Courting a Valley VC: Inside Vidyard’s big raise

Guest post by Anthony Reinhart. Reprinted with permission via News.Communitech.ca When you’ve met “the one,” you just know. This might be one of the biggest relationship clichés out there, but then, clichés wouldn’t be clichés without a good deal of truth behind them. The courtship story behind this week’s news that Vidyard had secured an $18-million Series […]

Twitter cofounder’s venture fund for ‘world-positive’ businesses

Twitter cofounder Ev Williams joined a new venture fund aiming to assist companies working to change the world in a positive way. The altruistic company, dubbed Obvious Ventures, calls itself a “world positive” venture capital company, and writes on its website: “We’re entrepreneurs. We’ve helped a lot of companies launch, grow, and generate great financial […]

What you need to know about the state of venture capital funding in U.S. and Canada

by Kay Mathews  Fuelling economic growth through investment in startup companies is a priority in Canada and the United States. Leaders of both nations have taken steps to reinvigorate venture capital industries in their respective countries, but the means to that end are distinctive. According to a May 6 National Venture Capital Association press release, […]

Bitcoin’s price drops sharply but Bitcoin startups still attract VC cash

Despite a precipitous plunge that has seen its value decrease by more than 70 percent over the past year due largely to speculation, Bitcoin, by far the world’s dominant cryptocurrency, is very much alive. Particularly promising is the attention—and money— that Silicon Valley keeps heaping on Bitcoin. Several Bitcoin startups are attracting big-dollar bets from […]