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  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007
    [Venture Capital] The Tax Man Cometh: Carried Interest, Risk, Fees, and Taxes
    So there’s a move a foot by some within Congress to tax all carried interest as ordinary income instead of capital gains. Traditionally, all of the profits generated by a partnership have been treated as capital gains so long as the investments that generated the profits have been held at least a year. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Yahoo Buys Rivals From $75M More Than Their.
    June 21, 2007 in Internet , Venture Capital , Wall Street | Permalink. Venture Capital. Internet|Venture Capital|Wall Street|. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll. IPO/M&A Lists. By Category. By Month. Recent Posts. Database.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Software and Internet IPO and M&A Lists
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Carried Interest Debate Cont.: The Death of Sweat Equity?
    And if that person is deserving of capital gains treatment for their sweat equity, then why shouldn’t a VC that agrees to operate under similar terms receive capital gains treatment on any profits produced? The LPs invest in the GPs because they want access to their intangibles (sweat equity, connections, intellectual capital, etc.)
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Contributors Wanted: M&A & IPO Transaction Lists
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Google's Postini Buy Has Some Interesting.
    « Contributors Wanted: M&A & IPO Transaction Lists | Main. | 10 Pragmatic Steps To Raising Venture Capital » 07/09/2007. Before I give a few thoughts on the deal I want to congratulate Ryan McIntyre who I used to work with at Mobius Venture Capital. Venture Capital. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: 10 Pragmatic Steps To Raising Venture Capital
    10 Pragmatic Steps To Raising Venture Capital. Make sure the documents cover: stage, location, team, market, market size, business, business model, capital structure, and capital required. You can do this by going to the websites at venture firms and reviewing the portfolio’s of the individual partners. About Bill.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Understanding Why Your VC Is Acting Crazy
    « 10 Pragmatic Steps To Raising Venture Capital | Main. July 17, 2007 in Venture Capital | Permalink. Venture Capital. Venture Capital|. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll. IPO/M&A Lists. By Category.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Sequoia vs. Yale
    Theres an excellent story in the Wall Street Journal today about some venture funds "taxing" their limited partners (LPs) by either explicitly or implicitly requiring their LPs to commit to other non-core funds in order to get an allocation in their main fund. August 28, 2007 in Venture Capital | Permalink. About Bill.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Fortune Magazine Fight Fest: Private Equity vs. VC
    Mortiz took great pains to distance Venture Capital from private equity while Roux tried to argue that the two basically did the same thing, albeit for different stage companies. September 27, 2007 in Venture Capital , Wall Street | Permalink. Venture Capital. Venture Capital|Wall Street|.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Stratify: A Post-Bubble Success Story
    months after we put that money in, the company raised another round of capital from a new lead investor at an up-round valuation and I was looking at a nice mark up on my first early stage deal in less than 3 months. I had gone from crazy to genius in 3 months! Venture investments can be real roller coasters. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Top 10 Internet Stocks of 2007
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Top 10 Software Stocks of 2007
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 3, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Dear Microsoft: Please Buy Plaxo
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley
    February 1, 2008 in Internet , Venture Capital | Permalink. Venture Capital. Internet|Venture Capital|. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley.
    Finally, thanks to its huge market capital, massive traffic and strong (although not relative to Google) monetization platform, Yahoo is one of the few Internet acquirers who have the luxury of being able to easily drop $50-$100M on a "feature" without really thinking about it. Venture Capital. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: SkyGrid and the Emergence of Flow-Based Search
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: 4 Things to Do After You Get Your First Term Sheet
    April 4, 2008 in Venture Capital | Permalink. Venture Capital. Venture Capital|. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Fannie Mae's Golden Goose: A Lesson In Moral Hazard
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  SUNDAY, JULY 13, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Fannie Mae Is Saved! It's Shareholders. Not So.
