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  • FOR THE WIN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011
    [Venture Capital] The End is Near (ish)
    One of the critical underpinnings of his argument is the data suggesting that venture capital investing is outpacing fundraising, ie, that VCs are investing more than they are raising, and that therefore their coffers will run dry soon.  Perhaps as early as three months from now. Surely no later than six.”  I would say, not so much. 
  • FOR THE WIN  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Job Creationism
    I started my investing career doing leveraged buy-out deals at Bain Capital, working directly for Mitt Romney and his then small group of partners.  I left in 1997 to start my own venture capital firm, and part of my rationale was that I wanted to spend time creating jobs. My point is this:  it’s all capitalism
  • K9 VENTURES  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2008
    [Venture Capital] The Venture Spiral
    The business of venture capital is relatively young. The birth of modern-day venture capital (not considering the European monarchs financing explorations and projects as venture capital) can be traced back to American Research and Development, which was started by Georges Doriot. Background. per year.
  • K9 VENTURES  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2008
    [Venture Capital] A Time for Change in Venture Capital
    In my previous post , I talked about some of the reasons I felt that the venture industry was broken and needed reform. years or more) and became the basis for me starting K9 Ventures. The bottomline is that this is the worst time in history for the venture capital industry. WSJ: Venture Capital Hits a Cash-Call Crunch.
  • K9 VENTURES  |  SATURDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Thoughts about “The Coming Venture Capital Boom”
    Peter Rip , General Partner at Crosslink Capital recently authored a post on his blog EarlyStageVC that has been getting a lot of attention. Peter’s post “ The Coming Venture Capital Boom ” presents a view that is hard to find these days. had a mixed reaction to Peter’s comments. Not any more.
  • K9 VENTURES  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009
    [Venture Capital] 70% drop in venture fundraising?
    VentureBeat just blogged about some new statistics published by Thomson Reuters and the NVCA in this post: Venture fundraising: Going, going, gone? Here is the most damning/shocking excerpt from this post: Venture capital funds raised only $3.4 percent) from the same period in 2007, when venture firms raised $11.7
  • K9 VENTURES  |  SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Rajeev Motwani: A pillar of Stanford CS & Silicon Valley
    In March of this year Rajeev agreed to be an advisor to K9 Ventures. When I decided that I wanted to enter the field of Venture Capital, Rajeev was one of the first people I contacted.  . Rajeev Motwani. was still incredulous and hoping that it was untrue until the sad news was verified in a email sent to the department.
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2004
    [Venture Capital] 1990s Redux? Nope, just Free Telephone Conferencing - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Ron Reed at Endurance Ventures suggested I try it out. Ron Reed at Endurance Ventures suggested I try it out. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2004
    [Venture Capital] Your Founder Got Strategy? - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. couple weeks ago, I attended a cocktail reception for Emergence Capital , a newly formed $125MM venture fund focused on information technology enabled services, similar to my funds strategy but West Coast based.
  • VCBALL  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2004
    [Venture Capital] Take the Friction Out - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Lose Yourself - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Travel Tip for Bootstrappers - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Teach Me to be a Successful Entrepreneur While I Stand on One.
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. If you follow these two rules your business venture-- I promise-- you will be successful: Rule #1: Dont run out of money. Brotman, a successful New York venture capitalist, explains: "The. VCball. Become a Fan. About.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2005
    [Venture Capital] I Love NY Tax Credits - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Make a Difference - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Congrats, Jason, for keeping that pecker hard! - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. The key is using capital efficiently and getting profitable as soon as possible; the best way to do that is to be focused. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. John R. Yahoo!
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Why Smart Business People Need to Go Virtual - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2005
    [Venture Capital] It's Raining Jobs! - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Find Your Nachshon - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 5, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Free Video on Why Your Marketing Plan Sucks Eggs - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Continue To Be Persistent - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. This week, my venture firm , after a 8 year quest since its inception, achieved a big milestone. This week, my venture firm , after a 8 year quest since its inception, achieved a big milestone. VCball. Become a Fan.
