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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Silicon Valley's Hottest Matchmaker

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley''s most dynamic accelerators.

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. andrewchen.co. 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?

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

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Andreessen Horowitz and the disruption of Silicon Valley

The Equity Kicker

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

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

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.

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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.

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

SiliconHills

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

The VCs operating in Vietnam since the early 2000s are: Mekong Capital , IDG Ventures Vietnam, Dragon Capital and DFJ Vina Capital.

Austin-based Vast Lands $14 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

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

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.

Silicon Valley’s IPO Anxiety

abovethecrowd.com

Those who wish to be Must put aside the alienation, Get on with the fascination…” — Limelight from Moving Pictures, Rush If you could travel back in time to the early 1990’s and ask Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurs [.]. Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech IPO Silicon Valley VC

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

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.

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

SiliconHills

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

7 Signs of the Silicon Valley Apocalypse

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's coming to Silicon Valley, home of so many entrepreneurs, VCs, and tech firms. It foretells the end of Silicon Valley.

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.

Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment

Steve Blank

Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment. Venture Capital. Lessons From the Valley. food science?

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Pitching to VCs and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital

SiliconHills

If you’ve got some heavy hitter, celebrity entrepreneur or investor making the introduction for you, your chances improve astronomically.

Estonia Or Silicon Valley – What's The Difference?

ArcticStartup

Coming back, it really opened my eyes towards the pros and cons of both Estonia and Silicon Valley. What we do miss is capital.

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