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Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Fundamentally venture capital is about human capital. Venture Capital is a people business. Nothing fancier.

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. This article originally ran on PEHub.

Sustainable startup growth and venture capital

The Equity Kicker

On Friday it seemed like everyone in the venture capital industry was again reading about market turmoil, this time the news is that angel investors are pulling back and valuations taking a hit. I read it too, because it’s a big deal. The best startups capture all the returns so focusing too much on entry valuation is a mistake.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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So it’s unsurprising that typical “A rounds&# of venture capital were $5-10 million. Rewind. These are very different.

The Cloud

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote a blog post yesterday about my move to the cloud.   It's pretty clear from reading the comments on both places that moving to the cloud is something many have done, many more are doing, and a few are resisting. There are two issues that were raised again and again about the cloud, reliability and security.

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Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Open cloud led by Amazon with their AWS services drove total operating costs down by 90%. Or at least venture-style returns. Funny, that.

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. Those venture firms firms caught in the middle without the scale of a large firm and without the focused strategy of a Micro will continue to wane. So what’s going on?

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.

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. Startup costs have fallen – open source software and cloud computing have driven startup costs down by a factor of 10. Forward

Top Venture Capital Deals of 2012

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The past twelve months didn’t offer the rush of new venture capital funding many had hoped for. Here are seven of the biggest.

A New Way to Look at Competitors

Steve Blank

So to illustrate this they drew these adjacent markets as a cloud surrounding their company. 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.

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. In no other locale will you find the combination of all these factors. Igor M.

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

VC Cafe

Perfecto’s Mobile Handset Cloud is available on Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, NEC, Blackberry, RIM and most Android devices.

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. The cloud will be a huge enabler of innovation.

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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. million in venture backing across six rounds. million.

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). By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor.

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

Up and Running

Cloud-based Subscription Services (with Levi King) – (21:30). It’s obviously, you install it but it’s also cloud based.

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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. Investors are moving into new areas like cloud, peer to peer marketplaces, and trying to take what worked in consumer into the enterprise. 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. Cloud Computing Fundraising SaaS Venture Capital

Venture Capital Firm Ventech Expands Into Scandinavia


French Venture Capital firm Ventech expands towards the Nordics to reach innovative new companies.

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. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. The cloud , open-source development tools and web 2.0 What’s Missing Is Early Stage 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. Austin Cloud Corsa Ventures Gravitant S3 Ventures Series B software venture capital

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The Next Bubble – Don’t Get Fooled Again

Steve Blank

In the case of this bubble, it was social networks, consumer and mobile applications, and the cloud. Filed under: Venture Capital.

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. Trust is essential to building a great company.

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 He wasn''t alone. In the desktop software world, you could do that.

Cuba 16 - areas of interest

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

vc/venture capital. cloud.     cloud. Venture Capital and Technology startups. bitcoin. google.

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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. It is the world in your pocket.

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. entrepreneur Finance startup Venture Capital Web/Tech Entreprenuer VC

The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1] ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1]. I co-founded NextView Ventures , a seed-stage VC firm based in Boston, in 2010.

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.

A Better Way To Ask For Investor Intros

Seed Stage Capital

The email you write should go something like this: “Hi Nathan, I see you are connected to Lewis at ACME Ventures. Indeed, I love making intros.

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. billion.


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/TechIt makes no sense. I had never seen anything like it. He was obsessed with relationships and managing them.

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%. Related articles.

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. By Barry J.

The 50 Most Promising Israeli Startups in 2016

VC Cafe

Ctera – Private cloud for corporates (Raised $45M). Image credit: Kosher OC Magazine. Billion. 150M each). Want to get more?

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. million in venture funding over five rounds. By Erin Griffith, Contributing Editor. If you, like me, fear the robot apocalypse, fear no more.

Turning a Failed VC Pitch Into a New Connection and Future Business

Up and Running

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