A Few Funny Characters You'll Find In Silicon Valley

OnStartups

Here’s a quick review of a few of the entrepreneurial archetypes you’ll meet in Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley was literally built by this cohort; without them, it wouldn’t exist. The following is a guest post by Nathan Beckord.

There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley is world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing companies and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. My view is that there are only two places for entrepreneurs to thrive in the world: (1) the Valley and (2) everyplace else.

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There Is Only ONE Silicon Valley

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Silicon Valley is a very special place – the nucleus of high-growth, high technology entrepreneurship in the US, indeed, in the world. The Valley produces world-class entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and successful high-tech companies – all growing and creating jobs on one relatively small peninsula. The Valley has been a unique place for over half a century. Still, the competition in the Valley is fierce.

On Geography

K9 Ventures

I’ve already written about why I want the whole team to be in one location, but in that post, I didn’t address why I want the entire team to be in Silicon Valley. Most people, and especially those outside the Valley, think that the reason for this geographical constraint is because “Investors are lazy,” or, “They want their portfolio companies to be within driving distance.” In my view, the Valley often swings too far with this one.

On Geography

K9 Ventures

I’ve already written about why I want the whole team to be in one location, but in that post, I didn’t address why I want the entire team to be in Silicon Valley. Most people, and especially those outside the Valley, think that the reason for this geographical constraint is because “Investors are lazy,” or, “They want their portfolio companies to be within driving distance.” In my view, the Valley often swings too far with this one.

A Venture Capital History Perspective From Jack Tankersley

Feld Thoughts

The key reason for the explosion in capital flowing into the industry, and therefore the large increase in practitioners, had nothing to do with 1970’s performance, early stage investing, or technology. Some were Silicon Valley early stage companies, such as Apple, Quantum, and Masstor Systems. As dollars flowed into the industry, cooperation was replaced by competition, to the detriment of deal flow, due diligence, ability to add value and, of course, returns.

Burnham's Beat: Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley.

Burnham's Beat

« Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley | Main. SkyGrid and the Emergence of Flow-Based Search » 02/05/2008. Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley: Take II. Marc Andreessen has posted a very thoughtful rebuttal to my argument (as well as Freds and few others) that the Microsoft/Yahoo deal is a potentially a bad thing for Silicon Valley. Microsoft/Yahoo: A Bad Deal For Silicon Valley: Take II.

The LP Opportunity to Change Tech Culture

thebarefootvc

Over the past month, Silicon Valley has been at the forefront of many conversations outside of the technology world. This tends to reinforce the lack of diversity in deal flow. My question: how do we know there isn’t a female founder outside of Silicon Valley that can build a business that’s 10x of what we’ve seen before? Unfortunately not for groundbreaking technology, but for rampant sexual harassment and predatory behavior.

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Where To Find The Most Angels To Fund Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

This software platform is used by most local Angel organizations for managing deal flow. The Founding Chapter is in Silicon Valley, California, (naturally).

Start Here if You are Looking for Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

This software platform is used by most local Angel organizations for managing deal flow. The Founding Chapter is in Silicon Valley, California, (naturally).

Find an Angel Investor, Without Going Through Hell

Startup Professionals Musings

This is perhaps the most reliable source of information on angel investor groups across the world, and the software is used by most of the other angel organizations mentioned below for deal flow.

Learn How to Come Up With Killer Business Ideas

Up and Running

His popularity is largely rooted in his personal success—he originally worked as a VC and was in charge of deal flow in Silicon Valley. Bplans and Palo Alto Software are strong supporters of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

How to Get Meetings With People Who Don't Have Time For You

Inc Startups

Since he wasn’t from Silicon Valley, he decided to use his time up here networking with other meetings with VC’s and company executives. I’m not an investor, and I’m really not looking for meetings with entrepreneurs for deal flow.

Angel Investing (1): Dealflow – Are You Sitting at The Right Poker Table?

Both Sides of the Table

Access to the best deal flow – I think the most obvious thing you need to be successful is access to the right deals in the first place. Do you have access to that kind of deal flow? Deal flow alone is not good enough. Executive Summary.

Will Google Ventures Disrupt Venture Capital?

