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Venture Capital Returns

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.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

You run X amount of capital and Y percentage of that is allocated to venture capital. Either way, VC funds aren't really built around creating much of an experience for their Limited Partners. Partnership investing is boring. If you're an institution, you basically care about returns and that's it.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

But you need to understand venture economics. There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. And Lyft?

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.

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 Singularity hits Venture Capital (Wilson/Kauffman Redux)

Fred Destin

I mean, really, who still wants to be a venture capitalist ? And then we have Fred Wilson telling us that should venture capital die, there's always be blogging. Whatever is happening to the Force? I an now expecting Chris Dixon to say he is turning to Venture Capital , and then I will be officially confused.

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

What’s happening to cleantech venture capital? Limited partners are backing off. Philanthropic capital. Two factors.

That new era of Venture Capital is here

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes.

Venture Math 101

StartupCFO

Yes, it would always be great from an entrepreneur’s perspective for more capital to be available. VC Math 101. MKS: $ 292M.

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

Gust

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.

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.” But for the venture industry to be labeled as ineffective or unfairly risk-averse by not backing such initiatives simply isn’t fair. think not.

Why being a VC sucks. Advice to anyone who wants to get into venture capital.

This is going to be BIG.

I probably get around a dozen e-mails a week asking me how to get into venture capital. On top of that, anytime I talk to anyone who wants to get involved in startups but isn''t sure what they want to do, inevitably, I hear, "And then I was thinking maybe I should look into venture capital, too.". It sucks. Sad Keanu!

When it Comes to Venture Capital, Do Like Warren Does

Growthink Blog

All of a sudden, it is boom time again for venture capital funds, with over $10.3 billion in fresh capital raised by 578 funds in the 1st quarter, up 36% from 2012. But for the individual investor, is investing in a venture capital fund really a good idea? Here’s why: Market Efficiency. Friction. So what to do?

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 1

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. Investor confidence in Venture Capital is at an all time high.

The Next Step in Disrupting Venture Capital: Emerging Manager Funds

Will Price

The Venture Capital industry is ripe for disruption. Over the last few years, super angels offered new capital to the market and groups such as Y-Combinator provided young entrepreneurs new avenues to success. Why don't we see a similar model at play in the venture industry? believe that both limitations are solveable.

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.

Venture Capital, Pitching, and Business Love

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

At an annual meeting of venture capitalists, a Morgan Stanley managing director gave five tips on how to pitch him. Get over yourself. Be nice.

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.

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.

That new era of Venture Capital is here

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes.

Don’t Give Away Your Board Seats

Steve Blank

That said, professional venture capital firms that lead a Series investment round usually make their investment contingent on a board seat.

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

Secret Formula

This spooked investors of all types, venture capitalists included, and cleantech start-up investment dropped by a third in 2009. billion.

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.

Valuation vs Ownership

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It's the limited partners who get screwed by this stuff. Venture Capital and Technology I am talking at the PreMoney conference today (via Skype) and I woke up thinking about the challenges facing the VC industry. hope to talk a bit about this at the conference. Some investors are ownership focused.

Non traditional venture investors are still getting to grips with startup investing

The Equity Kicker

Perhaps the biggest story in venture capital from 2012-2015 was the rise in late stage valuations. Venture Capital

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 2: The Investors

Secret Formula

tl;dr: There’s a widespread perception that cleantech venture capital must be tanking compared with VC overall. That perception is wrong.

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Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This does create a bit of an issue in that we raise ten year venture capital funds. But I am fairly sure that my partners and I and our limited partners will be happy to let this fund play itself out over a longer period of time. I've made the mistake of exiting investments too quickly. USV 2004 is instructive.

The Fantastical, Stupendous, Wonkariffic Tale of How Ample Hills Creamery Raised a $4 Million Venture Capital Round

This is going to be BIG.

It's a story that just hit a milestone--a $4mm round of venture funding that I'm ecstatic to say Brooklyn Bridge Ventures just led.

Similarities between raising a venture fund and raising for a startup

The Equity Kicker

Uncategorized Venture CapitalIt’s becoming a cliché that read raising for a VC fund is like raising for a startup.

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.

Entrepreneurs Teach VCs to be VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It was the first investment we made at Union Square Ventures and we sold that company a few years ago. They taught me a lot about finding and researching opportunities, structuring deals, managing a fund, and working with limited partnersVenture Capital and Technologybacked him again more recently.

Content From LPs

Feld Thoughts

My partner Lindel Eakman wrote a post a few days ago about his transition from Austin to Boulder  and a really helpful one about how to work with him titled  A Human User Interface….with This prompted me to poke around for other content from the limited partner (LP) side of the LP/VC/entrepreneurship universe. sense a pattern.

The Perception Of Conflict Is Conflict

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our shareholders are our limited partners. entrepreneurship Venture Capital and Technology VC is a service business like law firms and ad agencies. Our customers are the entrepreneurs we back. When we do a good job of helping our customers create value, our shareholders benefit. Again he was surprised.

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. Partners make investment decisions. Raising money is hard.

Investing In Competing Companies

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Our shareholders are the limited partners who allow us to invest their capital. Venture Capital and TechnologyBijan has a really good blog post up today about Spark 's approach to investing in competing companies (they don't). Our firm takes an almost identical approach to Spark on this topic.

Despite a Strong Finish, Venture Capital Funds Had a Slow Year

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Venture capital firms across the U.S. venture capital firms raised $4.9 billion in 2013. VC firms raised a total of $16.7

Managing Investor Pedigree

StartupCFO

It’s a known fact that not all venture firms are created equal.  Cambridge Associates , an advisor to the Limited Partners that invest in venture capital firms, says that only about 20 firms – or 3% of all firms – generate 95% of the industry’s returns. . Raising Capital Venture Capital

Announcing K9 Ventures II – A $40M technology-focused micro-VC fund

K9 Ventures

I am pleased to announce the formation of K9 Ventures II, L.P. K9 Ventures started  investing in 2009 with our first fund, K9 Ventures, L.P.,

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Announcing K9 Ventures II – A $40M technology-focused micro-VC fund

K9 Ventures

I am pleased to announce the formation of K9 Ventures II, L.P. K9 Ventures started  investing in 2009 with our first fund, K9 Ventures, L.P.,

LP 47

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.