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YC follows a well trodden path for investment firms: drifts later stage

The Equity Kicker

In the words of an alum from the 2006 cohort: Companies are joining YC at a much later stage. Much more. Venture Capital

Later-stage rounds and “setting the bar too high”

Chris Dixon

I recently had a number of conversations with CEOs of later-stage startups (generating significant revenue) that went something like this.

First Half of 2011 Showed Boost in Later Stage VC Deals in Israel

VC Cafe

Seed stage investments are down almost by half, accounting for 3% of investments in the first half of 2011, compared to 5% last year.

Why I Invested in Gogii (textPlus) – My First Ever Later Stage Deal

Both Sides of the Table

More on that later. This is a post I’ve been dying to write for 18 months. invested in LA-based Gogii , one of the fastest growing, most exciting mobile social networking companies you’ve never heard of and maker of a product called textPlus. know this because you’re not a young teenager. See, I originally lost this deal.

Startup Blog: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ? Second Guessing

Taffy Williams

Keep in mind that you really want to do this sooner than later because the decisions get more complicated as the startup grows. Now what? Stuck?

The Opportunity / Growth Fund Trend

Feld Thoughts

”  Prior to this, plenty of VC firms invested across the early stage to late stage spectrum from the same fund (e.g.

Get Ready For Q115 Fundraising Insanity

Feld Thoughts

The number of large, “later stage” financings are remarkable – both in size and velocity. But they are often extremely frustrating to strong, mid and later stage companies growing 25%+ year over year. We had several close last month and have some more in process. You aren’t growing fast enough.

How Can This Be A Billion Dollar Company?

Feld Thoughts

wish he had called it “This Unicorn Thing Is B t For Early Stage Investing” but I think he’s a little more restrained than I am.

Chegg is in the process of pivoting—seemingly long after achieving product-market fit in its core business. What are the challenges of managing a later-stage pivot??

Launching Tech Ventures

by Jesse Garcia LATER-STAGE PIVOTING = PRE-EMPTIVE TURNAROUND MANAGEMENT? The challenges of a later-stage pivot are BIGGER than those of an early-stage pivot. Length of the Runway Like in any change situation, the amount of time available to execute a late-stage pivot is very important.

Foundry Group Next

Feld Thoughts

During these discussions, we reflected on the incredible collection of early stage VC firms we’ve invested in personally over the years. At the same time we discussed our later stage investment strategy. As a result of our extensive networks, we constantly see other potential late stage investments.

Our 2016 Foundry Group Fund and A Little History

Feld Thoughts

We subsequently raised a $225 million fund in 2010 , another one in 2013 , and a late stage fund in 2013. Each is $225 million.

Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The NASDAQ Composite beats later and expansion stage funds and all the public indexes beat early and multi-stage funds.

How to Avoid a Cluttered Board Room

View from Seed

Here at NextView, we are strong proponents of creating a board at the seed stage. At the seed stage, we typically have three-person boards with two founders and one VC — though as companies grow at later stages, five-person boards and ultimately six- or seven-person boards become more common. Beware Board Observers.

Why we expanded our startup to South Korea

The Next Web

Additionally, if the expansion goes well, you’ll have also demonstrated the adaptability and versatility of your product on a world stage.

Venture Deals: Chapter 11: Issues at Different Financing Stages

Ask The VC

As we enter the home stretch of the book, we spend some time talking about financings at different stages of the life of a company. This is especially true when you factor in the different stages that your company will evolve through over its lifetime. Not all financings are created equal. Venture Deals book venture deals

[Checklist for Entrepreneurs] Critical Tasks to Complete After Raising Seed Capital

View from Seed

Raising venture capital at any stage of company growth requires tremendous effort from entrepreneurs.

Think Angel Investing = Seed Investing? You're Missing Out.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How to improve your venture portfolio with later stage companies

Unicorpse

Feld Thoughts

Two years later, the public company (which at one point was worth over $30b) was bankrupt. The current usage of the word unicorn makes me tired. I

The Opportunity / Growth Fund Trend

Feld Thoughts

With yesterday’s announcement that early-stage VC Greycroft has raised a $200 million growth fund , this type of fund has officially become a trend. ”  Prior to this, plenty of VC firms invested across the early stage to late stage spectrum from the same fund (e.g. In one case they referred to it as a growth fund.

Reserves

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They all are important at various stages of development. We know that early stage companies require a fair amount of capital to grow into profitable sustainable businesses and we work hard to make sure that we have the staying power that our portfolio companies require from us. VCs raise money in discrete funds. VC & Technology

Can’t attract VC money? Buy a business with private equity

The Next Web

Venture capital firms are typically growth-oriented, early-stage investors looking for these proof-of-concept points before cutting a check.

