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.

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

Raising Venture Capital. Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? I hope many will read this and have an answer for the question, “what’s the different between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?” CTO’s max out at about 3.

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Developers of NYC Startup Tour to Visit ff Venture Capital

David Teten

After work on April 18, thirty-five curious developers will visit the ff Venture Capital offices to learn about our fund and listen to technical talks by the founders and technical experts of Parsely and Movable Ink.

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Building your C Level Team


CEO, CTO, etc. The CTO you need at the start will likely not be the same person you need when you’re 100+ people. Growing Big Management CEO CMO CTO Freshbooks Growth stage Management team Scaling shopify Venture Capital

Why Uber is The Revenge of the Founders

Steve Blank

If the founder was lucky, he got to stay as chairman or CTO. In this business environment, hiring a new CEO who had experience growing a company around a single technical innovation was a rational decision for venture investors. Since the initial venture investors had cashed out by selling their stock over the first few years, they had no long-term interest in this outcome. Schmidt had been the CEO of Novell and previously CTO of Sun Microsystems. Venture Capital

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Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

Both Sides of the Table

Back in 1999 when I first raised venture capital I had zero knowledge of what a fair term sheet looked like or how to value my company. I told them that True Ventures had stuck to their brand name and submitted a totally clean term sheet.

Startup America

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The CTO of US, Aneesh Chopra, blogged about it on Techcrunch.  The CTO of US, Aneesh Chopra, blogged about it on Techcrunch. Venture Capital and TechnologyOn Monday , the White House announced Startup America.   My friend Brad Feld was there and blogged about it. I have no involvement with Startup America, at least yet. But I am a fan of it for one simple reason - they are paying attention. Let me explain.

Bad returns be damned: Venture capital fundraising jumps 31 percent in U.S

VENTURE CAPITAL. You are here: Home / Startups / Bad returns be damned: Venture capital fundraising jumps 31 percent in U.S. Bad returns be damned: Venture capital fundraising jumps 31 percent in U.S. Community. GeekWire Events. Startup Resources.

Valuations 101: Scorecard Valuation Methodology


Individual accredited investors in typical angel deals put personal capital at risk for an equity share of growth-oriented, start-up companies. Experience proves that half of these companies will fail (returning nothing or less than capital invested), another 3-4 will provide a modest return on investment of 1X to 5X and one or hopefully two of the ten companies will return 10X to 30X on the initial investment over a five to eight year period of time. – Need venture capital.

Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Realistic Entrprenuers Guide to Venture Capital Seths guide is worth reading - The realistic entrepreneurs guide to venture capital Posted byTony Karrer at 2:43 PM 0comments: Post a Comment Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) About Me Tony Karrer Dr. Tony Karrer is CEO/CTO of TechEmpower , a Los Angeles Web Development firm, and is considered one of the top technologists in e-Learning.

My Partners

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have two and half partners at Union Square Ventures. We had both been in the venture business for more than a decade, had made a fair bit of money, but were still hungry to prove ourselves. It was Brad's idea to write a treatise on venture capital and the internet before we set off to raise our first fund and that exercise we did together continues to be our guding light. He's been a CTO, a VP Engineering, and has run businesses.

Webinar Recap: 14 Tips on How to Pitch and Get Funded

Up and Running

As the former co-founder and CEO of two technology companies, Caroline has experienced both start-up failures and successes, and has raised close to $1 million in investment capital. Are you bringing on some investment capital?

How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

Both Sides of the Table

This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. Your CTO and leading technology visionary has just announced he’s quitting. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Startup Advice

This Week in Venture Capital – Episode 4

Both Sides of the Table

Investors: Matrix (Dana Stadler, who was the CTO of PayPal). Investors: August Capital (David Hornik) (lead) with existing investors Charles River Ventures. ShoeDazzle was already profitable and growing and had already taken capital from Polaris Ventures and Crosscut Ventures.

Dharmesh Shah, CTO of HubSpot at Business of Software 2011. Building Big Ass Software Businesses.

