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- [Venture Capital] The Grind
Venture Capital and Technology 'People ask me what a day in the life of a VC is like. Each one is different. But they can be a grind. Take yesterday for example. started yesterday at 8am with a breakfast meeting. ended around 8:15pm when I wrapped up a pitch meeting in my office. It is both. love my job. And that can be a grind.
- [Venture Capital] The Creative Phase
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- [Venture Capital] Boxee Payments
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- [Venture Capital] Why Hasn't NYC Produced Many Tech IPOs?
There are only very few public technology companies based in NYC: I count AOL as the only one with > $1 billion market capitalization, whereas Boston has 30-35 innovation economy companies with greater than > $1 billion market capitalization. Venture Capital and TechnologyWe will get there.
- [Venture Capital] Video Of The Week: Founder Liquidity
Venture Capital and TechnologyI am surprised this video only has 483 views as of now. It's a talk I did with Chris Dixon eighteen months ago about founder liquidity. It's an interesting topic and worth a discussion here this morning. It's about six minutes long. Enjoy.
- [Venture Capital] Dig Deeper
Venture Capital and TechnologyI read a post by my friend Brad Feld this morning that struck me as great advice. Brad says: I’ve been noticing an increasing amount of what I consider to be noise in the system – lots of drama that has nothing to do with innovation, creating great companies, or doing things that matter.
- [Venture Capital] Utilities vs Networks
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIt's interesting to see a network, Instagram , starting to replace the iPhone's native camera application in many users' daily usage of their phones. see this in my kids' behavior all the time. When they want to take a photo, they open Instagram, not the camera application.
- [Venture Capital] 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps
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- [Venture Capital] Bashing The Collective Wisdom On IPOs
However, even in my most bearish posts on the topic, I've always said that the best 10% of venture backed companies ought to at least consider an IPO. The startup sector is on an upswing and there are quite a few really strong businesses out there sitting in venture capital portfolios. Go read it. 2) Sustainably Profitable.
- [Venture Capital] Mocked And Misunderstood
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechWhen people ask me, "how do you know which companies and services are going to be the biggest successes?", ", I usually tell them to look for the companies and services that are mocked and misunderstood. For some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes.
- [Venture Capital] An Appearance On The Digital Age
Jim asked me to come out to Brooklyn last week, to Westinghouse High School , where New York City has a TV studio and talk to him about venture capital, Kickstarter, and Twitter. Venture Capital and Technologydid that earlier this week and here is our discussion.
- [Venture Capital] My Interview With Carlota Perez
There are many people who should get credit for Union Square Ventures' investment strategy. Her book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital , was responsible for much of the foundational thinking Brad and I did at the start of Union Square Ventures back in 2003, which in turn led to our initial investment thesis.
- [Venture Capital] The Twitter "Patent Hack"
Many years ago now, my prior venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, invested in a company called Thinking Media. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechYesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees. You can read the entire set of provisions on GitHub.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Are Business Plans Still Necessary?
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2009
This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. Many of these businesses were what First Round Capital called FNACs (features, not companies – this acronym has always stuck with me). craze. wares. portfolios. RIP 2.0. Do so at your peril.
- [Venture Capital] Back To School
Venture Capital and TechnologyI've always loved Rodney Dangerfield's Back To School. laugh out loud just thinking about that film. This week I'm doing my own version of Back To School. Apparently this is the fifth year in a row that I've met with them. talk for a half an hour then take questions for half an hour.
- [Venture Capital] Do More Faster
If you have a startup and are just getting going and could use some mentorship and a little bit of capital, you should seriously consider applying to Techstars NYC. Tags: Venture Capital and Technology I just finished reading Do More Faster. Do More Faster is part entrepreneurship textbook and part startup torah/bible.
- [Venture Capital] Video Of The Week: The kbs+ Ventures Interview
I sat down with kbs+ Ventures late last year and they produced this interview which I think came out well. entrepreneurship Venture Capital and TechnologyThis video is part of a series on Creative Entrepreneurship that includes a book on the topic. The book is available for a free pdf download here.
