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JUNE 9, 2011 [Venture Capital] Notes on raising seed financing
I’ve written ad nauseum on this blog (see contents page) about venture financing so hadn’t planned to blog more on the topic. These are people or institutions who commit significant capital (>$100K) and are respected in the tech community or in the specific industry you are going after (e.g. startups venture capital
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APRIL 3, 2010 [Venture Capital] Size markets using narratives, not numbers
Smaller, venture-style investors like angels and seed funds also prioritize market size but are usually more flexible – they’ll often invest when the market is “only ~$100M). Venture-style startups are bets on broad, secular trends. Tags: startups venture capital Good VCs understand this.
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SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 [Venture Capital] The segmentation of the venture industry
The basis of competition shifted from price and basic functionality to style, power, and prestige “ General Motors surpassed Ford by capitalizing on this desire for segmentation. Today, the venture financing industry is going through a similar segmentation process. In the early days there were relatively few VCs.
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MARCH 11, 2010 [Venture Capital] The importance of investor signaling in venture pricing
Suppose there is a pre-profitable company that is raising venture financing. Actual venture financings work nothing like this simple model would predict. In practice, the equilibrium states for venture financings are: 1) significantly oversubscribed at too low a valuation, or 2) significantly undersubscribed at too high a valuation.
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MAY 2, 2010 [Venture Capital] Old VC firms: get ready to be disrupted
These LPs wield tremendous power, yet very few of them understand how startups or venture capital actually works. Given the excess supply of venture dollars, top tier entrepreneurs are frequently selecting their investors, not vice versa. As a result, a massive amount of R&D capital is being misallocated. If the U.S.
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CHRIS DIXON [Venture Capital] Shoehorning startups into the VC model
| THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012
For some entrepreneurs, raising venture capital
becomes a goal unto itself, instead of what it should be: a heavy burden that only makes sense in certain cases. The best source of capital
is customers. Tech startups go in an out of fashion. If they raise VC, a wide range of outcomes that would otherwise be good become bad. MORE >>
CHRIS DIXON [Venture Capital] Builders and extractors
| SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 2010
Given that there is a surplus of venture
money, entrepreneurs and seed investors now have the luxury of choosing to work with builders and avoid extractors. Tags: founder collective startups venture capital
Google makes billions of dollars in annual profits, but generates many times that in productivity gains for other people. MORE >>
CHRIS DIXON [Venture Capital] Money managers should pay the same tax rates as everyone else
| TUESDAY, JUNE 1, 2010
This is the due to the fact that money managers’ “carry fees are treated as capital
gains instead of ordinary income. As one prominent VC recently said : [H]aving those higher taxes be levied against venture capital
investments in small businesses strikes me as self-defeating when it is the single largest job growth area. MORE >>
CHRIS DIXON [Venture Capital] Inside versus outside financings: the nightclub effect
| TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010
At some point in the life of a venture
-backed startup there typically arises a choice between doing an inside round, where the existing investors lead the new financing, or an outside round, where new investors lead the new financing. Tags: startups venture capital
Here’s a typical situation. 3) Do less than pro-rata. MORE >>
CHRIS DIXON [Venture Capital] Converts versus equity deals
| TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010
Having learned about venture
investing as a junior employee at a VC firm I was shocked. Tags: founder collective startups venture capital
There has been a debate going on the past few days over whether seed deals should be funded using equity or convertible notes (converts). You think legal documents will protect you? MORE >>
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