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sexual harassment claims prompt venture capitalists to apologize, change policie


mark suster, among los angeles’ most well-known venture capitalists, says he never fathomed that fellow investors would cross a line and sexually harass entrepreneurs.but in the last week, suster says he’s found that “what i think didn’t need to be said, i guess, needs to be said.”venture capitalists, the influential financiers who provide cash to start-ups, have begun making pledges, pursuing policy changes and even stepping down amid a flurry of accusations.venture capital firms, long dominated by male leadership, have slowly added more women to their ranks following a high-profile gender discrimination trial in 2015. whether changes brought on by the latest series of revelations prove substantive and long-lasting remains far from certain.female start-up founders and other tech business






sexual harassment claims prompt venture capitalists to apologize, change policie


mark suster, among los angeles’ most well-known venture capitalists, says he never fathomed that fellow investors would cross a line and sexually harass entrepreneurs.but in the last week, suster says he’s found that “what i think didn’t need to be said, i guess, needs to be said.”venture capitalists, the influential financiers who provide cash to start-ups, have begun making pledges, pursuing policy changes and even stepping down amid a flurry of accusations.venture capital firms, long dominated by male leadership, have slowly added more women to their ranks following a high-profile gender discrimination trial in 2015. whether changes brought on by the latest series of revelations prove substantive and long-lasting remains far from certain.female start-up founders and other tech business






behind the money: he stepped out of the pentagon and into venture capital


chicago’s top venture capitalists are well-known leaders whose identities often define their firms. but what about those who aren’t on the marquee? behind the big names, there are principals and associates finding deals, mentoring startups and figuring out how to improve the industry they work and play in. blue sky introduces you to some of the folks helping chicago firms figure out where to invest their millions. michael sachaj, principal, hyde park angelsage: 30role: manages hyde park angels' pipeline, from sourcing and investing to supporting companiessignature deal: motionaimentor: peter wilkins ⇒education: northwestern university, bachelor's degree in political science with minor in business institutionssocial media:@michaelsachaj on twitteryou might step out of your office building t






for media startups, the ‘resistance will be venture-backed’


in the age of trump, an array of tech-focused opponents, journalistic outlets and civic-engagement groups across the u.s. are marshaling forces to strike back.and they are teaming up with venture capitalists and other investors who are stunned by donald trump’s election and aghast at what the young administration already has done out of the...






behind the money: a passion for problem-solving tech led him to lightbank


originalsexclusive interviews, news and moreblue sky innovation blue sky originals behind the money: a passion for problem-solving tech led him to lightbankeric ongallison terry / blue skyeric ong is a senior associate for lightbank.eric ong is a senior associate for lightbank. (allison terry / blue sky)amina elahicontact reporterblue sky innovationprivacy policychicago’s top venture capitalists are well-known leaders whose identities often define their firms. but what about those who aren’t on the marquee? behind the big names, there are principals and associates finding deals, mentoring startups and figuring out how to improve the industry they work and play in. blue sky introduces you to some of the folks helping chicago firms figure out where to invest their millions.eric ong, senior a






venture capital mostly-male ranks miss big profits


today’s venture capitalists are ignoring an easy way to boost profits. they’re sitting on heaps of data that say gender diversity leads to greater financial returns. yet they remain resistant to investing in women.research shows that venture capitalists who bet on female talent enjoy higher returns — and that female partners are the best at recognizing talent.consider women-led startups backed by venture capital. according to a 2014 report, these firms earn 12 percent more. a report from researchers from duke, stanford, and the kaufman foundation found that women-led tech companies boast a return on investment that’s 35 percent greater than male-led companies.it’s not just startups. according to a recent study of top-ranked equities, those of gender-diverse companies had “much better risk






factors to consider when selecting the appropriate financing option


startup capital is hard to come by. even with your savings, you will soon realize that you need a capital boost and that is when you will have to choose between the two common means of funding. you have to pick between debt and equity financing?what are these two funding options?essentially, what these two options ask is whether you need to take a loan for capital or get an investor willing to invest in your company. either option has significant business consequences, hence the thorough considerations.under debt financing, you will borrow money from a lender at an interest and you will be expected to repay the money after an agreed duration. on the other hand, equity financing is where you trade the ownership of your company for investment funds. often, equity investors include venture ca






l.a. venture capitalists who missed snapchat don't want to make the same mistake


there’s a new factor driving los angeles start-up investment: snapchat-induced fear of missing out.that’s according to chris hameetman, president of tech coast angels los angeles — the region’s leading angel investor organization. he says concern about missing the boat on los angeles’ next big thing is the most noticeable local trend during the first quarter.investment in los angeles and orange county start-ups held steady compared with recent quarters, according to several reports from market research companies. but they show an increasing portion of the investment nationwide is going to well-established start-ups compared with newer ones. expect the gap to narrow, at least in los angeles, in 2017 as investors pay more attention to the the newest companies, hameetman says.his recent inves






