Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle , a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. So I started Foundation Capital in 1995.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around.

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How to get a job in Venture Capital

Jason Ball's TechBytes

I wrote a post about it back in 2006 on the topic that I could point people to, but it looks a little light, so I thought I’d post an update. If you can fix one (or more) venture backed co’s, you will be loved and will probably find yourself a more permanent role. Analyst, Associate, Principal, Venture Partner, General Partner, Managing Partner – all require different amounts of the above. Venture Capital I get asked this question a *lot*.

Venture Capital Funding and the Sexism You Can’t Quite Prove

Up and Running

At the outset, it is worth noting that when it comes to the world of venture funding, I am a bit of an outsider. Until a handful of years ago, I didn’t even know what venture capital was, let alone anything about the complicated process of actually acquiring VC funding.

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

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. About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. backed by venture capitalists. High Capital Franchises. Capital Available.

Seven Deadly Sins of the VC

Venture Cyclist

Bob is fairly well known in the venture capital industry (certainly in Boston), for his success, his direct style, and for his sharp observations of the VC landscape. Over time I distilled some of his aphorisms into this version of the seven deadly sins of Venture Capital.

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Venture Capital Deal Buzz - Mc10

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

It's a growing part of the venture world that proved its prominence once again in 2010. Despite murmurings of a pullback in Cleantech commitments, venture capitalists invested $3.98 That's an 8% increase over 2009, when venture firms plunked down $3.7 What's more, five of the six largest venture investment rounds in 2010 went to Cleantech companies, according to Thomson Reuters. The investment was a follow-on to MC10's first venture investment.


Christine: Top 10 Mobile Marketing Campaigns

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Startup Communities – Building Regional Clusters

Steve Blank

Feld describes TechStars (founded in 2006 with David Cohen ) as an example of how to build a regional accelerator. He then busts the myths clusters tell themselves; “lets be like Silicon Valley” and the “there’s not enough capital here.”.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Wattpad launched in 2006 and bootstrapped for five years before we invested. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechWith 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. But that is not true at all. Last week my partner Albert blogged about our most recent investment in Behance. Behance was bootstrapped for its first five years.

The Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

1995) and eBay (1995), which begat Google (1998) and PayPal (1998), which begat YouTube (2005), Facebook (2004), and LinkedIn (2003) which begat Twitter (2006) and Zynga (2007), which begat Square (2010), Dropbox (2008), and many more. In NYC, that was Doubleclick which was founded in 1996, the same year as my first venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, which was founded on two premises, that the Internet would be big and that NYC would be an important locus of Internet innovation.

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 2: The Investors

Secret Formula

tl;dr: There’s a widespread perception that cleantech venture capital must be tanking compared with VC overall. In yesterday’s post , we looked at the amount of capital that’s been invested in cleantech start-ups to date. For venture-backed companies overall, it’s 9.4



A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I look back at Etsy when we invested in it in the spring of 2006, about a year after they had launched. Venture Capital and TechnologyPaul Graham has penned a longish and excellent essay in which he postulates that growth is the single defining characteristic of startups and the thing that all entrepreneurs must focus on. Paul is slowly but surely building a body of writing on startups that is as good as anything that has ever been written on the topic.

When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

This LP is also a long time investor in Union Square Ventures and was one of the first people Fred introduced us to when we started raising the first Foundry Group fund in 2007. The prior fund that I had co-founded – Mobius Venture Capital – had blown up after having a very successful first fund in 1997. In early 2006, my partners at Mobius and I decided not to raise another fund. Fred Wilson at Union Square Ventures was by far the most helpful.

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Venture Capital Deal Buzz:

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc. does both, serving CPAs and small and midsized businesses, and venture capitalists have taken note. million in venture backing, starting with its first $2.1 million round in 2006. is backed by August Capital, DCM, Emergence Capital Partners, Jafco Ventures, and Total Technology Ventures. And coming off of an unsolicited round of funding in 2010, its unclear whether the company will seek new capital this year.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: 23andMe

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Since 2006, Mountain View, Calif.-based Venture investors agree. million in venture backing since its first round in 2007. All told, that Series A, led by Google Ventures, totalled $8.95 In January 23andMe added an additional $9 million to that round from the likes of MPM Capital and Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation. Prior investors include New Enterprise Associates, Genentech Corporation, Roche Venture Fund, and Mohr Davidow Ventures.

Christine: A Video Glimpse of LINES (and Videoegg-Typepad Note)

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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. When I went to raise money in 2006 I thought I knew every term in a term sheet but somehow I still got a bit duped by the option pool shuffle.

19 Funding Resources for New and Existing Businesses

Up and Running

To help you secure the capital you need for your business, we’ve compiled a list of the funding resources that every entrepreneur should look into. Since 2006 the National Association for the Self-Employed has given out $650,000 in grant money. Angel investors and venture capitalists.

2006 Venture Capital Report

Florida Venture Blog

For those of you investing or looking for venture investment, the 2006 Venture Capital Report is a rich source of venture data for 2005 and looking forward. Let's get to know each other, Join FVB , my venture capital blog community I've been so locked into the MoneyTree/NVCA reports that I missed VentureOne's deep offering until seeing Jason's reference. Enjoy!

Perfecto Mobile Gets Perfect Backer in Vodafone Ventures for App Testing in the Cloud

VC Cafe

V odafone’s venture capital arm made a strategic minority investment in Israeli startup Perfecto Mobile , joining previous backers Carmel Ventures and Vertex Venture Capital who invested $7 million ten months ago.

