venture capital

A love letter to micro funds, the backbone and future of venture capital

While the Sequoias and the Andreessen Horowitzes of the world continue to swell in size, their influence on venture capital may be heading in the opposite direction as micro funds increase their impact on the industry. Whether you define micro funds as below $50 million or sub-$25 million, these are truly the funds that power […]

Drive Capital’s investors hit a fork in the road • ZebethMedia

Drive Capital was founded by two former Sequoia Capital Partners looking to start anew in the Midwest. But investors in the Columbus, Oh.-based firm have had a bumpy ride of late, and according to our sources, they aren’t enjoying it. It’s a dramatic turn for Drive, which announced $1 billion in capital commitments back in […]

TAM takedown, green card layoffs, when to ignore investor advice • ZebethMedia

When the downturn began, many VCs urged founders to slash their marketing spending. On its face, that’s an effective way to extend runway while cutting costs. Several months later, we’ve since learned that cutting marketing budgets doesn’t make early-stage startups healthier, but it is a great way for VCs to reduce burn rates across their […]

Fund of funds Sweetwood Ventures bets big on VC’s smallest funds

Despite legacy venture capital firms continuing to raise bigger and bigger funds, LPs may have more luck focusing on the small stuff. Amit Kurz, a general partner at Israel-based fund of funds Sweetwood Ventures, thinks so. He told ZebethMedia that last year he started to notice more and more tiny funds he wasn’t familiar with […]

Index Ventures thinks new startups will emerge in the downturn and is putting $300M behind that bet • ZebethMedia

Back in April 8, 2021 Index Ventures, one of the very few ‘original gangsters’ of the European VC scene, said it was kind’ve going ‘back to its roots’. It announced the launch of a new $200 million dedicated seed investing vehicle dubbed ‘Index Origin’. Now, if you cast your minds back, this was during the […]

Amazon starts delivering layoff notices to thousands of employees • ZebethMedia

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High-precision induction stove startup Impulse powers up with $20M Series A • ZebethMedia

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Bootstrapping basics, fintech’s future, tech employers gain advantage • ZebethMedia

Are you planning to play League of Legends during your next investor pitch? (If so, reading this probably isn’t a good use of your time.) For founders who are interested in building on their own, maintaining control and staying off the fundraising treadmill for as long as possible, investor/entrepreneur Marjorie Radlo-Zandi sets out five basic […]

MadKudu lands $18M led by Felicis for its lead scoring platform • ZebethMedia

It’s hard to get ahead when you’re just trying to stay afloat. But startups weathering the downturn with fewer employees and a smaller budget are finding ways to survive and move forward by relying on a 15-year-old twist on software adoption called “bottoms-up” SaaS. The idea, dating back to the enterprise social network Yammer, is […]

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