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  • ROB GO  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    [Venture Capital] How To Think About The Future
    Venture capital is partially to blame here, as we have focused increasingly on simply getting “access” to the best deals, chasing companies with traction, waiting for products to launch first, managing risk, etc. Similarly, I have an unfinished blog post in my drafts folder about how “traction” is overvalued.
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2004
    [Venture Capital] 1990s Redux? Nope, just Free Telephone Conferencing - VCball
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. 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.
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2005
    [Venture Capital] I Love NY Tax Credits - VCball
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. John R.
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Why Smart Business People Need to Go Virtual - VCball
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan.
  • VCBALL  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Talk About Moon Cheese - VCball
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Free Help for Founders - VCball
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader.
  • VCBALL  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Tear Off the Band-Aid - VCball
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A New York based VCs quixotic search for new knowledge in early stage venture capital and entrepreneurship. But isnt it easier to just build a more capital efficient business that consumes less capital, than pray that 1/ not only do you deliver on the promise of your business but 2/ time the exit right? John R.
  • VCBALL  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Don't Kill the VC Golden Goose! Why Raising Taxes on Carried.
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Twitter Updates.
  • VCBALL  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Speaking up More about VC Carried Interest Taxation and the - VCball
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. John R.
  • VCBALL  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Gotta Have Heart! Go Giants! - VCball
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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. 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
    VCball. A 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  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Get Published - VCball
    VCball. A 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. Become a Fan. Subscribe via Email. Subscribe via Feeds. Subscribe in a reader. Twitter Updates.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 17, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Who does this ProfessorVC think he is?
    In the blog, I plan on sharing my opinions (I generally have no shortage of these) on venture capital, angel investing, teaching entrepreneurship, and anything else that strikes my fancy. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time? The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. Venture Hacks. ProfessorVC.
  • 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 12, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Buyer's Remorse
    have noticed this same feeling when making a venture capital or angel investment. This was the beginning of the dot com bust and getting a consumer deal through the partners at my venture firm was next to impossible. Labels: angel investing , entrepreneurship , venture capital. Venture Hacks. Venture News.
  • 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.
  • PROFESSOR VC  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Brickbreaker - Mindless Amusement or Viscious.
    Brickbreaker - Mindless Amusement or Viscious Addiction. I 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.
  • 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  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Survey says VC's invest on Gut Instinct
    Harris writes "Gut Feelings were cited by 67 percent of 185 venture capitalists surveyed, while [discounted] cash flow analysis was cited by 43 percent" as techniques used in analyzing potential investments. Labels: due diligence , financial analysis , venture capital. Rebuild our Inner Cities one Venture at a time?
  • 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  |  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  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010
    [Venture Capital] ProfessorVC: Are DEMO's days numbered?
    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, September 16, 2010. Are DEMOs days numbered? Go Bears!! Terry.
  • 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?
  • CONSTANTLY LEARNING  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Huge Lifestyle Businesses
    Quite often, someone pitches me a lifestyle business looking to secure venture financing. When I tell them this, the question asked is, "If that's true, why won't venture capitalists invest in lifestyle businesses then?". The only answer that can't be found from a lifestyle business, is if your whole goal is to raise venture financing.
  • 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  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Fred Wilson Is Doing Something Right
    When I looked at both versions of the directory side-by-side, the thing that stands out to me the most is the growth of Fred Wilson’s blog (Fred is with Union Square Ventures ). Now, you could argue whether or not Google Reader subscribers the best statistic (as Rob Go at Spark Capital has asked me). Posted in Venture Capital.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Blogging: A Cultural Difference Between Boston And Waltham VCs
    Mike Hirshland, Polaris Venture Partners, VC Mike’s Blog (1,038) – Waltham. Jeff Bussgang, Flybridge Capital Partners, Seeing Both Sides (1,018) – Boston. Scott Maxwell, Openview Venture Partners, Now What? Larry Cheng, Fidelity Ventures, Thinking About Thinking (433) – Boston. Venture Capital
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Cortera: Turning The Business Credit Rating Industry Upside Down
    Days like today are one of the reasons I love being in the venture business. Disclosure: Cortera is a Fidelity Ventures portfolio company, and I sit on the Board of Directors.). Posted in Economy, Technology, Venture Capital. Economy Technology Venture CapitalWhat does Cortera do? This is no different.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Who Is The Venture Capitalist’s Customer?
    Venture capitalists always talk to their portfolio companies about how important it is to define your customer, understand their needs, and create a compelling value proposition for them. So, who is the venture capitalist’s customer? Posted in Economy, Philosophy, Venture Capital. Economy Philosophy Venture Capita
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Succeeding With A Potential Single Point Of Failure
    Verid was ultimately sold to EMC/RSA less than two years after our investment for several multiples of our capital. Posted in Technology, Venture Capital. Technology Venture CapitalAnd decided, unfortunately, to pass on another – Mint. And Mint was recently acquired by Intuit.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010
    [Venture Capital] The Magic Words
    But, an even greater vote of confidence is when founders and executives want to invest their own capital into the business. Posted in Venture Capital. Venture CapitalI heard the magic words yesterday from a couple of my portfolio company executives that just warms my heart as an investor and board member.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Volition Capital And Cue Ball Capital Lead Stylesight Financing
    We are very pleased to partner with Cue Ball Capital on a $10 million investment in Stylesight which was announced yesterday. We are also very pleased to partner with Cue Ball Capital for the first time. personally view Cue Ball as a rising star in the Boston venture capital scene. Stylesight can tell you.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Independent Firms With Single Limited Partner Histories
    A breakfast conversation with Fred Wilson this morning prompted the thought of how many independent venture firms come directly or indirectly from firms that had a single or captive limited partner structure (one source of capital). Just thinking out loud: Union Square Ventures was formed by Fred Wilson and Brad Burnham.
