YC-backed Eze raises new capital for its secondhand electronics marketplace
Thursday, June 15, 2023
As far as well-established and massive yet shockingly disjointed and inefficient industries go, the secondhand electronics market is one of the most broken we’ve seen. Despite being an $80 billion business that is 5x the size of the primary electronics market (by volume), the secondhand electronics market is rife with problems,” said Chris Cunningham, partner at C2 Ventures. “Eze solves these problems via a global marketplace that allows sellers and end buyers to connect directly while providing price transparency (via centralized bidding), quality control, through a proprietary QA process, and fraud prevention, via a centralized payment process. Josh and David are the perfect duo to solve this problem and we are incredibly excited and grateful to support them on this journey and being a part of the C2 Ventures portfolio.
Driver Technologies: AI-based Mobility Company Secures $6 Million
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
Driver Technologies – an AI-based mobility tech company that delivers a safer and smarter driving experience – announced recently the closing of a $6 million strategic funding round led by IA Capital and CT Innovations (the venture capital arm of the State of Connecticut). And major insurers also participated in the round including, Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures, State Auto Labs/Rev 1, and investors from The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund, ID8 Investments, C2 Ventures, and Kapor Capital. Through the closing of this round, Driver Technologies has now raised more than $16 million.
7 Predictions for the Tech Industry in 2023
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Before our predictions for the New Year, something I’ve done, for now, the 5th consecutive year – see past predictions here – of course, have to look back at this year. Forgive the immodesty, but we crushed it. We made some pretty bold predictions and took some flak for leaning cynical with our views on trends that, at the time, seemed unstoppable (notably SPACs, NFTs/Web3/Metaverse, and late-stage tech). So, what lies ahead for 2023?
Venture capital investors see an ‘R’ word coming for tech — and it isn’t just recession
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Tech-startup investors expect a big 'reset' that creates 'a two-year period of both pain and opportunity,' with money still flowing to early-stage startups while older ventures face an uneasy road.
C2 Ventures raises new fund to invest in the ‘dull, dirty and dangerous’
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
C2 Ventures announced today it has closed its second early-stage fund totaling $20 million, and a separate $2.5 million Tributary Fund that will make investments in earlier, pre-seed stage old-economy SaaS and robotics productivity tools. Fund 2’s LPs include more than 125 investors, including the State of Connecticut through Connecticut Ventures.
C2 Ventures Announces Two New Funds C2V Capital Partners II & C2V Tributary Fund
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
The fund has more than 100 investors including quarterback Baker Mayfield and his brother Matt, and NFL Network reporter, Ian Rappaport, as well as some of the industry’s most successful founders and tech executives, including Brian Adams, Jennifer Prince, Shiven Ramji, Sean Cohen, David Kidder, Ari Paparo, Haroon Mokhtarzada, and Mike Murphy, who also act as the firm’s Operator Bench, providing extensive post-investment support to C2V’s portfolio companies.
Dirty, Dull And Dangerous, With C2 Ventures Founding Partner Chris Cunningham
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
C2 Ventures is launching two new funds: a second seed fund worth just north of $20 million and $2.55 million for pre-seed investments through its Tributary Fund. C2 plans to make 20 investments from the $20 million fund – roughly seven a year – at around half a million a pop, with the rest reserved for when those companies hit their Series A.
Insider’s perspective on how family offices look at investing in early stage companies
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Edward Marshall, Global Head of Dentons’ Family Office and High Net Worth sector, is joined by Chris Cunningham and Sam Frankfort. Chris is a media and tech veteran, entrepreneur and early-stage venture capital investor. Sam is the founding partner of Benvolio Group, which focuses on direct investing in early stage disruptive consumer facing concepts. Sam now sits on several boards of early stage companies and is actively involved in a number of early stage venture companies.
C2 Ventures Founding Partner, Early-Stage Investors
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Chris Cunningham, founder of C2 Ventures, reflected on his experience as a founder of multiple companies. He shared his vision for C2 Ventures and his perception on where the venture / business world is heading. He also clarified the common misconceptions on VCs, discussed on the types of mentoring, and dished out practical advices for startups. Chris also shared his investment process and how he likes to build a strong rapport with his founders.