    Financial safety and soundness can be enhanced by giving the GSE regulator capital powers comparable to those of bank supervisors and by creating a clear and credible receivership process that leads debt holders to recognize that they would suffer financial losses should a GSE fail. Venture Capital. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Keith Benjamin, You Will Be Missed
    Every quarter, without fail, Keith would make time for a sit down lunch in which we would discuss trends in industry and the venture business, his own deals, and his take on the public markets. Venture Capital. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. By Month.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Buffet Makes It Official: Even Goldman Sachs is Junk
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Who Will Be The Biggest Loser: 1999 VC Funds or.
    1999 vintage Venture Capital funds are infamous for being some of the worst performing private investment funds of recent memory with the average 1999 Venture Capital fund returning only about $0.95 on the dollar through 6/30/08. October 13, 2008 in Venture Capital | Permalink. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Madoff Madness: Seven Things You Might Not Know
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: 2008 Internet IPOs: Year in Review
    December 31, 2008 in Internet , Venture Capital , Wall Street | Permalink. Venture Capital. Internet|Venture Capital|Wall Street|. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll. IPO/M&A Lists. By Category. By Month. Recent Posts.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: 2008 Software IPOs: Year in Review
    December 31, 2008 in Software , Venture Capital , Wall Street | Permalink. Venture Capital. Software|Venture Capital|Wall Street|. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll. IPO/M&A Lists. By Category. By Month. Recent Posts.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2008
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: 2008 Public Internet M&A: Year In Review
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: 2008 Software Stocks: An Oveview Plus The 10.
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2009
    [Venture Capital] The Great Abdication: Consumer Internet, Venture Capital, and Angels
    The Great Abdication: Consumer Internet, Venture Capital, and Angels. (My day job is investing in the public markets, but I have a small personal portfolio of private investments, mostly angel investments in internet and software related startups. December 16, 2009 in Internet , Venture Capital | Permalink. Burnhams Beat.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: The Consumerization of Enterprise VC
    « The Great Abdication: Consumer Internet, Venture Capital, and Angels | Main. | Top 10 Best and Worst Internet Stocks of 2009 » 12/21/2009. December 21, 2009 in Software , Venture Capital | Permalink. Venture Capital. Software|Venture Capital|. Venture Capital. Blogs.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Top 10 Best and Worst Internet Stocks of 2009
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Top 10 Best and Worst Software Stocks of 2009
      While many banks and insurers saw improved financial performance in 2009, their software suppliers weren't so lucky as capital spending from these banks has yet to bounce back. Venture Capital. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: The Three Horsemen of the VC Apocalypse
    The Venture Capital industry is about to enter a kind of mid-life crisis that could test its very foundations thanks to three key drivers: Returns: For a long time, returns have the biggest selling point for venture capital as an asset class. As for correlation, venture is what it is. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: What Will IBM Do?
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 29, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Tesla Motors Files S1; Bankers Think It's Worth at.
    Venture Capital and Age/Experience Discrimination » 01/29/2010. Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Venture Capital and Age/Experience Discrimination
    Venture Capital and Age/Experience Discrimination. At the risk of being provocative, let me state a general and rather counter intuitive rule of Venture Capital: The more experienced and older and entrepreneur is, the harder it is to raise money for anything that isn’t directly related to their previous work history.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Don't Take Angel Investments From VCs
    « Venture Capital and Age/Experience Discrimination | Main. | The Google Dependency Index: A List of Public Internet Companies That Must Kiss Googles, er, Ring » 02/03/2010.   While I fully support the project, I did notice that the list of “angels” includes a number of GPs at traditional Venture Capital firms. 
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  MONDAY, MARCH 15, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: The Google Dependency Index: A List of Public.
      Everyone knows the NASDAQ and Dow Jones Industrials, but there are hundreds of other indexes for almost every sector and capitalizationVenture Capital. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll. IPO/M&A Lists. By Category. Blogs.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: The Algorithm Myth And Why Google Will Be Hated
    Venture Capital. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll.
  • BURNHAM'S BEAT  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2010
    [Venture Capital] Burnham's Beat: Tesla Worth $1.7BN. According To Its Bankers
    « Theater of the Absurd: Capital Gains Now Being Eliminated on Sale of VC/PE Management Companies | Main. | Why Convertible Debt Is A Suckers Play » 06/15/2010. Venture Capital. Venture Capital. Burnhams Beat. Articles on Technology and Finance. About Bill. Archived Posts. Blog Roll. IPO/M&A Lists.
