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VC Portfolio Strategy

Rob Go

VC’s, and particularly seed focused VC’s, pursue a variety of different strategies in their portfolio. The main parameters that VC’s tend to think about around portfolio strategy are: 1. Put it simply, the bigger the portfolio, the more the investor thinks that luck and uncertainty is a factor. Capacity. 5.

Founders on a Mission

K9 Ventures

Put differently, there are some founders for whom failure simply isn’t an option. Instead she is a mother. She is Asian (South Korean).

Design Staff ? Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios

Design Staff

Hiring a designer: how to review portfolios. It’s easy to spot a beautiful portfolio. Look at the portfolio design itself.

Some Thoughts On Founder Liquidity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I saw a post last week that suggested that VCs competing to win deals is leading to excess amounts of founder liquidity. also saw this tweet from Sam Altman yesterday: if founders are selling their own stock less than 1 year into the company, you can nearly always safely pass on investing. — Sam Altman (@sama) December 28, 2014.

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using. When we took the poll itself, one founder said: “This is a great idea. We would have loved to have it when we were getting started.”

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

After angels, larger venture firms are probably next in terms of how variable they are when reacting to seed pricing asks by founders. ”).

Q1 Round-up: Portfolio companies in the news

Version One Ventures

If you’re not already familiar with the startups and founders making up the V1 portfolio, here’s a summary of some of this quarter’s news clippings. Portfolio companies in the news. Beyond funding announcements, several portfolio companies made the news this quarter. Funding and Follow-ons. Exits.

The Emotional Co-Founder

Seeing Both Sides

There is a bias against solo founders in Startup Land. But if you find yourself a solo founder, don't despair.

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

This is going to be BIG.

Who is actually building a portfolio whose founders reflect the diversity of the greater population? 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.

What Founders Need to Know: You Were Funded for a Liquidity Event – Start Looking

Steve Blank

To most founders a  startup is not a job, but a calling. What does this mean for startup founders? Here’s the thing most founders miss.

Founder Leadership Models

Seeing Both Sides

There are a number of founder leadership models that can work well as a startup evolves. the founder becomes CTO).

Founder Liquidity

K9 Ventures

Let’s say you’re the founder (I use a solo-founder in my example to keep things simple, but this could just as well apply to a founding team) of a startup called Blood, Sweat and Tears, Inc. The objective is really to be able to get some risk off the table for the founders and not leave all their eggs in one basket. aka BST).

Founder Liquidity

K9 Ventures

Let’s say you’re the founder (I use a solo-founder in my example to keep things simple, but this could just as well apply to a founding team) of a startup called Blood, Sweat and Tears, Inc. The objective is really to be able to get some risk off the table for the founders and not leave all their eggs in one basket. aka BST).

The rise of the female founder

Version One Ventures

Women are underrepresented as engineers, management, investors, and founders. venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. However, there are signs that the situation, at least when it comes to female founders, is improving. There are no articles, blogs, conferences, or reports focused on the number of male founders.

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

Feld Thoughts

In our portfolio, we generally don’t have this problem because we aren’t big fans of either (a) overfunding companies or (b) escalating burn rates based on headcount. have two simple rules for founders in my head from this experience. Mark Suster wrote a great post yesterday titled  The Resetting of the Startup Industry.

Founder Institute This Summer in Colorado

Feld Thoughts

So when Jim Franklin, the CEO of SendGrid (one of our portfolio companies and a TechStars Boulder mentor) asked if I would write a post about the Founder Institute program in Boulder, I told him that I’d give him control of my blog to write a guest post on it. Last summer  Founder Institute held its inaugural class in Denver. 

Tool and resource list for new founders

The Startup Toolkit

Dribbble – browse designer portfolios, many of whom also freelance. A braindump of the tools I frequently turn to for my projects. People.

Accidental VC: The Most Dangerous Question for Founders to Overlook in Pitches

View from Seed

Founders must  address distribution in their pitches both overtly and succinctly. You can find those here. ). Accidental VC

Values Build Startup Culture: A Founder’s Take on Getting Started

View from Seed

This is a guest post from Ben Rubin , co-founder and CEO of Change Collective , which offers courses for behavior change with world-class experts.

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A Founder's Guide to M&A

Hazard Lights

As a Founder of a venture backed company, eventually the question of whether and how to seek liquidity for your shareholders will come into question. 

Investors need to actually use their portfolio products

Version One Ventures

Should an investor really be expected to use the 10, 15, or 20 products in his or her portfolio? I say absolutely. As an investor, using a portfolio company is easier when dealing with consumer apps and companies. The post Investors need to actually use their portfolio products appeared first on Version One Ventures.

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?

