Now Any Accredited Investor Can Invest in Texas Startups with Capital Factory and AngelList

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For the past decade, Capital Factory has been building a pipeline of tech startups and investment rights and now we’re opening up to everyone through AngelList. Joe Lonsdale relocates 8VC and Jim Breyer relocates Breyer Capital.

Forget Returning The Fund. What Investment Can Return The Firm?

Hunter Walker

There’s an expression in venture capital called “returning the fund.” Of course the assumption in calling this a positive outcome is that you invest much less capital to achieve this return – putting $100m into a single company and getting that amount back wouldn’t be a good investment. This is what is also drives discussions of power law outcomes and getting more capital into your winners.


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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

Both Sides of the Table

But I wanted to call out specific attention to the loneliness of success because it has its own unique flavor. And not that I’m looking for VC sympathy but just know that I know well-known partners who have dealt with the financial pressures of capital calls with no carry checks to show for it, the difficulties of first-time funds, the challenges of fund-raising when one isn’t a brand-name VC and even founder fighting and departures of high-profile colleagues.

My dad said: “Never take on a business partner.”


Rarely is there any formal written agreement memorializing these initial expectations and stating the consequences of non-performance or inability to make capital calls when required. My dad was a smart businessman, even if not formally trained.

How to Do Research on VCs (Written by a VC)

View from Seed

For example, occasionally entrepreneurs will ask things like, “How much capital have you called from your current fund?” For example, when an entrepreneur asks about capital calls, what they really care about is, “Are you guys still actively making new investments at present?” Do Reference Calls. In decades past, VC firms were far less public about their activities and the entire process of interacting with and raising capital from VCs was pretty opaque.

Rolling Closes Versus Synchronous Closes


While there is no shortage of bad behavior among investors (especially at a scene like YC, which has ballooned in size), I definitely know of a seed stage company that was based in the Valley, raised some seed capital with no real lead investors, and moved the team to Europe, worked out of a big castle, pivoted a few times, barely kept investor in the loop, and disbanded eventually. For any investor raising their own funds, you may have to chase down capital calls for each investment.

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11 Things I've learned from running a micro VC in the last year


And then later, when the fund needs money, the fund does a capital call. Typically, capital calls are done over the course of 3 years. So, if let’s say an investor commits to investing $300k into a fund, then on average, that fund will call 1/3 of the money each year over the course of 3 years. The capital calls are not done on a perfectly regular cadence, because sometimes a fund will need money sooner than later.

11 Things I've learned from running a micro VC in the last year


And then later, when the fund needs money, the fund does a capital call. Typically, capital calls are done over the course of 3 years. So, if let’s say an investor commits to investing $300k into a fund, then on average, that fund will call 1/3 of the money each year over the course of 3 years. The capital calls are not done on a perfectly regular cadence, because sometimes a fund will need money sooner than later.

Every founder and startup investor should be contrarian

The Equity Kicker

In the world of startups and venture capital all the money is concentrated in a small number of winners and average returns are probably below zero. Doing better than average requires what Howard Marks of Oaktree Capital called ‘different and better’ thinking in a recent memo to his investors. Forward Partners Venture CapitalIt follows that the average investor will make average returns.

What Makes a Great Independent Board Member?

Both Sides of the Table

We’re an investor in an amazing startup company called Apeel Sciences that creates a film that helps preserve fruit & vegetables with totally organic materials and extends the shelf life by 3+ weeks without using herbicides or pesticides. I’ve also dealt with independent directors where we struggle to get calls scheduled and when we do they are always in a rush to get through the call.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. Many of these businesses were what First Round Capital called FNACs (features, not companies – this acronym has always stuck with me). Broadly speaking this last trend has been healthy as it has brought an increase focus on launching products that you can test with the market and on capital efficiency.

A Time for Change in Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

The bottomline is that this is the worst time in history for the venture capital industry. Here are just a couple that I’ve come across recently: TechCrunch: The End of Venture Capital As We Know It? WSJ: Venture Capital Hits a Cash-Call Crunch. BusinessWeek: What Will the Crisis Mean for Venture Capital? PrivateEquityOnline: Bankrupt WaMu Parent Defaults on Capital Call. The venture capital industry is getting beaten from all sides.

A New Era of Fundraising for Start-Ups, Crowdfunding now Legal and Web-enabled

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Can the right please refrain now from calling him a socialist? Call it democratization of the fund raising market, call it free enterprise, call it access to capital, call it what you will, but it is a trend. It also isn’t going to allow crowdfunding for start-ups with big capital requirements, which is a flaw to this bill.

