Venture Capital Hacks

Since the beginning of 2010, $125.57 billion has been invested in rounds involving VCCs, according to the PitchBook Platform. And while that number is impressive by itself, it’s also interesting to note that capital invested in these deals has increased each year since 2012, peaking in 2015 at $36.7 billion. Which sectors would feel a pullback the most? IT startups have seen the largest portion of the capital invested with 42%, followed by B2C (21.2%) and healthcare (20.2%):

From the Investors:

Fred Destin, VC at Accel Partners — London, talks about his transition from Boston to London, Startup ecosystem in Europe, the European challenge, making money in European venture & other:

Aydin Senkut, Founder and managing partner of Felicis Ventures, In 2006, Aydin Senkut was an unlikely candidate for a venture capitalist.A Turkish immigrant who arrived in Silicon Valley by way of Boston, Philadelphia and Istanbul, Senkut held product positions at Silicon Graphics and a small startup named Google.Now, a decade later, Senkut has raised four funds with Felicis Ventures and invested in 150 companies with 55 exits — three of them initial public offerings:

Jeffrey Carter, Manager at West Loop Ventures shares his belief that the rise of crowdfunding is a good development for both people and entrepreneurs:

From the Operators:

Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of Vaynermedia, says — Too many “entrepreneurs” these days are focusing their day-to-day trying to raise their next round, siphoning their own equity out of the business to artificially inflate their company’s valuation rather than focusing on what’s actually important: Building a sustainable business.They’re acting as financial arbitrage machines, not actual businesses. And that’s a problem:

Eli Portnoy, co-founder & CEO of Sense360, believes that if leveraged right the board advisors can bring in an abundance value to the company:

Ben Marcus, co-founder & CEO of AirMap, summarizes some of his experiences interacting with existing and prospective investors:


Alibaba announced this morning that it’s investing $1B into Singapore-based ecommerce platform Lazada, which includes $500M in new equity and the purchase of existing shares, in a deal that makes Alibaba the controlling shareholder. Lazada, which was founded by Rocket Internet in 2011, is now valued at $1.5B:

6 reasons Alibaba just invested $1b into an ‘Amazon clone for Southeast Asia

  1. Alibaba has tapped China and needs new drilling grounds

2. Southeast Asia is a fast-growing area with a rising middle class

3. Lazada has great traction

4. Lazada has already figured out how incredibly difficult Southeast Asia is

5. Buying is easier than building

6. Chinese sellers get access to Southeast Asia

Livongo Health, Ca.-based consumer digital health company focused on chronic conditions, has raised $44.5 million in Series C funding from Merck Global Health Innovation Fund; Cowen Private Investments; Sapphire Ventures; Zaffre Investments, and earlier investors General Catalyst Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, DFJ, and 7wire Ventures:

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