Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Most VCs did well academically and had enough career success that a venture firm was willing to give them an investment role or they were able to raise their own fund. Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business.

It’s Morning in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Many observers of the venture capital industry have questioned whether its best days are behind it. Cloud computing and the open source movements have brought down the costs of starting a company by more than 90%. The number of venture capital funds has shrunk by two-thirds.

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Vyze Lands $13.1 Million in Venture Capital


Vyze, a cloud-based financial technology company, has raised $13.1 million in venture capital to accelerate its growth and expand into new markets. Austin Ventures with additional investment from Fathom Capital and Starvest Partners led the Series C financing round. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. The company, founded in 2008, has raised $48.1 million including the latest funding round. As part […].

Cloud Europe 2017: The Factory is Cranking

Cracking the Code

Findings were presented at Cloud Europe, an Accel and Salesforce event gathering the top 100 SaaS companies in Europe, in conjunction with SaaStock 2017. AI Cloud Computing SaaS software Venture Capital

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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. The Emergence of “Open Cloud&# Infrastructure.

Clouds on the horizon

The Equity Kicker

Through much of last year there was talk of a bubble in venture capital, particularly in late stage investments. Information flows slowly in the venture world, at least compared with public markets, and changes like this take time to play out. Worse from a venture perspective is that GoPro and Fitbit have both seen huge falls in their share prices recently, adding concerns about exit potential in specific categories to fears about the market generally. Venture Capita

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Why You Don't Need Venture Capital

Inc Startups

So often, young entrepreneurs think the viability of their fledgling company depends on their ability to intrigue investors and raise capital. But the truth is, raising capital is often a pipe dream. Don't get discouraged, though: Raising capital should be the least of your concerns. And pitching your company to venture capitalists is about as effective as chasing clouds. This is not to say that capital is not an integral part of expanding your company.

The Coming Brick Wall in Venture Capital & Why This is Good for US Innovation

Both Sides of the Table

This is the final part of a 3-part series on the major changes in the structure of the software & the venture capital industries. Or the Cliff Note’s version: Open Source & Cloud Computing (led by Amazon) drove down tech startup costs by 90%.

Beer Kegs and the Future of Venture Capital: What It Means for Entrepreneurs

Genuine VC

Last September I wrote a post outlining my view of the venture capital industry: increasingly evolving like the beer industry as it continues to mature. And much like the emergence of microbreweries specializing in craft beer, new Micro VCs (disclosure: like my own firm NextView Ventures ) are thriving by specializing along at least one or more of these three dimensions (geo, sector, stage) with a unique offering for a specific subset of entrepreneurs.

The disruption of venture capital

The Equity Kicker

Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger wrote a post yesterday about the disruption of venture capital which lists the changes afoot: Information about VCs on the internet. In the mid-1990s VCs began to have websites, but there were no good resources for entrepreneurs to find out about the venture capital process and learn about individual firms or partners.

The CIA's Venture Capital Arm Invests in Two Cloud-Computing Companies

Inc Startups

The two San Francisco-based startups, Mesosphere and Docker, are said to be valued at or above $1 billion

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.

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank

So to illustrate this they drew these adjacent markets as a cloud surrounding their company. Then they annotated the private companies with the amount of private capital they had raised. Filed under: Customer Development , Teaching , Venture Capital.

Why Dropbox Is A Major Disruption

Many firms, including my firm Benchmark Capital, participated. android Apple Internet iphone Mobile Uncategorized Venture Capital Web/Tech cloud dropbox sync synchBack in October, Techcrunch announced that Dropbox had raised $250mm at a seemingly absurd valuation. When this happened, many people asked us why this was a special company that would cause us to break our standard investment paradigm.

Top Venture Capital Deals of 2012

Inc Startups

The past twelve months didn’t offer the rush of new venture capital funding many had hoped for. “We didn’t see many deals where venture guys were fighting to get in.

