Tag: venture capital

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Legacy Entertainment Ventures wants to turn stars into VCs

We’ve become used to musicians investing in startups, and not just as individual angel investors either. Snoop Dogg, Nas and Linkin Park are among the artists who’ve set up proper venture capitalist vehicles. Now US VC...
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VC firms predict that startup valuations may fall this year

One of the aspects of the music industry’s return to growth is the willingness of music companies (and, indeed, individual artists) to invest in music/tech startups. With that in mind, a feature in the New York Times interviewing...
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Three quarters of American VC firms have no women partners

One of the ways Silicon Valley is under scrutiny for its diversity is the number of women in senior management roles at venture-capital firms. A report from nonprofit group All Raise reveals that American VC firms added 30...
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Last-minute ticketing firm Gametime raises $20m

We’re in the middle of a flurry of funding rounds for ticketing businesses, with UK firms Dice and Songkick both having recently taken new investment. Now they’ve been joined by US firm Gametime, which has announced a...
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Latest stats on just how white and male the VC industry is

Tech news site The Information has published a study of the demographic makeup of senior venture capitalists, and it certainly won’t dispel claims that the tech investment industry is overwhelmingly white and male. “Ninety...
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Linkin Park have their own venture capital firm now

Linkin Park are the latest band to talk publicly about their move into tech investment, via their own venture capital firm Machine Shop Ventures. It launched at the start of this year according to Mashable, and has already...
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VC Fred Wilson looked backwards and forwards

Venture capital partner Fred Wilson published a couple of blog posts this week that are well worth reading, focusing on the key tech trends he identified in 2014, as well as his predictions for 2015. Highlights of the former:...
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Authors take aim at Amazon in new letter over Hachette dispute

The Authors United collective of writers has published another open letter about Amazon’s dispute with book publisher Hachette, addressed to Amazon’s board of directors. It claims Amazon’s sanctions against...
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Music Ally Report: The VC Issue

The latest Music Ally Report is a special themed issue looking at the worlds of music and venture capitalists. Interdependency and tension have characterised their relationships to date but it appears each side is slowly...
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Why VCs like YouTube channels

The WSJ has published a blog that gives a fascinating insight into why VC firms are investing in YouTube Channels like Balcony.fm.
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Pinterest raises $100m at $1.5bn valuation

Social site Pinterest has raised a whopping $100m funding round that values the company at around $1.5bn. Existing VC investors Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners and FirstMark Capital all chipped in, but the...
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Pinterest raises $100m at $1.5bn valuation

And still the money comes flooding into new digital businesses, despite increasingly regularly-expressed fears that this could be another tech bubble.