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Under The Hood: Microsoft’s M12 Venture Arm Continues Evolution As It Quickens Investment Pace

By Chris Metinko, From the outside, M12’s mission likely seems simple to most: Invest money from the second-most valuable technology company in the world, put its monstrous go-to-market machine behind said investment, and then create a unicorn. In reality, Microsoft’s venture arm must navigate complexities and obstacles not seen by traditional venture firms—and even many corporate venture[…]

North American Startup Funding Remained Really, Really High In Q3

By Joanna Glasner, The startup funding party is still raging. North American venture capital investment held up at near-record-setting levels in the third quarter, as both early- and late-stage dealmaking remained on fire and big exits accumulated. Overall, investors put $79.6 billion to work across all stages from seed through technology growth, according to Crunchbase[…]