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 2

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

By Igor Sill, Managing Director of Geneva Venture Management LLC. The emergence of Software-as-a-Service and Cloud computing are major tectonic shifts occurring in the global software ecosystem. Venture capital enables and to a great extent, propels this entrepreneurial innovation.

A return to the clouds

Hazard Lights

I was at the GigaOm Structure conference last week which provided me with an opportunity to reflect on trends in the cloud computing world and how my thoughts on the market opportunities and trends have changed since I last wrote about this market in depth almost three years ago. Observations that in hindsight I got right include: The advent of cloud computing is a fundamental architectural shift that will create numerous opportunities up and down the enterprise IT landscape.

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When Products People Love Die in the Cloud

This is going to be BIG.

In a cloud world, software has a continuous cost of upkeep. Seed investing is a risk, and while things are playing out really well at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures , the portfolio is simply not going to have 100% success rate. Venture Capital & Technology My dad, after a 20 year career as a New York City firefighter, went back to school and became an accountant.

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Venture Capital Deal Buzz:

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Venture capitalists have their heads in the clouds. Virtual clouds, that is. Over the past year, cloud-storage startups have collected round after round of venture backing at increasingly rich valuations, and they're showing no signs of slowing down. One of the most well-funded cloud startups in that crowded sky is million in venture backing across six rounds. Venture; that round valued the company at $66.5

Venture Capital Deal Buzz: Zendesk

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Since it's founding in 2007, Zendesk has raised $25 million in venture backing. In 2009, the company logged $6 million in equity from Benchmark Capital and Charles River Ventures in a Series B round (previously the company raised an undisclosed Series A from Charles River Ventures). Zendesk has been lumped in with San Francisco-based Huddle and San Francisco-based Yammer, both of which raised capital in the last year. By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor.

What We Are Seeing

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The capital markets are finite at some level. The conventional wisdom is that 10-20% of venture funds produce 100% of the returns in the asset class. Given the massive amount of angel capital that has come into the market in the past few years, I wonder if we are seeing some cooling of that market as all the new investors take stock of where they are and where they want to go next. Venture Capital and Technology

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#KillerSaaSPitch in 10 Words (Part 1)

Cracking the Code

Last month, I attended the SaaS Founder Meetup organized by Point Nine Capital in Berlin. A venture investor typically owns 20% of a company (an amount that will ideally yield a meaningful return for the fund). Cloud Computing Fundraising SaaS Venture Capital

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. However, four critical advances over the past decade (cloud, accelerators, Lean, and Angels) not only changed the math for tech investing but made regional tech clusters possible. The cloud , open-source development tools and web 2.0

Krimmeni Technologies Lands $11.7 Million in Venture Capital


million in Series A funding from Third Point Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners. The startup makes ultra-secure communications technology for Cloud-based data centers and focuses on the Internet of Things market. As a result of the deal, Third Point Ventures Managing Partner Robert […] The post Krimmeni Technologies Lands $11.7 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Episode 5: Alex Blumberg, Business Credit, and Cloud-Based Subscription Services

Up and Running

Cloud-based Subscription Services (with Levi King) – (21:30). Almost a year in to it and you have great venture capital investment and you guys are growing, do you look back at that conversation in any different way? Alex Blumberg at Internet Week in New York.

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The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

In the stealth phase , prescient angel investors and Venture Capitalists (VCs) start investing in an industry or market segment that others have not yet found. In the case of this bubble, it was social networks, consumer and mobile applications, and the cloud. Venture Capital

Gravitant Raises $10 Million in Venture Funding


Gravitant, which makes software for companies to manage their cloud services, announced Wednesday that it has received $10 million in Series B funding. Corsa Ventures led the round and was joined by existing investor S3 Ventures. The Austin-based company plans to use the money to expand its sales and marketing, to fulfill customer orders and […] The post Gravitant Raises $10 Million in Venture Funding appeared first on SiliconHills.

