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Fundrise, a real estate investing giant, breaks into venture capital

Fundrise is making a giant entry into a venture capital market to generate a new $1 billion growth equity fund to invest in late-stage tech startups. The company, which permits everyone to invest in real estate with just $10, announced the move today.  According to the company, the new fund will be evergreen, have an […]

<strong>Project A Ventures closes its fourth fund, garnering $375M, the biggest to date</strong>.

Project A Ventures closes its fourth fund, garnering $375M, the biggest to date.

About a decade ago, a group of ex-Rocket Internet players launched a venture capital firm. The firm was dubbed Project A Ventures, and since its launch, it has invested in some of Europe’sEurope’s most well-known tech companies. Project A Ventures has invested in WorldRemit, Spryker, sennder, Trade Republic, Voi, and Kry. The Berlin-based VC recently closed its fourth funding round at $375 million, […]

New funding round from Ophelia Brown’s Blossom Capital draws $185m for Europe’s startups

New funding round from Ophelia Brown’s Blossom Capital draws $185m for Europe’s startups

The UK’s Blossom Capital has announced its second funding round, totaling $185 million, for early-stage funding of Europe’s tech startups, according to  Co-founded by Ophelia Brown, formerly of Index Ventures and LocalGlobe VC, Blosson Capital is aiming to become the lead investor for Series A and seed funding rounds in Europe’s startup scene, with a […]

Antler raises another $50m to help launch startups, with backing from Facebook co-founder

The ‘startup generator’ Antler has raised another $50 million to support fledgling startups, with investment from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, according to TechCrunch.  With locations in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, New York, Sydney, Nairobi, and Singapore, Antler offers a company building program for selected applicants, focused on early-stage funding. They assist entrepreneurs in the first steps of establishing their […]

Offering a digital platform to manage rentals, UK startup Residently draws £7m in seed funding

The UK-based startup Residently has raised £7 million in seed funding, with a tech platform to simplify and modernize the rental process for tenants in London and New York, according to Tech Crunch. A press release from the company said they’ve earned backing from European venture capital firms including Felix Capital, LocalGlobe, and A/0 PropTech, as well […]

3 Myths Busted about European vs. US Venture Capital success

The British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA) just published a report dispelling many of the stereotypes and myths about the performance of Europe’s VCs.  The conventional wisdom has been that Europe’s risk-adverse nature and difficult IPO environment has constrained the potential and success of Europe’s venture and startup communities.  As the report points out, we […]

Why France Needs to re-invent the Jobs Market

Yesterday, while grabbing lunch I was nearly straddled by CIF protestors along Blvd Haussmann distributing pamphlets emblazoned with the cautionary words, “Tu te perds mon François- Repense à toutes ces années de service!” In the first week of September the CIF was greeted with the resignation of their CEO, a government bailout approved by the […]

Scientipole replaces bootstrapping for French startups

Since 2002, Scientipole Initiatve, funded by the Ile-de-France has been providing personal loans of between €20K-€60K in order to help startups develop commercially and hire. With their new "croissance" program, they may just be replacing bootstrapping.

Rude VC: Europe still has a winner in MWC

Last week Europe hosted the Mobile World Congress, an annual ritual in which over 60,000 people in dark gray and black suits invade Barcelona in an event originally organized by the consortium of mobile network operators. The event used to be called 3GSM, named after the nearly ubiquitous technology standard for mobile communication. The GSMA […]

Rude VC: Taxing times in French asset management

This article was originally posted on Mark Bivens’ personal blog. Capital Finance (part the Les Echos Groupe) features an article today on the discombobulations affecting the country’s tax-incentivized fund structures: FCPIs and FIPs. I’ve written in the past on the perverse effects that these taxpayer-funded structures can have on the venture capital sector.  And for […]