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17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

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

The Big Secret to Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

At the time, Tom was a partner at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital in San Diego. This led Clancy to make an important decision.

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.

The Billion Dollar Valuation Club

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Aileen Lee has a really good post up on TechCrunch , in which she analyzes the number of companies that have been started since 2003 that have gone on to be worth $1bn or more. Aileen calculates it as roughly four per year (39 to be exact) in the ten years since 2003.   Venture Capital and Technology

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.

On Bubbles …

abovethecrowd.com

And the venture capital firms that pulled back in 1996 missed the best three years of return in the history of venture capital industry.

When VCs Invest Together, Does Ability or Affinity Matter?

Feld Thoughts

Ethnic Minority takes the value of one if a venture capitalist is East Asian, Indian, Jewish or Middle Eastern. 9/11 I end with Haiku.

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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.

Opening Up Our Research

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When Brad Burnham and I started USV back in 2003 and I had just started blogging, we spent a lot of time talking to potential investors in our first fund. Venture Capital and TechnologyAnd we thought the startup community would engage with us around these insights and ideas and make us smarter in the process. It was a good bet.

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.

When VCs Invest Together, Does Ability or Affinity Matter?

Feld Thoughts

Ethnic Minority takes the value of one if a venture capitalist is East Asian, Indian, Jewish or Middle Eastern. 9/11 I end with Haiku.

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A New Front Door For USV

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We've been having the conversation here at AVC since 2003. Venture Capital and Technology Anyone can post to the new usv.com.

2010 Was A Good Year For Venture Capital

ArcticStartup

I turned to Nexit Ventures for opinions on 2010 for the venture capital industry. Overall, venture capitalists invested $7.6

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My Partners

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

have two and half partners at Union Square Ventures. Brad Burnham - Brad and I founded USV together in the summer/fall of 2003. We had both been in the venture business for more than a decade, had made a fair bit of money, but were still hungry to prove ourselves. Venture Capital and TechnologyWe never vote.

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

ArcticStartup

Lots of success stories, yes, but the fact is that more venture-backed startups fail than succeed. Since 2003 the industry has not performed.

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Design Your Company Culture Like The World’s Largest Hedge Fund

David Teten

created my  blog  way back in 2003 because of the scale it gives me (Principle #177, “Constantly think about how to produce leverage”).

Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

Both Sides of the Table

2007, 2011) and for the hottest of companies and in bad markets for fund raising (2003, 2008) prices test the bottom end of the range. Simple.

New San Diego VC Firm Emerges as ‘The Moneyball of Venture Capital’ | Xconomy

www.xconomy.com

New San Diego VC Firm Emerges as ‘The Moneyball of Venture Capital’. Here’s some big news for San Diego’s innovation economy: There’s a new venture capital firm in town—and its investment methodology represents a fundamentally different approach to the conventional business model for venture investing. Detroit ›.

The Hard Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In the summer of 2003, Brad Burnham and I set out to raise a $100mm early stage venture capital fund. We spent our own capital raising that fund. But that fund, USV 2004, has been one of the very best venture capital funds ever put together. The term “web 2.0” And then a few others did.

Six Slides

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

  I learned this lesson when Brad and I starting raising USV 2004 in the fall of 2003. How could Brad and I possibly take all that we had done and learned in almost 20 years in the venture business and put it into six slides?  Tags: Venture Capital and Technology Guess what? But it was a work of art.

My Interview With Carlota Perez

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There are many people who should get credit for Union Square Ventures' investment strategy.  Venture Capital and Technology  The community here at AVC is certainly on that list. But possibly at the top of the list is Carlota Perez. Web 2.0 Expo is at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in NYC. You can register here.

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Joining the Kauffman Fellows Board

Feld Thoughts

In 2003, it was spun out of the Kauffman Foundation into a separate non-profit but, at the 20th reunion in Kansas City, the Kauffman Foundation made a new gift to the Kauffman Fellows Program to accelerate the midwestern venture capital ecosystem. In September, I joined the board of Kauffman Fellows.