The VC Market – 2015 and 2016

Rob Go

From the seed stage perspective, what we’ve seen this year is that the definition of a seed round has broadened considerably. There is greater variability in the size, valuation, and stage of companies that raise seed rounds, and often, companies raise 2 or 3 seed rounds before a series A. This is a bad thing for investor returns.

What Most People Don’t Understand About How Startup Companies are Valued

Both Sides of the Table

So the multiples paid by publics matter and when they drop, the late-stage markets drop, too. What is the True Sentiment of VCs? Mostly, no.

European seed fund explosion – what does it mean?

The Equity Kicker

As you can see from the graphs below the number of seed funds is growing very fast whilst the number of later stage funds is flat.

What Do Industry Insiders Think Will Happen in VC in 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

“This is the year the tortoise may gain on the hare.” State of the Market. Let’s start with some basic data most people know.

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Entrepreneurs, Your Funding Strategy will Change When You Start to Engage with Potential Investors

Robert Ochtel

This was a time when venture capitalists and angel investors alike were willing to invest in pre-revenue, early stage companies with a great concept and a first class team.  com) early-stage company investing fever, and invested in anything and everything related to the Internet.  It’s Not the 1990’s Anymore. Life was easier.

Outsource things you don’t care about

Chris Dixon

At an early-stage technology company this means you do in house: product design, software and/or hardware development, PR, recruiting, and costumer relations/community management. You probably shouldn’t hire an investment banker during an acquisition unless your company is later stage. startups

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Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

It continues to be highly dependent on company, stage, and location. At the early stages, raising the first $2m tends to be straightforward in most geographies that have meaningful startup communities. Most importantly from my frame of reference, the amount of activity at the early and seed stage seems to be extremely robust.

Ten million users is the new one million users

Chris Dixon

Some observations: - Thousands of early-stage consumer web/mobile companies were started and funded in last 24 months. Facebook’s market cap is about half of what most tech investors expected before the IPO. - A few breakout early-stage consumer hits (Instagram, Pinterest) have reached tens of millions of users in record time.

Accelerate Your Startup With Help From An Incubator

Startup Professionals Musings

Peer-to-peer networking with other startups and founders in the same stage. Mentoring and technical assistance from volunteer or paid experts.

A Great Discussion with @skupor @davemcclure @msuster on Changes in the VC Industry

Both Sides of the Table

Video 1 is here : Late stage valuations are in a mini bubble. He said that a16z prefers to invest earlier stage in these types of businesses.

A Five-Minute Tutorial On How To Value Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Future revenue projections are not relevant at the pre-revenue stage. You look like a chump, and probably won’t like their low-ball response.

7 Keys To Signing Business Advisors That Add Value

Startup Professionals Musings

If you have more, they better be major investors or partners who will likely be part of your formal Board of Directors at a later stage.

Top 100 venture VC investments each year average $100-150m gain

The Equity Kicker

The dangerous thing for early stage investors is dilution by later stage investors. That’s the Forward Partners way.

8 Secrets To Pushing Your Startup Ahead Of The Crowd

Startup Professionals Musings

You don’t have to be a heavily funded later stage startup to get access to “big data,” customer analytics, and metrics dashboards.

Seed Investing

aweissman.com

It is about the fact that while venture funding statistics show larger funds and more later stage investing, there are still a wealth of early ventures being formed, and getting funded. skip to main | skip to sidebar. aweissman.com. Maximizing the serendipity around you. Jul 24, 2007. Seed Investing. The article can be found here.

Some Thoughts On Seed Investing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But it is a bit of a return to form for USV as half of the initial investments in our first fund (USV 2004) were made at the seed stage. In our core early stage funds (as opposed to our Opportunity Funds), we make initial investments at the seed, Series A, and Series B stages. It is called USV 2014. But rarely both.

Pre-seed investments work best when there’s a clear plan for short term value creation

The Equity Kicker

Different investors place different weights on the three elements but as a rule earlier stage investors place more emphasis on the team and later stage investors place more emphasis on the market. Some very early stage investors go as far as to say that for them team is everything. Here’s why.

What Are Pre-Seed Rounds and Why Do They Exist?

View from Seed

After all, aren’t seed investors (like us) by definition supposed to be the first and earliest-stage investors? Tweet this.).

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

Steve Blank

The second wave of technology investors were Chinese banks, who provided the majority of the later stage investments in the Torch Program.