Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?


Sequoia is agile, yet disciplined. They’ve taken the classic venture capital playbook and out-executed just about everyone. Google Ventures , a co-investor alongside Sequoia in HubSpot’s series D, is one such firm. The folks at Google Ventures are smart.

GBP | Dirk Paessler | How to Grow & Stay Agile. Part 1: Top 6 Business Decisions

Business of Software Blog

How to Grow and Stay Agile – Top 6 Business Decisions. Managing growth “guided by culture” beats having a lot of venture capital (VC) money anytime, because we are driven by purpose, not burn-rate. BoS Insights Agile business Culture growth hiring

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When Hell Froze Over – in the Harvard Business Review

Steve Blank

There was nothing suggesting that startups and new ventures needed their own tools and techniques, different from those written about in HBR or taught in business schools. “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” ” Groucho Marx.

“Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch

Steve Blank

Tell the Story of the Journey The company got to a point where additional capital was needed to expand just to keep up with the business (a warehouse/shipping center collocated with UPS, etc.) Lessons Learned” – A New Type of Venture Capital Pitch [.]

Eureka! A New Era for Scientists and Engineers

Steve Blank

The combination of Venture Capital and technology entrepreneurship is one of the great business inventions of the last 50 years. And they’ll do this using the business model / customer development / agile development solution stack. Lean LaunchPad Teaching Venture Capita

How to Impress Angel Investors and Make It into “Startup Heaven”

Up and Running

Before I jump in and share the secrets of how to impress angel investors, I should tell you what an angel investor is, and how they differ from venture capitalists. Angels vs. venture capitalists. Angels differ from venture capitalists in many ways.

Startup Founder Agreements

High Contrast

I have been thinking a lot recently about how to apply agile development principles to investing and key aspects of startup development such as team building. Both stem from the agile principle of delaying decisions until the last responsible moment. The first post is about agile startup fundraising. The follow-on post is about agile startup team building. of the fully-diluted capitalization of the company.

Startup Suicide – Rewriting the Code

Steve Blank

The benefits of customer and agile development and minimum features set are continuous customer feedback, rapid iteration and little wasted code. Ironically it becomes the antithesis of agile. Filed under: Customer Development , Technology , Venture Capital. Customer Development Technology Venture CapitalBut over time if developers aren’t careful, code written to find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling.

The Agile Board

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Mark Suster wrote a post about boards of directors last week in which he coined the phrase "the agile board." They are agile boards who add significant value. Like Mark, I prefer the agile board and I think an active and engaged board ultimately works out much better for the entrepreneur and the company he or she is building. So go read Mark's post and learn about how to create an agile board. Tags: Venture Capital and Technology

Make No Little Plans – Defining the Scalable Startup

Steve Blank

Now with customers and early revenue, it was out raising its first round of venture money. In fact, Google’s offer for $15 Million was equal to the highest valuation from the venture firms. Lets take venture capital and grow this thing into a real business.”. They used Customer and Agile development to search for a scalable and repeatable business model to become a large company. Taking venture money was just a means to an end. Make no little plans.

How Scientists and Engineers Got It Right, and VC’s Got It Wrong

Steve Blank

While this signaled that investments in technology companies could be very lucrative, both Shockley and Fairchild could only be funded through corporate partners – there was no venture capital industry. government backed venture firms and limited partnerships. A wave of innovation was about to meet a pile of risk capital. For the next two decades venture capital invested in things that ran on electrons: hardware, software and silicon.

Small Ball

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

As the venture capital business and entrepreneurs are increasingly bulking up in terms of fund sizes (VCs) and round sizes (entrepreneurs), I am decidedly a fan of small ball. These companies focused on a revenue/business model at launch, they kept their headcounts low until they had scale/traction in their usage, and they reinvested the profits back into scaling the business instead of external capital. It is hard to return capital to your investors in the VC business.

The 47th (-46) International Business Model Competition

Steve Blank

This startup search process is the business model / customer development / agile development solution stack. A business model competition would emulate the “out of the building” experience of real entrepreneurs executing the customer development / business model / agile stack.

