Covering startups and the investors who love them for Bloomberg. WSJ alum, Bay Area native, heavy metal enthusiast. lchapman19@bloomberg.net

The Strange Politics of Peter Thiel

The Strange Politics of Peter Thiel, Trump’s Most Unlikely Supporter

bloomberg.com — When Peter Thiel has the first move in a chess game, he lifts his e5 pawn, the fifth from the left and the one directly in front of his king, and advances it two spaces. It's an aggressive tactic, putting the bishop and queen into play, which is why Thiel likes it.

DCM Ventures Raises $770 Million With Asian Tech Backing

bloomberg.com — Some of Asia's biggest technology companies are backing the latest fund from DCM Ventures, extending the corporate venture boom that hit a 15-year high last year. DCM Ventures announced Thursday it had completed a final close of its primary fund at $500 million and had wrapped up two separate funds: a $100 million vehicle for fledgling startups using emerging platforms such as augmented reality and $170 million for growth deals requiring fatter checks.

China’s IDG, Breyer Capital Raise $1 Billion to Back Startups

bloomberg.com — Chinese venture capital firm IDG Capital Partners and Silicon Valley investor Breyer Capital raised a $1 billion fund to back startups in China, showing there's still appetite for significant investment in the country even as overall funding has slowed.

Bain Capital Ventures Raises $600M to Back Technology Startups

bloomberg.com — Bain Capital Ventures closed a $600 million fund to back technology startups, showing investors continue to pour money into the industry despite anemic exits and hand-wringing over bloated valuations. Bain's fund, which was disclosed Friday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, comes as investors have buoyed total venture fundraising to $22.5 billion during the first half of 2016.

Unicorns Snag Most Venture Capital in First Half of 2016

bloomberg.com — Uber Technologies Inc., Snapchat Inc. and other unicorns snagged the most funding from venture capitalists in the first half of 2016 as the industry sets pace for another record year. In total, venture investors plowed $40 billion into U.S.

Jessica Alba's Honest Co. Is Preparing for an IPO... Slowly

bloomberg.com — The Honest Co. is sincere about its IPO plans -- but it's not in a hurry. Best known for creating diapers, sunscreen and cleaning products that are light on chemicals and heavy on green marketing buzz, the shopping startup co-founded by actress Jessica Alba had $275 million in revenue last year, sources close to the company told Bloomberg.

Kleiner Perkins Raises $1.4 Billion to Back Startups

bloomberg.com — Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has raised more than $1 billion and anointed new leaders to invest the cash. Kleiner Perkins raised $1.4 billion for two new funds, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings Wednesday, which listed new general partner Noah Knauf as one of people who will put the money to work.

VCs are the one group not worried about Brexit: Here's why

economictimes.indiatimes.com — By Lizette Chapman The UK's decision to leave the European Union is still shooting shock waves across global financial markets, but one investor group remains unruffled: venture capitalists. This is partly because of the numbers and partly because of the nature of venture investing.

The One Group Not Freaking Out About Brexit: VCs

bloomberg.com — The U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union is still shooting shock waves across global financial markets, but one investor group remains unruffled: venture capitalists. This is partly because of the numbers and partly because of the nature of venture investing.
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