  • AWEISSMAN.COM  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2006
    [Venture Capital] Bubble, et al
    While I don't pretend to be smart enough to begin to analyze such an esoteric question, having been involved in technology venture capital since 1998, I will make a few, lightweight, observations: -At one, fundamentally important, level venture capitalists (VCs) are buyers of stock. vc venturecapital
  • AWEISSMAN.COM  |  TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007
    [Venture Capital] Venture Capital
    Venture Capital. Rarely have I read a more interesting essay about the psychology of venture investing than this piece written by Todd Jaquez - Fissori. skip to main | skip to sidebar. aweissman.com. Maximizing the serendipity around you. Jul 31, 2007. Problem is you get tired of saying no. At last, the compromise. at 2:22 PM.
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Allen's Blog: Commandment #9: Be Like Goldilocks
    By this, I don’t mean that there isn’t literally “enough” money to fund multiple startups in a single niche (on the contrary, one of the problems of the current early stage venture capital ecosystem is that there’s too much money chasing early stage deals). Allens Blog. Commandment #9: Be Like Goldilocks. Here are some thoughts.
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Allen's Blog: Commandment #10: Control the Meeting (But Be Smart.
    As an entrepeneur, the topics youve discussed have prepared me for the process of getting an initial investment - these topics are relevant to any stage of fund raising, not just meeting with venture capitalists. Just in case you are curious about Asian high tech and venture capital, check out my latest book entitled Rice Bowl & Chips.
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 4, 2005
    [Venture Capital] Allen's Blog: Some Tough Questions You Should Ask
    If I owwned stock as a founder and some a**hole VC decided arbitrarily that I "wasnt the guy", and "transitioned" me, and I gave up a job or had invested my savings in the venture in good faith, you bet your buttcheeks I would keep my stock! Most venture capital is NOT about building long-term businesses. Allens Blog. How so?
  • ALLEN'S BLOG  |  SATURDAY, AUGUST 29, 2009
    [Venture Capital] Convergence on Two National Newspapers - allensblog - Typepad
    We compiled an exclusive list of the Top 100 venture capital Blogs, and we are glad to let you know that your blog was included! allensblog. Thoughts from a startup sherpa. Archives. Profile. Subscribe. « IT Glory Days | Main. Most languages are open-source projects. » August 29, 2009. Posted at 04:51 PM | Permalink. P.P.S.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012
    [Venture Capital] TechStars’ Cloudability Closes on $8.7 million in Venture Capital
    Austin Technology San Antonio Technology cloud computing Cloudability Foundry Jason Seats Mat Elis Portland TechStars TechStars Cloud venture capitalIn the first TechStars class held at the Geekdom earlier this year, Cloudability already had a head start on some of the other companies. million, according to VentureBeat.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Portalarium Lands $7 Million in Venture Capital
    Austin Technology Austin Portalarium Richard Garriott de Cayeux technology venture capitalBy SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Richard Garriott de Cayeux is passionate about many things. Space, exploration, the environment, the moral imperative of games, building cool houses and collecting things.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Business Model is a Design Consideration
    Venture Capital & TechnologyBuild an awesome product and figure out the business later. Keep design in mind from the beginning. This doesn't mean you have to implement your business model day one, but your design is betting on a monetization strategy and a market whether you're conscious of it or not. That's about it. Is it reach?
  • BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Business of Software 2012. The inside scoop on who’s coming so far…
    There is a single venture capital investor signed up thus far. Alternative sources of venture funding. A few people have asked who comes to Business of Software – is it startups or big companies (the price isn’t aimed at the startup world after all…)? We hope you will be able to join us. Mobile. Scrum Software.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Methodology & Meet the Judges
    donnafenn Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council , and co-founder of Gen Y Capital Partners , an early stage VC firm. He is also leader of the firm’s Venture Capital Advisory Group in the Americas and Israel. This year, Inc. The 30 Under 30 selection process all started in January, when Inc. billion.
