CVC Deals 10/04/18

10/04/18 Bloomberg Beta, the CVC arm of media and data group Bloomberg has led the $13M Series A of Cobalt Robotics. Cobalt Robotics provides autonomous security robots, and other investors include Sequoia Capital, Founders Fund and Sequoia Capital. According to Mike Collett from Promus Ventures, Cobalt will use this capital to expand to other cities … Continue reading CVC Deals 10/04/18

CVC funding 09/04/18

Coinbase announced the launch of Coinbase Ventures- an early stage fund that will invest in the digital currency ecosystem. According to Emilie Choi, Head of Corporate and Business Development at Coinbase, the fund won't make it a strategic requirement to formalize partnerships with it's future portfolio companies, and will focus instead on spurring development of … Continue reading CVC funding 09/04/18

Meet the government-backed VC funds that are hedging on Silicon Valley

The news surfaced yesterday that Abu Dhabi Financial Group had made a sizable investment in 500 Startups- the Silicon Valley-based micro-VC that spearheaded the 'invest small, invest in plenty' thesis that shaped our outlook on pre-seed investments. Hit by scandal last year, 500 Startups manages over $400M in capital, and has invested in over 2000 … Continue reading Meet the government-backed VC funds that are hedging on Silicon Valley

Here’s why corporate venturing is to blame for the startup valuation bubble

Over the last couple of years, corporates have increasingly started launching specialized startup investment funds, accelerators and other financial vehicles- competing directly with VCs to invest in the hottest startups and tech. In 2016 alone, corporate investors (CVCs) invested $32.2 billion across 1,203 startup deals, nearly one third of the total $71.6 billion venture capital … Continue reading Here’s why corporate venturing is to blame for the startup valuation bubble

The 50 best-funded startups in Switzerland in one map (and what it means for the startup ecosystem)

Between them, they’ve raised over $1.4 billion since 2015. They’re growing at an average rate of 21% and employ over 1,900 people. These are Switzerland’s best funded startups. From Geneva, through to Zurich, I’ve mapped out the 50 of the best funded tech startups across major Swiss cities since 2015. The analysis shows not only … Continue reading The 50 best-funded startups in Switzerland in one map (and what it means for the startup ecosystem)

This is what you can expect from the world’s largest tech fund

Over the weekend, when the world was focused on Trump's inaugural visit to the Kingdom, Saudi Arabia announced with little fanfare it had secured $93 billion of the $100 billion target, for the Vision Fund- officially making it the world's largest tech investment fund, as well as the world's largest private equity fund.

Switzerland proves that everything we thought we knew about innovation and VC is wrong

For Switzerland- known for it's cows, cheese, chocolate, mountains and (sometimes dubious) banking system- you wouldn't be wrong in thinking that the world's most innovative economy also has a killer venture capital industry to fund all this technology.