Author Archives: James Conlon

Early Registration for Venture Shift 2013 – July 17 at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco

Venture Shift 2013 Wednesday, July 17th 3:30 PM – 10:30 PM (PST) Cafe du Nord, San Francisco  Venture Shift, hosted by Vator and Bullpen Capital, has become one of the most anticipated events focused on the changing venture capital landscape. Last year, Shift focused on the JOBS Act and how it would affect fundraising. In […]

Surviving the Series A Crunch

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that funding of consumer web companies is down 42% in the first nine months of 2012 (as compared to the same period in 2011).  This is not due to a shortage of seed rounds, but rather a shortage of adequate follow-on financing.  Fred Wilson attributes this shift to three […]

Real-Money Gambling Earns Real-Money Profits for Betable

Congratulations are in order for Bullpen portfolio company Betable, which continues to exceed expectations quarter after quarter.  One of Betable’s partners and #1 iOS casino app, Big Fish Games, just announced the launch of its first in a series of games enabled with Betable’s real-money gambling toolkit.  Betable’s technology allows game developers like Big Fish […]

Re: Defining the Series A

The newest Cooley Venture Financing Report indicates that median Series A pre-money valuations were at an 8-year high in Q2 2012, leaving some seasoned venture capitalists scratching their heads. Michael Greely, a partner at Flybridge, put it succinctly in a recent post when he said “Series A round sizes have been coming down over the […]