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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.

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. For a long time I’ve suggested that an interesting measure of entrepreneurial density would be ((entrepreneurs + employees of startups) / total population).

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Rise of Seed. Rise of Angels.

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.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Convertible notes have both features in them but for some reason entrepreneurs don’t understand it. It’s like we need a finance 101 course for entrepreneurs. really just want to champion Finance 101 to entrepreneurs. This week. Him: Yeah. Me: Ok.

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!

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.

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Venture Capital's Newest Frontier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Hundreds of new funds and a new type of entrepreneur are driving growth today

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

Gust

Recently, I met with an entrepreneur to discuss her financing strategy. Andrew Weinreich is a serial entrepreneur based in NYC. Execute.

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. Talk to the crowd.

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: Goal of entrepreneur’s VC fundraising is a term sheet.

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.

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

Gust

The Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since. It is one of the useful methods for establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup ventures. The Venture Capital Method is often used as one such method.

Deal Selection in Venture Capital

Rob Go

This is only becoming more common as entrepreneurs are getting smarter about fundraising, and more transparency exists in how companies are doing.

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.

Book: The Business of Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

In the fall of 2010 Mahendra Ramsinghani reached out to me by email about a new book he was working on called The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies. Books ramsinghani VC Venture Capital

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

David Teten

I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities.

Got "Founder Fit?" If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

Up and Running

” At present, Version One Ventures portfolio includes startups from all over the United States and Canada. Boris Wertz. If not, why?

On historical returns and venture capital flavours

Fred Destin

Compare and contrast with Bill Gurley (Benchmark Capital) and his comments to LP's (" Your Are Blowing It ") : “You’re in the field.

Why are some venture capital firms not funding women?

Gust

The facile answer to this assumptive question is “because some women are not seeking funding from venture capital firms” But there is actually quite a bit of truth in both statements. Invested Interests Astia entrepreneurs funding investors LATISM venture capital firms women

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5 Identify the right people in the right venture firms.

5 Best-Kept Secrets About Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The most important things you need to know about how venture capital works--demystified. After 10 years as a successful entrepreneur, I''ve recently become a venture capitalist. It turns out, now having been on both sides of the table, most entrepreneurs don''t understand how VCs actually work and think.

What I learned from raising venture capital

www.gabrielweinberg.com

recently raised venture capital for the first time. However, please bear in mind my lack of experience in these matters and that this post is written from the company/entrepreneur perspective. DuckDuckGo raised a series A round from Union Square Ventures and a handful of awesome angel investors. I'm new at this. Bad idea.

The Best-Kept Secrets of Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A successful entrepreneur-turned-VC shares harsh truths for founders looking for investment

Dos and Don’ts When Raising Venture Capital For the First Time

VC Cafe

The post “ What I learned from raising venture capital ” by  Gabriel Weinberg , the founder of DuckDuckGo is one of them.

Ask These Questions Before Taking Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Beth Marcus, co-founder and CEO of Playrific, explains why entrepreneurs should be mindful of a fund's expectations before taking money

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Whenever I ask an entrepreneur to e-mail me, I can tell they’re feeling like I’m brushing them off. Sometimes the best conversations start out when an entrepreneur is in the process of trying to find out whether he should even get funding or not.

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).

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.

How to get a job in Venture Capital

Jason Ball's TechBytes

So, these are some of the things that are good to start with: 1) Be an entrepreneur. Being a wildly successful entrepreneur turned awesome VC is clearly the preferred route. Analyst, Associate, Principal, Venture Partner, General Partner, Managing Partner – all require different amounts of the above. Venture Capital

When, Where, and How to Raise Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

These entrepreneurs often dream about how much they could accomplish if they had millions in the bank. Venture capitalists swing for the fences.

Venture Capital in India – The Summit Push

VentureWoods

As the season for year roundups begins, here are my thoughts, originally published in Economic Times … It is now my eight year in succession of claiming a great year for venture capital. At the surface, 2013 was a slower year for venture capital investments than recent past. Why then the optimism? Ecosystem

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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.

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

What’s happening to cleantech venture capital? Cleantech VC performance is substantially lagging venture capital as a whole.

The Singularity hits Venture Capital (Wilson/Kauffman Redux)

Fred Destin

I mean, really, who still wants to be a venture capitalist ? For all we know VC's might start to feel and act more like entrepreneurs by the time we are done with all of this. And then we have Fred Wilson telling us that should venture capital die, there's always be blogging. The schizophreny of the venture capitalist.

On Human Capital & Venture Capital

thebarefootvc

These days, I am seeing a large number of first time entrepreneurs with great ideas, which is fantastic to see. This takes a lot of time.

Venture Capital: Practicing Blind Faith

Babbling VC

If you're an entrepreneur or in the VC space, you should know the difference. Who are my favorite entrepreneurs? Venture capital in general, especially in Europe, is a practice in blind faith right now. The batshit crazy entrepreneurs I'm surrounded by every day. . Optimism isn't enough. FUCK THAT! don't!

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.

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.

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.