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This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. I'd like to dispel that notion. You lose more than you win.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

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Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. Feld Thoughts.

Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

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Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Endowments. Foundation s.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

In fact, if you add the capital flows of the past ten years, there have been just shy of $50 billion in net cash outlays. Sorry! Summary.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months


When I set about to raise money for my first startup, sixdegrees, I spoke with over 200 high-net-worth individuals– all of whom rejected me.

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

What’s happening to cleantech venture capital? Cleantech VC performance is substantially lagging venture capital as a whole.

Why being a VC sucks. Advice to anyone who wants to get into venture capital.

This is going to be BIG.

I probably get around a dozen e-mails a week asking me how to get into venture capital. On top of that, anytime I talk to anyone who wants to get involved in startups but isn''t sure what they want to do, inevitably, I hear, "And then I was thinking maybe I should look into venture capital, too.". It sucks. Sad Keanu!

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

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VCAP© Addresses the Gap between Venture Capital and Funding for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs. New York Policy Venture Capital


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Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen warned in a tweetstorm that startups with high burn rates would “vaporize.” That word is unicorpse. billion.

Will Crowdfunding Crowd Out Venture Capital?


Venture capitalists have been getting a black eye to go with their blue shirts. Venture FundingIt could happen. Going Mainstream.

Beer Kegs and the Future of Venture Capital: What It Means for Entrepreneurs

Genuine VC

Last September I wrote a post outlining my view of the venture capital industry: increasingly evolving like the beer industry as it continues to mature. Those venture firms firms caught in the middle without the scale of a large firm and without the focused strategy of a Micro will continue to wane. So what’s going on?

The 99: How the SEC protects you from venture capital returns.

This is going to be BIG.

Take venture capital, for example. Very few are ever going to wind up in the former category--so the most accessible option for most investors would have to be a venture capital fund. Below that and they need to keep you from investing in really risky stuff, like venture capital. Think about it, though.

Why VCs Should Recycle Their Management Fees

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Understanding what “recycling management fees” means is a fundamental part of understanding the economics of a venture firm.

Venture Capital Term Sheets: Conversion Rights

Scott Edward Walker

Introduction This post originally appeared as part of the “ Ask the Attorney ” column I am writing for VentureBeat ; it is another installment of my ongoing series regarding venture capital term sheets.  Conversion Rights What Are Conversion Rights? There are two types of conversion rights: optional and mandatory. Many thanks, Scott.

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 2: The Investors

Secret Formula

tl;dr: There’s a widespread perception that cleantech venture capital must be tanking compared with VC overall. That perception is wrong.


Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital. The figure quoted above is 21 minutes in.

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 2

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. In no other locale will you find the combination of all these factors. Igor M.

Cotendo Raises $12 Million To Improve Speed and Content Delivery on the Net

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T enaya Capital led a $12 million C round in Israeli start up Cotendo, joined by current investors Sequoia Capital and Benchmark Capital.

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Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 61% in 4Q10, up sharply from 28% in 3Q10. venture investment.

Profitless Prosperity

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Amazon had negative net income in 2012 and pretty much zero net income this year to date. Workday hasn't made any profits in the last four years , in fact the net losses have been increasing.   MBA Mondays Venture Capital and Technology And yet it is worth $166bn in the eyes of investors.

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The Dangerous Seduction of the Lifetime Value (LTV) Formula

Lifetime value is the net present value of the profit stream of a customer. advertising Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech LTVMany consumer Internet business executives are loyalists of the Lifetime Value model, often referred to as the LTV model or formula.

Net Neutrality Is Pro-Business

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The six principals are the sum of net neutrality regulation. But if you look at history, you can see that telcos have invested very heavily in their networks while under the threat of net neutrality regulation or even in instances when they were under direct net neutrality regulation. That is it.

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Corporate innovation will harness the power of entrepreneurs

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Apple has $160bn of net cash and has paid $153bn to shareholders, for a total of $313bn. US private tech funding 2006-2015: $258bn (real). Jon Bradford, founder of Techstars UK, once said to me that corporate innovation budgets dwarf venture capital. Exits Venture CapitalThey have to.

