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A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death:  Venture Capital in the 1980’s. So contrary to the piece, it wasn’t VC were good at early stage technology, it was that they had newfound capital and a big exit window. Total. 1,250,000.     Total.

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. Haywire.

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!

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

Agile VC

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

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital


If you read startup news, then you might believe “getting funded” is the ultimate goal of any business. The Drawbacks of Venture Capital.

The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

This is going to be BIG.

The fact is, it''s just not cool to criticize the investing side of the venture capital market. For the most part, journalists give startups a free pass when venture capital money is raised or when companies that clearly seem to have failed get "acquired". Venture Capital & Technology Billion valuation.

Free Reprints of “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything”

Steve Blank

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Test Your Business Model Against These 10 Elements

Startup Professionals Musings

support her assertion that a business model consists of at least the first seven of the following ten basic elements: Value proposition.

The 47th (-46) International Business Model Competition

Steve Blank

The most visible step was the first  International Business Model Competition , hosted by the BYU Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology.

Venture Capital and "Innovation"

Information Arbitrage

Many have recently been critical of the role of the venture industry in financing “true innovation.” This is not how the venture industry is supposed to operate.” But for the venture industry to be labeled as ineffective or unfairly risk-averse by not backing such initiatives simply isn’t fair. think not.

Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

I just read the Q1 2011 report from CB Insights , which shows venture capital is back. Overall, investors put $7.5 startups.

Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?


They’ve taken the classic venture capital playbook and out-executed just about everyone. The folks at Google Ventures are smart.

When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review

Steve Blank

In my 21 years as an entrepreneur, I would come up for air once a month to religiously read the Harvard Business Review. ” Groucho Marx.

Ten Questions to Ensure a Viable Business Model

Startup Professionals Musings

support her assertion that a business model consists of at least the first seven of the following ten basic elements: Value proposition.

Pinterest's Not So Controversial Business Model

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

My company uses the same business model--and there's nothing unethical about it. How else did you expect the site to make money?

Venture Cyclist: Four Reasons for a Business Model

Venture Cyclist

Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. Four Reasons for a Business Model. Pages.

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

Loading… Business. Business. Small Business. SMALL BUSINESS. SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. more in Small Business. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. BUSINESSES.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

—— I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University.

Do venture capital firms or private equity funds offer debt financing for startups?


Their entire business model is based on investing in companies that can potentially offer very high returns. For venture capital, this is typically ten  times  the invested capital, and those returns can only be achieved through equity appreciation, not debt service. original post can be found on Quora @ [link] *.

Google Redefines Disruption: The “Less Than Free” Business Model

[Follow Me on Twitter] I like to think of myself as an aficionado of business disruption. After all, as a venture capitalist it is imperative to understand ways in which a smaller private company can gain the upper hand on a large incumbent. One of the most successful ways to do this is to change [.].

I’m on the Air – On Sirius XM Channel 111

Steve Blank

Alex Osterwalder – Business Models. And if the past is prologue I guarantee you that this will be radio worth listening to.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Or at least venture-style returns. You can’t scale a large business quickly on your $500,000 alone. Funny, that. That’s wise.

Bill Gurley on the “Free” Business Model

I have been intrigued by the back and forth between Chris Anderson, Malcolm Gladwell, and Mark Cuban on the topic of “Free” as a strategy and business model. advertising Internet online video Uncategorized Venture Capital video Web/Tech FreeHere they are in a list: 1) Back in February of 2008, Chris [.].

Why Governments Don’t Get Startups

Steve Blank

For policy makers, the first order of business is to methodically think through which of these entrepreneurial paths they want to help and grow.

What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking

Steve Blank

Luckily in the last quarter of the 20 th century a new source of money called risk capital emerged. Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital.

Soundcloud’s losses: How much is too much?


How much “should” a startup burn before it has a proven business model and path to profitability? To date, they have raised over $150M. According

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Developers of NYC Startup Tour to Visit ff Venture Capital

David Teten

This creates a low-pressure environment for developers to explore and learn about startups. Others range from students to senior developers.

When doing the right thing by people is also the better business model: Why I backed Homer Logistics

This is going to be BIG.

These small businesses needed a single delivery solution in order to focus on what they do best--whether it's making food or curating products to sell in a store. This way, Homer doesn't have to raise hundreds of millions of venture capital dollars to change consumer ordering behavior. That's what Homer is.

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Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

Corporate business development and strategic partner executives are flocking to Silicon Valley to find these five types of innovation. So what?

What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

Steve Blank

In this first step, the goal of a startup is to search for a repeatable and scalable business model. The problem is where’s the playbook?

The Future of Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

So some or most of this post might be that I’ve overdosed on business books for the month.). Enter the Business Model Canvas.

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

For many entrepreneurs “raising money” has replaced “building a sustainable business” as their goal.  The consequences of raising venture money.

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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?

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank

Then they annotated the private companies with the amount of private capital they had raised. Customer Development Teaching Venture Capital

Free Reprints of “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything”

Steve Blank

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How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank

language corporate innovation groups can use to communicate to business units and finance. Here’s John’s story. But the ‘ah-hah!’ No ambiguity.

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. Job creation in Bend is everyone’s business.   Bend needed its own venture firm.

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Nokia as “He Who Must Not Be Named” and the Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering  Technology Venture Program  partnership with  Aalto University. Toxic Business Press and Contradictory Government Incentives. While the government says they love startups, the first thing they did this year is  raise  the capital gains tax. Part 1 can be found here.

VC Cold Email Outreach: “The Only Winning Move is Not to Play”

K9 Ventures

And I’ve seen it happen to companies in the K9 ventures portfolio. K9 Ventures is also on  Facebook  and  Google+. But it happens.

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In Defense Of Free

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There is a paid TV business and it is flourishing. Spotify's core business model is a subscription music service.