  • SILICONHILLS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
    [Venture Capital] VolunteerSpot Lands $1.5 Million Investment
    ff Venture Capital of New York led the investment along with the Central Texas Angel Network, Nebraska Angel network, Angel List and Baylor Angel Network. VolunteerSpot, which creates tools for moms, nonprofit organizers and others to coordinate volunteers, has received $1.5 million.
  • GUST  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
    [Venture Capital] The World of Gust
    When we originally conceived of a single platform tying together the world’s entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and supporting organizations , it quickly became apparent that the biggest challenge had nothing to do with technology. Welcome to Gust! Gust News Gust gust.com launch
  • GUST  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Who, When, and How Much? A Quick Introduction to Startup Financing
    If a company is appropriate for angel financing , for example, it is highly unlikely that it would also be in a position to raise venture capital, and vice versa. Finally, north of, say, $10m – $20m , you’d be getting money from a later stage venture capital fund, whose paperwork will be similar to the earlier VCs.
  • GUST  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2011
    [Venture Capital] 5 Ways To Scare Off Outside Investors During Your Pitch
    Power Pitches angel investment fundraising pitching startups venture capitalThe man stopped talking, finally, summarized his pitch, and thanked us for listening. We sat in stunned silence. He told us he’d finally beaten them back, and was now ready to move forward with his great technology. About 10 years after he’d originally started.
  • GUST  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part IV
    Invested Interests angel investment deal terms fundraising startups venture capitalReaders joining this series in progress may find it helpful to download the sample term sheet from my firm’s website and review the earlier posts covering the basics. Suppose the notes converted as if the acquisition were an eligible financing round. 
  • GUST  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011
    [Venture Capital] The #1 Rule For Getting Funded
    Power Pitches angel investment fundraising pitching startups venture capitalOf course, the most frequent question angels hear from entrepreneurs is: what’s the one key thing investors look for in the funding process?  The answer is below, but don’t cheat. You have to read #3 and #2 first. That’s when to plow ahead and up the spend. 
  • GUST  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part V
    have to admit my West Coast bias here, having learned the ropes at a large Silicon Valley firm ; it makes little sense to me to have investor’s counsel drafting documents that are woven into the fabric of a company’s governance and capital structure, with which the company will likely be living for years after the investment is made.
  • GUST  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011
    [Venture Capital] The Copper Ring
    Locate the nearest exit angel investment execution exit strategy fundraising startups venture capitalOddly, perhaps, one of the most difficult decisions entrepreneurs face arises once the company begins to succeed.   Very obviously, each situation has to be evaluated independently.  Today, he might say they’re impossible. 
  • GUST  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Keep It Under Your Hat: Valuation Caps and the $650 Million Sale of MySpace for $125 Million
    The TL;DR answer to the stock option question is that MySpace options were cashed out at modest value at the time of the FIM merger, coming on the heels of the spin-out of MySpace  into a separate subsidiary by parent company Intermix Media, with an infusion of new capital from Redpoint Ventures. Read on for a fuller explanation.
  • GUST  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Valuations 101: The Cayenne Calculator
    This calculator uses 25 questions to size up the progress of the new venture and calculate a pre-money valuation for investment purposes.  In many cases, the outcome from answering these 25 questions indicates that the company has not made sufficient progress in development to justify investment. 
  • GUST  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Investors: Avoid These Investment Event Problems
    Usually these term sheets involve convertible notes, which are supposed to convert to equity at the next round of financing, like when the serious venture capitalists do a Series A. I’ve seen several of these fall apart. Invested Interests angel investment fundraising startups venture capitalThe event generates local buzz.
  • GUST  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Startup Capital: Feast or Famine?
    For years there has been a pervasive opinion across the entrepreneurial landscape that the US has a shortage of capital required to startup and grow new ventures. It is suggested that companies cannot find the cash necessary to start new and exciting ventures. But, what evidence do we have of this shortage of capital?
  • GUST  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Don’t Confuse Optimism with Business Potential
    Power Pitches angel investment angel investors entrepreneurs entrepreneurship fundraising pitching venture capitalOverheard: I love your optimism. What I don’t like is the complete lack of experience that’s causing it. Ideally, a business pitch is exciting because the business potential is exciting. Absolutely. Tell your story well.
