Pioneering Women in Venture Capital: Kathryn Gould

Steve Blank

Kathryn has been the founding VP of Marketing of Oracle , a successful recruiter, a world class Venture Capitalist, a co-founder of a Venture Capital firm, a great board member, one of my mentors and most importantly a wonderful friend. So I started Foundation Capital in 1995.

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. They are, in fact, great news for traditional venture capitalists. The most successful of these businesses will still need venture capital to scale their businesses.

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Love and Venture Capital

Feld Thoughts

Over the last 20 years, the three of us have worked on lots of things in different configurations, but I’d put the deep friendship we’ve developed ahead of all of our business deals. The post Love and Venture Capital appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Venture Capital fred wilson Jerry Colonna podcast rebootIf you’ve missed me, it’s because I spent a week in Australia.

Forecasting in venture capital

The Equity Kicker

We need to predict which companies are going to succeed and second guess future trends so we can develop our firms to stay ahead of the curve. Good VCs need to be good forecasters. Deloitte have just published an interesting synopsis of Tetlock’s Superforecasting which gives us some insights into the types of people we need to recruit and the habits we need to cultivate to be good at the forecasting game.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

The first post described how China built a science and technology infrastructure to support advanced weapons systems development. This post is about the rise of Chinese venture capital and how it helped build the countries entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Why I Look for High Conviction, not Consensus, in Venture Capital Decisions

Both Sides of the Table

One of the least understood parts of the venture capital industry and venture capital firms is how investment decisions actually get made. The beauty of venture capital is that on any given deal I can only lose one times my money.

How To Grow A Company Without Venture Capital

YoungUpstarts

As an entrepreneur, though, you should look no further than Fab.com as a cautionary tale of venture capital. The Drawbacks of Venture Capital. Some companies and business models need venture capital to succeed, but the numbers prove that most don’t.

Hive9 Receives $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in funding from LiveOak Venture Partners and Silverton Partners. The Austin-based startup plans to use the money to hire five or more additional employees and for product development and marketing, said Darin Hicks, its CEO. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Hive9 LiveOak Venture Partners Silverton PartnersHive9, which makes marketing software, announced Tuesday it has received $5.4

How ff Venture Capital Works With Universities And Students

David Teten

I meet with a lot of people from the academic world, so I thought it would be helpful to summarize how ff Venture Capital works with universities. Look for opportunities to collaborate on new ventures. Education ff Venture Capital Startup

Edgecase Gets $7.5 Million in Venture Capital

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million in venture capital. The Austin-based startup received the funds from lead investor Austin Ventures and other investors. The company plans to use the money for research and development and sales and marketing. Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills. Edgecase, which provides data and analytics for e-commerce sites, announced this week it has received $7.5

Growth Hacking Without Venture Capital

Software By Rob

The confusion arises because we fail to make a distinction between the growth strategies that are relevant to venture backed startups as opposed to the strategies that are relevant to bootstrapped startups. This article is a guest post from Bronson Taylor.

Pristine Lands $5.4 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Pristine, the startup that develops healthcare apps for Google Glass, has raised $5.4 Austin-based S3 Ventures led the round, which also included Capital Factory, HealthFundr and several clients. The company plans to use the money to expand its research and development, sales, marketing and operations teams. “The team at S3 has pioneered cutting-edge developments […] The post Pristine Lands $5.4

Vietnam venture capital – potential unlocked

VC Cafe

Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has shared a circular (a regulatory document, in Vietnam speak) for improving the legal environment for venture capital investing in the Socialist state.

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

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Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Single, non-developer (knows how the tech works, though) male w/outsourced offshore tech team, 30’s, dad, white. It also doesn’t guarantee that any developer will want to work for you—so lack of a tech team isn’t instantly solved by cash. Venture Capital & TechnologyTweet. 1) You need it.

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.

On Human Capital & Venture Capital

thebarefootvc

The best VCs are the ones that balance their optimism, vision and enthusiasm for startups with realism based on very real constraints (the primary one being his/her own time, but also includes market development and exit timing).

When, Where, and How to Raise Venture Capital

Startup Professionals Musings

All the products they could develop. And as they sit and dream, most entrepreneurs think about venture capitalists. Venture capitalists, or VCs, are the folks with millions upon millions of dollars to invest in companies such as theirs. Venture capitalists swing for the fences.

A 12 Step Program for Breaking An Addiction to Venture Capital

Bryce Dot VC

Venture Capital is a hell of a drug. we’ve developed a simple 12 step program for those of you looking to break the habit in 2017: Step 1- We admitted that we are powerless over VC’s partnership dynamics, tastes in trends, and their ever moving milestones—and that trying to time, or anticipate, them will make our lives, and the lives of our customers and employees unmanageable. At Indie.vc

CognitiveScale Lands $21.8 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

million in venture capital. Norwest Venture Partners and Intel Capital co-led the round. CognitiveScale plans to use the money to expand its salesforce and on research and development of its product portfolio. As part of the deal, Norwest’s Promod Haque and Intel Capital’s Vibhor Rastogi will join […] The post CognitiveScale Lands $21.8 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days

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Trending – Baird: RIM Is Bleeding Developers. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days. venture capitalists put $8.1 Venture capitalists were particularly aggressive on early-stage investments in the second quarter. Skip to main content. -->.

