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Archive: Financing

Trends

Outside of the Valley, Alternative Markets Attract Investors

Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. venture capital activity is concentrated in the Bay Area, Boston metro, and New York City’s orbit.[1] For some entrepreneurs, this is seen as an obstacle. Groundbreaking ideas can be marginalized if they are not located in one of these “preferred” regions. But investors are beginning to take a harder look at alternative markets, those…

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Corporate

PaaS vendor Apprenda gets boost with $16M Series C financing

For sixty years, Safeguard has been supporting entrepreneurs and funding innovations that have had a transformative impact on our lives. Today, we continued that tradition by announcing that we led a $16 million Series C financing round for Apprenda, the leading enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS) powering the next generation of enterprise software development in public, private and hybrid clouds…

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Venture Capital

Week in Review: Strong First Quarter for IPOs, JOBS Act Becomes Law

The first quarter of 2012 has come and gone, leaving positive signs for venture capitalists. Twenty venture-backed start-ups made their IPO in the past three months, raising $1.4 billion. This is nearly double last year’s numbers for the same period—when 11 IPOs raised $768 million—and was the most active first quarter for IPOs since 2000. Tech IPOs accounted for over…

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Life Sciences

Q&A: Jean Hoffman, CEO, Putney – “Entrepreneurs are Problem Solvers”

For the next installment of our partner company Q&A series, we turn to the life sciences side of our portfolio and interviewed Jean Hoffman, Founder, President and CEO of Putney. Jean has enjoyed a successful career, both before and after her venture into entrepreneurship. In this Q&A session, Jean highlights some of the factors that led to that success. Read…

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Partner Companies

Q&A: Rich Milgram, CEO, Beyond.com – "Persistence and Patience are Key" to Success

This year, we launched a Q&A Series with our partner company CEOs to provide insight, lessons learned and  first-hand knowledge about what it takes to start and grow successful businesses. This month, we interviewed Rich Milgram who has been CEO of Beyond.com for 13 years. During that time, he’s learned a lot about building a successful team and leveraging its strengths. Since…

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