WiCipedia: Leading Ladies & VC Disparities

This week in our Women in Comms roundup: Our very own Women in Comms lunch and speaker panel; turning the tables on gender stereotypes; female-run startups lagging in funding; and more. Interested in joining Women in Comms on our mission to champion change, empower women and redress the gender imbalance in the comms industry? Visit WiC online and get in touch to learn more about how you can become a member! Light Reading's Women in Comms non-profit made the news this week with our networking conference prior to the Big Communications Event in Austin, Texas.

Why IDG Ventures Is Ramping Up Investments During Funding Squeeze: Entrepreneur India

A Entrepreneur.com article interviewing Karthik Prabhakar, Director - IDG Ventures, quotes Venture Intelligence data on the funding scenario in India: "there have been 90 VC investments in Q1 worth $270 M+ compared to 120 investments in the same quarter of previous year (Source: Venture Intelligence). Hence, there is no real drastic slowdown in the early stage investments as such. " We at

Snapchat expands investor base as it grabs $1.3 billion in funding

Snapchat Inc. has broadly expanded its shareholder base over the last year, going far beyond the few venture capitalists who bankrolled the Los Angeles firm when it was merely an app for sharing self-destructing photos. Now operating a complex social media app that teenagers can't seem to look away from, Snapchat added close to 120 investors and $1.3 billion in cash to its fold since last May. The figures come from a regulatory filing early Thursday.

Early Stage Startup Funding – The Bad News and Good News

We had a quick peep into the Venture Intelligence Venture Capital Deals database to check on the Early Stage funding momentum in 2016. And noticed both Bad News and also Good News for Entrepreneurs seeking Early Stage capital.  The bad news first:  2016 has witnessed a consistent decline in the number of Series A rounds (ie, first round VC investments of typically $2 million or