Venture Capital Returns

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. Here are short term and long term returns for the venture capital business over the past ten years compared to the public equity markets in the US. Early stage investing is hard.

Loss Ratios In Early Stage VC

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

When I was early in my career, I casually mentioned to an older VC that I had yet to lose money on an investment. Or you can calculate loss ratios by "dollars" meaning how much of the capital invested in the fund went into total losses. That fund will be the best venture fund I have ever worked on. The worst thing you can do in early stage VC is stick with your bad investments for too long and for too much money. Venture Capital and Technology

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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.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

On the phone … Me: So, you raised venture capital? If you’re wildly successful early on or if they help you achieve a great valuation they actually pay a significant price for their eventual stock even though they took much more risk than a future investor and backed you early. There are a bunch of ways to offer cheaper pricing to people who commit early without notes. “But how do I offer cheaper prices to early investors?”

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

Steve Blank

Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. as a distribution channel have vastly reduced the amount of capital a startup needs at the early stage when the risk is greatest. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital.

Q316 State of Venture Capital Update With Cooley

Feld Thoughts

This quarter they interviewed me as part of it on Quarterly VC Update: Brad Feld on the State of Venture Capital Investing. It continues to be highly dependent on company, stage, and location. At the early stages, raising the first $2m tends to be straightforward in most geographies that have meaningful startup communities. Most importantly from my frame of reference, the amount of activity at the early and seed stage seems to be extremely robust.

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.

The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

Both Sides of the Table

When I was new at Venture Capital I was trying to figure out the business. What stage? I sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done.

The two reasons early stage investors should be active investors

The Equity Kicker

Twenty years ago 3i dominated venture capital in the UK with a very low touch model. Transparency provided by the internet makes this true at all stages, but it’s especially true at the earliest stages where capital requirements have declined precipitously.

The State Of The Early Stage Financing Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But I did read an interesting post by Semil Shah where he outlines what he thinks is going on in the early stage financing markets right now. Venture Capital and Technology I am headed out on a bike ride with my daughter this morning and don't have a lot to say today. He starts with this observation: Young founders are incredibly influenced by the online brands of certain investors.

Venture Capital Demystified: A Fundraising Guide for Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Lawyers

YoungUpstarts

by Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld, co-authors of “ Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist “ So, you’ve got a brilliant idea and you’re ready to launch a company.

6 Steps to Raising Venture Capital in 6 Months

Gust

To raise capital as a very early-stage business, you have to convince investors that your current size isn’t indicative of where you will be in the future. A woman you don’t know tells you that she’s going to run a marathon of 7-minute miles.

It’s Not Easy applied to Venture Capital

K9 Ventures

Last night a tweet from @ Baris caught my attention: “unusually perceptive, unconventional or early. If you’re even remotely connected to the “industry” of Venture Capital, you need to read Howard Marks’ It’s Not Easy memo.

Why Venture Capital is So Much More Compelling Now

Both Sides of the Table

It’s not hard to find people willing to write the narrative that “venture capital is not an asset class” or “venture capital has performed terribly.” I presented the deck below – which was prepared with the great help of Upfront Venture’s Principal Jordan Hudson – at Dave McClure’s must attend event called PreMoney with much more data and narrative than I had in my blog post.

What Do LPs Think of the Venture Capital Markets for 2016?

Both Sides of the Table

At the Upfront Summit in early February, we had a chance to have many off-the-record conversations with Limited Partners (LPs) who fund Venture Capital (VC) funds about their views of the market. LPs Still Believe Strongly in Venture Capital as a Diverse Source of Returns.

How VCs Think About Early Stage Financing

Inc Startups

Convertible notes are increasingly a source of confusion when it comes to early stage venture capital deals

Myth Busters: Debunking Seven Conventional Wisdom Maxims of Venture Capital

Genuine VC

Compared to most other areas of finance, venture capital is practiced as more of an art, as opposed to a science. The art of venture capital also means that for entrepreneurs raising it, there isn’t one definitive playbook which can be used as a guide. MYTH: Venture capitalists are looking to replace founders with “their guys.” Even the most elementary venture capitalist has the privilege of serving on boards of a number of startups.

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.

The first question early stage startups should ask themselves

Start Up Blog

Especially when it comes to raising capital to support the project. entrepreneurship funding startups technology Venture Capital When we being our journey into a new startup we get excited by the possibilities of what we are about to build.

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. Its manufacturer offered the watch at a $40 discount to early backers and a $20 discount to all other backers.

