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Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on  Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing.  At the same time, if you are a clearly successful growth company, there is a huge amount of capital available once you’ve reached a point of clear success (often after $20m – $40m has been raised).

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.

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.

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.


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.

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 Great European Venture Capital Crisis

Fred Destin

The exercise of drawing up target list of investors has been a depressing one, for the European venture landscape is starting to look extremely depleted. We have three clearly dominant firms based out of London, in the form of Accel Partners, Balderton Capital and Index Ventures. Venture Capital *Notable Europe

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!

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.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

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

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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The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

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

Disrupting Finance From Above: Wealthfront

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

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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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

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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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

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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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.


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.

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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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.

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.

The Coming Venture Capital Boom


Share and Enjoy: This entry was posted in Venture Capital and tagged business cycle , startup , venture capital.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Two Must Read Books For The AVC Community

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Two of the most common are the rise of startup communities and the role that the Internet can play in allowing society to governing itself.

Venture Capital Creating Systemic Risk???

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

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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.

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.

Israeli Venture Capital Fund Raising 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Additional details about venture capital fund raising will be available in the IVC 2011 Yearbook , due for release in April. billion.

Brexit: Why the EIF must remain

The Equity Kicker

The European Investment Fund (EIF) is an EU institution that exists to stimulate the startup ecosystem by investing in venture capital funds. They have made a huge contribution to the UK scene,  backing 37% of UK based venture funds between 2011 and 2015. Venture CapitalIt’s a big deal.

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.

Freedom and Innovation

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The hearings are being livestreamed here and you can click on the archives and watch yesterday's two panels. I got pretty animated during the discussion, which is probably not a great thing to do when testifying in a government hearing. Venture Capital and Technology But this kind of thing is really important to me.

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