On the Road to Recap:

In February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan Primack declared 2015 “ The Age of the Unicorns ” noting — “Fortune counts more than 80 startups that have been valued at $1 billion or more by venture capitalists.” By January of 2016, that number had ballooned to 229. Competition also has access to capital.

Investors Beware: Today’s $100M+ Late-stage Private Rounds Are Very Different from an IPO

You should not pay a net revenue multiple for a gross revenue disclosure. There is typically just a single PowerPoint deck presentation.

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What If Web And Mobile Apps Are Like TV Shows?

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Companies are worth the net present value of their future cash flows. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI was having lunch with a veteran of the entertainment and the video game business this past week. It was an interesting and wide ranging chat. This has always been the case in videogames. RIM's has been as well.

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Some Thoughts On The SEC's Rulemaking On General Solicitation

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This legislation was designed to make it easier for small businesses in the US to raise capital and contained a number of important and valuable changes to securities laws. To do so before the company intitiates a fundraise is not realistic and ignores how startups raise capital. The JOBS Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012.

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Sticking With The Struggling Investments

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One of the hardest things to do in the venture business is to stick with a struggling investment. They need more capital, they need recruiting help, and sometimes they need strategy and advice. And we will do that again on Thursday when they head out to Brooklyn to play the Nets. NYC Sports Venture Capital and Technology

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Why I'm Rooting For Google+

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And that list of social nets will grow longer in the next few weeks. Developers like Zynga benefit from having multiple large social nets to build on top of. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechHere's my profile. I'm not sure if this page is public or you need a Google+ login to see it. He might like Google+.

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2012: The Year That Movements Go Mainstream?

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The idea of a distributed social net that is not controlled by any company or institution has been around for a while. Politics Venture Capital and Technology WeblogsI returned from ten days of skiing with my family last night. I'm on mountain time and plan to stay there until the new year. Can a movement make it happen?

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Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

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The tech industry, led by startups, have created all the net new jobs in the past five years. Politics Venture Capital and TechnologyMy partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs.   The DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Fast forward to today.

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How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

She hasn’t raised any venture capital. In one year of Airbnb Tracy netted more than $28,000. More on that later. weddings.

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What is the Definition of a Seed Round or an A Round?


There weren’t a lot of seed funds in 2007 so this was often done by angels, funding consortia or sometimes early-stage funds that existed then (First Round Capital, True Ventures, SoftTech VC, etc.). If you have raised $2-4 million from a bunch of high-net-worth individuals I simply don’t see it as an A-round. Nobody cares.

How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

Up and Running

An angel investor is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

My First Experience As A Venture Capitalist

Feld Thoughts

I often get asked how I ended up becoming a venture capitalist. When people ask me how they can become a VC, I point them to my partner Seth Levine’s excellent blog posts  How to become a venture capitalist   and  How to get a job in venture capital (revisited).  Venture Capital fred wilson seth godin yoyodyne

Change.VC - Take A Survey To Help Change The Venture Capital Industry


Lots of success stories, yes, but the fact is that more venture-backed startups fail than succeed. Take the survey at


What I'm Reading This Sunday Morning

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The Money Quote: The answer is that efficiency innovations are liberating capital, and in the United States this capital is being reinvested into still more efficiency innovations. When the doctrine emerged in stages between the 1930s and the ‘50s, capital was relatively scarce in our economy. Venture Capital and Technology

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Conversion: The Most Important Internet Metric of All (Revisited)

If you look across the group you will see impressive increases in operating income, and net income margin percentage. Optimizely. Sailthru.

Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital. The figure quoted above is 21 minutes in.

Small funds are in a better place to invest in new markets

The Equity Kicker

If a VC has a $200m fund, a 20% stake in a $1bn exit will net them $200m and hence be a fund returner. Venture Capital

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