Valuation trickle down

The Equity Kicker

He used this chart as evidence: Second, I read Josh Kopelman’s/First Round Capital’s Open Letter to Investors from May this year which says that seed valuations are up 3x from 2007-2015 without a corresponding increase in exits. I’m back to the bubble question this morning.

Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company. Other founders, “as a privately held company we don’t disclose our valuation.&# Me, “dude, I’m not a journalist.

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Tonight We're Going To Party Like It's 1999

Launching Tech Ventures

Sunday, March 27, 2011 Tonight Were Going To Party Like Its 1999 by Tom Eisenmann Are we in a new bubble, as Steve Blank recently wrote, or do current high valuations for early- and late-stage consumer Internet companies reflect sound fundamentals, as argued by Ben Horowitz ?

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Federal Reserve to Entrepreneurs: Party Like It's 1999 (While You Still Can)

Inc Startups

But this is not 1999. With such low rates persisting for so many years, market forces have driven dollars en masse toward equity, resulting in soaring valuations," says Jonathan Citrin, founder and chairman of investment advisory Citrin Group, in Birmingham, Michigan.

Tonight We're Going to Party Like It's 1999

Platforms and Networks

(originally published on March 27, 2011 on the Launching Tech Ventures course blog) Are we in a new bubble, as Steve Blank recently wrote, or do current high valuations for early- and late-stage consumer Internet companies reflect sound fundamentals, as argued by Ben Horowitz ? Valuations.

The Great Coding School Rollup of 2015

Feld Thoughts

When I saw the proposal, I immediately thought of the web consulting rollups of 1999. revenue were the correct valuations since these are generally 5% to 10% net income businesses that are 30% – 40% gross margin and heavily dependent on (a) transitory labor and (b) favorable supply/demand conditions. I just saw my first proposal for a Coding School Rollup. As you are probably aware, 2014 saw the explosion of coding schools all over the US.

Complete Flip Flop

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

They spent a lot of time talking about how the current time is much different than 1999. Concentration of high valuations in a few large companies as opposed to more widespread increase in valuations. Silicon Valley Bank is my bank of choice when it comes to startup banking.

Founders – Use Your Down Round To Clean Up Your Cap Table

Feld Thoughts

I started investing in 1994 and while there was some bumpiness in 1997 and again in 1999, the real pain happened between 2000 and 2005. There are three things that will mess you up in the long run: Too much liquidation preference : My simple rule of thumb is that if you’ve raised more than $25m and your liquidation preference is greater than 50% of your post money valuation, you have too much liquidation preference.

Reblogging A Old Post: The Word Bubble

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

——————————— In all the posts over the past year or so outlining my thoughts on the financing and valuation environment in the internet sector, I’ve avoided using the word Bubble. For me Bubble will always be inexorably linked to what went down in 1999 and 2000 in the internet sector. And investors should recognize that the current valuation environment will not exist at some point in the future.

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One key to this population growth has been the remarkable ease of the Unicorn fundraising process: Pick a new valuation well above your last one, put together a presentation deck, solicit offers, and watch the hundreds of million of dollars flow into your bank account. In late 2015, many public technology companies saw a significant retrenchment in their share prices primarily as a result of a reduction in valuation multiples. Take a clean round at a lower valuation.

B is for BUBBLE: Venture Capital in 2013

VC Cafe

Last year, the VC industry partied like its 1999. New data from research firm Pitchbook makes it official: valuations are at an all-time high. Across all investment stages, median pre-money valuations last year rose dramatically.

Burnham's Beat: Who Will Be The Biggest Loser: 1999 VC Funds or.

Burnham's Beat

Who Will Be The Biggest Loser: 1999 VC Funds or 2006 PE Funds? 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 The poor returns of these 1999 funds are a result of two main factors: These funds were raised at or near the height of the tech bubble. Who Will Be The Biggest Loser: 1999 VC Funds or 2006 PE Funds?