- [Venture Capital] On Negotiations And "Middle Men"
Venture Capital and TechnologyMark Suster has another gem on his blog this week about negotiations and relying on intermediaries to handle them for you. Here's a VC speaking the truth about VCs (and recruiters, bankers, lawyers, and PR people). You gotta love that. Chart your own path. Super advice. Go read it.
- [Venture Capital] Predictions and Prognostications
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI've read a lot of predictions and prognostications for 2011 in the tech blogs this weekend. My favorite is this presentation that Paul Kedrosky sent me from the big marketing agency JWT. JWT: 100 Things to Watch in 2011. View more presentations from JWTIntelligence.
- [Venture Capital] Pollenware
Venture Capital and TechnologyLast week I wrote a post about Networks and the Enterprise and I mentioned that we had made two recent investments in networks that engage the enterprise and that I couldn't mention one of them. Well happily I can talk about the other one today. Here's the USV blog post on Pollenware.
SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE [Venture Capital] How to get a job in venture capital (revisited)
| TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008
- [Venture Capital] Writing It Down
Venture Capital and Technology Weblogs 'I had dinner with my daughter Jessica last night. We got to talking about creativity. She's a photographer. asked her how she thinks Pieter Hugo comes up with his ideas for photos. As all of you know, I write every day. It is my discpline, my practice, my thing. And I get feedback from it.
- [Venture Capital] Section 18 of the America Invents Act
Venture Capital and TechnologyYesterday we hosted a conversation between David Kappos , the Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, and a bunch of founders/CEOs of our portfolio companies. There was one thing that we discussed that is very important and needs to be publicized broadly. " Here's the provision.
- [Venture Capital] SoundCloud
Our portfolio company SoundCloud wrote a blog post today welcoming our firm and Index Ventures to their company. Our portfolio company SoundCloud wrote a blog post today welcoming our firm and Index Ventures to their company. Venture Capital and TechnologyHere's the podcast. Thoughts on SoundCloud by fredwilson.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] The Bad Board Member
| WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
has evolved an entrepreneurial ecosystem with two of the most unlikely partners – venture capital investors and technology entrepreneurs. 30 months ago he raised a Series A venture round from two name brand Silicon Valley VC firms. The venture capital industry is in denial. Filed under: Venture Capital.
- [Venture Capital] Email Pain
Venture Capital and TechnologyMy partner Albert wrote a post about email today. In it he says: I just don’t see a way anymore of answering everything that hits my inbox and theoretically should get an answer. It's a familiar tale and I sympathize with Albert. have been struggling with this issue for years. Like Albert, I am sorry.
- [Venture Capital] Paintball
Venture Capital and TechnologyI was up at Columbia University on thursday speaking to Steve Blank 's students. Steve did a weeklong version his Lean LaunchPad class at Columbia last week. During the Q&A, a student asked me how I engaged with the startups we invest in. And playing paintball is a good way to do that.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Want to know why charging $12 / year converts higher than $9.99?
| THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011
Startup Advice This Week in Venture CapitalAs many of you know I run a weekly webcast called This Week in VC that’s getting between 25-35,000 weekly views across ThisWeekIn.com, YouTube & mostly iTunes. Yesterday’s show floored me. consider Gregg Spiridellis a good friend. Here’s the link. Why do a freemium model?
- [Venture Capital] CEO Transitions
have been involved in many CEO transitions in my time in the tech/startup/venture business. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechThis past week was a remarkable one in the technology business. These two moves have me ruminating on the role that CEO transitions play in the development of great companies.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Venture capital activity in Europe edging up, still way behind US
| THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012
There has been a bit of buzz recently about the Q2 increase in VC activity in the US, and following discussion a discussion at a dinner last night where we fumbled for stats on the state of the venture market I decided to do a little research this morning and find out the latest trends. Venture Capital
ASK THE VC [Venture Capital] Takatkah: The Next Big Thing in VC
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
” He starts by explaining what he thinks has been happening: Faster Exits, Active Private Capital Markets, The Rise of Accelerators, and Changes in the VC Model and then goes on to predict (and explain) a few new ideas of what might happen: Elevators, Carry Options for Entrepreneurs, Capture Capital, and Cafe Startups.