OnStartups

3) Helping with the tech talent war – One of the key challenges for startups, particularly those in the Silicon Valley and Boston is the tech talent war. The following is a guest post by Brad Coffey, an early employee at HubSpot. You can follow Brad on twitter @BradfordCoffey.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Like anything in life, if you want a fair deal on the deferred fee and warrant percentage you need to talk to a few lawyers to make it competitive. I find that one of my best sources of deal flow is from lawyers.

Startups With Real Revenue Can Get Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

billion to work across 738 financing deals with U.S. billion jump in funding over the same quarter of 2010 with a similar number of deals, so it clearly shows a trend to larger deal sizes for fewer startups. Internet and healthcare deals stayed flat and funding actually dipped.

So You Want to Start a Startup Accelerator…

Instigator Blog

I’d argue that in places other than Silicon Valley and New York, startups need more baking. There’s also the question of deal flow and how many you can actually bring in that are high enough quality. In many places outside the Valley, NY and Boston, there aren’t a lot of investors. So what do you do if your accelerator is not in the Valley, NY or Boston? Everywhere you turn there’s a new startup accelerator launching.

Democratization of Angel Investing

Professor VC

FC's approach is much more akin to the deal flow and social proof model of AngelList, with the ability to make small investments in a number of companies. In addition, the angel investment process can be time consuming and daunting to those not familiar with venture deal terms.

Where Have All the VCs Gone?

Inc Startups

Venture capitalists still love Silicon Valley, but new data shows they''re looking elsewhere more often for startups to work with. Also, we think that increasingly easy connectivity is making it easier for investors to source deals and manage international portfolios."

The Tweetstorm that Spawned the 10,000X Startup

Dshen

It was regarding entrepreneurs not wanting to accept a 2x return clause on notes and the high valuation caps on those notes that are running around the Silicon Valley right now. Back to Dave’s twitter rant about high valuations pervading in the Valley.

Top Lessons Learned From Great Angel Investors

Rob Go

These are financing docs that were pioneered by YC and is apparently starting to see some level of acceptance in Silicon Valley. David Tisch mentioned that something like 80% of the investments he makes comes from some sort of proactive activity, and he’s an angel that gets a huge amount of inbound deal flow! We held an awesome Angel Bootcamp yesterday at MIT. It was an amazing collection of speakers sharing their experience and wisdom around angel investing.

5 Trends to Ignore in 2013

Inc Startups

VCs poured money into the sector--first- or seed-round deals accounted for 57% percent of deal flow in the third quarter. You might not get invited to all the cool Silicon Valley parties, at least not in the beginning, but you'll have some revenue to show for your efforts

Tale of Two Valleys: LA and the Bay Area from an Investor’s Perspective

Mucker Lab

As an entrepreneur himself, founding and operating printed circuit board factories in Taiwan, my father was debating between two places to immigrate to and build his next new venture: Los Angeles (“The Valley” aka San Fernando Valley) and Santa Clara (“Silicon Valley”). At the same time, the consumerization of the technology business made Silicon Valley the de facto capital of all things tech.

Finally: SEC Lifts Ban on Advertising Fundraising Rounds

Inc Startups

Analysts are already wondering if the increased regulation may outweigh the benefits of increased deal flow through general solicitation. The Securities and Exchange Commission''s decision is going to be a game-changer for entrepreneurs and start-ups seeking cash.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Investors And Incubators Need To Look At Pre-Incubation

ReadWriteStart

One theme seems to come up over and again, especially from geographies outside Silicon Valley: lack of a reliable pipeline of deals. On July 1, 2006, commenting on the Indian startup scenario, I had written a blog post called Too Much Money, Too Few Deals.

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

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Though there are pockets of entrepreneurial ideas globally, the epicenter of breakthrough, disruptive technology innovations continues to emerge from Silicon Valley. The author, Igor Sill , is a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and founder of Geneva Venture Partners.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: 1M/1M Announces Partnership With MAD Incubator, Malaysia

ReadWriteStart

This is our first major partnership with an incubator whereby MAD will adopt the 1M/1M methodology to foster Silicon Valley-style technopreneurship in Malaysia. global market a strong channel through Silicon Valley.

