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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.

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. In it, he looked at Venture Capital financing (total dollars and number of deals) on a per-capital basis. Combine Boulder and Denver.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? It’s like we need a finance 101 course for entrepreneurs. In finance they call it “terminal value” but the truth is the price is as arbitrary at your A round as it is at your seed round. really just want to champion Finance 101 to entrepreneurs.

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.

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!

OJO Labs Lands $5.8 Million in Venture Capital


Austin-based LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners led the financing. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A new startup, OJO Labs just closed on $5.8 million in Series A funding from local investors. Austin

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.

Growth Hacking Without Venture Capital

Software By Rob

You can grow without money, but only if you stop imitating the startups that have closed a round of financing. Image above from Toban Black.

Continuous Financing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We hate financings that go down like this and often choose to sit them out. believe that entrepreneurs and investors should be engaged in a non-stop dating process that starts as early as possible and goes on continuously regardless if the entrepreneur is actually in the market for capital or not. Venture Capital and Technology

Mentors, Revenue Based Financing, and Misperceptions About Venture Capital

Ask The VC

Fred Wilson (USV) has his normal MBA Mondays series with a guest post from Andy Sack titled Revenue Based Financing.  It’s an advertorial for Andy’s firm Lighter Capital  but is a really good explanation of how revenue based financing works. Today, we have three great ones.

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.

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront

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Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation


Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit.

The Truth about Venture Capital Financing

The Entrepreneurial Mind

You may have heard that venture capitalists invest in “A” teams even if they only have “C” ideas.

The Singularity hits Venture Capital (Wilson/Kauffman Redux)

Fred Destin

I mean, really, who still wants to be a venture capitalist ? And then we have Fred Wilson telling us that should venture capital die, there's always be blogging. Whatever is happening to the Force? I an now expecting Chris Dixon to say he is turning to Venture Capital , and then I will be officially confused.

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.

Aunt Bertha Raises $5 Million in Venture Capital


Aunt Bertha, a social services search and referral platform, announced it has raised $5 million in venture capital. Techstars Ventures led the Series B round of financing and as part of the deal, Jason Seats, partner at Techstars Ventures, will join the company’s board. Austin

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.

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.” These are closer to public goods and best financed by either Government agencies or large corporations with generational time horizons.

Will Crowdfunding Crowd Out Venture Capital?


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

How to Get Venture Capital: What NOT to Do

Growthink Blog

Many top venture capitalists (VCs) have blogs. Josh is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. That's a lot. read more.

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


The direct answer to your question is  NO, VC and PE funds do not provide debt financing  for any companies. 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] *.

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.

Venture Capital Deals Drop in Second Quarter

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

billion in venture capital money. Still, raised $150 million in the largest transaction of the period. companies raised $7.2

Sizing Option Pools In Connection With Financings

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

What I like to do, as I mentioned in the post I linked to, is agree with the entrepreneur that the option pool will have enough unissued options to fund all the hiring and retention grants that need to happen between the current financing and the next one. Then we'll do the same thing at the time of the next financing.

Raising Money From Investors? 5 Financing Mistakes to Avoid

YFS Magazine

Raising capital is a tough job, but when you’re prepared it can make all the difference in getting investors to sign on the dotted line.

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation


Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit.

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.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

VCAP© Addresses the Gap between Venture Capital and Funding for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs. New York Policy Venture Capital

The Glorious Post Seed Startup Financing Chaos

Fred Destin

Getting Seed does not mean you are on a long-term venture capital track. The short answer: chaos. Cue fractals on this blog. right ?).

How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)

Up and Running

Assembling investors is another useful option if you need more in the bank, as venture capital groups or angel groups can provide extra leverage.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Or at least venture-style returns. believe some VCs have entered the early-stage market as simply an option on future financing rounds.

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.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. It is 2010. Good luck.

Paperless Financing Docs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I've been on a mission to dramatically reduce the legal costs of a venture financing. One of the best hacks of the Disrupt Hackathon last weekend was Docracy. I am going to find out if we can use Docracy on our next venture financing to make things more efficient. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

Financing your business: Debt vs Equity


Therefore, this is often not the starting point for financing your business. Deciding how to finance. Equity. Funding lifecycle.

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

watched, participated, and suffered through every type of creative financing as companies were struggling to raise capital in this time frame. I’ve seen every imaginable type of liquidation preference structure, pay-to-play dynamic, preferred return, ratchet, share/option bonus, option repricing, and carveout.

Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive

Feld Thoughts

But I think cheap capital is only half of the equation. Capital remains incredibly cheap, so it’s flowing into wages. But

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. It''s a group of her peers from the professional world--up and coming titans of finance and consulting with good salaries and not a lot of dependents.

Urban Mining Gets $25 Million in Venture Capital


which recycles magnets, announced Tuesday it has completed a $25 million round of financing. “The first step towards commercializing our technology is capital intensive,” Scott Dunn, Urban Mining’s CEO, […] The post Urban Mining Gets $25 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.