Collective, a back-office platform that caters to ‘businesses of one,’ just landed a hefty seed round

Americans and other global citizens are increasingly self-employed, thanks to great software, the need for flexibility and because skilled services especially can pay fairly well, among other reasons. In fact, exactly one year ago, the Freelancers Union and Upwork, a digital platform for freelancers, released a report estimating that 35% of the U.S. workforce had […]

The Chainsmokers just closed their debut venture fund, Mantis, with $35 million

Alex Pall and Drew Taggart are best known as The Chainsmokers, an electronic DJ and production duo whose first three albums have given rise to numerous Billboard chart-topping songs, four Grammy nominations and one Grammy award, for the song “Don’t Let Me Down.” Soon, they hope they’ll be known as savvy venture investors, too. They […]

What seed-stage dilution tells us about changing investor expectations

A little-noticed startup financing trend has big implications for how VC firms evaluate companies raising Series A and B rounds Dale Chang 24 hours Dale Chang Contributor More posts by this contributor Why startups can’t afford to ignore customer retention How startups can use data to grow smarter Round sizes are up. Valuations are up. […]

Dilution: The good, the bad and the ugly

Bernard Moon Contributor Bernard Moon is co-founder and partner at SparkLabs Group, a network of accelerators and venture capital funds. More posts by this contributor Fintech is playing the long game What’s trending in the IoT space Since 2013, SparkLabs Group has invested in more than 230 companies, and my general advice to our founders […]

The state of seed

“There’s an implosion of early-stage VC funding, and no one’s talking about it,” was the headline of a viral article posted on this site in late 2017. Venture capitalists are deploying more capital than ever, the author explained, yet the number of deals for early-stage startups has taken a nosedive. Roughly one year later, little […]

Datree gets $3M seed round to build DevOps policy engine in GitHub

Datree, an early-stage startup based in Israel, wants to help companies create a set of policies for their applications, and apply them in GitHub before a commit goes live. Today, it announced $3 million in seed funding from TLV partners. The check was actually written last September, according to the founders, and they are making […]