PODCAST: WSJ MoneyBeat - What's in Store for the IPO Market in 2017?

PODCAST: WSJ MoneyBeat - What's in Store for the IPO Market in 2017?

The Wall Street Journal's Maureen Farrell and Bullpen Capital's Duncan Davidson join Paul Vigna and Stephen Grocer to talk what's in store for investors and companies looking to go public in 2017, and whether the IPO market is poised to heat up in the coming year.

What DTCC's IBM Blockchain Transition 'Reimagining' Credit Derivatives Signifies

What DTCC's IBM Blockchain Transition 'Reimagining' Credit Derivatives Signifies

On the heels of the announcement by the U.S. Depository Trust Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) transitioning a central part of its financial infrastructure onto a blockchain, the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry that processes trillions of dollars, many are wondering what it means for the blockchain market’s future.

Eric Wiesen, a General Partner at early-stage, post-seed venture fund Bullpen Capital that invests in technology companies, says that although the “hurdle to adoption still remains high” the DTCC’s decision “validates the blockchain approach for core financial markets – not just fringe markets.”

After Spurring M&A From Google, Namely Raises $50M to Take on the Biggies in HR

After Spurring M&A From Google, Namely Raises $50M to Take on the Biggies in HR

One of the big HR startup stories of the last year has been the trials and tribulations of Zenefits, but news coming out today from another company in the space shows that there is still a lot of opportunity in the industry with the right approach.

Namely, a New York-based SaaS HR firm that focuses on mid-sized (100 to 1,000 employees) companies offering an all-in-one human resources platform, payroll and benefits services, today announced that it has raised $50 million, closing out a Series D totalling $80 million, which Namely said was the biggest round for an HR startup in 2016 amid some $2.5 billion in funding in a very fragmented market

Can IPO Market Snap Out of its Doldrums in 2017?

Can IPO Market Snap Out of its Doldrums in 2017?

Snap Inc. is expected to be 2017’s savior from a depressing market for initial public offerings, but the ridiculously high valuations of other so-called unicorns, as well as a market still seen as unsteady, could make the chances for a revival disappear as fast as a Snapchat message.

Suiteness Raises $5M to Expand Their Hotel Suite Booking Platform

Suiteness Raises $5M to Expand Their Hotel Suite Booking Platform

Suiteness, a YC company that makes it easy to book hotel suites for groups, has raised $5M in Series A funding. The company will use this capital to continue its expansion, and has announced 10 new cities it plans to be operating in by the end of 2017.

Cintrifuse invests in Silicon Valley fund

Cintrifuse invests in Silicon Valley fund

Cincinnati startup catalyst Cintrifuse invested in a Silicon Valley venture fund that has stakes in big-name companies. Cintrifuse's Early Stage Capital Fund, also known as the Syndicate Fund, invested in Menlo Park, Calif.-based Bullpen Capital. The nature of Cintrifuse's investment in Bullpen was not disclosed.

Bullpen Closes its Third Fund at $75 Million to Back Post-Seed Stage Startups

Bullpen Closes its Third Fund at $75 Million to Back Post-Seed Stage Startups

Bullpen Capital, a venture firm that specializes in post-seed stage deals, has closed its third fund at $75 million. The firm invests in companies that previously closed a seed round of investment and showed solid signs of traction, but have been dubbed too early for traditional VCs...

Why It’s a Good Idea to Make Your Team Multilingual

Why It’s a Good Idea to Make Your Team Multilingual

“We believe that the largest limitation to any company with international ambitions is no longer technological – it’s human,” says Jake Jolis, cofounder and CEO of online language-learning platform Verbling. “Companies that want to successfully strengthen their international business aren’t limited by how equipped their computers are, but rather by how equipped their people are..."

Biases: The Biggest Force Holding Back Startup Investors

Biases: The Biggest Force Holding Back Startup Investors

Hundreds of investors reviewed pitches from Airbnb, Instacart, and Uber when these companies were nascent startups and chose, ignominiously, to pass. But even great investors can miss big opportunities. It’s part of the profession. Investors can misread the market, misjudge the founders or simply believe an opportunity is overpriced...

Y Combinator-Backed Language Learning Startup Verbling is Going to Enterprise

Y Combinator-Backed Language Learning Startup Verbling is Going to Enterprise

Verbling is a marketplace for finding language teachers and booking hourly lessons over video chat. The service has scaled to 1 million users, Verbling says, and today it’s launching an enterprise service that will bring its teachers inside companies like Volkswagen and Zara-owner Inditex.