Where are the Deals? How VCs Identify the Next Generation of Startups

David Teten

Deal origination is a slow, labor-intensive, frustrating process. Annual Deal Pipeline for Selected VCs and Angel Investor Groups. Deals as % targeted companies. dedicated deal sourcers for every generalist investment professional. Battery & Sequoia data only include late stage/growth equity deals. Their late stage deals outside of the venture centers outperform by ~5% vs. those in the venture centers; early stage deals outperformed by ~4%.

How to Be an Angel Investor

www.paulgraham.com

Dont spend much time worryingabout the details of deal terms, especially when you first startangel investing. Mechanics Angel investors often syndicate deals, which means they join togetherto invest on the same terms. When angels make a lot of moneyfrom a deal, its not because they invested at a valuation of $1.5million instead of $3 million. Dont get hung up on mechanicsor deal terms. If youre friends with a lot of investors andfounders, theyll send deals your way.

"B2B and enterprise applications set is alive and well in NYC,” and that “innovation not specifically."

Mark Birch

But for “pure tech,” he added, “the center of gravity is still San Francisco, at least as our deal flow and portfolio are concerned.”” - “ Could New York’s Startup Scene Hit the Wall in 2013? ” A preponderance of “pure” technology startups will continue to emanate from Silicon Valley, but there will be more B2B enterprise application startups take shape around NYC over the coming years.

Where to Turn When VC Funding Isn’t Right for Your Startup

UC Berkeley

These weren’t the biggest players in Silicon Valley, but they had a fresh entrepreneur-friendly approach and had invested in early stage companies in my product category. If you secure this deal in year 1, mentor me. by Laurie Peterson.

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Some Tough Questions Entrepreneurs Should Ask Themselves

Allen's Blog

In Silicon Valley (assume it’s the same in other startup regions), “founders” have a bunch of iconic attributes, some good, some bad. Although we don’t, we should have a statue dedicated to “The Startup Founder” prominently displayed somewhere in Silicon Valley. In large part, Silicon Valley’s success is attributable to this passion and “never-say-die” attitude. What’s the big deal? .

Fire in The Valley, Fire in My Belly. and Yes, Mike, I Have.

500 Hats

Master of 500 Hats A blog about Geeks, Entrepreneurs, & Startups in Silicon Valley, by Dave McClure. Fear is the Mind Killer of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneur Web 3.0 = Hailstorm 2.0 & How MSFT-YHOO could beat GOOG Business Models for Social Networks Facebooks #1 Problem Publishing 2.0,

How Other People Steal Your TIme--and How to Get it Back

Inc Startups

As entrepreneurs, it’s natural to focus on cash and cash flow, but we need to treat our precious time with the same respect. I was raising angel money, and this investor wanted to know who was already in the deal.

Essential Startup Funding Tips from 8 Seasoned Investors

mashable.com

And for those in the coveted in-crowd, Silicon Valley, San Francisco and the greater tech community become a world of opportunity where you’re only limited by the quality of your idea and the caliber of your friends.

Angel Investing 4 – Why You Need Deep Pockets to Win Big

Both Sides of the Table

Part 1 – Access to Great Deal Flow – is here. The first three skills I espoused were: access to the highest-quality deal-flow, domain knowledge of the topic area in which you’re investing and access to VCs to help fund the next stages of development.

7 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Russian Startups

ArcticStartup

The Investment company Starta Capital that works primarily with the Russian startups marked the trend that there is a gradual shift in distribution of deals flow. Silicon Valley is not a place, but a state of mind," says Timothy Sprinkle, the author of “Screw the Valley”. "It

Raising $$ on AngelList? Working w/ McClure? Ask Jody Sherman

Both Sides of the Table

Jody didn’t exactly have an easy time fund raising because he’s not one of the prototypical Silicon Valley funded entrepreneurs. Left Silicon Graphics to become the 16th employee of Lycos. I believe AngelList is capable of managing deal flow by acting as a filter.

Strategy Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Crowd Sourced Funding Exchanges - An Emerging Trend

ReadWriteStart

Michael has almost 90,000 free users and is looking for a way to be in the deal flow of people looking for business plan software. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant.