17 Venture Capital Blogs You Should Be Reading

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Whether or not you’re raising money for your business, getting advice from venture capitalists can be invaluable. Inside the Minds of Top Venture Capitalists: Blogs You Need to Read to Understand How VCs Think. Andrew Parker is a VC with Spark Capital in Boston.

The Big Secret to Raising Venture Capital

Growthink Blog

At the time, Tom was a partner at Enterprise Partners Venture Capital in San Diego. At the time (around 2003), many venture capital firms were licking their wounds. Years ago I served on a funding panel with Tom Clancy.

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The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

In late 2011 I decided to write up an internal analysis I’d done at Venrock about the state of cleantech venture capital and make it available broadly. What’s happening to cleantech venture capital? Philanthropic capital.

The Billion Dollar Valuation Club

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Aileen Lee has a really good post up on TechCrunch , in which she analyzes the number of companies that have been started since 2003 that have gone on to be worth $1bn or more. Aileen calculates it as roughly four per year (39 to be exact) in the ten years since 2003.   Venture Capital and Technology

Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Fourth Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 95 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the fourth quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 61% in 4Q10, up sharply from 28% in 3Q10. Detailed results are as follows: Venture Capital Investment.? Venture capitalists invested $7.6 venture-backed companies in 4Q10 totaled $10.5

On Bubbles …

abovethecrowd.com

And the venture capital firms that pulled back in 1996 missed the best three years of return in the history of venture capital industry. What was it in 2003? Internet Uncategorized Venture Capital Investing

How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. I’ve raised money as a “hot company” and I’ve raised capital when no one would return my phone calls. So why would raising venture capital be any different.

Opening Up Our Research

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When Brad Burnham and I started USV back in 2003 and I had just started blogging, we spent a lot of time talking to potential investors in our first fund. Venture Capital and TechnologyOne of their big questions we got from them about the kind of open firm we wanted to create was "how will you be able to make money if you share all of your proprietary insights?"

Israeli Venture Capital Fund Raising 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Additional details about venture capital fund raising will be available in the IVC 2011 Yearbook , due for release in April. Despite improvement in macro economical factors in 2010, Israeli VC funds were not able to attract new capital during the year.

When VCs Invest Together, Does Ability or Affinity Matter?

Feld Thoughts

The first article, In Venture Capital, Birds of a Feather Lose Money Together , was a summary that let to the second article, The Cost of Friendship , which led to the actual article behind the annoying SSRN paywall. Venture Capital gompers hbs syndicate VC

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A New Front Door For USV

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We've been having the conversation here at AVC since 2003. Venture Capital and Technology This won't be news to many of you who figured this out a while ago. But USV has a new front door and has had it for a few weeks now.

2010 Was A Good Year For Venture Capital

ArcticStartup

I turned to Nexit Ventures for opinions on 2010 for the venture capital industry. In short, 2010 was a good year for venture capital. Overall, venture capitalists invested $7.6 Venture capitalists had a hard time raising funds in 2010.

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My Partners

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have two and half partners at Union Square Ventures. Brad Burnham - Brad and I founded USV together in the summer/fall of 2003. We had both been in the venture business for more than a decade, had made a fair bit of money, but were still hungry to prove ourselves. It was Brad's idea to write a treatise on venture capital and the internet before we set off to raise our first fund and that exercise we did together continues to be our guding light.

Design Your Company Culture Like The World’s Largest Hedge Fund

David Teten

I created my blog way back in 2003 because of the scale it gives me (Principle #177, “Constantly think about how to produce leverage”). Alternative Assets Connecticut Contributed Articles ff Venture Capital Financial Services Fund Management Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds Investing Managemen

When VCs Invest Together, Does Ability or Affinity Matter?

