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Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. I'd like to dispel that notion. You lose more than you win.

Loss Ratios In Early Stage VC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When I was early in my career, I casually mentioned to an older VC that I had yet to lose money on an investment. Or you can calculate loss ratios by "dollars" meaning how much of the capital invested in the fund went into total losses. That fund will be the best venture fund I have ever worked on. It is not.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. Nothing fancier.

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.  It continues to be highly dependent on company, stage, and location. At the early stages, raising the first $2m tends to be straightforward in most geographies that have meaningful startup communities.

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. Secondly, the driver of returns for the funds raised in 1978 – 1981 was not their underlying portfolios, at what stage, or in what industries they were built. Total.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital. ——-.

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!

The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

Both Sides of the Table

When I was new at Venture Capital I was trying to figure out the business. What stage? What kind of deals should I be doing?

The two reasons early stage investors should be active investors

The Equity Kicker

Uncategorized Venture Capital Forgive me for that, but I do think we are in the vanguard of a trend towards ever more active investing.

The State Of The Early Stage Financing Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But I did read an interesting post by Semil Shah where he outlines what he thinks is going on in the early stage financing markets right now. Venture Capital and Technology I am headed out on a bike ride with my daughter this morning and don't have a lot to say today. He deserves it and I don't.

It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

Last night a tweet from @ Baris caught my attention: “unusually perceptive, unconventional or early. It’s not my thing. ”  .

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

Gust

A woman you don’t know tells you that she’s going to run a marathon of 7-minute miles. She’s never run a long distance race before. And so you do.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

In fact, if you add the capital flows of the past ten years, there have been just shy of $50 billion in net cash outlays. Sorry! Summary.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

Both Sides of the Table

It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” Having worked through the data with Glenn I am even more optimistic about venture capital than I was even a year ago.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made.

Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital

Genuine VC

Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs raising it, there isn’t one definitive playbook which can be used as a guide. MYTH: The venture capital model is broken.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. Funding on Your Terms.

The most important lesson learned in early-stage investing

Version One Ventures

It is a well-written piece with many great quotes and anecdotes and included the most important lesson about early-stage investing that I learned over the past 8 years: “If the fail rate of our companies is not high enough, it’s not because we are exceptional investors, it’s probably because we’re not taking enough risks.

Venture Capital Investors Look Beyond Your Startup

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 Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

Both Sides of the Table

When I was new at Venture Capital I was trying to figure out the business. What stage? What kind of deals should I be doing?

The first question early stage startups should ask themselves

Start Up Blog

Especially when it comes to raising capital to support the project. entrepreneurship funding startups technology Venture Capital

7 Top Trends in Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As managing partner of Blumberg Capital; David Blumberg is a respected investor, with two decades of experience investing in early-stage tech startups

How to Scale Early-Stage Investing

David Teten

Before making the decision to join ff Venture Capital , I did some research on early-stage tech investing as an asset class and how it’s evolving.

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

The VCs operating in Vietnam since the early 2000s are: Mekong Capital , IDG Ventures Vietnam, Dragon Capital and DFJ Vina Capital.

Sustainable startup growth and venture capital

The Equity Kicker

On Friday it seemed like everyone in the venture capital industry was again reading about market turmoil, this time the news is that angel investors are pulling back and valuations taking a hit. read it too, because it’s a big deal. The best startups capture all the returns so focusing too much on entry valuation is a mistake.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

And no, the numbers don't exactly add up--but they're more than close enough for venture capital. Let's be clear about this exercise.

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between "seed-stage" and "early-stage" financing.

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Early 20’s technical + non technical single founders, white. Young, sure, but not early 20s…and that’s a lot of kids. A bit white, though… 3) VCs hold the power. Venture Capital & TechnologyTweet. 1) You need it.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different.

On Human Capital & Venture Capital

thebarefootvc

However, the reality is that I am building a portfolio of investments and, like Brad, I believe in being an active and helpful investor.

Israeli Venture Capital Raising Flat in Q3, Seed Investments Decline

VC Cafe

Koby Simana, CEO of IVC Research Center, said: “The data suggest a slow recovery in the local high-tech sector’s ability to raise capital.

8 Ways To Get Off The Ground With Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Simplicity is preferred at this stage. angel investor early-stage entrepreneur startupalone.

Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – 2011 Edition

Thinking About Thinking

This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory ( 1st edition , 2nd edition , 3rd edition ).  This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs.  Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ), Union Square Ventures, A VC  (81,483). Mike Speiser, SutterHill Ventures, Laserlike (490).

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

My macro conclusion was that while it was really early, investment returns to date were on par with VC overall. Philanthropic capital.

That new era of Venture Capital is here

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes.

Bringing design thinking to early stage investment

The Equity Kicker

This graphic comes from a post on Venture Village about design thinking for startups but it should apply equally to investment companies.

U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days

allthingsd.com

Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days. venture capitalists put $8.1 ATDveecees (Venture Capital).

Will Crowdfunding Crowd Out Venture Capital?

ReadWriteStart

Venture capitalists have been getting a black eye to go with their blue shirts. The early record on multiround financing is not good.”.

Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund

This is going to be BIG.

Hopefully, the fund gets some nice wins early and you start to get your money back, but when you're in a venture fund, you're in for a really long haul. It's basically going to be a zero--and half of these early stage deals are going to wind up being a pile of flaming worthless paper. Let's be clear. Trust me