factors to consider when selecting the appropriate financing option


are you looking for something other than a financial boost? do you have big expansion plans? do you foresee rapid growth in business and are in need of a big boost? you need equity financing.equity lenders often look at a business’s potential for growth and how they can make greater returns for their investments. if you foresee this and are looking for financing to get you there, then you need to start your search for equity lenders. you will need to prepare a comprehensive business plan, detailed financial projections, and reports of the business history. these are essential for venture capitalists or angel investors but unnecessary in debt financing.for equity financing, you also need to have a strong management team, a strong marketing acumen, and passion for your business. these will h






japan’s startup scene has ample cash, but lacks innovators


major japanese banks and venture capitalists are keen to invest in innovative entrepreneurs, when they can find them.tokyo — japan inc. — where companies with roots going back decades, if not centuries, have long dominated — is finally warming up to startups.major banks and venture capitalists are keen to tap into faster growth by investing in innovative entrepreneurs, when they can find them. money raised for ventures in japan reached a record 276 billion yen ($2.5 billion) last year.that’s up from about 50 billion yen ($450 million) annually after the financial crisis, according to japan venture research.open fieldssilicon valley still raises 50 times more cash for startups than japan, but the number of u.s. startups chasing that cash is higher. so there’s relatively more money to go aro






venture capitalists look beyond tech to the dietary supplements market


how do you stay sharp and fit despite fatigue and age? by consuming substances extracted from blueberries, flowers and algae, say the makers of a new group of unregulated and unproven health pills.trusting natural chemicals to solve inevitable ailments is familiar to anyone who has visited a gnc store or contributed to the $30 billion spent annually in the u.s. on dietary supplements.but the new supplement firms are grabbing attention because they’re founded and funded by people more at home at a silicon valley technology campus than a late-night infomercial.led by tech world veterans and funded by venture capitalists, dietary supplement start-ups such as ritual, elysium and nootrobox are peddling daily multivitamins and energy-boosting gels with transparency and testing that’s turning hea






what venture capitalists think of trump


techcrunch’s connie loizos took to the stage at disrupt ny today with stuart ellman from rre ventures, maha ibrahim from canaan partners and amish jani of firstmark capital to talk about trump, the economy and uber.apart from peter thiel, most venture capitalists were adamantly opposed to the idea of a trump presidency during the u.s. election last year. but now that we are a few months into the new administration, loizos asked the panel to discuss what the political climate means for their business.“i think the tax rates are going to continue to help the stock market in many ways,” said ellman, who believes that the proposed lower corporate taxes will be good for business. he also hopes that the administration follows through on promises for less regulation, which could benefit startups.






silicon valley funding slump continues


continuing a downward trend, the pace of bay area venture capital deals slowed during the first three months of 2017, dashing entrepreneurs’ hopes that it would be easier to raise money this year.fewer local startups scored venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the quarter before, according to the venture monitor report released tuesday evening by pitchbook data and the national venture capital association.the drop continues a year-long slowdown of the economic machine that powers silicon valley’s tech sector, leaving some startups resorting to layoffs and other cost-cutting measures to make ends meet. but analysts say they’d better get used to it — investment activity isn’t going to return to the highs the industry saw in 2014 and 2015 any time soon. instead, th






have venture capitalists allowed tech founders like uber’s travis kalanick to gr


as company founders have amassed historic amounts of funding, they have also attained greater control and autonomy. that has allowed entrepreneurs to pursue aggressive tactics and foster troubling cultures for longer than ever before in the tech industry, observers say.silicon valley knew well the aggressive corporate culture that was key to uber’s global dominance — and all about that culture’s downsides.tech workers had seen it in lawsuits filed against the ride-hailing service, candidates turning down jobs at the san francisco company and those fleeing the firm amid a drumbeat of scandals and critical news articles. so the 47 structural and policy recommendations handed down by attorneys to the ride-hailing company last week weren’t revelatory.but for venture capitalists, the stark asse






