marto […]

The investment manager of the future

David Teten Contributor Share on Twitter David Teten is founder of Versatile VC and writes periodically at teten.com and @dteten. More posts by this contributor The peculiar investment management industry Governments should invest in their diaspora founders Katina Stefanova Contributor Share on Twitter Katina Stefanova is CIO and CEO of Marto Capital, a multistrategy asset […]

Why every VC should spend a month with an accelerator

Juan Carlos Hernández Contributor Share on Twitter Juan Carlos Hernández is the executive director at parallel18, a top-level, performance-driven international startup program with a social mission, part of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust. Startup markets around the world are heating up, and more investors are competing against each other for the best […]

Ventures Platform announces first close of its $40M pan-African fund

Activity around African venture capital firms raising funds continues to increase as we head towards the end of the year. In the latest development, Abuja- and Lagos-based Ventures Platform is today announcing the first close of its $40 million pan-African fund. The fund, founded by one of Nigeria’s most active early-stage investors, Kola Aina, has […]