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Seed Is The New A – #PreMoney 2015 Talk

K9 Ventures

Seed Is The New A: What The Seed-Stage Explosion Means For Founders, GPs & LPs. And the deck from my talk.

Homebrew’s Second Annual LP Meeting: Why We Do Them

Hunter Walker

Last week Homebrew held its second annual LP meeting, coinciding with our second anniversary as a fund. We’ve had two second seeds, 5+ Series A and one Series B from the investments we made during the fund’s first 12 mths. Given The agenda was very similar to 2014’s, which I discussed last year in this post.

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Announcing K9 Ventures, L.P. – a seed stage fund

K9 Ventures

I’m pleased to announce the formation of K9 Ventures, L.P. – a seed-stage fund. K9 Ventures, L.P. is a $6.25M fund that is designed to do concept and seed-stage investments in technology companies. Twilio (Seed and Series A). HighlightCam (Seed). DNAnexus (Series A).

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Too Many Seed Investment Choices

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday I sent emails out passing on participating in two seed rounds for companies I really like. They had lots of investors trying to invest and each company was competitive with two other seed stage companies we’ve seen in the past 30 days. Finally, we believe strongly in active engagement as a seed investor.

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

Both Sides of the Table

All isn’t completely rosy in the LP views of the venture industry. The Biggest Area of Concern is Late Stage Investments. Sorry!

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.,


K9 Ventures

Examples are tailored to the stage at which I/K9 play, but there is no difference even if you add a couple of zeros to those numbers). This is probably especially true of the early stage (pre-seed and seed) stages of financing since so much of the “new LP” money coming into the system is directed at these stages of companies.

Venture Outlook 2016

Both Sides of the Table

Our late-stage, privately held technology market is clearly in a bubble. Here spoke last week at the annual Cendana VC/LP conference.

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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.

The Experience of Being a Limited Partner in Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Rather than see LP interactions as a chore or a burden, new fund managers should see this as an opportunity to extend the community around their fund. The GP-LP relationship shouldn't be so one dimensional around returns, and I would argue that, in the seed stage, it's sub-optimal. Partnership investing is boring.

Crowdfunding for start-ups: A durable trend or a bull market phenomenon?

Information Arbitrage

What started out as a way for a curated set of angels to invest in startups posting on the AngelList site has expanded to include the notion of Syndicates , investor groups headed by prominent angels who deploy capital pledged by themselves and others in a manner akin to a GP/LP construct. When $ dry up, who steps up? November 15, 2014.

Announcing NextView Ventures II

Rob Go

NextView Ventures II is $40M, twice the size of our first fund, and we continue to be exclusively focused on seed-stage companies pursuing internet-enabled innovation. But a larger fund also allows us to invest a broader range of amounts in early seed rounds.  First, the seed and early stage market continues to evolve.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

Both Sides of the Table

The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds. On the surface the narratives have been. Where are we today? billion). Mbps).

Beer Kegs and the Future of Venture Capital: What It Means for Entrepreneurs

Genuine VC

Large VC firms resemble Budweiser-type macrobrews, competing based on scale and brand with a standardized product across multiple geographies, sectors, and stages. Whether buying a whole keg or just a single draft beer - raising a large round or only a seed round, the VC landscape is definitely changing dramatically for entrepreneurs.

A Beer Drinker's View of the Venture Industry

Genuine VC

These firms aim broadly – diverse along sector, geography, and stage lines. Perhaps a contrarian statement in this environment: but even though there’s been a dip in fund size due to broad economic factors and LP appetite, it wouldn’t surprise me if the truly top firms raise even larger funds over the coming decade.

Final Close: The Story Behind NextView's Own Fundraise ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. We recently completed the final close of NextView Ventures, LP and we’re excited about both our progress to date and our plans for the future. Im a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur turned East Coast VC. I co-founded NextView Ventures , a seed-stage VC firm based in Boston, in 2010.

Back from the Dark Side

Venture Cyclist

Big Data Boston Ventures was conceived as a micro-VC fund that would invest in seed stage companies which fit into the big data theme. The LP community (those who invest in VC funds) are caught in a series of dynamics that mean they are just not interested in taking the kind of risks that such a fund might offer.

The Authoritative Guide to Prorata Rights

Both Sides of the Table

They often create the biggest tensions between investors who are investing at different stages in the business. These tensions seep out in some angels or seed funds publicly or semi-privately deriding later-stage VCs for their “bad” behavior. have seen bad behavior from later-stage VCs, believe me.

