Entries by Ching Wu

Venture Capital Micro Funds on Pace for Record Year

Venture capital’s old guard is under pressure by smaller, specialized competitors that are increasingly creating the first institutional relationships with entrepreneurs. “The early stage market ($15 million or less) is changing rapidly,” said Paul Hsiao, co-founder and general partner at venture capital manager Canvas Ventures, which raised its first fund in 2013. “New names will rise to threaten the top five to 10 ​ (venture capital firms).”

"The VC View" Panel at Geekwire Summit

Cryptocurrency. Virtual Reality. Artificial Intelligence. Find out what’s hot in the startup world from three leading venture capitalists. Panelists include Rebecca Lynn of Canvas Ventures, Julie Sandler of Pioneer Square Labs and Sarah Tavel of Benchmark. Moderated by Emily Chang of Bloomberg TV.

Zola CEO Joins "40 Under 40" List

Friends’ wedding registries frustrated Shan-Lyn Ma, who would bounce among wish lists on retailers’ websites, thinking the items weren’t meaningful to the couples. She envisioned a better way. With Nobu Nakaguchi, director of Gilt Groupe, and Kevin Ryan, its founder, she started Zola, an online wedding registry and marketplace.

Casetext Raises Series B to Give Lawyers an AI Assistant

Lawyers tasked with building a case for a client face a daunting task virtually every time they begin typing out an argument: Figuring out how to sift through an ever-changing mountain of legal precedent to find and cite past case law. For years, they’ve relied on legal-focused search engines, many of which would perform little more than a simple keyword search. The lawyers who built Palo Alto-based Casetext saw an opening to build a new digital assistant, called CARA, that uses artificial intelligence and natural language queries to find past case law quickly and more efficiently.\