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Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Richard Florida continues to write amazing stuff about Startup Communities in The Atlantic Online. Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley. Of course not.

Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on  Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing.  At the early stages, raising the first $2m tends to be straightforward in most geographies that have meaningful startup communities. What is your advice to a company seeking its first capital?

Venture Capital Funding: A Curated List of Our Best Resources

Up and Running

Getting venture capital funding to launch your business is incredibly difficult. Is venture capital right for you?

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.

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!

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

How to build regional entrepreneurial communities has just gotten it’s first “here’s how to do it” book. Community Culture. Quibbles.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

You run X amount of capital and Y percentage of that is allocated to venture capital. Rather than see LP interactions as a chore or a burden, new fund managers should see this as an opportunity to extend the community around their fund. Partnership investing is boring. For smaller funds, I think this is a real mistake.

Why Does a Coffee Chain Need Venture Capital? Philz CEO Explains

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Fueled by ambition to bring communities together, Philz Coffee has taken on $45 million in venture capital funding to drive its expansion efforts

You'll Never Guess the Top 20 Cities for Venture Capital Activity

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are 20 of the most capital-dense start-up communities in the country, according to new research.

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.

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.

Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?

OnStartups

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

How to Get into Venture Capital - An Update

This is going to be BIG.

About seven years ago, I wrote a post on breaking into venture capital and I continue to point the five or six people a week who ask me how to break into venture. Today, I want to add two addendum to it, based on the work of two up and coming women in the NYC tech community. Venture Capital & Technology

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.

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” If you are a leader in your entrepreneurial community and have something you want to add , email me 500 – 1000 words. I’m looking for feedback on this table of contents. The Boulder Entrepreneurial Community.

Venture Capital Funds Start to Make Decent Money. This is News

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In a bit of good news for the venture and startup communities, the ten-year returns for venture capital funds continue to improve

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. Who are the people you should meet in the Los Angeles Startup Community to get wired in

Two Must Read Books For The AVC Community

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Two of the most common are the rise of startup communities and the role that the Internet can play in allowing society to governing itself.

The Rapidly Growing Chicago and LA Startup Communities

Feld Thoughts

Troy reminded me about the Chicago Venture Summit , which is coming up on 10/14 and 10/15.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Or at least venture-style returns. The LP Community Hasn’t Yet Caught Up. Not to mention providing the capital for growth. People

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

believe the next 20 years will be an excited time of regeneration for Cincinnati and many more progressive communities across the country.

The 99: How the SEC protects you from venture capital returns.

This is going to be BIG.

Take venture capital, for example. Very few are ever going to wind up in the former category--so the most accessible option for most investors would have to be a venture capital fund. Below that and they need to keep you from investing in really risky stuff, like venture capital. Think about it, though.

The Religion of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

Recently, in my book  Startup Communities , I asserted that you can create a startup community in any city in the world. Venture Capital chris shipley fred wilson marc andreessen religion silicon valley startup communities tech industry Silicon Valley is a religion, just like Crossfit is a religion.

Video Of The Week: Paul Graham in 2005

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There are a lot of awesome people in the startup community, but Paul is among the most awesome. entrepreneurship Venture Capital and Technolog

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Embracing Your Community as a Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

Community. In Los Angeles the venture community is very collaborative. Upstream & Downstream Capital. ” I dunno.

The Silent Killer – The Company Your Community Never Created

Both Sides of the Table

think startup communities being simple cheerleaders doesn’t help anyone. But no community can become complacent with the wins that it has. But I’ll bet the Boston community would take 50% of the success of Facebook built locally. Local capital matters. So what can a community do? Who knows.

Los Angeles Startup Community

SoCal CTO

I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. Who are the people you should meet in the Los Angeles Startup Community to get wired in

Nitty Gritty Advice on Raising Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As founder of online privacy protection company Reputation.com, Michael Fertik knows a few things about raising venture capital.

How VCs, Accelerators, and Coworking Spaces Put Communities in Buildings vs. Buildings in Communities

This is going to be BIG.

I'll bet you don't know where the Center of NY's Tech Community and Center of Creativity is. Get enough of those and you'll have your community.

It’s All About The Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

We are at the Techstars Retail Accelerator again today, then at Leadpages for a board meeting, and wrapping up with an internal Target event and an external startup community event put on by Beta.MN. It’s two full days of immersion in the Minneapolis startup community. Venture Capital Entrepreneurship minneapolis Techstars

Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

Both Sides of the Table

We threw a Launchpad LA dinner to bring the community together as we tend to do 6-10 times a year. Think about venture capital.

Continuum Analytics Gets $24 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds on product development, sales and marketing and community development. The company […] The post Continuum Analytics Gets $24 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Right Entrepreneurs In The Right Place Get Funded

Gust

Obviously, a key factor is always the state of the economy and the mood of the venture capital community. No surprises here.

How Has Product Hunt Become Such a Critical Startup Website?

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It was the place that every startup knew they HAD TO be in order to attract initial users and also gain the attention of venture capitalists.

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.

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History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme

Feld Thoughts

If you want a quick taste, go read today’s Fred Wilson’s blog post  Coming Up With A Better Name For NYC’s Tech Community. 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. Surprise.

Right Entrepreneurs In The Right Place Get Funded

Startup Professionals Musings

Obviously, a key factor is always the state of the economy and the mood of the venture capital community. No surprises here.

Why “The Culture of Failure” is Imperative to Startup Communities

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote about the 12 tips to building successful startup communities. remember this lesson well. Failure is critical. Anyhow.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Now they are back in every community, with the best even waving money at graduates. Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are back as an exit strategy.

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On personal brand, transparency and social contract in venture capital. Oh yeah, and blogging.

Fred Destin

The very candid interview does a good job of capturing my views on personal brand and the use of media in venture capital, and which I republish below.