Fresh Capital

MESA Raises $10 Million Seed and Series A Venture Fund Focused on New York City

Mark Patricof

MESA+, a four-year old venture arm of the investment bank and strategic advisory firm MESA Global, is launching a $10 million venture fund today for seed stage and Series A investments. The fund will be allocated towards companies in consumer Internet, digital content, advertising, marketing, and commerce and focus on investments in New York, from the Mesa+’s Union Square headquarters.

“Since its inception, MESA has worked hard to connect startups with our network in the media and entertainment world,” the company said in a press release, noting that, “we are a startup ourselves.” The firm has ballooned from four people to more than 25, including its three partners: Jacob Brody, Andrew Montgomery, and Mark Patricof. Read More

Bull Market

SEC May Make it Easier For Everyone to Invest in Startups

Mary Shapiro

News broke this morning that the SEC is thinking about relaxing the limit that keeps private companies from having more than 500 shareholders. It’s a move that would reshape the tech world, making it possible for companies to significantly delay their IPOs by relying on a broad pool of wealthy individuals to provide them capital to grow. It’s troubling as well, since it would mean more small investors putting money into firms that don’t make their financials public.

“Just because you can afford a car, doesn’t mean you know how to drive one,” quipped Larry Lenihan, CEO of First Mark Capital and a board member at SecondMarket, in a call this morning. Read More