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Lean Startup Versus Raising Capital

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” 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.

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.

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.

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.

No One Can Raise Funding for Your Startup Except You

Instigator Blog

One of the big roadblocks that first-time entrepreneurs face is the issue of raising capital. There are enough high quality resources out there on raising venture capital and angel investment. And there are some fairly well-accepted best practices on how to raise capital as well. There are no easy answers.

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.

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. Nothing fancier.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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?

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


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

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.

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.

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. Feld Thoughts.

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.

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!

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.

Venture Capital Market Analysis

Design Staff

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. ”  .

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.

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.

Learn Everything You Need To Know About Venture Capital in 90 Minutes

Feld Thoughts

The post Learn Everything You Need To Know About Venture Capital in 90 Minutes appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Owlchemy Labs Nabs $5 Million in Venture Capital


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

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months


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.

ePatientFinder Lands $8.3 Million in Venture Capital


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

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 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.


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.

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.

Book: The Business of Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

In the fall of 2010 Mahendra Ramsinghani reached out to me by email about a new book he was working on called The Business of Venture Capital: Insights from Leading Practitioners on the Art of Raising a Fund, Deal Structuring, Value Creation, and Exit Strategies. Books ramsinghani VC Venture Capital

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital


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

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