The most important lesson learned in early-stage investing

Version One Ventures

It is a well-written piece with many great quotes and anecdotes and included the most important lesson about early-stage investing that I learned over the past 8 years: “If the fail rate of our companies is not high enough, it’s not because we are exceptional investors, it’s probably because we’re not taking enough risks. Every day I remind myself that there is no such thing as a stupid idea, as a market that is too early, or a company that has too many missing pieces.

Venture Capital Investors Look Beyond Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Obviously, a key factor is always the state of the economy and the mood of the venture capital community. On the other hand, venture capital doesn’t get smoothly spread across the geographic and demographic landscape, and the number of active venture capital firms has dropped sharply.

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

Both Sides of the Table

When I was new at Venture Capital I was trying to figure out the business. What stage? I sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done.

How to Scale Early-Stage Investing

David Teten

Before making the decision to join ff Venture Capital , I did some research on early-stage tech investing as an asset class and how it’s evolving. Although any given early-stage company is quite risky, when aggregated across a large portfolio, returns are very attractive.

What to Expect When You're Expecting Venture Capital Returns

This is going to be BIG.

One of the first things I did when I joined the venture asset class as a lowly institutional LP analyst in 2001 was to build the VC fund cashflow model. And no, the numbers don't exactly add up--but they're more than close enough for venture capital.

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.

7 Seed-Stage Funding Sources To Finance Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Even if you work every day in the world of new-venture funding, as I do, the options are confusing, and their meanings seem to change on a regular basis. I challenge any entrepreneur, for example, to define the difference between "seed-stage" and "early-stage" financing.

10 Misperceptions About Venture Capital

This is going to be BIG.

Not every company raises venture capital—most don’t. Early 20’s technical + non technical single founders, white. Young, sure, but not early 20s…and that’s a lot of kids. So, you’re not wasting my time with questions, nor would you be wasting my time if you’re too early. There are some big funds that are amazing at helping early stage companies and others that look at small investments like placeholders. Tweet.

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. In his post The end of the big venture formula Danny Crichton put it like this: What’s needed is a sustainable approach to startup growth and venture capital.

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.

Israeli Venture Capital Raising Flat in Q3, Seed Investments Decline

VC Cafe

T he latest IVC Online Report is out and Q3 results are in: 96 Israeli high-tech companies raised $341 million from venture capital funds and other venture investors – both local and foreign – in the third quarter of 2010.

On Human Capital & Venture Capital

thebarefootvc

It is the human capital involved, both internally with company teams and externally with advisors, boards and investors, that is going to differentiate which startups survive and become the disruptive businesses of tomorrow.

Venture Capital (VC) Blog Directory – 2011 Edition

Thinking About Thinking

This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory ( 1st edition , 2nd edition , 3rd edition ). This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs. Many thanks to my colleagues at Volition Capital for their assistance with this directory - we hope it’s a useful service for everyone. . Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ), Union Square Ventures, A VC (81,483). Mike Speiser, SutterHill Ventures, Laserlike (490).

8 Ways To Get Off The Ground With Angel Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Angel investors are still the lifeblood of early-stage startups, despite the surge of activity in crowdfunding and an increasing early interest from venture capitalists. Simplicity is preferred at this stage. angel investor early-stage entrepreneur startup

The State of Cleantech Venture Capital: What Lies Ahead

Secret Formula

In late 2011 I decided to write up an internal analysis I’d done at Venrock about the state of cleantech venture capital and make it available broadly. My macro conclusion was that while it was really early, investment returns to date were on par with VC overall.

7 Top Trends in Venture Capital

Inc Startups

As managing partner of Blumberg Capital; David Blumberg is a respected investor, with two decades of experience investing in early-stage tech startups

That new era of Venture Capital is here

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

A couple of years ago I posted about what I thought would be the “new era of Venture Capital.” From that post: I believe what we’re going to see in the venture industry is a bifurcation of fundraising– basically a barbell on the graph of fund sizes. … At the other end of the spectrum are the smaller industry or geographically focused funds that are largely looking at seed and early stage investments.

Will Crowdfunding Crowd Out Venture Capital?

ReadWriteStart

Venture capitalists have been getting a black eye to go with their blue shirts. The next day, Fred Wilson, general partner at Union Square Ventures and prominent VC blogger , suggested that a flood of crowdfunding money unleashed by the JOBS Act could sweep away venture capitalists altogether.

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

allthingsd.com

Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days. venture capitalists put $8.1 It’s clear that factors like the greater American economy and the bumpy tech IPO market don’t necessarily have a direct and/or timely correlation with venture capital spending.

Bringing design thinking to early stage investment

The Equity Kicker

This graphic comes from a post on Venture Village about design thinking for startups but it should apply equally to investment companies. Forward Venture Capital