Men on Mars : The Reinvention of Atlas Venture

Fred Destin

I joined Atlas Venture 9 years ago. When I joined Atlas in 2003 we had way too much geographic and sector complexity. Complexity kills.

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Try On The Decision For 30 Days

Feld Thoughts

In 2003 I seriously thought about quitting Mobius Venture Capital. I was tired, burned out, and very frustrated. In early 2003, I started to think about leaving Mobius. woke up one morning in February 2003 and decided to spend a little time each day pretending like I had quit Mobius. Here’s an example.

Third-quarter venture capital fundraising plummets

EIN News

Venture capitalists, thrashed by months of bad economic news, third quarter of 2003, said the National Venture Capital Assn. in investment capital was raised in the U.S. August and September were just abysmal. in the third quarter, a 24% drop

Tattoos and YCombinator Demo Day

This is going to be BIG.

It was June of 2003. I sat in a little ink shop on Rivington Street called Porcupine Tattoo. She had flower sleeves of spectacular color.

Venture Capital Industry Raises $1.72 Billion in Q3 2011

EIN News

Dollar Amount Raised Since Q3 2003 Fifty-two U.S. venture capital funds raised $1.72 billion in the third. and $3.1 trillion in revenue in the United States in 2010. As the voice of the

Probable and Improbable Lobbying Wins: The 1,000-stockholder Rule

Gust

Facebook, which did not exist in 2003, is now valued at nearly $100 billion.  SOPA would disproportionately alter the risk profile for new startups, which are thinly capitalized compared to the giants like Google and Facebook.  In 2011, virtually every new consumer Internet startup incorporates a social/UGC element. 

The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

Both Sides of the Table

The Union Square Ventures partners started whispering in his ear that “it’s all about social now”. Love it. Thank you, John. were doing.

Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Issue off the table. 

What It Takes to Build a Cleantech Winner

Secret Formula

entered the venture capital business two years ago, focusing on seed/Series A cleantech start-ups. return on capital invested.

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Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Third Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Patrick Fenwick & West LLP Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 107 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 28% in 3Q10.? By Barry J. Q3'10. Q2'10.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

The Beginning of the Next Wave (2003 – 2011). Complaining About Capital. Venture Capital Matters. I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” Following is the current table of contents. Foreword. Space.

Whither usv.com?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Back in 2004, when my partner Brad and I started Union Square Ventures (USV), we decided to make our website a blog. We've been having the conversation here at AVC since 2003, so going into the usv.com experiment, we knew that would be an issue. Union Square Ventures - Help us build the next version of our internet presence.

A Glimpse: My American Dream

thebarefootvc

Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Startups Technology Venture Capital Women immigration india africa emerging markets startup america silicon valley venture capital innovationHow my 5th grade classmates thought I was Native American and that I was making up stories when I returned (from my teepee, possibly?)

How Investors Are Increasing Their Returns Through Collaboration and Technology

David Teten

The second panel will focus on collaborative investing in non-public alternative investments (private equity, venture capital, receivables, etc.). .

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

Both Sides of the Table

But I do have some insight into how this will affect venture markets. 1. It was a nerve racking morning. And I said so publicly. Neither do I.

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Europe’s growing share of $1bn startups

The Equity Kicker

Aileen Lee of early stage fund Cowboy ventures wrote a post for Techcrunch yesterday looking at the characteristics of 39 startups founded since 2003 that are worth over $1bn. Fred’s Hackpad lists $1bn+ value companies founded after 2003 and founded before 2003. Now the list is not complete (e.g.

Why Internal Ventures are Different from External Startups

Steve Blank

For those who don’t know, I wrote the book Open Innovation in 2003, and followed it with Open Business Models in 2006, and Open Services Innovation in 2011. However, I will then argue that while  these methods are necessary to managing new ventures inside a company, they are insufficient. Berkeley in the Haas Business School.

The Evolution Of The USV Thesis (and usv.com)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

USV is a thesis driven venture capital firm. It started out as an online brochure in 2003 when we started raising our first fund.