How To Sell Your Startup – The Right Way

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Startup Operations

This article was originally featured on Forbes.com and was written by Tom Taulli M&A has exploded in the tech sector this year. In fact, the dealmaking – which is already at over $110 billion – is on pace to hit levels not seen since the late 1990s. OK, if you …
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Venture Capital: Finding The White Space

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Venture Investment Strategy
Finding the White Space in Venture Capital
This article was originally featured on Forbes.com and was written by Tom Taulli In the Valley nowadays, the obsession is with pumping up a startup’s valuation. And yes, the levels have gotten pretty crazy (when it comes to pushing things to the limit, the Valley always seems to know what …
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Why Series A Funding Could Be Crushing B2B Startups

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Intelligent Manufacturing, Software, Venture Investment Strategy

This article was originally featured on PYMNTS.com PYMNTS.com referred to Mercury Fund’s investment strategy, which includes backing early-stage startups that have the potential to disrupt manufacturing and other American industries. It’s a difficult truth. Even after successful seed rounds, most startups won’t receive the next round of funding needed to …
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Why we invested in LISNR

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Consumer Engagement Platforms, Midwest, Software
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In July 2014, Mercury made its initial investment in LISNR, the leading provider of ultrasonic beacon technology.  Have you heard of Rodney Williams?  If not, you eventually will.  Rodney is the energizing founder and force behind LISNR.  Rodney started his career at P&G, working for the Pampers brand.  During his …
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Why we invested in Sight Machine

Posted on | Adrian Fortino | Intelligent Manufacturing, Midwest, Software
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Image Source In January 2015, we made our initial investment in Sight Machine, an emerging leader in manufacturing analytics.  We led Sight Machine’s Series A preferred round of financing with co-investment from existing investors IA Ventures and OATV, and new investors Huron River Ventures among others.  Sight Machine was founded …
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Why we invested in Trendkite

Posted on | Aziz Gilani | MarTech, Software, Texas
trendkite
Sometimes the journey to investment is a long one, and that certainly was the case with TrendKite. Mercury originally met TrendKite while they were part of DreamIt Ventures‘ inaugural Austin class in 2013. We liked the Company’s founders, Matt Allison and AJ Bruno, and were fascinated by the concept of …
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Why we invested in Datical

Posted on | Aziz Gilani | NextGen Enterprise, Software, Texas
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In November 2013, Mercury led a $3 million Series A round in Datical. Based in Austin, Datical is creating “DevOps for Databases.”  Datical is an important investment for us as it was the first investment in our third fund (Mercury Fund III), and our first software investment in which we …
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Why we invested in Graylog

Posted on | Aziz Gilani | NextGen Enterprise, Software, Texas
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In October 2014, Mercury made its initial investment in Graylog, the leading open source log management alternative to Splunk.  We led Graylog’s Series A preferred round of financing with co-investment from Crosslink Capital, Draper Associates, and existing seed investor HTGF.  The investment was the culmination of a lot of hard …
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