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Get Marquee Customers Not Frigging Reference Accounts - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Talk About Moon Cheese - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. The trickiest, most counter-intuitive concept I think in entrepreneurship as well as venture investing is this: that the biggest returns and the biggest companies are going to be created by concepts that are totally obvious.
  • VCBALL  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Free Help for Founders - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Many business schools have established entrepreneurship courses; some have whole departments, endowed professorships, and even venture funds. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Make Better Decisions More Simply: Use the Iron Triangle - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. There is always either hidden costs, hidden delays or capitated quality, and its better to be aware of them than blithefully unaware. Perhaps, their capital is cheaper, and its certainly quicker than hitting the road.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Tear Off the Band-Aid - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Don't raise more money than you can chew - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. One of the things Ive looked at is how much capital can a company raise and still make for a good return for investors-- but more importantly for entrepreneurs, as its entrepreneurial drive and determination that create success.
  • VCBALL  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Don't Kill the VC Golden Goose! Why Raising Taxes on Carried.
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. that Congress is contemplating raising taxes on venture capital fund managers by increasing taxes on what is known as “carried interest”, my heart sank. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds.
  • VCBALL  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Speaking up More about VC Carried Interest Taxation and the - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. " So I am going to speak up once more about this subject on raising taxes on venture capitalists and I believe, on entrepreneurs and the people that join startups. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. John R.
  • VCBALL  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Gotta Have Heart! Go Giants! - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Get a Kindle - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Celebrate Groundhog Day Every Day - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. You might ask: what the #*$#@% does this have to do with entrepreneurship and venture capital? You might ask: what the #*$#@% does this have to do with entrepreneurship and venture capital? VCball.
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Get Published - VCball
    New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. Milestone Venture Partners Newsletter Uncommonly good thought pieces on VC with a socioeconomic apolitical commentary. VCball. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Touched by an Angel
    think the title of this post is a TV show, but fitting as there has been much debate in the venture community as to the whether angel investors are good or bad for entrepreneurs and VCs. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Venture News.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  SUNDAY, JANUARY 27, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Is the Grass Really Greener on the Dark Side?
    During the next four months, we will examine over a dozen entrepreneurial ventures from a diverse mix of industries - technology, service, food & beverage, and fashion. think this same concept plays into what Ive seen happening a lot more in the venture community: partners at VC firms jumping back into entrepreneurial ventures.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: 4 Lessons of Entrepreneurship
    His gut told him the opportunity might not be there in a year and he dropped out of business school to launch the venture. All of this only helps for the next venture. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Venture News. Posted by.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Baby's All Grown Up
    Labels: CFO , home security , M and A , venture capital , venture financing. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. Posted by.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Academically challenged
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Tuesday, May 6, 2008. Academically challenged. Posted by. Steve Bennet.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: What does it take to be an Angel Investor?
    To the SEC, it means that you are an accredited investor and To the man (or woman) on the street, a minimum qualification would seem to be an interest and ability to invest in early stage ventures. The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) was also represented at the conference and is forging closer links with the ACA.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Is it the Horse or Jockey?
    It seems appropriate to have this discussion as Kent Desormeaux grabs Big Browns reins and goes after the Triple Crown tomorrow at Belmont.There is an age old debate in the venture business on whether it is better to bet on the horse (business/market) or the jockey (management team/founders). Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time?
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Where did Summer Go?
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, July 31, 2008. Where did Summer Go? Time to get to work. and 22.4%
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Brickbreaker - Mindless Amusement or Viscious.
    am not sure how this relates to venture finance or entrepreneurship, but Im sure Ill find some connection along the way. But it is also very interesting that you are looking for new ventures and using brickbreaker as an example in trying to uncover possible opportunities. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? HAHA Yes!
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: CFO's - More Guardian, Less Angel?
    It is certainly good to take an analytical approach to any investment opportunity and many venture capital firms and angel groups do an excellent job of diligence. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Venture News. ProfessorVC.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Man Camp
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Thursday, November 13, 2008. Man Camp. Steve Bennet. at 12:00 PM. Loadin
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Why didn't I think of that??
