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  • MARK BIRCH  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
    [Venture Capital] "In total, over the last 10 quarters, investors have put almost $1 billion ($966 million) into 157."
    “In total, over the last 10 quarters, investors have put almost $1 billion ($966 million) into 157 financing transactions for companies focused on solving challenges faced in the HR & Recruiting industry.” - “ HR & Recruitment Industry Sees Venture Capital Deal Activity Hit Highs in 2012 ” via CBInsights.
  • MARK BIRCH  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
    [Venture Capital] The Slow Startup
    By extension, this is also the model which has become the de facto Silicon Valley venture capital approach. That is simply the calculus of business and the necessity of working capital and cash flow to fuel the business.  Bear with me as I promise not to conflate startups with the slow food movement* or any other such nonsense. 
  • MARK BIRCH  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Best of the Week on Strong Opinions
    best of the week Strong Opinions tech startups enterprise tech VC venture capital angel investors black swanThis is a two-fer as I missed last week immersed in rereading The Hobbit in anticipation for the movie coming out later this fall.  From Wall Street to Angel Investor and The Three Immutable Laws of Angel Investing.
  • MARK BIRCH  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
    [Venture Capital] "About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. don’t return investors’."
    “About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. don’t return investors’ capital, according to recent research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.” - “ The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail ” by The Wall Street Journal.
  • A CROWDED SPACE  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 4, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Transcript from my GrowVC interview
    I’m your host, Marcus, and today we’re talking to Josh Breinlinger, who currently works as a senior associate at Sigma Partners, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park. think on the plus side, really the biggest surprise is how much you learn in venture capital. Josh: Thanks for having me. Marcus: Okay. Little.
  • MARK BIRCH  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Thoughts from NYETM Panel
    NYC NYETM enterprise tech tech trends investing VC venture capitalA few nights ago, I had the privilege to participate on a panel for the New York Enterprise Tech Meetup with several esteemed VC’s.  I tend to avoid panels as I often think they are vanity appearances that provide little insight for the attendees.  Where the Money At?
  • MARK BIRCH  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
    [Venture Capital] New Logo Design
    Here at Birch Ventures, we are serious about design.  Therefore, without further ado, we present to you the new face of Birch Ventures. We believe our logo represents the full extent of our serious demeanor and fierce commitment to the early stage venture industry. design logos VC venture capital tech
  • DAVID TETEN  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Social Fortress publicly launches at TechCrunch Disrupt
    ff Venture CapitalAdam Ghetti, founder of our portfolio company  Social Fortress  and an expert in security, publicly presented Social Fortress for the first time at this week’s TechCrunch Disrupt Conference. I hope you’ll join us at the next  Flashpoint Demo Day  this Thursday.)  We think this is an exceptional company.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
    [Venture Capital] ffVC launches corporate blog
    ff Venture Capital recently launched our own corporate blog, at ffvc.om/blog. Entrepreneurship ff Venture CapitalGuest posts that will provide further resources and insights for the startup community as a whole. Please bookmark ffvc.com/blog  and/or follow @ffvc to keep abreast of our new posts.
  • MARK BIRCH  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
    [Venture Capital] "Silicon Valley Bank analyzed the “small is better” phenomenon in 2009 and concluded that."
    “Silicon Valley Bank analyzed the “small is better” phenomenon in 2009 and concluded that smaller funds are five times more likely to deliver a “venture return” (2X+ net to investors) compared to on larger funds.” - “ Venture capital’s new golden age ” via CNN Money. VC investing startups tech venture capital
  • CONSTANTLY LEARNING  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Market Size
    This is one section of a series on the the business plan outlined by Sequoia Capital. Although it seems venture capitalists should be investing in new markets, there is actually too much risk involved. The purpose of an limited partner putting money into a venture capital fund is to invest in emerging markets.
