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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.

On Human Capital & Venture Capital

thebarefootvc

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

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.

Is @AngelList Syndicates Really Such a Big Deal?

Both Sides of the Table

If you track the venture capital industry it would be hard to miss the conversation going on this week over AngelList “Syndicates.”

When VCs Invest Together, Does Ability or Affinity Matter?

Feld Thoughts

Ethnic Minority takes the value of one if a venture capitalist is East Asian, Indian, Jewish or Middle Eastern. 9/11 I end with Haiku.

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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of AngelList Syndicates

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The way start-up companies get funded is changing, and traditional venture capitalists aren''t pleased. The angel investors will get 15 percent.

Able Lands $6 Million in Venture Capital and Expands Nationwide

SiliconHills

Able, a non-bank commercial lender, Tuesday announced it has closed on $6 million in venture capital and plans to expand its services nationwide. Blumberg Capital and RPM Ventures led the round with participation from Peterson Partners and Expansion Ventures AngelList Syndicate. Austin

Transparent Funding Announcements

Feld Thoughts

Kyle followed the tradition of extreme openness about the financing process that I think Rand Fishkin started with his post three years ago titled  Moz’s $18 Million Venture Financing: Our Story, Metrics and Future. Venture Capital buffer fundraising mattermark moz salesloft transparency VC” I found that fascinating.

Leading vs Following

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Hunter Walk has a good post up on the coming competition among angels with syndicates to get into deals. And the entrepreneur and lead investor allow the followers to do that because either they are likely to help the company in some way or because the company needs more capital than the lead is prepared to invest at this time.

Paul Berberian Interview on This Week In Startups

Feld Thoughts

So I dove in and joined a few syndicates on AngelList, including Jason’s , Dave Morin , and Naval’s. Dynamite stuff.

Bright future for London VC scene

The Equity Kicker

Mosaic Ventures and Google Ventures launched last year and are still getting going. Venture Capital

Venture Capital Syndicates

Florida Venture Blog

My past posts were more about people within a company, but a similar test of commitment happens within investor syndicates.

Venture Capital Syndicates

Florida Venture Blog

My past posts were more about people within a company, but a similar test of commitment happens within investor syndicates.

Too Many Seed Investment Choices

Feld Thoughts

We are syndication agnostic – happy to invest alone and equally happy to invest with firms we like to work with. Venture Capital Foundry Group seed investings strategyYesterday I sent emails out passing on participating in two seed rounds for companies I really like. First, some background. We’ve SEOMoz).

Some Thoughts On InvestorRank

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This is an insightful way to look at the early stage venture capital business. But if I was investing in venture capital firms as an LP, this would be a big part of what I would look at. What is more important is the team, the strategy, and their ability to get into the right deals and build the right syndicates.

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On Corporate VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

That happened last Thursday night on the subject of coporate venture capital. have written here before on the subject of corporate venture capital. I am not a fan of it. The former is made by well established investment groups like Google Ventures, Intel Ventures, SAP Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and many many more.

Venture Capital Syndicates

Florida Venture Blog

congruence consistency dry powder foxhole syndicate strength value-add vc syndicates I’ve written before about how tough markets like this really separate the wheat from the chaff within a company.

Make Your Own Decisions

Feld Thoughts

We describe Foundry Group ‘s behavior as “syndication agnostic.” Because we are syndication agnostic, we are delighted to work with great co-investors and welcome and encourage the interaction and partnership. Venture Capital decision making investing social proofAre you making your own decisions?

The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1] ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1]. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. Kleiner).

The Strong Rejection

This is going to be BIG.

So, I''m certain that I''ll either be certainly right or certainly wrong--but I''m always certain. I''ve been helping to syndicate a few opportunities lately and what has really surprised me was how wishy washy the turndowns were. Venture Capital & Technology The last thing I want is to not have a view on the space.

Managing Investor Pedigree

StartupCFO

It’s a known fact that not all venture firms are created equal.  Cambridge Associates , an advisor to the Limited Partners that invest in venture capital firms, says that only about 20 firms – or 3% of all firms – generate 95% of the industry’s returns. . So choose your syndicates with that risk in mind.

How early should you connect to a VC? Here's some data.

This is going to be BIG.

