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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.

Harvard's Go-To Venture Capital Firm

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Experiment Fund, NEA's seed-stage venture capital firm, set up shop on Harvard's campus to catch young, entrepreneurial talent early.

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

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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.

AirStrip Closes on $25 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

AirStrip announced Tuesday that it has raised $25 million in venture capital. The San Antonio-based company received the funding from the Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, Sequoia Capital and Wellcome Trust. Airstrip, founded in 2004, has raised $65 million in four rounds of investment, according to Crunchbase.

Why I Don’t Have To Follow VC Blogs Anymore

Feld Thoughts

When I started blogging in 2004 I think I was the third VC blogger after  David Hornik  and Fred Wilson  (if you were, or know, of another pre-2004 VC blogger, please tell me so I can update my historical recollection.). Venture Capital blogs mattermark VCTwo words: Mattermark Daily. Today, hundreds of VCs blog.

You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. Back in 2004, early in my blogging career, I heard about a service that had just launched called Feedburner. MBA Mondays Venture Capital and Technology Today I will tell a story that I love telling. How could that be?

The Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

1995) and eBay (1995), which begat Google (1998) and PayPal (1998), which begat YouTube (2005), Facebook (2004), and LinkedIn (2003) which begat Twitter (2006) and Zynga (2007), which begat Square (2010), Dropbox (2008), and many more. Venture Capital and TechnologyThat was not meant to be a comprehensive history.

Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

USV 2004 is instructive. Between 2004 and 2008, we made investments in 21 companies. But there are at least ten companies in the USV 2004 portfolio that we would be happy to own for the rest of this decade. This does create a bit of an issue in that we raise ten year venture capital funds. That stings.

Indeed

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Brad had been looking for a search engine for jobs and I saw this post on John Battelle's blog in late 2004. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechThe first great investment we made at USV was Indeed in the summer of 2005. forwarded it to Brad and he reached out to Paul and Rony. They didn't need our money.

From The Archives: The Poker Analogy

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Which brings me to a post I wrote in November 2004 called The Poker Analogy. Early stage venture capital is a lot like poker.    Preserve your capitalVenture Capital and TechnologyI've written 5,680 posts according to Typepad. There are a lot of gems in the back catalog here at AVC.

Seed is the new Series A, but who’s supporting founders pre-launch?

The Equity Kicker

Jason Calacanis just published a good post on the changing definitions of Seed, Series A, and Series B investment. I’m going to quote his definitions in full: 2004 definition. — Pre-funding: You talk about your idea & write a business plan. In 2004 it took until Series C to scale your product because it took a lot of money.

FuturePerfect Ventures: A 2015 Recap

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New York City : NYC is growing as a startup hub; yet early stage (seed, small A rounds) institutional capital has not kept up with the local growth. This global reach is a new model of early stage venture, one that we believe we will see more of in the future. “Be the change you want to see in the world”.  . Below is a recap.

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 1

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. Investor confidence in Venture Capital is at an all time high.

Take the Friction Out - VCball

VCball

VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. December 16, 2004 in Entrepreneurship and VC | Permalink. Tracked on December 16, 2004 at 11:57 PM. Tracked on December 17, 2004 at 12:02 PM. Tracked on December 17, 2004 at 06:14 PM. John R.

Your Founder Got Strategy? - VCball

VCball

VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. couple weeks ago, I attended a cocktail reception for Emergence Capital , a newly formed $125MM venture fund focused on information technology enabled services, similar to my funds strategy but West Coast based.

usv.com/timeline

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It is a timeline view of all the initial investments we have made at USV since we started investing in the fall of 2004. And much more.

1990s Redux? Nope, just Free Telephone Conferencing - VCball

VCball

VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Ron Reed at Endurance Ventures suggested I try it out. October 05, 2004 in Cool Technology | Permalink. Ron Reed at Endurance Ventures suggested I try it out. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. About.

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Bored Of Directors (continued)

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I did a few posts on this topic back in 2004 when I was just starting to get this blogging thing. Venture Capital and Technologythe original. the followup. the second followup. These posts were inspired by my friend Brad Feld's initial post on the same topic. Brad is frustrated with them. I am too.

A Different Approach To VC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

So we can’t talk about venture capital without talking about Unicorns, right? percent of companies are using a product, venture capital, that really doesn’t work for them. Neither did Brad and I when we raised the first USV fund in 2004. It doesn’t matter. He posted the transcript of his talk this week.

Off The Schneid

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The almost two year long slump is over. I've led a new venture investment for USV, which closed a few weeks ago and was announced last night. have made twenty investments since the founding of USV in the fall of 2004 (now 21) and have only exited six, so I have had fourteen investments that I am responsible for at USV.

The Other Amazon Deal this week. Drupal founder attracts over $100 Million in 3 months.