  • MARK BIRCH  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Black Swan Startups
    investing startups returns VC venture capital ideas pattern matching funding innovation Black Swan social prooferikschwartz : He says that the best ideas initially look like bad ideas. But most VC’s say most of what they do is “pattern matching”. I’m not sure how these two things fit together. Most VC’s are wrong.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Flashpoint Demo Day, September 13, at Union Square Ventures
    HBS Alumni Angels of New York and ff Venture Capital are happy to be co-sponsors of Flashpoint’s upcoming New York Demo Day , September 13, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM, held at  Union Square Ventures. The current crop includes: Events ff Venture Capital HBS Alumni Angels New York NextNY
  • MARK BIRCH  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Taking VC Advice
    This is why I am an advocate for warning labels any advice dispensed by venture capitalists. Folks like Fred Wilson and Brad Feld and the folks at Spark Capital to name a few, have demonstrated a healthy bit of humility, knowledge, and insight in their blogs which clearly emanates from clear thinking and a sincere focus on entrepreneurs. 
  • MARK BIRCH  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2012
    [Venture Capital] "The Groupon investment flurry that ended in January 2011 was part of a recent Silicon Valley trend."
    Groupon would never have gotten this big without that late-stage money,” said Bill Gurley, a general partner at venture-capital firm Benchmark Capital.” - “ Groupon Investors Give Up ” by The Wall Street Journal. Critics say the phenomenon builds unsustainable valuations for those young companies.
  • CONSTANTLY LEARNING  |  MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Dream Big
    If you are looking for outside funding from venture capital, you should be thinking incredibly big. Outside funding can also be from a source that is not venture. If you decide you want to raise capital from venture or angels, then have a huge dream. The hacker has a problem and wants to solve it. I'll wait.
  • DAVID TETEN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Internship Opportunities at ff Venture Capital
    If you’re interested in learning more about venture capital, or our fast-growing portfolio of tech startups, consider applying below. Career ff Venture Capital New York NextNYffVC is looking for interns. We are looking for Fall and Spring interns as well. Computer Science / Developer Intern. Fall 2011. Summer 2011.
  • POINT JUDITH CAPITAL  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Paul Mraz
    To date, Cerapedics has raised $33M in venture capital financing and distributes its products in 22+ countries worldwide. Mr. Mraz is an avid student of “communication styles” and enjoys executive coaching as well as mentoring, advising and working with other entrepreneurs and venture investors in the life sciences industry worldwide.
  • POINT JUDITH CAPITAL  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011
    [Venture Capital] MIT Sloan Venture Capital Investment Competition
    February 18, 2011 MIT Sloan participates in the international Venture Capital Investment Competition (VCIC). The competition simulates the challenge of venture capital investing: digging through business ideas and pitches to find a winner. Sean Marsh was a judge at the event. link]. Events
  • POINT JUDITH CAPITAL  |  MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CriticalMass Launch Party
    March 31, 2011 2:00 pm Great celebration of start-ups in New England; 10 Venture Sponsors and 2 Community Sponsors announced in support of CriticalMass. PointJudith Capital was a sponsor of the event. CriticalMass provides early stage entrepreneurs with a place to work, learn, collaborate and start new companies. link]. Events
  • POINT JUDITH CAPITAL  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Jeffrey Weiss
    He is a member of the Clean Energy Venture Group and the Boston Cleantech Angels. In this capacity he works with small technology startups in Rhode Island and Massachusetts to identify seed capital and venture capital, assist in hiring their management and engineering teams and solidifying their go to market strategy.
  • POINT JUDITH CAPITAL  |  MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Office hours @ Venture cafe
    The Venture Cafe Office Hours are a great opportunity to not only ask your burning questions about venture capital, but also meet with other like-minded entrepreneurs in the cafe prototype. June 16, 2011 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sean Marsh will be hosting Office Hours @ the CIC. Sign up form. Events
  • POINT JUDITH CAPITAL  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] The Return of the Internet IPO
    The reality is, there is a lot less venture capital available for companies (approximately $10 billion was invested into the asset class in the first half of 2011, this is about a $20 billion annualized run rate). Zillow priced their IPO yesterday and began trading today. remember the first IPO of a company I had invested in 1997.
  • POINT JUDITH CAPITAL  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Power Assure CEO Brad Wurtz to speak at Building Energy 12 Conference
    Power Assure CEO Brad Wurtz will join Point Judith General Partner Zaid Ashai on the Green Venture Capital panel at the Building Energy 12 Conference in Boston, MA. The panel will focus on innovations in energy efficiency, smart grid, and building management. Read more at MarketWatch.