  • THINKING ABOUT THINKING  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 18, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Who Is Scott Kirsner?
    My favorite part of the work we do at Volition Capital is getting to know people. Today marks the first entry in a new series called “Who Is” This series will be about getting to know people in a slightly different light. So, I figured I take a little time each month and tell one person’s story. We’ll see how it goes.
  • 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.  I calculated the amount for each year by multiplying the reported total amount of funding by the reported percentage going to seed and early stage deals.  Now, the investment amount is not the same as the valuation. 
  • THE CORNICE  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Awkward Moments and Serendipity
    In their place, an early-stage venture capital firm called First Round Capital reserved the space and used it to create a more capital efficient “mini-expo” for their portfolio companies. As soon as I heard the story, I became a fan of First Round Capital. business venture capital yahooAt the Web 2.0
  • THE CORNICE  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008
    [Venture Capital] OH “Only $15 million? Forget it then, I’ll pass.”
    start-ups venture capitalOH “Only $15 million? Forget it then, I’ll pass.” ” Inside scoop overheard at the TechCrunch 50 conference this week? Nope, but that would be a great story. actually heard this while standing in line last week at a neighborhood bodega. “Only $15 million? Predictably irrational.
  • 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  |  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.
  • THE CORNICE  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Gladwell, Overconfidence & Business
    Posted in business, economics, start-ups, venture capital Tagged: #frc, firstround, kentgoldman. business economics start-ups venture capital #frc firstround kentgoldmanMalcolm Gladwell has written another though provoking piece for the New Yorker. Worthwhile reading for entrepreneurs and VCs alike.
  • THE CORNICE  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010
    [Venture Capital] The Venture Advantage Revealed
    Many venture capital funds will tell prospective entrepreneurs, “If you take funding from us, you won’t just have one person working on your behalf, you’ll have our entire team pushing for you and opening doors for you every day.” So if you’re raising capital, do your due diligence.
  • THE CORNICE  |  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2010
    [Venture Capital] The Entrepreneur Wears Prada
    Filed under: venture capital Tagged: #frc , entrepreneurs , first round capital. venture capital #frc entrepreneurs first round capitalIt’s always surprising when you see the lessons of the tech start-up world reveal themselves in unexpected places. This Wintour is said Devil. ” But she is not.
  • THE CORNICE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010
    [Venture Capital] This Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out
    This past January, we held our annual  First Round Capital CEO Summit to bring together our portfolio company CEOs and founders for a day. Employees and investors have committed time and capital to your vision. Filed under: venture capital Tagged: #frc , entrepreneurs , first round capital , pivots , start-ups , vc , venture capital.
  • THE CORNICE  |  MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Products Are Tactics
    At First Round Capital , this is something we talk about a great deal. Filed under: business , start-ups , venture capital Tagged: #frc , entrepreneurs , first round capital , kentgoldman , start-ups , vc , venture capital. I care less about product everyday. care more about people and markets everyday.
  • THE CORNICE  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010
    [Venture Capital] The Myth of CEO “Growth”
    Filed under: start-ups , venture capital Tagged: #frc , entrepreneurs , kentgoldman , start-ups , vc , venture capital. start-ups venture capital #frc entrepreneurs kentgoldman vc“Can the CEO grow with the company?” ” I hate this question. Different skills. Not more evolved skills.
  • THE CORNICE  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Co-Founder Questions
    Filed under: start-ups , venture capital Tagged: #frc , first round capital , vc , venture capital. start-ups venture capital #frc first round capital vcWhat are the most common questions/issues startup co-founders should agree on? Address one before moving to the next. Roles. This is critical.
  • JOHN FRANKEL  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012
    [Venture Capital] flashpoint Demo Day – January 18, 2012
    ff Venture Capital and HBS Angels of New York are happy to be co-sponsors of Flashpoint’s upcoming New York Demo Day , Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM, held at Union Square Ventures. Venture CapitalFlashpoint is a startup accelerator program at Georgia Tech. BISMark. Lucena. Research, LLC.
  • 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. I set up a Tumblr account in early summer and it’s been silently collecting all my posts from TechBytes, my posts from Twitter, delicious links and Flickr public photos. Blogs are about conversations- microblogs are about communicating and community.
  • 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. Venture CapitalAs a consequence, you’ll see a shift towards these sectors in the blogging content. As always, if you’re working in an area I’m actively investing into or blogging about, don’t hesitate to drop me a line.
  • 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. I was looking for the same in 2004 and posted a short list in 2005. Europreneurship Events, Conferences and Panels Venture CapitalOpen Coffee. City Zone. Chinwag.
  • JASON BALL  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008
    [Venture Capital] iSurprise with Kleiner’s iFund
    Wow, who would have thought Steve’s “One more thing” would be a $100 million fund dedicated to iPhone apps. (It’s not everyday that I can blog about Apple AND Venture Capital in the same post…). iPhone Venture CapitalThe 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.’.
  • 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 CapitalEssentially, Dropbox is what iDisk should be – seamless cross-platform file sharing, complemented by web access: Apple should acquire these guys ASAP and switch out iDisk for Dropbox…and getting access to these files via my iPhone would make a nice addition to MobileMe too.
  • 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.
  • THEBAREFOOTVC  |  SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Immigrants and the Startup Visa
    At the end of that period, if the business has generated at least five full-time jobs, attracted $1 million in additional capital, or hit $1 million in revenue, the founder would be granted a green card. Entrepreneurship Startups Venture Capital immigration startup visa startups venture capital startup immigration visa
  • 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.
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