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Why Board Meetings Suck – Part 1 of 2

Steve Blank

As customer and agile development reinvent the Startup, it’s time to ask why startup board governance has not kept up with the pace of innovation. The combination of Venture Capital and technology startups is only about 50 years old.

Reinventing the Board Meeting – Part 1 of 2

Steve Blank

As customer and agile development reinvent the Startup, it’s time to ask why startup board governance has not kept up with the pace of innovation. The combination of Venture Capital and technology startups is only about 50 years old.

boldstart ventures in 2014 – our ethos


With a focus on seed investing in the mobile, agile, and smart enterprise and business models that harness the power of network effects, our entrepreneurs have successfully been able to raise over $200 million of financing following our initial seed investment. focus on the mobile, agile, and smart enterprise". Here at BOLDstart, we believe we are still at the very beginnings of this consumerization trend in the enterprise and hence our focus on the “mobile and agile enterprise.”

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Hacking Venture Capital: A Taxonomy

Brad Hargreaves

Brad Hargreaves | startup adventures in nyc a blog by Brad Hargreaves HOME Me Press HOME Uncategorized Hacking Venture Capital: A Taxonomy Hacking Venture Capital: A Taxonomy Over the last few years (and especially the last few months, it seems), I’ve seen a proliferation of new firms iterating on the traditional venture capital model. The following is a rough oversimplification of the way venture capital currently works.

The best vesting schedule

High Contrast

A comment to my VentureHacks article on building agile founding teams asked about an alternative vesting schedule proposed by Basil Peters , a successful super-angel. Tags: VC Venture Capital startups vesting vesting schedules There is no such thing as the best or optimal vesting schedule in a startup. That doesn’t mean current vesting schedules are really good but it does mean that many of the so-called best alternatives are not much better. No such thing as best.

Bitesize Monday: eToro, Covertix, Iway, Tawkon, Grouper….

VC Cafe

million round of investment led by Spark Capital, Social Leverage (who also backed Yaron Samid’s Bill Guard) and other existing investors. Covertix , an information security firm has raised an undiclosed amount in its second round led by Kima Ventures.

Innovation, Change and the Rest of Your Life

Steve Blank

the wave of semiconductor startups in the 1960’s/70’s, the emergence of Venture Capital as a professional industry, the personal computer revolution in 1980’s, the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s and finally. The flood of risk capital into startups at a size and scale that was not only unimaginable at its start, but in the middle of the 20 th century would have seemed laughable. First, Venture Capital and angel investing is no longer a U.S.

Super Angels Are A Boon To Startups Needing Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact angel investors now fund over 60 times as many companies, according the Center for Venture Research.

Do You Have What it Takes To Be a Business Leader?

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business has to start with a leader – someone to drive through the thousand unknowns of every new venture, no matter how big the opportunity, or how amazing the technology. In business, this agility is called “street smarts,” and is a coveted attribute.

The Phoenix Project


But even if you are agile, lean, and practice continuous deployment, it’s still a good read as it provides reminders of what the world used to be like and what the manufacturing-rooted theories are behind these “new” techniques in software development.

Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lite

Steve Blank

The SBIR/STTR program made ~6,200 seed stage investments in 2014, dwarfing the seed investments made by venture capital. startups that don’t fit whatever’s hot in venture capital. I’ve known Edmund Pendleton from the University of Maryland as the Director of the D.C.

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Intel Disrupted: Why large companies find it difficult to innovate, and what they can do about it

Steve Blank

As a consequence, corporations used metrics like return on net assets (RONA), return on capital deployed, and internal rate of return (IRR) to measure efficiency. Risk capital has provided financing for new ideas in the form of startups.

The Zen of fundraising

High Contrast

Agile ideology. Tags: FastIgnite VC Venture Capital startups agile angel investing seed investing When investing in companies through FastIgnite , I usually sell my super-secret value-add as opposed to just cash. See, cash is not that hard to get if you know how to ask for it and there aren’t any obvious reasons for investors to say “no.&#.