YC follows a well trodden path for investment firms: drifts later stage

The Equity Kicker

In the words of an alum from the 2006 cohort: Companies are joining YC at a much later stage. In 2006, getting acquihired by Google for a couple million buckets was considered a fabulous outcome and basically the goal of every company. Venture Capital

Episode 3 on SiriusXM Channel 111: Kathryn Gould, Mar Hershenson, Sophie Lebrecht

Steve Blank

My guests this week on Bay Area Ventures on Wharton Business Radio on SiriusXM Channel 111 were: Kathryn Gould co-founder of Foundation Capital. Mar Hershenson co-founder of the VC firm Pejman Mar Ventures. Mar Hershenson is the Founding Partner at Pejman Mar Ventures.

Mission Based Businesses

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

" And yet the shares our firm bought in Etsy back in 2006 have gone up in value more than 10x based on the last stock purchased in the company (last summer). Venture Capital and TechnologyI've talked a fair bit here about the passion for the problem being an important part of entrepreneurial success. I was reminded of that when I read Max Chafkin's profile of Rob Kalin and Etsy this morning.

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Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Damballa

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Of particular interest to Damballa's venture investors: The company focuses on cloud and mobile security breaches, which have increased with the explosion of cloud and mobile usage. Since it was founded in 2006, Damballa has raised $29.86 million in venture funding over five rounds. By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor. If you, like me, fear the robot apocalypse, fear no more. Damballa exists.

LiveU Raises $11 Million from Pitango in its Third Round

VC Cafe

LiveU has announced a third round of $11 million, led by Pitango and joined by existing investors, Carmel Ventures and Canaan Partners. Founded in 2006, LiveU’s R&D center is based in Israel, and sales, marketing and support headquarters are based in New Jersey.

A Rake Too Far: Optimal Platform Pricing Strategy is the unquestioned leader in online travel in Europe, and represents a substantial portion of TPG’s astounding $35B market capitalization. In 2006, Benchmark started spending time with Gary Swart and the team at oDesk.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Individual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies. Experience proves that half of these companies will fail (returning nothing or less than capital invested), another 3-4 will provide a modest return on investment of 1X to 5X and one or hopefully two of the ten companies will return 10X to 30X on the initial investment over a five to eight year period of time. – Need venture capital.

Venture Capital Performance

Will Price

I am banking on the fact that the ability of top firms to maintain access to non-public information, ideas, entrepreneurs, and information asymmetries will support the continued historical investment performance of early stage venture capital despite the 2x increase in number of VC firms, 1.9x

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 3: The Companies

Secret Formula

Most cleantech start-ups require a lot of capital. On one hand, she wants to raise capital at a high valuation to minimize dilution. at which capital was raised. A venture investor, in hindsight, would want to get in just before the pop.

Bitesize Monday: Israeli Startup Headlines

VC Cafe

Venture capital Rounds. The company was founded in 2009 by Uzi Shmilovici raised the funding from OCA Ventures , I2A Fund and angel investors. Gigya was founded in 2006 and has raised close to $30 million to date. Israeli venture capital news.

2007 Florida Venture Capital Conference

Florida Venture Blog

Just a get-your-reservations-now reminder for the upcoming Florida Venture Capital Conference at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, February 6-7, 2007. For a taste of the 2006 conference, check out my recaps here , here and here. Let's get to know each other, Join FVB , my venture capital blog community! florida venture capital conference florida venture forum conferences

The Right Time + The Right Team + The Right Technology

Eric Friedman

This is certainly not all inclusive, but it helps me outline the key points that I think must be overcome by an early stage team to convince an outside party to invest their capital in their company. Eric Friedman Technology Venture capital

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Applications for Our 2013 Summer Fellowship Program Now Open

Lightspeed Venture Partners

After joining Lightspeed in 2006 and realizing that we had the resources to support some idea-stage projects, I put together the Summer Program and opened it up to student led teams. The key issues to think about when raising capital and how to present to investors. •

Where are the Deals? How VCs Identify the Next Generation of Startups

David Teten

You’ve probably read dozens of articles about how to raise capital from venture capitalists. Prior to joining ff Venture Capital , I published the first-ever study of how private equity and venture capital funds originate new investments, with my coauthor Chris Farmer , CEO of SignalFire and an experienced VC. ff Venture Capital. First Round Capital. 2006) [iii]. Capital. Corporate Financier, October 2006. [iv]

Venture Capital Termsheets

Florida Venture Blog

A friend recently asked about the typical terms in a venture capital term sheet and I realized that a source I take for granted isn't readily known in entrepreneur circles. The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) website is targeted at venture funds and partners, but there is plenty of candy for entrepreneurs there as well. That said, reviewing these docs can provide a thorough view of what to expect institutional venture deals to look like.

Venture Capital Success: Luck vs. Gut

Entrepreneurship Blog

Paul Kedrosky sparks an interesting debate with himself in two separate posts over whether or not successful venture capitalist have a keen gut instinct (7/21/06) or are just plain lucky (12/3/05). However, I suspect that both luck and gut instinct also play roles in venture capital success.

2006 Predictions

Florida Venture Blog

For fun, I'm going to spread the predictions across this week -- with the venture ecosystem (topic for another post?) That should give me enough fodder for venture predictions of my own next week. 3) The Southeast's venture investments in 2006 will double those in 2005. 4) The venture investment landscape nationwide will faintly start to resemble the feeding frenzy of the late 1990s. We expect the strong market for venture financings in Florida to continue.

Interview with eFounders

Cracking the Code

Even in 2006, when I joined Bessemer Venture Partners, there was still a lot of skepticism in the Silicon Valley around SaaS (one of my first blog post in 2006 was titled: “W hy I disagree with Tony Zingale — CEO of Mercury Interactive — on the future of SaaS ").

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Christine: Technology at Burning Man, Part II (With Fire!)

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