  • A VC IN BRAZIL  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Foreign invasion! Brazilian Entrepreneurs: GET MOVING.
    Read a book on Basic VC investing such as “Raising Venture Capital for the Serious Entrepreneur”  and the “LAVCA term-sheet guide” to get started. Networking with entrepreneurs that have raised Capital and mentors will also make the path easier. striking difference, however, is how much more prepared they are to talk to a VC.
  • A VC IN BRAZIL  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Making things a bit more complex
    To address that, Fernando Okumura, amazing entrepreneur leading Kekanto, has sent me a paper done by LAVCA (Latin American Venture Capital Association) and Pinheiro Neto, detailing a wide variety of clauses and explaining them. Guys, . m on a roll this weekend. Truth is… He was right on! To a large extent, he is right. Our Project
  • A VC IN BRAZIL  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Recém-criado, iFood recebe aporte de fundo
    site acaba de receber um novo investidor, o Warehouse, fundo de venture capital brasileiro voltado para as áreas de tecnologia, comércio eletrônico e projetos “verdes”, como de reciclagem e bioenergia. Terça-feira, 02 de Agosto de 2011. Depois do telefone, a internet. restaurante se encarrega da entrega do pedido.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Good Science vs. Good Business
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. After all, venture is supposed to be "risk capital.") By that time, capital (potentially large amounts) will have been spent on engineering, marketing and sales infrastructure. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. and Web 3.0" companies.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Why Size Matters in Venture
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. And by size I mean both the size of venture funds and also of exits. In theory, VCs are deploying capital in the earliest part of a companys life, at a time when there can be high technical, execution and/or market risks.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Coopetition with the US Government
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. While unfettered capitalism certainly has its downsides (see Wall Street circa 2004-2008 for amongst other bouts of idiocy), it is the skills and talents of our entrepreneurs over the last 200+ years that have made this country the economic powerhouse that it is today.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  MONDAY, MARCH 21, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: The Benefits of Perspective
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Monday, March 21, 2011. The Benefits of Perspective. had lunch last week with one of my former students from Stanford. hope you are having fun!” Ergo, she better be sure to enjoy the ride. Posted by. Robert Siegel.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Play Offense -- Even if it Hurts
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Play Offense -- Even if it Hurts. had an interesting personal experience this week that made me realize, once again, the many parallels between our business and personal lives. Posted by.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Random synapses firing.
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Random synapses firing. Having a hard time doing a single theme for this post, so some disjointed thoughts in the meantime. Fewer wars leads to stability, which is good for CEOs. So pure.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: In Praise of Older Mentors
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Bruce Dunlevie and Jon Feiber (Venture Capitalists) – Though not very much older than I, each of these gentlemen has imparted more wisdom to me over the years than either probably realizes. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Posted by.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Facebook and Twitter Are Under-Hyped, but not for the Reasons You
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. On the bubble-side, the standard ups and down of capitalism lead to manias and busts, and whether or not we are watching another one now is not distinctly unique vs. other economic spikes and declines in business history. Why Size Matters in Venture.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: A Thought on Board Meetings
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Executives need to bring their “A” game as they are “always selling”; and, the CEO, in particular, is always raising money (especially if one is in a venture-backed startup). Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Posted by.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Timeless learnings
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Capital remains very scarce in the venture community , and we believe that we will continue to see both a separation of the top-tier funds (Sequoia, Accel, Greylock, Benchmark, etc.) and also the struggle of the next tier to close on additional capital.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Comments on StubHub's Chris Tsakalakis Visit to my Stanford Class
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Wednesday, October 19, 2011. Comments on StubHubs Chris Tsakalakis Visit to my Stanford Class. Usually acquisitions fail when business strategies are diametrically opposed -- not here. Dont believe him? Posted by.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: The Unintended Consequences of Facebook.
