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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.


Venture Capital Exit Times

Angel Blog

My two previous posts described how venture capital investors will want to invest too much and exit only for very high returns.

Venture Capital Funds - How the Math Works

Angel Blog

Why the Size of Venture Capital Funds Matters to Angels and Entrepreneurs. My previous post was titled Venture Capital Firms Are Too Big. That post provides one important piece of data necessary to answer the really important question of why the size of venture capital funds matters to angel investors and entrepreneurs.

How Do I Get A Job In A Venture Capital Firm?

Ask The VC

In 2008 my partner Seth Levine wrote what I think is the definitive post about how to get a job in venture capital. His post followed an insightful earlier post of his that he wrote in 2005 titled how to become a venture capitalist. Each post is required reading for anyone interested in a job at a venture capital firm.

Why Venture Capital No Longer Defines Innovation


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.

How Can I Invest In A Venture Capital Firm? | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

How to get a job in venture capital (revisited) | Seth Levine

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

Why governments support venture capital

The Equity Kicker

adequate risk capital [for startups] is vital of the economic future [i.e. Venture Capitalfor jobs and growth].

Do I Need a Team To Raise Venture Capital? | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

What’s Happening Today That No One Sees?

Feld Thoughts

The climax happens in 2008 and the denouement continues on until 2011. Venture Capital and entrepreneurship was dramatically out of favor.

Capital Is Cheap And Labor Is Expensive

Feld Thoughts

But I think cheap capital is only half of the equation. Capital remains incredibly cheap, so it’s flowing into wages.

Venture Capital Firms Have Gotten Too Big

Angel Blog

One of the most important reasons is that Venture Capital Firms are just too big. Why Venture Capital Firms Got Too Big.

History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Does Rhyme

Feld Thoughts

And Fred has been ranting about this since at least 2008 when he made a public plea to bury the name Silicon Alley. The questions were great, but some of what they were hearing about venture capital was scary as s**t. Venture Investing Just Had Its Biggest Q1 in 15 Years, Says PwC Report. It’s New York. Surprise.

Lessons Learned: About the author

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Saturday, October 4, 2008 About the author ( Update January, 2010: This post originally dates from October, 2008 back when I first started writing this blog. Lean startups can be the most capital efficient companies in the world, because they strive to prevent energy from being expended uselessly.

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The State of Cleantech Venture Capital, Part 1: The Money

Secret Formula

2006 to 2008: Gold rush. billion in 2008. Numbers The State of Cleantech VC 2011 Venture capitalto see what we can learn.

Burnham's Beat: 2008 Software M&A: Year in Review

Burnham's Beat

« 2008 Public Internet M&A: Year In Review | Main. 2008 Software Stocks: An Oveview Plus The 10 Best and 10 Worst » 01/02/2009. 2008 Software M&A: Year in Review. Unlike the Internet M&A space , the public software company M&A market was actually fairly robust in 2008 with 33 deals worth over $40BN closing. 

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Investing In Startups In Europe

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we have made nine investments in europe since 2008 when we started investing there. Venture Capital and Technology One of the big european tech conferences starts today. It's called DLD and my partner Albert is giving a talk there tomorrow. The last big european tech conference was LeWeb and I gave a talk there.

IVC-KPMG Survey: Israeli Venture Capital Fund Raising - 2011 Summary

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Israeli venture capital funds were back to capital raising in 2011, after two very difficult years. No capital had been raised by Israeli funds in 2010, and only $256 million was raised in 2009, a 76 percent drop from 2008 levels.

The Billion Dollar Valuation Club

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

That is because the billion plus companies started in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 won't all show up right away.   Venture Capital and Technology This is a very useful exercise in the VC business since it is these big wins that produce the vast majority of returns in the business.

Burnham's Beat: 2008 Internet Stocks: Year In Review Plus 10 Best.

Burnham's Beat

« 2008 Software Stocks: An Oveview Plus The 10 Best and 10 Worst | Main. | The Great Abdication: Consumer Internet, Venture Capital, and Angels » 01/02/2009. 2008 Internet Stocks: Year In Review Plus 10 Best and 10 Worst Stocks. Internet stocks outperformed the market in 2008, albeit in the wrong direction. 

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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 The investment was a follow-on to MC10's first venture investment.


