Hey, startups: Pretty soon you’ll be able to talk about your fundraising efforts

The world changes for startups on September 23. How? On that date, thanks to the JOBS Act, it will become legal for startups to “generally solicit” and “generally advertise” their securities offerings. Startups haven’t been able to actively promote their private fundraising efforts, well, since before we were all born. This is big deal. What do these… Read More


VC report: First-time financings on the rise and software leads the way

Venture capitalists are putting more cash to work in early-stage companies, boosting the dollars and deals in the category. That’s one of the latest findings in the second quarter MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The number of first-time financing deals rose 10 percent to 302 companies, while dollars into those… Read More

John Connors

Former Microsoft CFO John Connors named to Midas List for top investors

John Connors, a venture capitalist at Bellevue-based Ignition Partners who previously served as CFO of Microsoft, was named to Forbes’ 2013 Midas List that honors tech’s top investors. Connors has made a number of good investments in companies like Splunk, which went public last April, Heroku, XenSource and Parse, which was just acquired by Facebook. Connors, who… Read More