  • GUST  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Of Birchbox and Bricks
    Industry Experts angel investment angel investors execution financials funding gap fundraising market product development revenue revenue model startups tactics venture capitalWithout a doubt, Birchbox is one of the hottest startups on the planet right now.  Nonetheless, it’s the one you should take to heart above all the others.
  • GUST  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Build Your Pitch on Fundamental Stories
    Power Pitches angel investment angel investors entrepreneurs entrepreneurship fundraising pitching startups venture capitalYou can’t overemphasize the stories when you describe your business. The best business plans are stories, and the best pitches are stories. Your most important story tells how and why somebody buys your product.
  • GUST  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Red Flags To Avoid When Talking About Competitors
    Power Pitches angel investment angel investors competition entrepreneurs entrepreneurship execution fundraising pitching startups team venture capitalThere is no perfect answer to this question, but there are many wrong answers which will immediately jeopardize your credibility. We all recognize that there are no guarantees.
  • GUST  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Start With a Strong Team. (Or Not at All)
    Power Pitches angel investment angel investors communications entrepreneurs entrepreneurship Huffington Post startups Steve Blank team venture capitalPicture a meeting room with a lot of windows, early evening, early Spring, the Oregon landscape darkening outside. An entrepreneur has just finished his pitch. He’s a loner.
  • GUST  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Entrepreneurs: Due Diligence on Investors is Smart
    recognize that it has been tough to raise capital these last couple of years, but don’t be tempted to take money from any source. Due diligence should always be a two-way street. Consider the person who finds a good-looking partner to take home from the bar at closing time, but then wakes up in the morning wondering “What did I just do?”
  • GUST  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2011
    [Venture Capital] 3 Good Reasons to Recheck Your Profitability Projections
    Power Pitches angel investment angel investors bothsidesofthetable.com entrepreneurs entrepreneurship Mark Suster pitching startups venture capitalWhy triple whammy? Projecting excess profits, at rates way beyond the normal, are bad for at least three reasons: Kills credibility regarding industry knowledge and realistic projections.
  • GUST  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Get a mentor, not a critic.
    Industry Experts advisors angel investment angel investors entrepreneurs entrepreneurship mentor startups tactics team venture capitalThe dictionary definition of a mentor is “an experienced and trusted advisor,” or “leader, tutor or coach.” The definition of a critic sounds similar, “a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis.”
  • GUST  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Good Sources for on Pros & Cons of Convertible Notes
    Invested Interests angel investment angel investors Antone Johnson AVC AVC.com convertible notes David Hornik deal terms entrepreneurs entrepreneurship equity execution exit strategy Fred Wilson fundraising pitching terms valuation valuations venture capitalThat’s a good summary. Here’s a link to the first , to get you started.
  • STARTUPENGINEERING  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2011
    [Venture Capital] The Worst Startup in the History of the World
    The rule of thumb among venture capitalists is that about one in ten of their new companies succeed. Accordingly, venture is a portfolio game.  Venture capital?  For the most part, venture capital firms have not significantly changed the way they direct companies to move forward in nearly half a century. 
  • STARTUPENGINEERING  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Glossary for Startup Engineers
    “Wipe your glosses with what you know.”. Learning medicine consists in part of learning the language of medicine.”. Daniel Kahneman , Thinking, Fast and Slow. Startup engineering is improved by clear language.  Herewith, the first of an occasional set of posts toward a glossary of startup engineering terms: Blank Market. Threshhold Market. 
  • LAUNCH ANY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Technical Co-Founder Need Not Apply
    While this path may not be best for everyone, it does shed some light on the issue of how to get your venture started when you don’t have a technical co-founder. Blog Startup Development co-founder development teams funding software development startups VCs venture capital version 1For Will, it meant doing it himself.