Business of Software Blog

Dharmesh Shah is the founder and CTO of HubSpot , a venture-backed software company offering a hosted software service for inbound marketing. And by the way, HubSpot raised another $32 million since the last time to bring the total to $65 million of venture capital in terms of updates, so… I know something about raising venture capital now. Dharmesh Shah - Building Big Ass Software Businesses: Insights and musings on the Business of Software.

The Other Amazon Deal this week. Drupal founder attracts over $100 Million in 3 months.

Scalable Startup

I have no doubt he will, for he is a true “Startup CEO”, even though his title is CTO at Acquia. Angel Investor Drupal founder PHP Revenue Growth SaaS Scalability startup startup CEO venture Cash Flow CEOing leadership scalability tom nora venture capital As further market proof of the power of Drupal in the enterprise, Acquia has received about $100 million in funding in the past 3 months, which puts its valuation at over $1 billion. link].

Tracking the Hiring Funnel

This is going to be BIG.

If you know your team is doing 3-5 phone interviews a day, have a half hour or an hour blocked out each afternoon or right after work as the CTO that can be booked by others for interviews. Venture Capital & Technology

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Teach 'Em to Tinker

This is going to be BIG.

There was a CTO in the room who had a fifty plus person tech team and so I asked him, "How many of your developers learned their trade in the classroom versus being essentially self taught?". Venture Capital & Technology The other day, I took part in a forum about technology education in Brooklyn. So much of the focus was on how to produce usable software developers inside the four walls of a classroom.

Startup CTO Top 30 Posts for April


Some great posts from April 2010 that talk to me in terms of being a CTO at a Startup. Redeye VC , April 13, 2010 Startup Development - SoCal CTO , April 23, 2010 Want to Know the Difference Between a CTO and a VP Engineering?

Israeli Startup Wanova Raises $10 million in Series B

VC Cafe

The round was led entirely by previous backers: the Israeli offices of Greylock Partners and Carmel Ventures , as well as US fund Opus Capital. Wanova was founded by Dr Issy Ben-Shaul (CTO) and Ilan Kessler.

How many co-founders should you have?


But less than 10% of venture exits come by way of an IPO. A CEO, CTO and a third wild card. Growing Big Management Venture Capital Blockstream co-founders My friend Austin announced yesterday that his company, Blockstream , just raised a $ 21M ‘seed’ round.

Business As Usual: Onavo, VideoSurf and Kaminario Raise Funding

VC Cafe

Below are three recent founding rounds in Israeli venture-backed companies. 1) Onavo Mobile raised $3 million in its first round led by Sequoia Capital and Magma Venture Partners. Below are three recent founding rounds in Israeli venture-backed companies.

Ionic Security Raises $9.4m from Kleiner Perkins, Tech Operators, ff Venture Capital

David Teten

I met Adam Ghetti , Founder/CTO, at the first Flashpoint Demo Day in New York in early 2012 at Union Square Ventures. Atlanta ff Venture Capital Ionic Security I couldn’t be more excited to share that one of our portfolio companies, Ionic Security (formerly Social Fortress), has raised $9.4 million in Series A1 funding, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, with TechOperators, Ken Levine, and Dr. Paul Judge also participating.

On Patterns

This is going to be BIG.

I understand the pause people feel when you look at a startup bio page and you notice that the CTO is female. In fact, I'd venture to say you'd be a little less human if you didn't--because it is simply that: different than what you are used to. Venture Capital & TechnologyThe person who is sitting across from you in the conference room, more and more often, doesn't look like you. Neither does the person who gets off at your subway stop. The PTA Board is changing, too.

Venture Cyclist: You know you're not a startup if?

Venture Cyclist

Venture Cyclist. Venture Capitalist and Cyclist, hence Venture Cyclist. You know you’re not a startup if… Guest Post by Sean Lindsay [When asked by BostInno to define what makes a startup, Sean Lindsay ( @rseanlindsay ), cofounder and CTO of Sigma company Viximo , and founder of Founder Mentors , came up with the following (published originally here ). I work at Sigma Partners Venture Capital in Boston MA.