It''s also not the best way to create a helpful syndicate of investors that share the founder''s vision for the company. went back across the 21 investments I''ve made both at First Round and at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures --a period that dates back to January 28, 2010, when I closed on Backupify. Venture Capital & Technology

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology

Gust

Individual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies. Such comparisons can only be made for companies at the same stage of development, in this case, for pre-revenue startup ventures. – Need venture capital. million. RANGE.

Corporate Venture Capital: Obligatory or Oxymoron?

David Teten

Mari is now building a new venture in human-machine interaction within the Samsung accelerator, currently in stealth mode. Mari Holds a B.A.

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.,

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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.,

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Competing To Win Deals

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The venture capital business is highly competitive. Entrepreneurs want to choose their syndicate partners. By pairing up with another firm, you signal to the entrepreneur that you want to choose the syndicate and that is a mistake in a highly competitive deal. Tags: Venture Capital and Technology

FreshBooks First Venture Round

StartupCFO

Today, FreshBooks announced that it raised $30M in its first venture funding round ever.  The path to this announcement began many years ago.

2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Groups

Gust

Speaking with many angel leaders , I believe we have identified several possible explanations for group-to-group variations: 1) Clearly, startup ventures in some business verticals command high pre-money valuations that others.  Invested Interests angel investment fundraising pitching venture capitalCurrent Average. Location.

Where are the Deals? How VCs Identify the Next Generation of Startups

David Teten

You’ve probably read dozens of articles about how to  raise capital  from venture capitalists. Prior to joining  ff Venture Capital , I published the first-ever study of how private equity and venture capital funds originate new investments, with my coauthor  Chris Farmer , CEO of  SignalFire  and an experienced VC.

Next move: RTP Ventures

Passionate Intensity

operation, RTP Ventures) will be formed and I will be running it. RTP VC Greycroft Partners RTP Ventures Venture Capital

Pro-rata rights: the good, the bad and the ugly

Fred Destin

The nature of the venture capital game, when played at a very early stage, is that one or two bets will generate most of your returns. What happens in most venture rounds for successful companies are the following three things: Everyone wants in. Push your syndicate onto Angellist and make it all transparent.

What VC Can Learn From Private Equity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Finally, the first venture capital firm I helped start, Flatiron Partners, was backed by and initially housed inside a private equity firm, Chase Capital Partners, and Jerry and I learned a lot from attending their weekly investment meetings and listening to them talk about their business. It’s powerful.

HBS Alumni Angels assets for investing in women and minority-led startups

David Teten

Harvard Business School is featuring an article about the Venture Capital Access Program on the website of the U.S. HBS Alumni Angels of NY has many Members (including me) who are institutional venture capitalists. Diversity Entrepreneurship HBS Alumni Angels New York NextNY Venture Capital WomenHigh quality.

Introducing our latest investment: Mattermark – Big Data Comes to VC

Version One Ventures

Thus, it should come as no surprise that we are now seeing Venture Capital being disrupted by these forces as well. In his post The Disruption of Venture Capital , Albert Wenger described VC as “the club you had to be invited into.”. Enter Mattermark: where “Big Data Meets Venture Capital”. Related articles.

Our 2016 Foundry Group Fund and A Little History

Feld Thoughts

Yesterday we closed our fifth fund, Foundry Venture Capital 2016, L.P.  As with all four of our other funds, it’s a $225 million fund.

VC Syndicates: How Many VCs Is Too Many?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But beyond the board, what about the syndicate? I've seen some recent financings where there were six or more VCs firms in the syndicate. We've been asked to participate in first round syndicates with four or more VC firms and we have not done that, at least yet. Tags: Venture Capital and Technology

Do you matter to your investors?

StartupCFO

We are thinking through some of these issues at Real Ventures.  We have now done or committed to over 30 deals. But a good number are minority investments where we are part of a syndicate. Angels Venture Capital Angel List Fundraising syndicates VCInvestor groups are getting larger and larger. And we back people.

Fund Level Vs Deal By Deal Carry

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In a venture fund, the general partners will make something like twenty or twenty five investments. There are outliers for sure. A few venture funds will make less investments than that. The thing I want to talk about is how losses (and gains) are treated in a venture fund. That’s $50mm of invested capital.

Who's any good?

This is going to be BIG.

Would the entrepreneur enthusiastically include them in the syndicate of their next venture? Venture Capital & Technology The NYC startup community maintains a positive, supportive atmosphere. We celebrate a strong effort. They certainly didn''t become huge successes. The same goes for investors. How long ago?