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Seeqc raises $5M to help make quantum computing commercially viable

Seeqc, a startup that is part of a relatively new class of quantum computing companies that is looking at how to best use classical computing to manage quantum processors, today announced that it has raised $5 million from M Ventures, the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Merck, the German pharmaceutical giant. Merck will be ...

Don’t apply for a PPP loan unless your affiliation issues are resolved

Because the terms of the PPP are so compelling, it simply has to be looked at as a financing source. ...

12 major league edtech VCs discuss top trends, opportunities

Ready or not, edtech has been shoved into the spotlight as millions of students shifted to remote learning due to pandemic-related school shutdowns. But backing these companies are investors who have long believed that edtech was always set up for great returns and a big impact. We reached out to several to find out about ...

Longtime VC Neil Sequeira: funding founders without in-person meetings is ‘quite difficult’

"If you want to be in this industry, because it's a relationship-driven but also a reputation-based business, these aren't the moments to take advantage of people." ...

“A perfect storm for first time managers,” say VCs with their own shops (and who have advice)

Until very recently, it had begun to seem like anyone with a thick enough checkbook and some key contacts in the startup world could not only fund companies as an angel investor but even put himself or herself in business as a fund manager. It helped that the world of venture fundamentally changed and opened ...

Proposed amendments to the Volcker Rule could be a lifeline for venture firms hit by market downturn

In the wake of the financial crisis, Congress passed regulations limiting the types of investments that banks could make into private equity and venture capital funds. As cash strapped investors pull back on commitments to venture funds given the precipitous drop of public market stocks, loosening restrictions on the how banks invest cash could be ...

Corporate venture business strategies that work

I’m often asked as a long-time successful corporate venture capital investor to describe the strategies used to ensure our scale and staying power. ...

VC firms offer group therapy for founders due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Founders face many trials and tribulations when building their companies, from fundraising woes to visa challenges to product failures to company failures.  And according to Kari Sulenes, “almost everybody who has built a company has a burnout story.” Her startup, Atlas, connects venture firms and startup founders to specialized therapy sessions. Plus, it views the ...

Across furtive videocons, junior VCs wait for the layoffs to begin

Amid post-YC Demo Day discussions and online “coffee” catchups, there is a lingering sense of dread among VCs — particularly junior VCs — about their own job security. Over the past few days, I have heard rumors — and they are just rumors, for now — about three recognizable venture firms and how they are ...

Citing Star Wars, Kleiner Perkins closes a $700M fund for early-stage companies

After going “back to the future” with a $600 million fund last year, VC firm Kleiner Perkins is aiming for some “returns of the Jedi” with its freshest (and refocused) fund.  With Star Wars references on the forefront in its announcement, the firm today announced that it has closed its largest fund to date: KP ...