"i'm a creep": silicon valley roiled by sexual harassment


silicon valley is facing a spate of sexual harassment accusations that are spurring apologies, resignations and self-reflection, as well as doubts as to whether the charges will produce real change for women in the tech industry. dave mcclure, a prominent venture investor, said on saturday that he is sorry for making "inappropriate advances" toward several women in workplace situations, and is no longer leading the venture capital fund he co-founded, 500 startups. he remains a general partner at the firm.mcclure's apology — titled "i'm a creep. i'm sorry" — follows a new york times report on sexual harassment in the tech industry that described offensive behavior by mcclure and other prominent venture investors, as related by female entrepreneurs.reports of sexism in the industry are not n






silicon valley investors taking heat over sexual harassment


new york — sexism in silicon valley may be coming in for a reckoning, prompted by women coming forward with stories of sexual harassment by industry bigshots. apologies, resignations and self-reflection have followed, although it's too soon to tell if they will produce meaningful change.dave mcclure, a prominent venture investor, said on saturday that he is sorry for making "inappropriate advances" toward several women in workplace situations, and is no longer leading the venture capital fund he co-founded, 500 startups. he remains a general partner at the firm.mcclure's apology — titled "i'm a creep. i'm sorry" — follows a new york times report on sexual harassment in the tech industry that described offensive behavior by mcclure and other prominent venture investors, as related by female






a start-up investor used his power 'for sexual gain.' now the tech industry is c


the technology industry is built on a model where venture capitalists have lots of leverage. start-up founders, after all, regularly beg them for the cash needed to turn nascent ideas into viable businesses. but that’s a power dynamic with dangerous consequences, as a sexual harassment scandal now ricocheting around the tech world illustrates. allegations against san francisco start-up investor justin caldbeck have exposed unsettling realities about the venture capital landscape, raising questions about whether enough safeguards exist to protect women entrepreneurs from inappropriate behavior.caldbeck resigned as an investor at binary capital last week after acknowledging that he used his power “for sexual gain” — an admission that followed harassment accusations from six women. this week,






curry, iguodala to host technology summit for nba players


silicon valley ventures may become more frequent for nba players after the players technology summit.warriors stars stephen curry and andre iguodala will host the summit aug. 14-16 in san francisco, as announced monday by sponsor bloomberg.the summit is intended to “bring together top leaders in the technology, venture capital and sports communities to exchange ideas and share expertise in an educational and empowering forum.”curry specifically touched on the connection between professional athletes and venture capitalists.“playing in silicon valley’s backyard has exposed me to information and resources that i’m excited to share through the summit,” curry said in a statement. “whether you’re thinking about your first move into entrepreneurship or investing, or perhaps already a veteran in






of course a venture capitalist was no match for cmu’s updated poker playing ai


libratus, carnegie mellon’s poker playing ai is damn good. it easily routed four of the world’s best poker players back in january over 120,000 hands of no-limit texas hold-um. so it comes as no surprise that a team of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and engineers playing against lengpudashi, libratus’ bigger, badder brother, would face a similar fate. plot twist: they lost, badly.now that’s not meant to be unfair to alan du, the vc and poker pro leading “team dragon” against   lengpudashi in this week’s chinese exhibition match. the group’s approach was actually quite valid. rather than treat lengpudashi as a human and try to beat it with traditional strategy, team dragon went into the match with the aim of playing it like a machine. unfortunately, it seems like a dash of game theory a






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of course a venture capitalist was no match for cmu’s updated poker-playing ai


libratus, carnegie mellon’s poker-playing ai, is damn good. it easily routed four of the world’s best poker players back in january over 120,000 hands of no-limit texas hold-um. so it comes as no surprise that a team of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and engineers playing against lengpudashi, libratus’ bigger, badder brother, would face a similar fate. plot twist: they lost, badly.now that’s not meant to be unfair to alan du, the vc and poker pro leading “team dragon” against lengpudashi in this week’s chinese exhibition match. the group’s approach was actually quite valid. rather than treat lengpudashi as a human and try to beat it with traditional strategy, team dragon went into the match with the aim of playing it like a machine. unfortunately, it seems like a dash of game theory an






machine learning summit to unite futuristic tech-makers with investors


inventors, major companies and venture capitalists will unite next week for the first chicago machine learning venture capital summit.representatives from google, ibm watson, microsoft and some of chicago’s top investment firms will be among the speakers at april 19 event.cayse llorens, founder and managing director of the summit, believes the technology has the potential to change the way people interact with everything from email and music to financial planning.“we want to see that spark at this summit that creates the next uptake, the next tempus, the next google, the next ibm watson," said llorens, who's also studying venture capital at the university of chicago's booth school of business. "all the key players are going to be in a room to do that.”three local startups will also face of






ensuring foreign-born founders can grow their startups in the u.s.


