Tag Archives: Series A

Maryland Continues to Support Start Ups

The 2016 contestants for Maryland Incubator Company of the Year have been selected. “In 1986, the first public incubator was established at the University of Maryland in College Park. Recognizing the economic challenges facing new companies, business incubators are facilities … Continue reading

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Historical Seed Investing

Pitchbook has listed the top 5 VC seed investors since 2010 and the number of their deals: SV Angel (242), Kima Ventures (215), Andreessen Horowitz (146), GV (135), and Lerer Hippeau Ventures (134). The money is going to the following … Continue reading

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Cupid’s Cup Winner: Javazen

UnderArmour’s founder’s Kevin Plank’s Cupid’s Cup competition winner yesterday at the University of Maryland was Javazen, a manufacturer of a coffee and tea blended product sold in high end retail stores (Whole Foods). The Terp grads won the top prize … Continue reading

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4 Minutes to Prove Viability

Innovation doesn’t just happen in Silicon Valley. Here in the DC area, MAVA announced 16 companies to compete in TechBuzz on April 6. The entrepreneurs include: Business Radar-www.bizradr.com, ChouxBox-www.chouxbox.com, ChurnZero-www.churnzero.net. Devensoft-www.devensoft.com, Flashgrade-www.flashgrade.com, GamePlan-www.gameplanlearning.com, InHerSight-www.inhersight.com, Kitchology-www.inhersight.com, KlowdTV-www.klowdTV.com, Linked Senior, Inc.-www.linkedsenior.com, ParkMyCloud-www.parkmycloud.com, … Continue reading

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More Crowdfunding Confirmation

AngelList has raised, in 2015, over $160 million in accredited investor crowdfunding for 441 startups from 3,379 investors. The site hosts 170 active investment syndicates led by a number of Silicon Valley venture capitalists who co-invest with known VCs for … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Still Workin’ It

Pitchbook reports that as of (probably Oct. 31) 2015, “… 1,273 V[enture] C [apital] investors have invested in at least one Series A round, with the median deal size at $6 million. Software has garnered the bulk of deal flow, … Continue reading

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Even Smart Money Gets Burned

Bubbles burst and investors get burned. The founders, however, had the foresight to sell $6M of their shares while the company was still hot. The anonymous messaging app, Secret, is liquidating after taking in over $25M in “smart” venture capital … Continue reading

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Now Is the Time to Ask For Money

Exits make for good entrances. Knowing that there is a strong IPO market has led to the largest increase in startup funding in 15 years per the Wall Street Journal. Investment in U.S. venture capital backed companies hit $15.7 Billion … Continue reading

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Major Corporations Using Crowdfunding

Major corporations are jumping on the crowdfunding bandwagon. The Wall Street Journal profiled $7 billion (market value) semi-conductor chip maker Marvell that recently used Indiegogo to crowdfund Kinoma Create, a software and hardware tool kit that includes a Marvell chipset … Continue reading

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Venture Capital Deals Shrink In Number, Increase in Size

Venture capital deals have dropped 25% in the 2nd Quarter 2014 compared to same quarter 2013, but the capital invested has increased by 40% and the median deal size has gone from $2.1 million to $5 million, a 58% increase. … Continue reading

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