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups


This site aggregates and filters content from thought leaders who talk about topics such as Marketing , Sales , Design , Revenue , Hiring , Social Media , Business Models , Metrics , PR , Venture Capital , Angel Investors , Bootstrapping , Incubators , Agile and many others.

The Top 4 Wrong Reasons to Seek Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Indeed, there is a time and place in every new venture where even a bootstrapping entrepreneur should consider bringing on investors. If one of the top venture-capital firms invests in your startup, your potential for success will be boosted by the association.

Welcome to the Lost Decade (for Entrepreneurs, IPO’s and VC’s)

Steve Blank

If you take funding from a venture capital firm or angel investor and want to build a large, enduring company (rather than sell it to the highest bidder), this isn’t the decade to do it. During the decade between 1991 and 2000, nearly 2000 venture backed companies went public.

Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment

Steve Blank

I spent two weeks of December in Chile as a guest of Professor Cristóbal García, Director of EmprendeUC at the Catholic University of Chile , which just signed up a 3-year collaboration partnership with Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program. Venture Capital.

Reinventing the Board Meeting – Part 2 of 2 – Virtual Valley Ventures

Steve Blank

A revolution has taken hold as customer development and agile engineering reinvent the Startup process. Reinventing the board meeting may allow venture-backed startups a more efficient, productive way to direct and measure their search for a profitable business model.

The Government Starts an Incubator: The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps

Steve Blank

We taught them the business model / customer development / agile development solution stack. We recruited two veteran Venture Capital partners to be part of the 10-week teaching team: Jon Feiber , at Mohr Davidow and John Burke of True Ventures.

Startup Resources


Venture Capital Cafe > Startup Resources (Updated Mar 2013). Agile project management tool that enables real time collaboration. Agile project management. agile product management. agile product management and Scrum tool. Agile eLearning. capital.

Five common misconceptions about building a startup in New York City

This is going to be BIG.

The simple fact of the matter is that most startups seeking angel or vc capital just don’t receive it—and that’s just anywhere. It’s often some combination of the idea not being big enough to sustain a venture exit or the company just not being appropriate for venture financing.

StartupRoar.com – A Source Of Aggregated, Curated Entrepreneurial Content


You’ll find content categorized into different topics such as Marketing , Sales , Design , Revenue , Hiring , Social Media , Business Models , Metrics , PR , Venture Capital , Angel Investors , Bootstrapping , Incubators , Agile and many others.

When It’s Darkest Men See the Stars

Steve Blank

the wave of semiconductor startups in the 1960’s/70’s, the emergence of venture capital as a professional industry, the personal computer revolution in 1980’s, the rise of the Internet in the 1990’s and finally. The New Structure of the Venture Capital industry.

Opportunities in Smart Wearables [Webinar Invitation]

Growthink Blog

In his words, he focuses on the intersection of “Mobile + Digital + Apps + IoT + Wearables + UX + Cloud + Enterprise + Monetization + Government + Agile.” Based in Silicon Valley, the company has raised over $13 million in funding, including from Khosla Ventures.

Who Dares Wins – The 2nd Annual International Business Model Competition

Steve Blank

When venture capital teamed up with technology entrepreneurs in the 1960’s they brought with them the canonical MBA planning tool – the business plan. So what did the venture industry do? They kept insisting startups write business plans as the price of entry to venture funding.

Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?


Raising Venture Capital. They know how to estimate work units, how to manage the agile development process and how to get the most out of their teams. As the CEO you can personally help manage deadlines and the Agile process. Raising Venture Capital (12).

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The Rise of the Lean VC – Consumer Internet Gets Its Own Investors

Steve Blank

Consumer Internet investing seems to have split off from traditional Venture Capital, and is creating a new category of VC’s: Lean VC’s. I think you can blame Customer and Agile Development for a small part of it. Electron-based Venture Capital.