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Anik Bose, GP at BGV, shares his perspective on the challenges of investing in- and raising funding for- startups that are looking to disrupt vertical markets.ContextMost traditional VC firms tend to invest in startups seeking to disrupt large, horizontal, multi-billion dollar markets.  Some VC firms, while maintaining a horizontal scope, have developed specific vertical focus areas for different reasons.  For example, Founders Fund and DFJ invest in world-changing ideas in energy, space, and advanced sciences, but still invest in consumer internet.  However, the reality is that most traditional VC’s shySEE DETAILS <span class="mo...

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Cloud/SaaS/SDN, Forum

Multiple times over the past few quarters, we have come across questions around customer success and the importance of proactive customer engagement models and the market opportunities they represent. We have more than one company focusing in this space – Totango, a leader in customer success management solutions and OneMob, a video engagement platform for customers, partners and employees. Very often, we are asked how big is this market today and how fast is it growing. These are legitimate questions for which the answers are not found in any credibleSEE DETAILS

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BGV, Forum

BGV recently moderated a panel hosted by Marcus Evans on the challenges faced by LPs in constructing an alternative asset portfolio around the Venture Capital asset class.  The panel members included Matt Stepan with CFM, a financial advisory firm with $11Bn AUM, and Freeman Wood with Mercer Sentinel, a leading investment advisory consulting firm.  The full webinar can be accessed at: https://vimeo.com/marcusevans/review/233650620/3d1129d2c3.This entry is the second and final part of the blog focusing on the topic of sustaining returns in the Venture Capital asset class over time. Context & Key TrendsOneSEE DETAILS <span cla...

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BGV, Forum

BGV recently moderated a panel hosted by Marcus Evans on the challenges faced by LPs in constructing an alternative asset portfolio around the Venture Capital asset class.  The panel members included Matt Stepan with CFM, a financial advisory firm with $11Bn AUM, and Freeman Wood with Mercer Sentinel, a leading investment advisory consulting firm.  The full webinar can be accessed at: https://vimeo.com/marcusevans/review/233650620/3d1129d2c3.  This is the first in a two-part blog summarizing the webinar content focusing on the best practices around manager selection in the Venture Capital asset class. Context & KeySEE DETAILS <...

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Building technology companies, Forum

Phillippe Bouissou, Managing Partner at Blue Dots Partnersshares his perspective on why external alignment is mission critical for technology startups. This requires a deeper diagnosis of the root causes behind stalled growth instead of simply firing the CEO. This blog was previously published here. Before being in the management consulting business, I was a Partner at Allegis Capital, a Palo Alto-based early-stage VC firm with $500M under management. The firm was capitalized by 33 large corporations as Limited Partners, who provided the capital we invested. It was an impressive list of multi-national, megaSEE DETAILS <span class="more-link-...

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PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IdentityMind Global™, the leader in Digital Identities You Can Trust, today announced that it has closed a $10 million Series C round of financing. In addition to all existing investors, the round was co-led by Benhamou Global Ventures and Eastern Link Capital and included Hanna Ventures, Overstock.com, and Zanadu Capital Partners. IdentityMind provides a SaaS RegTech platform that builds, maintains and analyzes digital identities worldwide, allowing companies to perform identity proofing, risk-based authentication, regulatory identification, and to detect and prevent identity fraud.According to Garrett Gafke, President and CEO, IdentityMind Global, the new<a class="more-link" href="http://benhamouglobalventures.com/2018/02/14/digital-iden...

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