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Venture Capital Firm Ventech Expands Into Scandinavia


French Venture Capital firm Ventech expands towards the Nordics to reach innovative new companies. Hot list for 2016 could include public or hybrid cloud transition, vertical SaaS deployments, natively mobile services and fintech or insurtech,” hints Mennander.

Introducing our new venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz

Marc Andreessen

My partner Ben Horowitz and I are delighted to announce the formation of our new venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz, and our first fund — $300 million in size — aimed purely at investing in the best new entrepreneurs, products, and companies in the technology industry. Through all this, we have worked closely together for 15 years, and we could not be more excited to extend our partnership into venture capital.

The $10 million Photo and other VC Stories

Steve Blank

When we were trying to raise money for E.piphany, my last startup, I was negotiating with a venture capital firm called Infinity Capital. Filed under: E.piphany , Venture Capital. E.piphany Venture Capital

The 50 Most Promising Israeli Startups in 2016

VC Cafe

The ranking was put together by soliciting feedback from some of Israel’s top venture funds, including Carmel Ventures, Aleph, 83 North, Magma, Battery Ventures, Innovation Endeavors, Marker and others. Ctera – Private cloud for corporates (Raised $45M). - areas of interest

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Here is the tag cloud: There are some redundant terms in the tag cloud (ie startups/startup), so I put the tags into a spreadsheet and cleaned it up a bit. vc/venture capital. cloud.     cloud. Venture Capital and Technology

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Megatrend Crosscurrents

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Cloud - A third of Netflix' new subscribers are opting for the streaming only plan. Capital has come gushing into the venture capital and startup sector. Venture Capital and TechnologyIt is an exciting time to be an entrpreneur and an investor in tech startups. The history of tech investing is a series of waves or megatrends that come one after another. Mainframes to minicomputers to PCs to client server to Internet, for example.

Seeing Through the Fog

Inc Startups

Here's how to take an emerging idea out of the clouds. Venture CapitalIt's not easy finding the perfect business opportunity.

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A Better Way To Ask For Investor Intros

Seed Stage Capital

It’s a reasonable request, but unless I’ve just finished lunching with an investor who specifically mentioned that she is looking for a “cloud-based-big-data-streaming-content-gamification-platform-for-RIM-tablets,” the answer is probably the somewhat dismissive “I’ll keep an eye out.”.

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky

He bootstrapped the company in New York for five years before raising venture capital from high-quality investors like Jeff Bezos and Union Square Ventures, then managed the business to a successful sale to Adobe in 2012. Scott remained at Adobe, managing the deep integration of Behance into the Adobe Creative Cloud and leading Adobe’s innovative mobile product efforts. entrepreneur Finance startup Venture Capital Web/Tech Entreprenuer VC


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

So he asked us for the seed capital to build a team and build that product. Brewster builds you a new address book that runs on your phone and also in the cloud. mobile Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechTwenty years into the personal technology revolution and we are still using address books that work pretty much like physical address books. It makes no sense.

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.

The rise of the female founder

Version One Ventures

venture capital deals go to women founders and CEOs. Business Insider recently crunched the numbers behind 26 of the top venture capital funds in Silicon Valley and learned that the percentage of female-founded startups in their portfolios ranged from a high of 19% to a low of just 4%. And an interesting study found that women-run private tech companies are more capital-efficient and bring in a 35% higher return on investment (and 12% higher when venture backed).

Venture Capital Survey Silicon Valley Second Quarter 2011

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background Fenwick & West LLP analyzed the terms of venture financings for 117 companies headquartered in Silicon Valley that reported raising money in the second quarter of 2011. The Fenwick & West Venture Capital Barometer showed an average price increase of 71% in 2Q11, up from the 52% increase registered in 1Q11. The second quarter of 2011 was generally a strong quarter for the venture capital industry, with the most notable result being an improved IPO market.