Venture Capital and "Innovation"

Information Arbitrage

Many have recently been critical of the role of the venture industry in financing “true innovation.” This is not how the venture industry is supposed to operate.” And come to think of it, is there really only one kind of innovation, that which results in the development of a new compound or a new technology? But for the venture industry to be labeled as ineffective or unfairly risk-averse by not backing such initiatives simply isn’t fair.

How to Get a VC Meeting – the flowchart

Steve Blank

Filed under: Customer Development , Venture Capital. Customer Development Venture CapitalI often get asked, “how do I get a meeting with a VC?” ” Here is my slightly tongue-in-cheek view.

How to Get Venture Capital: What NOT to Do

Growthink Blog

Many top venture capitalists (VCs) have blogs. Josh is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. 2) THE FACT LEAP: Anyone who is being pitched has turned on their highly-developed BS-detector to full tilt.

Free Reprints of “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything”

Steve Blank

Filed under: Big Companies versus Startups: Durant versus Sloan , Business Model versus Business Plan , Customer Development , Customer Development Manifesto , Lean LaunchPad , Teaching , Venture Capital.

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

There is all sorts of advice on the Internet about how to raise capital. I’ve raised money as a “hot company” and I’ve raised capital when no one would return my phone calls. So they develop short-hand ways to qualify things better. Raising money is hard.

Venture Capital Access Program launches to aid women and diverse entrepreneurs

David Teten

VCAP© Addresses the Gap between Venture Capital and Funding for Women and Diverse Entrepreneurs. The National Association of Investment Companies (NAIC) is the trade association representing women and diverse private equity and venture firms. New York Policy Venture Capital

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail

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SIGNIFICANCE PROMINENT. --> The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail. An entrepreneur with a hot technology and venture-capital funding becomes a billionaire in his 20s. But now there is evidence that venture-backed start-ups fail at far higher numbers than the rate the industry usually cites. About three-quarters of venture-backed firms in the U.S. backed by venture capitalists. High Capital Franchises. Capital Available.

A framework to think about pricing seed, angel, and venture capital rounds

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2) Supply and demand of capital willing to invest in your company. Sometimes, this also relates to capital requirements of what the team needs. Note that, to even get venture in the first place, you are special. Venture Capital & TechnologyHow do you price a round?

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. Or at least venture-style returns. Not to mention providing the capital for growth.

Realistic Strategies For Funding Product Development

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors and venture capitalists are looking for startups with real products and a proven business model, ready to scale. Yet I still get too many business plans that clearly are looking for money to do research and development (R&D) on a new and unproven technology.

How to Build a Successful and Diverse Venture Capital Portfolio Without Really Trying

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After checking out The Information's "open dataset" on diversity in venture capital , I felt pretty disappointed. I went back and calculated the number of companies in the first Brooklyn Bridge Ventures portfolio who have at least one founder who is female, from an underrepresented minority group, or LGBT. Most people need a little bit of capital to bring a product to market--or they're an engineer.

Want to Raise Venture Capital More Easily? Clean Up Your Own Shite First

Both Sides of the Table

I know that the tone of the title and post will seem a bit aggressive for a post from a venture capitalist on fund raising. If you want to raise venture capital more easily the advice could be quite practical and counter-intuitive. Clean up your own shite.

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.

Why Venture Capital Firms Need To Add Market Development Expertise To Their Organizations

Austin Startup

I was chatting with a couple of venture capital (VC) guys from 2 different firms recently and something dawned on us - Most VC firms are not well equipped to deal with the disruptive changes ongoing in the technology field today. Especially when it comes to marketing and sales execution. Continue reading → Enterprise B2B Sales

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. Others range from students to senior developers.

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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. But … Downsizing Venture Capital. Creative destruction is what drives capitalism and innovation.

Worked Up about Unrealistic Venture Capital Valuation

Growthink Blog

So, Mike tells me he wants to raise a first round of venture capital based on a $100 million valuation. Now, anyone who knows anything about venture capital will literally laugh when they read a line like that. Now, if I had the opportunity to give Mike the 2-hour consult, I would have explained to him how venture capital really works. And how most likely, the chance of him raising venture capital with just an idea was zero.

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Venture Capital Deals Drop in Second Quarter

Inc Startups

venture capital investment had its worst quarter--in both number of dollars and deals--since 2010, according to the Dow Jones VentureSource quarterly report released yesterday. billion in venture capital money.

Ziften Raises $24 Million in Venture Capital

SiliconHills

Ziften, which develops security software, Wednesday announced it has raised $24 million. The Austin-based startup reported that Spring Mountain Capital led the funding with participation from Fayez Sarofim, an early investor in Ziften. The company has created security tools that allows companies to […] The post Ziften Raises $24 Million in Venture Capital appeared first on SiliconHills.

Private Equity And Venture Capital Investors: How to Leverage Their Pessimistic Thinking

Growthink Blog

Interestingly, when he said that, I felt like a venture capitalist. You see, venture capitalists or VCs hear tons and tons of business ideas. Interestingly, I went to business school nearly 15 years ago with several bright guys who became venture capitalists.