- [Venture Capital] Pair Up
One of the most telling was from Larry Lenihan of Firstmark who is managing an early stage venture fund focused on NYC tech companies. NYC Venture Capital and TechnologyLast night I attended a meeting/dinner of many leaders in the NYC tech sector with the folks in city hall who work on economic development. Enter Pair Up.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Company startups running ahead of venture capital in the UK
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2013
That tells me that the UK venture industry needs to grow 2.5x Venture Capital 'The chart above shows that the ratio of businesses started per head in the UK to the US is maybe 3.8:7.6 7.6 – i.e. about 0.5 – whilst the ratio of VC investment as a percentage of GDP is 0.04:0.17 0.17 – i.e. 0.2.
- [Venture Capital] Why being a VC sucks. Advice to anyone who wants to get into venture capital.
'I probably get around a dozen e-mails a week asking me how to get into venture capital. On top of that, anytime I talk to anyone who wants to get involved in startups but isn''t sure what they want to do, inevitably, I hear, "And then I was thinking maybe I should look into venture capital, too.". It sucks. Sad Keanu!
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:
| FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011
In the video Bill talks about how he started his first entrepreneurial venture at 12 doing a mail-order business (very Tony Hsieh of Zappos who did the same thing). Entrepreneur Advice This Week in Venture CapitalLast night I had the great privilege to interview Bill Gross , one of the Internet’s true pioneers. Heresy.
- [Venture Capital] From Twitter and Facebook To Boxee
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- [Venture Capital] Why We Spend So Much Time On Policy Stuff
It might seem to some that we are more like policy think tank or adovacy organization than a venture capital firm. Politics Venture Capital and TechnologyLast month I wrote a post mentioning that we have an activist in residence at USV. And I write a lot here at AVC about the policy stuff we have been working on.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Ever Wonder What It’s Like Inside a VC Pitch Meeting? You Can Be a Fly on the Wall Here
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011
This Week in Venture CapitalI’ve often wanted to let people see what a VC pitch is like to help new entrepreneurs have a better sense of what it’s like to present. But this interview is fairly authentic. If you like it I’ll do more and continue to strive for authenticity. really like them. The video link is here.
JOHN FRANKEL [Venture Capital] Raising Capital for Venture Capital Funds and Bumblebees
| SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011
Venture Capital firms have to do this as well. Potential limited partners (or LP’s as we call them) come to the table with a set of beliefs that are, well, sometimes peculiar and rarely challenged – after all, the VC that is raising capital does not want to upset their potential investor. of their capital base is asinine.
- [Venture Capital] Email Bankruptcy
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- [Venture Capital] Cause & Effect
Books Venture Capital and TechnologyI've been reading sci-fi and thinking about sci-fi's relationship to technology innovation. posted last week about Twitter and the Metaverse and noted that Neal Stephenson had imagined things in the early 90s that happened almost twenty years later. Technologists create new things.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] China – The Sleeper Awakens (Part 1 of 5)
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013
China has embraced state capitalism in a way Wall Street can only dream about. Startups, Venture Capital and the Communist Party: how did this happen in China? As we’ll see later, the MOF (Ministry of Finance) also has had a hand in funding new ventures. China Customer Development Technology Venture Capital
- [Venture Capital] Sound
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI met Alex Ljung , founder/CEO of SoundCloud a number of times and each time he pitched me on his business. Each time I said no. Then in the summer of last year, we met at Soho House London and he showed me one slide. That's what sold me. One slide. This video expresses it well.
- [Venture Capital] One Graph To Rule Them All?
