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From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?


With startup growth up 61% since 2014 and more investment programs emerging, it can be overwhelming for founders to know just where to jump in.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

While this it total FDI as opposed to just venture, it should give you an indication of the international trend. startup venture-capital

Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist. Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn.

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.

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

Steve Blank

The previous post described how the Torch program built China’s innovation clusters. The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital.

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. If not, why?

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.

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

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

Pioneering Program Launched by Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of New York and the National Association of Investment Companies.

Harvard's Go-To Venture Capital Firm

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Experiment Fund, NEA's seed-stage venture capital firm, set up shop on Harvard's campus to catch young, entrepreneurial talent early.

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.

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.

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. went back and calculated the number of companies in the first Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio who have at least one founder who is female, from an underrepresented minority group, or LGBT. Not directly, anyway.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth. People This led to an explosion in startups.

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

Feld Thoughts

I read the announcement today that Canada has just launched a Start-Up Visa Program. In the mean time, Canada is shouting from the rooftops about the benefits of the Start-Up Visa program. And I encourage any immigrant entrepreneur considering moving to the US to also consider moving to Canada given this new program.

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Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

Feld Thoughts

Last week Techstars announced the new Techstars Mobility program, Driven by Detroit. Many other venture firms have also contacted Techstars communicating their interest in bringing capital to Detroit. My partners and I at Foundry Group – especially Jason – will be playing a role in this new program.

China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)

Steve Blank

– The Torch Program. government’s SBIR and STTR programs. Venture Guiding Fund. Innovation Clusters. Lessons Learned.

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How Women and Minorities Can Overcome Venture Capital Investing Bias

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

For fun, I was pitted in a mock debate with a Bay Area venture capitalist. The goal was to give MBA students exposure to the group of six EIRs.

Applications for Our 2013 Summer Fellowship Program Now Open

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Lightspeed is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Summer Fellowship Program. The application is available here.

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.

HBS Entrepreneurs Founded the Most Startup Unicorns of Any MBA Program

View from Seed

As you can see in the above graph, 18 MBA programs are represented among the 157 unicorns. Red Ventures (HBS, Wharton). Key Insights.

It’s About Women Running Startups

Steve Blank

One can make the case that New York venture capital industry is rooted in the 21 st century not the 20 th. New York Startups.

Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive

Feld Thoughts

But I think cheap capital is only half of the equation. Capital remains incredibly cheap, so it’s flowing into wages. But

Girls Who Code

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

hacking education Venture Capital and Technology We see very few women entrepreneurs walk into USV and that is disappointing to me.

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Do You Regret Failed Investments?

Feld Thoughts

podcasts that Jerry recommended in advance (for you Soundcloud people I made a VC Program  collection.). So, my brain was already trending toward the headspace around radical self-inquiry in the context of venture capital. Venture Capital Failure fred wilson rand fishkinWe’ll know more on Monday.

What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

Steve Blank

Venture-backed startups will often have a Series C or D or later rounds during this phase. Family/Career/Culture Lean LaunchPad Venture Capita

For Venture Capital Pitches, Say What Your - allensblog - Typepad

Allen's Blog

Entrepreneurs: For Venture Capital Pitches, Say What Your Startup "Does" not What It "Is". Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Entrepreneurs: For Venture Capital Pitches, Say What Your Startup "Does" not What It "Is" : Comments. This prevents automated programs from posting comments. allensblog.

China – The Sleeper Awakens (Part 1 of 5)

Steve Blank

China has embraced state capitalism in a way Wall Street can only dream about. China Customer Development Technology Venture Capital

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Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 61% in 4Q10, up sharply from 28% in 3Q10. venture investment.

5 Alternatives to Venture Capital

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Entrepreneurs at growing companies often rush to raise venture funding. Are you considering various capital alternatives for your business?

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 2

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. In no other locale will you find the combination of all these factors. Igor M.

A Quality Benchmark for Accelerators: The Global Accelerator Network

Feld Thoughts

When David Cohen and I came up with the idea for the Global Accelerator Network  (GAN) in 2010, we counted roughly 100 accelerator programs around the US that were founded following the Techstars model. From that initial outreach, 16 high quality accelerator programs joined us to launch the network. Others are not.

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. Bend needed its own venture firm. visited Bend last year and caught up with his progress.

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Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner.

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

In contrast, an  accelerator  has cohorts going through a program of a set length, with funding typically provided at the end. Quibbles. Buy it.

Orange County Venture Capital Workshop

DataGrant Venture Capital News

Tech Coast Tech Coast Venture Network (TCVN). How to structure your company for Venture Capital investments. This Orange County Venture Capital workshop will focus on the critical issues and steps in forming and organizing your start-up to be attractive to Venture Capital investment.

Why Boston Is Becoming the Hub for America's Student Startups

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Student-focused startup programs and student-run venture capital firms are just a few reasons

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

—— I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We are reaching out to our friends in the startup world including other VCs, accelerator programs, and the startup lawyer universe to suggest that they to insert the patent hack into their standard forms. Many years ago now, my prior venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, invested in a company called Thinking Media.