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Thursday, October 20, 2011. The Unintended Consequences of Facebook. On 10/18 Ian Van Hoven, currently with Netflix , came to my class at the Stanford GSB to discuss the CDNetworks case (where he used to work). Posted by.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Educational and Entertaining
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. The proprietary solution they developed for their partner, SAP, was great in that it brought needed capital into the company. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Educational and Entertaining. Posted by. Robert Siegel.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: The Rise of Android
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Wednesday, November 9, 2011. The Rise of Android. Eric Chu , Director of the Android Ecosystem at Google , came to our class at Stanford on 11/8/11. This has contributed to the rapid adoption of Android by the industry.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Raj Joshi of Infosys On "Only Living Once"
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Friday, November 11, 2011. Raj Joshi of Infosys On "Only Living Once". The ultimate arbiter of business achievement, per Raj, is financial success. If it doesnt they failed. Most impressive. Posted by. Robert Siegel.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update - Slight.
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Tuesday, December 20, 2011. Android Ice Cream Sandwich Update - Slight Improvements and a Headache for Google. This has made the phone usable, but still slower than before. but at least my phone works. Check out: [link].
  • CASASIEGEL  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: The One Thing a CEO Must Do.
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. 5) Especially in the early days, the CEO is the top sales person – A company does best when it doesnt need other peoples capital (including X/Seeds!). Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The One Thing a CEO Must Do.
  • CASASIEGEL  |  MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
    [Venture Capital] CasaSiegel: Firing Synapses from Inside Apple.
    Musings on venture capital, running a business and socio-economics. Why Size Matters in Venture. CasaSiegel. Monday, April 30, 2012. Firing Synapses from Inside Apple. I (finally) finished reading Adam Lashinsky ’s book, Inside Apple. It is a real rush for any individual to be a part of something like that. Happier?
  • GO BIG OR GO HOME  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Back to the Future - Go Big or Go Home
    Rob Schultz shares his experiences on start-up as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Is the same thing happening to the Venture Capital Industry with all of the mega funds? Go Big or Go Home. Archives. Subscribe. Share My Blog! Follow @trivc. My Other Blogs. Endurance. Go Big or Go Home. My Tumblr Photo Journal. About.
  • GO BIG OR GO HOME  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Worst VC Investments of All Time - Go Big or Go Home
    Rob Schultz shares his experiences on start-up as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. The 20 Worst Venture Capital Investments list was recently posted at Inside CRM. Go Big or Go Home. Archives. Subscribe. Share My Blog! Follow @trivc. My Other Blogs. Endurance. Go Big or Go Home. My Tumblr Photo Journal. Recent Posts.
  • GO BIG OR GO HOME  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Operating an Internet Start-up through Bubble II - Go Big or Go Home
    Rob Schultz shares his experiences on start-up as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Venture Capitalist Gone Wild: the Sequel » October 09, 2008. Image via Wikipedia Many of us Bubble #1 veterans are having flashbacks on what it was like to run a company through a capital market crash followed by a recession.
  • GO BIG OR GO HOME  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Venture Capitalist Gone Wild: the Sequel - Go Big or Go Home
    Rob Schultz shares his experiences on start-up as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Venture Capitalist Gone Wild: the Sequel.   Messed up incentives from the greedy consumer investors that could now buy stocks cheaply on line to the over funded venture capitalists. Go Big or Go Home. Archives. Subscribe. About.
  • GO BIG OR GO HOME  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2008
    [Venture Capital] VC Model Broken? - Go Big or Go Home
    Rob Schultz shares his experiences on start-up as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. This is a common slide floating around the web which is held up as evidence that the end is near for the venture capital industry.    As a venture capitalist I should be torked.  Go Big or Go Home. Archives.
  • GO BIG OR GO HOME  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009
    [Venture Capital] IVCA Q&A: IllinoisVENTURES CEO, Managing Director John Banta.
    Rob Schultz shares his experiences on start-up as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Managing director and CEO John Banta has a wealth of experience in clean technologies, which are currently among the hottest investments for venture capitalists. Illinois Venture Capital Association Posted using ShareThis.
  • GO BIG OR GO HOME  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Creative Financing in Tough Times - Go Big or Go Home
    Rob Schultz shares his experiences on start-up as both an entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Your bankers won't answer the phone, the venture capitalists all have alligator arms and your start-up needs cash.  Go Big or Go Home. Archives. Subscribe. Share My Blog! Follow @trivc. My Other Blogs. Endurance. Go Big or Go Home.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Is cycling a 10-bagger?