Feld Thoughts

The first article, In Venture Capital, Birds of a Feather Lose Money Together , was a summary that let to the second article, The Cost of Friendship , which led to the actual article behind the annoying SSRN paywall. Venture Capital gompers hbs syndicate VC

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Why Startups Should Raise Money at the Top End of Normal

Both Sides of the Table

2007, 2011) and for the hottest of companies and in bad markets for fund raising (2003, 2008) prices test the bottom end of the range. We had companies pitching us that had almost no revenue at all and they were raising $10-15 million in capital at a $40-50 million pre-money valuation.

New San Diego VC Firm Emerges as ‘The Moneyball of Venture Capital’ | Xconomy

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New San Diego VC Firm Emerges as ‘The Moneyball of Venture Capital’. Here’s some big news for San Diego’s innovation economy: There’s a new venture capital firm in town—and its investment methodology represents a fundamentally different approach to the conventional business model for venture investing. The firm, Correlation Ventures, is using predictive analytics technology to tilt the odds in its favor. venture investments since 1987.

Change.VC - Take A Survey To Help Change The Venture Capital Industry

ArcticStartup

Lots of success stories, yes, but the fact is that more venture-backed startups fail than succeed. Our friends at Active Venture Partners are aiming to help change the industry and they need your help to do it. Since 2003 the industry has not performed.

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Six Slides

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

  I learned this lesson when Brad and I starting raising USV 2004 in the fall of 2003. How could Brad and I possibly take all that we had done and learned in almost 20 years in the venture business and put it into six slides?  Tags: Venture Capital and Technology The CEO of one of our portfolio companies is working on a fundraising deck and asked me for some tips. I gave him my favorite, "keep it to six slides."

My Interview With Carlota Perez

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

There are many people who should get credit for Union Square Ventures' investment strategy.  Her book, Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital , was responsible for much of the foundational thinking Brad and I did at the start of Union Square Ventures back in 2003, which in turn led to our initial investment thesis. Venture Capital and Technology

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Generational Transition In VC Firms

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Today, sometime around 5:30/6pm PT at the Upfront Summit , my partner Andy and I are going to talk about generational change in VC firms, in a talk moderated by Lindel Eakman , who has been our lead limited partner investor at USV since we started the firm in 2003. When my partner Brad Burnham and I started USV in 2003, we told prospective investors, including Lindel, that we had no intention of building an institution. I didn’t understand that in 2003, but I do now.

The Hard Raise

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

In the summer of 2003, Brad Burnham and I set out to raise a $100mm early stage venture capital fund. We spent our own capital raising that fund. But that fund, USV 2004, has been one of the very best venture capital funds ever put together. We have had a few of these in our portfolio over the past year as the expansion capital stage (Series C and D) of the venture capital market has contracted.

Men on Mars : The Reinvention of Atlas Venture

Fred Destin

I joined Atlas Venture 9 years ago. When I joined Atlas in 2003 we had way too much geographic and sector complexity. I thought that with time we could fix this and there weren''t many ways to get into venture through the front door. The reinvention of Atlas Venture.

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Tattoos and YCombinator Demo Day

This is going to be BIG.

It was June of 2003. Somewhere within this portfolio, you're going to find some seriously huge successes and "the best of the best" will emerge--but you really never know which ones, just like any other venture portfolio.

Third-quarter venture capital fundraising plummets

EIN News

Venture capitalists, thrashed by months of bad economic news, third quarter of 2003, said the National Venture Capital Assn. in investment capital was raised in the U.S. August and September were just abysmal. in the third quarter, a 24% drop

Venture Capital Industry Raises $1.72 Billion in Q3 2011

EIN News

Dollar Amount Raised Since Q3 2003 Fifty-two U.S. venture capital funds raised $1.72 billion in the third. and $3.1 trillion in revenue in the United States in 2010. As the voice of the

Joining the Kauffman Fellows Board

Feld Thoughts

I was around at the beginning, spending a day a month in Kansas City with the Kauffman Foundation as an entrepreneur-in-residence when the program was originally created by a team at the Kauffman Foundation to identify, develop, and network the next generation of global leaders in the venture capital industry using a two-year apprenticeship program. The power of the network and how it impacts both the venture capital industry and the startup ecosystem is profound.

