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Inside Venture Capital (Apr 3rd, 2019)

  1. Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up The Venture Capital Model (Again): Forbes profiles the prolific firm, including its past successes, its expected windfalls in 2019’s IPO season, and its latest pivot.
  2. Do Saas Startup Still Require Less Capital to Succeed than 10 Years Ago?: Redpoint Ventures’ managing director Tomasz Tunguz (ThredUp) notes a substantial decline in capital efficiency.
  3. Founder Exposed: Opening Up About Startup Failures and Vulnerability: First Round Review talks to Jeff Wald about everything that happened before $60M in investments and a big exit.
  4. Today’s VC Graphs look into the surprisingly hot area of European Union-based SaaS startups.
  5. Segment (San Francisco, CA), platform to collect disparate enterprise data: $175M D led by GV fund, Accel, Meritech Capital, participation from Y Combinator, et al.
  6. Fusion Pharmaceuticals (Hamilton, Canada), alpha-particle radiotherapeutics for treating cancer: $105M B led by Varian, OrbiMed, participation from Perceptive Advisors, Pivotal bioVenture, Rock Springs, HealthCap, Adams Street, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, TPG Biotech, Seroba Life Sciences, Genesys, FACIT.
  7. Bill.com (Palo Alto, CA), cloud payment automation platform for business: $88M led by Franklin Templeton, participation from Mastercard, Fidelity Investments Canada ULC, Kayne Anderson Rudnick, Temasek, Cross Creek, FLEETCOR.
  8. Vertical (Los Angeles, CA), multi-state cannabis operator and distributor: $58M A from Merida Capital, et al.
  9. Today’s top funding category was Biotech/Health for $313,800,000 raised over eight deals.
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Today's VC Reads include a large profile of a16z' latest pivot, a personal account of dealing with failure, and more.

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--Jargon Watch--

The first installment of our new monthly feature Jargon Watch, wherein we discuss the background and meaning of buzz terms, will focus on the ever-more-popular ‘pre-seed’ funding round. As the name states, it is funding that occurs before a proper seed round, and does not preclude the latter. Tellingly, contributors to a Quora thread dating back to 2013 initially didn’t acknowledge the stage at all, while more recent responses have varied opinions about what it is. TechCrunch published a piece by Afore Capital’s Anamitra Banerji in early 2018, detailing the peculiarities of the funding stage: disavowing the notion that pre-seed is a mere fad, the high-risk segment steps in before product/market fit has been established, a prerequisite for a seed round. The round used to come from the ‘three Fs’: Friends, Family, and Fans, but the growth in the average seed round opened up space for institutional investors to step in, a dynamic which, as Rob Go of NextView points out, already played out with series A and B rounds almost a decade ago. For even more details on the current landscape, check out this State of Seed 2018.

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Funded companies today include multiple women's wellness providers, a marketplace for private chefs to offer their services for corporate catering events, and more.

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All types of VC funding, with the notable exceptions of late-stage and early-stage rounds, have seen almost constant expansion.

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While the number of funding rounds has returned to 2013 levels, the average funding round has skyrocketed.

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While the last few months saw a crunch in the number for all rounds, angel/seed saw the largest.

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Though series D rounds have fluctuated rather than grown, they are the exception: most funding types have seen growth in their average found.

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Today's funding was divided into 16 categories.

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Inside VC's writer/curator Stephen currently lives in Berlin and is pursuing a Master's degree in philosophy. He otherwise enjoys cooking Indian/Southeast Asian cuisine, received his Bachelors in NYC, and lived almost two years in Bucharest.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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