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When Bad News Is Actually Good News

Babbling VC

For those of you not in the know, they are one of the largest limited partners ( LP's : investors in venture capital funds) in Europe and are basically in almost all the funds throughout the market. Funds at the top end have increased in size and seed funds which have established themselves tend to have more to work with than 10 years ago.

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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.

Why Email May Be Draining Your Company’s Productivity

Both Sides of the Table

Separately, in the morning I called a seed-stage investor in NY and talked to him about investing in one of my companies. Email. Sales.

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Happy Birthday, RTP Ventures

Passionate Intensity

These investments included two seed stage investments and seven Series A deals. RTP was a startup. All that has certainly changed.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

so that's what I said my exits would be as a seed stage fund. Toss in a few acqui-hires in the $6-8mm post seed. It's not perfect.

What Do Investors Want? Imperious Group Investing In 30 Startups in 2 Years.


The other side of the equation, is reliably picking winning startups, so that your LP''s will remain happy and help you raise the next fund.

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How to raise money with no lead

Venture Hacks

Should you have a board seat for seed investors? Does a small seed round need protective provisions? Before you raise a seed round, you need a product in the marketplace. What are the different types of seed stage investors? If you’re talking to a VC, make sure they really do seed stage rounds.

Jonathon Triest of Ludlow Ventures: “VC Done Right” (and in Detroit)

Hunter Walker

HW: Is it getting more competitive for early stage VCs like yourself? In that spirit, asked him to share some background and perspectives.

Burnham's Beat: Why Convertible Debt Is A Sucker's Play

Burnham's Beat

There are some good posts going around today on the topic of using convertible debt in seed stage venture financings including one by my former colleague Seth Levin over at Foundry that is worth a look. All that’s left when a seed stage company fails are some empty Jolt Cola cans and nerf guns. Burnhams Beat. Blogs.

Fun Fact of The Week: Time from Inbox to Investment

Redeye VC

During the last few weeks there has been a lot of commentary about what’s going on in the seed funding markets.  Some disagree. 

Some Thoughts on Communicating With Your Investors

Rob Go

Given that small institutional seed rounds are becoming more and more common, I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts on how to best communicate with investors. First, getting investors to commit to board involvement is a great way to make sure your VC is committed to your seed round (that is, if you have a large VC in your round).

VCs in seed clothing: Chris Dixon, Mark Suster, and Naval Ravikant interviewed

Venture Hacks

The topic was VC signaling in seed rounds — and how these signals help or hurt your ability to raise money in the next round. Prerequisites.

A brief history of your investors (and their investors)

Venture Hacks

Angels invest their own money, VCs invest their LP’s. If you like this post, check out George’s blog and tweets @ georgezachary.

What’s Really Going on in the VC Industry? What Does it Mean for Startups?

Both Sides of the Table

So as of 2008 total LP commitments were still at nearly $250 billion. 3. There is also True Ventures that does early stage, seed investments.

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Full Time Vs Part Time Angel Investors

Mark Birch

It is not for want that I am only a part-time investor.  The successful investor comes with a few important tools. 


Bryce Dot VC

When we set out to raise our first fund in 2005, we began a nearly two year journey involving enormous amounts of educating the market on what a seed fund was and why we felt there was such a compelling opportunity to build a new firm solely focused on this breed of cash efficient startups that make our model work. Firstly, wow! years.

How to raise money with no lead

Venture Hacks

This post explains how to raise a seed round with no lead, no fixed amount, and a fluid closing date. Mass syndication is a single continuous seed round and I think it’s the state of the art in continuous fundraising. Should you have a board seat for seed investors? Does a small seed round need protective provisions?

Happy Birthday, RTP

Passionate Intensity

These investments included two seed stage investments and seven Series A deals. Importantly, we also did two later stage investments in and RichRelevance. For our early-stage companies, we put together a support network that had one person I spoke to describe us as a “mini-Andreessen.”  A compliment in my book.

Alternative To Company Valuation For Startups


According to Ron Conway, founder of Angel Investors LP funds that invested in Google and PayPal  amongst others, they also add a valuation cap.

Don't Kill the VC Golden Goose! Why Raising Taxes on Carried.


VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Even after they are successful, raising future funds isnt a cakewalk either, as oftentimes, for early stage VCs, its not clear after 5 years if their portfolio of companies is going to return lots of money to investors.