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- [Venture Capital] After The Hype
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechLoic Le Meur has a great post up where he talks about what happens after the initial wave of hype wears off. He wrote it in response to some negative posts about G+ but the situation Loic describes is something we see in almost all of our portfolio companies. 30% is a good number.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Greatest Hits – The Gigaom Interview
| FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011
Filed under: Customer Development , Lean LaunchPad , Teaching , Venture Capital. Customer Development Lean LaunchPad Teaching Venture CapitalOm Malik runs Gigaom , probably the most interesting and technically accurate sites on the blogosphere. He had me in for an interview. We covered a wide range of topics.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] China Startups – The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5)
| SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013
The downside is that with so much venture and angel capital available, investors have been willing to fund the 10 th Groupon clone. Turnover of employees in capital in Beijing is very high. The motivations are the same – profit – driven by entrepreneurs and venture finance. All the usual caveats apply. Land Rush. rules.
STARTUPCFO [Venture Capital] Incubators vs. Accelerators
| TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011
Here is how we see it at Real Ventures : The Accelerator Experience. Incubated companies had little or no capital and were not able to stand on their own so they were quick to die off. Almost all of its exits required less than $1m of additional capital to achieve. Venture CapitalThere are no internal resources.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] If You Don’t Have a Discrete Hypothesis You Are Incapable of Failing
| SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2011
interviewed Eric for an hour for - This Week in Venture Capital. 26:44 Too much capital is not good. 36:30 Eric: Social media is great for people with social capital. This Week in Venture CapitalAnd there are very few people who so consistently exceed my expectations when I hear them speak. Check it out.
GROWTHOLOGY [Venture Capital] Venture Capital: A Few Things to Remember
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
We’ve written a few things recently about funding and venture capital ( here. Here are a few important things to consider when considering the issue of venture capital: VC is actually a small way entrepreneurs fund their companies. and here ). If you’re an entrepreneur this can be a crucial topic. One study.
CHRIS DIXON [Venture Capital] Notes on raising seed financing
| THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011
I’ve written ad nauseum on this blog (see contents page) about venture financing so hadn’t planned to blog more on the topic. These are people or institutions who commit significant capital (>$100K) and are respected in the tech community or in the specific industry you are going after (e.g. startups venture capital
SOFTWARE BY ROB [Venture Capital] Growth Hacking Without Venture Capital
| TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013
The confusion arises because we fail to make a distinction between the growth strategies that are relevant to venture backed startups as opposed to the strategies that are relevant to bootstrapped startups. Paid channels can lead to incredible growth, but let’s be honest, they require at least some capital to do well. Think Product.
- [Venture Capital] What If Web And Mobile Apps Are Like TV Shows?
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI was having lunch with a veteran of the entertainment and the video game business this past week. It was an interesting and wide ranging chat. I've watched my kids go from myspace to facebook to instagram over the past seven years. This has always been the case in videogames. Who is next?
THINKING ABOUT THINKING [Venture Capital] Global VC Blog Directory – Ranked By # of Google Reader Subscribers (Sept 2009)
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009
Click Here for the updated Q409 version: Global Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – Ranked By Monthly Uniques (Q409). Guy Kawasaki, Garage Technology Ventures, How To Change The World (24,356). Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, A VC (21,881). Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital, Above The Crowd (8,897).
- [Venture Capital] Lean
Later on in our conversation on wednesday night, I got a question about lean and venture capital. Brad and I set it up that way because we talked about all the things we didn't like about venture capital firms when we were setting USV up in late 2003. do not believe that venture capital scales.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011
Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Maybe Micro VCs will get larger and emulate a multiple-partner strategy like True Ventures or First Round Capital.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Sweden top, UK second in Europe by per capita venture activity
| TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013
Venture Capital 'Ben Rooney just posted an analysis of VC and entrepreneurial activity in Europe which included the two charts above. They confirm that the US is still meaningfully ahead of UK in terms of VC dollars invested per head, but show that we are closer in terms of number of VC funded companies per head.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] What Tech Entrepreneurs Could Learn from Chamillionaire
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2010
Raising Capital – The VC equivalent for musicians is getting signed by a major label. Tags: Startup Advice This Week in Venture Capital On why you should be an entrepreneur, “A lot of people do what they have to do. You want to get yourself to a position where you can do what you want to do (Chamillionaire).
