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A peek inside Alphabet’s investing universe

Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor: Chances are high you have heard of Google. You are likely a contributor to one of the 3.5 billion search queries the website processes daily. But unless you’re a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur …

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Startups are (still) making weird name choices

If the latest seed-funded startups have their way, this is what your future will look like. You’ll find your mortgage through a company named Morty, refill your contact lenses with Waldo and get your cannabis news from Herb. (Which is not to be confused with Bud, the startup that handles your banking.) Later, you …

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An inside look into a venture negotiation

Alex Rosen is managing director at Ridge Ventures. More posts by this contributor: Auren Hoffman Contributor Auren Hoffman is CEO of SafeGraph and was previously CEO of LiveRamp, from founding to acquisition. Even after thousands of published articles about venture trends, hundreds of public pitch decks and numerous investor-penned “why …

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The unbeatable advantage of Apple and Amazon

Anshu Sharma is a serial entrepreneur and a former venture partner at Storm Ventures. More posts by this contributor: There are a handful of companies that have an unbeatable advantage — the fiduciary moat. In finance world, when you hire an advisor who is a fiduciary — he’s legally bound to put your financial …

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Africa Roundup: Partech Venture’s launches $70M fund, TPG Growth acquires TRACE, Rensource raises $3.5M

Last month we characterized 2017 as the year Sub-Saharan Africa’s startup scene found its stride. Twenty-eighteen looks to be the year of numerous VC investments. TPG acquires TRACE January got the funding party started. U.S. based private equity firm TPG Growth acquired a majority stake (of an undisclosed value) in entertainment company TRACE. TRACE is …

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