Probable and Improbable Lobbying Wins: The 1,000-stockholder Rule

Gust

Facebook, which did not exist in 2003, is now valued at nearly $100 billion. SOPA would disproportionately alter the risk profile for new startups, which are thinly capitalized compared to the giants like Google and Facebook. Invested Interests angel investment angel investors equity exit strategy IPO shareholders startups venture capital

Try On The Decision For 30 Days

Feld Thoughts

In 2003 I seriously thought about quitting Mobius Venture Capital. In early 2003, I started to think about leaving Mobius. I woke up one morning in February 2003 and decided to spend a little time each day pretending like I had quit Mobius. In March 2003 I fully engaged in Mobius. While 2003 – 2006 was an incredible grind, I look back on that time period as one that I am satisfied with as we did manage to get Mobius to a stable place.

The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

Both Sides of the Table

Mike Yavonditte is the founder of the “super hot&# Hashable , a startup out of NYC that has been described as a “ Mint.com for Social Capital ” Mike sold his previous company, Quigo , to Aol for $340 Million. Contest details here : This Week in Venture Capital

Tesla Worth More than GM? Why Your Business Should Care

Growthink Blog

Earlier this week Tesla became America's most valuable car maker, with a market capitalization at Monday’s close of $50.9 And yes Tesla is young (founded 2003) and General Motors is old (founded 1908).

Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. Many businesses that pitch to me have White Elephant issues and I’d like to tell you how to deal with these when you’re raising venture capital. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice

What It Takes to Build a Cleantech Winner

Secret Formula

I entered the venture capital business two years ago, focusing on seed/Series A cleantech start-ups. Were backed by institutional venture capital. Note that the majority of public cleantech companies have, in fact, not been venture-funded. Numbers Venture capital

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Venture Capital Survey - Silicon Valley Third Quarter 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Patrick Fenwick & West LLP Background - Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 107 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the third quarter of 2010. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 28% in 3Q10.? Fundraising by venture capital funds continued to be difficult. Report") also reported a decrease in 3Q10 venture capital investment, with $4.8

Whither usv.com?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Back in 2004, when my partner Brad and I started Union Square Ventures (USV), we decided to make our website a blog. We've been having the conversation here at AVC since 2003, so going into the usv.com experiment, we knew that would be an issue. Union Square Ventures - Help us build the next version of our internet presence. Venture Capital and Technology

A Glimpse: My American Dream

thebarefootvc

Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Startups Technology Venture Capital Women immigration india africa emerging markets startup america silicon valley venture capital innovationWhen I looked at my inbox this morning, I had emails from six organizations I have advised/worked with over the past couple of years (including Astia and Techstars ) announcing their partnership with the White House’s Startup America initiative.

How Investors Are Increasing Their Returns Through Collaboration and Technology

David Teten

He is an active angel with many successful angel investments including: Rent.com, (purchased by Ebay in 2005 for $415 million), Golfnow.com (purchased by Comcast in June 2008), and Lifelock (lead investors include Bessemer Venture Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers).

Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City

Feld Thoughts

The Beginning of the Next Wave (2003 – 2011). Complaining About Capital. Venture Capital Matters. I’m deep into writing my latest book. For now, the title is “ Startup Communities: Creating A Great Entrepreneurial Ecosystem In Your City.” ” I’m open to different titles – if you’ve got ideas just put them in the comments. Following is the current table of contents.

My new fascination with Podcasts

VC Cafe

It was only around 2003 that the first podcasts appeared, but actually what made Podcasts mainstream, was the show Serial , an investigative journalism podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig, which started as a side project of the National Public Radio’s (NPR) show “This American Life”.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

Both Sides of the Table

I’ve seen friends (and family members) lose much of their savings that way over the years because “Black Swans” happen and in 1987, 2001, 2003 & 2008 (just to name a few from my memory) huge market gyrations caused much financial distress to people seeking short-term gains.

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