Silicon Valley Venture Capital Startup F50 Announces Beta Launch Of Its Co-Investment Syndication Platform
F50 Syndicates $1 to $5 Million for Leading Startups Raising Series A and B Rounds to Its Exclusive F50 Investor Network
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- F50, a venture capital startup and private co-investment platform, announced today that it has debuted the beta version of its co-investment platform and has successfully begun syndication. The firm has secured commitments to invest over $1 million in Knightscope's Series B round of funding, a company that has developed technology to predict and prevent crime utilizing autonomous robots.
Unlike other platforms, F50 differentiates itself by syndicating larger amounts, starting at $1 million and currently ranging up to $5 million, for a very select number of highly promising technology companies raising series A and series B rounds. Participants in the F50 Syndication Platform must be accredited investors.
"We are deeply committed to raising capital for the best Silicon Valley startups and connecting them with a high-caliber group of strategic and global investors within the F50 Investor Network," said David Cao, Founder and CEO of F50. "Our first syndicate was successfully oversubscribed which is a strong indicator of our Investor Network's thirst for investing in high quality startups. We are excited to continue this momentum with future syndicates."
F50 does not charge a transaction fee to founders and will only syndicate companies that offer a compelling value proposition, a competitive edge, and proven traction in their markets. F50 has the unique advantage of global reach into a large network of strategic investors, venture capitalists, angels, and corporate investors interested in funding amazing startups and investing in Silicon Valley venture funds. In particular, F50 has access to a broad and deep network of Chinese investors. In addition, the firm has its own F50 Venture Fund that frequently co-invests with its Investor Network.
Another feature that differentiates the F50 approach is a model that incorporates both offline and online connections. "At the end of the day, the key to venture capital investing is enabling the investor and the entrepreneur to look at each other eyeball to eyeball," said Bill Reichert, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the F50 Garage Venture Fund. "Top tier investors and entrepreneurs cannot restrict themselves to an online-only process."
F50 plans to continue building more functionality and features to its syndication platform to make it easier for founders to create and launch their venture financing campaigns, and for investors to connect with founders.
Accredited investors interested in joining the F50 Investor Network should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Founders ready to raise funding for their startups should contact email@example.com.
KBB.com Editors Conduct Extensive Real-World Tests, Determine Vehicles that Best Fit Various Family Needs; All-New Car Seat Section Details How Rear-Facing & Forward-Facing Child Seats Fit in Each Winning Car PR Newswire, IRVINE, Calif., February 4, 2016
The vehicles deemed the 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 were announced today by Kelley Blue Book, www.kbb.com, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. After extensive testing and evaluation, with a keen focus on safety, comfort, convenience, spaciousness for both passengers and cargo, and fit of various rear-facing and forward-facing child safety car seats, the KBB.com expert editors recommend their choices for a diverse group of vehicles that best meet the needs of today’s modern families.
“For two weeks’ time we drove, lived-with, folded-down-seats-of, paired-phones-to and installed-baby-seats-in each and every one of the contenders,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst of Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “We loaded cargo, contorted ourselves into third rows, watched movies on rear-seat screens, toted rowing teams to marinas – in short, we did everything that you and your family might do with a vehicle day-to-day. And we did all this with a certain sense of what a family needs and wants, since many of our testers are simultaneously parents of kids ranging from mid-twenties to newborn. So this wasn’t just a cursory exercise, but instead it drew heavily upon our family-car experiences, needs and wants.”
After extensively testing two dozen Best Family Cars finalists, the KBB.com editors decided upon a list of 16 vehicles that they feel are befitting the title Kelley Blue Book Best Family Cars of 2016. While 16 might seem like a high number, the goal is that these vehicles can be divided into logical subsets that will make each family’s new-car shopping much easier. The list contains three minivans, six sedans, three two-row crossover/SUVs and four three-row SUVs.
The KBB.com editors extensively tested 24 potential Best Family Cars contenders for 2016 over a two-week period. Runners-up for this year’s KBB.com Best Family Cars list included the 2016 Ford F-150, 2016 Ford Explorer, 2016 Hyundai Tucson, 2016 Kia Soul, 2016 Ram 1500, 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, 2016 Toyota Avalon and 2016 Toyota Camry.
For more information about Kelley Blue Book’s 16 Best Family Cars of 2016 winners and for additional details about this year’s runners-up, please visit http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/best-family-cars-2016/.