How Went Bust And Then Bust And Then Became A Super Unicorn


Brilliance from Bloomberg - On March 30, 1999, an 11-month-old, money-losing Internet company called went public, to the great excitement of investors. But it was its market valuation that drove the fascination, and after the stock price collapsed from a high of $974.25 a share in April 1999 to $6.75

Are We In a Startup Bubble?

FairSoftware's Blog

That question comes from sky-high valuations for companies such as Zynga, Facebook or Twitter, and from the apparent ease with which new startups with barely more than a trendy name, seem to be able to raise angel money. The press frenzy about easy money is certainly creating a gold rush, just like 1999. In 1999, everyone and their neighbor were entrepreneurs. In that regard, 2011 is like 1999.

Don’t Let Your Business Be A Dead Startup Walking

Startup Professionals Musings

Just because you would have loved to have your groceries picked out and delivered, doesn’t mean the mainstream customer was ready for Webvan in 1999. As an entrepreneur mentor and startup investor, I see with sadness the 50 to 90 percent that fail.

Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

Both Sides of the Table

Not the successful companies themselves but the entire b t culture of swash-buckling startups who define themselves by hitting some magical $1 billion valuation number and the financiers who back them irrespective of metrics that justify it. It seemed like a message in a bottle opened from a shipwreck in 1999. Something is rotten in tech startup land. Don’t call me a hater for saying so.

Is There a Valuation Bubble for Social Media Companies (and if so, is it Bursting)?

Pascal's View

Welcome to the latest passionate debate over the ‘valuation bubble or not?’ For me Bubble will always be inexorably linked to what went down in 1999 and 2000 in the internet sector. Specifically, too much money has gone into VC-backed Internet companies at too high a valuation.

Scaling is Hard, Case Study: Akamai

Seeing Both Sides

The first year of revenue (1999) was $4 million – a remarkable achievement. Look at the (quite ugly) P&L for Akamai in 1999 and 2000 – costly mistakes were made, but ultimately enabled the company to scale as rapidly as it did: ($'s in millions). . . . .

Returns for brand-name VC funds

The information is based on part of a confidential year-end 2011 investment report distributed to investors in a fund-of-funds that made commitments between 1999 and 2001. Overall, the fund-of-funds is 97% called for 45 funds raised between 1999 and 2002. The Buzz. Term Sheet.

Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

Both Sides of the Table

Let’s assume that the company raised it at a normal VC valuation, which means it gave up 33% of the company and thus $5 million / 33% = $15 million post-money valuation. It was 1999. This is part of my Startup Advice series.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

For many years preceding 1999, the 1982 vintage was known as the industry’s worst vintage year. Not really; it was a result of an industry investing into a frothy market at higher and higher valuations in expectation of near term liquidity, and suddenly the IPO window shutting, leading to no exits and little additional capital to support these companies.

What's Your Company Really Worth?

Inc Startups

How would a potential buyer of the business think about the valuation? The EBITDA Multiple One of the most common ways to approximate a company's valuation is to use a multiple of EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.

11 Billion-Dollar Startups You've Never Heard of

Inc Startups

These companies range from familiar firms like Pinterest and Uber which occupy the top 10 with valuations at $3.8 However, the rest of the entrants on this list have incredible valuations but little recognition.

FuturePerfect Ventures: A 2015 Recap


I remember the heady days of 1999 when everyone believed that there were new rules to investing. While so much is different this time around, there is no getting around the fact that many valuations over the past couple years will not be sustainable. FPV is well positioned in 2016 given the Fund’s discipline around valuations and terms through the past year. “Be the change you want to see in the world”. . This is one of my life’s mantras.

The Harder I Work, The Luckier I Get

Both Sides of the Table

If you take a snapshot during an extraordinary surge in valuations, M&A activity, IPOs and thus wealth creation you’d echo John Doerr’s famous quote from 1999 that, “The Internet is the greatest legal creation of wealth in history.&# Overnight success.

