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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.

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? have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. Maybe an IPO – who knows? This week. Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price?

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!

Forbes Reveals the 2013 Venture Capital Midas List

VC Cafe

Forbes released the 2013 Midas List for Venture Capital today, proving that to be successful in VC, all you need is one big hit.

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. The booming IPO market proved the model of investing in new companies, as some SBICs cash out at attractive levels. Venture Capital sbic VC


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.

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

last year, more than any other major index), and the IPO market is booming. Last year, the VC industry partied like its 1999.  million.

What I learned from raising venture capital

Takin' VC Money (Money Cash IPO's) by Smixx Forewarning Be forewarned, this post is long. recently raised venture capital for the first time. DuckDuckGo raised a series A round from Union Square Ventures and a handful of awesome angel investors. You can tl;dr it by reading the section titles. I'm new at this. Background.

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. Here are my top 5 secrets I''ve learned about venture capital: 1. They can sell this when they raise their next venture fund.

Investors Beware: Today’s $100M+ Late-stage Private Rounds Are Very Different from an IPO

Lost in this conversation are the dramatic differences between a high priced private round and an IPO. Consider the case of

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Venture Capital: Practicing Blind Faith

Babbling VC

There are stories coming at you from all sides about how we are approaching a cash crunch, the macro-economy is floundering, IPO's are disappearing and so forth. Venture capital in general, especially in Europe, is a practice in blind faith right now. There is a huge difference between optimism and blind faith. FUCK THAT! don't!

How do venture capital firms make money by investing in startups?


The venture capital fund itself makes money… …by investing early in a startup company’s life, when success is not at all assured. In exchange for investing capital to help the company grow, the fund receives an ownership interest in the company. This is the money that is invested into the startups.

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.

There Aren't Many Venture Backed IPOs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

To recap, 1-3% get to an IPO and 5-10% get to an M&A exit over $100mm. Venture Capital and Technology

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Venture Capital in India – The Summit Push


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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U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days

Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days. venture capitalists put $8.1 ATDveecees (Venture Capital).

Quigley Report - Predicting a Venture Capital Revival


An interesting report predicting that venture capital asset class will make a strong revival over next 10 years. General

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.

Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We have an IPO market for web companies again. I don't have all the names in front of me, but this year has brought IPOs for Pandora, LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, and TripAdvisor. The past decade (post Internet bubble, post Sarbox) brought a new normal to the late stage venture capital market. Pandora is at ~$1.5bn.

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The Sub $1bn Revenues IPO Act

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

  The name is too long so I call it the "sub $1bn IPO bill." This is a good bill. Will Sarbanes-Oxley Changes Help The IPO Market? Venture Capital and TechnologyThis undoes some of the bad stuff done to smaller public companies in Sarbox. It should become law. hope it will. Related articles.

Andreessen Horowitz: No bubble but rebalancing from IPO to late stage venture

The Equity Kicker

But second there has been a big shift from IPOs to late stage private rounds. Venture Capitalthink that’s largely true.

Why Hasn't NYC Produced Many Tech IPOs?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

He suggests that the lack of NYC tech IPOs compared to Boston is a result of: The IPO culture hasn’t fully permeated NYC?   Perhaps Boston CEOs, CFOs and boards feel more pressure to go public sooner and/or are comfortable with the IPO process because they community has done it so many times.  NYC is a trader town.

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The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

Both Sides of the Table

This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries.

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.


Feld Thoughts

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen warned in a tweetstorm that startups with high burn rates would “vaporize.” That word is unicorpse. billion.

IPOs, M&As, Liquidity, & You. (the entrepreneur)


In the “good old days,” angels invested in seed-stage startups and teed up promising companies for subsequent venture capital financing. If the company was successful, this quickly led to an IPO – a very happy ending for the entrepreneur, the angels, and the venture capitalists. My, my…how the world has changed.

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K9 Ventures

define #PeakVC as the point in time when the maximum amount of $$s are entering the Venture Capital industry. That is because the venture capital industry operates in cycles. That increases the overall money supply coming in to venture. Raise as much capital as you can, but watch your burn rate like a hawk.

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On the Square and Match IPOs and hopes for a correction

The Equity Kicker and Square both enjoyed strong first days after their IPOs yesterday. Exits Venture Capital

Venture Capital Term Sheets: Conversion Rights

Scott Edward Walker

Introduction This post originally appeared as part of the “ Ask the Attorney ” column I am writing for VentureBeat ; it is another installment of my ongoing series regarding venture capital term sheets.  two or three times the Original Purchase Price) to create more flexibility with regard to an IPO. Many thanks, Scott.

The 99: How the SEC protects you from venture capital returns.

This is going to be BIG.

Take venture capital, for example. Very few are ever going to wind up in the former category--so the most accessible option for most investors would have to be a venture capital fund. Below that and they need to keep you from investing in really risky stuff, like venture capital. Think about it, though.

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

Steve Blank

Luckily in the last quarter of the 20 th century a new source of money called risk capital emerged. Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital.

Top Venture Capital Deals of 2012

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The past twelve months didn’t offer the rush of new venture capital funding many had hoped for. Here are seven of the biggest.

After Ringing the IPO Bell

Seeing Both Sides

Your venture capital investors and many early employees head for the door and you are left holding the bag. They are not alone.

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Venture Capital Hits Highest Level Since Dot-Com Bubble

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Apparently the string of recent tech IPO disappointments hasn't put the brakes on VC firms. billion in financing for the second quarter of 2012.

Why Facebook Clearly Belongs in the 10X Revenue Club

Brief disclosure, Benchmark Capital has a minority position in Facebook as a result of the acquisition of FriendFeed, a company that was incubated in our offices. Facebook Internet IPO Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/TechAttached are my thoughts on the Facebook S-1 along with some quick stabs at valuation.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Initial Public Offerings (IPO) are back as an exit strategy. Last year was the most active year for IPOs in the United States since 2000.

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The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 4: Parting Thoughts

Secret Formula

This week we’ve analyzed the state of cleantech venture capital and used data to discern myth from reality. In summary, we’ve found that: There will be sufficient late-stage capital in the next few years to feed the ’06-’08 “baby boom” of cleantech start-ups, but there may be a corresponding dearth of Seed/Series A money.

Why a Month With No IPOs Isn't All Bad News

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

January surprised more than a few venture capital investors with its complete absence of initial pubic offerings.

Some Perspective

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I don't disagree with PG when he says that Facebook's IPO performance (or lack thereof) has the potential to impact valuations in startup land. think it will be particularly impactful on the late stage and secondary markets where most of the IPO valuation speculation is happening. stocks Venture Capital and Technology