- [Venture Capital] Profitable: To Be Or Not To Be?
stocks Venture Capital and TechnologyMark Suster has a great post on this topic. In typical Mark fashion, it is long, with a lot of detail and substance. highly recommend all entrepreneurs take the time to read it end to end. For those who won't take the time to read it end to end, I'll summarize it. This is tricky stuff.
- [Venture Capital] Starting and Finishing
entrepreneurship management Venture Capital and Technology 'AVC regular Donna White posted this to her Tumblr yesterday: I'm a crotchety old guy. worry about all these new companies. m glad that they’re easier to start, but the problem is, they’re just as hard to finish as they have always been. And many don't.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO’s and VC’s)
| THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2010
If you take funding from a venture capital firm or angel investor and want to build a large, enduring company (rather than sell it to the highest bidder), this isn’t the decade to do it. The collapse of the IPO market and dysfunctional math in the venture capital community has stacked the odds against you. Here’s why.
THINKING ABOUT THINKING [Venture Capital] Are You A Founder, CEO, or Entrepreneur?
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2009
Posted in Venture Capital. Venture CapitalThis post is for all of you out there who are both founder and CEO of your company. My simple question is this: which “title” resonates most with you – founder, CEO, or entrepreneur? Which title best represents you? am a CEO. am an entrepreneur.
- [Venture Capital] Bootstrapping
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechWith all the talk of massive amounts of cash sloshing around the web/mobile startup ecosystem (including things I've said recently), you would think that nobody bootstraps anymore. But that is not true at all. Last week my partner Albert blogged about our most recent investment in Behance.
- [Venture Capital] Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital
I just read the Q1 2011 report from CB Insights , which shows venture capital is back. To me, this indicates that venture capitalists (VCs) are looking for business, but not from first-time startups. Back to VCs, Silicon Valley venture capital firms are still the most active. Overall, investors put $7.5 startups.
START UP BLOG [Venture Capital] Reality, Comedy & Venture Capital
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2013
It’s also fair to say that the technology and Venture Capital realm could do with an injection of reality now and again. — entrepreneurship comedy Court Jester entrepreneurs startups Tesla Venture Capital 'The story of the court jester is an important one. Maybe we should.
- [Venture Capital] Check In Apps vs Audience Measurement Panels
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI spent a decade as an early stage investor and board member of comScore. In that capacity I learnt a lot about using representative samples to develop broad based market research on media viewing. This is the approach used by Nielsen in television and comScore in internet.
SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE [Venture Capital] That new era of Venture Capital is here
| MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013
A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes.
FELD THOUGHTS [Venture Capital] Too Many Seed Investment Choices
| TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012
Venture Capital Foundry Group seed investings strategyYesterday I sent emails out passing on participating in two seed rounds for companies I really like. They had lots of investors trying to invest and each company was competitive with two other seed stage companies we’ve seen in the past 30 days. First, some background. We’ve
SILICONHILLS [Venture Capital] RunTitle Lands $4 Million in Venture Capital
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2013
'RunTitle, an online title search marketplace geared to the oil and gas industry, has landed $4 million in Series A venture capital led by Austin Ventures. The Houston-based startup also relocated to Austin as a condition of the financing. Austin
- [Venture Capital] OccupyAppStore
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIt was tne Nth time I've had this conversation in a board meeting, "We can't figure out how to get on the leaderboards. The app stores aren't working for us as a distribution channel." We are in the 99%, wishing we were in the 1%. Search is a horrible experience.
GENUINE VC [Venture Capital] Beer Kegs and the Future of Venture Capital: What It Means for Entrepreneurs
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011
Last September I wrote a post outlining my view of the venture capital industry: increasingly evolving like the beer industry as it continues to mature. Those venture firms firms caught in the middle without the scale of a large firm and without the focused strategy of a Micro will continue to wane. So what’s going on?
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Q&A Session
| THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010
We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about. In fact, far better if you haven’t raised venture capital. This is wrong.
- [Venture Capital] Profitless Prosperity
MBA Mondays Venture Capital and Technology 'If a Company is making huge profits this year but will not make any profits in the future, it is worthless in the eyes of an investor. But if it loses money this year and next year and may lose money for a few more years, it can still be very valuable in the eyes of an investor.