Measuring sales and marketing effectiveness of SaaS companies

Cracking the Code

Thoughts from a Venture Capitalist on Software, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Cloud Computing, Internet and more. Monday, March 10, 2008.

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Web 2.0 Product Management: Optimizing Metrics & Viral Growth (Dan.

500 Hats

» Friday, May 02, 2008 Web 2.0 Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure.

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A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Gabe at DuckDuckGo launched in the fall of 2008, and bootstrapped for three years, working by himself to build DDG, before we invested. Stack Overflow also launched in the fall of 2008. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechBut that is not true at all. Behance was bootstrapped for its first five years.

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. That perception is wrong.


Burnham's Beat: Infospace and the Great Shareholder Robbery of.

Burnham's Beat

While there was supposedly a grand strategy driving to all these purchases, arguably what they were left with after 10 years and $1.7BN in paid in capital was just over $1BN in retained losses and a motley collection of business that looked like they were going no where fast. May 1, 2008 in Internet , Wall Street | Permalink. By Month.

Burnham's Beat: Wigix: An Idea Whose Time Has Finally Come

Burnham's Beat

April 29, 2008 in Internet | Permalink. Venture Capital. Apr 29, 2008 8:43:42 AM. The thoughts and opinions on this blog are mine and mine alone and not affiliated in any way with Inductive Capital LP, San Andreas Capital LLC, or any other company I am involved with. Venture Capital. Blog Roll.

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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. Venture Capital and TechnologyThat was not meant to be a comprehensive history.

The Third Way

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I think back to this post from 2008 , almost five years ago now, as the kickoff of this long running conversation.

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1985: Oil Prices Will Go Up Forever

Feld Thoughts

And for many, 2008 and 2009 seems very far in the distant past, even though it still massively impacts others in a very negative way. Venture Capital cynic dallas macro oil optimistThis is not a post about a bubble, real or imagined. It’s a lesson from when I was 20 years old. I showed up at MIT as an eager freshman.

The Role Venture Capital is Playing in Online Schooling (Guest Post)

VC Cafe

Venture capital and other forms of seed funding have been crucial for the development of the best online colleges. By Estelle Shumann*.

Your Startup's Revenue Projections Are Wrong

VC Whisperer

People often ask me:"Paul, what should our revenue projections look like to attract venture capital?"I entrepreneur startup money finance VC venture capital revenueI believe there is no good answer to that question. There’s no “right” projected number that makes us all want to throw money at a startup.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: RecycleBank

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

It feels good first because it's taking a venture approach to an old, broken business in dire need of a refresh?municipal million in venture investments since 2007 from Generation Investment Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Paul Capital Partners, Physic Ventures, RRE Ventures LLC, Sigma Partners and The Westly Group.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: SCVNGR

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Last week SCVNGR raised a $15 million Series C round of funding led by Balderton Capital, with participation from existing investors Highland Capital and Google Ventures. That's on top of its prior $4 million and $825,000 rounds, made in December 2009 and December 2008. Massachusetts-based SCVNGR was founded in 2008.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Groupon

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Groupon's latest round of funding in April drew an impressive $135 million from Digital Sky Technologies, Battery Ventures, Accel Partners, and New Enterprise Associates, among others. million in January 2008. Venture Partners. There's also BuyWithMe, which has raised $22 million from Bain Capital and Matrix Partners.

Let Your Winners Run

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Between 2004 and 2008, we made investments in 21 companies. This does create a bit of an issue in that we raise ten year venture capital funds. Venture Capital and Technology  Then I took questions. This group doesn't spend a ton of time on AVC, Techmeme, Hacker News, or the tech industry in general.

Venture Capital Deal Buzz - Don't Rule Out LivingSocial

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

based Lightspeed Venture Partners. The Series D is in addition to a prior $49 million from Revolution Fund, Grotech Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners, spread across six rounds of investment since it was founded in 2008. By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor. Social shopping competitors are afoot. Amazon, market cap $85.3

@altgate » Blog Archive » Market Timing Is A Skill Not Luck


For subsequent ventures, successful entrepreneurs raise venture capital earlier than do first time entrepreneurs.

The Coming Venture Capital Boom


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Fear is the Mind Killer of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur (we.

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while i don't profess to understand credit or capital markets, i do know that internet startups cost less money than ever to get started.