    Manija Ansari is an undergraduate business student (currently in my Entrepreneurial Finance course), working on a social entreprenurial venture. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic
    The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. million for the year, which is the first time it has been below $5 million since 2001, a sign that capital efficiency will be even more important than it has. We decided to raise some venture debt as an insurance policy and extend our cash runway. Venture Hacks.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Bootstrapping 101
    In other parts of the country, this is business as usual: Identify a customer need Build a product Sell the product In the valley, the knee jerk reaction is to start with the powerpoint deck and look for the venture capital drug. Jon Fisher purposely avoided raising venture capital in his ventures. Venture Hacks.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Can you start a company on $10K?
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Saturday, May 30, 2009. Can you start a company on $10K? Posted by. Steve.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Burn Rate
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Wednesday, July 22, 2009. Burn Rate. Posted by. Steve Bennet. at 11:07 AM.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2010
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Would a Dart Board Provide better VC Returns?
    Was amused to read about Right Side Capital this week. Of course, when 10-year returns for the entire venture capital asset class is about to drop below zero, drastic measures may be in order. Labels: entrepreneur , seed investing , venture capital , venture financing. Venture Hacks. Venture News.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Negotiating an Angel Deal in your PJ's
    It had a good mix of viewpoints with east ( James Geshwiler, Common Angels ) and west coast (yours truly) angels, early stage venture capitalist ( Jason Mendelson, Foundry Group ), and a couple of attorneys ( Dan Hansen and Mario Rosati ). Labels: Angel Investors , fundraising , term sheets , venture capital , venture financing.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2010
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Do you have a U.S. Strategy?
    similar trend is happening in alternative energy, the industry that has greatly benefited from both venture capital and US government assistance over the past decade. This does show that venture backed companies have a huge impact on the US economy. Labels: Andy Grove , economics , venture capital. Venture Hacks.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2010
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Angie's List or AngelList?
    In corporate finance, students are taught that capital markets are efficient and this is an underlying assumption for valuing stocks, bonds and other financial instruments. According to the Center for Venture Research at UNH , there are over 260,000 angel investors. However, angels invested in 57,225 ventures vs. 2,795 for VCs.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2010
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Is There Any Truth in "The Social Network"?
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Monday, October 11, 2010. Is There Any Truth in "The Social Network"?
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2010
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Don't Stop Believin'
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News. ProfessorVC. The last blogger in Silicon Valley. Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Dont Stop Believin. Do I need a reason?
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: How Much Diligence is Due.
    strongly believe (at least for very early stage technology ventures) that you will get diminishing returns and arguably negative returns once you get past an initial threshold of team, product, market and financial diligence. Part of it was the out of the box thinking and turning the typical venture investment thesis upside down.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: A Lot of Horn Tooting over a Kazoo sized deal
    At the time when you met with the CardMunch team, wed already raised some amount of capital for the seed round. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. Congratulations on the Best Venture Capital Investment. Venture News.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: How much is enough?
    Less than a month later, we received a term sheet from Charles River Ventures for the Series A and as they say, the rest is financing history.with investments from Intel, Kleiner Perkins, Cisco, GE, Comcast, ADT, Rogers, and others. Is $120M enough capital to reach these exit goals? Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time?
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Waah.Do I have to build a financial model?
    Everyone seems to know someone who has raised huge amounts of venture capital without ever putting together even back of the envelope projections. Labels: entrepreneurial finance , financial analysis , venture capital. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2012
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time?
    Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? As an active participant in the Silicon Valley new venture ecosystem and entrepreneurship educator, Im intrigued by the recently announced program Venture for America (VFA). Back to Venture for America. Venture capital Texas. Venture Hacks. Venture News.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Best VC Blog Posts – June 12, 2009
    Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital. Fred Destin, Atlas Venture. Todd Dagres, Spark Capital. Mike Hirshland, Polaris Ventures. Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures. Israel Venture Keynote: When Failure Is An Option.  Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital. Posted in Venture Capital. Venture Capital
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Favorite VC Blog Posts – June 26, 2009
    Mark Solon, Highway 12 Ventures (med device VCs really do cool stuff). Rick Segal, JLA Ventures (wish all of my companies thought this way). Lee Hower, Point Judith Capital (this is an important trend to watch). Posted in Venture Capital. Venture CapitalIn no particular order: The Heart of the Matter.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009
    [Venture Capital] 4 Questions and 4 Pressure Tests To Decipher A VC’s Interest In Your Company
    Posted in Venture Capital. Venture CapitalI have heard from a number of entrepreneurs over the past couple of months about how they wished VCs would give them a “quick no” more often. think it’s a totally fair critique and have tried to improve in this area myself. Without further ado… 4 Questions.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Prosper Marketplace: Changing The World
    Posted in Venture Capital. Venture CapitalIt is with great pride that I congratulate Prosper Marketplace on successfully completing their SEC registration process pioneering the first true auction marketplace for person-to-person lending (Prosper’s blog post ). It’s a beautiful thing. We have had some downs.
  • POSSIBLE INSIGHT  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2011
    [Venture Capital] What Seed Funding Bubble?
    First, look at the amount of seed funding by angels over the last nine years, as reported by the Center for Venture Research.  Check out the seed dollar chart and the average seed investment data from the National Venture Capital Association. They confuse the true frequency of high valuations with the amount of coverage. 
  • THE CORNICE  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Upside of the Downturn
    In doing so, they will ensure that their time, the sweat of their potential employees and the capital of their potential investors will be used more efficiently. Great ideas will continue to be funded – we’re lucky, we get to see a lot of them at First Round Capital. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.”
  • THE CORNICE  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Announcing: First Round Capital Office Hours (and free coffee)
    Posted in start-ups, venture capital. start-ups venture capitalRemember when you were in college and you had lots of questions about how the world worked and yet being around a university environment you still felt safely isolated from the crazed gyrations and threats of the real world? And I miss them. There’s no agenda.
  • THE CORNICE  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2008
    [Venture Capital] AC/DC VC
    Posted in music, venture capital. music venture capitalAC/DC is back. The new album, Black Ice, has some great cuts on it. And after seeing them in concert on Tuesday night, I can tell you that they still rock. If you have a chance to see them live don’t hesitate pay what you gotta pay to see them. Be succinct.
  • THE CORNICE  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2008
    [Venture Capital] We’re Doomed! And Now a Top 10 List.
    The first meme is the recurring commentary and speculation surrounding Sequoia Capital’s RIP presentation. Bijan Sabet of Spark Capital has his post up today  (agree with Death Cab and Radiohead, Vampire Weekend was fun but forgettable) and Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures will have his up tomorrow. shocked!)
  • THE CORNICE  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2009
    [Venture Capital] FRC Office Hours: Next Stop Vancouver!
    The First Round Capital team had such a good time , at our inaugural Office Hours , that we’ve decided to make it a semi-regular practice. On January 15th, we’ll be partnering with our good friends at W Media Ventures to host an Office Hours in Vancouver. Posted in venture capital. venture capital
  • THE CORNICE  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Office Hours SXSW
    Now that the  First Round Capital team has hosted Office Hours in two countries, we thought we might be ready for Texas. Posted in financing, start-ups, venture capital Tagged: first round capital, kentgoldman, office hours. financing start-ups venture capital first round capital kentgoldman office hours
  • THE CORNICE  |  THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Office Hours: San Francisco
    Since our first Office Hours event in Palo Alto last fall, First Round Capital has hosted similar events in Vancouver, New York City, Austin and Philadelphia. Details below and sign-ups here : First Round Capital Offices. Posted in venture capital Tagged: #frc. venture capital #frcGreat stuff. 6/11/2009.
