Tagged: union square ventures

Decentralized IT Security Marketplace PolySwarm Receives Crypto-Focused BlockTower Capital Investment, Prepares for Nectar Tokensale

Decentralized IT security marketplace PolySwarm has received an investment from cryptocurrency investment firm BlockTower Capital. BlockTower Capital launched in August, raising $140 million from backers including Union Square Ventures LLC and Andreessen Horowitz to bring professional trading and portfolio management to emerging digital assets like… Read More

Fred Wilson on Big Finance & Blockchain: Oh F**K, The Dumb Money Has Showed Up (Video)

  This one has been out there for a couple of weeks but it is simply too good to pass up. Fred Wilson co-founder of Union Square Ventures who is kind of a VC rock star having backed some of the biggest tech names around…. Read More

Back in the Game: Renaud Laplanche Launches Upgrade, a Consumer Credit Platform [u]

Renaud Laplanche, the founding CEO of Lending Club, has announced the launch of a new consumer credit platform aptly entitled Upgrade.  The online lender was described as a new iteration of online lending that combines the best of marketplace lending and consumer services such as… Read More

Really. Kickstarter Paid a Dividend to Investors?

Kickstarter, despite its vow to never go public, quietly paid dividends to its shareholders this past March. This is according to a recent report by Bloomberg. In a world of tech measured solely by growth, and too frequently ongoing losses, Kickstarter did something a bit different… Read More

RealtyShares Closes $20 Million Series B Led by Union Square Ventures

RealtyShares, a crowdfunding real estate marketplace, has closed on a $20 million series B funding round led by big name investor Union Square Ventures with participation from existing investors Menlo Ventures and General Catalyst Partners. Crowdfund Insider first revealed the capital raise this past January… Read More

CircleUp Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding

CircleUp, a leading marketplace for equity investments in private companies, today announced it has raised $30 million in Series C funding, bringing its total funding to $53 million. The round was led by Collaborative Fund, with participation from Capital One co-founder Nigel Morris, and former CEOs… Read More

Kansas City Fintech Firm C2FO Reports Q2 2015 Working Capital Volume Growth & $40M Round of Equity Funding

C2FO, a Kansas City fintech firm, reported its 2015 Q2 working capital flows of $5.4BN, more than four times the rate compared to $1.2BN in Q2 2014. This record was fueled by a substantial increase in supplier early payment demand. Q2 2015 C2FO record milestones include:… Read More

SeedInvest: By Using Reg A+, Issuers May Avoid VC “Strings”

There has been much debate, discussion and recent consternation regarding Title IV of the JOBS Act, something commonly labeled as Reg A+.  Some prognosticators believe it is much ado about nothing but others believe Reg A+ can become an important step in the evolving capital… Read More

Fund Forward: 8 Exciting Trends in Crowdfunding That Are Coming Sooner Than You Think

With a compound annual growth rate of 88% since 2011, crowdfunding, particularly equity crowdfunding, is taking off. The decentralization of finance gives individuals more choice and control as to where they invest their money, and simultaneously offers startups access to new sources of capital. So… Read More

Legal Research Website Casetext Announces $7 Million Series A Round Funding

Casetext, a free legal research website where users can read legal texts annotated by a community of practicing attorneys, announces today it has raised $7 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Union Square Ventures, with participation from Formation 8, and former Thomson… Read More

USAA Enters Bitcoin Space, Invests in Coinbase’s $75M Series C Funding Round

“USAA’s recent entrance into the bitcoin space may have been driven, in part, by interest in the technology among its own membership,” reported Stan Higgens from CoinDesk.  “The Fortune 500 financial services company, based in Texas, was among a diverse group of investors that took part in… Read More

CrowdRise Receives $23 Million Led by Fred Wilson & Union Square Ventures

According to reports CrowdRise has received a significant investment of $23 million led by Fred Wilson and Union Square Ventures, including Spark Capital, Index Ventures, RatPac, CAA Ventures, UTA Ventures and Bezos Expeditions.  Wilson was one of the first big backers in Kickstarter. CrowdRise is… Read More

CircleUp Raises $14M Series B, New Firm Enters The Mix

CircleUp has announced a $14 million Series B round that will introduce a new venture capital firm into their existing mix. Canaan Partners has led the round, which also includes investment from previous CircleUp investors Google Ventures and Union Square Ventures. This is the second… Read More

$1 Billion in Pledges on Kickstarter

Sometime in the hours during the night of March 3, 2014, crowdfunding leader Kickstarter hurdled past the $1 billion mark in crowdfunding pledges.  An incredible mile marker for the company, as well as the industry, which still remains in the early years of development.  On… Read More

Crowdfunding News Roundup: November 5, 2013

Forbes | Sony And Intel, Shaping The Next Generation Of Hardware “Something is happening in hardware.” This article explores the revolution happening in the hardware space among big players like Intel and Motorola. These companies are becoming more open and allowing more collaboration into their… Read More

Funding Circle Grabs $37 Million in Series C Funding Led by Accel Partners

Over 57,000 UK citizens have joined Funding Circle with over £165 Million lent to British businesses.  Now the Peer-to-Peer platform is getting bigger and they have received $37 Million in a Series C round led by Accel Patners.  Additional investors included Union Square Ventures, Index… Read More

Milestone: Kickstarter Has Funded Over 50,000 Projects

Crowdfunding leader Kickstarter continues on their successful trajectory with an announcement they have now funded over 50,000 projects since launching their now ubiquitous platform.  These projects represent $834 Million in pledges by over 5 Million backers.  An incredible feat. To add some perspective to their… Read More

Crowdfunding site CircleUp raises its own $7.5M Series A

In a push to grow their crowdfunding platform CircleUp has raised $7.5 Million in a Series A round of investment.  Led by Union Square Ventures (USV), other participants included Google Ventures, Maveron and Rose Park Advisors. It is notable that Rose Park Advisors participated in this round… Read More

Crowdfunding Anticipation Swells

Equity crowdfunding may eventually grow to be a $300 billion industry, as a well-known venture capitalist predicted last year, but there are high hurdles to jump, experts say. Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures suggested last May that crowdfunding eventually would take massive market share from… Read More