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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. Nothing fancier.

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. Secondly, the driver of returns for the funds raised in 1978 – 1981 was not their underlying portfolios, at what stage, or in what industries they were built. Total.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. Feld Thoughts.

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.

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!

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. Bill Draper, the first West Coast venture capitalist, has been more blunt: “[Without it] I never would have gotten into venture capital.


What Do Venture Capital Firms Want?

Up and Running

What are venture capitalists looking for? What do venture capitalists want in an investment? ” Venture capital is very specialized.

Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital

Genuine VC

Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs raising it, there isn’t one definitive playbook which can be used as a guide. MYTH: The venture capital model is broken.

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method


The Venture Capital Method (VC Method) was first described by Professor Bill Sahlman at Harvard Business School in 1987 in a case study and has been revised since. It is one of the useful methods for establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup ventures. The Venture Capital Method is often used as one such method.

Deal Selection in Venture Capital

Rob Go

Every senior exec at every portfolio company likewise, has a set of data that they know cold about their function and comparable companies.

Got "Founder Fit?" If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

Up and Running

” At present, Version One Ventures portfolio includes startups from all over the United States and Canada. Boris Wertz.

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

David Teten

I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities.

Dos and Don’ts When Raising Venture Capital For the First Time

VC Cafe

The post “ What I learned from raising venture capital ” by  Gabriel Weinberg , the founder of DuckDuckGo is one of them.

How to Build a Successful and Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio Without Really Trying

This is going to be BIG.

After checking out The Information's "open dataset" on diversity in venture capital , I felt pretty disappointed. Who is actually building a portfolio whose founders reflect the diversity of the greater population? Most people need a little bit of capital to bring a product to market--or they're an engineer.

Why are some venture capital firms not funding women?


The facile answer to this assumptive question is “because some women are not seeking funding from venture capital firms” But there is actually quite a bit of truth in both statements. Invested Interests Astia entrepreneurs funding investors LATISM venture capital firms women

What I learned from raising venture capital

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. They were: Andreessen Horowitz Matrix Partners SV Angel Redpoint Morganthaler Gerylock Charles River Ventures DFJ Having multiple term sheets really matters. Bad idea.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

And no, the numbers don't exactly add up--but they're more than close enough for venture capital. Let's be clear about this exercise.

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.

On Human Capital & Venture Capital


However, the reality is that I am building a portfolio of investments and, like Brad, I believe in being an active and helpful investor.

CognitiveScale Lands $21.8 Million in Venture Capital


million in venture capital. Norwest Venture Partners and Intel Capital co-led the round. CognitiveScale plans to use the money to expand its salesforce and on research and development of its product portfolio. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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. You've decided to spread that across Z funds and you hope your portfolio meets some threshold. Partnership investing is boring. That's because, for the most part, fund investors fall into two categories: institutions and individuals.

How to get a job in Venture Capital

Jason Ball's TechBytes

Then transition. 4) Fix a portfolio company- This works if you have operational skills. Every VC has at least one portfolio co that’s not doing well. Analyst, Associate, Principal, Venture Partner, General Partner, Managing Partner – all require different amounts of the above. Venture Capital Good luck!

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation


Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit.

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? Cleantech VC performance is substantially lagging venture capital as a whole.

VC Portfolio Strategy

Rob Go

VC’s, and particularly seed focused VC’s, pursue a variety of different strategies in their portfolio. The main parameters that VC’s tend to think about around portfolio strategy are: 1. Concentration and staging of capital (how much and what stage and how much of the fund in a given company). 4. Capacity. 5.

How Do VCs Mitigate Risk In Their Investment Portfolios?

Ask The VC

Question: How do VCs mitigate risk in their investment portfolios? Are The primary ways VCs mitigate risk are (1) time diversification, (2) stage diversification, (3), sector diversification, (4) pro-rata or over pro-rata investing over time, and (5) number of investments in the portfolio. 1. Venture Capital hedging risk vc

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).

Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund

This is going to be BIG.

More updates, more casual events, more exposure to portfolio companies, co-investing, etc., Hopefully, the fund gets some nice wins early and you start to get your money back, but when you're in a venture fund, you're in for a really long haul. So here's all the reasons I told him he shouldn't be in: 1) Fund investing is boring.

Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?


They’ve taken the classic venture capital playbook and out-executed just about everyone. The folks at Google Ventures are smart.

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!

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation


Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit.

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.

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?

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

Genuine VC

Last September I wrote a post outlining my view of the venture capital industry: increasingly evolving like the beer industry as it continues to mature. Those venture firms firms caught in the middle without the scale of a large firm and without the focused strategy of a Micro will continue to wane. So what’s going on?

How to Get into Venture Capital - An Update

This is going to be BIG.

About seven years ago, I wrote a post on breaking into venture capital and I continue to point the five or six people a week who ask me how to break into venture. If you can''t walk into a firm and tout a specific skill that is a benefit to portfolio companies, you''re going to have a very tough time getting in.

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? Tiger, you see, does not solely rely on alpha.

NEA Closes $2.6 Billion Venture Capital Fund

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In two months, the venture capital firm raised one of the largest venture funds ever. New Enterprise Associates closed a $2.6

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.