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TPG Growth and CAA’s investment firm Evolution Media buy into Africa’s music business

Private equity and media giants from the U.S.  yare starting to pay attention to Africa’s burgeoning music scene. TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment arm of private equity giant TPG, and Evolution Media, the investment and advisory services firm created by Creative Artists Agency and TPG, have …

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Uber’s big SoftBank deal has officially closed

SoftBank’s $1.2 billion primary direct investment deal has officially closed, according to Uber itself, which confirmed the deal closure and provided the following statement to TechCrunch via a spokesperson: We’re proud to have SoftBank, Dragoneer and the entire consortium in the Uber family. This is a great outcome for our …

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US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months. After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. They participated in fewer deals …

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Prototype Capital launches to take pre-seed student investing out of the Ivy League

The two founders of Prototype Capital believe that pre-seed investment focused on student entrepreneurs needs to change. While existing micro-investment funds focused on young entrepreneurs spend their time at Ivy League schools and elite private institutions, Prototype Capital’s founders are betting on great opportunities coming from the same places that …

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TurboTax for student loan applications raises $10 million

Venture capitalists have been trying to make money from the higher education market for years. It’s a rich target for the clutch of investor that pride themselves (in their better moments) on investing in companies that can improve society, and that work to fix broken systems, and a new startup Frank …

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Scaleworks announces pre-holiday surprise with Keen IO acquisition

Scaleworks, a private equity firm based in San Antonio, Texas, apparently couldn’t wait until after the holidays to share the news of its latest purchase. The firm announced it was acquiring Keen IO in a Medium blog post yesterday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and neither company was available …

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Enjoius raises $1.4 million to bring its party planning services to you

Just in time for the holiday season, a group of prominent Los Angeles entertainment and technology executives have come together to back the new startup, Enjoius, which aims to make it easier for hosts to plan their perfect party. Committing to the $1.4 million round of funding were Nancy Tellem, the …

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Do VC woes extend to portfolio companies? For Rothenberg, probably not

As VC brands go, Rothenberg Ventures has seen better days. The firm built up a reputation as an up-and-coming early-stage investor a few years ago, based on bold bets on virtual reality, a flashy marketing strategy and its well-connected namesake and founder, Mike Rothenberg. Between 2012 and 2016, the San Francisco firm participated …

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