StrictlyVC: October 20, 2017

Hi, happy Friday, everyone.:)

Top News in the A.M.

Chariot, the commuter shuttle bus network that Ford Smart Mobility acquired in 2016, has halted its increasingly ubiquitous services in San Francisco. The California Public Utilities Commission has suspended its operating permit after it failed three consecutive California Highway Patrol inspections.




StrictlyVC: October 19, 2017

And it is Thursday! Hi, everyone.:)

Top News in the A.M.

Ride-hailing company Lyft has raised a new $1 billion funding round, putting its post-money valuation at $11 billion. The financing was led by Alphabet’s CapitalG,




StrictlyVC: October 18, 2017

Wednesday!

Top News in the A.M.

SoftBank has been making waves in Silicon Valley since announcing its Vision Fund earlier this year. Now, one of SoftBank’s besties — the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates,




StrictlyVC: October 17, 2017

Happy Tuesday, all.:) No column today.

Top News in the A.M.

SoftBank — the Japanese conglomerate that is already upending Silicon Valley finance with its existing $93 billion Vision Fund — is in early planning discussions to raise a second and possibly larger fund,




StrictlyVC: October 16, 2017

Happy Monday!:)

Quick, before we jump into things: if you live in or near San Francisco, do go check out “South of Market, The Musical” before it ends its run next Sunday afternoon. We had a quick cameo in the show yesterday,




StrictlyVC: October 13, 2017

Friday! [Breaks stack of wooden slabs with elbow.] Hope you have a terrific weekend, everyone.:)

(No column today. We have a few things cooking but none are done yet.)

Top News in the A.M.

Qualcomm just filed lawsuits in China seeking to ban the sale and manufacture of iPhones in the country,




StrictlyVC: October 12, 2017

Hi, happy Thursday, everyone!

We’re still thinking of everyone just north of us and sending love to the many friends who live there and have either evacuated or may need to shortly. Puerto Rico. Texas. Florida.




StrictlyVC: October 11, 2017

Hi, happy Wednesday! Hope yours is going well.:)

Top News

Alibaba Group said today that it plans to invest more than $15 billion over the next three years into a global, moonshot-idea-building R&D initiative called Alibaba DAMO Academy.




StrictlyVC: October 10, 2017

Hi, happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re on our fourth cup of coffee already. That’s probably okay, right? (We’re very tired. We blame our lovable mascot, Brodie the Terrier-orist.)

Great to see some of you last night at the swank offices of Jackson Square Ventures,




StrictlyVC: October 9, 2017

Hi, happy Monday, everyone.:)

We’re sure that some of you, like us, found it disconcerting to wake up to ashes and smoke in the air in San Francisco this morning. (As many readers may already know, multiple fires are raging right now in Napa and Sonoma counties.) Sounds like nothing is contained quite yet.