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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. I'd like to dispel that notion. You lose more than you win.

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.  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.

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. Venture CapitalMuch more.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

In fact, if you add the capital flows of the past ten years, there have been just shy of $50 billion in net cash outlays. Sorry! Summary.

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.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

VCAP© Addresses the Gap between Venture Capital and Funding for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs. New York Policy Venture Capital

Young Startups Are Getting the Short End of the Venture Capital Stick

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Becoming more risk-averse, angels and VCs are focusing on companies that have already moved past the early stages of development. Venture capitalists are spending their money on more established companies rather than young startups , according to data from the first quarter of this year. In an interview with Inc.,

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Some have done earlier-stage deals and done well. Others have chased earlier-stage but lack the skills or relationships to do this effectively.

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

Angel Investors, Venture Capital, Which Should You Chose?

Growthink Blog

And such was the case when I read the latest statistics from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). Down forty-eight percent.

Unicorpse

Feld Thoughts

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

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.

Fund Raising is a Means Not an End

Steve Blank

If you’re a scalable startup, you want to spend small amounts of money (seed capital) as you run experiments testing your hypotheses.

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Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital. The figure quoted above is 21 minutes in.

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 1: The Money

Secret Formula

tl;dr: Plenty of late-stage financing will be available for cleantech start-ups over the next few years, but seed/Series A money is another matter.

How Smart Entrepreneurs Select VC / Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

The amounts from Angels start as low as $25K, while minimum venture capital amounts usually start in the $2M range. Marty Zwilling.

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

The Equity Kicker

Their advice to LPs is to catch these distributed returns by investing in emerging managers outside of traditional US venture heartlands.

#PeakVC

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. This means more noise in the system for seed stage investors. return.

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New money into venture explains ups and downs in the market

The Equity Kicker

Venture CapitalIn the last couple of years the ratio of money into startups to funds raised by VCs was 2.5

Staying Independent

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But there are plenty of entrepreneurs who have built interesting businesses using outside capital - angel, seed, VC, or some other form - and they have a portion of their cap table that is seeking a return on their capital on some reasonable timetable. Let's say a company required $10mm of startup capital to get to breakeven.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital. Regions are missing early-stage capital.

The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

The awareness phase is where other later-stage investors start to notice the momentum, bringing additional money in and pushing prices higher.

On the Road to Recap:

abovethecrowd.com

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.

Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

Venture Capital The Andreessen-Horowitz  (A16Z) story is little short of amazing.

How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

Up and Running

An angel investor is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company.

Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

What is possibly more interesting is that the public markets are valuing these companies at less than the late stage private market might value them at. The past decade (post Internet bubble, post Sarbox) brought a new normal to the late stage venture capital market. stocks Venture Capital and Technology

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Venture Capital In Finland In 2010

ArcticStartup

In our previous story with Nexit Ventures we talked about how 2010 was a good year for venture capital in the US.

The Seeds Have Changed: An Epilogue to The New Venture Landscape

K9 Ventures

Note: This is a long post and it’s based on reflecting on a couple of years of observations in the venture industry. In June of 2013, as I was putting together my thoughts for the K9 Ventures annual meeting, I decided to sit back and reflect on what I thought was happening in “Venture Land”. Seed stage was super tough.

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.

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

Are VCs simply looking to diversify the type and stage of companies in which they invest, or do they employ other financial hedging strategies? I’m not aware of VCs using classic financial hedging strategies. Stage diversification: Some funds have an early stage and late stage investing approach.

Venture capital vs self-funded for high growth technology businesses. This was surprising.

Business of Software Blog

There seems to be a generally held feeling that venture capital is ususally suitable for rapid growth businesses and that founders should consider taking it if they want to add rocket fuel to their business.  Carl Schramm talking about US innovation and venture capital. The figure quoted above is 21 minutes in.

Make Your Own Decisions

Feld Thoughts

This is true at early stages but also true at later stages. Venture Capital decision making investing social proofWe describe Foundry Group ‘s behavior as “syndication agnostic.” ” When we make an investment, we are completely agnostic as to whether or not we have a co-investor.

What investors look for in a startup

The Equity Kicker

Early stage investors like Forward Partners look for a minimum of a great entrepreneur and a great idea. Venture Capital

Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Second Quarter 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2011. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 71% in 2Q11, up from the 52% increase registered in 1Q11. By Barry J.

Clouds on the horizon

The Equity Kicker

Through much of last year there was talk of a bubble in venture capital, particularly in late stage investments. Information flows slowly in the venture world, at least compared with public markets, and changes like this take time to play out. Venture CapitalThe last point is related to the first two.

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Corporate Venture Capital: Obligatory or Oxymoron?

David Teten

Mari is now building a new venture in human-machine interaction within the Samsung accelerator, currently in stealth mode. Mari Holds a B.A.

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.

Raise Capital With The Skin You’re In: Blunt Truth from Don Charlton, CEO, The Resumator

David Teten

For early-stage founders, I suggest AngelList and Crunchbase. Diversity ff Venture Capital Fundraising Is that wrong? Is it human?

Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

Both Sides of the Table

The earlier you invest the higher the chances the company won’t work out and thus you pay a lower price than later-stage investors.