Angel Investment News

Startup Valuations Jumped 85% on Average in First Quarter

The first three months of 2014 were heady ones for Silicon Valley companies raising venture capital, says the latest survey from law firm Fenwick & West LLP. Just 8% of financings were down rounds in which a company’s valuation fell, while 76% were up rounds. In the rest, the valuation stayed the same. The difference between the rate of up rounds and down rounds was the greatest since the second quarter of 2007, when the difference...

Hummer Winblad partner preps own VC fund

Mark Gorenberg appears to be launching his own venture capital fund, after 23 years with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

Gorenberg is listed as the sole executive officer on an SEC filing for Zetta Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based platform that is seeking to raise upwards of $40 million. No additional information was disclosed.

Zetta Venture Partners does appear to have a website that was registered back ...

Early Stage VC Firm Javelin Venture Partners Raises $125M For Third Fund

Javelin Venture Partners has raised $125 million for the firm’s third fund. The firm, which focuses on early stage, seed and Series A investments, has also promoted principal Alex Gurevich to partner.

Javelin was founded by Noah Doyle and Jed Katz, both of whom have experience as serial entrepreneurs. Doyle founded online loyalty program MyPoints.com and was an executive at Keyhole (which was acquired by Google and became ...

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Tips & Advice for Angel Investors

Burned once, angel takes on investments with caution

Parm Gill, executive director of Capital Angel Network, can be forgiven for being incredibly particular about the projects he chooses as an angel investor.

The Ottawa-based entrepreneur was forced to file for bankruptcy with his first startup, an Internet service provider called Cyberus Online. In 1999, he sold Cyberus to Dallas-based online computer manufacturer Eisa.com. But he soon discovered that Eisa.com had falsifed i...

Successful Venture Investing: The Importance Of Understanding Risks, And Diversification

Those of us dedicated to private equity investing in the consumer packaged goods sector love the story of Vitamin Water and rapper 50 Cent. The story is legendary—how 50 Cent (Curtis Jackson) turned an equity stake in Vitamin Water’s creator Glaceau into a “multi-million dollar payday” when The Coca-Cola Company acquired Glaceau.

No doubt, private equity returns can be impressive. We help investors channel equity investmen...

Angel investing: What catches this ex-Intel Capital investor's eye

Drew Smith spent 10 years at Intel Capital, the investing arm of chipmaker Intel Corp., and that experience is coming in handy in his new role as an angel investor.

For the last eight years Smith has been investing on his own and as part of theOregon Angel Fund. He is currently the group’s board designee for Chinook Book, Jama Software, The Clymb and Celly.

So what does he look for in a potential investment?

“You ...

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