bobby franklincontributorbobby franklin is the president and chief executive of the national venture capital association and previously served as an executive vice president for the ctia – the wireless association. more posts by this contributor: most venture capitalists can recount examples of immigrant entrepreneurs who have built great companies that delivered jobs and outstanding products and services to the american public.those same vcs can also recount examples of immigrant entrepreneurs who have been distracted, frustrated, and burdened by our antiquated immigration system that prevents foreign-born entrepreneurs from staying in the country to build their companies.  immigrant entrepreneurs have enhanced our economy and culture despite immigration law, rather than because of it — t






aol co-founder steve case on why vcs need to look beyond silicon valley


aol co-founder steve case took to the stage at disrupt new york this morning to discuss myriad issues, from his former company’s merging with one-time competitor yahoo (pro) to a potential run for congress (naw). it’s clear, however, that case’s current passions lie in his organization, rise of the rest, which seeks to shine a light on startups outside of a few key tech hubs.as case pointed out in a recent conversation with techcrunch, nearly 80-percent of venture capital funds get pumped into three states: california, new york and massachusetts. much of this is due to the fact that vcs simply don’t like to venture too far from their own backyards. “the reason it doesn’t happen as much as it could is because most venture capitalists get in their cars and drive to these companies,” case tol






aol co-founder steve case on why vcs need to look beyond silicon valley


aol co-founder steve case took to the stage at disrupt new york this morning to discuss myriad issues, from his former company’s merging with one-time competitor yahoo (pro) to a potential run for congress (naw). it’s clear, however, that case’s current passions lie in his organization, rise of the rest, which seeks to shine a light on startups outside of a few key tech hubs.as case pointed out in a recent conversation with techcrunch, nearly 80 percent of venture capital funds get pumped into three states: california, new york and massachusetts. much of this is due to the fact that vcs simply don’t like to venture too far from their own backyards. “the reason it doesn’t happen as much as it could is because most venture capitalists get in their cars and drive to these companies,” case tol






how trump will impact venture capital: the future of qsbs


patrick wallencontributorpatrick wallen is a licensed attorney, a fellow with rubicon venture capital and a startup and vc professional.when we speak of disruption in the startup industry, it would not be uncommon to invoke an innovative technology or a visionary founder. it is a rare occasion when we can celebrate legislators. yet, some of the most recent strides in the emerging growth ecosystem are owed not to silicon valley programmers in their spartan incubators, but instead to the u.s. congress. in my conversations with venture capitalists, bankers, founders and lawyers, i am frequently startled by the lack of awareness for a neglected bit of tax innovation ordinarily called qsbs, or qualified small business stock. accounting for only a few pages of legislation, this tiny tax provisio






equity podcast: dropbox’s capital appetite and average revenue per dog


welcome to the third episode of equity, techcrunch’s newest podcast. each week we dive into the startup and venture capital worlds, with a special focus on where they collide.this week our own matthew lynley is off, so katie roof and myself sat down with a pair of venture capitalists from canaan partners, an investment shop with just over $3 billion in raised funds.maha ibrahim (a former bullish interview, and future disrupt guest) and hrach simonian from canaan have made a combined 38 investments in 15 companies to date, according to crunchbase data.this week we discussed the massive dropbox debt facility (and its historical echoes), the rough situation at munchery, and the m&a market including katie’s scoop on the rover-dogvacay tie-up, and all things amazon.it was a fun episode, so subs






equity podcast: dropbox’s capital appetite and average revenue per dog


welcome to the third episode of equity, techcrunch’s newest podcast. each week we dive into the startup and venture capital worlds, with a special focus on where they collide.this week our own matthew lynley is off, so katie roof and myself sat down with a pair of venture capitalists from canaan partners, an investment shop with just over $4 billion in raised funds.maha ibrahim (a former bullish interview, and future disrupt guest) and hrach simonian from canaan have made a combined 38 investments in 15 companies to date, according to crunchbase data.this week we discussed the massive dropbox debt facility (and its historical echoes), the rough situation at munchery, and the m&a market including katie’s scoop on the rover-dogvacay tie-up, and all things amazon.it was a fun episode, so subs






oh snap! silicon valley school makes $24m off of investment


mountain view, calif. — bake sales and car washes?not for one silicon valley parochial high school that hit it big this week and, by doing so, highlighted anew gaping economic disparities in the region.st. francis high school in mountain view parlayed a $15,000 investment in the company that developed the snapchat app into a windfall of at least $24 million, capitalizing on a unique venture capital fund set up by the school's investment-savvy parents.the fund paid off when the company began selling shares to the public thursday and the school sold about 1.4 million of the 2.1 million shares at $17 each. it's holding the remaining 700,000 shares, which were valued at about $19 million friday."silicon valley is a pretty amazing place to live," school president simon chiu said. "this obviousl