    How is Venture Cycling like Venture Capital investing? With this post I am starting an occassional series comparing the two activities, called my VC:VC (Venture Cycling:Venture Capital) series. have a particular view of Venture Capital, based on a fairly narrow angle of view on our industry.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Does cycling have a J curve?
    This continues my occassional series on how cycling compares with Venture Capital, by looking for a J-curve in cycling. In Venture Capital, we make investments and we work with companies, and it takes time to know whether the outcomes will be positive or negative. This uses 30-50% of that fund's total capital.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Good for the Land ~ Best of the Land
    What does this have to do with VC: venture cycling, or VC: venture capital? Venture Capital is also similar. The second answer to my question (what do CSAs have to do with venture cycling or venture capital?) You may have heard talk about buying a share in a farm for a year. VC:VC
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC There are two kinds of VC
    There are also two kinds of Venture Capitalist. This posting is another in my VC:VC series , comparing venture cycling with venture capital. Why do VC's actively embrace failure, when venture cyclists try their hardest to avoid falling? In a final note, I suppose one could say venture cyclists also embrace failure.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2006
    [Venture Capital] More on failure, risk and reward
    Technorati: venture capital europe european startups entrepreneurship David Hornik Please sponsor me for the Hazon 2006 New York Bike ride. Tech industry
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Bling
    This will always list my current venture cycling equipment and accessories. Venture Capitalists need a lot less equipment than venture cyclists to get their job done. Technorati: venture capital venture capital equipment cycling equipment Please sponsor me for the Hazon 2006 New York Bike ride.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Happiness vs Purpose
    I want to expand on the theme of a previous posting about happiness vs. purpose, this time in the context of comparing venture capital and venture cycling. How does this apply to venture capital? The pursuit is of competitive advantage, profit, capital gains, a place on the Fortune magazine Midas list.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 28, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Closing the Deal
    So what does this have to do with Venture Cycling (this is a VC:VC post after all). These kind of things have derailed venture capital deals, and I suppose they could derail a venture cycling deal as well. Technorati: venture capital termsheets closing the deal Please sponsor Hannah for the Hazon 2006 New York Bike ride.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Income and Outcome
    Here is another posting in my VC:VC series (comparing Venture Cycling to Venture Capital). In Venture Capital, outcome is exactly income. In the Venture Cycling world, there is also some component where Outcome = Income. Technorati: Hazon Venture Capital. When does income = outcome? VC:VC
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2006
    [Venture Capital] More Google Whimsy
    Dorit asked me last night what some of the posts have to do with VC (Venture Cycling) or VC (Venture Capital). more considered response is that I am a venture cyclist because of Hazon , and so you will get posts about bikes , food , vision and Jewish topics on a regular basis. 31 of them are about her. Whimsy
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC The Long Now
    It is also a great context for thinking about venture cycling and venture capital. In the early stage venture capital world we take the long view. An entrepreneur's fear is that venture capitalists want an " exit " within a couple of years. altogether a span of around 200 years. Books VC:VC
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Follow-on rounds
    After receiving a venture capital investment, a young start-up will use the funds to grow and will either need further investment or will not. So how does venture cycling compare to venture capital in this regard? Technorati: venture capital cycling. First, is it an up-round or a down-round (or flat)?
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Social(ly Active) Networking
    Continuing my sporadic VC:VC series of postings comparing life as a venture capitalist with life as a venture cyclist, here are some thoughts on social networking, and socially active networking. Technorati: cycling venture capital social networking social activism. or for jaded commentators: internet bubble 2.0 ). VC:V
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cycling through the winter
    First, welcome to new readers on the Feedburner Venture Capital blogging network , which I have joined through the kind invitation of Brad Feld , the doyen of VC bloggers. Venture Cycling was prompted by my involvement in Hazon , a Jewish Environmental non-profit based in NY whose board I now chair. We all laughed. Read on.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Good Question
    Contrasting this for a moment with my venture cycling life - after all, this is a VC:VC posting (comparing Venture Capital to Venture Cycling). Technorati: venture capital good question entrepreneurship poker tell. "Tell me about how you plan to differentiate yourself from the 54 other Web 2.0 Good question!"