GROWTHOLOGY [Venture Capital] Developments in Venture Capital: Smaller Funds?
| FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012
Earlier this month, the Kauffman Foundation released a report on what we have learned from our decades of experience of investing in venture capital funds. One of the primary findings of the report is that smaller funds in our portfolio tended to perform better. It will be interesting to see if other major VC brands follow suit.
THINKING ABOUT THINKING [Venture Capital] Where In The World Is Eduardo Saverin?
| MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
Since at that time I was at another venture capital firm which invested in start-ups, I was eager to meet the people behind Facebook. We got down to business, and I asked Mark and Eduardo about their plans for Facebook and their interest in raising venture financing. Posted in Pop Culture, Venture Capital.
- [Venture Capital] Whither TechCrunch?
His reputation is made and as long as he finds his next platform, be it a venture fund, a blog, or both (how can anyone have both a blog and a venture fund????), There have been many attempts to build premium databases for the venture capital and startup world. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] The State of Venture Capital and the Internet
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
Early today I gave a keynote at the VCJ Venture Alpha conference here in San Francisco. was asked to speak about the topic of “what is going on in the venture capital world and what is the next big thing after social networking?”. Future of VC Internet – Tough topic, but what the heck? ve left off many great ones.
- [Venture Capital] Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day
Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI'm a bit late with this news about our portfolio company Duck Duck Go but I am super excited about it so I'm posting it anyway. I'll let a tweet tell the story: We received over 1,000,000 direct searches yesterday for the first time ever! duckduckgo.com/traffic.html.
SEED STAGE CAPITAL [Venture Capital] A Better Way To Ask For Investor Intros
| THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2012
In addition, subscription databases such as Capital IQ and Pratts are good but expensive; some universities have them so you might get an MBA to help you here. The email you write should go something like this: “Hi Nathan, I see you are connected to Lewis at ACME Ventures. Subscribe to Seed Stage Capital. Let me explain.
GROWTHOLOGY [Venture Capital] Friendship Effects in Venture Capital
| MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
Knowing this, I am unsurprised to see that another group also involved in startups, venture capitalists, make co-investment decisions based on homophily. Addressing these problems in the venture capital syndication setting, we show that venture capitalists exhibit strong detrimental homophily in their co-investment decisions.
- [Venture Capital] No Battle Plan Survives The First Enemy Fire
mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI have been using this line a lot lately. It is a bastardized version of Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke 's "No plan of operations extends with certainty beyond the first encounter with the enemy's main strength." The real world is messy. That's reality. You won't.
SETH LEVINE'S VC ADVENTURE [Venture Capital] How to get a job in venture capital (revisited) | Seth Levine
| TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008
- [Venture Capital] Tolerance and Prosperity
Politics Religion Venture Capital and TechnologyYesterday, my partners and I invited Paul Romer over to USV for lunch. For those that don't know, Paul is a leading thinker in the world of economics and currently a Professor at NYU. It was a fascinating conversation. Bob's argument is as much an economic one as a social one.
- [Venture Capital] More Startups are Getting Less Venture Capital
You need to accept the fact that the down economy over the last couple of years has changed the way in which venture capitalists see the world, so you should adjust your strategy and expectations in dealing with them. So the venture process isn’t dead yet, despite all the rumors. Startups and entrepreneurs need to be realists.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)
| THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
Torch has four major parts: Innovation Clusters , Technology Business Incubators (TBIs), Seed Funding (Innofund) and Venture Guiding Fund. The ultimate goal of Innofund is to get the startups far enough along in technology and market validation so other sources of financial capital (banks, VC’s, corporate partners) will invest.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] Zhongguancun in Beijing – China’s Silicon Valley (Part 4 of 5)
| SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
The previous post described the evolution of the Chinese Venture Capital system. China Venture Capital. If it’s driven by profit then the ecosystem needs both entrepreneurs as well as Venture Finance. China has the biggest Venture Capital industry outside the U.S. venture capitalists invested $26.5
- [Venture Capital] Brewster
So he asked us for the seed capital to build a team and build that product. mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechTwenty years into the personal technology revolution and we are still using address books that work pretty much like physical address books. It makes no sense. had never seen anything like it. We said yes.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation
| THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011
This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries. But … Downsizing Venture Capital. The venture capital business itself is going through an even more fundamental change than just the entry of a new category at the earliest stage.
