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Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on  Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing.  The existential freakout that occurred in January and February seemed like the distant past with the lingering hangover being a clearer focus on valuation and overall funding needs from new investors.

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.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? Me: There is no rational explanation for valuations of A round companies by ANY objective financial measure. How do you think they’ll feel if your next round is at a $50 million post money valuation and their hard-earned $25,000 is worth 0.05% of your company?

Valuations 101: The Venture Capital Method

Gust

We recently started a series of posts on establishing the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue startup companies for purposes of investment by seed and startup investors. 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.

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.

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.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. Funding on Your Terms.

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. These angel investors generally invest $25,000 to $100,000 in a round totaling $250,000 to $1,000,000.  In 2011, the valuation of pre-revenue, start-up companies is typically in the range of $1.5–$2.5

Valuation vs Ownership

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They want to own 20% of the business but care less about the valuation. Another firm shows up, a firm that is less valuation oriented, and they offer $5mm for 20% of the business, which works out to $20mm pre/$25mm post. And it is why USV is committed to small fund sizes, small rounds, and smaller valuations.

The Billion Dollar Valuation Club

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As David Hornik points out in the comments to Aileen's post, using private company valuations to do this excercise means you will count companies with inflated valuations that they won't be able to live up to.   Venture Capital and Technology Unless, of course, you raise money from VCs.

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.

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.

What I learned from raising venture capital

www.gabrielweinberg.com

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.

Sustainable startup growth and venture capital

The Equity Kicker

On Friday it seemed like everyone in the venture capital industry was again reading about market turmoil, this time the news is that angel investors are pulling back and valuations taking a hit. The best startups capture all the returns so focusing too much on entry valuation is a mistake. Venice Project

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.

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

New data from research firm Pitchbook  makes it official: valuations are at an all-time high. Last year, the VC industry partied like its 1999. 

Will Your Startup Get Venture Capital or IPO in 2013?

Startup Professionals Musings

For the full year 2012, venture-backed initial public offerings raised $21.5 Identify the right people in the right venture firms.

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.

5 Ways To Radically Improve Your Company Valuation

YFS Magazine

For business owners, startup valuation is a topic that causes lots of angst, raises tons of questions and definitely gets emotions blazing.

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.

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.

Worked Up about Unrealistic Venture Capital Valuation

Growthink Blog

So, Mike tells me he wants to raise a first round of venture capital based on a $100 million valuation. Now, anyone who knows anything about venture capital will literally laugh when they read a line like that. Getting a $100 Million valuation is impossible for a startup. So it's worth posting. And so on.

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The Thin Skin of the Venture Capital Market

This is going to be BIG.

Billion valuation. Personally, I think it was kind of a bad idea--not necessarily because of the valuation, but because it seems like $120mm is way too much money for a software company at this stage, especially one that might even be cashflow positive right now. Venture Capital & Technology doesn''t much matter.

Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund

This is going to be BIG.

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. On paper valuations are kind of meaningless. You have to be pretty bad at this to bet on 30 early stage companies at single digit valuations and going zero for thirty. Trust m

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 January 2010 Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth? They dazzle. It is analogous to a make-vs.-buy

Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?

OnStartups

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

Quigley Report - Predicting a Venture Capital Revival

VentureWoods

An interesting report predicting that venture capital asset class will make a strong revival over next 10 years. General

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company.

When Valuation Doesn’t Matter

StartupCFO

Valuation is always important to founders. No less an authority than Om Malik had this say : “There was a time when venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, was the first money in hot, new start-ups. valuation. At that point, valuations explode. and having to buy their way back in.

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.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

Many companies that are raising B or C venture capital rounds right now raised their initial money in 2005-2008. It is 2010. Good luck.

Venture capital is only right for a small percentage of businesses

The Equity Kicker

He makes three great points: For some entrepreneurs, raising venture capital becomes a goal unto itself, instead of what it should be: a heavy burden that only makes sense in certain cases. The irony is that for companies that shouldn’t be raising venture the process often turns out to be no easier than the alternatives.

2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Groups

Gust

During the summer of 2010, I developed a workshop,  A New ACEF Valuation Workshop for Angels and Entrepreneurs.  To provide some reference points, I surveyed thirteen angels groups in North American to determine their recent experience in negotiating the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies.  2011 Angel Group Valuation Survey.

Valuation Methods 101

Gust

This is the first of a six part series on different methods used by angel investors to arrive at pre-money startup valuations.  The Venture Capital Method. Return on Investment (ROI) = Terminal (or Harvest) Value ÷ Post-money Valuation. (in the case of one investment round, no subsequent investment and therefore no dilution).

US startup valuations reach ten year highs

The Equity Kicker

Venturebeat reported yesterday that US startup valuations have reached ten year highs. Venture Capital

The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

Both Sides of the Table

This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries.

Unicorpse

Feld Thoughts

But a lot of these are paper unicorns, so their valuations may not be real for a while.” Venture Capital unicorn unicorpsebillion.

Venture Capital Term Sheets: Conversion Rights

Scott Edward Walker

Introduction This post originally appeared as part of the “ Ask the Attorney ” column I am writing for VentureBeat ; it is another installment of my ongoing series regarding venture capital term sheets.  Conversion Rights What Are Conversion Rights? There are two types of conversion rights: optional and mandatory. Many thanks, Scott.

Ridiculousness of Venture Capital Advice

Babbling VC

Well I am sure he meant it differently but the irony of it struck me differently than the intent: "A startup should raise venture capital (or “venture-style” angel/seed funding) only if: 1) the goal is to build a billion-dollar (valuation) company, and 2) raising millions of dollars is absolutely necessary or will significantly accelerate growth.".