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC 12 Angry Men
    Written for TV and then adapted for the big screen in the 1950s, " 12 Angry Men " is a remarkable story of how personal psyche can color decisions as important as a capital murder case, and as impersonal as someone else's tragedy. Technorati: 12 Angry Men Venture Capitalist Board of Directors Startup. VC:VC
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Capital Efficiency
    Capital efficiency is the notion that an organization uses capital wisely, frugally - that the capital is used to best effect. The ultimate measure is the amount of returns to investors as a multiple (we hope) of the capital invested, adjusted by the length of the investment. guess a bike is just like other hardware!
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2006
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Talk to the Hand
    However, rudeness is also a factor in both my VC worlds: venture capital and venture cycling. In the startup world, it is no secret to entrepreneurs just how rude venture capitalists can be. Talk to the Hand is an excellent book I am reading on rudeness in today's society. This has a two fold benefit. Books VC:VC
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 14, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Hibernation
    It is tough for your venture cyclist not to hibernate in the sour winter. In the other part of my VC life, the venture capital side, this is generally a busy time of year - not a time for hibernating at all (perhaps this is why VC bloggers do appear to hibernate ). Hannah and I plan to ride again (cue the music).
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC On-demand
    In the venture capital world, "on-demand" means what it means when your cable company offers you video-on-demand. However, many important facets of our life have not been available on-demand, and venture capitalists are piling in to invest in them. This is not a new phenomenon. Technorati: jcarrot.org on-demand fresh food.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC:VC
    Meanwhile, I found another VC to add to Venture Capital and Venture Cycling. As might be expected, the conversation turned to "what do you do" and when I was asked I said "venture capital". must have spoken quietly because Cecil said "veggie capital?", Veggie Capital. Food VC:VC Whimsy Hazon
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Homonyms
    At Sigma, in my venture capital world, we are looking at yet another company trying to solve this problem, and we may yet invest in their promising approach. What had this got to do with the Venture Cycling world (this is a VC:VC posting after all)? The problems of homonyms and synonyms are persistent and ubiquitous.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Excluding Sigma
    In it Diana Frazier, a managing director at FLAG Capital Management, is quoted as saying the riches delievered by the VC industry to our investors are actually driven by a few top-tier firms. I don't often choose to brag about Sigma Partners , the VC firm at which I work. but here is one of these times. Back to work. Tech industry
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Let me get to that
    So far, so good -- but why is this a VC:VC post which compares Venture Capital to Venture Cycling? The work of Hazon (which made me the venture cyclist I have become) is multi-layered and multi-faceted, like many of the business plans I see. Entrepreneur: "Let me get to that." VC: "OK, sounds good." Let me get to that.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Cadence
    also realized that thinking about cadence, in the terms Hue suggests, is also relevant for venture capital. In order to build and maintain momentum the trick is use the right mix of human, intellectual and financial capital (don't ask what is sugar and what is fat). Rpm measures rotations (of your legs) per minute. Success!
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC That was great! Do it again!
    This series compares venture cycling with venture capital - this is the 26th in the series I believe - so I stand by my assertion that they have much to learn from each other (or at least tell each other). This, of course, is just like the venture capital startup world. Just like venture cyclists. next year!
