Tag: venture capital

Interested in up and coming VCs in the Pacific Northwest?

Curious about access to startup capital in Oregon? Oregon Capital Scan 2020 has the answers

If you’re not familiar with the Oregon Capital Scan, it’s an effort in which a variety of folks from around the state engage, every two years. The “scan” is an effort to look back and determine the impacts and needs for capital in Oregon as it applies to business creation and growth. The Oregon Capital Scan for 2020 was just released.

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Elevate Capital hits first close — and cuts first checks — for $40 million Fund II

Another local venture capital fund has leveraged the success of its previous efforts to raise another larger fund. Portland based Elevate Capital has announced hitting the first close on their $40 million fund II. And they’ve already started cutting checks out the fund.

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Investing in virtual healthcare: Portland’s Conversa continues to attract capital

Portland based Conversa has raised another chunk of capital, expanding its Series B raise to $20 million. The funding will be used to “continue to scale its technology platform, expand its library of automated virtual care digital pathways, and fuel growth with new and existing customers.”

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Secondary stock sale to Sequoia values Zapier at more than $4 billion

There are any number of startups that aren’t headquartered here, but that have a bunch of employees here, either remote or through a regional office. One of those companies is Zapier, the popular Low Code/No Code service that lets you automate online tasks by tying disparate APIs together. More than 30 Portland area folks currently work there. So when I saw the news about Zapier’s founders selling shares to Sequoia, it piqued my interest.

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What happened in venture capital in 2020?

It’s that time of year. When folks are looking back and analyzing what happened in 2020. We’ve already taken a look at venture capital in the Pacific Northwest and the creator economy on Gumroad. Now, Crunchbase gives us a glimpse of what happened around the world in venture capital in 2020.

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What happened in Pacific Northwest venture capital in 2020?

One of the newsletters I make sure to read every week is The DL by Daniel Li. Given his vantage at Madrona, the newsletter tends to focus on trends in venture capital and venture funded companies in the Pacific Northwest. To kick off the new year, Dan put together some slides to recap of the stuff he was tracking in 2020. And it’s a good reminder that there was some decent progress last year, even with all of the weirdness.

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There’s a new venture capital firm in town

It’s always nice to see more capital focused on helping entrepreneurs around here. So it was a bright spot in all of this weirdness to see that there was a new venture fund in town. And it was an even brighter spot to see that the Oregon Growth Board had committed $350,000 to the new fund. Meet Include Venture Group.

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Portland Venture Capital fund Black Founders Matter gets write up in The New York Times

While I’m extremely lucky to get the opportunity to see all kinds of amazing founders and companies here in Portland, it’s always nice when they’re recognized on a larger stage. Like today, when Marceau Michel and his venture capital fund, Black Founders Matter, were featured in The New York Times.

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Suddenly one Portlander — and one former Portlander — have a potential $50k startup investment burning a hole in their pockets

Now, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Indie.vc. The way they’re rethinking traditional venture capital is right in line with the way companies are built around here. And their focus on generating revenue and founders retaining control has an appeal as well. So just imagine how much more of a fan I became when I heard that someone from Portland and someone who used to live in Portland were selected to help invest some Indie.vc capital.

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