  • THE CORNICE  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Capital Alchemy: Make Fixed Costs Variable
    This is better than capital efficiency, this is capital alchemy. Only allocate capital the instant it can marry customer demand. In Capital alchemy is a trend that has already revolutionized both the advertising worlds and the web infrastructure worlds. Posted in start-ups, venture capital Tagged: #frc.
  • JASON BALL  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2007
    [Venture Capital] How VCs really spend their time
    This has to be the one of the Top Five dirty little secrets of venture capital. He does re-iterate a point I made on Shantanu’s blog a few weeks back: the best venture parter to work with is one who’s been in the industry for 20 years. Venture CapitalCan you imagine how un-fun that would be?
  • JASON BALL  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Google Gadget Ventures?
    It appears that Google is going head to head with seed investors (like Y combinator) with its Google Gadget Ventures : Google Gadget Ventures is a new Google pilot program dedicated to helping developers create richer, more useful Google Gadgets. Only Google Gadget Venture grant recipients are eligible for this type of funding.
  • JASON BALL  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Oxford University Entrepreneurship Competition
    Events, Conferences and Panels Technology Venture CapitalYou don’t have to be an Oxford student to participate. The application deadline is 12th October.
  • JASON BALL  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Busy Week
    Events, Conferences and Panels Search Venture CapitalThe Alarm Clock reported on our follow on investment into Mirriad last week and also picked up my recent post on RSS- highlighting one of our other portfolio companies- Magpie. Tomorrow, I’ve been asked to join a panel at Mashup Demo.
  • JASON BALL  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Tumblr Funding
    Union Square Ventures announced blogged their investment in Tumblr yesterday. Also if they can roll cocomment style comment tracking into the mix, they’re really off to the races… Software Venture CapitalIt does give a good “global” snapshot of my online activity- which is a good thing.
  • JASON BALL  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Microsoft invests in Facebook at $15 billion
    Looking back at the last round of venture funding, Accel participated in the $25 million round at a whopping $500 million pre-money. Other Venture CapitalThe Wall Street Journal has a good overview and recap of the negotiation process. As a point of reference , Facebook’s revenue is worth 7.1x
  • JASON BALL  |  SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Qualcomm Ventures Europe
    I joined the Qualcomm Ventures Europe team earlier this month. Qualcomm, Inc ( NASDAQ: QCOM ) announced their European fund last May , in addition to Qualcomm Ventures in the US, China and India. Venture CapitalAs a consequence, you’ll see a shift towards these sectors in the blogging content.
  • JASON BALL  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2008
    [Venture Capital] London Venture Capital Events
    A comment was posted earlier in the week asking what events are relevant for new arrivals in London looking to get involved in the venture/start-up comunity. Europreneurship Events, Conferences and Panels Venture Capitalwas looking for the same in 2004 and posted a short list in 2005. Open Coffee. City Zone. Chinwag.
  • JASON BALL  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008
    [Venture Capital] iSurprise with Kleiner’s iFund
    It’s not everyday that I can blog about Apple AND Venture Capital in the same post…). iPhone Venture CapitalWow, who would have thought Steve’s “One more thing” would be a $100 million fund dedicated to iPhone apps. The only part that threw me was it’s Kleiner Perkins and not Sequoia.
  • JASON BALL  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Ireland Venture Capital/Startup Events
    Continuing with the Startup Events theme , I thought I’d start posting what I’m seeing around Europe. Conor over at Argolon gave me the low-down on what’s happening on the green isle: Dublin has traditionally been the mobile dev centre here (Movidia, Newbay, Xiam, Puca, S3, Rococo etc etc) and I think that is still the case.
  • JASON BALL  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Can i haz VC?
    A great post over on Under the Radar on VC slang: VC vocab for those of you who are about to venture into, well, venture…and for those of you who could use the refresher: Star : A portfolio company that generates 5-10x ROI upon exit. Kennel Capital : A portfolio of dogs. Dogcatcher : A VC whose portfolio is kennel capital.
