By Erin Griffith Published 7:47 pm PDT, Saturday, October 6, 2018 Anjula Acharia, Priyanka Chopra’s manager, is an entrepreneur and former partner in Menlo Park’s Trinity Ventures. She introduced Chopra to the idea of investing in tech companies. Anjula Acharia, Priyanka Chopra’s manager, is an entrepreneur and former partner in Menlo Park’s Trinity Ventures. She introduced Chopra to the idea of investing in tech companies. Photo: Emily Berl / New York Times 2014 Photo: Emily Berl / New York Times 2014 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Anjula Acharia, Priyanka Chopra’s manager, is an entrepreneur and former partner in Menlo Park’s Trinity Ventures. She introduced Chopra to the idea of investing in tech companies. Anjula Acharia, Priyanka Chopra’s manager, is an … [Read more...] about Actress Priyanka Chopra is a tech investor, too
In mid-June, Estonian ID verification startup Veriff announced it had raised $7.7m in an investment round led by Mosaic Ventures, with TransferWise's co-founder Taavet Hinrikus and Hollywood actor turned startup investor Ashton Kutcher also participating.Some five years ago it would have been hailed by the local press as an extraordinary event, but this summer's Veriff investment round barely caused a ripple.The reason is simple. In the past two years, multi-million dollar investments in local startups have become regular events, and this spring and early summer even bigger announcements have just kept on coming.For example, a few days before Verify made its investment public, CRM and sales startup Pipedrive announced it had attracted $50m in a series C round led by Insight Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners. A week earlier, self-driving robot delivery startup Starship Technologies picked up $25m from Matrix Partners and Morpheus Ventures among others. That was preceded by … [Read more...] about Estonia has just 1.3 million people, so why are its startups setting investment records?
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, a police officer at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Frisco was called by medical staff to an emergency room. Christine Hays told the officer she was assaulted by her husband at their Frisco home around 4 a.m. with a hammer.According to the affidavit, the couple went to a concert at American Airlines Arena in Dallas on Saturday night. She told the officer that she left the concert on her own in an Uber, after "she asked Stephen to dance but he declined and became upset with her." She said she awoke when her husband yelled and then walked into the bedroom with a hammer in his hand. She told officers he hit her on the head and then "began destroying the interior of the house and threw multiple items at her including a picture frame that struck her in the face." She said she drove to a relative's house after her husband told her to leave the house and then the relatives drove her to the emergency room. … [Read more...] about Dallas-area startup investor arrested, accused of attacking wife with hammer
London and San Francisco-based venture capital firm Index Ventures has announced the addition of $1.65bn (£1.24bn) in new funding for tech startups. Now the UK’s largest startup investor, Index has seen its strongest year yet so far in 2018, with exits in the last four months from Adyen, Dropbox, Izettle and Zuora. It has also backed familiar names like Funding Circle, Just Eat and Skype among dozens of others. “With our transatlantic presence in San Francisco and London and with $1.65 billion in new capital, we believe we are well positioned to support the next generation of entrepreneurs building transformative global businesses,” said Index partner Jan Hammer. Read more: Payments fintech Adyen doubles in value to over €13bn after going public The funding will be split across the firm’s two funds, with $1bn being dedicated to growth stage investment and $650m heading into its ninth venture fund for earlier-stage businesses. Known for its ability to … [Read more...] about Tech mega-investor Index Ventures announces $1.65bn in fresh funding for the next Deliveroo
Vance, who grew up in a family and town that struggled with poverty, said he'd like more people to have the chance to start businesses where they're from instead of feeling they have to move to New York or San Francisco. "You cannot create enough jobs, you cannot create enough opportunities unless you invest more in communities like the one I came from," he said.Along with Case and Vance, the bus was filled with startup investors and advocates from Dallas, Austin and other parts of the country.The tour highlighted Dallas' strengths: A growing population. Numerous Fortune 500 companies. Many wealthy people who could back early-stage companies.But it also acknowledged its challenges, such as the Dallas region's sprawl and size, the tendency for startups to be overshadowed by larger corporations and some Dallas investors' reluctance to expand beyond real estate and oil and gas.On Monday, the bus ride began at Old Parkland, a historic hospital that Dallas real estate billionaire … [Read more...] about Steve Case, J.D. Vance urge Dallas investors to get behind local startups