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The Daily Startup: NewSchools Ignite Accelerator Launches

A roundup of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.

Feature Friday: Document Sharing In Slack

We use a lot of document sharing applications at USV. We use Google Docs, Hackpad (which was bought by Dropbox), Quip, Dropbox’ new Notes service, and a number of other document sharing apps. But as we have moved most of our internal and USV network communications to Slack, we wanted a document sharing app that […]

Thrive Market Fed $30M for Growing Health Food Deliveries

Food-related businesses have gobbled up record amounts of venture capital in recent quarters. A new $30 million investment in Thrive Market marks the latest indication the sector shows no signs of losing pace. The company charges people...Show More Summary

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model. Just about every analyst who looks at fund investing has built one. You incorporate...Show More Summary

Our 2016 Foundry Group Fund and A Little History

Yesterday we closed our fifth fund, Foundry Venture Capital 2016, L.P. As with all four of our other funds, it’s a $225 million fund. In 2007 we raised our first fund – Foundry Venture Capital 2007. We subsequently raised a $225 million...Show More Summary

The Bull Case For Solar

My partner Albert blogged about solar yesterday and posted this chart: I’d like to add another chart to this conversation, mortgage rates over the past thirty years: The bear case for solar has been that the payback times are too long. But with cost declines (Albert’s chart) and carrying cost declines (my chart), solar makes […]


Failure. To most people it smells. People are afraid of […]

Multi Modal Transportation

This morning I citibiked down the west side of Manhattan along the Hudson to Pier 11, where I caught the East River Ferry to Dumbo. I took this picture on the ferry ride across the east river. In Dumbo, I got on another Citibike which I rode to Clinton Hill, docked it, got an iced […]

The Daily Startup: Food Services Gobble Venture Capital

A roundup of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.


The progress with solar technology has been impressive and is well summarized in the following chart which shows the dramatic decline in the price per watt Whenever someone shows a chart like this there will quickly be people who decry subsidies for solar. Show More Summary Locates $16 Million for Alternative Lodgings Search Engine in San Francisco has raised $16 million in Series B funding to grow a search engine that helps travelers find the best available vacation rentals in the locations and budget ranges they want. Led by Steadfast Financial,Show More Summary

AirMap Raises $2.6M to Help Drone Operators Fly Only Where Welcome

A map generated by AirMap Inc. showing where drones are temporarily restricted from flight due to fires on the ground below.   Drone operators have been in the press for all the wrong reasons this year, including a near miss with a commercial jetliner in May, myriad accusations of unlawful surveillance, noise and nuisance, [...]

ShopKeep Registers $60M for Small-Merchant Payments Software

The market for tablet-based point-of-sale systems, which combine an iPad with a credit-card reader and related software, is opening up, and attracting attention from investors.

Unicorns Without The Magic

I got the following email recently, titled “Unicorns Without The Magic.” “With the rise in venture capitalism it’s hard to say the word “start up” and not be offered an abundance of accelerator programmes, free office space, free apartments & a free bible of connections. Show More Summary

Go East Young Man (or Woman)

Here’s a fun post by Henry Ward, founder and CEO of our portfolio company eShares, about raising money last year. From Henry’s post: We were 0 for 21 with Silicon Valley VCs. I never got close. Most of the big firms wouldn’t even meet. A few had an associate do a Skype call even though […]

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