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The Religion of Silicon Valley

Feld Thoughts

There has been a lull in the chanting that “Silicon Valley is the center of the tech universe.” Silicon Valley is a religion, just like Crossfit is a religion. This has stuck with me for a long time and I’ve read many posts about Silicon Valley through this lens. That seems like it works.

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. In it, he looked at Venture Capital financing (total dollars and number of deals) on a per-capital basis.

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J.

Why Facebook is Killing Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

Our extended teaching team includes venture capitalists with decades of experience. Facebook has adroitly capitalized on market forces on a scale never seen in the history of commerce. Entrepreneurial clusters like Silicon Valley (or NY, Boston, Austin, Beijing, etc.) Filed under: Technology , Venture Capital.

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. So contrary to the piece, it wasn’t VC were good at early stage technology, it was that they had newfound capital and a big exit window. Total. 1,250,000.     Total.

Lessons for startup ecosystems from the history of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

I just read Nicolas Colin’s Brief History of the World (of Venture Capital). The bit I liked the most described the role of Stanford in getting Silicon Valley going in the late 1950s. Venture CapitalWe focus on ecommerce and marketplaces.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Rise of Seed. Rise of Angels.

Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

This talk on Risk and Culture in Silicon Valley is a small  1 minute snippet of a longer interview on his blog.

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.

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. But if that's true, where are all the women?

Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

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

Move Over, Silicon Valley: Utah Has Arrived

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When it comes to staggering sums of venture capital raised in 2014, there''s Utah, and then there''s everyone else

Utah 38

Why Silicon Valley is Suddenly Minting Fewer Unicorns

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Highlights from an upcoming venture capital report show investments decreased precipitously in the fourth quarter of 2015

Bubbles, Unicorns, Outliers and Innovation in Silicon Valley and Austin


By LAURA LOREK Founder of Silicon Hills News When the Facebooks and Twitters of the world are soaring everyone thinks of Silicon Valley as a glorious place, said Bill Gurley, general partner of Benchmark Capital. Austin Benchmark Capital Bill Gurley Bob MetCalfe Floodgate Ventures Greg Horowitt Mike Maples Jr.

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.

Minimum Wage Boost in Silicon Valley Ups the Cinderella Factor

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The issue is continuing the incredible innovation that happens in Silicon Valley. Sometimes Cinderella Boys Hit Innovation Holes-in-One.

Silicon Valley Gender Discrimination Suit Goes to Jury

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It''s now up to a jury to decide if a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm discriminated against a female investor

Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. Failure, it seems, is the buzzword of the moment in Silicon Valley.

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.

Top 20 cities for venture capital – London in at #7

The Equity Kicker

Here in London we are 1.8% of the total market and just under 10% of Silicon Valley/San Fran combination. Venture Capital

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.


An international CEO’s guide to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

To the international community, Silicon Valley is the heart of the startup world. Stéphane Le Viet is the CEO and Founder of Work4.

Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)

Steve Blank

The previous post described the evolution of the Chinese Venture Capital system. China Venture Capital. billion. billion.

Move Over Silicon Valley: Why Startup Investors Are Flocking to Los Angeles

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The latest data from PricewaterhouseCoopers on venture capital investing shows that Southern California continues to blossom

Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan

Up and Running

The cast of “Silicon Valley” Image credit: HBO. But should most Silicon Valley companies skip the planning process?

How the U.S. Military Set the Stage for Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Editor Jim Ledbetter why the connection between venture capital and the U.S. Scott Malcomson, author of Splinternet , explains to Inc.

Venture Capital Investors Look Beyond Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Obviously, a key factor is always the state of the economy and the mood of the venture capital community. No surprises here.

Austin-based Vast Lands $14 Million in Venture Capital


Vast, a data platform to sell cars and houses, announced Monday it has received $14 million from Capital One Growth Ventures. The Austin-based company, founded in 2005 in Silicon Valley, had not raised any money previously. It has created two main brands: CarStory for automotive and HomeStory for real estate. Austin

Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

His list of cultural attributes is an  integral part of Silicon Valley.  Leaders and Feeders. It may even be right. Role of Universities.

Expertise in scaling up is the visible secret of Silicon Valley

Reid Hoffman

Silicon Valley and the surrounding Bay Area has become a global leader in innovation, technology and new industry creation.

Fenwick & West - Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Third Quarter 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 113 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2011. Up rounds exceeded down rounds in 3Q11 70% to 15%, with 15% of rounds flat. This was the ninth quarter in a row in which up rounds exceeded down rounds

Silicon Valley VC Bill Gurley Says Enjoy the Upside While it Lasts


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News A few unicorns will die this year, said Bill Gurley, a prominent venture capitalist with Benchmark in Silicon Valley. Unicorns are giant technology startups, backed by venture capital, that hope to turn into multi-billion dollar companies. Austin

Despite Progress, Startups Outside of Silicon Valley Are Fighting an Uphill Battle

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

But the distribution of venture capital money shows a different story

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

Angel Investing News

Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world.  The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. 

Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

I just read the Q1 2011 report from CB Insights , which shows venture capital is back. Overall, investors put $7.5 startups.

The Face of Success, Part 4: Blacks in Silicon Valley

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

If you think the dearth of women polarizes Silicon Valley, just read what happened when I spoke out about the lack of black tech CEOs.

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.

Secrets of Silicon Valley's Biggest Investors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In Silicon Valley, people say that the investor-entrepreneur relationship is like a marriage, only more important.

Inside the Mind of a Silicon Valley Investor

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Asheem Chandna, partner at Greylock Partners, is an extremely successful venture capitalist. Who is Chandna? Chandna views it differently.

Startup Outlook from Silicon Valley Bank

Growthink Blog

On Friday Silicon Valley Bank released a survey of 375 executives at startup technology companies in the 4 core venture capital investment sectors – Software/Internet, Hardware, Life Science, and Cleantech. The study notes that in 2010, venture capitalists invested $21.8 Here is what they found: Tech. Execs.