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Why The SBIC Doesn’t Work For Venture Capital Anymore

Feld Thoughts

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. Bill Draper, the first West Coast venture capitalist, has been more blunt: “[Without it] I never would have gotten into venture capital.


Venture Capital Exit Times

Angel Blog

My two previous posts described how venture capital investors will want to invest too much and exit only for very high returns.

How Do I Get A Job In A Venture Capital Firm?

Ask The VC

In 2008 my partner Seth Levine wrote what I think is the definitive post about how to get a job in venture capital. His post followed an insightful earlier post of his that he wrote in 2005 titled  how to become a venture capitalist. Jobs jobs levine taussig vc venture capital

Video of the Week: LeWeb 2008

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

So in the spirit of all that, here's a video of a panel I sat on at LeWeb 2008, moderated by AVC community member, Ouriel Ohayon.

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Exits With Venture Capital Investors

Angel Blog

My previous post showed how the math behind venture capital funds determined venture capital exit times.

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.

Why governments support venture capital

The Equity Kicker

adequate risk capital [for startups] is vital of the economic future [i.e. Venture Capitalfor jobs and growth].

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. It is 2010. Good luck.

Venture Capital Firms Have Gotten Too Big

Angel Blog

One of the most important reasons is that Venture Capital Firms are just too big. Why Venture Capital Firms Got Too Big.

What’s Happening Today That No One Sees?

Feld Thoughts

The climax happens in 2008 and the denouement continues on until 2011. Venture Capital and entrepreneurship was dramatically out of favor.

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.

How To Lose Fat And Gain Muscle With Venture Capital

David Teten

Obesity alone was responsible for 9.1% of US annual medical costs in 2008, compared with 6.5% a decade prior. The data is painful.

How to get a job in venture capital (revisited)

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Lessons Learned: About the author

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, October 4, 2008 About the author ( Update January, 2010: This post originally dates from October, 2008 back when I first started writing this blog. Lean startups can be the most capital efficient companies in the world, because they strive to prevent energy from being expended uselessly.

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Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp 2008, London) - Master of.

500 Hats

Startonomics SF 2008) Startup Metrics: Sample User Conversion Dashboard Startup Metrics: Example Marketing Channels Startup Metrics: The 1-Page Business Model Successful Developer Platforms Have 3 Things: Features, Users, Money. presentation im doing today for all the SeedCamp 2008 startups here in London. The 4 Things You Really Need.

Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive

Feld Thoughts

But I think cheap capital is only half of the equation. Capital remains incredibly cheap, so it’s flowing into wages. But

Fear is the Mind Killer of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (we.

500 Hats

while i don't profess to understand credit or capital markets, i do know that internet startups cost less money than ever to get started.

History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme

Feld Thoughts

And Fred has been ranting about this since at least 2008 when he made a public plea to bury the name Silicon Alley. The questions were great, but some of what they were hearing about venture capital was scary as s**t. Venture Investing Just Had Its Biggest Q1 in 15 Years, Says PwC Report. It’s New York. Surprise.

Do I Need a Team To Raise Venture Capital? | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

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

Secret Formula

2006 to 2008: Gold rush. billion in 2008. Numbers The State of Cleantech VC 2011 Venture capital2009 to now: Retrenchment.

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.


Investing In Startups In Europe

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we have made nine investments in europe since 2008 when we started investing there. Venture Capital and Technology One of the big european tech conferences starts today. It's called DLD and my partner Albert is giving a talk there tomorrow. The last big european tech conference was LeWeb and I gave a talk there.

1985: Oil Prices Will Go Up Forever

Feld Thoughts

And for many, 2008 and 2009 seems very far in the distant past, even though it still massively impacts others in a very negative way. 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. Dave was a senior and I was a freshman.

Resumes are for *Shit*. The 4 Things You Really Need: LinkedIn.

500 Hats

Simply Hired Social Networking & Social Media Venture Capital & Startup Finance « Startonomics SF 2008: Yeah, We Rocked Your Face.

Measuring sales and marketing effectiveness of SaaS companies

Cracking the Code

Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Monday, March 10, 2008.

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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*.

Burnham's Beat: 2008 Software M&A: Year in Review

Burnham's Beat

« 2008 Public Internet M&A: Year In Review | Main. 2008 Software Stocks: An Oveview Plus The 10 Best and 10 Worst » 01/02/2009. 2008 Software M&A: Year in Review. Unlike the Internet M&A space , the public software company M&A market was actually fairly robust in 2008 with 33 deals worth over $40BN closing. 

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The Billion Dollar Valuation Club

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

That is because the billion plus companies started in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 won't all show up right away.   Venture Capital and Technology Unless, of course, you raise money from VCs. In which case, you are getting into the game and will be impacted by it.  I have heard people say it is one or less.

IVC-KPMG Survey: Israeli Venture Capital Fund Raising - 2011 Summary

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Israeli venture capital funds were back to capital raising in 2011, after two very difficult years. No capital had been raised by Israeli funds in 2010, and only $256 million was raised in 2009, a 76 percent drop from 2008 levels.

Burnham's Beat: 2008 Internet Stocks: Year In Review Plus 10 Best.

Burnham's Beat

« 2008 Software Stocks: An Oveview Plus The 10 Best and 10 Worst | Main. | The Great Abdication: Consumer Internet, Venture Capital, and Angels » 01/02/2009. 2008 Internet Stocks: Year In Review Plus 10 Best and 10 Worst Stocks. Internet stocks outperformed the market in 2008, albeit in the wrong direction. 

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Venture Capital Deal Buzz - Mc10

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

It's a growing part of the venture world that proved its prominence once again in 2010. Despite murmurings of a pullback in Cleantech commitments, venture capitalists invested $3.98 That's an 8% increase over 2009, when venture firms plunked down $3.7 The investment was a follow-on to MC10's first venture investment.


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.

Web 2.0 Product Management: Optimizing Metrics & Viral Growth (Dan.

500 Hats

» Friday, May 02, 2008 Web 2.0 Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure.

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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.

Business Models for Social Networks: Monetizing Social Capital.

500 Hats

Simply Hired Social Networking & Social Media Venture Capital & Startup Finance « User Engagement Panel @ SNAP Summit 2.0 (SF) -- Questions?

Your Startup's Revenue Projections Are Wrong

VC Whisperer

People often ask me:"Paul, what should our revenue projections look like to attract venture capital?"I entrepreneur startup money finance VC venture capital revenuebelieve there is no good answer to that question. There’s no “right” projected number that makes us all want to throw money at a startup.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Gabe at DuckDuckGo launched in the fall of 2008, and bootstrapped for three years, working by himself to build DDG, before we invested. Stack Overflow also launched in the fall of 2008. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechBut that is not true at all. Behance was bootstrapped for its first five years.

Burnham's Beat: Infospace and the Great Shareholder Robbery of.

Burnham's Beat

While there was supposedly a grand strategy driving to all these purchases, arguably what they were left with after 10 years and $1.7BN in paid in capital was just over $1BN in retained losses and a motley collection of business that looked like they were going no where fast. May 1, 2008 in Internet , Wall Street | Permalink. By Month.

Burnham's Beat: Wigix: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come

Burnham's Beat

April 29, 2008 in Internet | Permalink. Venture Capital. Apr 29, 2008 8:43:42 AM. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Blog Roll.

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The Third Way

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

think back to this post from 2008 , almost five years ago now, as the kickoff of this long running conversation. Venture Capital and Technolog

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