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2014: The Year of Results

Seeing Both Sides

Aileen Lee''s now-famous unicorn analysis listed 39 companies founded in the last 10 years who had achieved $1 billion plus valuations. I wrote a blog post two and a half years ago in response to cries of a bubble that it felt a lot more like 1996 than 1999 right now.

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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

The trend of funding anything from the first $25k to funding $50 million at a billion+ valuation is unlikely to last as the skills and style to be effective at all stages are diverse enough to warrant focus. When I built my first company starting in 1999 it cost $2.5

57 Things I've Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies

I’ve been founding and helping run technology companies since 1999. Don’t choose your investors based on valuation. That means if you’re taking money with a $5M post-money valuation, the expectation is that you are building for a minimum $50M exit. $10M 10M post-money valuation = $100M target. Bradfords Blog Fab Feed. Archive. 57 Things I’ve Learned Founding 3 Tech Companies.

Stock Market Drops. Then It Rallies. What Happens Next for Funding?

Both Sides of the Table

Valuations were enormous relative to progress in companies. Companies with less than $2 million in revenue were asking for $50-60 million valuations and getting them. Don’t spend like it’s 1999. This article was originally published on TechCrunch.

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Building the Global Startup Part 3: Assigning Ownership and Achieving Commitment

John O'Farrell

The business had taken off like a rocketship from its founding in late 1999—revenue grew from $2M to $55M in a year. While that growth was exciting, it led to a very high financing valuation for such a young company: $820M for a company just nine months old.

How To Sell Your Tech Startup


Blogger is started in 1999 and takes off unexpectedly (while they're pouring all of their efforts into Pyra). This hurt them in the short-term; particularly when they were hearing from other VCs that their VC didn't want to fund them because he wanted a higher valuation.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Yes, it’s true that FOMO (fear of missing out) is driving some irrational behavior and valuations amongst uber competitive deals and well-financed VCs. In 1998 it was 150 million, 1999 250 million and by 2000 it had crossed 350 million. This article originally ran on PEHub.

How and Why To Be an Angel Investor

David Teten

Villalobos & Payne: “Startup Pre-Money Valuation: The Keystone to Return on Investment” 117. John Frankel started as an individual angel investor in New York in 1999.

The end or the beginning? Thoughts on the current startup environment

This is going to be BIG.

Valuations. There are a ton of companies being funded at $500+ million valuations--seriously limiting exit opportunities. The difference between many of these companies and what we saw back in 1999 is that there are real revenues and revenue growth at many of these companies--and their costs are largely in people, which can always be trimmed down. Are their valuations justified?

Scaling Up: When Do Unit Economics Matter?

Launching Tech Ventures

by Varun Gupta Valuations of three of the most spoken about technology companies that are arguably still only scaling up: Facebook at $65 billion (General Atlantic got in today for 0.1% stake at a valuation, 30% higher than the previous month’s); Twitter at $7.7

The 10 Best Real Estate Schools Compared: Meet the Winner!

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A real estate school will help potential residental and commercial real estate agents , brokers and realtors understand the world of finance as well to acquire the necessary skills of negotiation and valuation required to be successful in the field.

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The Equity Kicker

Valuation has been increasing rapidly and the deal likely won’t get any cheaper (Sequoia and other VCs who invested last week at a $500m valuation would likely want more than 2x if they stayed in for any length of time). I think that is the difference between 1999 and today.


Burnham's Beat: Buffet Makes It Official: Even Goldman Sachs is Junk

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A Billion Dollars, Through Acquisitions & Perseverance

Inc Startups

Patrick Grady, founder and chairman of Rearden Commerce, talks about his company's $1 billion valuation. I raised $2 million in seed capital in December of 1999. Where is my $5 billion valuation?

“But I only wanted to write” – Five Questions with Wired’s Jessi Hempel

Hunter Walker

I tried a bunch of jobs: I taught fourth grade, worked at a nonprofit, and made an ungodly amount of money doing odd jobs at a dot-com because hey, it was 1999. I’m a total fanboy when it comes to great, tough reporters.