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Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

Instigator Blog

” Throw in a pivot or two and boom, you were raising seed capital. Startups popped up over a couple days with no vision whatsoever; but pounding the Lean drum, they went out to raise capital anyway. That’s the key to blending storytelling and Lean, and in turn using Lean as an effective means of raising capital.

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8 Questions on How to Prepare for VC Meetings

Instigator Blog

Generally associates at venture firms are tasked with (a) doing outreach to see what’s going on in a space, and (b) doing competitive or just broad scale intelligence. Startups investors pitching presentations venture capitalTweet. Lately I’ve been answering questions on Sprouter and having a lot of fun doing it.

How to Have Startup Swagger Without Being a Complete Asshole

Instigator Blog

You need a sizeable ego to succeed in the world of startups and venture capital. Tweet. Without that ego propelling you forward it’s going to be hard to wake up every morning, take the risks you need to take, and aggressively go after what you want. You won’t be able to motivate others around you when things are crumbling.

A Postmortem Analysis of Standout Jobs

Instigator Blog

We could have brought on additional co-founders, who would have been compensated primarily with equity versus cash, but we didn’t. I had never raised venture capital before. But as we got deeper into the market we recognized that to punch a real hole in it would require lots and lots of capital. Investors do it too.

4 Ways to Align Startup Founder and Investor Interests

Instigator Blog

This is probably one of the most challenging things for startup founders to do, especially first-timers that haven’t raised capital before.

Read Early Exits – Exit Strategies for Entrepreneurs and Angel Investors

Instigator Blog

Research shows that the more money that goes into a company (and generally that means venture capital) the longer it takes for an exit to occur.

Mastering the VC Game: An Important Read for Startup Entrepreneurs

Instigator Blog

Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms is written by Jeff Bussgang , General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners. It’s a strong, introductory primer to the venture capital and investor world. You’ll be that much more equipped to succeed.

Global Venture Capital Distribution

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Richard Florida published some stats on the distribution of global venture capital investment last week. Outside of the U.S.,

Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. I'd like to dispel that notion. You lose more than you win.

Love and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

The post Love and Venture Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Venture Capital fred wilson Jerry Colonna podcast rebootIf you’ve missed me, it’s because I spent a week in Australia. This has easily been the sickest I’ve ever been. first met Fred in the suburbs of Boston at Yoyodyne  in 1996.

How to Build a Startup & Understanding Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

But you need to understand venture economics. There are very few ideas that are obviously a billion-dollar idea from the start. And Lyft?

Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

During her career she made a big point of not telling you: she was one of the first women Venture Capitalist’s in Silicon Valley (along with M.J.

Entrepreneurial Density and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Two of his latest articles talk about entrepreneurial density and venture capital. The Connection Between Venture Capital and Diverse, Dense Communities. In it, he looked at Venture Capital financing (total dollars and number of deals) on a per-capital basis. High-Tech Challengers to Silicon Valley.

From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup?

Gust

The post From Accelerators to Venture Capital: What is best for your startup? billion in funding and created over 6,500 jobs.

The Babe Ruth Effect in Venture Capital

Chris Dixon

One of the hardest concepts to internalize for those new to venture capital is what is known as the “Babe Ruth effect. Venture Capital

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

In January, Jerry Neumann wrote a long and detailed analysis of his view of the VC industry in the 1980’s titled Heat Death:  Venture Capital in the 1980’s. So contrary to the piece, it wasn’t VC were good at early stage technology, it was that they had newfound capital and a big exit window. Total. 1,250,000.     Total.

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Both Sides of the Table

There was an explosion in number of startups both because it was cheap and there was tons of available capital. Rise of Seed. Rise of Angels.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? have never come across a sophisticated A, B or C round venture capitalist who thinks convertible notes are a smart move for entrepreneur or investor. This week. Him: Yeah. We raised a seed round. About $1 million. Me: At what price? Him: It wasn’t priced. Him: Huh?

Something Ventured: The Founding of the Venture Capital Industry

Feld Thoughts

Last night Amy and I watched the movie Something Ventured: Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists.

17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

Up and Running

Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. andrewchen.co. Feld Thoughts.

Venture Capital Market Analysis

Design Staff

Forecasting in venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Good VCs need to be good forecasters. We need to predict which companies are going to succeed and second guess future trends so we can develop our firms to stay ahead of the curve. The main and most surprising insight is that deep expertise doesn’t produce more accurate predictions. open minded. sceptical of deterministic theories. reflective.

It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

Pattern matching in venture capital may work for figuring out how to build companies, but it is less likely to work for ideas. ”  .

Owlchemy Labs Nabs $5 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Owlchemy Labs, an independent virtual reality game developer, announced this week the company has closed on $5 million in venture capital.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it.  Thank you, Aaron Sorkin!

Where Do Venture Capital Dollars Actually Come From? This Visual Explains

Agile VC

Most folks reading this will know that many startups were built in part with the help of venture capital. Endowments. Foundation s.

Why The SBIC Doesn’t Work For Venture Capital Anymore

Feld Thoughts

And, in the other two, I don’t expect to ever see any of my capital back because of the SBIC leverage. The SBIC was instrumental in the creation of the venture capital business. Bill Draper, the first West Coast venture capitalist, has been more blunt: “[Without it] I never would have gotten into venture capital.

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What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

In fact, if you add the capital flows of the past ten years, there have been just shy of $50 billion in net cash outlays. Sorry! Summary.

Forbes Reveals the 2013 Venture Capital Midas List

VC Cafe

Forbes released the 2013 Midas List for Venture Capital today, proving that to be successful in VC, all you need is one big hit.

ePatientFinder Lands $8.3 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in venture capital. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. ePatientFinder, a matchmaking platform for physicians, patients and clinical trials, announced this week it has received $8.2 The Austin-based startup has raised a total of $11 million since its founding in 2013. Austin

What Do Venture Capital Firms Want?

Up and Running

What are venture capitalists looking for? What do venture capitalists want in an investment? ” Venture capital is very specialized.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

Gust

A woman you don’t know tells you that she’s going to run a marathon of 7-minute miles. She’s never run a long distance race before. And so you do.

Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

Ask The VC

Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist. Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem. Like the U.S.

Venture Capital's Newest Frontier

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Hundreds of new funds and a new type of entrepreneur are driving growth today

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

Both Sides of the Table

It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” Having worked through the data with Glenn I am even more optimistic about venture capital than I was even a year ago.

TrendKite Lands $10.7 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Noro-Mosley, based in Atlanta, led the round with continued participation from Battery Ventures, Silverton Partners and Mercury Fund. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. TrendKite, a public relations analytics company, announced Thursday that it has raised $10.7 million in Series C funding. Austin

Extremely rapid early growth opens the path to venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Venture capital is only appropriate for the small percentage of businesses that want to go loss making to grow very fast.” The thing we focus on more at Forward Partners is how fast companies have to grow in their first year in order to get on the venture path in the first place. Venture Capital

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. Funding on Your Terms.

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

The VCs operating in Vietnam since the early 2000s are: Mekong Capital , IDG Ventures Vietnam, Dragon Capital and DFJ Vina Capital.