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Founders don’t need to be full-time to start raising venture capital

Founders don’t need to be full-time to start raising venture capital “More than 50% of our founders still are in their current jobs,” said John Vrionis, co-founder of seed-stage fund Unusual Ventures. The fund, which closed a $400 million investment vehicle in November 2019, has noticed that more and more startup employees […]

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Unusual Ventures’ Sarah Leary and John Vrionis join Extra Crunch Live today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT

Unusual Ventures’ Sarah Leary and John Vrionis join Extra Crunch Live today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT Today at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT, Unusual Ventures’ Sarah Leary and John Vrionis are joining us over at the Extra Crunch Live stage! The Unusual Ventures team has investments spanning the consumer and […]

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Discuss the unbundling of early-stage VC with Unusual Ventures’ Sarah Leary & John Vrionis

Discuss the unbundling of early-stage VC with Unusual Ventures’ Sarah Leary & John Vrionis This year has been everything but business as usual for the venture and tech community. And we still have a presidential election ahead of us. So, why not listen to the aptly-named experts over at Unusual Ventures? Partners […]

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Jyoti Bansal’s third startup goes after code security

Jyoti Bansal’s third startup goes after code security Jyoti Bansal was part of the AppDynamics founding team, a company that Cisco bought in 2017 for $3.7 billion. He might have been content to rest on that big win, but instead he went on to launch Harness and a venture capital arm, Unusual […]

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Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption

Startups Weekly: Diamond-encrusted disruption Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about the flurry of IPO filings. Before that, I noted the differences between […]

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Pioneer Square Labs is invigorating Seattle’s startup ecosystem

Pioneer Square Labs is invigorating Seattle’s startup ecosystem Three miles from Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood — better known as Amazonia to locals — sits Pioneer Square. The original heart of the city, the area has managed to hold on to its decades-old charm as other parts of town are besieged by […]

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Pitching a $99 tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised $9 million

Pitching a tax advisory service for the masses, Visor has raised million The only sure things in this life, according to Ben Franklin, are death and taxes. And a new startup called Visor has just raised $9 million in financing to make one of them as painless as possible. Unlike Nectome, Visor won’t kill […]

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Silicon Valley’s sovereign wealth problem

Silicon Valley’s sovereign wealth problem John Vrionis Contributor Share on Twitter John Vrionis is the founder of Unusual Ventures. It’s time to bring the conversation about where Silicon Valley gets its money from out into the open. Following recent revelations into Saudi Arabia’s extensive reach and influence in the US technology sector, […]

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Shujinko brings in $2.8M for its cloud security compliance platform

Shujinko brings in .8M for its cloud security compliance platform Shujinko — yes, like the Mortal Kombat character — is emerging from stealth today after raising $2.8 million in seed funding from Unusual Ventures, Defy, Vulcan Capital, PSL Ventures and Vas Ventures. The Seattle-based cloud security compliance platform is rolling out of […]

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Catching up with startup advisor (and Wealthfront CEO) Andy Rachcleff

Catching up with startup advisor (and Wealthfront CEO) Andy Rachcleff Andy Rachleff, who cofounded the venture firm Benchmark back in 1995 and has more recently been leading the wealth management firm Wealthfront and teaching at Stanford, is widely sought out for his startup advice. It has become harder to come by, though, given […]

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