  • FORCE OF GOOD: A BLOG BY LANCE WEATHERBY  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Facebook's Impact On Startup Valuations
    using it, has raised hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital, went public at a $100 billion valuation, shrewdly maximized the money put in its coffers by pushing its IPO price to the limit, and you have somehow managed to remain CEO while still controling the company. Entrepreneurship Social Stocks Venture Capital
  • LAUNCH ANY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011
    [Venture Capital] Technical Co-Founder Need Not Apply
    While this path may not be best for everyone, it does shed some light on the issue of how to get your venture started when you don’t have a technical co-founder. Blog Startup Development co-founder development teams funding software development startups VCs venture capital version 1For Will, it meant doing it himself.
  • FORCE OF GOOD: A BLOG BY LANCE WEATHERBY  |  SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012
    [Venture Capital] One Year Later
    We raised $7 million via venture capital and $1.5 via venture debt. Last week I celebrated my first full year at Half Off Depot.  It has been a pretty amazing first year. Some of the stuff we have accomplished, purposely partially masked through statistics. Subscribers have grown by 450%. The employee growth was not smooth.
  • STARTUPCFO  |  THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012
    [Venture Capital] M & A: The VC Perspective
    Exiting Resources Angels Dan Martell Eric Ries exits lean startup M & A PwC Venture CapitalI was in Toronto this week to speak along with Dan Martell on M & A at PwC’s Vision to Reality Conference. It was a great event capped off with a key note by Mr. Lean Startup himself – Eric Ries. Here are the slides.
  • THE COMMON SENSE WEB... AN ENTREPRENEURS' BLOG  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011
    [Venture Capital] What Will Win in the 2nd Great Tech Boom
    Service businesses -- organizations that provide human capital to solve specific problems for clients. Not that all the destination business examples I listed are fads, but a vast majority will be nothing more than that because they're currently capitalizing on something that is presently *hot*. That's easier said than done.
  • GENUINE VC  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2012
    [Venture Capital] NextView Ethos – Tribe
    When we started NextView Ventures, we deliberately took time during our first offsite  together to define a shared sense of “Ethos” which we are going to use as guiding principles in building our firm. As we dig deeper into the remaining characteristics, I wanted to talk a little about what we mean by “Tribe.”
  • GENUINE VC  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Why VCs Invest in Startups with Gravity
    But the most meaningful of companies which are on the path towards an IPO invest in human capital ahead of the anticipation of enhanced resulting cash-flow.  Here at NextView, we typically invest in companies headquartered along the U.S. East Coast, but a number of them have a significant number of team members outside the country (e.g.
  • GENUINE VC  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Overly-Direct Feedback to VC Pitches
    His eventual conclusion is “I am not looking for a reason to say no; I am looking for a reason to say yes.”   That statement is certainly the case for all venture investors.  We enter meetings with entrepreneurs not looking for reasons to say no, but rather with the hope of hearing a story which is truly exciting. 
  • GENUINE VC  |  MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012
    [Venture Capital] A New Dawn for Consumer Internet Acquisitions
    The exit markets, along with the overfunding of the VC asset-class, have significantly contributed to poor returns that venture capital experienced during the 2000’s. Many of formerly rich acquirers like AOL and Yahoo have long since faded past their heyday, and their appetite for acquisitions has subsided along with it. 
  • MARK BIRCH  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Why We Chose NYC Over the Bay Area
    Furthermore, most tech startups are going to evolve into just another type of small business venture without the need for large infusions of outside capital, so the need for institutional or angel money becomes less of a requirement. New York City Silicon Alley NYC Bay Area tech startups ecosystem Venture capital Business
  • MARK BIRCH  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Instagram Founders Helped by Bay Area Connections
    By and large, it is a network of young men, many who attended Stanford and had the attention of the world’s biggest venture capitalists before they even left campus. networking startups tech NYC Silicon Valley Venture capital entrepreneurs Bay AreaAmong this set, risk-taking is regarded as a badge of honor. Timing matters.
  • MARK BIRCH  |  FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Should venture capital scale?
    informationarbitrage : My friend Dave McClure’s thoughtful and provocative post on the scaling of venture capital made me think. think this grossly simplifies what “venture capital” means and holds it to a false standard that isn’t helpful to building big, disruptive, awesome companies.