Los Angeles Startup Community


Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

The CEO Whisperer

Feld Thoughts

It was “CTO Whisperer.” And for those who don’t know Jerry’s past, he was an extremely successful venture capitalist, founding Flatiron Partners with Fred Wilson in the mid-1990s before retiring from venture capital in the early 2000′s.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010


Both Sides of the Table , July 22, 2010 An updated Digital Trends presentation - Jeff Hilimire , June 2, 2010 I do what I hate - Jessica Mah , January 7, 2010 Startup Equity Allocation - , January 11, 2010 When good investment decisions end up backing more women CEOs: Conversation with Cameron Lester at Azure Capital. Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc.

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Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO

Web Startup Lessons Advice from a CTO and Entrepreneur Home About Startup Advice: When to Use a Consulting CTO There are not many to be found. He or she might call himself a “consulting CTO,&# “freelance CTO,&# “on-demand CTO,&# “CTO on call,&# “CTO for hire,&# or just a “technology strategy advisor.&# Investors use a consulting CTO for technical due diligence. Reply Was muss ein CTO tun?

Los Angeles Startup Community


Venture Capital As long as I'm pulling this together, here are some venture capital firms in Los Angeles that can help get you wired in. I was just talking with someone who's new to Los Angeles and wanting to connect into the Los Angeles Startup Community. I told them that I had recently seen several posts/articles talking about how vibrant the community has become. As is usual, I couldn't remember where I had seen those posts.

A Glimpse: My American Dream


This is MY American dream…and I applaud the administration, including my good friend and US CTO Aneesh Chopra, and all the organizations taking part in Startup America for highlighting and enabling the promise that exists in each individual. Emerging Markets Entrepreneurship Mobile Startups Technology Venture Capital Women immigration india africa emerging markets startup america silicon valley venture capital innovation

Attracting a CTO to your startup

links » Attracting a CTO to your startup Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 05:29AM by Charlie ODonnell Businesspeople ask me all the time how to find a technical partner for a startup.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Amount of venture funding provided. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder. Of course, all co-founders need to remember that allocated percentages will be diluted as angel and venture capital investors are brought in.

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Is Going for Rapid Growth Always Good? Aren’t Startups So Much More?

Both Sides of the Table

Viewing the article through the lens of a venture capitalist there’s much to agree with under the mantra of “growth!” He also nails the reason why venture capital is still necessary to grow large businesses quickly in a world where the costs of running startups have fallen dramatically. After all, growth equals high valuations and loads of venture capital! Ryan Lissack is the CTO of Maker Studios.

Retro: My Favorite Blog Post on Raising VC

Both Sides of the Table

Another called Parker Harris, the co-founder and CTO. On December 3rd Brad Feld wrote a one paragraph blog post titled “ Raising Venture Capital &# in which he linked to my blog. The Original Post (after the jump): Venture Capital, By Mark Suster (December 2nd, 2006). I don’t plan to write the authoritative venture capital blog, just some anecdotes. Thus is venture capital. Thus begins the venture capital dance.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

In response, venture capital firms like Sequoia and Andreessen/Horowitz are hiring new partners just to work with their portfolio companies and match them to corporations. Not all new ventures are at the same stage of maturity.

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.

Lightspeed is growing our Consumer Investing team

Lightspeed Venture Partners

We announced $1.2bn of committed capital in our latest fund family last month and four of us have been listed on the CB Insights/NY Times list of top 100 Venture Capitalists. In addition, Jon Steinberg has also joined us, as a Venture Partner. I joined Lightspeed ten years ago.


Stories of Opportunity from the First Round Capital Key Hire Wire – VP of Sales, CTO, VP of Engineering

This is going to be BIG.

CTO, Modcloth – San Francisco, CA (corrected from e-mail version) Remember that girl from back home? That girl now has now has 200,000 paying customers and a profitable run rate of over $40M within 18 months of raising capital. VP of Engineering, AppNexus - New York, NY "It's over a billion ad impressions a day, we got a full tank of venture capital, half a pack of cigarettes, the future of ad networks is dark, and we're wearing sunglasses."

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

Steve Blank

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. Alexander Osterwalder joined us for the opening day, and Oren Jacob , ex-CTO of Pixar joined us for a finale.