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Backblog
    The venture cycling content of our week was zero, although the very steep roads made us think of our bikes on every ascent and descent. The venture capital content of our week was not quite zero - I met a high-tech entrepreneur turned resort owner who still dabbles in tech investing. Is a blog backlog a backblog? Whimsy
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC How to raise money
    Raising Venture Capital money is not easy - ask any entrepreneur. How to raise Venture Cycling money? This fun video from Israel (Hebrew with English subtitles) is worth the three minutes. Click on the "click here" text below. thanks! Click Here to Donate. VC:VC Hazon
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Blood on the floor
    In my venture cycling world I rarely see blood. In venture capital we rarely see blood. In both sides of my life, venture cycling and venture capital, I am grateful that there is little real blood. didn't even scrape myself when I fell off my bike last year. Oh well. more blood on the floor.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC The Exit
    This is a VC:VC post - comparing venture cycling with venture capital. am going to talk about "The Exit", which is a focus of attention in the venture capital world, and much less in the venture cycling world. At the end of the day a venture capital firm is always working towards a successful exit.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Why am I interested in Healthcare
    Third, I'm a venture capital investor. Between managing the data, creating secure appropriate access for family, care-givers and health providers, and using anonymized data in aggregate for research there are lots of opportunities for a venture capital investor to dabble in this field, as many already have.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Fallacies of Venture Cycling
    As promised , the four fallacies of venture cycling are as follows (with links to the evidence): Venture capital and cycling have parallels that stand up to scrutiny Cycling is a green form of exercise Venture Capital is easy Writing a blog is easy. Whimsy
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008
    [Venture Capital] C-SHALS
    For example, search for " venture capital ~healthcare " and you will get a wider set of results than a search for " venture capital healthcare ". The business community never saw a great deal of use for AI, although venture capitalists lost a bunch of money proving that. More on this in future posts.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Proud to be a Scruffy
    Venture capital is a scruffy industry. So here I am, a Venture Capitalist, proud to be a scruffy, in a scruffy industry, funding scruffy companies, producing scruffy products, that customers buy because stuff gets done. Zak Kohane was at C-SHALS last week. As well as his MD, he also has a PhD in Computer Science from MIT.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008
    [Venture Capital] The 'eart of the deal
    In the Venture Capital world we often talk about the art of the deal. This matters in the non-profit world (my venture cyclist identity) as well, most notably in fund-raising. In fact, looked at through this prism, I would say I spend a good proportion of my time each week just negotiating. VC:VC
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Knowing what to look for
    In my venture capital world it is often my partners at Sigma, or an entrepreneur at a portfolio company, or even a lawyer working on a transaction for us who will mention to look out for a particular issue, and there it is, all around me. I cycle past things that I don't notice all the time. VC:VC Cycling
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Fooled by Randomness
    However, Greg (along with all good venture capitalists) is rescued at the last moment by a Harvard professor. It turns out that previous good results from a venture capital firm do predict future results. My partner, Greg Gretsch , kindly sent me a copy. this is an interesting gift. read on. It contains 10,000 names. Books
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2007
    [Venture Capital] VC:VC Humor from the New Yorker
    Last week's New Yorker magazine (the "Innovation" edition) had several wonderful cartoons that might as well have been drawn for a VC:VC posting (comparing Venture Capital to Venture Cycling). To start with, I couldn't resist a wife's eye view of a not-fit-enough husband becoming a venture cyclist. VC:VC Whimsy
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Bostonian of the Year: vote for the Bike Czar
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Bostonian of the Year: vote for the Bike Czar. Boston Globe Magazine is soon due to name a Bostonian of the Year. Click here to vote for Nicole. Posts.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Britain, uniquely
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Britain, uniquely. Britain, uniquely, has power consumption habits related to tea and TV. How I miss the BBC. Posted Saturday, December 20, 2008.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: A Profusion of (Jewish) Greenery
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Profusion of (Jewish) Greenery. Submissions can be made online until Friday, January 23rd. Go on. Registration for the Hazon Heschel hike closes soon.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Three courses for three causes
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Three courses for three causes. The bill (S. While we hope the Governor will sign the bill, he could veto it or simply take no action and it will die.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: How many VCs does it take to change a light bulb
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. I guess that philanthropist earns his living as a VC] You see - venture capitalists and venture cyclists are not that different! work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Posts.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 30, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Greg Gretsch: The Midas Touch
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. Greg is #19 on the newly published 2009 Forbes Midas List of top venture capitalists. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Greg Gretsch: The Midas Touch. Email This BlogThis! Posts.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Happiness is a Serious Problem
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Happiness is a Serious Problem. Over the winter break I read Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager. Have a happy week. Email This BlogThis!
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: Over engineered vs Social engineered
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. In my venture capital life we often hear about highly engineered, possibly over-engineered, technologies. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. Email This BlogThis! Posts.
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: What Girls Want
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. What Girls Want. always enjoy reading Caitlin Flanagans articles in The Atlantic (and anywhere else I find them). Thanks, Caitlin! Email This BlogThis!
  • VENTURE CYCLIST  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Venture Cyclist: All Atwitter
    Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA. Pages. Advice for Entrepreneurs. VC:VC. All Atwitter. If you have not thought much about Twitter , it is time to start thinking. What is Twitter anyway? Get going on Twitter. Get an account.
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