VC investment in European startups plunged 21% in Q3 2018


As Silicon Valley and China see VC funding accelerate, Europe seems to be slipping into a lower gear. According to the latest quarterly numbers from Dow Jones VentureSource, the amount of funding raised by startups in Europe and the number of deals all slid sharply in the three months ending in September. The 3Q’18 Europe Venture Capital repo…Read More

U.S. share of global venture capital fell more than 20% in 5 years


Year after year, startups in U.S. cities like San Francisco, New York, and Boston continue to raise an unprecedented amount of venture capital — but so do companies in other parts of the world. Now, a new report out today from the Center for American Entrepreneurship gives cause for concern about whether the U.S. will remain the top place for…Read More

Chicago’s startups continue to lead the nation in returns


GUEST: Today, PitchBook revealed its 2018 Chicago VC Ecosystem report, released in conjunction with ChicagoNEXT’s Chicago Venture Summit. This report finds that Chicago continues to outpace every other U.S. venture ecosystem — including the Bay Area — in median multiple on invested capital (MOIC). Chicago startups give investors a median MOIC of 5.…Read More

Heartland Tech Weekly: Amazon changed how we talk about emerging tech hubs


Last week marked the one-year-anniversary of Amazon opening up its search for HQ2. There were quite a few news outlets that, for the occasion, rolled out opinion pieces on what it has all meant. Axios wrote that what’s even more important than where Amazon will locate its headquarters is the fact that the company now has a “database chock full of g…Read More

Silicon Valley isn’t over, but its influence is dwindling


GUEST: By now you’ve likely seen this week’s The Economist cover story titled “Peak Valley,” which features quotes from Claire Haidar. She is CEO of WNDYR, an Intelis Capital portfolio company. The article highlights outrageous costs of living, poor local government, and high operating costs as the catalysts behind an impend…Read More

Sizing up a strategic VC: The questions we wish people asked


SPONSORED: Presented by Providence Ventures Entrepreneurs can easily scour the news wire for articles related to the age-old question: “What Should I Ask a Prospective VC?” As opposed to retreading familiar ground, I’d like to tackle the topic from a perspective near and dear to my heart: Namely, the nuances of inviting a “Strategic” investor into…Read More

Talent will determine the world’s next tech investment hubs


GUEST: For years, Silicon Valley wasn’t the main place many venture capitalists looked for deals — it was the only place. But the Bay Area is beginning to lose its once vice-like grip on talented workers, and its startup investment market is looking dangerously overheated. Now VCs are lifting their gaze from California and scouting for North…Read More

VNX launches a blockchain platform to democratize the VC industry


As the blockchain technology space matures, we‘re seeing an increasing number of platforms designed to help traditional markets tokenize, decentralize, and take advantage of distributed ledgers. VNX Exchange is now launching a European digital asset marketplace aimed at bringing liquidity to the $620 billion global venture capital industry. It has…Read More

3 tips for pitching Midwest venture capitalists

Kansas City, Missouri.
GUEST: The Midwest is a great place to live, sure, but is it a great place to grow a startup? The answer may surprise you: an unequivocal yes. Here’s what you may not know about the American Midwest: over the past three years, startup ecosystems all over the region — in places like Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Detroit, and of course Chicag…Read More

3 tips for pitching Midwest venture capitalists

Kansas City, Missouri.
GUEST: The Midwest is a great place to live, sure, but is it a great place to grow a startup? The answer may surprise you: an unequivocal yes. Here’s what you may not know about the American Midwest: over the past three years, startup ecosystems all over the region — in places like Kansas City, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Detroit, and of course Chicag…Read More