Venture Capital News Roundup

  • Sarah Tavel (@sarahtavel) of Greylock VC dives into the hierarchy of user engagement – a necessity for creating a self-perpetuating product. Link

  • Your startup might have a great product, an amazing team, and significant traction with customers. Having the right mindset towards fundraising will set you on track to attract investors when you are ready to raise money. Read more here from Nic Brisbourne (@brisbourne) of Forward Partners. Link

  • First mutual funds, now hedge funds – there has been a major slowdown of hedge fund participation in VC rounds in tech companies. Link

  • Fancy an on-demand massage? You might be in luck – Zeel Networks, an on-demand massage provider, has closed $10 million of a $12 million Series A round and is planning to expand into additional areas. Link

  • Exponential growth is something every VC looks for in an investment. Guy Turner (@vcwithme) shares his thoughts on scalability. Link

  • Myspace, Friendster, and Tumblr were once the giants of social networking. Check out this article to see who’s still alive and kicking, and who not so much. Link

  • This startup has a strategy for taking on Uber. Read about Juno, a new player that’s planning to shake up the ride-sharing industry. Link

  • You might wonder what the future of travel looks like – JetBlue’s Airways VC subsidiary thinks it’s all about predictive analytics. Read more about JetBlue Tech Ventures’ investment in FLYR. Link

  • Craigslist has reigned over the classified ads space on the web. A handful of startups are out to dethrone it, with Tomasz Tunguz listing classifieds as one of the fastest-growing areas of investment. Link

  • Steer clear of these pitfalls when raising capital. Ian Sigalow (@Sigalow) of Greycroft Partners writes about some common mistakes that entrepreneurs should stay away from. Link