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It’s Morning in Venture Capital

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

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

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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

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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.

What I learned from raising venture capital

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recently raised venture capital for the first time. DuckDuckGo raised a series A round from Union Square Ventures and a handful of awesome angel investors. Then in the middle of the process, we got picked as one of TIME's top 50 web sites for 2011 (annotated as D in the graph). I'm new at this. Background. Bad idea.

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

Mobile Advertising : The shift from web-based browsing to mobile/tablet browsing benefited Facebook. Seed-stage deals now require $5.1 million.

Harvard's Go-To Venture Capital Firm

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The Experiment Fund, NEA's seed-stage venture capital firm, set up shop on Harvard's campus to catch young, entrepreneurial talent early.

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation

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Today’s venture capital deal flow to innovative new companies looks a lot like a fat man trying to squeeze into a slim Italian suit.

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

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SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites. Twitter.

A framework to think about pricing seed, angel, and venture capital rounds

This is going to be BIG.

It seems to come down to two things: 1) How much do you want to raise? 2) Supply and demand of capital willing to invest in your company.

What's in a (venture capital) website ?

Fred Destin

Late on Friday we launched the new website of Atlas Venture.  Let’s look at how folks are trying to stand out in the world of venture 2.0

Some Thoughts On The IPO Market For Web Companies

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We have an IPO market for web companies again. I don't have all the names in front of me, but this year has brought IPOs for Pandora, LinkedIn, Groupon, Zynga, and TripAdvisor. The past decade (post Internet bubble, post Sarbox) brought a new normal to the late stage venture capital market. Pandora is at ~$1.5bn. revenues.

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Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends

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mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechMary published this presentation this past week.

What Has Changed

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As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies , I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011).

Mocked And Misunderstood

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechFor some reason, that correlates highly with the biggest breakout successes.

Mobile Is Where The Growth Is

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If you look at any of the top web properties on comScore, Quantcast, Alexa or any other third party reporting service you will see that they all have been fairly flat over the first half of the year. You might think that all these big web services are flatlining. Web is flattish. And they don't work that well on the web.

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In Defense Of Free

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would encourage folks to compete with them to keep the web, the mobile web, and the Internet free and open. They co-exist nicely.

My Talk At LeWeb Yesterday

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mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech I'm back in the states this morning and up early (jet lag).

Disqus2012 Launches

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Disqus 2012 - The Web's Favorite Discussion Platform from Disqus on Vimeo. Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech

Venture Capital Hits Highest Level Since Dot-Com Bubble

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

A new report finds a surge in mobile deals, a drop in health care, and a shift from Massachusetts to New York. However, Massachusetts retain the No.

Rethinking Mobile First

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I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. It has become a bit of a orthodoxy among the consumer social startup crowd to do mobile first and web second. Mobile first, web second. Not at all.

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Duck Duck Go Passed 1mm Searches Per Day

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/Techduckduckgo.com/traffic.html. duckduckgo (@duckduckgo) February 14, 2012. Related articles.

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Sound

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  Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechEach time I said no. That's what sold me. One slide.

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Utilities vs Networks

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIt's interesting to see a network, Instagram , starting to replace the iPhone's native camera application in many users' daily usage of their phones. I see this in my kids' behavior all the time. All the competitive apps got left in the dust.

No Battle Plan Survives The First Enemy Fire

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mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechI have been using this line a lot lately. All the planning and designing and strategizing and grand plans of taking over the world are no match for reality. The real world is messy. Stuff happens that you could never imagine. That's reality. It happens to everyone. You won't.

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

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Many years ago now, my prior venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, invested in a company called Thinking Media. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechYesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees. USV is committed to support this initiative.

#startupstories

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Venture Capital and TechnologyThey are all great but I particularly like this one on Failure.

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Bootstrapping

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With all the talk of massive amounts of cash sloshing around the web/mobile startup ecosystem (including things I've said recently), you would think that nobody bootstraps anymore. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechBut that is not true at all. Behance was bootstrapped for its first five years.

The Academy For Software Engineering

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hacking education NYC Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechA number of years ago, I wrote a blog post talking about the need to teach middle school and high school students how to write software. So I did that and thus begun my education into the world of computer science education in the NYC public high school system.

Indeed

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechThe first great investment we made at USV was Indeed in the summer of 2005. Brad had been looking for a search engine for jobs and I saw this post on John Battelle's blog in late 2004. forwarded it to Brad and he reached out to Paul and Rony. They didn't need our money.

Company startups running ahead of venture capital in the UK

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pulled this chart from Saul Klein’s excellent presentation to Dublin Web Summit earlier this year. Venture Capital

After The Hype

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechLoic Le Meur has a great post up where he talks about what happens after the initial wave of hype wears off. He wrote it in response to some negative posts about G+ but the situation Loic describes is something we see in almost all of our portfolio companies. 30% is a good number.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Grubhub

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GrubHub has more than hungry web surfers salivating. Venture capitalists are hungry for a piece, too. million cash infusion came from Origin Ventures in 2007. That round, led by Benchmark Capital, valued the company at $21 million, according to VC Experts Valuation & Deal Term Database. Online food delivery. Justifiable.

Why I'm Rooting For Google+

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It's very utilitarian and functional and powerful for certain kinds of users. I've never thought that there would be one social service to rule them all. I've never thought that there would be one social graph for the web. think it will serve users who aren't being served well (or at all) on the social web right now.

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Developers of NYC Startup Tour to Visit ff Venture Capital

David Teten

At ideeli, four different presenters from different levels of the web and devops teams presented.

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OccupyAppStore

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIt was tne Nth time I've had this conversation in a board meeting, "We can't figure out how to get on the leaderboards. We are in the 99%, wishing we were in the 1%. For the most part iOS and Android users go to the app stores to discover and download mobile applications.

DIY Data Science

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Statistics and Probability Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechIn a comment on yesterday's hobbyist post , Pete Griffiths offered "Do It Yourself Data Science" and I really liked that suggestion for a bunch of reasons. The blogging revolution in publishing is a great example of this.

Mastery And Mimicry

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechThe Internet is an amazing place. Last weekend an email arrived in my inbox with the subject line "Hello From MIT" That got me to open it. Sep pointed me to a series of essays he has written called Mastery and Mimicry. call them cyclical tools. It didn't take me long.

10 Reasons For Joining The New Startup Wave Now

Startup Professionals Musings

Now you can create a web site for almost nothing - and be on your way with your latest invention or personal services. Total U.S. in 2014.

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Video Of The Week: My Talk With John Battelle at CM Summit

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Venture Capital and Technology Web/Tech If you want to watch here, hit play and go to 47 minutes in.

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Mobile Economics Will Trend Toward Web Economics

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I've been saying for a while now that I think mobile economics will trend toward web economics as the mobile web goes mainstream. Evan Williams calls it "a web of infinite information" in this chat with Om Malik. But the mobile web is going mainstream in a big way in the next year. And that includes tablets.

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