- [Venture Capital] Paperless Financing Docs
I've been on a mission to dramatically reduce the legal costs of a venture financing. But we are still seeing company counsel costs of $15k or more on venture financings even with our "no negotiation" approach. I'd like to see venture financing legal fees get to $5k or less. Our firm is doing our part.
- [Venture Capital] Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends
mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechMary published this presentation this past week. love these "state of the internet" presentations Mary does. There is so much useful information and insights in them. encourage all of you to work your way through it this weekend if you haven't already done that.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] VC Funding Season Ends Next Week
| SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2009
This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. I’m sure I’ll spark the ire of some VC’s for saying so, but there is certainly such a thing as black-out days in venture capital. It is very difficult to raising venture capital between November 15 – January 7th.
- [Venture Capital] 2012: The Year That Movements Go Mainstream?
Politics Venture Capital and Technology WeblogsI returned from ten days of skiing with my family last night. I'm on mountain time and plan to stay there until the new year. Staying up late and sleeping late seems to be a good way to bring in the New Year. But even so, my version of sleeping late is getting up at 8am.
GENUINE VC [Venture Capital] Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital
| MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
'Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs raising it, there isn’t one definitive playbook which can be used as a guide. MYTH: The venture capital model is broken.
STARTUPCFO [Venture Capital] Two years of mistakes (and counting…)
| TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2012
What I now realize is how completely subjective venture investing is. Venture CapitalI have heard many times that VC is an apprentice-based business, meaning you learn on the job. And given that VC is a long term endeavour, you do that learning over a long time. So far, it’s been a blast. Fabric will be 2 years on Dec.
BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE [Venture Capital] How to Better Manage Relationships with Your VC
| SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
Raising Venture Capital Startup Advice 'Just back from 2 solid weeks on the road in Boston, New York & Philly. spent countless hours with VC firms, startups & LPs (the people who invest in VC firms). I find these trips invaluable both from a relationship-building perspective as well as stretching my mind about our industry.
STEVE BLANK [Venture Capital] The Internet Might Kill Us All
| WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011
Instead, today the McDonalds in plazas labeled “Revolutionary Square” has been the victory parade for democracy and capitalism. Filed under: Family/Career , Secret History of Silicon Valley , Venture Capital. Family/Career Secret History of Silicon Valley Venture CapitalPart 1 is here and Part 2 here. we own.
THE EQUITY KICKER [Venture Capital] Venture capital is only right for a small percentage of businesses
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
Just today I was with a company where the most likely exit value is £25m, that could be a great result for the founders and employees, but wouldn’t be a great result for a VC, and hence raising venture capital is not the right idea for them, and they probably shouldn’t have been wasting cycles talking with us. Emphasis mine.).
STARTUPCFO [Venture Capital] The VC Presentation Grader
| TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2011
decent chunk of the inspiration for this comes from Sequoia Capital’s “ elements of sustainable companies.. Raising Capital Venture CapitalThere are lots of posts, templates and resources out there on how to build your VC pitch, but few items on how investors actually assess these presentations.
- [Venture Capital] Advice for 2013: Deliver On Your Promises
Venture Capital and TechnologyThere has been a lot of discussion out there about the Series A crunch, the consumer sector falling out of favor, VCs getting more conservative, the need to focus on revenues instead of users, and so on and so forth. They are headwinds not tailwinds right now. That could be revenues but may not be.
CHRIS DIXON [Venture Capital] Size markets using narratives, not numbers
| SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010
Smaller, venture-style investors like angels and seed funds also prioritize market size but are usually more flexible – they’ll often invest when the market is “only ~$100M). Venture-style startups are bets on broad, secular trends. Tags: startups venture capital Good VCs understand this.
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