Create A Bigger Pie: What It Takes To Maximize Value Creation In A Fast-Moving World
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Horasis, in ancient Greek, means ‘to gaze at, as in a vision.’
It’s the name that Frank-Jürgen Richter, former director of the World Economic Forum, gave to the international think tank he founded in 2005, and it seems particularly a propos in the wake of 2020 — a year that very definitively gave us clearer vision.
The Podcast Industry: A Viable Option For Investors
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Chris Cunningham, a Managing Partner at C2 Ventures, an early-stage venture fund out of New York, joined me on the podcast to talk about the nature of investing in the podcast industry. He shares some great insights into what investors look for when...
10 Predictions for the Tech Industry in 2021
Friday, January 1, 2021
It’s that time of year again! Annual tech startup and funding predictions for the coming year.
However, before we look ahead, let’s first take a look back at the 2020 predictions. Despite 2020 being, well, different to say the least, most held up. The highlight – correctly predicting that Apple would reduce their 30 percent app commissions, but have a look and let me know if you agree!
Now the reason why you are here — what lies ahead in 2021? Without further ado here are some shots in the dark that needed to be etched in digital stone – on the internet – forever.
Enough is Enough: It’s Time To Act
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
We find ourselves infuriated and profoundly saddened as yet another inexplicable and inexcusable act of violence was perpetrated against a black citizen by those who are entrusted to protect the safety and welfare of that citizen. Our hearts go out to the families of George Floyd and all our other fellow citizens who have been victimized by the very system that is supposed to protect them. This is not the America we want to live in. These are not the American values to which we aspire and to which we want our children to aspire, and it needs to stop.
5 Reasons Now is a Great Time to Buy Equities (and Venture Capital Funds)
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
As we watch the world fall apart, I wanted to comment on why times like the present have historically been the moments not to follow the herd and sell everything, nor to take a “wait until everything is back to normal” approach, but to buck the trends, headlines and apocalyptic predictions, and buy while everything is on sale.
Here are 7 digital advertising companies that could get acquired this year, including Factual and The Trade Desk
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
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Business Insider asked five industry insiders including investors, consultants, bankers and analysts which companies are hot acquisition targets.
Total funding to date: $104 million
Why it's an acquisition target: The firm has regulation-compliant location data.
Location-based marketing has taken a hit under data-privacy laws like California's Consumer Privacy Act and Europe's General Data Protection Regulation that limit how advertisers collect location data that pings people's smartphones with targeted ads.
As a result, firms like PlaceIQ and Verve have been sold off in pieces. Chris Cunningham, an investor and founder of C2 Ventures, said Factual is another acquisition target with a potentially bigger exit because it works directly with brands and agencies to create audiences for ad targeting.
"The location space is tricky and continues to get trickier," he said. "Factual is the one that owns the relationships with brands and agencies and has dominant scale."
Top Things Startup Founders Are Faced With
Monday, February 24, 2020
Founding, starting and scaling a company is hard. On this tumultuous journey, founders are faced with a multitude of challenges. In C2V’s inaugural infographic, we lay out these challenges in each of the three stages they occur.
10 Predictions for the Tech Industry in 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
It’s that time of year again! Annual tech, startup and funding predictions for the coming year.
However, before we look ahead, let’s first take a look back at the 2019 predictions. I must say that unlike a few other years I seem to have nailed the 2019 picks, but have a look and let me know if you agree!
Now the reason why you are here — what lies ahead in 2020? Without further ado here are some shots in the dark that needed to be etched in digital stone – on the internet – forever.
The Podcast boom continues and begins to cannibalize other forms of media. The larger music providers Apple and Spotify continue to support creators and new shows but like the app ecosystem, many will come and go. New products and features built by third parties to support the podcast rush will continue to 2020 and Spotify will continue its M&A mega push, that is until they get acquired next year.
Amazon will experience its first stumbles. It still gets to 10 percent of overall ad spend but look to see some negative headlines on Amazon in 2020. Through a data breach, poor performance in its ad business, consumer frustration, Amazon hits turbulence but of course, will survive and be just fine.