Scalable Startup

It gained recognition during the 2004 presidential campaign when Howard Dean’s IT director decided to use it as a platform for community and campaigning. Angel Investor Drupal founder PHP Revenue Growth SaaS Scalability startup startup CEO venture Cash Flow CEOing leadership scalability tom nora venture capital

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.

High Risk + Founders First + Boston: The Atlas Venture way

Fred Destin

Notable AtlasVenture Venture Capital Excellent write-up, I did not touch it. Putting people first. High Risk Strategy. Backing Boston.

Want to know why charging $12 / year converts higher than $9.99?

Both Sides of the Table

Startup Advice This Week in Venture CapitalYesterday’s show floored me. consider Gregg Spiridellis a good friend. Gregg says at $9.99

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Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

Both Sides of the Table

What better than to have capital from somebody who has actually done it in the trenches? Startup Advice This Week in Venture Capital

Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

Both Sides of the Table

In 2004 / 2005 I was starting to get intrigued with user-generated content. Brad’s start in Venture Capital. Brad on blogging.

The Industrialization of Mobile

Feld Thoughts

When we invested in NewsGator in 2004 , RSS was just starting to emerge as a protocol and wire up much of the content on the web. At the time, it was impossible to anticipate how the web would evolve, as 2004 was a particularly low point in the evolution of venture capital and tech companies. What do you think?

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London Venture Capital Events

Jason Ball

A comment was posted earlier in the week asking what events are relevant for new arrivals in London looking to get involved in the venture/start-up comunity. I was looking for the same in 2004 and posted a short list in 2005. Europreneurship Events, Conferences and Panels Venture CapitalOpen Coffee. City Zone. Chinwag.

London Venture Capital Events

Jason Ball's TechBytes

A comment was posted earlier in the week asking what events are relevant for new arrivals in London looking to get involved in the venture/start-up comunity. I was looking for the same in 2004 and posted a short list in 2005. Tags: Europreneurship Events, Conferences and Panels Venture Capital Open Coffee. City Zone.

Stars Aligned to Foretell Future of Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital

VentureWoods

Dear Colleague, In 2004, the buzz around one mega exit – of Private Equity investor Warburg Pincus from Bharti Airtel – got institutional investors across the world excited about the Indian Private Equity opportunity. Who in turn need a vibrant set of VC funds to provide scale up capital. About Venture Capital?

Stars Aligned to Foretell Future of Indian Private Equity & Venture Capital

VentureWoods

Dear Colleague, In 2004, the buzz around one mega exit - of Private Equity investor Warburg Pincus from Bharti Airtel - got institutional investors across the world excited about the Indian Private Equity opportunity. Who in turn need a vibrant set of VC funds to provide scale up capital. About Venture Capital? The Bloom?

Presenting Companies at the 2008 Florida Venture Capital Conference

Florida Venture Blog

XSell, LLC was founded in 2004 with the sole focus of enabling a new, more effective sales channel: Customer Interaction Marketing. ON-CARD.

Where In The World Is Eduardo Saverin?

Thinking About Thinking

It was March of 2004 and I was attending an alumni event for Harvard Student Agencies ( HSA ) – a student run company at Harvard. 

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.

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

Both Sides of the Table

Ironically our business started to perform very will by 2004 but by then management had lost the dream of a huge upside.  We managed the business because we felt responsible since we raised money. Otherwise, what incentive exists for the VC  to put in more capital or to have the founders earn money.  It can’t just be a gift.

WayTooEarly: Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital

WayTooEarly

» Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. Charles River Ventures announced Quickstart - their new effort at doing seed stage deals with modest amounts of money. Bill Tai and George Zachary are seasoned venture capitalists with operating and investment banking experience, and I wish them well. First Round Capital.

Tearing Down The Teardown

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The got some stuff wrong, however. 1) We did not participate in Zynga’s “megaround” in Feb 2011. 2) We only have six main investment vehicles; USV 2004 – $125mm. CB Insights published a “teardown” of USV’s investment strategy last week. USV 2008 – $160mm. USV Opportunity Fund – $125mm.

Changing my mind about blogging

This is going to be BIG.

When I started in early 2004, very few people were blogging--and then I watched blogging take off. Venture Capital & Technology I''ve been dolling out career advice ever since I walked into college with a paid internship in finance. seemed to know what I was doing, so lots of people asked me for help. There was only one problem.

After Your First Big Success, What’s Next?

Feld Thoughts

As exits have been flowing nicely again the past few years, many of the entrepreneurs I work with have experienced their first big exit. refer to this moment as when you find that you have life changing money in your bank account, which I like to call “f**k you money.” should I start a company or not?). If you love children, teach them.

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Reblog: Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

USV 2004 is instructive. Between 2004 and 2008, we made investments in 21 companies. But there are at least ten companies in the USV 2004 portfolio that we would be happy to own for the rest of this decade. This does create a bit of an issue in that we raise ten year venture capital funds. Then I took questions.