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Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Endowments. Foundation s.

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.


The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. Like the U.S.

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

Another Vietnamese government arm, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), published their intention to launch a VC fund in 2015.

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. think not.

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.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. Like the U.S.

Governance Models That Don’t Scale: The World According to Charles T. Munger and Jean Jacques Rousseau

Pascal's View

It is in this context that I found “Corporate Governance According to Charles T. It’s not easy. So that the CEO can lead effectively. agree!

How To Lose Fat And Gain Muscle With Venture Capital

David Teten

All venture capital and NIH funding data for CY 2010 – 2014 in USA. The data is painful. years , the average US life expectancy.

Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive

Feld Thoughts

We’ve had a very long period of low to no inflation, at least based on the way the government calculates it.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

government has been running one of the most audacious experiments in entrepreneurship since World War II. Over the last two months the U.S.

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront

Finance government stimulus Internet Payment Regulation Uncategorized Venture Capital Disruption payments wealthfront

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Feeders include the government, universities, investors, mentors, service providers and large companies. Role of Government. Quibbles.

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

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

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

These types of startups are better suited to raising money from friends, family, commercial and government small business loans, etc.

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China – The Sleeper Awakens (Part 1 of 5)

Steve Blank

China has embraced state capitalism in a way Wall Street can only dream about. China Customer Development Technology Venture Capital

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Free Government Money for Startups

David Teten

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson discussed the role of government grants in helping launch tech companies. Venture CapitalCalifornia.


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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Lessons for startup ecosystems from the history of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

I just read Nicolas Colin’s Brief History of the World (of Venture Capital). The UK government’s support has been important for our startup ecosystem. Venture CapitalThe bit I liked the most described the role of Stanford in getting Silicon Valley going in the late 1950s.

The 50 Most Promising Israeli Startups in 2016

VC Cafe

NSO – Offensive cyber espionage tools for governments (Raised $130M) – 60% of the company is owned by PE fund Francisco Partners.

On the Road to Recap:

In February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan Primack declared 2015 “ The Age of the Unicorns ” noting — “Fortune counts more than 80 startups that have been valued at $1 billion or more by venture capitalists.” By January of 2016, that number had ballooned to 229. Competition also has access to capital.

Why We Spend So Much Time On Policy Stuff

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It might seem to some that we are more like policy think tank or adovacy organization than a venture capital firm. We are at the start of this battle between incumbents, be they black car drivers or cable companies or government itself, and the network driven upstarts. Politics Venture Capital and Technology

New Book by Professor Mannie Manhong Liu and Pascal Levensohn– Venture Capital: Theory and Practice, published by the University of International Business and Economics Press, Beijing

Pascal's View

I never expected to have my first book published in China, much less in Mandarin, but that goes to show how much the world continues to change.  My contributions to this undergraduate textbook, Venture Capital: Theory & Practice , are the result of two important collaborations.  Venture Capital is a popular buzzword in China.

Some Thoughts On The SEC's Rulemaking On General Solicitation

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This legislation was designed to make it easier for small businesses in the US to raise capital and contained a number of important and valuable changes to securities laws. To do so before the company intitiates a fundraise is not realistic and ignores how startups raise capital. The JOBS Act was signed into law on April 5, 2012.

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Monopolies and Startups

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

So we have trust busters in government whose job it is to keep the monopolies in check. And our government is pretty good at handing monopolies out. They put a dent in a machine that the government could not. They got cabs on the streets when the government could not. Venture Capital and Technology

China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the how the Chinese government engineered technology clusters. government’s SBIR and STTR programs. Lessons Learned.

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Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

The combination of Venture Capital and technology entrepreneurship is one of the great business inventions of the last 50 years. Join us.

Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)

Steve Blank

The previous post described the evolution of the Chinese Venture Capital system. China Venture Capital. billion. billion.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Games hacking education Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechFredSquare is an application I’ve hacked together for the AVC community.

10 Ways for Startups to Survive the Valley of Death

Startup Professionals Musings

This source is a major focus these days, due to government initiatives to incent research and development on alternative energy and other technologies.

Investing In The Cultural Revolution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Venture Capital and TechnologyErick asked me what I thought was coming after the infrastructure and application phases of the Internet.

Leapfrogging into the Future


We live in strange times, and sometimes it seems that the world is spinning backwards. In a year of fascinating conversations, a few stood out.

Venture Capital Creating Systemic Risk???

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

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Why The Unlocking Phones Debate Is Important

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

And our governement should make this activity legal so that we do not face any adverse consequences from this behavior. mobile Venture Capital and TechnologyThe White House and the FCC have recently come out in favor of allowing consumers to unlock their phones. That is a really good thing. would go even further. Here is why.

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The Model Board Package


The structure is simple yet comprehensive: - Get all agenda items and objectives established up front so we know what to cover. - Get approvals and governance out of the way. Angels Growing Big Management Resources Venture Capital startup board meetings Board of Directors board presentation GovernanceJust the outline.

The Coming Venture Capital Boom


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Government Grants Cost No Equity, But are Not Free

Startup Professionals Musings

Grants start as small a few thousand dollars, but can provide millions of dollars in capital to new ventures. Extend your networking.


Section 18 of the America Invents Act

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It was a far reaching conversation that gave me optimism that our government does realize the issues with our patent system, particularly as it relates to software and business method patents. Venture Capital and TechnologyThere was one thing that we discussed that is very important and needs to be publicized broadly.

Enough Is Enough

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The mess around the Lodsys patents should be a wake up call to everyone involved in the patent business (government bureaucrats, legislators, lawyers, investors, entrepreneurs, etc) that the system is totally broken and we can't continue to go on like this. I believe that software patents should not exist. They are a tax on innovation.

Startup America – Dead On Arrival

Steve Blank

As they can’t provide the scale to attract venture capital, they fund their businesses via friends/family or small business loans. 2.