oh snap! silicon valley school makes $24m off of investment


mountain view, calif. — bake sales and car washes?not for one silicon valley parochial high school that hit it big this week and, by doing so, highlighted anew gaping economic disparities in the region.st. francis high school in mountain view parlayed a $15,000 investment in the company that developed the snapchat app into a windfall of at least $24 million, capitalizing on a unique venture capital fund set up by the school's investment-savvy parents.the fund paid off when snap inc. began selling shares to the public thursday and the school sold about 1.4 million of the 2.1 million shares at $17 each. it's holding the remaining 700,000 shares, which were valued at about $19 million friday."silicon valley is a pretty amazing place to live," school president simon chiu said. "this obviously






prominent vc dave mcclure apologizes for offensive behavior


new york — silicon valley investor dave mcclure says he is sorry for making "inappropriate advances" toward several women in workplace situations and is giving up leadership of the venture capital fund he co-founded, 500 startups.mcclure's apology — titled "i'm a creep. i'm sorry" — follows a new york times report on sexual harassment in the tech industry that described offensive behavior by mcclure and other prominent venture investors.reports of sexism in the industry are not new, but more women are speaking out on the record and naming their harassers. in the past, women could face ostracism for calling out such behavior, with companies playing down or outright ignoring complaints. those issues can be particularly acute for women leading startups, as their companies are dependent on clu






chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists


joanna glasnercontributorjoanna glasner is a reporter for crunchbase. more posts by this contributor: a lot of startups are pitching ways to put us to sleep lately. in response, investors are perking up and writing big checks.call it big sleep. after decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the venture capital industry has decided to direct its considerable capital reserves at helping us get more shut-eye.how else to explain the expansive number of venture rounds for companies developing sleep-focused apps, therapies and monitoring devices? there’s also an ultra-hot mattress startup sector, with at least two companies reportedly on a credible path to unicorn status.the numbers behind sleepov






silicon valley high school makes $24 million from snap ipo


mountain view, calif. — bake sales and car washes?not for one silicon valley parochial high school that hit it big this week and, by doing so, highlighted anew gaping economic disparities in the region.st. francis high school in mountain view parlayed a $15,000 investment into a windfall of at least $24 million, capitalizing on a unique venture capital fund set up by the school's investment-savvy parents.the fund paid off when the company began selling shares to the public thursday and the school sold about 1.4 million of the 2.1 million shares at $17 each. it's holding the remaining 700,000 shares, which were valued at about $19 million friday."silicon valley is a pretty amazing place to live," school president simon chiu said. "this obviously couldn't have happened anywhere else."st. fra






silicon valley accelerator 500 startups launches in melbourne


silicon valley startup accelerator and venture capital firm 500 startups has chosen melbourne as the location of its australian headquarters after securing a grant from the victorian government's au$60 million startup fund launchvic.latest australian newsthe victorian government said that the new location, 500 melbourne, will support at least 40 startups over the next two years, providing them access to its global network of businesses, mentors, and venture capitalists. it will also host year-round events to support startups and investors outside of its accelerator program. in a blog post, 500 startups said it was an ideal time for the firm to join the nation's innovation ecosystem. "the australian ecosystem is at an inflection point, with more venture funding available than ever before an






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benchmark just hired sarah tavel, the first female general partner in the firm’s


benchmark’s small partnership has added a new general partner, sarah tavel, the venture firm announced this morning, saying that her “career-long desire and commitment to be one of the world’s great venture capitalists” make her an “ideal addition” to the benchmark team.tavel joins the firm from greylock partners, where she was hired roughly one-and-half-years ago as a partner, following a three-year-long stint at pinterest as a product manager. prior to pinterest, tavel had spent six years with bessemer venture partners, where she rose to the rank of vice president.benchmark credits tavel for sourcing pinterest and github, while at bessemer. longtime partner bill gurley says pinterest ceo ben silbermann personally recruited her from bessemer, silbermann was so impressed with her.tavel bri






benchmark just hired sarah tavel, the first female general partner in the firm’s


benchmark’s small partnership has added a new general partner, sarah tavel, the venture firm announced this morning, saying that her “career-long desire and commitment to be one of the world’s great venture capitalists” make her an “ideal addition” to the benchmark team.tavel joins the firm from greylock partners, where she was hired roughly one-and-half-years ago as a partner following a three-year stint at pinterest as a product manager. prior to pinterest, tavel spent six years with bessemer venture partners, where she rose to the rank of vice president.benchmark credits tavel for sourcing pinterest and github while at bessemer. longtime partner bill gurley says pinterest ceo ben silbermann personally recruited her from bessemer, silbermann was so impressed with her.tavel brings the par