A Stroll Through The NextView Portfolio

Rob Go

A year ago, I wrote a post detailing some tidbits about our portfolio. One year later, we’ve made more investments and learned a lot.  I believe that the best way to understand an investor is to meet the founders that they work with. Founders: We invest behind founders from a variety of backgrounds. Post Revenue: 4.

The Other Founder

Seeing Both Sides

The other founder usually begins with a particular range of responsibilities that comliment the founder.  And then a VP of finance. 

Please Succeed or Fail Fast: Why Large VCs & Seed Rounds Could Lead to Portfolio Conflict Down the Road

Hunter Walker

There are lots of implications for founders – both positive and less so – so they should go into these opportunities thoughtfully, but at Homebrew we’ve enjoyed co-leading with some BigVCs and anticipate we’ll happily continue to do so when it makes sense for the entrepreneur. But BigVC hasn’t left seed, just changed its approach.

How To Allocate Founder and Employee Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Joel Spolsky , c0-founder and CEO of our portfolio company Stack Exchange , posted an excellent answer to the question in the title of this post on the Stack site OnStartups. I'm not going to reblog the entire answer here. I'd encourage you to go read Joel's answer. Nobody who is not working full time counts as a founder.

What Is NextView’s Focus? Another Stroll Through Our Portfolio

Rob Go

As a founder, it feels like a long time, but it’s really a blip on the radar in the scheme of things. This is why I’ve made a habit of profiling our portfolio quantitatively and why we write summaries announcing pretty much all of our new investments. So, here is our annual quantitative summary of our portfolio.

Meet Our Newest Portfolio Company, Airbnb

Ben's Blog

They were joined by a third co-founder, Nathan Blecharczyk, who brought programming expertise.  The website is clean and very intuitive—not surprising, I guess, when two of the founders are designers.  Portfolio CompaniesThis is a guest post by Jeff Jordan, General Partner of Andreessen Horowitz.

You Can’t Spell Hardware without H-A-R-D

K9 Ventures

That’s 7 out of about 29 investments that K9 has made to date and so that’s almost 1/4 of the K9 portfolio. Hardware is different.

Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

Portfolio companies can contact us to learn more.) How do you position yourself as the latter if you’re a seed-stage startup founder?

Startups Should Revolve Around Their Founders if They Want to Succeed Big

Andrew Payne

From a statistical analysis of over 6,000 startups, the paper (and article) argue (roughly) that founders with board control, the CEO position, or both, can “harm the firm’s prospects, reducing pre-money valuation by up to 22%.” And all of the top US companies founded within ~30 years are/were founder led.

Stealth is Overrated

K9 Ventures

…and I’ve said it to founders on more occasions than I can count: For startups  steath is overrated. Manu Kumar (@ManuKumar) May 29, 2010.

How founders get paid: non-strategic acquisitions, dividends, and private islands

The Startup Toolkit

As a founder, you get a pile of money in one of four ways: You generate profits and keep some (dividends). You’re making solid revenue (e.g.

Founder Superpowers: Areas Where Top Entrepreneurs Can Be Truly Exceptional

View from Seed

Yet despite their differences, each of these powers give founders the ability to perform superhuman tasks. Heat-Seeking (Enhanced Senses).

A founder’s advice on hiring a VP of Sales

Version One Ventures

One of the best parts about having a strong portfolio filled with smart people is the wise advice that founders share with each other. In this case, one of V1’s portfolio companies has been looking to hire a VP of Sales and I asked Jon Zimmerman ( @jpzimmerman ), CEO of Front Desk , to share his experiences and insight on the matter.

Vision+ Protégee MyGamez Release Their Q1 Portfolio For Chinese Markets

ArcticStartup

Their more than colorful portfolio includes everything from Manga distribution to movies starred by Samuel L Jackson.

What's Your Founder Superpower?

Genuine VC

Extraordinary companies can’t be built without extraordinary entrepreneurs, especially at the earliest stages. I’d argue that successful founders must actually possess real a superpower to make the nearly impossible task of getting a startup off the ground become a reality. So to prospective founders I ask: what’s your founding superpower

The Long Arc of Startup Teams: How Founders’ Approach to Talent Evolves

View from Seed

At the beginning, a startup team is typically just a couple of co-founders. Below, I take a look at each. Genesis. It’s a moving target.

Brett Berson - Turning a Portfolio into a Community.

Redeye VC

The reason we show up to work every day is to help amazing entrepreneurs succeed.  We want First Round to be a founders First Call. Ever since I became a VC, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is: “Don’t you miss being an entrepreneur? 

Big Data On Demand

Peter Levine

The Cazena founders were former leaders at Netezza, the big data appliance leader that went public and was acquired by IBM for $1.7 Prat Moghe , founder & CEO of Cazena, previously led strategy, product and marketing at Netezza. Andreessen Horowitz Portfolio Companies big data Cazena cloud data center founders SaaS

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