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Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J.

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.

Venture Capital Market Analysis

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It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

Pattern matching in venture capital may work for figuring out how to build companies, but it is less likely to work for ideas. ”  .

NovoED MOOC on Raising Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

I’m spending the new two days filming the content for a MOOC on raising venture capital. The content is based on my book with Jason titled  Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. The post NovoED MOOC on Raising Venture Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

Silicon Valley was born  in an era of applied experimentation driven by scientists and engineers. Lean LaunchPad Teaching Venture Capital

Product Idea: Reverse Engineering VC Investment Strategies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Venture capital firms don’t do a great job on their websites of explaining what they invest in and what they do not invest in. And I think entrepreneurs who are going out to raise capital would find it incredibly valuable. The other day I found myself on a VC website. This is not a simple thing to do, but it can be done.

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.

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  University.

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

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.

Mentors, Revenue Based Financing, and Misperceptions About Venture Capital

Ask The VC

Roger Ehrenberg (IA) writes about mentors in his post  Mentors: an essential engine for growth. Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital) wraps up our posts of the day with a dynamite one titled 10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital. Today, we have three great ones.

How to Build a Successful and Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio Without Really Trying

This is going to be BIG.

After checking out The Information's "open dataset" on diversity in venture capital , I felt pretty disappointed. went back and calculated the number of companies in the first Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio who have at least one founder who is female, from an underrepresented minority group, or LGBT. Not directly, anyway.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth. People This led to an explosion in startups.

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

Both Sides of the Table

Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. startup venture-capitalDon’t we know it.

The Yin and Yang of Product and Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

For a tech company, product and engineering are the heart and soul of the business. When I do a quick mental query of headcount across our entire portfolio of ~30 companies, I think at least 50% and maybe as much as 60% of the entire headcount of our portfolio is in either product or engineering. They will be managers.

It’s About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank

One can make the case that New York venture capital industry is rooted in the 21 st century not the 20 th. New York Startups.

Reverse Engineering a Career

This is going to be BIG.

He was interested in venture capital and was a year away from graduation. realized that a position at Union Square Ventures was going to be open in a year and that he had a terrific chance of getting it. It was an exercise in reverse engineering. I run into a lot of people trying to switch careers and join a startup.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Grubhub

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

The company was founded in 2004 when software engineers Matt Maloney and Mike Evans became frustrated over a lack of comprehensive food delivery sites. Venture capitalists are hungry for a piece, too. million cash infusion came from Origin Ventures in 2007. It's raised $34 million in total venture funding to date.

What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

Steve Blank

Venture-backed startups will often have a Series C or D or later rounds during this phase. Family/Career/Culture Lean LaunchPad Venture Capita

Girls Who Code

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At The Academy For Software Engineering (AFSE), we use a "limited unscreened" model to accept students. And it can be done.

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10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

angel investors business entrepreneurs startup wave venture capitalTwo of these, Uber and Xiaomi, are already above $40 billion. in 2014.

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Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Try DuckDuckGo: the friendly search engine ( Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechRelated articles.

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

Steve Blank

Dino and I kept in touch as he moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster.  What’s Different.

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“Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch

Steve Blank

Brendan McManus said: “Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch [link] #startup #advice [.] Here’s how they did it. Thanks!

NYU Poly Speech

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here's what I had to say (15 mins): NYC Venture Capital and Technology

How Well Do You Take A Punch?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

have seen engineers get things built in a week that might take a quarter under normal circumstances. Venture Capital and TechnologyI was talking to a friend who has been displaced because of Sandy. They are struggling to get the business back to where it was before the hurricane. One is a personal thing.

How Investors Make Better Decisions: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank

Other than measuring engineering progress, there’s no standard language to communicate progress. Here’s John’s story. But the ‘ah-hah!’

When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review

Steve Blank

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” ” Groucho Marx. learned about Michael Porter s’s five forces.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The insurgent, three engineers in a walk up in Bushwick, can't even afford the lawyer or the time to file a patent. Many years ago now, my prior venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, invested in a company called Thinking Media. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Techwill end this post with a story.

Starting and Finishing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The quick pivots, the exhausting product/engineering sprints, the rapid fire innovation, the missionary zeal, etc work so well in the early days but they get old quickly and they don't scale. entrepreneurship management Venture Capital and Technology The quote is from Mike Olson in this post. And many don't.

What's Wrong With Sensationalist Media

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Not interested in The Academy For Software Engineering , HackNY , TechStars NYC , or Angel List , which is where the money seems to be flowing (ie back into the startup ecosystem) but instead interested in suits for tech entrepreneurs. NYC Venture Capital and TechnologyUgghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

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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. An engineering team that has kept the service up with literally no down time that I can ever remember. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Techforwarded it to Brad and he reached out to Paul and Rony.

Want To Be A VC? Start A Company.

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They would learn how a founding CEO turns their money into a company which becomes a learning, execution and delivery engine. Venture Capital and TechnologySteve Blank has a great post up on his blog suggesting that VCs should require startup CEO experience in their partners' resumes. You can guess if you want.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

He then busts the myths clusters tell themselves; “lets be like Silicon Valley” and the “there’s not enough capital here.”. Leaders and Feeders.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

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


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In the post Chris lays out three constituencies to the startup economy; business people, engineers, and hobbyists. Venture Capital and TechnologyOne of my favorite posts in the past month came from Chris Dixon. It is short and sweet, just the way I like a blog post. Being a hobbyist is a great way to live in the future.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz:

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Venture capitalists have their heads in the clouds. Over the past year, cloud-storage startups have collected round after round of venture backing at increasingly rich valuations, and they're showing no signs of slowing down. million in venture backing across six rounds. Venture; that round valued the company at $66.5

China Startups – The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5)

Steve Blank

The downside is that with so much venture and angel capital available, investors have been willing to fund the 10 th Groupon clone. 

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Profitable: To Be Or Not To Be?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Instead they invest heavily in the business with the expectations that those investments will produce more revenue (by hiring salespeople), or additional products (by hiring engineers and product managers), or additional geographies (by hiring an international team), or any number of other value enhancing aspects of the business.

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Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

And venture capitalists will think more than twice about putting $3mm of early stage capital into startups if they know that the vast majority of the funds will go to pay lawyers to defend the companies instead of to hire engineers to create and build product. Politics Venture Capital and Technology

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