  • JASON BALL  |  SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Smartsynch raises $20 Million (Jackson, Mississippi)
    Other round investors included Siemens Venture Capital, Beacon Group, and OPG Ventures, Innovation?Valley Valley Partners, Endeavor Capital Management, GulfSouth Capital,?Southern Southern Farm Bureau, and Battelle Ventures. — Industry: Vertical Market Applications Software —?. Software
  • JASON BALL  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008
    [Venture Capital] First-time Entrepreneurs?
    It goes against one of the basic tenants of venture capital investing – focusing on the experience of the management team. Europreneurship Venture CapitalThe best analogy is with a lottery,’ Storey writes, ‘it is not possible to learn to win a lottery.’. I've never lost any sleep over that one.
  • JASON BALL  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Wii Sports Resort: MotionPlus
    The best part is the Jet Ski demo at 2:24… Games Venture CapitalNormally, I don't post anything portfolio related, but one of our companies, InvenSense , is launching some very cool technology inside the upcoming Wii Sports Resort.
  • JASON BALL  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Dropbox- how file sync should be
    Apple Internet Venture CapitalMy beta invite for Dropbox (funded by  Y Combinator ) arrived this weekend - and my initial impression is very positive. I’ve migrated my home mac use to a client/server (MacBook Pro/iMac) set up- with my iMac doing most of the heavy lifting.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Interview on Fox Business News
    Last month I sat down with Fox Business News to provide advice to entrepreneurs looking for venture funding. Entrepreneurship Startups Technology Venture Capital WomenThere is visibly more interest in tech entrepreneurship in NYC, which is encouraging to see. This is a clip of the video.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: Why Way Too Early
    hope that the venture community is at the right stage to take these comments with the appropriate grains of salt, and that I dont offend the entrepreneurs involved. hope that the venture community is at the right stage to take these comments with the appropriate grains of salt, and that I don't offend the entrepreneurs involved.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: The Year Of
    First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. This weblog is about working at this early point in a company or technologys life cycle. « The 6th P | Main. Business Plan Hyperbole » The Year Of. TrackBack. Idealab.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: Business Plan Hyperbole
    However, Ive been told that most Venture Capitalists wont sign such things , so Ill trust you to keep it quiet. First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. « The Year Of | Main. Business Plan Hyperbole. Hahaha.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: Changing CEOs - Too early or too late
    Because venture capitalists see many companies over a decade or two, patterns of performance appear. First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. « Business Plan Hyperbole | Main. China - Way Too Early - Not!
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: China - Way Too Early - Not!
    At a wonderful dinner with Gary Rieschel, who left Mobius to found Qiming Ventures in Shanghai along with Duane Kuang and Ignition Partners Rich Tong, and some local partners, I learned that it is possible to do business there. First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. Thanks.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  SUNDAY, MAY 14, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: Finally, searching is a snap (.com)
    First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. This weblog is about working at this early point in a company or technologys life cycle. « China - Way Too Early - Not! But it was no Google. TrackBack. Comments. Very nice.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: How Long Is The Honeymoon
    found Guy Kawaskais post " After The Honeymoon " to be so on target that I sent it to most of the CEOs I work with at Idealab and First Round Capital. Fred Adler, a noted early NY based venture capitalist, had a sign on his wall that said "Happiness is positive cash flow." Capital raised is a depreciating asset.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  MONDAY, JULY 10, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: You Think I Made How Much??
    found that many people overestimate the actual returns on many venture investments. First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. This weblog is about working at this early point in a company or technologys life cycle.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: Josh and the Waterfall
    First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. This weblog is about working at this early point in a company or technologys life cycle. « You Think I Made How Much?? Way Out In Space » Josh and the Waterfall.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: Way Out In Space
    Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital » Way Out In Space. First Round Capital. ClezeripLover on Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. This weblog is about working at this early point in a company or technologys life cycle. TrackBack.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2006
    [Venture Capital] WayTooEarly: Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital
    » Fad and Fashion in Venture Capital. Charles River Ventures announced Quickstart - their new effort at doing seed stage deals with modest amounts of money. Bill Tai and George Zachary are seasoned venture capitalists with operating and investment banking experience, and I wish them well. First Round Capital.
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