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The Venture Capital Shakeout

Andrew Payne

The venture capital business is in the middle of a shakeout. LPs missing capital calls (a very big deal). I don’t wish ill-will on any of my venture friends, but I think this is good for everyone in the long run: we’re flushing out a broken, over-capitalized, me-too industry.

Q3 2012 VC Fundraising Data and Conclusions


But I did come across a super post today by Michael Greeley at Flybridge who reported on the just announced Q3 2012 VC fundraising data released by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters. Here it is as a link and in full text: “The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Thomson Reuters released today the 3Q12 VC fundraising data, which is a report I eagerly await as it is a barometer of the health of the VC industry.

How VCs Make Money….Hopefully


First, VCs get capital commitments from limited partners (i.e., That means that it has capital commitments from investors of $100mm. Capital is called when needed for investment, fund expenses or management fee. And, VC1 does not reinvest capital returned (with very few limited exceptions) – VCs are not hedge funds! All capital returned from investment gets paid out. Importantly, GP1 will have also committed investment capital to VC1.

VC Governance FAQ: (10) Are limited partner defaults on capital commitments triggering a wave of lawsuits in the venture industry?

Pascal's View

This is the last in our series of 10 frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships. Susan Mangiero , CEO of Investment Governance’s Fiduciary X , asked me the following: Question: I’ve read that some GPs are suing LPs for not making capital calls. Based upon discussions with industry participants, most institutional LPs have, in fact, met their obligations to make capital calls.

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Keep the Good News Flowing - Pass the JOBS Act, Now

Seeing Both Sides

And, finally, finally, finally, we saw overwhelming bipartisan support from the House of Representatives in support of a bill that will help small businesses raise capital, called the JOBS Act, which passed 390-23 last week and is now being debated in the Senate. Both of these are very important mechansims to encourage more capital to flow into young, innovative companies. Here's the call to action: sign this petition on AngelList and show your support for the bill.

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Chronic Under-financing of EU Start-ups Driven by Mindset

Babbling VC

I personally believe that one of the major drawbacks to venture capital in Europe is chronic under-financing and people skirt around this issue. Even if they enter with a low 2 or 3 million round, they are easily able to scale the business quickly with additional capital. You could of course argue that the lean start-up method doesn't call for much money but this is misleading.

Why Was Winter in Venture Capital Funding so Short?

Both Sides of the Table

It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. billion in venture capital funds with one A-round fund and one late-stage fund. So you have GM investing $500 million in Lyft, BMW starting a $530 million venture fund, Comcast/NBCU investing $200 million into BuzzFeed and even Sesame Street now has a venture capital fund! startup venture-capital

VC Governance FAQ: (8) How can a limited partner exit from a VC fund?

Pascal's View

This is the eighth in our series of ten frequently asked questions from investors in venture capital partnerships. Answer: The options here are limited, and they are (1) the LP can try to sell their interest, including the obligation to fund future capital calls, to a fund that acquires secondary interests. The good news is that a robust market exists for such interests in venture capital partnerships today; or (2) default.

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In The Long Run, We Are All Dead

Seeing Both Sides

GigaOm reports that Sequoia Capital called an all-hands, emergency meeting with its portfolio CEOs to walk through a recommended plan of action. Cut costs, cut projects, raise incremental capital, be proactive and plan for the worst. Every start-up board is having the same conversation these last few weeks: how will this economic crisis affect us and what should we do in our own business?

Death By VC

Venture Chronicles

Throughout my years in the venture capital business I was witness to some questionable behaviors and tactics, which in reality is par for the course in any business, but nothing could have prepared me for what I have seen in the last 2 years. I do want to devote some of this post to defending the VC business on one important point, there are times when a company is not deserving of continued funding and/or should be shut down to preserve investor capital.

The Collapse of the VC Ecosystem & What It Will Look Like Post.


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ProfessorVC: The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic

Professor VC

The Most Important Venture Capital Statistic. million for the year, which is the first time it has been below $5 million since 2001, a sign that capital efficiency will be even more important than it has. Of course, the most important funding statistic to an entrepreneur relates to one specific company, and whether there is sufficient capital available to build and scale his business. Labels: bootstrapping , CFO , Fliqz , venture capital , venture financing.