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Forecasting in venture capital

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made my first mobile internet investment in 2000 in a business that was years ahead of it’s time helping banks to get their services on WAP phones. I’m not saying I’m a super forecaster, but I did learn from that and backed off from mobile until after the iPhone. Good VCs need to be good forecasters. open minded. reflective.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it.  Thank you, Aaron Sorkin!

Why The SBIC Doesn’t Work For Venture Capital Anymore

Feld Thoughts

Each of the SBIC funds were raised in the 2000 – 2002 time period. And, in the other two, I don’t expect to ever see any of my capital back because of the SBIC leverage. The SBIC was instrumental in the creation of the venture capital business. Peter Adams, head of Rockies Venture Club, is quoted a few times.


Venture Capital Spending Hits Highest Level Since 2000

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Worried the bubble's about to burst, startups are raising money at a furious rate, new data shows

UK venture deal volume surpasses 2000 peak

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Yesterday Stuart McKnight/Ascendant Corporate Finance published their regular report on activity in the UK venture market. Venture Capital

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation


Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit.

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites. Twitter.

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

learned this lesson 127 times between 2000 and 2005. started investing in 1994 and while there was some bumpiness in 1997 and again in 1999, the real pain happened between 2000 and 2005. First, make sure you know where the capital is going to come from to fully fund your business. Second, keep your capital structure simple.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Last year was the most active year for IPOs in the United States since 2000. Two of these, Uber and Xiaomi, are already above $40 billion.

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The Role Venture Capital is Playing in Online Schooling (Guest Post)

VC Cafe

Venture capital and other forms of seed funding have been crucial for the development of the best online colleges. By Estelle Shumann*.

When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

This LP is also a long time investor in Union Square Ventures and was one of the first people Fred introduced us to when we started raising the first Foundry Group fund in 2007. The prior fund that I had co-founded – Mobius Venture Capital – had blown up after having a very successful first fund in 1997.

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The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 1: The Money

Secret Formula

2000 to 2005: Bubble fumbling. We can answer this question by using yesterday’s financing data to project tomorrow’s capital requirements.

1985: Oil Prices Will Go Up Forever

Feld Thoughts

In the Internet bubble, while I kept this lesson in the back of my mind, I ended up suspending disbelief, like so many others, in 2000 and into the spring of 2001. Venture Capital cynic dallas macro oil optimistThis is not a post about a bubble, real or imagined. It’s a lesson from when I was 20 years old. We argued.

Partners Forever (or close to it)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mitt Romney is taking some flack for continuing to have ongoing involvement in Bain Capital well after he supposedly left the firm for good in 1999. I am not supporting Romney for President as I can't get comfortable with his party's views on social issues that matter a lot to me. Politics Venture Capital and Technology

Stock Market Bubble? Venture Capital Numbers Tell Another Story

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Venture capital investment helped drive the last stock market bubble. The index ruled out the anomaly of the 2000 stock market.) Broadly, the stock market is influenced by monetary policy," John Backus, founder and managing partner at venture capital firm New Atlantic Ventures, says.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

Both Sides of the Table

But to the question – it is much EASIER to sell your company if you’ve never taken venture capital. This is wrong. Never.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. So why would raising venture capital be any different.

LiveOak Venture Partners Sees Lots of Quality Startup Deals in Austin and Texas


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News Right now is the best time to be in the venture capital business in Austin. Austin Ben Scott Krishna Srinivasan LiveOak Venture Partners venture capital Venu Shamapant

Making sense of the bubble talk and the impact on startups

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” (although he did also point out that if companies need to raise money then the capital markets can affect them).

Venture Capital In Finland In 2010


In our previous story with Nexit Ventures we talked about how 2010 was a good year for venture capital in the US.

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

Most VCs who have been investing since the mid-1990′s understand this well as many funds raised in 1999 and 2000 were fully committed in one year. Venture Capital hedging risk vcQuestion: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? Are This ebbs and flows. 4. This is both a downside and upside strategy.

New Rules for the New Internet Bubble

Steve Blank

August 1995 – March 2000: The Dot.Com Bubble. Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital. Technology Venture Capital

The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1] ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1]. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. Kleiner).

Venture investment was down in Q4 but may have further to go

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Venture CapitalToday the new data from PWC shows that investment dropped sharply in Q4 but is still at historically high levels.

How to Miss By a Mile: An Alternative Look at Uber’s Potential Market Size

by 2000. billion, far short of the value recently determined by the market. could hardly wait to dive in and see the approach. Billion. Payment.

Israeli Venture Capital Fund Raising 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Additional details about venture capital fund raising will be available in the IVC 2011 Yearbook , due for release in April. billion.

The two reasons early stage investors should be active investors

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Uncategorized Venture Capital Forgive me for that, but I do think we are in the vanguard of a trend towards ever more active investing.

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

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The Word Bubble

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For me Bubble will always be inexorably linked to what went down in 1999 and 2000 in the internet sector. But deals are actually companies and most venture investments are held for five to seven years. I've likened them to marriages over the years. Venture Capital and TechnologyIt is intentional. Because it will rain.

The Right Time + The Right Team + The Right Technology

Eric Friedman

There was also no hardware to make small videos at the same pace as the mid 2000’s. Eric Friedman Technology Venture capital

Are You the Fool at The Table?

Steve Blank

Filed under: Venture Capital. Venture CapitalMy friend  Ben Horowitz  and I debate the tech bubble in  The Economist.

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The danger of over-funding and herd investing

The Equity Kicker

Instead I’m going to highlight his warning about what happens when markets get over-funded: Loose capital allows the less qualified to participate in each market. first noticed it in late 2000 when the fund I was working for was invested in one of six high profile and highly funded enterprise portal businesses. Venture Capital

Clouds on the horizon

The Equity Kicker

Through much of last year there was talk of a bubble in venture capital, particularly in late stage investments. Information flows slowly in the venture world, at least compared with public markets, and changes like this take time to play out. think it’s unlikely we will crash as hard as did in 2000 or 2008.

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What every entrepreneur should know about financing right now

Version One Ventures

We have all heard about the Series A crunch in the Valley (there might actually be up to 2000 companies in the Series A pipeline right now), and perhaps there’s a Series B crunch now too. You need to assess early on if your business is venture-fundable. The ability to raise money no longer determines one’s fate.

Interpretative Intelligence


According to a recent Cisco report, last year’s mobile data traffic was nearly 12x the size of the ENTIRE global Internet in 2000.

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 3: The Companies

Secret Formula

Most cleantech start-ups require a lot of capital. On one hand, she wants to raise capital at a high valuation to minimize dilution.

Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

Both Sides of the Table

It was early 2000. Raising Venture Capital Startup AdviceThis article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Simple. billion.

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 2

Both Sides of the Table

There is also another inherent weakness.  I don’t believe that search is the only answer in 2010 as it was in 2000. TweetUp. Shazaam.

‘Capital Efficiency’ doesn’t exist

K9 Ventures

When I started K9 Ventures, I did so based on a specific investment thesis which had a clear set of investment criteria. Sounds plausible right? Well,

Learn about Venture Capital from Khan Academy


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