Tag Archives: Unicorn

VC Unicorn Crowdfunds News Operation

Would you donate to a crowdfunding effort by a Silicon Valley Unicorn? BuzzFeed News, a private venture capital backed company valued at over $1.7 Billion, is, according to the Wall Street Journal, planning to ask readers to donate “between $5 … Continue reading

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Unicorn Tender Offer In The Offing?

Here’s something you don’t see everyday – a tender offer for a privately held unicorn’s shares. This ad is in today’s Wall Street Journal and notes that a consortium of private investors (Softbank?) intends to offer to purchase Uber shares … Continue reading

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Jet.com Crowdfunding Gambit Winner Gets A $20 Million Payout

Jet-dot-com ran a strange crowdfunding contest at the time of its startup by creating a contest where the person outside the company who signed up the most referrals would win 200,000 stock options. An insurance agent in Pennsylvania, Eric Martin, … Continue reading

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No Startup Above The Law

The Los Angeles District Attorney slapped unicorn Uber with a $10 million fine for its misleading advertising and failure to pay airport fees. In its press release the DA’s office warns businesses and “… startups in particular, that in the … Continue reading

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Unicorns Turning Into Uni-corpses?

Are the Unicorns (private companies valued at >$1 Billion) becoming Uni-corpses? With the Square IPO pricing below the indicated range and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into how publicly traded mutual funds value private companies like Uber and AirBnB, … Continue reading

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More On Paid “Scouts” Who Secretly Invest For Big VCs

As noted here previously, relationships in Silicon Valley keep the money flowing. The Wall Street Journal revisits the use by the big venture capital firms of their “scouts” who look for promising startups, make a small investment to keep their … Continue reading

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