  • VC CAFE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Israeli Startups Raised $2.14 Billion in 2011
    billion from local and foreign venture investors, the highest amount in 11 years. In 2011, Israeli venture capital funds invested $525 million in Israeli companies, an increase of 42% from 2010, and a rise of 28% from 2009 levels. Israel ivc ivc online Israeli startups landscape companies Venture Capital Funds venture investor
  • ASK THE ANGELS  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Gridtest Systems Secures Investment from Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels
    Founded in 2000, the Pasadena Angels is a group of leading private investors that provides long-term intellectual and financial capital to help build successful companies throughout Los Angeles and Southern California. billion in additional capital, mostly from venture capital firms. billion by 2017. link]. link].
  • MARK BIRCH  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Accredited Investors Are Not Necessarily Professional Investors
    Some people are better than others when it comes to raising capital, but it is never an easy process.  There is a modus operandi in how most venture capital firms function.  It goes without saying that the startup fundraising process is long, brutal, and ego crushing.  Working with angel investors is another story completely. 
  • MARK BIRCH  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Pedigree, Hiring, and Pattern Recognition
    That is in large part why there are so few women and minorities as partners in venture capital firms or traders at the large banks or CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies.  I read a few articles about pattern recognition this week.  Anyone else notice the irony of that?  The problem however is that we are simply bad at hiring. 
  • LAUNCHING TECH VENTURES  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Innovation vs Execution
    Google copied yahoo, facebook copied myspace, and all the venture capital firms use similar investing models. Copycats, with much stronger capital, rapidly imitate its business model and saturate the rest of the market. In this day and age, it seems like it’s becoming more and more difficult to come up with a true new idea.
  • LAUNCHING TECH VENTURES  |  SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012
    [Venture Capital] There is Nothing Wrong with Copying
    Not to take anything away from what Wilson has achieved thus far as a great investor, but I think this is an easy statement to make after you’ve succeeded in the Venture Capital business. While Union Square Ventures has portfolio companies that expand internationally, a large majority of these investments start in the US market.
  • RECENT BUZZES - VC EXPERTS, INC.  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2011
    Background -Fenwick & West analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2011
  • LAUNCHING TECH VENTURES  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Launching Tech Ventures - Untitled Article
    by Jonathan Lo A common theme in the Launching Technology Ventures class is how to utilize a “lean” model until one has validated the business model. Companies such as Uber in the US, gettaxi and mytaxi in Europe, have all received lots of Venture Capital funding to achieve scale within their respective regions.
  • LAUNCHING TECH VENTURES  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Launching Tech Ventures - Untitled Article
    Furthermore, scaling up in this situation heightens the chances that, in the event that business falters, the startup becomes unable to cover its bills by modifying its operations or finding additional venture capital. More specifically, in markets that do not have “winner-takes-all” dynamics (e.g. That is what validation means.
  • FORCE OF GOOD: A BLOG BY LANCE WEATHERBY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Flattery Might Get You Somewhere
    Anyways, I didn't stumble onto you by accident though and was hoping you could help me out. I am currently interning with John Greathouse, venture capitalist and 'serial' entrepreneur (aren't they all?), in an attempt to reach more emerging entrepreneurs via his blog,  infoChachkie. Entrepreneurship Startups Venture Capital
  • 47 HATS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Seven Secrets of Startup Success
    Investors in very early stage ventures aren’t investing in today’s numbers—they’re investing in the opportunity and the team. Manage Your Capital. Whether you’re funding the business yourself, have raised angel money, or have raised venture, capital is frequently hard to come by. By David Feinleib. lack of passion. Focus.
  • MARK BIRCH  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Dumb Money VC Firms
    caterpillarcowboy : “Correlation Ventures said it closed an initial $165 million venture capital fund that will leverage its predictive analytics to offer entrepreneurs and lead investors co-investment decisions within two weeks. The fund was oversubscribed and ended up 10% above its target of $150 million.”.
  • BERKONOMICS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2012
    [Venture Capital] Fail fast!
    With the first round of funding, there should be milestones to be achieved.  If they are not achieved within the expected time, the reasons must be analyzed and acted upon to avoid loss of capital beyond plan or expectation. Half of all professionally managed venture capital or angel investments fail.  Starting up
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